Results 121–140 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

Business of the House (25 Jan 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Leader of the House consider arranging an early debate, or at least a statement from the appropriate Secretary of State, perhaps next week, on the serious issue of the costs to many thousands of people arising from coal-mining subsidence? Many millions of pounds are in the claim pipeline. The Select Committee on Energy reported to the House three years ago, when the time scale for...

Co-operative Development Agency (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall be brief, because other hon. Members want to speak. The challenge posed by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) on the winding up of the Co-operative Development Agency and by my intervention suggest that the Minister is in an exceptionally weak position. One of the penalties of being a Minister is that he has had to come to the House like some courier from a higher...

Co-operative Development Agency (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman raises a serious matter. Under the vesting provisions, every contract, agreement, licence and authority of the CDA passes, with modifications, to the Secretary of State. It is clear to the House—the hon. Gentleman might like to develop this theme—that this is hardly encouraging, because the CDA has the expertise but the Secretary of State has nothing. I therefore pose a...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. As someone who has an interest in the Bill, I want to know its real purpose. M y understanding is that the Bill's promoter gave a firm indication that the ports required the legislation to assist their development, not the importation of foreign coal. However, the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie) made it clear that the Bill will...

Business of the House (14 Dec 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Leader of the House accept the importance of the plight of hostages everywhere? Will he consider the need for a debate on that subject, even though the matter could be raised under a number of heads in the House? If we cannot have such a debate next week, perhaps he will provide a later opportunity for hon. Members to air the sensitivity of the matter. As some hostages have been held...

War Crimes (12 Dec 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The passage of time causes many men and women who have experienced what happens in war to turn that experience in our minds in such a manner that in that timescale the pursuit of truth sometimes becomes elusive. What is right when one is a young man or woman and what is right when one is much older are matters that are always in contest. Sometimes in our society we have a natural dependence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Licensed Motor Vehicles ( 4 Dec 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Despite the Minister's main answer, and despite his interest in the A 19 problem, there are persistent problems which need urgently to be resolved. Will the Minister tell us, perhaps not today but later, the cost of the flyover on the A1 at Middlesbrough and the number of months of work already attributed to it? How long will that project take to complete? Secondly, will the Minister—

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister was kind enough to refer to my interpretation of the operation and profitability of British Coal, bearing in mind inflation, high interest rates, changes in the market, oil prices, competition, and so on. He did not really accept my view. I took my information from a letter dated 6 February 1988 from the Secretary of State, which was sent to the Select Committee on Energy on that...

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It is convenient for me to respond to the Chairman of the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Havant (Sir I. Lloyd), by beginning my contribution on the expenditure report and on the work of the Select Committee by emphasising the importance of the Department of Energy. I have spent many years in this House; this is my 25th. I spent many years with the old Science and Technology Select...

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend has a profound knowledge of the energy industry and was a Front-Bench spokesman on the subject. There can be no doubt about the factual accuracy of his intervention or the serious conclusion which he has drawn. There were 171,000 people in the industry in 1985, and that figure is down to 89,000. The daily output of tonnes of the long wall face was 845,000 in 1985 and, with a...

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: All activities that impinge on an industry have something to do with it. Whether they are of great magnitude is a matter to arrive at by analysis. There was a strike in the coal industry and that was unfortunate. It brought about an incredible state of affairs—the nearest thing I have seen to the creation of a police state. Aggravation was heaped upon aggravation, but that is not relevant...

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I certainly agree with your advice and ruling, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but it was a bit naughty and cheeky of the hon. Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes to say that, because he raised the point in the first place. However, the House is forgiving and you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, are understanding——

Estimates 1989–90: Department of Energy (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: As usual, the hon. Gentleman apologises in the nicest possible way. To return to my analysis, given the indisputable figures showing productivity up, and the pursuit of policies seeking to produce a degree of financial viability, and the hopes based on projections made in 1987 that the industry would have broken even this year, it is not without significance that British Coal showed an...

Coal Industry (26 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I hope that my hon. Friend will remind the House that Shell, an international company, is bringing coal—in small boats, not bulk carriers—into small ports in Scotland. It is a loss leader. It is not making a profit on that exercise, in the hope that, when it wins the market, it will be able to get the contract and then up the price. My hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford...

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will my hon. Friend put the position in a nutshell? As I understand it, the new clause does not ask the Government to deviate from the general principle of simple interest at the point of award but says that the simple interest on the award shall be paid from the point of dismissal. That is not a major step for the Government. Will my hon. Friend suggest at an appropriate point that we are...

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend will be aware that, having accepted as a reasonable principle that simple interest shall be paid from the point of dismissal, the new clause provides that if an employer can show just cause why it should not be paid, that claim will be taken into account and, if proven, accepted. The onus is on the employer to show why it should not be paid. In other words, there is no reason...

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman is on the right track. The date of that award is neither significant nor pertinent because the award itself relates to dismissal. Interest on the award should therefore be payable from the date of dismissal.

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I notice that, in responding to the debate, the Minister appeared to have a brief before him. He appeared to present to the House something on which his mind was already made up. That is out of character for him.

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It is out of character because we are not asking a great deal in new clause 19. We are saying that the general principle has been accepted. We are talking only about the time scale. The Minister referred to a state of wrongdoing. Once the tribunal makes a declaration in favour of an applicant —in this case, the employee—that state of wrongdoing is removed. The question is whether in a...

Employment Bill: Interest on Industrial Tribunal Awards ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend is correct. About a year ago an employee found himself in a difficulty, not of his own making, but due to a personality conflict between him and his chief officer. The young man went to a tribunal and was exonerated. However, when he returned to the local authority, which I shall not name because it would be imprudent to do so, it remained adamant and did not provide a response...


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