Results 81–100 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Corporation Tax ( 1 Mar 1999)

Mr John Townend: Not at all. The CBI maintains that, under its proposals, there would be no loss of revenue to the Government. The regulations convince me that this is a Government who, when the chips are down, believe in high taxation and regulation, and that all the talk about being the party of business is a load of old codswallop.

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: Exceptions (10 Feb 1999)

Mr John Townend: Why then do the Liberal Democrats support criminalising eating beef on the bone?

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill: Exceptions (10 Feb 1999)

Mr John Townend: I approach the Bill from the point of view of child protection. I ask myself why anyone should support the clause. I do not believe that OutRage is particularly worried about 16 to 18-year-olds. I am even more cynical about its attitude. I believe that it wants the clause to go through to allow older men to prey on younger boys. One of the great problems of many homosexuals is that they...

Prayers: Art Market (10 Feb 1999)

Mr John Townend: As a spokesman for probably the most Europhile party in the House of Commons, does the right hon. Gentleman accept that it is appalling that a British industry of this size should be destroyed or, at best, severely undermined, and there is nothing we can do about it? Have we not transferred too much sovereignty, if we are putting people's jobs and industry at such risk?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill ( 9 Feb 1999)

Mr John Townend: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has any experience of business, but I have a lot of experience of running small businesses. Does he accept that many small firms are on a knife edge and could be put out of business if they were faced with an award of £50,000? That would cause others to lose their jobs.

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill ( 9 Feb 1999)

Mr John Townend: We hear a lot from the Government about the rights of employees. Small and medium-sized businesses will have the greatest difficulty. How is a firm expected to operate if its one representative wants to go off on a three-month trek with his six-year-old child? Is the firm expected to make no sales for three months?

Orders of the Day — Fisheries (15 Dec 1998)

Mr John Townend: I have always found the annual debate on fishing and the review of the CFP rather depressing. I cannot remember a year under any Government when a Minister has been able to stand up and say that the CFP is a great success. Indeed, when we consider the criteria on which the CFP should be judged—whether stocks and quotas are increasing; whether conservation is improving; whether the British...

Orders of the Day — Fisheries (15 Dec 1998)

Mr John Townend: If our partners in Europe, who have pillaged our fish, refused to agree to our proposals and vetoed them, as hon. Members have suggested they very well might, should not the House amend the European Communities Act 1972 to regain control of fishing in our national waters so that we can have a strong fishing industry, such as those in Norway or Iceland?

Orders of the Day — Fisheries (15 Dec 1998)

Mr John Townend: I am grateful to the Minister. Does he accept that, although Norway operates quotas, it is illegal there to discard fish and pollute the sea? Is that not a more sensible approach?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Pig Industry (12 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: If he will make a statement on the current state of the pig industry. [58051]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Pig Industry (12 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: Does the Minister agree that one of the major problems facing pig farmers is that they are not able to compete on a level playing field with their competitors in Europe, principally because of the actions of British Governments? For example, they have to spend millions of pounds on getting rid of stalls and tethers, which the Dutch and the Danes do not have to pay for; they are not allowed to...

Road Haulage (Taxation) (11 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: Will the Minister deal with the problem at the core of the debate? How do the Government intend to tackle the problem of the level playing field? How are we going to stop British hauliers moving to France or Belgium? What do all the things that she says that she has done for the industry amount to in cash terms, compared with the extra burden so eloquently described by my hon. Friend the...

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: rose—

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: With respect, some Labour Members need to learn that the Opposition's job is not to do the Government's job, but to hold the Government to account. I shall try to do the latter in my contribution. This is supposed to be a green Budget. Incredibly, in yesterday's statement and in today's debate, Labour Members have hardly mentioned the word "taxation". Yesterday, I tried to intervene on the...

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: That is not correct. The Government have inflated the increase by far more than we would have done. I readily accept that the previous Government made a mistake in putting up tax to that level—falling for the greens—but the present Government have put it up by 6 per cent. more than inflation. If that process continues for five years, there will be a horrendous increase of 30 per cent....

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: I do, and I assure my hon. Friend that I shall urge the Conservative Front-Bench team and the Leader of the Opposition not to go into the next election as an anti-motorist party. I should like us to give a commitment not to increase the price of petrol by more than inflation. That, of course, is a personal opinion. I shall now talk about complacency. The Chancellor is still fighting the...

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: Certainly not. It would be pointless for me, a representative of a rural constituency, to pretend in the House that everything in the garden was lovely in respect of agriculture. I should not be doing my job if I did that. I am not a professional politician like many people here. I entered politics as a business man because I believed in things. It has always been my practice in the House to...

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: My hon. Friend is right. Furthermore, do not Ministers show their hypocrisy when they talk about productivity and competitiveness? It is the Government who have been destroying the competitiveness of much our industry. Does the Economic Secretary know the cost to small business of implementing the packaging waste regulations that came from Europe? Does she realise the cost to small business...

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: Rubbish.

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: We did not say that we would not tell the public. The Chancellor will not tell the public the tax changes in the next Budget. We shall tell the public the policies on which we shall fight the next election in a year or two years from now. We shall not tell them now. Your party is in Government. It is your duty to debate the issue.


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