Results 181–200 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr John Townend: The right hon. Gentleman does not need to talk to a counsellor—he needs to learn some common sense and how the economy works. It is a pity that he has not been running a real business. There could be savings everywhere. We all think health should be a priority. We have allocated far too much money to the AIDS campaign because of the pressure from the homosexual lobby. It has turned out not...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr John Townend: That comment is unworthy of the hon. Gentleman. With respect, it is a very racist remark from a member of a party that I thought had set its face against racism. There is nothing wrong with suggesting saving public money by sending fewer people to gaol. I have said for many years that charity begins at home. Hon. Members are very good at producing league tables, and I can report that the...

European Council, Florence (24 Jun 1996)

Mr John Townend: As the Prime Minister has achieved most of the objectives that he set when he started non-co-operation, would he hesitate to use those tactics again in future if British interests were at risk? My farmers are very worried about the influence of the veterinary committee. If the committee is again subject to political influence—as it has been in the past—will it be able to stop the lifting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (20 Jun 1996)

Mr John Townend: What proportion of the £1.5 billion will be met by European Union compensation, and what proportion of that compensation will be indirectly paid by the British taxpayer because of the reduction in the UK's rebate?

Bill Presented: Common Agricultural Policy (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: First, are there orders from third countries waiting to be exported that are being prevented from leaving this country because of the EU ban? Secondly, we accept that the vast majority—if not all—of the cows that will be killed are not infected( Originally, the Government proposed not to destroy the meat, but to bone it out. There are hundreds of thousands of starving people in the world....

Bill Presented: Common Agricultural Policy (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: Answer the question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Taxation (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: My right hon. and learned Friend will be aware that I agree with him that irresponsible tax cuts would not receive the support of Conservative Members. However, does he agree with me that if tax cuts are paid for by spending cuts, they are not bribes but the rewards of good Conservative government?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 16 May. [28480]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: Has my right hon. Friend had time to study the speech of the shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment at the weekend, when he said that Labour—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: I am asking what our response is to the hon. Gentleman's policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the suggestion made at the weekend by the shadow spokesman for employment that a Labour Government would redistribute wealth? In plain language, does that not mean increasing taxes for the middle classes? Is that not old Labour—real Labour—which would tax out of envy? Does it not show that the Labour party is a high-tax party? Will my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( 9 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the British public are rapidly losing patience with the Europeans? If they continue to procrastinate over lifting the ban, despite the fact that the Agriculture Commissioner has said that there is nothing wrong with British beef, is not the time rapidly approaching when we should take retaliatory action? Will my right hon. and learned Friend...

BSE (Agriculture Council) ( 1 May 1996)

Mr John Townend: Will my right hon. and learned Friend accept that there is great disappointment in my constituency at his inability to announce the lifting of the ban? Our fishing industry has been savaged by the European fishing policy, and now the European Union has started on our dairy and beef industries. My right hon. and learned Friend has admitted that the ban is illegal, unjustified and unwarranted....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Taxation (18 Apr 1996)

Mr John Townend: Can my hon. Friend confirm that the Government intend to have plenty of clear water between themselves and the Opposition on taxation policy? I urge the Government to cut spending so that they can safely continue to cut taxes and make it clear to voters at the next election that we are still the party of low taxation and Labour is the party of high taxation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Mar 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. Friend agree that recent decisions of the European Court of Justice are progressively undermining the social chapter and that it is becoming not worth the paper on which it is written? Although I welcome the Government's decision to try to deal with that problem and the problem of fish while at the intergovernmental conference, does he accept that the time factor means that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth and Unemployment ( 7 Mar 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the excellent British performance on unemployment and growth is not due entirely to the magnificent economic management of the Treasury, but also to the fact that many of our friends in the European Union are still members of the exchange rate mechanism and are operating their economies to enable them to join a single currency rather than...

Common Fisheries Policy (Factortame Judgment) ( 6 Mar 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the Government will have no alternative but to pay compensation, funded by the British taxpayer, if the British courts find in the Spanish fishermen's favour? Does he agree that the decision is not untypical of decisions by the European Court, which consistently overrules the sovereignty of the House? I welcome his proposal to try to secure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth ( 8 Feb 1996)

Mr John Townend: If there is any danger of the Government not achieving their 3 per cent. growth targets, will my hon. and learned Friend not hesitate to make further reductions in interest rates? I should like to take this opportunity of congratulating him on how he has dealt with interest rates over the past 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco (Smuggling) (11 Jan 1996)

Mr John Townend: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the successes of Customs, but may I remind him that hundreds of millions of pounds of smuggled goods are coming over? If we could only take the simple precaution of having a customs officer open the doors of the dozens of transit vans which come over on the cross-channel ferries, we could stop this. However, I am told that that is against European...

Fisheries (19 Dec 1995)

Mr John Townend: Will the Secretary of State give way?


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