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Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Land Held by Public Bodies (12 May 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: As usual, I tried to discover whether I would be in order. I was given advice from my hon. Friends on the Opposition Benches, from hon. Members on Conservative Benches, from the Chair and from behind the Chair. In my last few days before my retirement from this House, I thought that I would go out with a clean bill of health. I decided to consult all my hon. Friends on how to approach this...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Land Held by Public Bodies (12 May 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: Yes, isn't it beautiful? However, the Under-Secretary of State should see the picture of the entrepreneurs. That is a much better picture. The notes attached to the picture state that the site could he sold as a hotel. That is a beautiful picture. I shall pass it round as the Minister is so interested. On the front page it says: The present County Hall was built as headquarters of the former...

Orders of the Day — Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Bill [Lords]: Duties as Regards Safety Pending Determination of Applications for Fire Certificates (7 May 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: The words of the amendment are to me very important: the means for fighting fire with which the premises are provided are maintained in efficient working order; and". I am concerned indeed when we use words of this nature. What do we mean when we say "the means for fighting fire"? How far should it extend? Does it mean that one must be able to indicate that there is a fire? Does it mean that...

Business of the House (7 May 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: May I make a special appeal to the Leader of the House? I refer him to early-day motion 860 on the future of the West Yorkshire county hall in Wakefield. [That this House, recognising that the purpose-built County Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield has been in existence since 1898, was built and paid for and maintained by the ratepayers of the West Riding of Yorkshire and the ratepayers of the West...

County Hall, Wakefield (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me. I have had a long wait, but I sincerely hope that we shall gain some benefit from the debate. You may recall that on 4 March I waited a long time to intervene on this same subject, the use of county hall, but on that occasion we were discussing county hall, London. Under question 14, my hon. Friend the Member for Falkirk, West (Mr. Canavan),...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Marathon (County Hall) (4 Mar 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: I want to speak on this subject.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: I thank the Minister for giving way. I have had to wait a long time, five days, and four hours, but it has been worth it. I was dismayed at the time because, as an ex-Chief Whip—I was given that acknowledgement by the Minister—I knew that our troops were around. I knew that our amendments were worthy of consideration and I knew that we were doing what we have always done, which is follow...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: It has taken me two or three weeks and quite a few days sitting in this Chamber to draw someone's attention to the fact that I wanted to have a little word about my concern over local government finance. I have put on all sorts of little demonstrations. When I look round the Chamber, as a simple rural lad, the first place that I look is the Press Gallery. The Lobby members usually ask where...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: I reckon that my hon. Friends are looking at him, so I shall not name him. I started out asking questions about accountability and I approached my hon. Friends on the Front Bench, who will be Ministers at the next election, and asked them which was the best point for me to talk about residuary bodies. They told me that such and such a point would be best. My hon. Friend, who I will not name...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: No, it is not Castle Howard. I am bothered about county hall and what my predecessors and my father paid into. I am worried about accountability and I am concerned about the residuary bodies which are non-elected and non-accountable. The residuary body was selected for its attitude. I notice that there is one more person in the Press Gallery. Welcome to the fold. With all my vested interest...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: I have been told that I have only two minutes left. I have not spoken for 12 months. All I have done is to make interventions. I will finish in a few minutes, but I have a bit more to say yet. I am concerned about the accountability of local government finance. Way back, I could account each year through the local authority. Now, however, no one can account for what is happening because...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: I asked those questions, but the Government could not tell me. I asked the Government what the chairmen of the residuary bodies receive annually, what emoluments they receive and what other jobs they do. That is a carve-up. I am worried about west Yorkshire county hall. Look at the stack of questions I have asked—it is beautiful. Now the Government answer my questions in triplicate. They...

Bills Presented: Statutory Instruments, &c. (22 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: No.

Bills Presented: Statutory Instruments, &c. (22 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: Last night, unsolicited, there were 171 hon. Members in support of the first vote that I called and 10 in support of the second. That is an average of 90·5. I am certain that I shall get 20 supporters, so I say no.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Rate Fund Revenue Accounts: Further Provisions (21 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: On a point of order, Mr. Walker. If the Minister wishes to challenge the Opposition, we can divide on all our amendments and every Government amendment. The ability to do so was illustrated in 1971, and that illustration can be repeated. If the Minister provokes the Opposition, he will get that irrespective of what the Opposition Front Bench says. Let the Minister know that.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill: Other Social Welfare Bodies (15 Jan 1987)

Mr Walter Harrison: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it not right that, when an hon. Member intends to attack another hon. Member, he gives notification to that hon. Member that he will do so?

Housing (Basildon) (4 Nov 1986)

Mr Walter Harrison: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. My parliamentary colleagues keep shouting out "Reading, reading" and I am unable to listen to the hon. Member for Basildon (Mr. Amess) giving us the good information that he tries to do. Is it possible for you to bring order to the place?


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