Results 161–180 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: That does not get away from the fact that the Spaniards have been subsidised by the European Union to build boats and they have also been given the finances to buy our licences and become quota hoppers. The whole thing is absolute nonsense. I support the Government's efforts to end quota hopping, but I only wish that the Opposition today had come out in full support of that policy and said...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: I am pleased to hear that. Will my hon. Friend the Minister confirm that, as it is not the information that I have been given? If the Navy is there, I hope that it will take a higher profile. We should let the fishermen of Guernsey know that we are prepared to fight for their rights, just as we were prepared to fight for the rights of the Falkland islanders.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (16 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that there will be considerable disappointment that we are going ahead with the selective cull without obtaining firm and copper-bottomed guarantees as to when the export ban will be lifted? Many of us do not trust our European friends and we believe that they will keep the ban going for year after year. What happens if we complete the cull and...

European Union (11 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: rose—

European Union (11 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: Will the right hon. Gentleman now come to the heart of the problem? If he, as Chancellor of this country, decided that it was right to abolish the pound, does he accept that that would mean a major transfer of sovereignty from this House to Europe?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: The tendency of people in this country to sell ourselves short still surprises me. I am not known as a Member who never criticises the Government, but someone listening to the debate today would think that our economy was in a bad state. I am a member of the Council of Europe, and I visit Europe a lot on business, and I can tell other hon. Members that many Europeans are jealous of our...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: That is the most fatuous intervention I have ever heard. Is the hon. Gentleman accusing the Secretary of State for Health of going round with a hypodermic, injecting animals with BSE? It is absolute nonsense. We are spending £600 million on social security and £730 million this year on BSE, and, in total, BSE will cost the taxpayer £3.3 billion. One cannot help but sympathise with the...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: I would be loth to join the hon. Gentleman in the Lobby for anything that he proposed. If I voted against the increases, that would automatically put up the public sector borrowing requirement. I am not saying that I oppose the increases, but we should consider carefully whether we should continue imposing them year after year. It would be most irresponsible for anyone who believed in sound...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that one reason why the pound has risen in recent months is the growing scepticism in the markets about whether—because of the difficulty and the fudging of the convergence criteria—the euro, when it comes into being, will be weaker than the deutschmark? As a result, because we are seen as a currency that will not join the euro, the pound has risen.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 3 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: The right hon. Gentleman talks about a utility tax. Will he answer a question that the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) refused to answer yesterday? Will he give a copper-bottomed guarantee that the "utility tax" will apply only to companies that have been privatised? If not, does it mean that, if I bought half a million pounds, worth of claret and the price doubled, I would...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does the right hon. Lady agree that businesses want certainty? I have read that this "windfall tax" may not apply only to privatised industries. Will she tell us how that tax will be defined and which companies will have to pay, or will she give a categoric undertaking that it will apply only to privatised industries?

Business of the House (21 Nov 1996)

Mr John Townend: May I implore my right hon. Friend to think again about a debate on the stability pact? It is a constitutional issue that has not had adequate scrutiny. Does he appreciate the size of the bundle of documents involved? Many of the proposals can be changed by qualified majority voting and will, or could be made to, apply to Britain whether or not we are members of the single currency. Does he...

Zaire (20 Nov 1996)

Mr John Townend: I welcome my hon. Friend's undertaking that we will not deploy troops without the approval of the Governments concerned. That is a great relief. Does my hon. Friend accept that the Secretary of State's statement to the House last week was based on incorrect information? Clearly, 20,000 refugees were not dying every day or every week—many of them would have been left in the camps if that...

Zaire (14 Nov 1996)

Mr John Townend: Does my right hon. Friend accept that a number of Conservative Members are worried and have great reservations about this project? If the Hutu militia are not to be disarmed, does he agree that the chances of achieving our objectives are much less; and that, although we may save thousands of people from starving over the next four months, if we then leave and the militias are still armed,...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

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

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr John Townend: In view of what my right hon. and learned Friend has said, does he agree that this country has been double-crossed by our European partners in respect of the lifting of the beef ban, just as we have been double-crossed in respect of the social chapter opt-out? Does he agree that they are enjoying taking British export markets and that they have no intention of lifting the ban for several years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rates (31 Oct 1996)

Mr John Townend: Is not the Government's performance in dealing with the devaluation unique? This is the first time that devaluation has been followed by sustained low inflation. Is not the success of the Government's monetary policy borne out by the fact that, in recent months, the pound has been rising?

Orders of the Day — The Economy (30 Oct 1996)

Mr John Townend: Listening to the right hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown), I began to believe that I was living in a different country. To hear the right hon. Gentleman, one would think that we had the worst economy in Europe rather than one of the best. It is not I who says that, but the independent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I cannot believe that someone who holds...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr John Townend: Since we came out of the exchange rate mechanism—the Labour party was keen for us to be members and wants us to rejoin— in most respects the economy has been run very well by the Government. The United Kingdom has had the benefit of a competitive pound and lower interest rates without the jump in inflation that normally follows a decline in the currency. The Government deserve credit...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr John Townend: It is not my fault if the hon. Gentleman was not listening. One of the great growth areas of social security spending is on one-parent families—almost one in three children now lives in a one-parent family. We should do everything possible to keep families together and to reduce the soaring divorce rate. While I have every sympathy with widows and deserted wives, I believe that we have been...


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