Results 121–140 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (1 Dec 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Further to that point of order, Mr. Morris. The Minister of State has given an assurance—of course, we have to accept in good faith that that is his interpretation—but there are serious doubts whether article L insulates us from decisions by the European Court which bind the House of Commons and bind us constitutionally and which can have a significant effect on the way in which we view...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (1 Dec 1992)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman knows that the word "union" evokes strong responses from Ulstermen and a different response from Scotsmen. The meaning of subsidiarity to a German may mean devolution for Scotland, unwanted devolution for the regions of Britain, and an unwanted disassembly of the Union for the people of Ulster. We are addressing a constitutional point, and the hon. Gentleman has a good...

Business of the House (26 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: May we have a debate on today's welcome statement that Treasury economic forecasting is to be contracted out? Is my right hon. Friend aware, for example, that in a league table of forcasters' effectiveness, the Treasury came 19th, whereas the Liverpool Six had four of its members in the top eight?

Business of the House (26 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Could we not give the whole shebang to the Liverpool Six? We might then be able to steer the ship of state with all the hard data required to make appropriate decisions.

Citizens Charter (White Paper) (25 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the ethos of what he has announced today, and especially his statement that he will provide us soon with an opportunity to compare the performance of local authorities on a like-for-like spending basis. Will my right hon. Friend focus on the courts charter? There is a feeling among our people that access to the courts is now for the very rich or the...

British Broadcasting Corporation (24 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: May I make my right hon. Friend reveal a little more of his own philosophy in these matters by asking him whether Melvyn Bragg is a monopoly? If he is, should he be regulated, deregulated or self-regulated?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Arms Exports (Iraq) (23 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: the Matrix Churchill company is in the centre of my constituency. One of its directors, Mr. Paul Henderson, is my constituent. So the House would expect me to speak for those who have not been mentioned today, the truly forgotten people in this debate: the 600 highly skilled men who used to work for Matrix Churchill and who now contemplate the shell of a building and a company, the rump of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: I commend to the attention of my right hon. Friend an article in the current issue of the Fabian reviews in which it is argued that selective education should be reintroduced and that our secondary schools should be reformed on the German model of vocational and academic education. If this is now a legitimate subject of interest for the more enlightened socialists, why are our own Ministers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Job Creation (4 Nov 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best job creation programme that his Department could pursue is to ensure that we get a successful outcome in the GATT—general agreement on tariffs and trade—negotiations? Does he agree that the situation is now very serious and poses an immense threat to the traded goods sector of manufacturing in this country? How is it that 2·5 per cent. of...

Child Care Inquiries (Orkney and Fife) (27 Oct 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be an affront to the parents and children involved if our subsequent discussion of the report confined itself merely to general systems, training and resources, because gross errors of judgment were made which perpetrated a nightmare for those affected? Does the report help us to solve a mystery which was raised by investigative journalists at the...

Child Care Inquiries (Orkney and Fife) (27 Oct 1992)

Mr John Butcher: —and it is also relevant to the sort of training that was given in the past.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Ex-Service Men (Housing) (27 Oct 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best way of solving the problem of housing redundant soldiers is to make fewer soldiers redundant, and that, given that the forces of reaction are gathering pace in Russia and that southern and south-eastern Europe are reverting to tribalism, this is not the time to pursue "Options for Change" with the vigour with which it has been pursued so far?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Authority Expenditure (15 Jul 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does my hon. Friend recall that during the changeover period from the rating system to the community charge, many local authorities used the time to increase expenditure faster than the rate of inflation? In the change from the community charge system to the new council tax system, will my hon. Friend use his capping powers combined with an RPI minus X formula to protect ratepayers and charge...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Minority Languages (13 Jul 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Is good English now a minority language? If my hon. Friend sees the preservation of the English language as part of his job to preserve our cultural heritage, will he have a word with those who hire and fire media personnel in television and radio so that they, too, may be imbued with the same conviction and spirit?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (9 Jul 1992)

Mr John Butcher: I agree with my right hon. Friend that the exchange rate mechanism is an external discipline bearing down on inflation, but is it not possible to legislate for internal independent bodies which can perform the same function? Bearing in mind the history of the Bretton Woods agreement, the gold standard and the sterling area, each of which collapsed for good reasons, does my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, Wearside (29 Jun 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Can I persuade my hon. Friend to increase spending in Wearside by approximately £10 million? That is the amount that he would save by abandoning the unwanted, unneeded bypass improvement schemes in Coventry, South-West. My constituents——

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, Wearside (29 Jun 1992)

Mr John Butcher: I am anxious to help my colleague from Wearside, the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Etherington), on an all-party basis. I assure him that there is £10 million in the kitty, from my constituency to his—

Business of the House (18 Jun 1992)

Mr John Butcher: In the aftermath of the events in Sweden, in which the sub-humans who call themselves football supporters dragged England's name through the mud, may we have a debate on civil liberties? Does my right hon. Friend agree that, if we do not interfere with the civil liberties of that mindless minority, it will damage the civil liberties of us all?

Orders of the Day — Boundary Commissions Bill (15 Jun 1992)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) implied that somehow something other than objectivity was involved either in the timing of the review or in the proposals which may or may not come forth from the boundary commission. The boundary commission is utterly objective. It works to its own timetable. It is independent. If my memory serves me correctly, the only Home Secretary since...

Maastricht Treaty (Danish Referendum) (3 Jun 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the derailment of Maastricht is not a problem; it is an opportunity? Does he further agree that British public opinion has never changed on Europe? Our people have always been in favour of a Europe-wide free trading area. They have never been in favour of the gradual and surreptitious building of a European state. Does he agree that, if we defer...

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