Results 1–20 of 191 for speaker:Mr Tom Bradley

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Electrification (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Tom Bradley: Is the Minister aware that the Secretary of State, in reply to a question from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) earlier this afternoon, created the impression that the proposals that he received recently from British Rail for a cost-benefit analysis of electrification of main lines up to 1988 did not include electrification from Bedford to Sheffield? Will he clarify...

Unemployment (East Midlands) (9 Feb 1983)

Mr Tom Bradley: I speak in support of the motion, which quite rightly condemns the policies that have produced the social and economic consequences, outlined by the hon. Member for Ashfield (Mr. Haynes), that have flowed relentlessly since the members of the Government were shanghaied by a group of monetarist advisers shortly after taking office. The motion refers specifically to an increase of 187 per...

Transport Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Jan 1983)

Mr Tom Bradley: I have long held the view that all Bills should be timetabled, but there is a world of difference between timetabling a Bill at the outset and introducing a timetable motion at this stage. Much time has been spent on the Bill in Committee, especially on clause 1, which dealt only with a definition of terms. The way in which Opposition Members introduced amendments on such a restricted part of...

Transport Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Jan 1983)

Mr Tom Bradley: That point has been raised many times, but it does not invalidate my earlier proposition that the best people to make such decisions are the elected representatives of a locality in the light of local circumstances. That is how it should be done. No party has talked more about the value of and the right to independence of local authorities than the Conservative Party. Yet no party has done...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: rose—

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: I must add my protest to those already made about the speed with which this Second Reading debate is taking place. We are really in an incredible parliamentary situation. A week last Friday, within an hour or so of the Bill being published, there was a White Paper. I understand a White Paper to be an expression of Government intent for discussion and debate before legislative proposals are...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: The hon. Gentleman's remarks are reflected in the report. The Committee confirmed the evidence, and I cannot gainsay that. I have little sympathy with the crude strategy of cheap fares at any cost. The GLC's fares policy undoubtedly resulted in an increase in the ridership on London's transport services. However, the evidence suggests that at least some of that increase resulted from...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: As the law stands, it must be the responsibility of the GLC and the passenger transport authorities in the counties to develop coherent transport policies. That responsibility must include the power to adjust the charges made by public transport operators to accord with their overall transport strategy—even if both the strategy and the fares policy turn out to be wrong. If we create...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: The right hon. Gentleman's proposals will enlarge the area of uncertainty. He will specify the level of subsidy that he regards as legal. That will leave wide open the question of what is illegal. Nothing could be more unstable.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: Of course the matter should be clarified. I do not know how on earth we can expect courts of law to decide the right level of subsidy or the acceptable degree of financial subvention. The Minister has created an instability. I have heard no suggestion that an authority must follow his guidance figures. How far will the courts regard them as narrowing the scope of a council's discretion? We...

British Rail (Dispute) (14 Jul 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: Is the Secretary of State aware that his statement condemning this disastrous strike is very much in line with what the leaders of the two other rail unions—the TSSA and the NUR—are saying? With that advantage behind him, why does the right hon. Gentleman still continue to shrug his shoulders? It is not inconceivable that the Government have responsibility in this matter and, therefore,...

Employment Bill (Allocation of Time) (20 Apr 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: The right hon. Gentleman will have to contain himself a little longer. Everything will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Employment Bill (Allocation of Time) (20 Apr 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: Like all opposition Members who have spoken in the debate, I object to the introduction of the timetable motion. The Leader of the House gave his estimate of the time that had been taken on the discussion of the various clauses and, incredibly, that seems to have led to some dispute even on the Floor of the House. We cannot even get the figures correct. I content myself by saying that is...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (9 Feb 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: I said it was not controversial.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (9 Feb 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Barrow-in-Furness (Mr. Booth) on his extremely careful analysis of the Bill and the criticisms that he applied to it. I share particularly his conclusion that it is most regrettable that the Bill has been presented in its present mixed form. Some hon. Members say that parts of the Bill are good whereas others say that parts of the Bill are wholly bad....

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (9 Feb 1982)

Mr Tom Bradley: The new company has hardly been floated. We had better reserve judgment until we can gauge the success or otherwise of the Government's intentions. As I was saying, National Express represents about 7 per cent. of the total business of the National Bus Company. It is an inter-city express coach service which depends for its success on three things. First, it is an all-embracing national...

Industrial Relations Legislation (23 Nov 1981)

Mr Tom Bradley: I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that Mrs. Shirley Williams will be in the House next week and will no doubt take an opportunity personally to answer his point about Grunwick. Following his consideration of industrial relations and trade union reform, why did he decide not to take this opportunity to introduce legislation to ensure that all senior national trade union officers should be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railways (Electrification) (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Tom Bradley: Is the Secretary of State aware that his proposed method of approval of electrification by stages is causing maximum uncertainty within British Railways and their supplying industries? Does he not agree that that method is hardly conducive to efficient forward planning, when much rolling stock needs replacing and much resignalling needs to be carried out? Will he not reconsider his proposed...

Lorries, People and the Environment (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Tom Bradley: The previous debate on this subject on 27 January was most unsatisfactory. It was hurriedly convened, and inadequate in length, and there was no particular question before the House on which hon. Members were able to reach a decision. I felt last last Thursday, on the announcement of the business for this week, that the Opposition had done a service by ,giving up some of their time to enable...

Orders of the Day — Greater Manchester Bill [Lords] (By Order): European Community (Transport Policy) (7 Apr 1981)

Mr Tom Bradley: My purpose in raising this Adjournment debate is to draw attention to the lack of progress towards establishing a common transport policy for the European Economic Community and to restate the vital need to formulate an overall strategy for transport in the interest of the economic well-being of the Community as a whole. Transport is one of the four areas of activity specifically identified...


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