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Results 1–20 of 210 for speaker:Mr Graham Bright

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: With your support.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: I shall deal with two aspects of the Budget. First, when the measures on low-sulphur diesel fuel were announced, many people were left wondering what they were all about. On 17 April this year, I initiated a debate on air pollution. During the debate, I outlined clearly the effects on the health of the nation of particulate matter blowing into the atmosphere. About 4 million adults and 1...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: Indeed, Johnson Matthey has pioneered that technology. It costs about £3,500 to fit a bus or other vehicle with that equipment. The £500 a year reduction in the road fund licence that will be offered for vehicles that conform is a real fiscal measure to encourage bus and lorry operators to be more environmentally friendly. That will have a huge impact in London and in any urban environment,...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: The cars are fitted with catalytic converters. Some 80 per cent. of the new estate car production is exported. However, Vauxhall has received no help, whereas Nissan, Toyota and other car manufacturers have received help. That does not help to persuade companies such as Vauxhall to stay put; indeed, it may make it want to move. That is not good news for Luton and that concerns me.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: I am talking about keeping manufacturing jobs in the south-east. I represent Luton, not the north-east. I am proud to represent Luton and I will continue to represent it for many more years. Luton is the economic dynamo for Bedfordshire and beyond. It is set to consolidate its current successes and to develop new opportunities for businesses and jobs, because it has all the main ingredients...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Apr 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 30 April. [25703]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Apr 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that child benefit for children who stay at school for a further two years to study for A-levels is worth in excess of £1,000? Can he also confirm that child benefit has its origins in tax rebate? If that were abolished, as Labour proposes, it would be equivalent to putting 5p on the basic rate of tax for the average parent. [Interruption.]

Air Pollution (17 Apr 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: I am grateful for the opportunity to debate an issue that is close to my heart and one that is causing increasing concern in the country at large: the adverse effect of diesel particulate emissions on health and how we can reduce those levels. I shall stick closely to my notes as it is a fairly technical subject and I have a lot to say about it. I have a vested interest in the matter: I am,...

Air Pollution (17 Apr 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: Hay fever is a respiratory disorder. It is obviously related to asthma. Most people believe that hay fever is caused by pollen and grass seeds in the atmosphere. It may also be triggered by other particulates that float about in the atmosphere that we breathe. I am not a medical man, but I believe that hay fever may well be triggered by particulates from exhaust emissions. None of the...

Air Pollution (17 Apr 1996)

Mr Graham Bright: Absolutely. That is just the tip of the iceberg. When we take into account the number of lorries and taxis, the total amount of soot emitted from diesel engines runs into millions of tonnes a year. In London alone, it costs some £30 million a year to clean up the soot from diesel emissions. The high particulate emissions from diesel engines are perhaps their main drawback. The second...

University Funding (Luton) (7 Jun 1995)

Mr Graham Bright: I welcome the opportunity to draw to the attention of the House an issue that effects my constituency and highlights one of the Government's most striking successes: the increase in participation rates in higher education. I welcome my two colleagues, my hon. Friends the Members for Luton, North (Mr. Carlisle) and for Bedfordshire, South-West (Sir D. Madel), who support the case that I shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Mar 1995)

Mr Graham Bright: Has my right hon. Friend seen reports in this morning's newspapers suggesting that he is considering plans to change how state education is funded? Will he confirm to the House that that is not so?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Revenue Support Grant, Bedfordshire (15 Feb 1995)

Mr Graham Bright: Does my hon. Friend agree that before Bedfordshire county council, led by the Liberals and the Labour party, starts criticising and cutting, it should look at its own efficiency—in particular, at the fact that it is carrying about 16,000 surplus places within its schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nurses and Midwives (1 May 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses and midwives there are in the National Health Service now; and how many there were in 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nurses and Midwives (1 May 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: Does my hon. Friend agree that, once again, those figures nail the lie that the Government are making cuts in the National Health Service? Is it not also a fact that since 1979 the average nurse's pay has risen by about 43 per cent. in real terms?

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Bill: INCREASE OF PENALTIES: SCOTLAND 1982 c. 45 (27 Apr 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I thank various people who have helped to get the Bill through the House. In particular, I thank the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, West (Mr. Randall) for discussing the problems with me so courteously. That we have come to this arrangement shows that the normal channels, which do not usually work for private Members' business,...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Bill: Increase of Penalties: England and Wales (27 Apr 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: I shall respond briefly. The hon. Member for Preston (Mrs. Wise) said that Tory Members must recognise the need to control market forces. I run a business in the food industry and I am more than aware that we must recognise the law and work within it, not simply respond to market forces. This is a local authority-led Bill. Local authorities want increased penalties and have campaigned for...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Bill: Increase of Penalties: England and Wales (27 Apr 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: That point is uppermost in my mind. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman realises that, during the passage of the Bill, and during the many inquisitions to which I have been subjected by the media, I have said that my driving force is to ensure the safety of young people. That is why the amendments home in on the one area in which safety could be jeopardised by unscrupulous operators, and that...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Bill: Increase of Penalties: England and Wales (27 Apr 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: If the hon. Lady were to look at the terms and conditions imposed by local authorities, I am sure that she would appreciate that I am merely increasing the penalties, not changing the structure of the law. The terms and conditions are imposed by local authorities and change according to the particular event that is being licensed. The terms and conditions are constructed by the local...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Bill: Increase of Penalties: England and Wales (27 Apr 1990)

Mr Graham Bright: That is absolutely true, as I have explained. The main thrust of the Bill is to bring everyone within the law and to ensure that people have a licence before they run an event. We shall hit their pockets if they dare to go outside that law. The problem to date has been that the fine of £2,000 has been wholly insignificant to people who can make £250,000, so such people have ridden roughshod...


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