Results 1–20 of 1244 for speaker:Mr Stephen Hastings

Business of the House (17 Feb 1983)

Mr Stephen Hastings: Has my right hon. Friend noted early-day motion 224, which now carries 146 signatures from Members on both sides of the House on a free post for Poland? [That, in view of the dire need of the people of Poland, and in recognition of the debt the United Kingdom owes the people of Poland for their service in the last World War, this House believes that Her Majesty's Government should provide a...

Falkland Islands (13 May 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: The hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) made a great parade about his passionate opposition to Fascist Governments in South America. He also cited his long record of protest. Protest is one thing, but to do something about it is another. That is what the Government are now engaged upon. We did not learn very much from the hon. Gentleman about what can be done. He puts his faith in...

Falkland Islands (13 May 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I cannot quite follow the logic of the hon. Gentleman's question. I would answer it if I could. Perhaps he should put it to the Minister who is to wind up the debate. My point is that my right hon. Friend's reference to sovereignty might have weakened the negotiating position. To envisage the possibility of sharing sovereignty is one thing; to imply a cession of sovereignty is another. My...

Falkland Islands (13 May 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: My right hon. Friend spoke of administration by a small group of nations. Does that imply the return of British troops and a British element among those nations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Apr 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the truly remarkable achievement of the Royal Navy and the other Services in mounting this task force with such efficiency and speed has been insufficiently recognised to date? Does she further agree that any continuing plea for a restriction of the use of force, or some other kind of compromise, can serve only to bring comfort and strength to the junta...

Vale of Belvoir (25 Mar 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: While making it clear to my right hon. Friend that slag heaps in Biggleswade or my constituency will be no more welcome than they would be anywhere else, may I ask whether he recognises that his decision will come as a considerable relief to the many and mounting number of people who are deeply disturbed at the rate of disappearance of farmland? From their reaction, it is clear that the...

Vale of Belvoir (25 Mar 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: Is it not fair to say that the board has been among the principal predators in this direction and that the time has come for it to think again about its technology? Can my right hon. Friend say anything more about what he called the alternative approach? Will new technology be involved in the extraction or combustion? I am sure that the House will be interested to hear about that.

Business of the House (18 Feb 1982)

Mr Stephen Hastings: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of us are deeply concerned about the current rate of loss of farmland and countryside to all forms of development? Will he try to arrange a debate on the matter as soon as possible and certainly before any final decision is taken on either Stanstead or the Vale of Belvoir, both of which proposals threaten many thousands of acres?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Growers (Gas Subsidies) (12 Nov 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: Has my hon. Friend been informed that the net loss per acre to tomato growers in the last season has been estimated—I believe accurately—at £19,000 and that in the same period imports of Dutch trays of tomatoes increased by over £30,000? Decisions in the industry must be taken now, at this hour. How can the Government expect any confidence to remain in that sector of the industry unless...

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I am grateful to my hon. Friends and to Opposition right hon. and hon. Members for the way in which they took part in the debate and for the kind things that they have said. I am especially grateful to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services for answering the debate. I know him for a true countryman and accept entirely the feelings that lay behind his...

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend. I accept his comments as an intention to improve matters as rapidly as practicable. I was a little disappointed when he said, on new clause 5, that an annual report cannot be made because it would be difficult for local authorities to produce information as they may not have it all. That is surely the point. However, I hope that through some of the means...

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: The new clauses are concerned with land loss, with penalties for despoiling the countryside, and with development. All are related, and all are relevant to one central proposition. The whole of part II of the Bill is concerned with nature conservation, the countryside and national parks. There has been a lengthy and painstaking debate about access, about what those who live and work on the...

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I myself see evidence of that. The hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) is right when he says that efforts have been and are being made. However, in my opinion they are quite inadequate. Claims that have been made for the fertility of the soil which is supposed to have been reclaimed are often grossly exaggerated. Some of the farmers who try to farm that land would not entirely agree...

Orders of the Day — Wildlife and Countryside Bill [Lords]: Recording of Loss of the Countryside to All Forms of Development (30 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I have been listening carefully to my right hon. Friend. Will he give some guidance to the House on the additional freedom of action on planning matters that was conferred on district councils last year which has led to a loss of land that should have been prevented?

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Bill: Amendments Relating to Enforcement of Control (10 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: That is a most interesting suggestion. I have never considered it or heard it before. I suppose that one difficulty might be that if that were done for this legislation, the magistrates' courts would need a computer hard at work on a variety of offences, which might be an objection.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Bill: Amendments Relating to Enforcement of Control (10 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I beg to move, That this House cloth agree with the Lords in the said amendment. May I say how grateful I was to my hon. Friend the Minister for his reception in the previous debate of the points made by my hon. Friends the Members for Staffordshire, South-West (Mr. Cormack) and for Lichfield and Tamworth (Mr. Heddle) and the hon. Member for Edmonton (Mr. Graham) about the extent of the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Bill: Amendments Relating to Enforcement of Control (10 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment. We now come to the subject of trees. A great deal of attention has been focused on the question of hedgerow trees during the passage so far of the Wildlife and Countryside Bill. Where there is an enforcement notice, the amendment is relevant. I know that the matter interests my hon. Friend the Member for...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Bill: Penalties for Non-Compliance with Notice as to Waste Land. (10 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Planning (Amendment) Bill: Penalties for Non-Compliance with Notice as to Waste Land. (10 Jul 1981)

Mr Stephen Hastings: These amendments are concerned with waste land. Section 65 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 enables a local planning authority to serve a notice on the owner or occupier of neglected or unsightly land, referred to as waste land, requiring its proper maintenance—in other words, that it should be tidied up. Unfortunately, section 104(2) of the Act, which deals with the penalty for...


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