Results 161–180 of 1565 for speaker:Mr Edward Leadbitter

Orders of the Day — Mr. John Lang (22 Oct 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I want to raise a few questions as I believe that we still have five minutes left. The Minister has approached this matter with a remarkable amount of responsibility. This is an individual matter in which a sense of injustice is still outstanding. However, I am genuinely puzzled by one or two of the Minster's comments. First, he said that the prosecution in this case did not sustain the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Charges ( 7 Jul 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Secretary of State consider his previous statement to the effect that he is seeking discussions with local authorities so that they will be free to continue their long-standing practice? If he does not have other charges in mind, and if there has been a longstanding practice, what will the discussions be about?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ferries (Safety) (29 Jun 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Does the Minister accept that there are two outstanding elements in this unfortunate disaster that he should take into account? First, to what extent will the Secretary of State for Transport accept responsibility? Secondly, since even partial flooding is likely to be critical in such ferries, is not their design a matter of deep concern? What work is his Department doing in that regard?

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It is important that, in a debate such as this, we follow each other and at least try to be objective. I find some difficulty in that. The hon. Gentleman gave us a list of how much more has been spent on pensions, and so on. I was rather puzzled when he was talking about the Labour programme to take certain measures in these sectors. He said that we were going to have some difficulty in...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The figure of £30 billion was not mentioned by the Labour party. The figure was increased by the Conservative party from £28 billion. Even that is chickenfeed in terms of the £21 billion that it costs to keep people out of work.

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Only a few weeks ago, in the Budget, we found that billions of pounds were sloshing about in the Treasury and £6 billion was given away. If the £21 billion to keep nearly 3·5 million people out of work could be reduced to about £10 billion, and the remaining people brought into work, that would mean only a shift of resources. It would not involve spending an extra penny.

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman has referred to a number of interesting factors, one of which is the genetic factor. Will he try to explain to the House what genetic factors cause unemployment? Will he try to define the merit of the avoidable cost of unemployment and the merit of the acceptable cost of unemployment? What does he think will he needed in terms of a shift of resources and political will to...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: My hon. Friend is addressing the points set out in the motion. A specific example of the divisions might be helpful. This is one example of many. In my constituency, only three or four weeks ago, I met a young girl, who has a baby. She was living in an overcrowded house, and her only entitlement resulted in a benefit of £15 for herself and £8 for her child. This evening some of us will be...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies ( 6 Apr 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman has put forward his general thesis and one respects it, and he has mentioned his consituency. But in fairness, and considering the matter objectively, does he agree that there is a problem in Hartlepool, where 13,900 people in that small constituency are in receipt of supplementary benefit, and consistently since 1983 10,000 people have been out of work? That alone costs...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: We are living in an imperfect world and there will always be anomalies. Anomalies raise problems and in dealing with problems we are presented with new opportunities. Anomalies provide no excuse for inaction.

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: During the course of this morning Conservative Members deviated for some time, possibly without intention, or possibly in the course of developing their arguments, by embarking upon giving the House a tutorial on the past. The fact of the matter is that the Bill essentially deals with the present. I think that we should make it abundantly clear that when we are debating—as we did for a...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The state of legitimacy is lost in the state of illegitimacy. This is a private Member's Bill and, as I said earlier to the House, the essence of the Bill has already been brought before the House in different Bills on five previous occasions. Therefore, hon. Members should not seek to bore the nation with a repetition of past arguments. I do not think that there is any hon. Member who has...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall leave that point, as hon. Members are fully aware of what I was saying, but the hon. Gentleman might at least have been less hard on the poorer sections of our community, given that he is living in luxury of a sort that very few people in this country can even dream of. Five private Members' Bills have been introduced on this subject. The official policy of previous Administrations...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman has raised an interesting point about the global sum. I apologise for intervening if the hon. Gentleman proposes to develop that and come to the conclusion that I am about to put to him. Is he aware that for pensioners living by themselves—or for two or three pensioners living in the same household—the money required in terms of basic income tax would be 0·2p, or one...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman referred to the need to send the Bill to Committee. May I remind the House that we have had five Bills of this type since 1979 and that not one has succeeded in reaching a Committee? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that Conservative Members, who rightly have made it clear that something should be done, no matter how small, have a moral duty to give the Bill a chance so that...

Business of the House (20 Nov 1986)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the Leader of the House bear in mind that, without exemption, hon. Members are concerned about the problems that pensioners face during the winter months? We are deeply concerned about the manner in which fuel allowances are dealt with and administered. Without being critical of either the Government or the Department, may I ask whether it is possible for the Minister to make a statement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (18 Nov 1986)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister referred to the difficulties of making comparisons with 1979 because of the different methods of calculating unemployment. Does he accept that the Government know very well the basis of those changes in the calculation? For reasonable methods of comparison, would it be possible for him to place that figure in the Official Report, taking into account the changes that have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Westland plc. (18 Nov 1986)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Will the right hon. Lady bear in mind that the submissions that the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Robert Armstrong, is making in Australia this week—

British Rail (Subsidy) (22 Oct 1986)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Does the Secretary of State understand that, so far as the general public have been made aware, his policy and that of his Department has two objectives: first, to achieve more punctual and better services; and, secondly, to have less crowded trains? Does he understand that neither he nor history can guarantee the former and that the latter will arrive only by increasing fares and causing...

Felixstowe Dock and Railway Bill (By Order): Consent of Secretary of State Required for Certain Works (15 Jul 1986)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I suggested to the House that there were two major conditions laid down by the Secretary of State. One was national interest and the other was the lack of alternative sites. My submission is that in the 23 sittings of the Committee the national interest was not made out and it was substantially proven that there were alternative sites. That was my point.


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