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Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Better English Campaign (21 Feb 1996)

Mr John Butcher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are the aims of her campaign to improve the use of the English language. [14690]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Better English Campaign (21 Feb 1996)

Mr John Butcher: Does my hon. Friend agree that, such is the ingrained strength of the cult of mediocrity in Labour-controlled local education authorities in our big cities, the sort of initiative he has spoken of may not have the desired effect where it is needed most? May I ask him to write to the BBC sports department to congratulate it on its successful campaign to abolish the adverb, as in, "The boy done...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Feb 1996)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, as well as having the fullest support of the British people, both in Ulster and on the mainland, in pursuing the peace initiative, he also has the widespread support of the British people both in Ulster and on the mainland in vigorously pursuing those who wish to damage the civil liberties of the people of London and elsewhere, through a bombing campaign?...

Scott Report (15 Feb 1996)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend turn his mind to the plight of the people who have been forgotten in all this welter of controversy? I refer to the 600 constituents of mine who used to have jobs at Matrix Churchill. They are a highly skilled team of men, and they are of the view that, if Customs and Excise had not blundered in, a deal in which the City of London and the management were trying to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Balance of Trade (14 Feb 1996)

Mr John Butcher: Does my hon. Friend agree that the formation of a north Atlantic free trade area in which both tariff and non-tariff barriers were eliminated would be healthy for western Europe and the eastern seaboard of the United States, would boost the prospect of ports such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol and Cork and would integrate western Europe in the global market and the enterprise culture? Should...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman has comprehensively misunderstood me. I was saying that, under a virtual economy, practised on a large scale, like virtual companies, the economy would create more jobs, and the insecurity with which we are all concerned would be alleviated by the rate of job creation. I likened that to an economy in which jobs are safeguarded at any cost, but which removes 20, 30 and 35...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr John Butcher: I intend to consider some of the issues that underlie our consideration of the Budget and some of the specific measures in it. Not just in economic debates, but in debates on social policy and what we used to call the social wage, we have discussed the growing sense of insecurity felt by people who wonder whether their jobs are jobs for life and whether their work security is that which...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr John Butcher: Yes, there is "reinventing government". There is an awful phrase, which I do not like, but which has started off a rather worrying debate—the "virtual company". A virtual company is one that says, "We have certain core skills. We will protect those skills and develop them. There may be only 1,000 people at the core of our company whose jobs need to be preserved. Whereas we employ 10,000...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr John Butcher: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. When I think of that £90 billion social security budget and I listen to my colleagues quite rightly talking about targeting and focusing, that particular category of people comes to mind. If any group needed targeting, it is that one. I have great difficulty believing that we cannot adjust budgets of that size to cater for a dwindling number of people...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Millennium Exhibition (18 Dec 1995)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend will recall that, in the strict meaning of the Saxon description of Ethelred the Unready, he was the unraed, meaning the ill-advised. I hope that my right hon. Friend feels that she would be ill-advised if London were to dominate the millennium celebrations in the edifices built or events put on. In the midlands, at the national exhibition centre, there is a site with...

Points of Order (18 Oct 1995)

Mr John Butcher: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I seek your guidance on whether, and in what circumstances, parliamentary privilege should be used to overturn or ignore a legal requirement of the European Court of Justice. You will be aware, Madam Speaker, that yesterday the European Court of Justice said that it was illegal for women to be appointed to organisations on a quota basis, and that those...

Standards in Public Life (18 Jul 1995)

Mr John Butcher: What is a public figure; and how do we define "influence"? It is argued that those who are paid out of public funds—Members of Parliament, for instance—and who, because of their position, are seen to have influence and are therefore retained by the private sector, should sign a register. May I put it to my right hon. Friend that there is a hole in Nolan? There is another group of public...

Business of the House (15 Jun 1995)

Mr John Butcher: May I support the hon. Member for Rochdale (Ms Lynne) in calling for a debate on law and order? What society have we become, when evil and violent people can randomly select a woman on the streets of London, take her away and rape her with impunity, because they no longer fear the law? During such a debate, may we examine why the Tory party, the Cabinet and successive Home Secretaries are...

Cross-media Ownership (23 May 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend feel that the perpetual and contrived hysteria that now obtains on Radio 1 complies with any definition that he might have of public service broadcasting? Should that sort of stuff be paid for by a more or less compulsory levy on the public? As a result of today's announcement, can he reassure those of us who are fugitives from the four terrestrial television...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend publish all the evidence, some of it garnered in response to hostile questions from Opposition Members, which shows beyond any doubt whatever that a reduction in the top rate of income tax has increased the proportion of tax paid as a total from the top 10 per cent., and that any proposal to increase the top rate of income tax will produce a shortfall in revenue...

Business of the House (16 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend offer a debate on conservation of fish stocks in the world's oceans? There is some urgency on that because we know that the Spanish fleets have devastated the fishing grounds of Namibia, have finished off the stocks off the coast of west Africa and are now moving into the waters off Newfoundland. We have no true guarantees of what they may do in the Irish sea....

Local Government (Birmingham) (15 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman knows that a number of people in Birmingham are concerned about queue jumping and potential abuse of section 82 procedures. Does he, from his experience of Small Heath ward, know whether section 82 has been used in a partial manner, with the result that people who have been in the queue for a long time have been leapfrogged by people who have not?

Opposition Day: Women (7 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Does the hon. Lady agree that there is a fairly old-fashioned distinction in attitudes between both sides of the House? The Opposition are arguing for equality for women, while the theme among my hon. Friends is equality of opportunity for women. If, as the hon. Lady wishes, equality for women is to be mandatory in this House in terms of the imposition of quotas for Members, does she take her...

Women and Information Technology (7 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: I had not intended to speak against the Bill until I heard the terms in which the hon. Member for Dagenham (Ms Church) moved the motion. To establish what I hope are my non-sexist credentials, I point out that I ran a programme called Women into Science and Engineering—WISE—and I am on record as saying in terms of engineering that we cannot afford to turn our back on 50 per cent. of the...

Bills Presented: European Union (1 Mar 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Conservative party has been handed the most wonderful gift this evening? We have been told that the Labour party is committed to a single currency. Opinion is rapidly changing in the City of London among more informed industrialists. We now know that hundreds of thousands of jobs would have to be shed in this country to meet the convergence criteria...


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