Results 21–40 of 893 for speaker:Mr John Lee

East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Council (16 Jan 1991)

Mr John Lee: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Hyndburn (Mr. Hargreaves) for allowing me to contribute to this Adjournment debate. I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity to speak in what I believe is the first debate in this House on a training enterprise council. As my hon. Friend the Minister knows, when I was a Minister at the Department of Employment I had a modest role in...

Opposition Day: Poll Tax (5 Dec 1990)

Mr John Lee: The first mistake in this sad and sorry saga was the original commitment to abolish the domestic rates. That commitment should not have been made until we had agreed that there was a specific, demonstrably better alternative. My own view has always been that it would have been relatively easy for us to adjust the old-style rating system to deal with its unfairnesses—perhaps using a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (13 Nov 1990)

Mr John Lee: Is my hon. Friend aware that my constituency has the second-highest level of manufacturing employment in Britain, at more than 55 per cent? Will he encourage my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State to visit Pendle early in the new year—perhaps they could come together—to see some examples of its manufacturing base?

Local Government Finance (19 Jul 1990)

Mr John Lee: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Local Government Finance (19 Jul 1990)

Mr John Lee: As the House rises for the recess next week, Mr. Speaker, would it not be possible for you to grant an extra five minutes to the hon. Gentleman—

Arts and Heritage (4 Jul 1990)

Mr John Lee: I am sure that the House will acknowledge my right hon. Friend's great success with his present portfolio. In what may be his final speech in this ministerial role [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] I say that in the nicest way—would he care to give the House his views on whether it makes sense to have the arts, tourism and the heritage in separate Ministries, or whether there is a case for considering...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr John Lee: Many of us, especially those of us from the north of England, remember my hon. Friend's success in saving the Settle-Carlisle line, so we take an optimistic view of his new appointment. One reason that hon. Members such as myself, who represent constituencies in the north-west, are particularly unhappy about the present community charge is the gap between the amount that a household may pay...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 1990)

Mr John Lee: I am grateful for this opportunity to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his maiden Budget, and, I should like to thank the leader of the Social Democratic party, the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen) for his generous and kind tributes to my right hon. Friend. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor has maintained the family tradition of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Private Health (20 Feb 1990)

Mr John Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers his Department has in the monitoring of private hospital medical charges and private medical insurance premiums.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Private Health (20 Feb 1990)

Mr John Lee: With the number of people covered by private medical insurance now approaching 10 per cent. of the population, increasing public concern about the level and variation of charges, continually escalating premiums and the fact that the Government now have a direct vested interest because of tax relief for the elderly, will my hon. Friend consider appointing a private sector health commissioner...

Orders of the Day — Small Businesses and the Self-employed (31 Jan 1990)

Mr John Lee: Would my hon. Friend care to comment on the fact that in this important debate on this important sector of the economy the Labour party has in the Chamber only its official spokesman, a Whip and one Back-Bench Member who himself is probably nearer a large than a small business?

Orders of the Day — Football Grounds (Safety) (30 Jan 1990)

Mr John Lee: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Football Grounds (Safety) (30 Jan 1990)

Mr John Lee: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Football Grounds (Safety) (30 Jan 1990)

Mr John Lee: rose—

The Future of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (12 Jan 1990)

Mr John Lee: I welcome this opportunity to participate in the debate on the multi-fibre arrangement and to hear a virtual unanimity of view. In view of the importance of textiles to my constituency, it is perhaps appropriate that my first Back-Bench speech after six years of ministerial office should be on this subject. No other parliamentary constituency has as many employees in textiles as we have in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Council (5 Dec 1989)

Mr John Lee: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the East Lancashire training and enterprise council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Council (5 Dec 1989)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend will know of my support for the TEC programme in general and for the East Lancashire TEC in particular. I thank him for his answer. Given the excellent range of training facilities in north-east Lancashire, particularly at the Nelson and Colne college and the Pendle training group, where will the vital pump-priming resources come from to provide lifetime training for those in work?

Local Government Finance (6 Nov 1989)

Mr John Lee: Despite my right hon. Friend's considerable charm and the transitional relief that has been announced, many people in low-rated areas such as Pendle will suffer substantial increases because of the community charge. May I make it clear to my right hon. Friend in the nicest way that my campaign and those of hon. Members with comparable constituencies will continue?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Quota Exemptions (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: Instructions to disablement resettlement officers require them to consider the availability of suitably registered disabled people, and the degree of commitment shown by employers towards meeting their obligations under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Quota Exemptions (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: The right hon. Gentleman will know that we are examining the quota system as part of our wider review. The first draft of the review document is with Ministers now. The right hon. Gentleman said that we had been showering permits on firms. In fact, as the right hon. Gentleman knows, the numbers have been constant for some years.


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