Results 81–100 of 1239 for speaker:Sir Ian Percival

Libya (16 Apr 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: We should remember that real friends are not those who help when it costs nothing, but those who help when by doing so they put themselves at risk. What nonsense it is for the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) to describe the honourable course of supporting one's friends as lickspittle. That is as cheap and nasty a thing as I have heard from any of the critics in this debate....

Orders of the Day — Airports Bill: Business of the House ( 9 Apr 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: This is a strange debate. In common with my right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench, all my hon. Friends who have spoken really believe in the need for, and the desirability of, competition. We really believe that the enterprises that succeed should be those that provide services that people want at a price that they are willing to pay. We also believe in the other side of the coin. We...

Rate Support Grant ( 5 Mar 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Is my hon. Friend aware that, despite the sour grapes of the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts), what she said will be very welcome to the ratepayers of Sefton?

Rate Support Grant ( 5 Mar 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The guarantee that she has given, together with other things in the pipeline, could enable Sefton council to fix a rate increase at a figure about 5 per cent. lower. That is to say that, instead of looking at an increase of 25 per cent.—or even 30 per cent. and upwards if the Labour and Liberal parties had had their way over increased spending by the passenger transport authority—we may...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Once upon a time there was a direct relationship between rates and the ballot box, because most people who paid rates voted. If they found the rates too high, they voted the controlling party out of office. A great deal has happened to change that and to strike at the hypothesis on which the case of the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) was based. In Liverpool 51 per cent. of the...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Lady will have a chance to speak. Many of my constituents have businesses in Liverpool, so they are directly interested in the rates there. As they do not live there, they do not have a vote. Nevertheless, they conduct businesses and, I am happy to say, provide jobs for some of the constituents of the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing). Between them, the business...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: That is a very silly intervention. I am sure that the hon. Member for West Derby is happy that some of my constituents pay rates in his constituency without being a burden upon it. They also provide jobs for his constituents. Even despite these big changes, the system might work if we had the sense of responsibility about spending that we once had, and the same relationship between local...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman has highlighted another contribution that my constituents make to his. They probably pay a great deal more income tax per head than his constituents. That is right, because taxes are progressive. They contribute more and some of it goes to his constituents. That makes no dent in my argument. Despite these changes, the system would work if some responsibility were shown...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Lady may not like it, but they are currying favour with voters who do not have to pay rates, at the expense of their political opponents. This wasteful expenditure falls directly on my constituents through the precepts and because so many of them pay rates in Liverpool. I say on behalf of my constituents, thank goodness some curbs have been placed on this spending. The hon. Member...

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: They have been limited by the Government. Otherwise, they would have been even higher. That is what is so extraordinary about the hon. Gentleman's argument. What was his first point?

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I forgot it because it is such a bad point. The passenger transport authority could have spent anything up to £75 million and got a grant but it could not even keep its spending under that sum. It wanted to spend £103 million. The hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey and I were here listening to the arguments for that. I am not sure whether the hon. Member for Bootle was also present....

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that at least 44·88p on 14 per cent. of the 25 per cent. which is threatened, is the precept of the Merseyside passenger transport authority, over which we in Sefton have no control, and which would have been 55p, another 7 per cent., if the Government had not curbed it the week before last?

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman knows that I have many constituents who have businesses in Liverpool and who are therefore affected by Liverpool's rate although they do not have a vote in the area and do not have any say in its rating policy. He is aware that they do not have a business vote in Liverpool.

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) is missing the point. He should know that I am not to be put off by such silly talk. The hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) knows what I am talking about. Many of my constituents pay rates on business premises in Liverpool and they do not have a vote in the areas in which their businesses are situated. He is arguing that the...

Fraud Trials (Roskill Report) (13 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I hope to respond immediately to that plea. The House owes an enormous debt to Lord Roskill and his colleagues for the time and expertise put into producing the report. We also owe a considerable debt to Mr. Walter Merricks. I say that not merely because he is my wife's nephew, but for two other reasons. I once made a dissenting report and I know what it means to do that. The second and the...

Orders of the Day — Passenger Transport Authorities' (11 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Passenger Transport Authorities' (11 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I said nothing of the kind. When personal attacks are made—

Orders of the Day — Passenger Transport Authorities' (11 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Passenger Transport Authorities' (11 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: rose—

Orders of the Day — Passenger Transport Authorities' (11 Feb 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) has referred over and over again to my constituency. Is it not the convention that he should give way?


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