Results 41–60 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Orders of the Day — Abolition of Warrant Sales (Scotland) Bill ( 9 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does the hon. Lady agree that poll tax is no longer just a Scottish problem, and that England now faces exactly the same situation that exists in Scotland? I hope that the English will take the same stand on the poll tax that the Scottish people have taken.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Colombia ( 7 Feb 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. When did Question 9 come before Question 8? We were discussing No. 8. If you have made a mistake—

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: EC and Eastern Europe (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I am fascinated by much of what the right hon. Gentleman says, but I wish to recall to him the history of his party. He must have read about the great conflict between Lloyd George and others. Great divisions occurred in the Liberal party because of the reality of political power and the need to make decisions. Those who have had to make decisions know that decision making is not always a...

Points of Order (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

Points of Order (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: It is about—

Points of Order (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: rose—

Points of Order (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Yes, you can, Mr. Speaker.

Points of Order (31 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: My point is about the list, Mr. Speaker. You have a right in relation to that because you are the one person who can speak in our name. The hon. Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) talked about the "panning" of the House. As you know, Mr. Speaker, I was not in favour of any of it, but if we are to have the panning of the Floor of the House, we should not allow that panning to go only...

Orders of the Day — Football Grounds (Safety) (30 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am sorry to intervene, but I had hoped that tonight's debate would be a serious one about the issues involved. I had also hoped that we would not necessarily become involved in great party conflict. Ninety-five people died—that is what I am thinking about—some of whom I knew. Can we not get back to a proper discussion as to the best way in which...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: rose—

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I return to my point concerning the Economic League and similar agencies. The Minister says that they supply names only if requested to do so by employers. If an employer decides not to appoint an applicant, giving a reason other than his trade union activities, but if that is the real reason for his non-appointment, how will the applicant ever know? Such agencies will stop people being...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Member for Thurrock (Mr. Janman) gave us the historical background to the Bill. I want to remind him, the House and the country of the historical background to the trade union movement. At one time, we had the Combination Acts in this country, which denied workers the right to join or belong to a trade union. Many workers organised illegally in an attempt to get rid of the...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: No, I will give way in a moment. The employers have always been stronger than the trade unions. However, the trade unions have always been under pressure, particularly from Conservative Governments. I remember the Industrial Relations Act 1971 under what I must call the Heath Government. I was a member of the Opposition Front Bench at the time, and I fought that legislation every inch of the...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I will come to the point about the social charter in my own terms, and not in the Minister's terms. I do not think that the difference between my hon. Friend the Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Blair) and myself is quite as great as the Minister believes.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: No. I shall make my case in my own terms and in my own way. There are differences—everybody knows about them—and I shall speak about them in a few moments. I shall not answer in terms of what the Conservative party thinks, because that is not what I think and it never has been. Let me explain why we argue for a closed shop. I was an apprentice joiner before the second world war in the...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Exactly—because it was an inter-union dispute. I was the steward at the time, and I was told by my executive to pull my workers out because we did not agree with a certain trade union. I said that that was daft, but the executive said that it was instructing me, so I told the lads to go out. There was also a dispute at the Cammell Laird shipyard called the "screwy" strike. I was about to be...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Has my hon. Friend considered what happened at Tate and Lyle in Liverpool? The factory had been open for well over 100 years and had had only one dispute in that time, so it did not face any great problems, yet it was moved out of Liverpool and the building left derelict. Families had worked there for generations. but were put out of work. Does my hon. Friend recall what happened at Birds Eye...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

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

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: rose—

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am sorry to have to raise this point, but I appear on the Economic League's list twice. Will the Secretary of State tell us how people like me who, over the years, have consistently—[Interruption.]


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