Results 1–20 of 654 for speaker:Mr Michael McGuire

Nuclear Power (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: The right hon. and learned Gentleman sought to give the impression that the dangers of coal mining were comparable with the dangers of nuclear power. The most dangerous industry in this country is agriculture. Does the Secretary of State want to close that industry down? A few years ago in what was then my constituency there was a tragic explosion in a coal mine, but it did not spill over and...

Nuclear Power (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: On two previous occasions I said that it was probably the last time I would address the House. Today I am on surer ground and I believe that this will be the last time that I will address the House. This is Custer's last stand and everybody knows what happened to Custer. I am delighted to take part in this debate because we can appreciate the political messages coming across. The lads behind...

Nuclear Power (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: What about the enormous debt involved?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry (27 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: Listening to the previous speech, I could not help thinking that the election had started. I do not think the hon. Member for Elmet (Mr. Batiste) will mind me saying that I thought he jumped the gun with great style. He has probably rehearsed that spontaneous speech a dozen times. We tend to for get that this is a debating Chamber and that we should try to pick up points made by our...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry (27 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: My hon. Friend must play a different school to us. However, there is a saying, "He is bragging on a pair of deuces." Why did I use that expression for the nuclear power lobby? If one reads the history of the promotion of nuclear power, even when the late Fred Lee was the Minister of Power in the 1964 Government, one got the impression that nuclear power was going to be so abundant and cheap...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry (27 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: That is all very well. I believe that the Minister referred to the increase in productivity and the records being set daily by the miners. I tried to couple that with an action that the Government have deliberately taken. I am not sure of the precise technical term, but it was designed to encourage companies to switch to coal burning. I am not sure how long that lasted, but it was cut off. If...

Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: Is the Secretary of State aware that this is a regrettable decision? Is he aware that we have heard comments by my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton, North (Mr. Cook), who outlined a defect in the report? Is he also aware that the coal prices quoted in the report are hopelessly out of date and have been over-exaggerated? They would put a different complexion on the matter if they were...

Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: I shall put it in the form of a question, Mr. Speaker. Is the Secretary of State also aware, on the matter of export orders, that if future orders are as good as the ones in the past, we shall not sell anything because our nuclear exports have been a disaster? Can the Secretary of State assure us that in the past—if I may use a homely expression—nuclear power advocates have been bragging...

Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: One final point, Mr. Speaker—

Bombing (Court Cases) (20 Jan 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: We welcome the Home Secretary's decision on the Birmingham pub case, but we are disappointed by his action on other cases, especially the Guildford and Maguire cases. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned that one reason why he decided to refer the Birmingham pub case to the Court of Appeal was the new evidence presented by a police officer. Would it not be a great irony if the uncorroborated...

Bombing (Court Cases) (20 Jan 1987)

Mr Michael McGuire: I shall be as brief as I can, Sir. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the House of Lords threw out the Birmingham appeal on the basis that no police officer could ever have been guilty of what those concerned with the Birmingham pub bombing said happened? Now we are told that a policeman has come forward and that the case will be re-examined. Is that not enough evidence to get all three...

Opposition Day: J. E. Hanger and Co. Ltd. (26 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: The Minister has listed the improvements towards which his Department is working, and mentioned that other improvements are in the pipeline, or being talked about. Are the Government prepared to give a cash allowance for double leg amputees who may have to pay for the adaptation of the cars with which they are supplied under Motability? Adapting car controls for double leg amputees is costly....

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: The hon. Member for Elmet (Mr. Batiste), among others, has spoken of the militancy of the miners. He also made out a good case for a co-ordinated energy policy, which we would welcome. Many years ago, when, like me, my hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Mr. Eadie) was on the Back Benches, the militancy of the miners was always raised. In 1919, we had what was known as the Sankey...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: No. I am one of the casualties of life. Politics is full of ups and downs and mine is down at present. I am an optimist by nature, though. Conservative Members have sharpened many of their election speeches on the Union of Democratic Mineworkers/National Union of Mineworkers conflict. It seems silly that Conservative Members cannot wait to offer the industry to the public. One of the most...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: I did not intervene earlier, although I was tempted. I would like to press on. I do not refuse to give way out of any discourtesy to the hon. Gentleman; he knows that I have a high opinion of him as one of the more rational of the Nottinghamshire Members. I would not say that he is the only rational Nottingham Member, but he is one of the few. We must remember that a profitable and bigger...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Burnley) (7 May 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: Could the Minister tell me what use his Department is making of a unit, which I think is privately sponsored, known as the land resource unit? I believe that it has carried out studies and surveys on two estates in inner London, both of them, I think, in Hackney. One estate has been renovated to the extent that everyone has his own front door and patch of garden. It means getting away from...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Burnley) (7 May 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: It was on the "Woman's Hour" programme on Tuesday afternoon.

Coal Industry (24 Mar 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: The hon. Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby) must not go round deluding himself that it was the Wilson Government, as he kept reminding us, who gave the miners a raw deal. I was a pit secretary as long ago as 1957, when Jimmy Bowman was chairman of the National Coal Board, putting down massive stocks of coal. We started the market forces argument then. Nearly every pit in the...

Coal Industry (24 Mar 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: No. I have to sit down soon because colleagues wish to speak. Some miners are still being sacked. The NCB has been vindictive beyond measure. There is a patchwork across the country. In some areas men who have been convicted of minor offences have had their jobs back, but other men have experienced the heavy hand of vindictiveness and malicious spite and have not got their jobs back....

Coal Industry (24 Mar 1986)

Mr Michael McGuire: I am not sure whether you were judicially deaf during an earlier part of the debate, Mr. Deputy Speaker, when the issue of the review was touched upon. I wish to speak only briefly about it in taking up the remarks of the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith). I believe that the House was misled on 5 February 1985 because of the inference that was to be drawn from what the NCB was...


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