Results 141–160 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. The announcement meets observations and requests made by many of my right hon. and hon. Friends, not least my hon. Friend the Member for South Hams (Mr. Steen), who has been very vigilant on this. We have to proceed slowly, as the land is not owned by the Department. Many nationalised industries and local authorities actually own the land. We...

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is a topic for continuing discussion by Ministers and officials.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hydrocarbons (Exploration) (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am well aware of the concern caused by increased interest in exploration for hydrocarbons, particularly in southern England. That is why', in August, this year, the Department issued draft guidelines to local authorities on planning control over oil and gas operations. Since then I have received 45 representations in response to our request for comments on the draft and some 20 other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hydrocarbons (Exploration) (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I understand the concern that the hon. Gentleman expresses That is why, in response to other questions in the House on 24 October, my right hon. Friend the Minister of State made a commitment that environmentally sensitive areas should be subject to the most rigorous scrutiny. Local planning authorities and county authorities also have a major part to play, as in some respects they are the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Hydrocarbons (Exploration) (28 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I can only advise the House on planning aspects. If my hon. Friend is anxious for details about onshore activities and the country's energy system, he will of course approach my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy. However, the planning system allows the views of the public to be fully considered at all times. The local planning authorities represent the start of a rigorous...

Orders of the Day — Sewage Treatment Sites (26 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Mr. Galley) on raising a matter which is clearly of importance to his constituents in Halifax. It is, of course, of equal concern to my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Mr. Thompson), who has also raised the matter in the past. Because of his current role, my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley has to maintain a semi-Trappist...

Orders of the Day — Mineral Workings Bill (16 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I thank the hon. Member for Blaydon (Mr. McWilliam) for taking the place of his hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark), whom we hope will have a successful landing and will be returned to the House as quickly as possible. I know that the hon. Gentleman is most diligent. I understand the circumstances of his absence and I look forward to his participation in Committee. I urge my...

Orders of the Day — Mineral Workings Bill (16 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The Bill concerns two issues relating to former mineral workings. Its main purpose — and all but one of its clauses relate to this — is to wind up the ironstone restoration fund now that there is so little remaining ironstone working in England. The second purpose, with which clause 7 deals, enables local authorities to get on to...

Orders of the Day — Mineral Workings Bill (16 Nov 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: If my hon. Friend studies my earlier words, he will discover that clause 7 deals with a completely different problem. I am confining my remarks mostly to the problems of the west midlands, but they could occur elsewhere. I shall enlarge upon this matter in a few moments. The context in which the new powers will be exercised is set out in subsections (1) to (4) of the clause. Hon. Members...

BBC Transmitter (Bearley) (18 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Howarth) has raised a subject which is important to him and his constituents. No doubt his words will be widely read over the next few days. His constituents have every reason to be grateful for what he has done on their behalf. In view of the concern being expressed by my hon. Friend, other Members of both Houses and others outside ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Structure Plan Reviews (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: It is for county planning authorities to review their structure plans and to submit proposals for alteration when they consider it appropriate. A number of authorities have submitted alterations or replacement plans following review, and at present 10 such proposals are with my Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Structure Plan Reviews (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am aware of the anxieties that my hon. Friend has expressed over several months, and I am considering the report of the panel, which conducted a public examination in March. There will thereafter be an opportunity for objections. In the recent green belt circular we reaffirmed the fact that the Government continue to attach the greatest importance to green belts, and the circular gives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Structure Plan Reviews (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That has nothing to do with structure plans. Had the hon. Gentleman been in the House earlier this week he would have heard my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Construction discussing that matter in answer to a private notice question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Structure Plan Reviews (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I echo the sentiments of all hon. Members by saying that we warmly welcome my hon. Friend back to these Benches. I am considering urgently several structure plans, and the master plan and structure plans are closely integrated. I am aware of my hon. Friend's anxieties about Berkshire, which he has discussed with me and with hon. Members for neighbouring constituencies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Structure Plan Reviews (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I wish that the hon. Gentleman, who speaks for the alliance on such matters, would understand what structure plans are about. He is completely wide of the mark, as usual.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Motorway Service Areas (Green Belts) (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The general presumption against development in the green belt is not affected by motorways, and there should continue to be the strongest restraint on development. However, once the decision has been taken to construct a motorway it will from time to time be necessary to consider whether there is a case to provide adequate ancillary services for motorway traffic. If such provision is proposed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Motorway Service Areas (Green Belts) (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: We have no general presumption against that, but motorways and motorway service areas do not affect the general presumption against development in the green belt, and there should continue to be the strongest constraint on such development. I am well aware of the problem facing my hon. Friend in his constituency, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport wall be writing to him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Motorway Service Areas (Green Belts) (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not accept the latter observation of the hon. Gentleman. Indeed, the all-party Select Committee came out against that in its observations. The matter is now under consultation, which the hon. Gentleman well knows.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Motorway Service Areas (Green Belts) (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am sure that my hon. Friend has put matters in the order which interests him most of all. I will certainly draw the comments of my hon. Friend to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport.

Sport and Recreation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: This has been a most constructive and wide-ranging debate. I echo the sentiments expressed by many hon. Members by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby) on introducing a topic which, as we all agree, does not always receive as much time as we should like. It is clear that I shall not be able to reply to every point that hon. Members have made,...


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