Results 1–20 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

Local Government Finance (3 Feb 1997)

Mr Jack Thompson: The hon. Gentleman represents a constituency in Northumberland, as do I. I am sure that he is fully aware that Conservative councillors support the county council's view. His own colleagues in Northumberland do not support his arguments.

Local Government Finance (3 Feb 1997)

Mr Jack Thompson: Conservative Members' contributions have been intriguing. I have heard all but one of their speeches. They have made many criticisms—the Secretary of State was no exception—of Labour and Liberal-controlled councils. Conservative Members have not asked why there are Labour and Liberal-controlled councils. They are Labour and Liberal controlled because there is a lack of confidence in the...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill: Corporal Punishment Lawful with Parental Consent (28 Jan 1997)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the hon. Member give way on that point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces (Manpower) (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many consecutive months up to the most recent month for which figures are available there has been a shortfall in each of the armed forces' manpower. [8976]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces (Manpower) (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Jack Thompson: In view of the Minister's previous answers to questions on this matter, has he read the Defence Committee report, which argues that the legacy of undermanning in the Army will affect the Army's efficiency for many years to come? How do our allies in NATO react to such undermanning, given our NATO responsibilities? Is that not an example of ministerial mismanagement and incompetence in defence...

Local Government Finance (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: May I suggest to the Secretary of State that he or one of his civil servants—whoever drafted his statement—might take a short course in plain English? Hon. Members on both sides of the House have had a great deal of difficulty understanding what he was saying. Obviously we will have to get the documents and study them very carefully to identify what he really means. It is fine making a...

Local Government Finance (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Wansdyke—

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (11 Nov 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: How does the Secretary of State square that argument with what has happened in Northumberland, where one school has gone grant-maintained—it was conned into doing that—and where one primary school is apparently now going grant-maintained because there is a threat of closure? That is the only reason why parents accepted the move to the school becoming grant-maintained. The people of...

Opposition Day: Energy Policy (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the use of gas for power generation is also a waste of a valuable fuel? Gas should be retained for the domestic and commercial markets, not used for the generation of electricity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Nurses (Recruitment) (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what efforts his Department is making to recruit nurses to the NHS. [35782]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Nurses (Recruitment) (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Secretary of State must recognise that there is a severe shortage of nurses. Does he recall that, in 1983, 37,000 nurses qualified? His Department predicts that in 1997–98, only 9,000 nurses are likely to qualify. Is that not a disgrace, given the pressure that it puts on nurses in the national health service? Why did he not take notice of the Royal College of Nursing's recommendation...

Nuclear Industry (Privatisation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that there is no such thing as total safety? Therefore, we can predict that, some time in the future, there will be safety problems. Is he confident that the insurance arrangements, and the premiums that have to be paid, are sufficient? Chernobyl is often referred to, but it was a different type of power station. I refer also to Three Mile Island in America...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Standards in Education (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Secretary of State comment on Labour-controlled Northumberland, where only two schools have gone grant-maintained? One did so by two votes, with the opposition of most of the parents when they realised what that decision meant. The other school went grant-maintained because there was a proposal to close some primary schools in the county because of its sparse population....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans are being prepared for the withdrawal of British forces from Bosnia after 20 December. [30890]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the Secretary of State agree that the current situation in Bosnia does not bode well for the withdrawal of our troops on 20 December? Perhaps the whole situation needs to be re-examined. That date is only six months ahead. The families of British forces in Bosnia regard 20 December as a significant date because it is close to Christmas. Many expect that the serving forces will be back...

Business of the House (16 May 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Leader of the House consider at the earliest opportunity having a debate on the future of the coal industry?

Business of the House (16 May 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Since privatisation, much concern has been expressed about health and safety and working conditions in the industry and the evolving circumstances because of opencast coal site expansion.

Business of the House (16 May 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: The industry's current situation and its future are worthy of a debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Feb 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 29 February. [16134]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Feb 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Bearing in mind the enthusiasm of the Deputy Prime Minister and of the Prime Minister for efficiency in Government Departments—which was shown clearly by their support for market testing—is it not now appropriate for the British people to market test the Government?


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