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Clause 2: Treasure (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: Over 32 years I have despairingly endeavoured to introduce private Members' Bills of one sort or another, so I am especially gratified that one of them—the Treasure Act 1996, as it now is—reached the statute book successfully. The motion before the House is the final act and deed to put that excellent measure into effect. I hope that the House will pass it. I believe that if it does, we...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: New clause (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: Is not a legitimate firearms dealer entitled to say, "I understand that an appalling tragedy took place and that a careful inquiry was conducted under a distinguished judge, having been set up by the Government, but I did not and could not anticipate that the Government would decide—when Parliament was not sitting—to go against the recommendations of that inquiry, and that is why we are...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Having Small-Calibre Pistol Outside Premises of Licensed Pistol Club (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: I think that my hon. Friend and, probably, my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary, will want to be completely fair to the Liberal Democrat party. It should be pointed out that the one member of that party who knows something about this subject—the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Sir D. Steel)—actually voted against.

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Having Small-Calibre Pistol Outside Premises of Licensed Pistol Club (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: The really determined maniac will not bother about assembling a gun. He will go to any pub in the east end and illegally buy a gun that has been imported from behind the iron curtain. Thousands are available illegally.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Contracts (11 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: Although I am bitterly disappointed that the main contract went abroad, does my hon. Friend agree that it does no good to the work force of an excellent company such as Marshall, or anybody else, to spread doom and gloom? Is there, even at this stage, a hope that there may still be some chance of Marshall playing a part in the main contract?

Business of the House (6 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: Will my right hon. Friend ask the Home Secretary to resist the blandishments of the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) on the Firearms (Amendment) Bill when it returns to the House? Will he also ask him to ensure that any modifications made fully reflect the very wise and sensible amendments to the Bill—to restore some justice to many innocent people—so wisely passed by the other place?

Local Government Finance (3 Feb 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in spite of the extra £6 million for education in Cambridgeshire, the Lib-Lab coalition is proposing an across-the-board cut for schools of £8.8 million? Is not that yet another example, and an awful warning, of the dangers of Liberals getting into bed with Labour or vice versa?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Contracts (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Anthony Grant: When coming to what I hope will be an early decision on the Tristar contract, will my hon. Friend bear in mind what I have repeatedly told him: that what is at risk is not merely jobs in Cambridgeshire but, for the nation, the remarkable expertise of the Marshalls company, which has been built up over many years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: European Court of Human Rights (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proposals for reform of procedures were made by the Lord Chancellor during his recent visit to the European Court of Human Rights. [7630]

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: European Court of Human Rights (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: Does my hon. Friend agree that that court, which is nothing to do with the European Union, has a pretty dismal record on pronouncements on subjects that affect this country, which it does not really understand? Will the better quality of judges, which must be welcomed, ensure that we do not have a repetition of the deplorable judgment in the so-called death on the rock case? Is not the recent...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: If the Government had accepted the advice of the high-powered review that they set up, headed by a distinguished judge, they would not be in this mess. The Government will have to pay up: they are the authors of their own misfortune.

Former Prisoners of War (Compensation) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: I echo the sentiments expressed by the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick). Some 51 years ago, I went to Singapore and Malaya with the British Army. I think that I may be the only serving Member of Parliament to do so—although I know that my right hon. Friend the Member for Brent, North (Sir R. Boyson) served in the Royal Navy in the far east at that time. We were stationed in...

Local Government Finance (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: While welcoming the expenditure increases for education and fire services on Cambridgeshire county council, I regret the decreases for the more efficient South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire district councils. Is my right hon. Friend aware that there will be deep disappointment that the reform of the ludicrous area cost adjustment system is to be delayed once again? Despite the courtesy...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situations: Amendment of the Law (26 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: I do not agree with what the right hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown) said, but he had the decency and the honour to admit frankly that his policy was to increase taxation. That is more than we ever get from the Labour party. We all know that a Labour Government would increase taxation, but Labour Members do not have the decency to admit it. The right hon. Gentleman was positive in his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: RAF Equipment (26 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: Will my hon. Friend tell us when a decision will be made on the RAF TriStar support contract, which he will appreciate is of great concern to Cambridgeshire? We are anxious that the expertise of Marshalls—the company that he knows all about—should not be lost.

Business of the House (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: My right hon. Friend will have noted that, belatedly, the Opposition have joined the referendum bandwagon on European currency. But has he noticed that, according to a recent report, they want a referendum not on that issue alone, but on every subject under the sun? May we have an opportunity to consider the future of referendums and their use? If we go down the line suggested by the...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: Will my right hon. and learned Friend say a word about vintage arms? He will be aware that there is a highly respectable vintage arms society, of which I am a member. It caters for muzzle-loading weapons, which could not conceivably be used to commit an appalling crime but which do not appear to be exempted from the Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Judiciary (14 Oct 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the fact that most people would prefer, and indeed expect, to be tried by their elders and betters rather than by some ghastly politically correct, cooked-up judiciary?

Opposition Day: Water Metering (9 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: A classic example of my right hon. Friend's voluntary approach can be seen in Anglian, which has the lowest leakage rate in the country. That rate is continuing to fall on an entirely voluntary basis.

Opposition Day: Water Metering (9 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Grant: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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