Results 161–180 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

Sport and Recreation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: No, I have not written to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House on that matter. I asked the Sports Council to look at the organisation of athletics. As the right hon. Member for Small Heath will know from his previous responsibility for sport, there are 19 governing bodies of athletics, not five. The Sports Council examimed their role and organisation. Again, it is the arm's length...

Sport and Recreation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am happy to say that the hon. Gentleman's constituents have written to me about that and are coming to see me to discuss it.

Sport and Recreation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I apologise for interrupting during this important element of my hon. Friend's speech, but in the interests of accuracy the House should examine closely what he has just said. I understand that the recommendations which my hon. Friend has mentioned were not voted on by the whole ICC. The House would find it strange to think that Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Caribbean islands and India would...

Sport and Recreation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am sorry to interrupt at this stage, but my hon. Friend will be as anxious as I am, as will the House, to understand precisely what the taxation element is. It is important to know at this stage, because in recent weeks reports have given misleading information that has caused unnecessary concern. I must make it quite clear that voluntary donations, whether from the public or commerce and...

Clause 5: Caravan and Tent Sites Bill (6 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I hope that it will be convenient for me to intervene at this stage because many points have been made. I hope that I shall not detain the House too long. First, I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mr. Hubbard-Miles) on the way in which he introduced the Bill—with his clause by clause analysis and background experience—and on the way in which he has stuck to the...

Clause 5: Caravan and Tent Sites Bill (6 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is right, but we should recognise that it was not a deliberate omission from the 1960 Act. Tent camping has moved at such a pace in the interim that we must now assess what should be done. I do not wish to be drawn too far down that road, because my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Potter) asked my hon. Friend the Member for Brigend about gipsies and mobile homes. If I can...

Clause 5: Caravan and Tent Sites Bill (6 Jul 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I feel that I should not answer on that point, although I have responsibility for gipsies and their problems. Legislation is available to control what is occurring there. I should not wish to incur your displeasure on a Friday, Mr. Deputy Speaker, by going too far. The answer to my hon. Friend is that this legislation will not intrude on previous legislation. I shall now touch on the...

Land Use Survey (18 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Staffordshire (Mr. Heddle) for raising this important subject and for demonstrating that he has had a wide and varied interest in this important issue for a long time. He has identified the wider interest outside the House. My hon. Friend has described the versatility and importance of the whole subject. The debate on a national land use...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The whole House will be glad that we have an opportunity today to debate the important issue of the arts and heritage. It is perhaps one of our national characteristics that many of us, most of the time, have only a passive awareness of our country's rich heritage. As we walk past buildings that earlier generations created with skill and aesthetic sense, we do not always pause to look at them...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is riot a fair comment. Certainly there is a need for close collaboration and co-operation, as with any organisation funded by the Government. I was saying in the context of the debate that it is not my function to defend or support the Arts Council at this moment. I believe that the way in which the overall exercise has been handled, and the general support for the council's thrust in...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I will come to that point later. The hon. Gentleman's comment will be noted. I believe that what I have said so far shows that we have provided further evidence of the Government's support for the arts over the past five years. At the same time, our concern to limit the overall levels of public expenditure remains strong. It would be unrealistic to expect a substantial increase in arts...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note what my hon. Friend has said. I agree that it is a most important dimension which constantly involves the attention of my noble Friend. I fully accept that they are an important aspect of galleries in this country. In so many areas of the arts we can claim not merely national but international success — the standards of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre; the high...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I had a feeling that I should not carry my hon. Friend with me knowing the arguments that he has advanced in this matter on many occasions. He must have regard to the wider issues involved. I have no doubt, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that if he catches your eye later he will have a chance to try to convince me. I believe that there are many examples now, such as other tax measures, which show that...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I was referring to the steps taken to support private ownership, including the extension of capital taxation exemptions for maintenance funds in the 1980 and 1982 Finance Acts, and for gifts to charities in the Finance Act 1983. Those specific measures have been reinforced by other, general, changes which we have introduced, such as the reduction in the rates of income tax and, most...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: There are always arguments to be made. If I may develop my remarks about those elements, I hope that my hon. Friend will see that we have taken some steps in recent weeks, following the various comments from many quarters. I hope that he will see that we have been impressed by the representations. Certainly there were forceful ones from the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, which...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has been in the Chamber all the time——

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: —but I remind him that this is a wide-ranging debate. It covers many issues within the arts and the heritage. I have also said that my hon. Friend will touch on some of those subjects in his reply to the debate. When we are debating the arts and the heritage, it is clear that there are many subjects requiring coverage by myself and by other right hon. and hon. Members. If the hon. Member...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I recognise that the hon. Gentleman may not be fully devoted to the arts and heritage and may feel a sense of frustration having to sit and listen to the Government's record. It is the finest ever, since my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas) took over, with others of my right hon. and hon. Friends in the Department of the Environment. It is a successful record....

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I hope that I am demonstrating to my hon. Friend that the Government's record in the past five years has ensured that many of these developments and projects are coming to fruition. The policy and philosophy has developed over several years. I hope that it will demonstrate that we are ensuring that such developments attract tourism and interest and are part of this country's heritage. I am...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: If the hon. Gentleman will wait, he will discover that I and my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, West will cover all of those points during the debate. The debate ranges over all the points mentioned in the Select Committee report, as well as the arts and our heritage. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will bear with me while I try to demonstrate the Government's record. I can understand his...


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