Results 201–220 of 1848 for speaker:Mr Phillip Whitehead

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Does not the Minister agree that it is in our foreign policy interests that we have close links with what is still an emerging democracy in Spain and what is still an emerging State from the Communist orbit in Somalia, a country which the Minister has not mentioned?

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: As the hon. Member for Brighouse and Spenborough (Mr. Waller) said earlier, in 1979 the BBC tried to tell the Foreign Office—the hon. Gentleman would say dictate—that there should be a service in the Turkish vernacular, and in 1980 the Foreign Office asked the BBC to expand that service. Does not that suggest that there is no monopoly of wisdom on the question of where we should broadcast?

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Listeners to the BBC service to Brazil, which is about to be axed, total about the same number as the readers of all the serious newpapers in Brazil. Is that not an influence that could not be obtained through Foreign Office diplomats?

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: The figure is explicit. Regular listeners are defined as those who listen at least once a week. That was the case in the Brazilian example that I quoted.

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the hon. Member remind the House of one other editorial in Le Monde in 1979, when there was the previous attempt to cut the French service? That paper remonstrated with us in a way that no British newspaper would do if we suddenly heard that there would be no French language broadcasts to this country. French intellectual opinion, reflected by that Le Monde editorial, showed that BBC...

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I congratulate the Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, the hon. Member for Stroud (Sir A. Kershaw), on his extremely careful and lucid exposition of the case. He put it in the manner in which hon. Members on both sides of the House wish to put it to the Minister. He went into great detail about the areas that wall be cut. His exposition will shorten and simplify my speech....

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: The hon. Member is right and leads me to my next point, which is that in the period before and after I worked for the external services there were various proposals from Governments to close down services. In 1957, the Portuguese service was closed—that is Portuguese to Portugal. Now, because of some curious quirk or a personal whimsical preference of the Minister of State, we are to go on...

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that information. It links up with what I am saying. It is certainly true that when the BBC official responsible for that department of external broadcasting was last in the Far East he was received by General Ne Win virtually with the honours of a Head of State. There is no question but that General Ne Win and the ruling circles in Burma take the BBC...

Orders of the Day — BBC (External and Transcription Services) (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his support. Indeed, I am buoyed up by the support that I am receiving from all parts of the House. I see still on the Minister's face the flicker of sceptical disbelief for which he is well known. The hour is still early. I hope that many of his hon. Friends will have heavier methods of persuading him than are open to me. In conclusion, I was talking the...

Orders of the Day — Aston University (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that it has been said that if there were 3,000 redundancies there would be £250 million to be found? Does he not agree that such a figure would bankrupt some universities if they had to find it without a supplementary grant?

Orders of the Day — Aston University (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: If one follows that to its logical conclusion—the policy of looking at courses and faculties and not at institutions—may not some of the institutions die? Are we not near that point with the technological universities?

Orders of the Day — Aston University (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: The hon. Lady will, I am sure, agree that, apart from her legitimate constituency interest, the cuts that have been made extend to universities other than the university of Aston.

Orders of the Day — Aston University (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Name him.

Oral Answers to Questions: University Income (14 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: If, as the universities calculate, the cuts over the next three years will mean an excess of 17 per cent. and a fall of 20,000 in student numbers, will the Minister say what the DES has done to calculate two further figures? First, how many students next year and the following year will not now get university places, and what will happen about those who have already been given conditional...

Oral Answers to Questions: Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (14 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to meet the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals.

Oral Answers to Questions: Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (14 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the Secretary of State make a particular effort to get from the CVCP the numbers of students admitted in 1980–81—which I am sure they will be willing to provide—so that we can see the real baseline for the severe cuts that he has imposed on the universities? If those figures show that the real cuts include, for example, a 44 per cent. reduction at Salford and such a figure at other...

"The Observer" Newspaper (9 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Given the Secretary of State's rather muted tribute to Mr. Donald Trelford, should it not be put on record that Mr. Trelford has behaved with great courage throughout and has shown considerably more spirit than was shown on The Times and on The Sunday Times in similar circumstances? I understand that four independent directors have been chosen and that they will choose the fifth. Who...

Higher Education (8 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: It is clear from the debate that the Government's higher education policy can best be described as a policy of cut and come again. It is a policy that would apply nicely if the Secretary of State were running an ox roast at a village barbecue. It does not apply when British education is being barbecued. We are dealing with a precious national investment. However, to the cuts of last year and...

Higher Education (8 Jul 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: What kind of cuts can be made in these non-existent departments when the university is told to lose 1,000 students? Aston university has a bio-deterioration research laboratory. It has one of the only two research and development units into fish farming in the country. It is leading in research into water pollution and other areas of this kind. Yet universities of this kind are being told to...

Orders of the Day — Mr. George Sheward (Official Receiver's Conduct) (22 Jun 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am sure that the Under-Secretary will accept that in his letters to me he has said that the liquidator will call a meeting of the committee. No such meeting has been called.


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