Results 141–160 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

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

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I understand my hon. Friend's view, but we are dealing with a limited number of cases, although it may vary according to the time of year. We are dealing with ordinary working people. I feel that I know the House of Commons. If the Minister is not in a position to give an undertaking now, I hope that he will understand the temper of the House. We are asking for something very small, although...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: On the subject of that first draft, the Minister has suggested that a degree of flexibility will be required. The law regarding the employment of disabled people passed in 1944 said that not less than 3 per cent. of a given work force should be disabled. The new clause seeks to achieve what was intended then. For 45 years we have had no success in persuading employers to abide by the law. The...

Orders of the Day — The Arts (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I came into the Chamber—it seems only a few moments ago—to find that for the first time in my experience of 20 years in this place, special time had been given to the arts. That is not to say that the arts have not been mentioned before, because nothing new happens in the House of Commons. Perhaps I missed other debates on the arts. The hon. Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis) has raised a...

Orders of the Day — The Arts (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I have been waiting for the hon. Gentleman to come to this point. All that he has said so far has been acceptable—anyone who does not encourage the arts is foolish—but having come to the question of supportive systems for the arts, is he satisfied that the Government have put enough into the arts? Should we appeal to the Government to put more into the arts? What are his views on the fact...

Orders of the Day — The Arts (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman has mentioned a commendable body of people. Those of us who have seen the British Council at work can confirm the amount of personal time, expertise and professionalism that its staff put into their work, for the benefit of the people of the countries that they serve. However, whenever I meet British Council staff, as I do fairly regularly, they complain that they have...

Orders of the Day — The Arts (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman has raised an important matter. He has just completed a quartet of important concerns, referring to the Royal Opera House, the theatre and the written word. He referred to the amount of money going to the Royal Opera House, which has dropped from over 50 per cent. to 33 per cent. He will recollect that his hon. Friend indicated following my first intervention that there had...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (23 Feb 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the inflation rate to go down.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (23 Feb 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Chancellor must be aware that not only the Opposition but the Confederation of British Industry is currently urging him to reduce high interest rates and has pointed out to him the adverse effects on manufacturing industry and home demand as well as on exports. As inflation is still rising, will the Chancellor review the one instrument that he has invoked to deal with it—his high...

Business of the House ( 9 Feb 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Leader of the House will understand the feelings on both sides of the House and in the country about the long and protracted situation of British hostages being held in the far east. Without being critical, is he not aware that the nation needs to feel that the Government are saying something about what they are doing? Although it is a sensitive issue, surely our intelligence and...

Agriculture Council (25 Jan 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister must agree that many hours of discussion and debate in the Common Market that cause a Minister to fall ill are hardly the best way to deal with problems about the production and marketing of food. The Minister has been good enough to tell the House that the six parts of the package are unsatisfactory. I assume from that that the components of each part do not add up to much in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: East Thames-side (Housing) (25 Jan 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he intends to take to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing for those on low and medium incomes on the sites included in the east Thames-side study.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: East Thames-side (Housing) (25 Jan 1989)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Does the Secretary of State realise the significance of the press release from his Department last Monday, indicating a house build achieving 25 per cent. of houses available for rent and 75 per cent. for sale—a complete reversal of what was planned a few years ago? Does he recognise the need, therefore, for a subsidy on land costs and on housebuilding costs on sites in the east Thames-side...

British Shipbuilders (14 Dec 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: During the past three decades, there has been bloodletting in the shipbuilding industry that cannot be matched in by any other industry in the land. During the 1950s, our shipbuilding industry was the largest in the world. In 1985, we were promised, in a statement by the Minister for Trade, that our 1·25 per cent. share of the world market would be increased. But there has been a dramatic...

North East Shipbuilders Ltd. ( 7 Dec 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister will recognise that, after 41 years' public service in the northern region, I have some experience of what the closure of a shipbuilding yard does to a town: it literally murders it. Does he understand that, for the very first time in many years, I have come here with a real sense of anger at this calculated statement? It is convenient after the visit of the Prime Minister to...

Opposition Day: Transport Policies (26 Jul 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: One of the fundamental factors in any consideration of the state of transport must involve the public's view. The public appear to have little say in what happens, yet by any reasonable test of the conditions of our present transport system the number of public complaints is higher than ever, and the House should take serious account of that. I think that for our present purpose we can...

Opposition Day: Transport Policies (26 Jul 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I can think of no better way to round off my contribution than with my hon. Friend's intervention. I had decided to speak only for a short while. I look at the clock and, out of respect for other hon. Members, both before me and behind me, I shall sit down.

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: As I understand it—this is an opportunity for the hon. Gentleman to correct me and to enlighten the House—he travelled to South Africa with his expenses paid, hospitality given, and took part in discussions. Did he at any time discuss with the mining interests in South Africa the possibility of their exporting coal to this country? Did South Africa demonstrate that because of the changing...

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: rose—

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Why did the hon. Gentleman go there?


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