Results 141–160 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 7 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: Is it not true that, if we were in government, there would be more resources because we would be raising a lot more money from privatisation receipts?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 7 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: Can the right hon. Gentleman give an estimate of how many redundancies are likely to be caused by this great movement from administration and bureaucracy to patient care—when managers are converted into nurses?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Jul 1997)

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

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Jul 1997)

Mr John Townend: We are all very worried about the standard of education of children leaving school, especially the standard of literacy and numeracy—the Conservative Government introduced the national curriculum to try to improve standards—but does the right hon. Gentleman agree that one cannot blame the problems in education on the previous Government or, indeed, on any Government? The major...

Business of the House (19 Jun 1997)

Mr John Townend: As the British fishing industry was sold down the river at Amsterdam, where the Government failed to do away with quota hopping, will the Leader of the House find time at an early date for a debate on the fishing industry?

Business of the House (15 May 1997)

Mr John Townend: I congratulate the right hon. Lady on her appointment. Further to her reply to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace), may I strongly urge her to provide time in the near future for a debate on fishing? There is a great fear in the industry that the Government are about to sell it down the river. They have already abandoned the previous Government's commitment to make the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Income Tax Rates (13 Mar 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. Friend agree that any Government could increase the overall burden of direct taxation without putting up tax rates, merely by abolishing mortgage tax relief, reducing tax relief on pensions, reducing allowances or lifting the ceiling on national insurance contributions? Does he further agree that any Government who propose to spend £12 billion extra would have to put up...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: New clause (18 Feb 1997)

Mr John Townend: rose—

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: New clause (18 Feb 1997)

Mr John Townend: Is my right hon. and learned Friend really trying to tell the House that if at some future date a Government introduced a Bill to prohibit drink on the ground that it was bad for people's health, every brewery, off-licence and pub would have to shut? All those people would go bankrupt; would the Government say, "Because this is for the benefit of health, there will be no compensation"? Surely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Expenditure (13 Feb 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. Friend agree that public expenditure per head in Scotland, particularly on health and education, is unfair to England and unjustified? Does he accept that, if there were a Scottish Parliament, many Conservative Members like me who feel strongly about public expenditure would campaign vigorously to bring the level of expenditure per head in Scotland down to the level in...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill: Corporal Punishment Lawful with Parental Consent (28 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey). I was amazed at the hilarity with which his speech was received by Opposition Members. It is obvious that they are completely out of touch with the ordinary people in this country, especially parents. I support this move, for two reasons. First, I believe in variety and choice in education and the Opposition...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill: Corporal Punishment Lawful with Parental Consent (28 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: I will not give way because I want to get on. Many parents are witnessing their child's education being ruined by classroom anarchy caused by a few people. Many parents are worried sick because their children go to school frightened of being bullied, and are bullied. We have a duty to consider not only the naughty children who are being caned but the rest of the children in the class. There...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: The Euro (16 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that the cost of introducing the euro, which everyone accepts will run into billions of pounds, will have to be paid for by increases in taxes and prices? If we have the same experience as we had with decimalisation, conversion prices will be rounded up. Will not the introduction of the euro therefore result in a significant increase in inflation,...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Corporal Punishment (15 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: I want to take up Opposition Members' point that corporal punishment is not a deterrent. In recent years, there has been an explosion in crime and vandalism by young people. We are seeing a decay as a result of the ending of caning in schools. I can give an interesting example of a headmaster of one of the large comprehensive schools in my constituency, who is now retired and whose school I...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Corporal Punishment (15 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: That is a load of nonsense. Young children who steal cars do not do so to use them. I own a hotel, and I can tell hon. Members that such young people play Monopoly. They go up to the hotel at the top of the hill and steal a blue car, and they bring it down and dump it at the hotel at the bottom of the hill and steal a red car. They steal cars because they think that it is a great game. I am...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Corporal Punishment (15 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: My hon. Friend is right. If the founders had stuck to their original intentions, there would have been no problem, but, just like the European Union and every bureaucratic body, the court is always trying to extend its competence. We face appalling problems of crime and juvenile crime. It cannot be right that, if elected Members of the House decide to bring back the cane and judicial...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Corporal Punishment (15 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Corporal Punishment (15 Jan 1997)

Mr John Townend: My right hon. Friend said that if we reintroduced corporal punishment it would have to be used regularly to be a deterrent. Does he accept that it is a deterrent in the Isle of Man, although it is used only once or twice a year on average? It was also an effective deterrent in schools, although the headmaster to whom I referred used the cane only once a term.

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: As someone who has represented a fishing port for 17 years, I have seen the industry progressively damaged by the common fisheries policy. In retrospect, we must be honest: it is clear that the industry was betrayed by my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Sir E. Heath), who signed up to a treaty that forced the United Kingdom to surrender British fishing grounds to...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: If I give way, I will not be able to keep to the requested 10 minutes.


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