Results 161–180 of 3236 for speaker:Mr Nicholas Budgen

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: My right hon. Friend did not answer the question about a statute. If the terms upon which hon. Members serve are to be materially changed, is not it right for them to be decided by statute with all the slowness, deliberation and public discussion that that brings rather than in panic in response to particular circumstances? After all, the worst legislation that the House has passed was the...

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: In my opinion that was not done slowly enough but that is a different point. If the terms upon which we serve here are to be changed it would be wise, would it not, for that to be done by statute which would perhaps bite at the beginning of the next Parliament?

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my right hon. Friend agree—[Interruption.]

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The Nolan suggestions—and they are only suggestions—do not impinge upon the procedures of the House or on how we behave here. They are suggestions about what are really the terms of our employment. Surely if our terms of employment are to be restricted in some way, that should be set out in statute. Is that not quite different from the old custom of our unwritten constitution, that the...

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Committee on Standards in Public Life (18 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a serious misconception here? There is a great distinction between the role of the Back Bencher and that of the Back Bencher who becomes a Minister. No Back Bencher is forced to become a Minister; if he does so, it is on the terms on which that employment is offered to him. If every Back Bencher is to be bound by new onerous and radical terms of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Night Services (General Practitioners) (16 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Is my hon. Friend aware that there is, in general, great satisfaction in Wolverhampton about the way in which GPs provide night-time services? Will he pay a sincere compliment to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr. Turner)? For 20 years, in all his observations about matters connected with the health service, the hon. Gentleman has screamed that there is a crisis, and has said...

Business of the House (11 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: May I remind my right hon. Friend that, in July 1994, our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister described Mr. Santer as being the right man in the right place at the right time? He no doubt then believed that that was the high point of Euro federalism. Will my right hon. Friend arrange an early debate on the Commission's proposals for constitutional change in Europe so as to give the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Domestic Economy (11 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Yet.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Financial Supervision (11 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: As banking is affected by monetary policy, I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on not having increased interest rates, for two reasons. At long last, he understands the advantages of floating exchange rates, and he demonstrates that, under our constitution, the Chancellor of the Exchequer must be responsible for monetary policy and that it cannot be delegated to an independent...

Bosnia ( 3 May 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does not all the discussion of the details of this horrible civil war and all this grand but ineffectual lecturing give the impression that we are responsible for these horrible events? Is it not now time that the Government recognised that a British national interest never existed in the battle in the Balkans, that the British people are not prepared to risk either their treasure or their...

Business of the House (30 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: May I remind my right hon. Friend of the courteous and conciliatory way in which, on 11 January, he dealt with the unfortunate rift between the nine Euro-sceptics and the remainder of his party. He assured the House that on all occasions the nine would receive the full rights and privileges that were necessary for them to represent their constituents properly in this place. In view of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Single European Currency (30 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: May I refer the Chancellor to his remarks of 10 days ago, in which he said that the Euro-sceptics formerly in his party were undermining the value of the pound? If that is true, will he explain why it is important, or does he have some secret exchange rate target so as to bring us back into the ERM which he so much favoured?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Anglo-Israeli Relations (29 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in conducting Britain's relations with Israel he is responsible to Parliament? Does he accept that all parts of the House admire his courtesy in operating an open-door policy for all hon. Members? Does he agree that where such courtesies are not extended, that is not only insulting to individual hon. Members but denies them the opportunity properly to...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am interested to hear what the hon. Gentleman has to say about quotas. Would an incoming Labour Government be in favour of abolishing quotas, presumably without compensation?

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Without compensation?

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will understand that for the average dairy farmer, for example, the quota may be worth as much as £200,000. They would very much like to know whether—I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is about to say something very carefully—on taking office a Labour Government would immediately give notice that quotas were to be phased out, say, within two years without...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: It has been made up to be a great debate because the Conservative Whips have tried to describe it as a test of loyalty. That is how the debate was introduced to the public. As usual, it is a gross distortion.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: My hon. Friend is making an amusing, interesting and vastly self-confident speech, but all that happened was that other aspects of the budget were enhanced. That had the effect of reducing the proportion accounted for by the common agricultural policy. My hon. Friend is wrong to make the assertion that he does. He used to be a distinguished commentator. Not only have the Whips tried to hype...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The Whips should have given my hon. Friend more time to prepare.


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