Results 41–60 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Fraud Prevention (20 Feb 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend persist in the examination of housing benefit fraud? He will know that some time ago I advised his Department of strong evidence showing that housing benefit was being claimed from more than 6,000 empty properties in Birmingham—the so-called giro drop scandal. My fear is that his officials may see the fraud as an affront to their professional competence rather...

Business of the House (16 Feb 1995)

Mr John Butcher: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the recent comments of Sir Leon Brittan and Geoffrey Garton, the American Secretary of Commerce, and ask for an early debate on trade policy? It appears that those two well-respected gentlemen are opening a dialogue on the possibility of creating a free-trade area between the United States of America and Europe. I am sure that my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. Friend prepared to widen the remit of the Nolan committee to examine sleaze in the media? Does he not find it unacceptable that three television executives, Mr. Greg Dyke, Mr. Barry Cox and Mr. Melvyn Bragg, should pretend to be objective in setting the agenda while they bankrolled the leadership campaign for the right hon. Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Blair)? As First Lord of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 1995)

Mr John Butcher: I am grateful for your guidance, Madam Speaker, but there may be a distinction between what I am asserting and what the gentleman—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the standards now being asserted as required of Members of this House on the sleaze question should also be applied to those in the media who may seek to influence events by means which should not be in their repertoire?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (11 Jan 1995)

Mr John Butcher: Almost unheralded and unnoted there has been an astonishing improvement in exports from the manufacturing sector, particularly the engineering sector, in the west midlands. Will my hon. Friend the Minister come and witness some of the improvements in Coventry, in companies such as GPT, Jaguar and Massey Ferguson? The most significant worldwide investment programme—investment in the new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Competitiveness (20 Jul 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the depth and, indeed, the width of his White Paper on competitiveness, which has been warmly welcomed by broad sectors of industry, but might not a bit be missing? The White Paper is silent on the supply and price of capital to the capital-intensive small and medium-sized manufacturing sector. Given the growing worldwide shortage of risk capital, making...

Privilege (13 Jul 1994)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend will know that The Sunday Times has asserted that 20 names were chosen at random. The newspaper drew a blank on 16 of them. Does he agree that the Committee should brook no refusal by The Sunday Times to supply the names of all those approached so that we may know either the scale of the operation that was mounted or whether a truly random sample was put together?

Business of the House (30 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Conservative party of all parties should never rewrite or forget history, which is what we did in the mid-1970s when we abolished many ancient and historic counties? Will my right hon. Friend help to ameliorate some of the confusion that has arisen from the local government boundary review, in which the laudable objective of moving to one-tier...

UK Exporters (23 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I do not want my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade to reply to my comments. I wish merely to place them on the record and to ask for some discreet inquiries to be made of his officials. I want to discuss corruption in Russia and the extent to which it may pose dangers to British exporters. The Russian market presents huge opportunities, but it may also present huge dangers. It appears...

UK Exporters (23 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I require your guidance. I commend the brave attempt by the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bell) to speak alone for the Labour party. However, you will have noticed that there are many Conservative Members who wish to make a brief contribution to the debate. Would it not be advisable if, unusually, the hon. Member for Middlesbrough were allowed...

Business of the House (23 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to early-day motion 1369 standing in my name? [That this House endorses the proposals of the Association of British Counties to reinstate the ancient and historic counties to the maps of England and Wales for all purposes other than local government except where the county is small enough to be constituted as a one-tier authority and for the ancient...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Industrial Prospects (22 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I welcome Britain's almost unique position in Europe and its industrial prospects. Does my hon. Friend agree that one reason why world stock markets have been falling is the growing realisation that there is a worldwide shortage of capital because Governments are syphoning off too much money to fund their deficits? Given the excellent work that his Department has done on competitiveness,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Army (21 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. and learned Friend feel that the political situation in eastern and central Europe is more or less stable than it was five years ago? If he shares my suspicion that there are trends in eastern and central Europe which may ultimately be dangerous to western Europe, what implications does he believe that will have for the size of the British Army in the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jun 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the administration of law in this country now protects the civil liberties of yobs, bullies, violent criminals and drug barons so effectively that the civil liberties of the law-abiding majority are endangered? The Conservative party never wanted that, the people never wanted it and the Cabinet never wanted it. If the legal structure is being undermined,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Businesses (11 May 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in so far as small manufacturing businesses are capital intensive —in contrast to small service industries—the abolition of capital gains tax would have a particularly beneficial effect on the unquoted manufacturing sector? As a Minister in the sponsoring Department, and as one who cares passionately about these matters, will my hon. Friend ask the...

Matrix Churchill Employees (Scott Inquiry) (14 Apr 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his Adjournment debate and thank him for allowing me to intervene—I shall not abuse the opportunity. I reassure the hon. Gentleman that I share his view that Matrix Churchill's 600 employees have not had their day to make their point. They are the real casualties of this sorry affair, but have not had a chance to make their case. The hon. Gentleman...

Trunk Roads (Review) (30 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: May I thank my right hon. Friend for responding to representations from my constituents who asked for the abandoning of proposals to widen three junctions on the A45 in my constituency? If my right hon. Friend visited Coventry, he would be cheered to the echo by my constituents who have had blight removed from their homes.

Business of the House (24 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Can we have a debate on the interests of manufacturing industry, which is now in recovery but is distinguished from other forms of commercial activity by its capital-intensive nature? If we were to have a debate, could we discuss the one measure that would change the fortunes of small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses—the abolition of capital gains tax?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Industrial Growth (9 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the things that worry German industrialists is the way in which social and welfare costs in Germany are loaded on to employers' costs and the costs of employment? In this country, the same social and welfare programmes are funded by the taxpayer. Does that not represent the best possible deal for British wealth creators and the British social...


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