Results 1–20 of 5706 for speaker:Mr James Prior

Airborne Early Warning System (18 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: Why on earth should my hon. Friend think that a statement I made last Sunday had a damaging effect on getting an extension of a few weeks or a couple of months for the assessment? His remarks are not what I would expect from my hon. Friend, and if it is any help to him I can tell him now that GEC offered to pay to the middle of January so that a further assessment could be made.

Airborne Early Warning System (18 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: I declare a fairly large interest in this debate. I make no bones about it. I do not see why hon. Members who have an interest should not declare it or should not take part in the debate. I think that the House gains something when people who have outside interests are able to play a part in debates. There was criticism because, on Tuesday, I asked the Prime Minister a question. I gather...

Airborne Early Warning System (18 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: No one has been told. I should expect that, in a contract of this nature, as with most contracts, when things were going wrong, there would be discussion between the contractor and the customer. Of course, we have to accept the decision. The RAF has always wanted AWACS and I do not see why it should not want AWACS. It has always wanted it and I do not impugn the RAF for that because it flew...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Engagements (16 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: May I declare an all too-well-known interest? I say to my right hon. Friend that of course the defence of the country must come first in any decision that the Government reach.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Engagements (16 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: Not even a but. The leaks that have come out of the Ministry of Defence are unfortunate, because they have given an impression that the GEC avionics system simply does not work, and could not be made to work within three years of the stipulated date. Does my right hon. Friend recognise that this is damaging for a company which has worked very hard from the time that it had complete control...

Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill ( 1 Dec 1986)

Mr James Prior: I apologise for not being here at the beginning of the debate. I thought that the debate would start later than it did. I declare an interest, in that I used to have a commercial interest in the Broads. I am delighted that the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) has taken advantage of it in the past, and I hope that he will do so in the future. I have lived in Broadland for longer...

Northern Ireland Assembly (12 Jun 1986)

Mr James Prior: Is my right hon. Friend aware that for those of us who have a deep and abiding commitment to all the people of Northern Ireland, this afternoon's announcement must come as a disappointment? Is he further aware that others, like myself, do not believe that integration is the answer to the problem? In the United Kingdom's interests there must be devolved government some time in Northern...

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr James Prior: My hon. Friend has been saying for the last quarter of an hour that because Conservative Members have supported the Government's general economic policy they have got to support this motion. Is that not really an invitation to Conservative Members to vote against the Government more often?

Hong Kong (Nationality) (16 Jan 1986)

Mr James Prior: I come new to the subject, but I am worried, because the debate in the Legislative Council on 4 December showed that the Chinese Members of the Council were taking a different attitude from that which they took earlier. That is what worries some of us. It should be given careful consideration.

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr James Prior: Taking part in this debate is bound to be a painful business for anyone who has served in Northern Ireland, as one is bound to have mixed emotions. Over a period, in Northern Ireland and among one's unionist friends on the Back Benches, one develops a great affection and respect for their views. I have come to respect the views of the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Molyneaux) and of...

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr James Prior: That may be so—who can tell?—but it does not and should not stop us making a great effort to see what we can do. The unionists are proud people with a great tradition and they have suffered enormously. The whole House should recognise that. My hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne has said that the silent unionist majority are not understood. I believe that my right hon. Friend the Prime...

Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I do not know whether I was right or not. I do know that whoever leaked that information to the hon. Gentleman was wrong.

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: Many people have quoted in defence of their cases words that Lord Weinstock is reputed to have used. As he is the managing director of GEC, perhaps I should remind the hon. Gentleman that it would be wise for people to wait to read the evidence, when it is published. I have read it and I assure him that it does not necessarily conform to what the hon. Gentleman said, to what my right hon....

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I am glad that the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Berm) made that speech. It has made me feel much more comfortable sitting on these Benches. The people who feel uncomfortable because of the right hon. Gentleman's speech are those on the Opposition Benches. One of the sad things for the right hon. Gentleman is that there was a time when he could fill the Chamber when he made a...

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I did not catch all that the right hon. Gentleman said, but I cannot believe that he will be influential—I hope he will not be—with his leader with the sort of views that he has put forward today, although I fear he may be. I want to describe briefly what it is like when one moves from Government to the Back Benches and perhaps from Government to industry, and what Goverment begins to...

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: A few years ago I made the great mistake of saying that the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) was the Brian Clough of the House of Commons. I now know what an insult that was to Brian Clough. I have been longing to tell the hon. Gentleman that. Manufacturing industry is absolutely vital to the future of this country. I do not believe that we can have a prosperous service industry unless...

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I agree with my hon. Friend. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is listening carefully to the views that are being expressed by his right hon. and hon. Friends. A fresh assessment must be made of ATP and our bilateral aid. We need mixed credit and soft loans. We do not need to give 100 per cent. grants. A much smaller grant and a greater spread of the money would achieve a great...

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: That is our money. We put a vast amount of money into research and development, but it is our money. We research and develop the goods that we think we shall be able to sell. That is a decision that should be left to the company. It is much more important that the Government should help with the selling of goods in overseas markets where we meet intense competition rather than on the research...

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I do not doubt that that is right. I am not defending British industry and all that it does. There is a great deal wrong with British industry and there is a great deal that needs to be put right. British industry is constantly trying to improve, and there have been remarkable improvements in the past few years. However, many of the goods that we sell abroad still do not come up to standard....

Opposition Day: Industry and New Technologies (15 May 1985)

Mr James Prior: I am not as critical of ECGD as I am of the Government over ATP and on bilateral aid. I think that the ECGD needs to respond more quickly. I was more critical of the Byatt report and the attitude of the Treasury towards the ECGD, but I was concentrating my fire elsewhere. I want to turn to purchasing policy, whether it be public purchasing policy or that of large industry in Britain, whether...

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