Results 21–40 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Financial Assistance for Employee Share Ownership Schemes (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I want to reason out my argument with the Minister, without challenging him, because that is the best way to elicit a response to the good sense in new clause 12. I apologise for repeating myself, but the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill was brought to the House of Commons, without consultation with anybody, on 27 November 1989—the deadline for the submission of private Bills....

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I have considered most of the comments made by the economic analysts in the press and other areas of information provision and concluded, after the most careful thought, that the Budget was a dog's breakfast. It does not meet, even in the slightest way, the problems of the country. I do not have to call on Labour party opinion and policy or, indeed, any platform to underwrite what I have...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I hope to speak later on this subject. When the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Jessel) is dealing with the 2·5 per cent. increase in value added tax, instead of invoking the phrase that the more those who are richer spend, the more they contribute, will he address himself to the facts? It is the proportion of the income that is spent on goods with value added tax which matters. The...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Member appears to be wanting a fight, but all zero taxes affect the rich as well as the poor. The hon. Member for Hartlepool is not referring to zero taxes; I am referring to those value added taxes that everyone, whatever their income, must invoke. The proportion of that for people on low incomes is bound to be higher than that for people with bigger incomes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Shipbuilding (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next plans to meet the European Commissioner, Sir Leon Brittan, to discuss shipbuilding within the United Kingdom and the EC.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Shipbuilding (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I am glad that the Secretary of State is to see the Commissioner tomorrow to discuss various matters. Is the Minister aware that, as recently as 5 March this year, Lloyd's List published an account showing a dramatic 80 per cent. decline in British shipbuilding in the past decade? Is he aware that Denmark, Italy and Germany have increased their share of the world market in shipbuilding...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (18 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: have read every speech on this matter since the principle of the Bill was first debated in December 1989. One of the most impressive facts that I have learnt from those speeches was the absolute sincerity of Members of the other place and of this when addressing themselves, without rancour, to the issue. An interesting facet of the debate is that Members of both Houses have expressed their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 7 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Mar 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Prime Minister now turn to some specifics of the highly critical report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, which was published this week? Is he aware that the report makes it clear that there has been no support for industry from the Government's policies? The report concludes that there is a grave risk of having no British owned and based manufacturing...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Last year I spent three and a half hours in the House debating the privatisation of ports and, in deference to other hon. Members, I will not be making a speech tonight. In March 1988 the Secretary of State for Transport made it clear that he was unhappy about the responses to the privatisation of the trust ports. Dover and many other ports were not keen on privatisation because under the...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: rose—

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: On that point.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman knows that I chaired the Committee that considered the Electricity Bill. I heard not a single word of criticism about the take. The hon. Gentleman is expressing reservations about this Bill. I respect that, but he is voicing his concern only because the matter affects Dover, which he represents.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have listened with great interest to the submission of the hon. Member for Dover (Mr. Shaw) and his concern about the 50 per cent. levy. He made a strong plea, did he not, for the levy to be examined again? I do not understand how the House is expected to receive such a submission when, on 15 March 1990, the hon. Gentleman is recorded as actually...

Business of the House ( 6 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Leader of the House take into account the fact that the Select Committee on Energy is concerned about the future of the coal industry? Contracts for British coal are short term—three years—and will expire in 1992–93. As the future of the coal industry is important to the House, the economy and the country, may we have a debate to consider that future?

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The ruling on revival motions place the House in a straitjacket. Hon. Members who want to put forward their views, which are important to their constituencies and to the economy of their areas, must try not to displease the Chair and must set out to humour its occupant so as to earn a degree of flexibility. The House is at its best when we seek to comply with Standing Orders and the rulings...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Indeed, the Government and the directors want the same thing. So why cannot we co-operate and save money by so doing? A further reason for not returning the Bill to the Lords has to do with Government policy. The Tees and Hartlepool port authority has already spent almost £1 million on the Bill and the petitioners who are against it have already spent £160,000. In order to petition if the...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That shows that you are a good Chairman, because even when you are not in the Chamber, Madam Deputy Speaker, you are courteous enough to find out what is happening. I was talking about one vote. As long-serving Chairmen, Madam Deputy Speaker, we know that none of us dares use our casting vote in Committee except to maintain the status quo.

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend may deal later much more succinctly and in detail with the theme that he introduced. I fully agree with him on that important matter. I should like to draw the Minister's attention to another aspect of the Bill. It pertains to why he should pass on the Bill to the Lords, which is what we are here to discuss. "Erskine May" lays down quite clearly that the members of a private...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend is right. However, I want to link this factor with the motion. For reasons that I shall not go into, if the Bill were to go to the Lords, our petitioning against it would not be so strong. However, that money spent in the south underlines what the chief executive of the port authority said in his evidence. The parliamentary counsel asked him whether his private enterprise...


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