Results 141–160 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (21 May 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Does the hon. Gentleman see any connection between the fact that southern Germany accepted most of these immigrants from eastern Europe and the fact that it is also the place where Die Republikaner, which is a Nazi organisation, has had the most growth and impact in electoral terms? Does he accept that there is a link between immigration in southern Germany and the rise in extremism there?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Selection (19 May 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend take a close look at the German secondary education system, where tripartite selection puts children into high schools, technical schools and grammar schools at the expense of the state? Does my right hon. Friend not think it regrettable that selective schools are now predominantly fee-paying, because many parents would like free access to selective state schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Prevention (14 May 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Will my hon. Friend include in his discussions Chief Superintendent Jim Swingewood of Coventry city police? Is my hon. Friend aware that the recent disturbances in Coventry had much to do with drink-related and mindless vandalism and criminality? The criminals are well known to local residents, who are heartily sick of having to tolerate them in their midst. In connection with crime...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 1992)

Mr John Butcher: Can my right hon. Friend give a guarantee that he will never propose the introduction of unnecessary and expensive regional assemblies in England and Wales? Does he agree that when Opposition parties advocate such bodies they do so with the entirely cynical objective of maintaining the over-representation of Scotland in this House in the aftermath of the dog's breakfast called devolution?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Low-cost Housing (22 Jan 1992)

Mr John Butcher: While the Minister is examining low-cost housing, may I refer him to a case with which he will be familiar: the attempt some years ago by my constituents to acquire low-cost housing in Marina and Pomeroy close, who are now caught in the legal crossfire between Coventry city council and my hon. Friend's regional officials. May I ask my hon. Friend to bang a few heads together and sort out this...

Orders of the Day — Maastricht (19 Dec 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Earlier I gave an undertaking not to detain the House for more than three minutes. If my language is a little attenuated as a result, I apologise. I wish to make three points. Maastricht, with its mechanistic considerations, did not address the two most serious questions now facing Europe with sufficient gravity and in sufficient detail. What it did address in considerable detail was the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Motor Industry (27 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: May I press my hon. Friend a little further on the question of the special car tax, given the Government's excellent record in getting rid of idiosyncratic taxes, of which this is one? Will my hon. Friend confirm that were he to make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, there is no constitutional impediment to the Chancellor abolishing taxes before Budget day?

European Community (Intergovernmental Conferences) (20 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: rose——

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Given the opinion poll results in The Guardian today, which show that a clear and growing majority of people are against further moves towards European monetary and political union, does my right hon. Friend find it rather curious that both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party favour unilateral disarmament on the question of federalism? To what does he attribute their unaccustomed...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill (12 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: It is the duty of the Opposition to oppose and the hon. Gentleman is doing so with great vigour. I pay tribute to the Scottish Labour party for spearheading the Opposition's view on the community charge and local government reform. If the hon. Gentleman's speech is to have any intellectual and moral integrity on behalf of the Scottish Labour party, he should, in all conscience, answer the...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (7 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Quite the opposite.

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (7 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that one estimate of the costs saved by industry by our joining EMU is 0·05 per cent., while other estimates show that there would be an unnecessarily high increase in unemployment from being locked into EMU under current trading conditions? Has his party analysed those comparative costs?

Renewable Energy (5 Nov 1991)

Mr John Butcher: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his excellent announcement. It provides a major opportunity for sections of British industry which have incredibly good strengths in research and development and engineering skills. I urge my hon. Friend to maintain at good levels the checks and audits on technology so that British manufacturers are given a real opportunity and so that we shall be able to...

Business of the House (18 Jul 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Has my right hon. Friend seen the early-day motions signed by Members on both sides of the House referring to the loss of heritage and identification in the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire that has been felt by many of their constituents? Is my right hon. Friend aware that the unhappiness about the loss of ancient county references for postal purposes, road signs and for maps is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the German secondary school system is still predominantly based on selection and that pupils are allocated, according to their ability, to technical schools, grammar schools or to high schools? At the heart of the system is the realschule or technical school. Does my right hon. Friend agree that in due course we, too, should have in every town in this...

Business of the House (27 Jun 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the term "market socialism" is an oxymoron, and that it is one of a growing number of terms emanating from the Opposition whose purpose is to conceal rather than to illuminate Labour's economic policies? May we have a debate on economic policy to examine the term, and others coming from the Opposition?

Mr. John Linsie (18 Jun 1991)

Mr John Butcher: I thank my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science for his attendance and, through him, I thank those officials who will be helping him at this late hour. I should like to bring together three strands, the full development of each of which would take much time. The first strand is the way in which Solihull borough council abused its disciplinary powers to obtain...

Local Government (Wales) (17 Jun 1991)

Mr John Butcher: As part of his consultation, will my right hon. Friend undertake to meet Welsh members of the Association of British Counties, an organisation which is dedicated to the restoration and retention where possible of traditional county names and historical counties? Will he welcome the use of county names such as Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Monmouth? Wherever possible, unitary authorities,...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Employee Share Ownership (16 May 1991)

Mr John Butcher: When my hon. Friend next meets the Confederation of British Industry, will he discuss its suggestion that compensation for house owners and owners of other properties affected by planning applications should be at the rate of 125 per cent. of market value? If such an increase causes an improvement in the rate at which approvals are considered, it would save an awful lot of money

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Employee Share Ownership (16 May 1991)

Mr John Butcher: I was referring to the CBI and its agenda for discussions with my hon. Friend.

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