Results 121–140 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Equalisation (12 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: I am grateful to have the opportunity to ask the hon. Lady a question, as she does not have the courtesy to sign her replies to me. The House knows of my lifelong experience in the drinks industry. I was interested when the hon. Lady talked about a level playing field. Does she accept that smuggling into this country is growing dramatically and that the big danger is not only that the...

ISAs, TESSAs and PEPs ( 3 Mar 1998)

Mr John Townend: Does the Chief Secretary agree that the Government's proposal to limit to £50,000 what an ordinary saver can shelter from tax, while Ministers are sheltering millions in the Channel Islands, is the height of hypocrisy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic and Monetary Union (12 Feb 1998)

Mr John Townend: Does the Chancellor agree that our European partners consider EMU a political, rather than an economic, issue—the great leap forward to political union? That is why they will proceed with EMU, regardless of the fact that some countries do not meet the economic convergence criteria. Is it not nonsense to say that economies have converged when one of the most important...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Beef Bones Regulations (10 Feb 1998)

Mr John Townend: Before the hon. Gentleman sits down, will he deal with the inconsistency in Government policy on risk factor? The Government have banned T-bone steaks and oxtail, although, as the hon. Gentleman has said, they carry a risk of 1,000,000,000:1. The decision on smoking, as a result of which hundreds of thousands of people die every year, is left to the individual. We put warnings on the packets,...

Fisheries (17 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: In their election manifesto, the Government said that they would work for the reform of the common fisheries policy. For fishing ports such as Bridlington, which I have the honour to represent, that is vital. If there is to be a fishing industry after 2002, we need reform of the CFP. The Government have been asked on several occasions what they intend to do for fisheries during the United...

Fisheries (17 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: The question of fishing up to our coasts is a derogation. The Government say that they will apply effective controls of fishing efforts. That is probably why, in respect of decommissioning, licences have been split from track records. The Government know that the track record is the valuable part and want the industry to decommission itself or fall into foreign hands. Decommissioning is...

Fisheries (17 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: The Minister is right. The answer is that there will be no reform of the CFP for the benefit of the British fishermen. Nor will a further discriminative derogation be obtained, except perhaps for six-mile and partial six to 12-mile limits. The other nations will extract an enormous price from the United Kingdom for those 52 votes. The Government have failed on another election promise. They...

Fisheries (17 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: The guilty men are my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Sir E. Heath) and the late Lord Wilson of Rievaulx. One accepted the fisheries policy when we came in and the other refused to deal with it when we renegotiated. Fish are an important national resource. It is nonsense that North sea oil is a British resource but that the fish swimming around the oil rigs are a...

Fisheries (17 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: Is it not a fact that that would have been an option if we had been prepared to go to the wire and say, "Unless you agree to this, we will veto the whole treaty"? Amsterdam would have fallen. That would not have been allowed to happen under any circumstances. That is the card that the Government had to play, but they lost their will and did not play it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Decentralisation (16 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does the Minister accept that where I come from—East Yorkshire—there is no demand for another tier of government, no demand for a regional assembly and no demand for the extra bureaucrats and politicians who will have to be paid for by the taxpayer? The people of East Yorkshire do not want to be run from Leeds or, even worse, from Manchester.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 1997)

Mr John Townend: Why was the Prime Minister not more honest at the election on another matter? Why did he not tell middle England that savers who took full advantage of TESSAs and PEPs would be penalised? Is that not the height of hypocrisy when the Paymaster General—the man who dreamt up these proposals—is a beneficiary of a multi-million-pound Channel Islands trust? Does this not show that, under new...

Pre-Budget Statement (25 Nov 1997)

Mr John Townend: For a green Budget, this is so short on detail that it could be described as a damp squib. Will the Chancellor reassure the many worried family businesses and family farms that, when he talks of reducing tax avoidance, he is not talking about reducing the inheritance tax reliefs that are so valuable in helping to keep family farms and family businesses in operation? Will the Chancellor also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (25 Nov 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is unacceptable that, on a number of occasions, the Spanish authorities have not recognised British passports issued by the Governor in Gibraltar—and, moreover, do not seem to be recognising the identity cards that are produced in accordance with European regulations, and are recognised by the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Department of Trade and Industry: Formula One Racing (20 Nov 1997)

Mr John Townend: Did the Minister have time to read today's press reports, which show that Mr. Mills still has strong links with formula one racing? Should not that rule out any further involvement by the Minister for Public Health in those matters on the ground of conflict of interest?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Advance Corporation Tax (18 Nov 1997)

Mr John Townend: What assessment he has made of the estimates made by local authorities of the costs to them in 1998–99 from the changes to advance corporation tax.[14847]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Advance Corporation Tax (18 Nov 1997)

Mr John Townend: Would the Minister be interested to learn that I have a letter from the director of finance of East Riding council, which says that in 1998–99 the additional contribution required will be £2.55 million? If that contribution is delayed until the following year, a further £75,000 will be needed every year. How does the Minister expect my council to find the cash? Are the Government going to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: UK Investment (30 Oct 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that it is the quality, as much as the quantity, of investment that matters? How does the return on investment in the United Kingdom compare with average return on investment in other European Union countries?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: I listened with interest to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours). The hon. Gentleman and others have the idea that those who invest in shares and make profits are greedy. They think that they should not receive profits and believe that they do not pay tax. Those who take that view are not living in the real world. We are told that those who have made profits should now pay...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Beard) on his excellent maiden speech. His comments about his constituency were illuminating, and my hon. Friends and I appreciated his kind words about his numerous Conservative predecessors. I was friendly with David Evennett and was sad to see him go. Sir Cyril Townsend caused me some problems. With a difference of only one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 9 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: As the Government need to speak with one voice, will the Prime Minister tell the House whether the Government have changed their position on the single currency? Has Lord Simon, who was fanatically against the single currency before he became a Minister—I am sorry: who was fanatically in favour of the single currency—changed his view since he became a Minister?

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