Results 1–20 of 907 for speaker:Mr James Hill

Business of the House (20 Feb 1997)

Mr James Hill: I expect that my right hon. Friend has noticed early-day motion 378. [That this House welcomes the joint appeal by the church councils of both parts of the Sudan entitled 'Here We Stand United in Action for Peace' noting particularly their appeal for international help to oversee a cease-fire and a referendum; and encourages the Foreign Secretary to respond positively.] The motion expresses...

Orders of the Day — Education and Local Government (29 Oct 1996)

Mr James Hill: I praise the Secretary of State for Education and Employment for the magnificent work that she has done—against tremendous opposition from the Labour party, as we have heard. We have not mentioned this subject much so far, but of the schools in my constituency that have been examined by Her Majesty's inspectors of schools, one had to look to its curriculum and to the quality of its...

Orders of the Day — Education and Local Government (29 Oct 1996)

Mr James Hill: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the chance to explain that all those matters revolve one on another. Thuggery on council estates will not stray past a playground. Youngsters stay at school until the age of 16. Boys and girls seem to be much more developed these days. Unless there are sufficient facilities in an urban conurbation, youngsters turn to a certain amount of what I...

Business of the House ( 4 Jul 1996)

Mr James Hill: My right hon. Friend will probably know of events in the island of Sri Lanka over the past few months, and that the People's Alliance Government have defeated the Tamil Tigers. Meanwhile, however, the Tamil Tigers have stripped hospitals, schools and every scrap of equipment in the occupied area. A small delegation from the House will go there at the end of this month, and they will be ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioner Fundholding (18 Jun 1996)

Mr James Hill: Does my hon. Friend agree that the difference between a single GP and a group of fundholding GPs is the collective amount of money available? I already know of several individual GPs in Southampton who have run out of funds long before their group counterparts. Would it be possible to send teams to the new unitary authorities—now in the middle of the reorganisation—to advise GPs and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Shipbuilding (15 May 1996)

Mr James Hill: Does my hon. Friend agree that not just shipbuilding, but ship repair, is of great importance to United Kingdom yards? Will he join me in congratulating the Cunard shipping line? For the first time, under the management of its new owners, it will, this year, have its total maintenance check—work that is worth £12 million—performed in the port of Southampton. Is not that good news for our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Union ( 8 May 1996)

Mr James Hill: Is my hon. Friend aware that there is far too much fraud in the European Union? We have a golden opportunity, next Wednesday, when we discuss in Committee directives on European fraud, for those who wish to record their opinions to do so. The House must tackle this problem because, after all, there is waste in local government and waste in national government, but it is far worse in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Land Mines ( 7 May 1996)

Mr James Hill: Does my hon. Friend agree that the British arms industry cannot be blamed for the circumstances in some parts of the world, such as Cambodia? More money needs to be spent on those gallant groups that are searching for and destroying land mines and trying to make sure that village paths are clear and people can till their fields. Is there no fund that can be used to make sure those people are...

Business of the House (14 Mar 1996)

Mr James Hill: rose—

Petitions: Tower Blocks (Southampton) (13 Mar 1996)

Mr James Hill: I wish to present to the House three petitions from the residents of three high-rise council blocks in Southampton. They asked me personally to bring them to the House because they feel that they are not being considered by Southampton city council and they were stunned by the council's decision not to remove asbestos from their blocks of flats but to paint over the asbestos. In the three...

Fire Services (13 Mar 1996)

Mr James Hill: I wish to take only two minutes of the time of the House. Although the debate has given a general impression of the fire service, it has centred almost entirely on the London scene and I was quite surprised to learn that there was a deposit account for the London fire service of £27 million. That may have made the authority change its mind when it considered closing down four stations, but...

Oil Tanker (Milford Haven) (22 Feb 1996)

Mr James Hill: My right hon. Friend has the sympathy of the House, inasmuch as no one seems to take into account the fact that it was one of the worst hurricanes to strike the coast for many years. [HON. MEMBERS: "Nonsense!"] One of the queries in the Donaldson report was about the lack of oceangoing tugs of sufficient quality and quantity to be able to bring a tanker of that size off the rocks. Has my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (21 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: Is it not true that the city of Southampton has £12 million on deposit, but is in debt to the Government in relation to housing for £90 million? Could it not be made clear to the public that councils that have spent, spent and spent must be brought under control and that capital receipts, from which they can receive interest, should be held until they balance their books?

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: What a glorious year and a half we have had in the United Kingdom. We have celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Normandy landings, VE day and VJ day. If any Members attended any of the parades, I am sure that they would have had great respect for the Old Contemptibles. They were still military in their mode; they were able to turn out in any weather—I remember getting drenched just...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: Indeed, but more facilities must be provided. There is the quaint idea that we cannot build a port at Marchwood Wood because the vergers of the New Forest may not agree. We are stifled when it comes to expanding Marchwood.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: That is illuminating. My hon. Friend is talking about a commercial project. I do not associate Marchwood or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary with anything that is commercial. It is—[Interruption.] My hon. Friend has outlined a battle that must be fought between the various local councils. As he says, the port of Southampton is doing extremely well. It can handle the largest container ships in the...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: I apologise on behalf of my hon. Friend for his interruptions. The stage was reached when I had to give way. I shall return immediately to our forces. I do not know whether anyone in the Chamber remembers that there used to be a Hampshire regiment. It became the regiment of the Princess of Wales. We are all aware of the difficulty in that area. I think that there is a roving role for the...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: rose—

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (16 Nov 1995)

Mr James Hill: I would merely say that no one has seen the programme to which my hon. Friend the Member for South Staffordshire (Sir P. Cormack) refers. We should return to the debate. I often say that in Committee. I support the impassioned plea of my hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Waterside (Mr. Colvin) on behalf of Vosper Thornycroft. Some of its employees who live in his constituency may become...

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