Results 21–40 of 1848 for speaker:Mr Phillip Whitehead

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Why does the hon. Gentleman have such a curiously distant view of the electorate? What would he say to those of my constituents who find their jobs and livelihood in the railway workshops in Derby imperilled because orders from Malaysia have been cancelled to show that country's disapproval of the Government's full cost fees policy? Does he not see that many British people make both the moral...

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: It has been cut in half.

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: No.

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: The Under-Secretary of State has masked, in his usual diffident manner, what he describes as the bare bones of the Bill. Bare bones indeed, and a "Barebone's Parliament" this has been. I hope that we shall examine this skeletal provision at some length both now and in Committee. We acknowledge the problems.

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: It cannot come a day too soon for me. However, with the prospect of an imminent election, this complex problem becomes urgent and, with that in mind, the Opposition will not take a fractious view of it. We shall have an inquiring attitude and shall subject the Bill to patient scrutiny. It may be necessary to tell a slightly different tale from that outlined by the Under-Secretary of State....

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am glad that the members of the Select Committee, who were unanimous in their recommendations on this matter, are here to draw attention to what was said by the former Secretary of State, the right hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle), in 1980. A Department circular on ordinary residence published then quoted that great legal authority Mr. Justice Karminski, who has now been...

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I cannot say that I have been greatly enlightened by that answer. It assumes an area of discretion for the institutions concerned which it seems that they will not have when the Bill is enacted. The Bill seeks to confer great powers upon the Secretary of State and the Department over an area of local government. I do not believe that there is the discretion to which the hon. Gentleman has...

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: This is an issue to which we shall have to return. The dilemma in which many overseas students have found themselves over the past few months will be made worse by what they will read in the Official Report tomorrow morning. I hope that we can clear up the matter before the debate ends.

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I entirely agree. If we are to consider the impact of the Bill case by case, we shall have to examine the draft regulations as well as the Bill. The Bill is bringing the fee arrangements into line with the mandatory award arrangements, except that both sets of arrangements will be different. What will be the result of this enabling Bill? It is not possible now to have a satisfactory debate...

Education (Fees and Awards) Bill (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the Secretary of State take the initiative and show some generosity? When he had that opportunity in the past he usually turned it down. If I were giving a teacher's progress report on the Secretary of State I think I would say that he has pretty much messed things up. In the words of the old report by the craft lecturer, "Give him the job and he will finish the tools." That has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Entrants (26 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: As the Minister has encouraged the public sector to raise numbers over the next two years, why does he not take a similarly hard line with the UGC over the figures for 1984–85? Does he realise that most of us see this as the division of higher education into two sectors across the binary line — an elite sector in universities and an under-provided and under-privileged but larger sector in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Grants (26 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: As the Department of Education and Science is borrowing a Labour principle, namely that the cost of education should be set against the cost of keeping those students on the dole, will there be a consequent uprating in the level of student grant to alleviate the hardships that students have faced during the past few years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Lynn Siddons (18 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Attorney-General what considerations led him to decide that a prosecution for the murder of Lynn Siddons in Derby could not presently be brought; and what steps he plans to take to continue consideration of this case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Lynn Siddons (18 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: I am grateful to the Attorney-General for his personal consideration of this matter. Is he aware of the grave disquiet in Derby that no one has been brought to book for this appalling crime, after one unsuccessful prosecution? While no one wishes to prejudice the fair trial of any named individual, police investigations must continue until evidence is complete to justify a prosecution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Arts Council (11 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Does the Minister accept that the Opposition entirely support his reproof of his hon. Friend and his defence of the arm's length principle? It is entirely right that the Arts Council should be master in its own house when deciding which forms of art should be subsidised and in which way. Does he nevertheless agree that there is a case, when this funding is considered, for looking at the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Theatre (11 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: We rely on the Minister, as a friend of the arts—as he has shown by this grant, which we welcome—to go back to the Treasury and argue again on the points that have been put from both sides of the House, in particular, the support for the so-called theatre "angels" and the question of zero rating. Is he aware that those are of greater essential value to the support of the theatre than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Works of Art (Export Licences) (11 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science on how many occasions he has accepted recommendations from the reviewing committee on the export of works of art for the suspension of export licences for works of art after applications for such licences have been made and his Department has been consulted.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Works of Art (Export Licences) (11 Apr 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the Minister make representations to the Treasury about the effect on some of the great collections still in private hands—which may soon become subject to such a ruling—of the decision to levy VAT when transfer is made to the nation in lieu of capital transfer or death duties? Has he seen the reported remarks of Lord Scarsdale, of Kedleston Hall, that he may have to plunder his own...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University College, Buckingham (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consultations he had before chartered status was given to the University College of Buckingham.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University College, Buckingham (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is it not a fact that that proposterous institution is now a university only because it is so styled in the charter that has been awarded to it by the Secretary of State? Will he confirm that the CNAA declined to validate the honours degree at Buckingham nine years ago and that the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals would have recommended—had the right hon. Gentleman chosen to...


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