Results 161–180 of 6263 for speaker:Mr Eric Heffer

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Soviet Union (Nuclear Weapons) (13 Jun 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Does the Minister think that—just for once—the Government might deliver a positive response to the Soviet Union? Is it not clear that Gorbachev has his own problems in the Soviet Union, and that the response from the West should be positive to help him out against those generals and others who—like generals in this country—are clearly wedded to concepts of war rather than of peace?

The Army ( 8 Jun 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: If the hon. Gentleman will keep his damn mouth shut, I will try to make my point.

The Army ( 8 Jun 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: If the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier) will stop making a sedentary intervention in my intervention, I will be able to make my point. Will the Minister define precisely what "our way of life" means to the Government, especially as the Tories seem to be making it almost impossible for workers to take strike action at any time and under any circumstances?

The Army ( 8 Jun 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Conservative Members complain about people standing alone in relation to Europe, but the Prime Minister constantly tells us that she is standing alone on issue after issue. I do not complain about that. If she thinks that that is the correct thing to do, she has every right to do that. If the Labour party is standing alone and standing up for something for once, I shall be delighted.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Labour Statistics ( 8 Jun 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: It would have been remarkable if unemployment had not fallen, given that it had risen to such high levels under this Government since 1979. Is it not clear that despite the falls in unemployment, which I do not deny for one moment, under the capitalist system unemployment comes down just as it goes up, but the Government have not achieved the lower levels of unemployment which existed under...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (23 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The hon. Lady disagrees, but I remember what happened in Liverpool after the riots that took place not only in Toxteth but other cities. The Heseltine proposals involved a combination of private and public enterprise and private and public investment. We all know what happened to that scheme. The majority of the Cabinet turned it down because it did not want public involvement or problems...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (23 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Ten years ago your Government were going to solve all that.

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (23 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: There is no question but that there has been industrial change and that it is continuing, but does not that create a need for the Government to intervene? If there is decline in one or two industries, or in a whole series of them, surely the Government must have policies, plans and concepts for dealing with workers who are left high and dry and unemployed. Have not the Government failed to do...

Vauxhall By-election (22 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I had no intention of speaking and I shall speak for only three or four minutes. We had better get one thing right. The hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gow) has misled the House on a very important point by saying that the constituency party in Vauxhall had already selected a candidate. That is not true. I do not agree with the decision of my national executive in imposing the candidate, but...

Vauxhall By-election (22 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I have always thought that all his speeches are very funny. They are some of the funniest speeches I have ever heard. That does not mean that they have a great deal of content, but they are very funny. I thought that he made quite an interesting speech. Finally, I appeal to my hon. Friends to consider the local position. In the last analysis, it is vital that the candidate should be decided...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Departmental Expenditure (22 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I accept that the mass of the people are far better off than they were in the 1930s. We are not talking in terms of that type of poverty. Is it not clear that people who are at the lowest end of the income scale, who are struggling on benefits and on low wages, could have been a lot better off if the Government had not given great hand-outs in tax to their friends but had given that money to...

Developments in the European Community (18 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Is the right hon. Lady aware that the Labour party has not discussed membership of the European Community for a number of years? A committee has made those decisions, and the matter still has to be discussed at the Labour party conference. I hope that my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) will be called to speak this afternoon and will put a somewhat different case from...

Active Citizenship (12 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: I have read it.

Active Citizenship (12 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Time will tell. All will be revealed about which policies I do not like and about the policies in the documents I mentioned. I welcome the debate because we should give all possible support to voluntary workers and organisations. They do a magnificent job, particularly those who help in hospitals. For example, they take books to hospitals in Liverpool. Hon. Members should not be divided on...

Risley Remand Centre ( 4 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the situation in Liverpool prison is now rather bubbling because of what happend at Risley and that 60 remand prisoners have been transferred there? It is true that 30 detached staff have been put into Liverpool prison, which is already overcrowded and understaffed. Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that the first reaction of some of the prison...

Glasgow, Central By-election ( 3 May 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The Labour party will win the election tomorrow handsomely.

Points of Order (25 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: Equally, the same thing happened in Italy under Mussolini. I do not intend—[Interruption.] What is happening now is an example of what I mean. Will you, Mr. Speaker, explain to hon. Members that democracy means freedom of speech and that in the last analysis you are the judge of what is a point of order, instead of hon. Members screaming their heads off because they do not agree with it?

Opposition Day: Investment in the Future (19 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely wrong to say that there was no inward investment 10 years ago. There was a lot of inward investment in all parts of the country, but the difference between this Government and the previous Labour Government is that the latter had a regional policy and tried to get investment in areas of high unemployment and to get industry where it was vital....

Points of Order (19 Apr 1989)

Mr Eric Heffer: On a further point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like your advice on a matter of great importance—certainly to the people of Liverpool. The Sun today contains a front page story headlined "The Truth". It is not in inverted commas. The story is based on a statement made by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Patnick). It says: Irvine Patnick revealed that in one shameful episode, a...

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

Mr Eric Heffer: I assume that most of the people on site are workers, whether they are managerial workers or people doing physical work. For years, workers in the construction industry have taken risks. Some have been tempted by bonus schemes to cut corners. To earn a little more money in relation to lump labour, some workers have taken risks, sometimes with horrible results. It would be wrong for me to say...


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