Results 1–20 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Business of the House (18 Oct 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider arranging a debate on eastern Europe? I note that next week it can be debated, but should not there be a general debate on eastern Europe, especially as the Conservative party has begun a political programme, including speeches at its conference, trying to suggest that democratic socialism equates with Stalinism? Some of us resent that very...

Prayers: The Gulf ( 6 Sep 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that it is not just a question of giving the Chinese Hong Kong but that the Americans have just agreed that they should have a special relationship and make special economic arrangements with China, despite the events of Tiananmen square?

Prayers: The Gulf ( 6 Sep 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Prayers: The Gulf ( 6 Sep 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. Lady explain why it was that, when the Kurds were gassed and chemical weapons were used against them—I know that this Government made protests—the United States, for example, ensured that that was not discussed in the Security Council at the time, when there should have been a great movement by the entire world against that terrible thing which Saddam Hussein did?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Construction Sites (24 Jul 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does the Minister agree that what is now required is a strengthening of the legislation to deal with instances of genuine criminal activity on the part of employers who do not provide proper safety for their workers? Perhaps if some of the directors thought that they might have to go to prison and not just pay a miserable fine, there would be an improvement in the position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Eastern Europe (Elections) ( 9 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the Soviet Government to the fact that there have been free elections in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia? Will he also draw the attention of President Gorbachev to the fact that, while many of us support what he is doing, up to a point, Lenin in the early days of the Soviet state argued strongly for the self-determination of all peoples? That...

Orders of the Day — Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Bill ( 3 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris), who fought so hard for this Bill. I give it my total support. I first met Australians during the last war. I was attached to an RAF camp and I shall never forget the arrival of an Australian squadron. Our cinema was in a Nissen hut and the British officers sat in the front rows, the junior officers behind them,...

Orders of the Day — Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Bill ( 3 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Whatever their reasons, they took no notice of rank. Our officers were somewhat shocked. I thought that it would be the end of class rule. It was following that experience that I began to study Australian history. I soon realised that it was our people—southern Irish, northern Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh—who were transported to Australia because they were thieves, dissidents, or...

Orders of the Day — Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Bill ( 3 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I am grateful for that information about this important matter. There is no doubt that the mass of Australians have tended to ignore the position of the aboriginals, and that is quite wrong. An interesting book, "The Other Shore", has been written by a man called Hughes. If one reads that, or John Pilger's book on Australia, or watches television programmes about the position of the...

Business of the House ( 3 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider his attitude in respect of the whole Iraqi question? As certain persons have now been brought before the courts in respect of the so-called supergun, that matter is now sub judice. Initially, that was not the case, yet the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry refused to answer questions that even you, Mr. Speaker, ruled were not sub...

European Council (Dublin) ( 1 May 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: The right hon. Lady must be aware that I absolutely oppose and detest everything that she has done in relation to this country. The right hon. Lady is totally wrong when it comes to our internal situation here, but she is not wrong on everything; on odd occasions she can be right. She must also be aware that I used to be a staunch supporter of this country entering the Common Market until I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing (25 Apr 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Liverpool's homelessness record is one of the best in the country? Might not that be due to the fact that, since 1983, when Liverpool city council came under Labour control, it has regularly been building houses for the people who live in the area? Is not it true that many of the so-called empty houses are blocks of flats that were built when the Tories were...

Points of Order (18 Apr 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: During his statement, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry said several times that he could not answer the points raised by hon. Members because there could be, there might be or there may possibly be a case pending before the courts. Is that a new doctrine in the House? I have always understood that, when a case was before a court, we did not have the opportunity or the right to...

Strangeways Prison ( 5 Apr 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does the Home Secretary accept that prison officers in various prisons that have accepted people from Strangeways should also be praised because of the difficulties that they face? In Liverpool, they accepted the situation with proper discussion and so on. Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman satisfied that people are getting information as quickly as they should when they find that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lithuania ( 4 Apr 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Soviet Union, under Stalin, took over Lithuania, Latvia and other countries, and that that was an act of aggression against their peoples? However, is it not clear that Lithuania would not even be in a position to talk about independence had it not been for President Gorbachev's stand on perestroika? Although the Lithuanians have an absolute right...

Community Charge (29 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: This is a matter of importance. When I live down here, I live in Westminster, which has kept its level down to £195. One of the actions that it has taken to achieve that has been to discontinue the redecoration of the council houses of elderly people. As a consequence, not only will those people have to meet the cost of redecoration themselves, but they will still have to pay the 20 per...

Points of Order (29 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am interested not in arguments about the quality of questions, but in the lights, which are having a bad effect on my eyes and probably on other hon. Members' eyes. When will something be done about the glare? I have to put my hand above my eyes like this to get a view of the House. It is a serious matter, and sooner or later something must be done about...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Government Grants (26 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: What personal representations has the right hon. Gentleman made to people in the private sector? For example, Tate and Lyle has made no contribution to the Tate gallery in Liverpool, although the company made its money in that city. Is not it important that the Government should make representations to that company? I have done so, but without great success. Would not it be a good idea if...

Public Transport (23 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: My hon. Friend is making an important point. Is she aware—I am sure that she is—of the cuts that have led to a lack of alternative engines when they are needed? I shall give an example. The Minister for Roads and Traffic and I were travelling from Chesterfield across the tops of the mountains, because we had to be diverted, to Manchester. The train broke down. It took one and a half hours...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Juvenile Crime (22 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Would that also apply to Members of this House? Over the years, children of many hon. Members—on both sides, but especially on the Conservative side—have got themselves into drug problems, and so on, through no fault of the parents, Members of Parliament probably being away from home all week? Will a Member of Parliament be held responsible for everything that his children do? I have...

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