Results 81–100 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. If my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) was to put the matter before his Select Committee, would it be possible for the Select Committee to have the gentleman in question brought before it and ask him to name the names? If that is possible, that is precisely what my hon. Friend the Member for Workington should do. The...

Business of the House (11 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider the reply that he gave to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) about a debate on railways? In particular, may we have a debate on the future of the Channel tunnel? Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that five workers on the British side and one on the French side have already been killed in the construction work?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: AIDS ( 8 Jan 1990)

Mr Eric Heffer: I recognise that the Government have moved some way in relation to AIDS sufferers, some of whom, of course, were not in any way personally responsible for what has happened to them. However, is it not scandalous that some Conservative Members have said that it was quite right for AIDS sufferers to be treated in the way that they are, when in many cases the sufferers were not personally...

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Gentleman knows damn well that I do not agree with what happened in Tiananmen square. I include all the countries to which the hon. Gentleman has referred in the same breath as I referred to the Soviet Union. The hon. Gentleman should apologise for trying to suggest otherwise.

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: He was right.

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I shall not go into detail now, because many right hon. and hon. Members wish to speak. If the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Bennett) will read his grandfather's works, he will find the answer. It is a pity that he has not done so. Varying forms of public ownership are needed. Why should industry be taken out of the hands of individual private owners or groups of private owners, or away...

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Public schools exist only because there is class rule in this country. I am not against public schools. I want to see every educational institution offering a high standard of education.

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Let us try to keep the debate at a serious level. I am trying to argue a serious case for Socialism, and I refuse to respond to silly jokes and statements. The debate is far too important for that. I refer to the words of James Connolly—who was shot by the British because of his participation in the 1916 uprising.

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Member for Pembroke knows nothing about the Socialist movement. Connolly was killed before Trotsky was even heard of. In James Connolly's booklet, "Socialism Made Easy", he wrote: The local and national Government, or rather, administrative bodies, of Socialism will approach every question with impartial minds, armed with the fullest expert knowledge born of experience: the governing...

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: They called themselves National Socialists, but they were not Socialists. They were protecting capitalism. There was no Socialism in Franco's Spain. Instead, there was dictatorship, centralisation and administration from above. [HON. MEMBERS: "That is Socialism."] It is not Socialism, but an extreme form of capitalism, which uses oppression to maintain private ownership. That is what it was...

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: At present no such societies exist, although Sweden has gone part of the way towards establishing one. We need not have a Gosplan—a five-year plan that is worked out in detail but is never put into practice, so that the plan itself becomes everything. The people must be involved in democratic decisions: democracy is the answer to the hon. Gentleman's question.

Future of Socialism (15 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: How do we work out democracy? Democracy, provided that it is genuine, will in time work itself out in its own way. We are here today only because of a fight for democracy that took place in this country. Had there been no such struggle—had the workers not created the Chartist movement and fought for the vote—I would certainly not be here today, and nor would the hon. Member for Tatton....

Business of the House (14 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the Leader of the House reconsider his reply about a debate on democracy on Merseyside? For many years he was a Member for Merseyside and it would be nice to have a debate that included explanations from Tory Members of why there are practically no Conservative Members in Merseyside seats. There are now no Conservative Members in Liverpool and last time the right hon. Member for Wallasey...

Bill Presented: Eastern Europe ( 1 Dec 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Yes, I trained as a joiner. I supported the East Berlin workers who refused to accept the changes in their normal working and went on strike. The two young Communists said that it was disgraceful for there to be an unofficial strike. I was amazed by their arguments and the dispute almost came to physical violence. Many great upsurges developed after the war. There was the wonderful Polish...

Rover Group plc (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Those of us who were in the Department of Trade and Industry when British Leyland and Rover were partners remember that the company had to be taken into public ownership because it was on the point of collapse. The Government of the day had no choice because they had to save the jobs of the people in the industry. If we had not taken the company into public ownership there would have been...

Business of the House (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider the reply that he gave my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham)? Is it not time we had a debate on British manufacturing industry? The right hon. and learned Gentleman has argued that the last Labour Government were responsible for job losses. He must have a short memory. Is he not aware that had the Labour Government at the...

Business of the House (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I am aware of that, Mr. Speaker, but the right hon. and learned Gentleman argued a case. I am just making the point—

Business of the House (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I am getting to the point: if the right hon. and learned Gentleman makes out that case, we had better have a full-scale debate in the House so that we can discuss the matter seriously and clearly state that the Labour Government were responsible for saving industries but that this Government have been responsible for destroying them.

Orders of the Day — Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (23 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: rose—

Orders of the Day — Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (23 Nov 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I am sorry that the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen) is not here because I want to refer to one point in his speech. In reply to a challenge from my hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Haynes) about his role in relation to the Labour party, he said: Some of us have not changed our minds". I have to tell him that some Labour Members have not changed their minds either....


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