Results 1–20 of 3398 for speaker:Mr Robert Hughes

Prayers: Tariff Rebate Subsidy (Northern Isles) (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Hughes: And crews' wages.

Prayers: Tariff Rebate Subsidy (Northern Isles) (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Hughes: We slipped up there.

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: First, I should like to echo the Minister's congratulations and tributes to the Royal National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen. It has done a splendid job in the past century, and continues to do so, although it does not operate on the same scale as it did a decade ago. The hon. Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) and I share a number of common features. It happens that neither of us will be...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Just hear me out. The Prime Minister came to a deal, because he needed the votes of Ulster Unionist Members to avoid defeat. I do not know whether there is a shred of truth in that story, and if there is, I do not blame the Ulster Unionist Members, who are using their position to get the best they can for their industry. But that is not the right way to run fishing policy. Bargaining with a...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Yes, it is a serious debate. The Prime Minister cares about only one thing—survival. He is treating the House of Commons as if it were a hospice for the terminally ill—he is trying to dull the pain and alleviate distress until the inevitable end comes.

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: I am glad that I allowed the hon. Gentleman to put that on the record. I said that I was not concerned one way or the other whether there was a shred of truth in the story. We are all honourable Members in this place, and I take his word that no cosy deal has been done. It may be that a cosy deal was offered, but we shall leave that aside. The one fortunate thing is that the end of this...

E. Coli (Scotland) (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Although I fully accept that the closure of the Tony research laboratory will have had no effect whatever on the current outbreak, does it not serve as a warning that we should not skimp on research on bacteria such as E. coli? Quite apart from looking at food hygiene and distribution, will Professor Pennington examine the original source of E. coli, because where it comes from is just as...

Cattle Head Deboning Industry (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: I apologise to the hon. Gentleman for not being able to stay for the full debate due to Select Committee business, but is there not an inconsistency in that the Prime Minister talks of compensation for farmers while the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food talks about stabilising the market? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, once we land in the area of compensation, we are...

Free Trade and Foreign Policy (11 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Will the Foreign Secretary put aside for the moment the party political gloss on his statement and come to terms with the realities? Does he agree that the European Union's trade negotiations with South Africa have less to do with helping South Africa to develop its economy and much more to do with the self-interest and protectionism of the European Union? In the context of those...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill ( 5 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: rose—

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill ( 5 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Does the Secretary of State accept that what matters is not only what is in statute, but how statute is applied? Will he comment on the provision of an earlier Bill, which I supported, that allowed the proceeds of drug dealing to be confiscated from high-up drug dealers? How often has that provision been used in Scotland, and what is the value of the assets that have been seized?

Business of the House ( 4 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: The Prime Minister mentioned during Question Time that the review body report on the pay of Members of Parliament will be published today. Is the Leader of the House aware that the Vote Office is refusing to issue that report, on the grounds that it is not authorised to do so and has not been told when it should be published? As the report has been made available to the press, is it not...

Prayers: Tourism (Scotland) (12 Jun 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: As the hon. Lady is aware, last Friday the Aberdeen and Grampian tourist board finally managed to set its budget for the coming year. It is £900,000 down on a £2.8 million budget, which is severe. The trade members of the board, in particular, say that because it is a statutory body, there should be some way in which the core funding can be guaranteed. Ring-fencing probably is not...

EU Beef Ban (21 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: The lifting of the ban depends on the confidence of the European Commission, the standing veterinary committee and others that the BSE eradication programme is right and proper. How can that confidence be enhanced when the Minister of Agriculture behaves like a demented gambler in the last chance saloon, offering to double the number of cattle that might be culled, directly contrary to the...

Bill Presented: Common Agricultural Policy (16 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: First, I must make a few general remarks about the common agricultural policy. There seems to be universal agreement that the CAP needs radical reform. It is recognised that it is expensive and that it concentrates subsidy income in the hands of the largest and most prosperous farmers. Indeed, the word "farmer" now seems a most inappropriate description. A better one might be...

Business of the House (16 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Is the Minister aware that I received a reply yesterday from the Secretary of State for National Heritage that makes no comment on the problems of the law, saying simply that it is up to the National Lottery Charities Board to determine whether it is legal? The reply went on to state that there are no plans to change the law. Will the Leader of the House use his best endeavours to facilitate...

Common Agricultural Policy (15 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Common Agricultural Policy (15 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: I am genuinely seeking information. When did the Secretary of State for Health or the Minister of Agriculture receive the SEAC report? Did it suddenly arrive on the Daily Mirror news desk before Ministers had seen it? It seemed from ministerial statements that Ministers had digested it thoroughly. If they had had it for even a few days before it leaked to the press and had made no effort to...

Common Agricultural Policy (15 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: rose—

Common Agricultural Policy (15 May 1996)

Mr Robert Hughes: Does the Minister agree that the agricultural industry encompasses people and trades other than those who are purely farmers? I refer to the dire circumstances as a result of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and to the compensation that is being offered. What does the Minister have to say to people such as John Troup in Aberdeen, who received a fax from the Scottish Office and was told to...

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