Results 41–60 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Perhaps I will follow my hon. Friend's remarks, so I must work out how to weave that into the procedural requirements. If I succeed, I shall be congratulated; if I do not, I shall be shot down. Either way, it will be quite a thrill coming from you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall try to weave it in, but not in a naughty way. I have already given good reasons why the Bill should not go to...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Hon. Members might be persuaded to vote against the motion if they but knew about certain actions during the month of October. It was a month of letters, press releases and general hanky-panky by the port authority. Hon. Members might be surprised to learn that I received a letter from the authority's secretary, and it was that letter which caused me to feel so strongly that we should not...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I thought seriously about that at the time. I have a certain weakness—I do not know how I came to have it—but although I can hit hard, I find that when I have my opponent in a corner I feel some compassion. The Chair gave me the freedom to relate that story, and I think that the House had the right to hear it. However, as I told the chief executive of the authority, I accept that the...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I will, Madam Deputy Speaker. If hon. Members knew of that suggestion they just might, on balance, vote against the Bill tonight. That letter laid down a condition. The petitioners, an interested body of people, said that they would let the local authorities have the land on the condition that they withdrew their opposition to the Bill. How is that as a way of dealing with public affairs?...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Chair will be concerned with our reasons for opposing the revival motion and, I hope, with nothing else. I appreciate that I must not deviate from the main stream of your ruling, Madam Deputy Speaker. I do not know how long I could pursue that theme without being caught. I turn now to what is known as the essential principle of the Bill. It must be approached with care, because there is...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Deputy Speaker who immediately preceded you in the Chair, Madam Deputy Speaker, read a ruling, which I confirmed by scanning "Erskine May". I discovered that we were both correct in our interpretation of the wording. The Chair rules that debate must be confined to the revival motion—and, as I agree, there is no conflict between us so far. However, I have tried very hard, and somewhat...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That is right—and the hon. Gentleman is not prepared to do that, because we are in the business of seeking support, which is the function of an Opposition. We must seek support not only from the Conservative Benches, but from the Chair.

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Diplomacy must operate here—I cannot demonstrate outwardly that I agree with my hon. Friend, because I do not wish to offend the Chair, but I do not want to comply with the Chair to such an extent as to offend my hon. Friend. In the circumstances, I may have to escape the consequences by sitting down. In the light of the weaknesses of the Bill, the House must make a real attempt not to let...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I appreciate that, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I want to halt that motion and stop the measure going to the other place. It should be clear from what I have said and from the deliberations in Committee that only a handful of people—fewer than five—were instrumental in allowing the Bill to continue on its journey. But I fear that the House has not heeded the warnings given by my hon....

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister said that it was right for the Bills to go to the other place. The Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill was introduced following a decision by three men representing the authority. The casting vote of the Chairman decided the matter. Is it right that such a Bill should go to the House of Lords when, as good parliamentarians, we know full well that, in the event of a tie on a...

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: But what is the answer?

Private Business ( 4 Dec 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I am merely seeking clarification. The Minister has always responded with reasonable concern for the questioner. Do we really want to set a precedent when we know—as a matter not of opinion but of evidence—that the decision to privatise was made by three people, and only three, with the Chairman's vote cast in favour of the Bill. The normal practice in the House is for the Chairman to...

Business of the House (15 Nov 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Leader of the House was helpful when he referred to the Piper Alpha disaster, and the House is grateful to him for that. Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman will take into account the fact that a debate in the House is urgent. In addition to the recommendations set out in the Cullen report, which are excellent, there are outstanding matters. I ask the rig ht hon. Gentleman to reflect on the...

Prayers: Business of the House ( 8 Nov 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Leader of the House may take into account the possibility of a statement or a debate next week—or even earlier—on the role of local authorities in housing provision. Is he aware that very few local authorities are now building houses, and that most are building none at all? Local authorities are in a suitable position to assess their own community housing needs, bearing in mind the...

Prayers: Autumn Statement ( 8 Nov 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Chancellor's statement suggested that he is still aware of the volatility of oil prices. However, is he aware that today there has been a reported 70 per cent. increase to £1·1 billion in the profits of the Shell oil company? It is therefore reasonable to deduce that there will be comparable increases for other oil companies. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that the volatility of...

Business of the House (25 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Leader of the House will he mindful that, just before the recess, he placed in the Library the document on privatisation recommendations and consultative matters. He and others will be fully apprised of the difficulties concerning private Bills. They become quite an embarrassment sometimes, and there are illogicalities in the procedures, some of which are serious. For example, this week...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Child Poverty (25 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of the Child Poverty Action Group to discuss the effects of the Government's policies on child poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Child Poverty (25 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Chancellor consider that between 1979 and 1987, 1·5 million more children were living in families on half the average income; and that from 1987 child benefit was frozen, so its value in real terms this year had fallen by £1·35? Has he got his priorities right, taking into account the fact that people earning £70,000 a year have had tax cuts 200 times greater than families...

Middle East (24 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Is the Secretary of State fully aware that there are now almost 500,000 Iraqi and allied service men in the region and that there is a high risk of accident and possible action? Is he satisfied that the rules of engagement are strictly understood, bearing it in mind that engagement might be the final option, and the subject of a determined decision by the forces' commanders? To what extent...

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend will bear in mind that no Minister for Aviation and Shipping can make a statement about a 50 per cent. stake without saying something else. When analysing any statement, an obvious question is why? The answer by the Minister was that the Government had given grants. Perhaps my hon. Friend will develop this point. A grant is a grant. I did not know that it was a qualification...


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