Results 161–180 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 1991)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. Friend aware that 12 years ago to this day he and I first entered the House? I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his personal dedication and commitment to an improvement in public services throughout that period. If the history of the 1980s shows anything it is that it is possible to reduce taxation while simultaneously and dramatically improving public services.

Business of the House (13 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Will my right hon. Friend arrange for another and early debate on GATT? Is he aware that the top 20 British manufacturing companies still make more than half their foreign-earned profits from the north American market? This is a vital issue for employment in this country. Does he agree that this country and this House are in a unique position to mediate, through our Ministers, between the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Soccer Violence and Hooliganism (13 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I hope that my hon. Friend will look further into the causes of hooliganism and the best way of dealing with it. Will he instruct his officials to call upon Mr. George Curtis of Coventry City football club who has a great deal of expertise in this matter? Is my hon. Friend aware that Coventry's policy of treating fans with respect and consideration inside the ground while being strict, fair...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (12 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the time has come for free state school education to be a directly funded by the state via the grant-maintained schools formula? As a believer in supply-side economics, does he agree that the additional revenue for that should come not out of income tax but from VAT?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Gulf Crisis (11 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: While my right hon. Friend is considering the risk of an ecological disaster from airborne pollutants in the middle east, will he bear in mind that there is a risk from Saddam Hussein himself? He has already used chemical weapons, he has developed illegal biological weapons, and he may soon possess nuclear weapons. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best way to safeguard the security of...

European Communities (Budget) (4 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I gave an undertaking that I would not detain the House for more than five minutes and I shall endeavour to discharge that undertaking. This debate, coupled with the deliberations of the House on European monetary union and on the social and regional fund assistance, which have been linked to the debate by the Labour party, is of key importance. It is no exaggeration to say that the debate...

European Communities (Budget) (4 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I listened with great interest when the hon. Gentleman asked for the figures to be provided in pounds. Does he think that he has been well served by his Front-Bench spokesmen on the matter of European monetary union, which, if followed to its logical conclusion, will mean that the pound will go? Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to test his Front-Bench spokesmen on what yesterday's statement...

European Communities (Budget) (4 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Does my hon. Friend agree that the common agricultural policy budget is a massive aberration at the heart of Community finances? As we speak, the CAP threatens to undermine the general agreement on tariffs and trade and to impoverish not only the people of Europe, but those who wish to sell cheap agricultural products to this country. It is utterly foolish for us to vote for increases in aid...

Orders of the Day — Community Charges (Substitute Setting) Bill (3 Dec 1990)

Mr John Butcher: On his point about the popularity or otherwise of capping, is my hon. Friend aware that the Labour-controlled Coventry city council introduced an innovatory technique in the early 1980s when it decided to hold a local referendum in all the Coventry constituencies, asking, "Would you like to see a supplementary rate? Are you aware that we can only improve services by a supplementary rate?"...

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Is my right hon. Friend aware that yesterday Coventry cathedral and Coventry city council arranged a magnificent and moving commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the blitz of Coventry? Will he, together with you, Mr. Speaker, consider sending the bishop and the leader of the city council an appropriate appreciation of the way in which the event was put together? Will he also advise Members...

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: Surely that displays a lack of responsibility and a lack of courtesy whether——

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: In due course, there should be some discussion of these events, which are important, and, in due course, there should be a debate. I have been challenged about whether those hon. Members were invited—[Interruption.] My point is—[Interruption.]

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr John Butcher: I am perfectly willing to withdraw any allegations about whether or not hon. Members responded to an invitation. I am simply saying that we in the House should have a sense of priorities about attending such events in any capacity—even as members of the general public.

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Education and Training (13 Nov 1990)

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

Economic Summit (Houston) (12 Jul 1990)

Mr John Butcher: If we are to discuss the process of political and economic change in the Soviet Union, does my right hon. Friend agree that the terms used must be both accurate and precise? Has my right hon. Friend noticed that the BBC, especially, now refers to the progressive pro-Gorbachev element in the Soviet Union, which supports policies similar to her own, as "the left", and that those hard-line...

Statutory Instruments, &C.: Schools (3 Jul 1990)

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

Statutory Instruments, &C.: Schools (3 Jul 1990)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Dutch Defence Minister (19 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: When my right hon. Friend meets his Dutch counterparts, will he express his thanks to the Dutch authorities for their recent prompt action in making arrests? When he gives them our thanks for helping to preserve the lives of British service men abroad, will he also offer his full support to the necessity for proper co-ordination, functional and organisational, in attacking terrorism in...

New Clause 12: Governor's Annual Report (13 Jun 1990)

Mr John Butcher: If the House accepts that the 50,000 places will be rapidly allocated and that my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Sir P. Blaker) will be among those asking for more categories of people to be admitted, are we not debating the beginning of the minimum bid, from which the bidding will go up when we come to debate the Governor's reports in years to come?


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