Results 101–120 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Opposition Day: The Economy ( 4 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: rose—

International Financial System ( 2 Nov 1998)

Mr John Townend: I have been in the House for 20 years, and I have never heard a statement from a Chancellor that contained so much waffle and so little detail. Is not the right hon. Gentleman's statement basically a diversionary tactic that will give him an alibi tomorrow when he will announce to the House that our growth rate next year will be way under 1 per cent. while growth rates in France and Germany...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions, Relating to Environment and the Regions: Standard Spending Assessments (20 Oct 1998)

Mr John Townend: Does the Minister accept that the present methodology for calculating SSAs favours urban areas at the expense of rural areas such as my constituency, which has done very badly compared with Hull, which includes the constituency of the Secretary of State? Does she accept that there is such a thing as rural poverty and that, with agriculture going the way it is, such poverty is getting worse by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Fishing ( 2 Jul 1998)

Mr John Townend: Is the Minister aware of the great disappointment that, under the proposed regulations, Bridlington will not be a designated port? Is he aware that the reasons that he gave me in his letter of 17 June—that there were no auction facilities and no fisheries office—are not acceptable? It is not acceptable that such decisions are made for bureaucratic convenience. My fishermen see this as...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: European Court (Freezing of Aid) ( 1 Jul 1998)

Mr John Townend: Have there been any proposals to freeze European or British aid to India and Pakistan on the basis that, as they can afford to develop nuclear weapons, they do not need aid?

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: In these debates, I respect hon. Members on both sides of the House who speak for the fishing industry and their constituents. I agree with much of what the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) said. He was right to say that the common fisheries policy has been a disaster, particularly for British fishermen, including those in my constituency. I tell my right hon. Friend the Member...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: I do not want to argue with my hon. Friend about the definition of "major". When it came to decision time, what did the Government do? They forgot all about the comments made by Fisheries Ministers and the Prime Minister, and signed the Amsterdam treaty without achieving anything concrete for our fishermen. As is usual in Europe, it was fudge and weasel words, and nothing was delivered....

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: I asked the hon. Gentleman how much fish we will get if he is successful in the negotiations. He said that he did not know, but read out the various options. None of them would give an extra tonne of fish to British fishing boats. That proves another thing. Before the election, Labour Members were keen to say that, if they were elected they would be able to get a better deal out of Europe....

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: We get this time and again. I agree that we could have vetoed many things, but the simple fact is that that is not the question. My right hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk, Coastal is right—you are the Government and you are responsible for the fishing industry today. It does not matter what we should have done or might have done: you have failed in the past year.

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: I beg your pardon, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Minister and the Labour Government are responsible, but time after time and in Question Time after Question Time as we hold the Executive to account, they never answer our questions. They seem to think that they can refuse to be held to account by harking back to what happened under the previous Government. As my right hon. Friend the Member for...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: New clause ( 9 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: How much extra fish will be produced for British fishing boats as a result of the Government's negotiations at Amsterdam?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Reduction ( 3 Jun 1998)

Mr John Townend: Will the right hon. Lady reassure the House that, if the United Kingdom writes off a country's debts, we shall not make further loans out of taxpayers' money to that country? Otherwise, in 10 years' time, we might be faced with the same problem. When help is needed, is it not better to provide it as aid rather than as loans that will not be repaid?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agrimoney Compensation (30 Apr 1998)

Mr John Townend: Will the right hon. Gentleman now be honest and admit that more money was available for help in the past year? The Red Book shows, on page 49, that you underspent by £139 million—that is £139 million less than the Conservative Government budgeted for. Will you now be more accurate—

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agrimoney Compensation (30 Apr 1998)

Mr John Townend: Will the Minister now be more accurate than he was in answering the question of my right hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack)?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: The Budget lives up to the reputation of the Government, in that it treats the House of Commons with contempt. At one time, the contents of the Budget were revealed first to the Cabinet and then to the House of Commons. Now, the political spin doctors receive the details first and we Members of Parliament read them in the press. That is done to soften us up for bad news on Budget day, but...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: I shall deal with our position in a few minutes. Because of the distances and the infrequency of public transport that one experiences living in a small village—nearly everybody needs a car—£50 million over three years for rural transport is peanuts. Most Labour Members have probably never lived in a village, so they do not realise that, if there is only one bus a day, which is doubled...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: I am speaking for myself, but I would not be at all surprised if on Monday, when I go into the Lobby to vote against Labour's proposals on petrol, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden is with me.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: That is a matter for my right hon. Friend. I represent a rural constituency, and I shall fight on behalf of the motorists. Enough is enough. There comes a point when one should not go any further and, when 80 per cent. of the cost of petrol is tax, I believe that we have reached that point. The cornerstone of the Government's Budget is the welfare-to-work package, including family tax...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: Not only are the Government losing an enormous amount of revenue but, as I have warned from my own experience, organised crime is taking over the smuggling. Only last week smuggling gangs used guns in Dover. The only long-term answer to this problem—the Chancellor, who is pro-European, should realise it—is a progressive reduction in the differential between our duties and those of the...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: If the burden of taxation on companies was coming down year on year, I would congratulate the right hon. Gentleman, but will he confirm that there will no benefit from reductions in taxation until after 2000? Page 18 of the Red Book shows that companies will pay £1.6 billion extra in 1999–2000 as a result of the quarterly payment of corporation tax. In 2001, they will pay another £2...


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