Results 21–40 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I think that he would agree that, if we repatriated and kept all our overseas aid budget and dealt with it ourselves, rather than sending it to Europe, we could get better value, do more good and save the taxpayers' money at the same time. With regard to whether our money is being well spent, no one today has mentioned the fact that —1 billion provided by...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: Earlier, I said that I hoped that Conservative Front Benchers would take notice of some of the things that I had said. I have known the shadow Chancellor for some time, so I can assure my right hon. Friend that he became well aware of the views that I have expressed when he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Indeed, he was keen for my support as chairman of the Conservative Back-Bench...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if we went into the euro at the present exchange rate, it would not make the slightest difference? He is assuming that we would go in at a much lower rate. He cannot assume that.

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr John Townend: I do not want to go into the question of coal, but I certainly strongly supported the proposals of my right hon. Friend the Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) to save a number of our pits. [HON. MEMBERS: "Save?"] My right hon. Friend saved them in the short term. I do not think that the record of this Government has been particularly good in that respect. Labour Members dismissed this point...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr John Townend: I am rather worried about the hon. Gentleman's prospects. However, it was rather refreshing to hear him admit that the Prime Minister, who went on television to say that the House of Lords had defeated the Foster Bill, had committed a terminological inexactitude.

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr John Townend: I should also think that the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Etherington) might be in danger of being classed as politically incorrect by comparing slaves with foxes. I approach the debate from the point of view of one who has never hunted, fished or shot. However, the force that drove me into politics was a passionate belief in and love for individual freedom. In the late 1940s and...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr John Townend: There is a great difference between badger baiting and foxhunting, as badger baiting contained no element of pest control. It was in an entirely different class. As I said, however, we are debating foxhunting. Although I have reservations about hare coursing, I want to talk about foxhunting, as that is what really affects my constituents and I have a couple of hunts in my constituency. Both...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr John Townend: I agree entirely. I find that form of ritual killing rather abhorrent, but I understand the culture and history of the people involved, and believe that we must be tolerant. It is very strange that Labour Members who are so keen that we respect and tolerate the cultural rights and beliefs of minorities should now propose to destroy part of the culture and freedom of the countryside. I am...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

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

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr John Townend: I thank the hon. Gentleman. He says that he cannot bear to see people getting pleasure from killing animals. Is he then in favour of banning shooting and fishing?

Pre-Budget Statement ( 8 Nov 2000)

Mr John Townend: Given the amount of the taxpayer's money that the Chancellor has had in his election war chest, does he accept that motorists in my constituency who must have cars to get to work, take the children to school and go shopping will be very disappointed by the parsimonious reduction of only 2p per litre? Will he confirm that the extra cost of sulphur-free petrol is 1 p a litre? Will he also...

Flooding and Flood Defence ( 6 Nov 2000)

Mr John Townend: Stamford Bridge in my constituency has been affected twice in the past two years. I never thought that I would welcome the Deputy Prime Minister tramping around my constituency, but we were grateful that he came. I apologise for not being able to be with him, as I was attending a meeting of the Economic and Development Committee of the Council of Europe. I am sure that the Minister will...

Opposition Day: Fuel Protests (25 Oct 2000)

Mr John Townend: rose—

Spending Review (18 Jul 2000)

Mr John Townend: Does the Chancellor accept that he would not have been able to come here today and announce these telephone number increases in expenditure if the Government had kept the pledge that the Prime Minister made before the election—that there would be no overall increase in taxation? The Chancellor is getting £25 billion over a five-year Parliament from pensions, and billions of pounds from...

Orders of the Day — Common Agricultural Policy (11 May 2000)

Mr John Townend: I hoped that the right hon. Gentleman would be saying rather more about the pig industry. Can he envisage a time in the foreseeable future when our pig industry will be able to compete on a level playing field with its competitors in Europe, with the same animal welfare and hygiene overheads as our competitors? There seems little likelihood, in the foreseeable future, of our competitors...

Orders of the Day — Common Agricultural Policy (11 May 2000)

Mr John Townend: I do.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 2000)

Mr John Townend: As could be expected from this Chancellor, we have had a Budget with a high degree of spin. He naturally claimed how well the economy was doing and, on that, he has been supported by the right hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Sheldon). However, as my hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) pointed out, the Chancellor did not highlight the balance of payments deficit, which is...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 2000)

Mr John Townend: Is not one of the greatest causes of the increase in child poverty the breakdown of the institution of marriage? What have the Government done in the Budget to encourage marriage?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 2000)

Mr John Townend: What children need is fathers.

Business Questions ( 2 Mar 2000)

Mr John Townend: The right hon. Lady will recall that, on 13 January, I asked whether she would consider providing time for a further fishing debate. We had only half a day for the annual fishing debate. A long statement from the Prime Minister before the debate, and long speeches from those on the Front Bench meant that only one Opposition Back Bencher was called. She was not able to accede to my request,...


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