Results 261–280 of 1848 for speaker:Mr Phillip Whitehead

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 24 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is the Prime Minister aware, at long last, of the high price that this nation is paying for the reeducation of her Government? Since so little has been done so late on such a wide area, from high interest rates through to public sector finance, may we now take it that the Government will make industrial re-investment their first priority?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Parliamentary Questions (19 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Has the Prime Minister seen the announcement today of new editors for Times Newspapers Limited—The Times and The Sunday Times?—

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: One thing should be put on record today, and that is whether or not the Minister was shaken by the figure that I gave of the falling off in applications for the Open University.

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Like the hon. Member for Ripon (Dr. Hampson) and most other hon. Members who have spoken, I support the argument for giving a greater priority for continuing and adult education. I heed the warnings of the hon. Member for Cambridge (Mr. Rhodes James) and other hon. Members who have warned against beating the drum for this priority to the disadvantage of other sections of the education system....

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: My hon. Friend makes my point for me. The process is cumulative and the position will become worse over the next year. The figures are already showing that. In Nottinghamshire an area close to my heart, courses are down by 70 per cent. on the 1975 figures. Lincolnshire has halved its residential accommodation and cut its teacher training centres, and enrolment is now down by almost 25 per...

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I will not give way. I delayed the start of my speech to allow three Conservative Members and the hon. Gentleman to speak, and I must press ahead. I have mentioned my WEA antecedents. That leads me on to the question of the position of the responsible bodies—the university extra-mural departments and the association itself. In many areas the LEA funding of those bodies has suffered heavy...

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am following the hon. Gentleman's argument with great attention. I think that he is taking the interpretation of section 7 contained in the Russell report. As a lawyer, would he say that Humberside, for example, was in breach of the Act?

Bill Presented: Adult Education (16 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: As the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) has referred to the inspectorate's report published on Friday, no doubt he will go on to say that it was not only critical of the standards in schools—with the possible effects that he has mentioned—but that it said specifically that adult education remained the area most seriously affected by expenditure cuts. The criticism is there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Loans (10 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is now in a position to announce his policy on student loans.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Loans (10 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Perhaps I can offer the Minister some more fraternal help from his own side. Do the recent reported remarks of the hon. Member for Cambridge (Mr. Rhodes James), as the Prime Minister's liaison adviser on higher education, indicate that no Government proposal for a loans procedure to replace the present grants system for first degrees is under consideration? Does he realise, from the...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (2 Feb 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Surely the point is that the State already pays in subsidies to the private sector of education upwards of £200 million, and that is the figure that should be set against the money spent on the education provided for specially handicapped children. Our argument relates to the additional sums available for the assisted places scheme rather than for these children.

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Does my hon. Friend agree, at least, that the print unions and all the other working people in Fleet Street who are concerned with these papers and these titles should have had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Harold Evans and Mr. Hugh Stephenson and the people maw put these two consortia together, to see what their financial backing was and whether they were proper bidders for the papers. They...

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is it not a fallacy to suggest that, because Murdoch does not want to push up the standards of The Sun, he will not want to pull down the standards of The Times? There is a great difference between the two.

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I congratulate the hon. Member for Thanet, East (Mr. Aitken)—who is associated with me in the early-day motion, which 92 hon. Members have signed, calling for the referral of the proposal to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission—upon his speech. Public life needs what Thomas Jefferson called the artillery of the press. It should not be thought by anyone on either side in politics, or as...

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am sure that he has had one or two sleepless moments in thinking how he could come to the House to face the criticism so legitimately applied by the hon. Member for Thanet, East. We have to decide three questions. They have already been touched upon by hon. Members on both sides of the House. First, is Mr. Murdoch the only bidder for Times Newspapers Limited? Is he the only proper,...

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I can only say that the right hon. Gentleman did not extend his powers of persuasion very far. I am sure that it will be the contention of many on both sides of the House that it would not need great powers of persuasion, given the money in the equation, to make the Thompson Organisation extend the deadline by three or four weeks. If we do not refer this bid to the Monopolies and Mergers...

Times Newspapers (27 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I shall not be drawn into the question whether the management or the unions at The Times are more or less to blame for what has happened to Thomson Newspapers. There have been faults on both sides. We are concerned here with picking up the pieces and trying to extend, if possible, editorial diversity in Fleet Street. That is healthy in a democracy. That diversity will be further narrowed and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Gas Prices (26 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what calculation his Department has made of the additional cost to British industry of the recent increase in gas prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Gas Prices (26 Jan 1981)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is the Minister aware of the extremely serious situation in the Courtaulds factory in my constituency, where the recent increases have added £300,000 to the bill for a firm which has just had to shed 2,000 of its 6,000 workers? Is he not aware that, with the great competitive disadvantage that we suffer by comparison with the United States, such firms are going out of business as a result...


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