Results 81–100 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Cryer) is right. I have much experience of asset stripping. I used to call them professional enclosures. I used to mix with what was called the high-risk entrepreneurs, who would put their hands in the public purse for grants and loans, and when the time came to repay, would close the shop and go to other countries to open some factories,...

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Since the town was formed, since it started shipbuilding, since the related trades were established, since the beginning of steelmaking and since the importation of timber—the gamut of activities arising from the coal trade—the people of Hartlepool have had what might be described as a complete link with the port. It was one of the few ports where the public were able freely to walk from...

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I have been involved with the port for many years—indeed, I was the chief policy witness for the Bill in the House of Commons in 1966. The hon. Gentleman was probably going to school then. I went to school in Hartlepool, and sometimes I played truant. There is a strong affiliation between the public and the port. In fact, the port and the public are synonymous. They belong to each other.

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman lives in Langbaurgh, which is about nine or 10 miles from Hartlepool, with a river in between. The hon. Gentleman is living in foreign parts. We are not used to writing to Conservative Members.

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: On 15 March, I referred to the Secretary of State's appointment to the board of an environmental officer. We set a good deal of store by environmental matters in the Teesside area—we are currently involved in a number of issues connected with the environment. It must be borne in mind that we are living in possibly the largest industrial-growth area in Europe—an area that houses...

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That is, indeed, a problem and one that I referred to on 15 March. An expert witness who appeared before the Committee, an authority on port activity and port-related trade at home and abroad and a qualified consultant—I cannot hold that against him, of course—tried to summarise the implications of the Bill. His assessment made it abundantly clear that there was a poor case for...

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (22 Oct 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The 1966 Bill was the subject of 18 months of consultation, because its promoters at least displayed courtesy and an understanding that input from various local interests would benefit them. There were, as always, one or two exceptions—pompous, arrogant individuals who thought they knew it all, but who outside their ivory towers were as incompetent as one could find. Some of them came...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Computer Components (20 Jun 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the components of computers assembled in the United Kingdom are of (a) British and (b) European Economic Community origin.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Computer Components (20 Jun 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister's reply is not encouraging, bearing in mind the known fact that neither the United Kingdom nor the Common Market produces any major computer components. Our share of computer components production thus reveals our low skills and damages our balance of payments. What will the Minister do to redress and reverse that damaging situation, bearing in mind the fact that research and...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: This is our second time round the course of the debate on alleged war crimes. In December 1989, the House gave its response to the Hetherington-Chalmers report, and the Home Secretary has now come to the House with a Bill that is not retrospective. I am surprised at the number of hon. Members who have sought to defend preconceived notions about its being wrong that this Bill should be...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman makes a legitimate point. I am not suggesting that emotion and anger do not exist, but that they should be put aside in making judgments on securing a fair trial. That objective will not be achieved if anger and emotion, rather than reason, lie behind the creation of the legislation. Reason must predominate, and that is the test. I am sure that the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Do I understand that the champagne party took place? I received an invitation and I asked how much it would cost. The public relations people in London referred the matter to the THPA but I still did not receive an answer. I was genuinely worried about the Bill coming into the House. I was also worried that free drink and some biscuits and cheese, or whatever, were on offer. Was my hon....

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I, too, brought to the attention of the House the list to which my hon. Friend is referring, and I reached the same conclusion as he. It is important for my hon. Friend to impress on the House the fact that that list of activities poses an important question. If the authority can undertake all those activities under present legislation, what does privatisation have to offer? It seems that...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: More than 25 years ago I took an interest in what was happening in the ports on the Tees and in the bay in which Hartlepool is located. I can recall vividly our many vexing and taxing debates on the Bill that set up the first estuarial authority in England. The Bill inculcated disgust in the minds of many people because at that time the port of Hartlepool was suffering the consequences of a...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It is fair. I have another question: why are we going through this arduous task, this highly expensive exercise, of a private Bill? In December 1989, as my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bell) said, he had an Adjournment debate on this subject. He referred to the Rochdale report, which recommended, wisely, that, with the unfolding of the new port system for the principal...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: No, but if Governments have the will, they have all the facilities available to them to do just that. I have spent much of my time in the House of Commons chairing Committees considering statutory instruments. I find orders coming to the House late at night when nearly everyone has gone so that they go through easily. Any Minister or Secretary of State can have his way through a variety of...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Some links are firm and others are tenuous. Some so-called links are formed because it is thought that it is nice to be courteous and to have that sort of relationship. I am saying that the links will be broken.

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. It demonstrates the seriousness of what we are seeking to do. If I were to say to the port authority officials, "For God's sake think again", no harm would be done to the growing economy and prosperity that we all want in the north-east. We are talking about something that affects us all in the north-east; it is not merely a Tees and...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall complete this part of my argument and then allow the hon. Gentleman to intervene. I am getting into form and when I do so I stick out my chin. I am prepared to take what then ensues because hon. Members have a right to come back at me. Those who have studied the City scandals and the way in which takeover rules have been broken will understand what I am saying. In the area which I...

Orders of the Day — Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill (By Order) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I have always believed—I am not alone in my belief—that confrontation in the economy is unwise. Private enterprise, freedom of movement, laissez-faire and public accountability are all complementary. Many areas of our so-called private sector industry have been delighted over the years by the assistance of large publicly owned utilities. How many of our private enterprise companies have...


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