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Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Member for Warrington, North (Mr. Hoyle) said that he doubted whether many hon. Members had industrial experience in their own right. I preface my remarks by saying, as co-chairman of the all-party manufacturing group, that that weakness of the House does indeed sometimes manifest itself. I recall debates in the past on the engineering industry where we could muster only about 18...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I notice the response of Opposition Members and I repeat what I said earlier. We must be aware of leads and lags and investment cycles. Opposition Members may smile, but it is indisputable that in the five investment cycles since the war Germany has outperformed us in three and one was a shaded bet. However, in the recent investment cycle, we have done better in the application of new ideas—

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I am not disputing that Germany's base has been built up faster than ours, but when one puts things right in 1985 one sometimes does not see the benefits until 1995. The Germans know that and we know that. Why can the hon. Gentleman not accept that and celebrate the fact that we have a chance to be winners again? In some areas there is a consensus in the House on objectives, but...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I am being tempted into making a longer speech than I had intended. I have thought carefully about this matter and it is a chicken-and-egg situation. The Germans have kept their strong industrial culture because they have kept a strand of their schooling through which they put a third of their children. They continue to value that culture whereas I am afraid that we tend not to give children...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: rose—

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, especially as I am hoping to catch your eye later, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am afraid that the dream of a management buy-out, which many of us would have found attractive, must remain just that. It is common knowledge that even if £700 million or £800 million could have been found to buy out the equity, another £600 million or £700 million...

Air Attack (Bosnia) (1 Mar 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend tell us a little more about the precise nature of the relationship of Russian troops to the United Nations command and control systems in the Balkans? Does he agree that the closer the relationship between Russian, French and British troops in the policing of the operation, the better? Has he had positive signals to that effect from contact with his counterparts in...

Business of the House (17 Feb 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend share the fear that I expressed to my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary before Christmas that the killers of PC Patrick Dunne may never be brought to justice? May we have a debate on the effects of drugs and violent crime on civil disorder in our cities, particularly the growing practice of witness intimidation and the imposition of the code of...

British Steel (16 Feb 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Commission cannot face both ways? On 17 December, it was asked and gave approval to sanction retrospectively £5 billion of illegal subsidies in Spain, Italy and Germany. Is it not the industrial economics of the mad house to sanction such support and not to reduce the capacity of inefficient producers? If the removal of 5 million tonnes of capacity is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Feb 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the use of American, French and British planes to bomb the hills around Sarajevo may not necessarily produce lasting peace in Bosnia? Does he further agree that if the idea is to achieve a demilitarised zone, policed effectively, around Sarajevo, the best chances of so doing are by ensuring that Russian soldiers in United Nations uniform, in integrated...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Mnufacturing Industry (9 Feb 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the terms of trade and the internal position of British industry have never been better than they are now? We have a real chance to flatten the international competition both inside and outside Europe. Will my right hon. Friend use this opportunity to scotch the myth that ours is a low-wage, sweatshop economy? It is our total payroll costs that are lower;...

Rover Group (31 Jan 1994)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend will be aware that many people in the midlands and in the Oxford region will be anxious to seek reassurances on the deal. Having heard what he said on jobs, let me press him on the subject of product development and design. For strategic reasons, no hon. Member would wish Rover to lose control of design and future development of products. Has he had any communication from...

Points of Order (27 Jan 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. I entirely agree with what the hon. Member for Angus, East (Mr. Welsh) said about the democratic deficit. You will know, Madam Speaker, that the Labour party, the Conservative party and, I believe, the Liberal party have selected large numbers of Scots to represent English constituencies; as far as I am aware, the reverse has not occurred. As we...

Business of the House (27 Jan 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend provide time for an early debate on the relationship between drugs and the growth in violent crime in our cities? Has he noticed recent reports showing that a particular vicious group of drug barons, known as the Yardies, are being expelled from New York city but are setting up shop in British cities? Should we not have a fairly urgent debate on that, given that the...

Business of the House (13 Jan 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Did my right hon. Friend find it rather curious that so many Opposition Members, who yesterday urged the Prime Minister to bomb the Serbs around Sarajevo, seem to have forgotten their history? May we have a debate on Bosnia so that the House may remind itself of the centuries-old ethnic and cultural links between Serbia and Russia? If Russians were treated to the sight of French, American and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing (12 Jan 1994)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the differences between industrial manufacturing managers in the United States and those in the United Kingdom is the comparative reluctance of British managers in big manufacturing companies to leave and help start-ups and buy-outs in the small and medium-sized firm sector? There is a capital shortage in the small and medium-sized engineering...

European Communities (9 Dec 1993)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend shows his customary courtesy by giving way. I fully agree with him on the issue of costs. Does he agree that the greatest distorter of costs in the recent past was the workings of a fixed exchange rate? I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the Prime Minister's article in The Economist in which he said that he did not wish to, pursue sellotape policies—patching...

European Communities (9 Dec 1993)

Mr John Butcher: What about the documents?

European Communities (9 Dec 1993)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inter-party Talks (2 Dec 1993)

Mr John Butcher: I welcome the hint that my right hon. and learned Friend gave earlier that he may be considering restoring some of the functions of local government within the Province of Northern Ireland, but will he reassure me on whether a stage has been reached in which a foreign Government have a say in the internal constitutional affairs of the United Kingdom, or do the conversations that are going on...


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