Results 101–120 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: "Coal and the Environment" (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The hon. Gentleman, representing the part of England that he does, will be pleased to hear that my right hon. Friend has agreed to provide £2·5 million to help finance spoil disposal schemes. A list of possible schemes has now been drawn up and discussions between my Department, the NCB and the local authorities involved are continuing. That is good news.

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: May I respond briefly to the many points that have been made. I am grateful for the welcome that the Bill has received from hon. Members. We have made a great step forward not only for the people of London but for the people of Scotland, and, perhaps, elsewhere. If I do not answer fully all the points that have been made, I shall write to hon. Members. The hon. Member for South Shields (Dr....

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I would not wish at this late hour to cast aspersions on the integrity of the lawyers whom we employ, but I shall make certain that there is some reasonable recognition of the points that my hon. Friend has made. The point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Chapman) has caused great concern. The hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) also mentioned the...

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am touched by the hon. Gentleman's concern for my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (Mr. Lennox-Boyd), who is forbidden to participate in these affairs at the moment. His point affects many local authorities and I have no doubt that they will be swift in corning forward if they feel that they have any request to make. At the moment it is no integral part of the survey which...

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill: Restriction on Compensation: England and Wales (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend the Member for Kensington (Sir B. Rhys Williams) has a point which he thinks important, but his amendment would not achieve that which he is trying to achieve. In some respects it would destroy what we are trying to do. I understand my hon. Friend's point, but the Bill is limited to applications which would increase the number of flats in a block. That is what my hon. Friend...

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I should make it clear to the House that the Government have agonised over this decision for several months. Our discussions and negotiations with interested parties lead me to believe that we must consider the time element. That will have to be done at a later stage, or in another place, but I note what the hon. Gentleman says.

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. When planning permission for the development of land is refused, the applicant is not normally entitled to compensation, but there are a few exceptions, and they include the provisions of sections 165 and 169 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 and the equivalent Scottish provisions which are of course of great interest to my hon....

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill (5 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is not contained in the proposals. The legislation relates to every block before 1 July 1948 where there is a proposed alteration to an existing block. Demolition does not come into it. We considered the entire range of opportunities and possibilities. Hon. Members may wish to pursue these points a great deal further, and we may have to consider them at a later stage and in another...

Orders of the Day — Thorney Farm, Iver (21 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith) who live in the Ritchings park and Iver area will be grateful to him for raising an important local matter this evening. As he said, this matter was originally brought to the attention of my Department by the Iver parish council, which wrote asking that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State intervene on behalf of...

Mineral Workings Bill: Finance for Forestry (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 3, line 32, leave out from 'purposes)' to end of line 34 and insert— 'where the rate of the payments is one determined by the Commissioners after consultation with the British Steel Corporation and the Ironstone Royalty Owners' Association.'. I have introduced this amendment, in acknowledgment of the representations made to me in Committee by my hon....

Mineral Workings Bill: The Ironstone District (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 10, line 33, at end insert— '1974 c.7 Local Government Act 1974. In Schedule 6, paragraph 9.'.

Mineral Workings Bill: The Ironstone District (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: These are technical amendments to tidy up the list of repeals in schedule 2. Amendment agreed to. Amendments made: No. 3, in page 10, leave out lines 34 and 35. No. 4, in page 10, line 38, at end insert— '1981 c.65. Trustee Savings Banks Act 1981 In Schedule 7, in paragraph 12 the reference to paragraph 1 of Schedule 5 to the Trustee Savings Banks Act 1976.'. — [Mr....

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hyde Park Memorial (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Eighteen thousand spring and autumn flowering bulbs have recently been planted in the vicinity of the memorial plaque which will become naturalised in the grass and provide an annual display of blooms in the area. I am grateful for my hon. Friend's help in this development.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hyde Park Memorial (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I think that we must be guided by the advice of the bailiff of the royal parks. Each case must be considered in the context of the park. I believe that what we have now will provide a natural and harmonious display in spring and autumn. It is a most fitting and lasting tribute to those who so tragically lost their lives in July 1982.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hyde Park Memorial (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. The regiment, the royal parks bailiff and officials in my Department have, I believe, provided the best and most suitable harmonious display in memory of those who lost their lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Supplies (Nitrate Pollution) (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Trials of full-scale treatment plant to denitrify water supplies have been completed satisfactorily by the water research centre and the Anglian water authority at the authority's works at Bucklesham. Other research projects are under way. My Department is establishing a group of experts, with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to evaluate information on nitrates and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Supplies (Nitrate Pollution) (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend must be pleased that we have set up the group of experts. The co-ordination group will hold its first meeting on 14 January. Its terms of reference are to provide a forum for the evaluation of information collected about the sources, pathways and concentrations of nitrates in water. We shall see to what extent those levels, which he claims are occurring, are developing. We have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Supplies (Nitrate Pollution) (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is an important consideration, which is why my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and our officials are getting together urgently to evaluate all the facts and background information.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Supplies (Nitrate Pollution) (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Yes, I shall also draw that to the attention of the nitrate co-ordination group.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Supplies (Nitrate Pollution) (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I must make it clear that since the beginning of last year my Department has started collecting regular information about public water supplies with high nitrate levels, and that there has been no overall increase in nitrate levels in those supplies. The group has many things to do. The House will agree that action can follow only the most exhaustive research, which is why we have responded...


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