Results 21–40 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Arts Funding (13 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Many of us believe that the right hon. Gentleman is doing as good a job as Minister for the Arts as anyone could do under the circumstances of the Government. Nevertheless, we are disappointed at his decision not to agree that the Merseyside Arts Association should be the basis of the regional arts body. When we met him he agreed with us—and he said it again today—that Merseyside has a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Unofficial Strikes (13 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: In view of the ambulance workers' decision, why could not the Government have settled the dispute much earlier without the problems that have been caused? In relation to unofficial strikes, does the hon. Gentleman want workers to become wage slaves who must accept work whether they like it or not? The last right that ordinary working people have is the right to say no if they do not want to...

Members' Interests ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Supposing that 20 or 50 Members of the House decided that, as from the next occasion, they would not register, what would happen then?

Points of Order ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. How does it come about that a statement on hill farming went on for one and a quarter hours, while on an issue of this kind we are closed down in about half an hour?

Points of Order ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I have not finished.

Points of Order ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I have never complained about not being called. I have complained, and will continue to complain, that you, Mr. Speaker, do not listen to Members who raise points of order but intervene before they have finished. Is it not about time that you listened to hon. Members making points of order before you move in and stop them? [Interruption.] Conservative Members should understand that I am...

Points of Order ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: You said, Mr. Speaker, that I rose in relation to the statement. I never moved from my seat. I never made any move to ask a question. I think that you should withdraw your statement, Mr. Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central America ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the Somoza regime was overthrown because Mrs. Chamorro's husband was killed and that the Sandinistas were totally in association with her and others who were then fighting the dictatorship? Will he also bear in mind that in 1984—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central America ( 7 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: There was a general election in 1984 which was won by the Sandinistas. They won that election fairly. Now, having lost the latest election, they have handed over power—[interruption.] It is about time that Her Majesty's Government decided to support democracy instead of arguing that it was a Marxist-Leninist Government when part of that Government were members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Welsh Affairs ( 1 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Having once experienced flooding myself I know precisely what it can mean, especially for old people. Will arrangements be made for local authorities to have gangs of workpeople who can clear up after the flooding has receded and make certain that the homes are reasonably habitable, even if they take a long time to dry out? It is all right for young people, but difficult for old people. Would...

Business of the House ( 1 Mar 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the Leader of the House consider arranging for a debate, at the earliest possible moment that is suitable to the Government and the Opposition, on the abolition of hare coursing? Is he aware of the growing opposition to this practice? The polls have shown that the overwhelming majority of people oppose it, as do a growing number of hon. Members, including many Conservative Members. Is...

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Is my hon. Friend aware that at least some Opposition Members were not keen about the language that the Prime Minister used about German unification, but some of us who had a certain experience at one time of our lives as young fellows, have never quite forgotten that experience, and we have a worry about this matter? That is why the Labour party split after the war on the question of...

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the Secretary of State give way?

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I agree that we cannot settle matters in Europe overnight, and it will take some time. However, in future, could not we introduce the concept of a wide neutral zone in Europe that is non-nuclear, with both American and Russian troops withdrawn? It is an old concept that was suggested many years ago by Mr. Gaitskell and others in the Labour party. As we think to the future, is not this the way...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: New Prison, Fazakerley (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will again reconsider the proposal to build a new prison in Fazakerley, Liverpool, bordering the Fazakerley hospital.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: New Prison, Fazakerley (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: That is a very disappointing answer. According to a written reply from the Minister, his Department considered 40 other sites for the new prison in the past two years. Why did the Department decide on a site immediately next to a hospital, in an area surrounded by housing? The city council, the local health authority, the parish council, local people and just about everyone else oppose the...

Opposition Day: Clergy (Ordination) (20 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the hon. Gentleman explain whether our Lord said that the Church had to be part of a national state? Where and when was that written in the scriptures?

Mersey Tunnels (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the refusal of the Department of Transport to give Mersey Travel financial assistance with the funding of the Mersey tunnels. This matter is specific, because the case for assistance was put to the...

Public Expenditure (13 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Gentleman referred to the National Enterprise Board under the last Labour Government. Is he not aware that the real problem was that the National Enterprise Board constantly had to save capitalist private enterprise firms from collapsing? That was not its original role. We had to save British Leyland and many other private enterprise companies from collapsing. Rolls-Royce was brought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (13 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Why is the right hon. and learned Gentleman boasting about the fall in unemployment when, under the present Government, its level has risen dramatically since 1979? Can he explain why unemployment on Merseyside—particularly in Liverpool—although not quite as high as it was, is still much higher than it should be?


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