Results 1–20 of 253 for speaker:Mr Timothy Brinton

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Employment etc. of Authorised Pilots. (9 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: I have been puzzling over this amendment. I am an amateur and I do not understand the technicalities. However, it seems to me that this paragraph means that the authority that decides on qualifications of a professional pilot also decides whether he should be employed. If he is not willing to be employed by that authority, does that mean that he loses his qualifications to work as a pilot?

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Meaning of "competent Harbour Authority" and "harbour" (9 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: My hon. Friend has made much of the Government's desire to pass on the final and ultimate decision to the local authorities concerned. How does he square that with the Secretary of State's remarks in the House on 9 March? My right hon. Friend said: Safety cannot be inhibited by any pressures. It is the first prerequisite, and all hon Members would expect it to be the prerequisite of any...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Meaning of "competent Harbour Authority" and "harbour" (9 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: I wish to support the amendments of my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich (Sir J. Ridsdale), which have a vital part to play in pilotage in the outer reaches of the Thames. My hon. Friend has explained the technicalities, so I shall not dwell on them. The Minister well knows my reservations about the Bill, which seems to represent a piecemeal approach to the problem. As I understand it,...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (3 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: My hon. Friend's last statement was emphatic, and I was happy to hear it. But how does he square it with the statement by my hon. Friend the Member for Cannock and Burntwood (Mr. Howarth), the Bill's promoter, when we discussed works such as "The Singing Detective"? Does my hon. Friend support the Bill's promoter or is he saying that we shall not go down that line?

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (3 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: My hon. Friend uses the phrase "foul language." If he is to persuade us of the value of his Bill, he must at least give us an indication of where foul language begins, and give us an example or two.

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (3 Apr 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: I was accused of playing foul by asking my hon. Friend about foul language. Has he assessed—he owes it to the House to do so — how much of the present television schedules would remain if his Bill were to become an Act?

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords.]: Amendment of I98i Act (26 Mar 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: The hon. Gentleman has —rightly — referred to keeping facilities throughout the country in their superb state. Would he bar the idea that an independent could rent and use those studios and facilities to make an independent programme? Would his definition of an independent exclude that?

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords.]: Amendment of I98i Act (26 Mar 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: Before I forget, I must proudly tell the House that I have no financial interests that are relevant tonight. I have, of course, a long-lasting interest, having worked for all the broadcasting organisations, I think, in this country and hoping ultimately to do so again. Tonight, however, I am not swayed by brass or cash in any sense. While listening to the hon. Member for Islington, South and...

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords.]: Amendment of I98i Act (26 Mar 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: Until we have defined what is an independent production, how can we possibly go along with the measure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Mar 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 24 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Mar 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: Is not the way to create greater enduring employment through prudent climate-setting by Government and prudent spending by Government? Is not the current CBI report, combined with the report that the Government have prudently saved £75 million on prescriptions, a good example of exactly the way that we should go?

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: It has been said before, but is this not unlike the problem faced by the medieval monks who, 100 or 150 years after the printing press was invented and publishing became free to anyone who had the technology, tried to protect their vested interest?

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: I remind hon. Members of my interest in these matters in that I work for the BBC and ITV. I am a member of the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians and Equity. Therefore, I am up to my neck in it. My predominant thought about the Bill is that, much though I support it, it seems to me that we are working from the wrong ball park for the future. Whenever I have...

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: My hon. Friend is trying to tempt me down the path of liberal consensus. One of the reasons that prompted me to enter this House 12 years ago was that I felt that the general consensus was not working and was not the way forward. I do not believe that the liberal consensus would be a true reflection of the wishes of all the British people. It is much more subtle, especially when applied to...

Opposition Day: Broadcasting (20 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that he is being a little unfair by quoting Murdoch as the only potential independent producer when there are many others in this country and the rest of Europe?

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: The hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Leadbitter) made an emotional and interesting speech. It echoes the entire mood of Labour Members' speeches today. The entire purpose of the Bill is emotional. It is a sort of "East Enders" with a Greek chorus now assembled behind the mover. It is a media exercise. Instead of applying our hearts to the Bill—and I have applied my heart to this Bill...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: Today the basic old-age pension is £38.70 and the licence for a colour set is £58. That means that today a pensioner pays for his licence with one and a half weeks of his pension, not two weeks.

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: That is not all right. What is all wrong is to suggest to pensioners, whom I know and who have savings, this Labour totem of all pensioners being without savings. That myth has been exposed today. Therefore, we must consider what we are talking about.

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: I wish to turn to the other side of these proposals, which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Minister at the end of his speech. What would be the effect of the proposals, if the Bill were passed and a sizeable proportion of the BBC's money came via the Government? That was laughed at today and, apparently, hon. Members believe that it would not matter if the Government could say yea or...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Timothy Brinton: On the hon. Gentleman's first point, the chairman of our party was entitled, as is any other citizen or organisation, to criticise the BBC, and he left the matter for the governors to decide. On the second point, the moment the Exchequer has to hand out money, it will decide how much to hand out. That happened in the last Labour Government, in the matter of the pensioner earnings equivalent...


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