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Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: EC Banking (18 Jan 1990)

Mr John Butcher: While considering the role of the central banks, will my hon. Friend reconsider the position of the Bank of England? Does he agree that if the Bank of England had had the same powers and role as the Bundesbank, inflation would not be as high as it is today?

Business of the House (18 Jan 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that even those of us who hold the Federal Republic of Germany in affection and respect have been disconcerted to read the reported remarks of Chancellor Kohl recently in which he said that German territorial ambitions on Poland still exist? Is that not the most foolhardy thing to say, even if it was for domestic consumption, at a time when events in...

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there are parallels between what happened in Germany in 1945–48 and what may happen in the very near future in eastern Germany? In that period, the point at which Germans discovered that they had a real currency which could buy real goods and had a real value was the point at which their economic miracle began. When that is perceived in East Germany and...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (26 Mar 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton). If I had closed my eyes and forgotten about his accent, I would have assumed that about 60 per cent. of his speech came from the erstwhile right hon. Member for South Down, Mr. Enoch Powell. It was truly Powellite in part of its construction. I genuinely congratulate the hon. Gentleman on the part of his speech which...

Taxation (Opposition Policies) (14 May 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I think that the House would welcome a comment from the hon. Gentleman about whether the Social and Liberal Democrats still believe in supply side economics. If recent evidence shows fairly conclusively that reduction of the top rates of income tax not only increases the total tax take to the Treasury, but the proportion paid by the better-off, surely that is a philosophy very much in line...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 May 1990)

Mr John Butcher: As a staunch believer in the Act of Union, does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be in the interests of a fair-minded and even-handed approach between the peoples of England and Scotland if there were to be an increase in the number of English constituencies so that English Members of Parliament might enjoy serving constituencies of the same size as those in Scotland?

Employment: Training and Enterprise Councils (22 May 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. and learned Friend liaise with his colleague the Secretary of State for Education and Science and encourage him to give greater autonomy to local education authority colleges of further education which, if given that autonomy, more self government and more responsibility for their budgets and employment policies, could market their wares far more effectively into a rapidly...

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I endorse the comments of the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling). The House hopes that circumstances will change and will evolve on mainland China, rendering the fallback positions enshrined in the Bill either irrelevant or unnecessary. I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak to the new clause, which deals with the functions and duties of the...

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point, but there is a piece of hard data that goes a long way towards answering his question. We see from the criteria that 50 points out of a total of 800 are to be awarded for "British links". Presumably that is the measurement by the Government and the Governor of the strength of loyalty that these citizens may have to the United Kingdom. I should have...

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I am grateful to you for your guidance, Mr. Speaker. I should reassure you and my hon. Friends that I have undertaken not to detain the House for more than 10 minutes, so it would not be in my interests to stray too far from the new clause. Having noted the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow), I return to the criteria. A major problem lies at the heart...

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: If the House accepts that the 50,000 places will be rapidly allocated and that my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Sir P. Blaker) will be among those asking for more categories of people to be admitted, are we not debating the beginning of the minimum bid, from which the bidding will go up when we come to debate the Governor's reports in years to come?

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Is not the House coming to a general agreement that the Bill is custom designed to alienate more people than it placates? Are we not setting in train a series of rather unpleasant rows for the remaining years until 1997? Is this a way to draw up legislation and immigration and community relations policy in the colony? Will we not have to come back to the House in coming years for rows about...

Clause 1: Acquisition of British Citizenship (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: If my hon. Friend craves your indulgence, Mr. Deputy Speaker, he may wish to make a further observation to those who have listened carefully to his earlier comments. Are the Government, in asking hon. Members to support the Bill, saying that they have no intention whatever of returning to the House with another Bill and further primary legislation if they get their sums wrong about 50,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Dutch Defence Minister (19 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: When my right hon. Friend meets his Dutch counterparts, will he express his thanks to the Dutch authorities for their recent prompt action in making arrests? When he gives them our thanks for helping to preserve the lives of British service men abroad, will he also offer his full support to the necessity for proper co-ordination, functional and organisational, in attacking terrorism in...

Statutory Instruments, &C.: Schools (3 Jul 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Statutory Instruments, &C.: Schools (3 Jul 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Economic Summit (Houston) (12 Jul 1990)

Mr John Butcher: If we are to discuss the process of political and economic change in the Soviet Union, does my right hon. Friend agree that the terms used must be both accurate and precise? Has my right hon. Friend noticed that the BBC, especially, now refers to the progressive pro-Gorbachev element in the Soviet Union, which supports policies similar to her own, as "the left", and that those hard-line...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Education and Training (13 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. Friend aware that yesterday Coventry cathedral and Coventry city council arranged a magnificent and moving commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the blitz of Coventry? Will he, together with you, Mr. Speaker, consider sending the bishop and the leader of the city council an appropriate appreciation of the way in which the event was put together? Will he also advise Members...

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