Results 181–200 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Opposition Day: Construction Industry (Safety) (11 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I will reply to that by telling you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that I tabled a motion that carried the names of 240 hon. Members. The debate has arisen from the desire of those who supported the motion that it should take place. I am ending my speech by referring to what my union is doing. It is important that the House of Commons and the country should know that if employers conducted themselves...

Clause 19: Power to Require Security (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the hon. Gentleman take note of the fact that there are just two hon. Members on the Government Benches? We are discussing disconnections and people who will suffer considerably as a result. Yet Conservative Members are so interested in the matter that they will simply come in to vote against the amendment. The general public should take note of that.

Points of Order (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I wish to take up, Mr. Speaker, your reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr Winnick), which concerned something said by my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell), who was recently thrown out of the House. My hon. Friend was thrown out because he said that someone was a liar. If I know that an hon. Member is lying and I wish to say that he is lying, does your...

Orders of the Day — Parking Bill: AMENDMENT OF ROAD TRAFFIC Acr I984 (No. I) ( 7 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I shall underline the hon. Gentleman's point with two examples. I never park illegally but once I returned to my flat from the House of Commons at 2 o'clock in the morning when it was dark and parked within the white lines as I was perfectly entitled. However, apparently there was a little notice on the wall that I did not see at that time of the morning which said that parking was not...

Dock Labour Scheme ( 6 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Many years ago Aneurin Bevan said that Conservatives or Tories were lower than vermin. Until today, I thought that that was an overstatement. However, on the basis of the disgraceful baying that we have heard this afternoon by Conservative Members, who have never been near a dock in their lives, I now think that it is true. Their attitude will not go unnoticed by the people of this country,...

Dock Labour Scheme ( 6 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: —to workers in the industry and to the industry? Is it not absolutely clear that once the scheme is abolished there will be a return to casual employment? This is one of the most backward steps that the Government have taken. The Minister had better be quite clear that dock workers and those connected with them will resist this proposal in every possible way. I hope that we shall have a...

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I shall not take up the last point because I am not competent to do so and I do not know whether any such problems have been caused. The hon. Lady and the Government should make up their minds. On the one hand we are told that if we privatise we shall improve the quality of water—that is the essence of the argument. The hon. Lady then says that the quality of water is better than that in...

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Gentleman may be aware that I worked on construction sites all my life until I came into the House. There are engineers and engineers. For example, once when I went to do a job in an office, the office manager said to me as I was hanging a door, "Joiners are not like they used to be." I said, "How the hell do you know? Could you hang that door?" He did not know what it was about. I...

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Just because it is said that is so it does not mean that we have to privatise water. The Minister knows full well that that is a separate issue that can be dealt with separately. Over the years, the water committee on which I served asked the Government for financial support to develop the sewage works, but we never got the full support that we needed——

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: My hon. Friend knows that the Minister will not tell the Prime Minister that if he wants to keep his job for long. Saying boo to the goose leads to one being dealt with quickly——

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I made a principled stand on an issue, and I am not ashamed of having been sacked from a Government for doing so. Most Conservative Ministers never seem to make a principled stand on anything; it is left to Back Benchers such as the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) to do that. The day when we see a principled stand by a Minister I shall be delighted. It will give me new faith in...

Orders of the Day — Part II: `Public access to meetings (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Gentleman's past is already behind him.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: This is probably the 24th Budget debate in which I have participated. I took no part in one, because I was a Minister of State at the time. I always consider that in these debates we are usually discussing how best we can operate the present economic system. The right hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. Howell) put his finger on it when he said that he passionately believed in people's...

Ways and Means: Taxpayer Confidentiality (14 Mar 1989)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Following the right hon. Lady's visit to Liverpool last Friday when she attacked the workers at Birds Eye—1,000 of whom have now been put out of work—and the city council which is collaborating with all the interests in the area, will she now apologise to the people of Liverpool and Merseyside and understand that the people in my area put compassion before profit, which is something which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Consular Assistance ( 8 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: When the Minister considers these problems, will he distinguish between the lager louts from Tory areas in this country and genuine people who may get into difficulties and who are in no way connected with the lager louts from the Conservative areas of this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel ( 8 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Is the Minister aware that some of us who have consistently supported Israel's right to peace and secure borders over the years are sad that the Israelis have not responded to Yasser Arafat's declaration, thereby giving some of the more extremist elements in the PLO the grounds on which to begin activities against Israel, when there could have been serious peace discussions in the middle east?

Adjournment (Easter): Housing ( 2 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: One of the saddest things about this debate has been the repudiation, not only by the Minister but by Conservative Back Benchers, of the previous policies of the Conservative party. Public housing did not begin with a Labour Government—not even with John Wheatley, whose Housing Act 1924 led to the building of about 500,000 houses. Public housing began before that, and was determined by the...

Adjournment (Easter): Housing ( 2 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Member may say that, but he should remember——

Adjournment (Easter): Housing ( 2 Mar 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I shall not give way. After all, the hon. Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis) spoke for 10 minutes. If we are to discuss these matters, we should be really concerned about them. I shall conclude by quoting some figures. The hon. Member for Derbyshire, South also used figures. According to the Department of Environment housing and construction statistics published in October 1988, a total of...


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