Results 1–20 of 171 for speaker:Mr Edward Fletcher

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (15 Mar 1982)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I hope that the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill) will forgive me if I do not follow his meanderings through the Budget. He seemed to be advocating the case for small businesses, but ignored the fact that tens of thousands of them have been going into bankruptcy over the past two years. If they cannot find a better advocate, the best thing they can do is to vote for a Labour...

Orders of the Day — Motor Vehicle Industry (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: The House has seldom heard a more complacent speech than that delivered by the Secretary of State. The right hon. Gentleman reiterated the old slogans that the motor car industry must become more competitive, that we must have a competitive edge and that workers must accept their responsibilities and work more economically and presumably for lower wages in order to compete in world markets....

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I congratulate the hon. Member for Winchester (Mr. Browne) on his moving speech. I assure him that there was hardly a dry eye on the Opposition Benches as we listened to the plight of the bankers. Not everyone has been upset at the return of a Tory Government. Some people have done well, including the bankers and the finance houses that contribute so liberally to the funds of the Tory Party....

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: The hon. Member was discourteous in not giving way to any hon. Member on the Labour Benches when he was speaking. I shall therefore not give way to him, but of course if any other hon. Members wish to intervene I shall gladly give way to them.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention because that is precisely the point I am endeavouring to make. The CBI recognises that fact. It has suggested a £2·5 billion injection into the economy for railway electrification and so on. The TUC has suggested in its industrial document a £6 billion reflation. Anyone with a sense of history knows that if we reflate we can generate money by...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I shall not give way to the hon. Gentleman. Can he not take"No" for an answer? The average British wage is only 56 per cent. of the average German wage. A prominent Minister has said that our labour costs are cheaper. Therefore, the Government cannot claim that we are pricing ourselves out of the market.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I do not know what the hon. Gentleman means by"value added". Earlier, it was pointed out that industrial production had increased by only 1 per cent. while wages had risen by 14 per cent. There is no relationship between those figures. Manufacturers are shedding labour because of the introduction of computers and technological advances. Production ratios remain the same while the labour force...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Claimants (Requests for Information) (18 Feb 1981)

Mr Edward Fletcher: Opposition Members have often complained that many Government Departments deliberately withhold information from Members of Parliament, particularly if that information is likely to become embarrassing. At least there is a motive in this procedure, although it is to be deplored, but we have now reached the stage when Ministers are impeding Members of Parliament from fulfilling their...

Employment (Picketing and Closed Shop) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: In Committee during the passage of the Employment Act, many of my hon. Friends raised various points which the Minister at the time said would be clarified when the codes of practice were issued. But—as the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell), with whom I totally disagree on most issues, said in a brilliant speech—the codes do not clarify the position but make it almost murkier...

Employment (Picketing and Closed Shop) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: That was because the TUC was under some pressure with the threat of legislation if a Tory Government were returned. The TUC was under pressure, particularly from the media, to produce what is regarded as a code of conduct applicable to trade unions. If it is thought that there was merit in the TUC doing that, why did Conservative Members not pressurise their own Ministers to introduce codes...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Determination of Fairness of Dismissal (23 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: The speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) and that of my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster (Mr. Walker) illustrate that there is no demand from small businesses for this clause. I hope, therefore, that the House can devote some attention to other aspects of the problem. I wish to deal with a matter that has not been discussed, namely, the reaction...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Determination of Fairness of Dismissal (23 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I shall develop this argument before giving way to the hon. Gentleman. He referred to his experience in appearing on behalf of applicants and employers before industrial tribunals. Now he has another task. His job will be to plead poverty and to say that the firm that he represents does not possess the resources to meet its full obligations. There may be problems with exports to Iran, over...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Determination of Fairness of Dismissal (23 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: That is debatable. No cases have been heard under the new legislation. There could be a debate about what resources are. Are they financial re- sources, or personnel resources? Many small firms do not have a personnel department. It is easy to estimate the size of a company, but it is more difficult to estimate its resources. The clause will make it more difficult for firms to recruit...

New Clause 9: Settlement of Claims as to Recognised Terms or Conditions of Employment (22 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I wish to support the case that has been put forward for new clause 9. The matter was debated at great length in Committee. The Secretary of State has had an opportunity since then to consider the points that we put forward. It is difficult to understand the motivation of the Government in deciding to abolish schedule 11. I can only conclude that it is another spoke in the wheel. The...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Secondary Action (17 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I hope that the hon. Member for Scarborough (Mr. Shaw) will forgive me if I do not pursue his line of argument, though I was intrigued by his plea to the Secretary of State to introduce immediately another Bill to strengthen the provisions of the Bill before us, which is one of many instalments in the attempt to restore the industrial climate to that which existed at the time of the...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Secondary Action (17 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I do not agree with the first proposition of the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Griffiths). I can give a personal illustration. It may be recalled that I sought to introduce a Private Member's Bill to amend the Employment Protection Act to bring the law into what was the original intention of Parliament. Judges unfortunately do not read the speeches of Ministers. They put their own...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Secondary Action (17 Apr 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I thank my right hon. Friend for that interpretation, which is relevant to my point. The other question that the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds asked was what would be my position with regard to the law. If I had been alive at the time of the Tolpuddle martyrs, I would have been on their side and against the law. It depends on the circumstances. Law reform has been achieved only by...

Doncaster Skillcentre (21 Jan 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I support the plea of my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster (Mr. Walker) that the Doncaster skillcentre be kept open. I have sympathy with him, because the Darlington skillcentre is on the list to be closed. We have to confine our remarks to Doncaster, but no doubt much of my right hon. Friend's argument applies also to Darlington. Part of the Government's campaign of economy cuts...

Doncaster Skillcentre (21 Jan 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend, whose intervention has emphasised the point that I was seeking to make. If training is not available, many people will be destined to spend many years unemployed. In my region, 7,000 people are unemployed. If people have no skill, it is difficult for them to get employment. There are 37 vacancies for skilled engineers in the area. The employers, who...

Northern Region (21 Jan 1980)

Mr Edward Fletcher: I refer to a constituency matter that has repercussions in the North-East. As a consequence of the public service cuts, it has been proposed that certain skillcentres should be closed, and 20 are currently under review. One of them is in my constituency of Darlington, and another is likely to be Maryport. In addition, one of the three rehabilitation centres in the North-East at...


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