Results 101–120 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I do not think that I heard the hon. Gentleman correctly. Perhaps he will say that again.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Perhaps I should correct that. In fact, I think that the TDC has shares in the Tees and Hartlepool port authority. I have seen the share list somewhere, but I shall write to the THPA if I have made a mistake.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That is a matter for me to clear up, but I have seen the document somewhere.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Yes, that is the position. The hon. Member for Stockton, South (Mr. Devlin) was right to intervene. If an hon. Member has not got something quite right in the debate, he will seek to put it right in the proper manner later.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall pick up my point about risks. From experience, I believe that it will be a risk to divest the THPA of its assets, which will be transferred. When a holding company is in place and a shareholding applied for, I have no doubt that if the financial interests exist there will be a takeover. If there was a takeover, what would happen to the interests in the north-east which currently...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Yes, indeed. Should those things come about, we must consider all the consequences that flow from takeovers, such as the power and greed and all the damage that is done to the areas that the harbours serve—in this case, to the Hartlepool and Tees area. Let us consider my constituency. Through the actions of Hartlepool district council, we have spent about £2 million on land improvements,...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That is what will happen——

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall give way in a moment. I hope hon. Members will not take exception to this point. I should like to know the chairman of a former public body that is privatised whose salary did not jump up to three or four times its original level. That is what will happen here. It will be passed by the board and public representatives will not be there. Incidentally, Conservative Members should not...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Unfortunately, the hon. Gentleman is mistaken. I have thought out very carefully what I have said. More than that, I have behind me not only sufficient knowledge but the great advantage of a lot of experience. Incidentally, in this House, experience is far more important than intellect, and it is something that the hon. Gentleman is desperately short of.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I think that that has been noted. I cannot understand why there should be any objection to what is a common cause and something with which nobody disagrees. I put it to the House: does any hon. Member know of any chairman of any public body that has been privatised who has not had his salary increased within months by three and sometimes four times? That is a hard fact of life. I turn now...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I am very grateful to the shadow Secretary of State for Bolsover; his timing is perfect. However, Mr. Deputy Speaker, of course I accept your ruling. Naturally, we are kith and kin in this business and therefore we have to accept, should accept and want to accept your rulings. So that is the position in Scotland. To suggest, as the hon. Member for Langbaurgh did, I think, that there are no...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: One also has to consider the dramatic number of closures, almost without exception without any time frame, to allow those communities to work out some form of industrial regeneration in the area. Whole communities are beaten up. That is the only way to describe the situation. As a result of political ignorance, whole communities are being beaten up by people who do not care, so long as it is...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I quote from a press report of 29 March 1988: The River Tees will become Britain's coal import centre if a dramatic plan by port chiefs gets off the ground.British Steel's giant Teesside terminal already handles the world's biggest ships, bringing cheap open cast coal from across the world to feed Redcar's hungry blastfurnace.But now Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority is looking at building a...

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It does not matter which paper. I want to get this on the record. The port authority may rebut it, if it can.[Laughter.] There is no point in the hon. Gentleman sniggering and laughing. We are used to a high standard of debate here. Let the hon. Gentleman enjoy the sedentary position and keep his lip buttoned.

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The newspaper report from which I was quoting continues: The THPA has commissioned leading independent shipping and energy consultants Lev Sychrava Associates for a feasibility study into transforming the 300-acre former Shell Teesport refinery site into a coal-importing complex.Lev Sychrava, director of research and development with Lambert Brothers Shipping before going freelance, says the...

Business of the House (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Leader of the House consider once again the national shortage of teachers, the low morale of the profession and the increasing workload arising from the national curriculum? If we cannot have an early debate under that head, will the Leader of the House ask his right hon. Friend to make a statement to the House on the restoration of the negotiating rights of teachers and to improve...

Orders of the Day — Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers Bill: Transfer of Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister must bear it in mind that the House will not be critical of the advisers to whom he must listen. However, the House must consider the history of advisers. Sometimes advice is good and sometimes it is bad. Only experience can tell us that. This matter unites the House. To what extent has consultation with the people affected by the Bill, whose future will be determined by it, and...

Orders of the Day — Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers Bill: Transfer of Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The question of security has taxed the patience of this House for many years. Lapses of security have always created a sense of anger and sometimes frustration when we have not been able to get explanations from the Government—and by Government I mean Governments of all political persuasions. Security is a subject which in some form touches us all. However, whenever we show an interest in...

Orders of the Day — Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers Bill: Transfer of Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Some of them are so long past that I often have a sneaking suspicion that they enjoy their security too much to allow it to wither away. Nevertheless, one does not want to be too critical about dangerous situations. We must act responsibly. Is there a case for privatisation? To put it another way, when we have satisfactory security in defence programmes throughout the United Kingdom, will we...

Orders of the Day — Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers Bill: Transfer of Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend must convey distinctly and clearly that the lesson is that if the Government cannot show that their proposals do not put security at risk, they should not put them into practice.


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