Results 121–140 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

Petitions: Sport in London (21 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I congratulate the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on his elevation to the Front Bench. He sells himself short if he thinks that he will not appear there again—I am sure that he will. The hon. Gentleman must realise that the time he has left me to speak will hardly allow me to answer all his points. I do not for one moment blame the hon. Gentleman for taking two thirds of the...

Petitions: Sport in London (21 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I ask the hon. Gentleman to allow me to continue, because I wish to place a number of points on the record. Obviously, because of the many questions asked, I shall have to write to the hon. Gentleman in due course. The help for voluntary groups and projects that is trumpeted forth from county hall amounts, on the figures we have, to no less than £500,000. I certainly would not criticise...

Petitions: Sport in London (21 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend is perhaps better qualified than anyone in the House to talk about sport. He is a member of the Sports Council and he is a London Member who has represented his country at the highest level. The fine words that we heard from the GLC spokesman this morning ring rather hollow. The GLC was not set up to cater for a strategy for sport in London. That is the problem that has...

Petitions: Sport in London (21 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: It is nothing to do with the GLC. It is a wonderful event, which has been run by an organisation, and my Department has promised every assistance to the organisers since the first London marathon. The Department offered them one of its royal parks and the use of various routes through its royal parks. The Government have also taken the lead elsewhere by stimulating investment in major new...

Water Charges (19 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Kettering (Mr. Freeman) and for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) for raising an important subject in a national and a parochial sense. The remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Teignbridge will be noted. He comes from a region of the United Kingdom which has been perhaps most adversely affected by the lack of water supplies for a long time. I...

Water Charges (19 Dec 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Those of us who have visited the area are well aware of what the hon. Gentleman has just said. There is a greater range of diversification. I greatly welcome the opportunity to respond to the most interesting speech by my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering. He opened this debate by raising the question of metered charging for water. That is .an important question and it is very timely for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: As I said in the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 21 November, my right hon. Friend announced on 11 April our plans for sport and recreation following the dissolution of the GLC. Responsibility for these matters will pass to the boroughs. The Sports Council will have additional funds to assist with projects of wider than local interest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The hon. Gentleman is getting a little over-excited about some matters. If he looks at the record for recent years he will find that since 1979 the Government have increased grant-in-aid by 100 per cent. to the Sports Council, and have provided infinitely more money than previous Governments did for the urban aid programme—between £16 million and £23 million in the past few years. Only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I take note of what my hon. Friend said. He has experience of these matters. I have no doubt that he is well satisfied with the standard of Scottish rugby. Let us hope that that will be enacted next week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The hon. Gentleman raises an important subject. That is why the Government have ensured that the funding for sport and recreation has not been lost in recent years. Normal adjustments to the rate support grant will be made after abolition. However, I have to tell the House that no specific increase will be introduced solely in respect of sport and recreation. These matters will be adjusted.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend is right. The strategy which has been produced by the Sports Council and the regional councils on sports and recreation, which will be able to take on a great deal of work after abolition in March 1986, has been responsible for identifying the paucity of facilities in certain areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am always anxious to encourage sponsorship of any sort for anything to do with sport, leisure and recreation, and it is precisely because of the Government's policies that we have been able to rejuvenate that on Merseyside.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not believe that it is far more likely to exist. My right hon. and hon. Friends will consider that important point to ensure that there is no gap after abolition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: If the hon. Gentleman would listen instead of gassing away to his colleagues on the Back Bench, he might learn something. The only contribution that GLC representatives have made to sport in London is to threaten and try to ensure that funds will not reach the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, and to walk out of some committees of the Greater London council. The marathon is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: —and my Department and my right hon. Friends have given every help to the marathon's organising committee. The marathon is safe with the Conservative Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sporting, Recreational and Leisure Facilities (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman's return to these affairs after his brief skirmish as a shadow Home Office spokesman. The only evidence in recent months of the GLC's contribution to sport was its spending of much money on poor projects. Its representatives walked out of several committees, and it threatened the National Sports Centre with a complete removal of financial support. Its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Green Field Land (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My right hon. Friend published advice on land for housing in July under DOE circular 15/84. That circular restates the Government's commitment to existing conservation policies and the protection of good quality agricultural land. It emphasises the need to make full and effective use for housing of land within existing urban areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Green Field Land (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend brought a delegation to see me not long ago to discuss these matters. He knows the steps that we are taking to try to promote the development of urban land for housing. That is why we are pursuing a wide range of measures—for example, both urban development grant and derelict land grant—to help development in urban areas. I think that that is the best way forward. I am well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Green Field Land (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: If the hon. Gentleman has a specific case in mind, affecting an area of land about which he knows, he should let me know about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Land Register (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The departmental staff and accommodation costs of maintaining the land registers are not separately identified, but are estimated at about £325,000 per annum. The equivalent of 21 full-time staff are employed for the purpose.


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