Results 21–40 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

The Olympic Games: Rugby Union ( 1 Jul 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: That was a good intervention and I agree with my hon. Friend, but I would go further. We have already seen the rift that has developed between the big clubs and the rest of the people who play rugby. I deplore that rift. The inevitable question is, as the Rugby Football Union picks the English team and the big clubs need the union, who is going to play for England in home internationals? I...

Orders of the Day — Mr. R. Massey (Blight Compensation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: I have introduced this matter for consideration only after protracted correspondence between my constituent Mr. Massey and myself, and between myself and the Highways Agency and the Ministers responsible for roads and for local government. There has also been correspondence between Mr. Massey and a host of public servants. The failure to make any impact, stretching back well into 1994,...

Orders of the Day — Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill [Lords] ( 7 May 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that the best way to secure the admirable objectives that he has just stated would be to have the widest possible definition of construction operations? I pay tribute to him for having widened the definition already and listened to representations on that point, but can he confirm that he remains open to further arguments, such as from the Electrical Contractors'...

Opposition Day: Council Tax ( 1 Apr 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Rendel) will excuse me if I do not follow his arguments. My problem is that his fellow Liberal Democrats in my constituency are so persuasive that we do not have a single Liberal councillor either at county or at local level. The hon. Gentleman omitted to say where he stood on the capping level of a local income tax. I believe that if one was to...

Opposition Day: Council Tax ( 1 Apr 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I can also enlighten him. The number of teachers who have lost their jobs—the total last year was seven—has been much less than the number who have been given jobs in my constituency. That is a long way short of the hundreds of redundancies that the Labour party was claiming would take place. I have tried to make the point that, whether it be at local...

Opposition Day: Council Tax ( 1 Apr 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day: Council Tax ( 1 Apr 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend accept confirmation from Northamptonshire of the points that he is making? After making many representations to the Government, the council obtained a 6 per cent. increase in the amount of moneys available to be paid to school governors for the year just started. But the Labour-controlled Northamptonshire county council—after screaming for months about teachers...

Driving Licences (Eyesight Tests) ( 6 Mar 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that, under the new regulations, someone who acquires a passenger service vehicle or heavy goods vehicle licence at the age of 25, for example, will not be subject to the regulations until he reaches the age of 45? Within 12 months of reaching that age, he may need to wear glasses or contact lenses. That means that younger drivers could wear glasses or contact...

Thameslink 2000 (27 Feb 1996)

Mr Peter Fry: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, on behalf of my constituents, who will find it much easier to reach more parts of London and the south of England more quickly. They will, however, be able to take the greatest advantage of the new development only if there are adequate connections, not just from Wellingborough station but from Kettering and Market Harborough into Bedford. In...

Orders of the Day — Investment (20 Nov 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that the hon. Member for Ceredigion and Pembroke, North (Mr. Dafis) will not mind if I do not pick up on his comments; I should rather return to some of those made by the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) with whom I have considerable sympathy. We are reaching the ridiculous situation in which we are trying to prevent hon. Members, of all parties, from speaking on a...

Orders of the Day — Investment (20 Nov 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: I am interested in what the hon. Gentleman has had to say about comfort on buses. Does he agree that all parties in the House must support the Government to prevent the European Community from insisting on a seating plan that reduces the number of seats and increases the number of standing passengers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Private Security Industry (19 Oct 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: There is concern about the issue on Conservative Benches as well as on Opposition Benches. I know of many examples of people having to work ridiculously long hours for exceedingly low pay, which raises many questions about how secure the security companies really are. When the Minister replies to the Select Committee's report, I hope that he will put forward some concrete proposals to...

Standards in Public Life (19 Jul 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: I, too, declare an interest. I have always been scrupulous about that; in fact, on one occasion, the Chairman of the Select Committee on Members' Interests said that I had declared too much rather than too little. It seems to me that Nolan was born from knee-jerk reaction out of panic—panic induced by media hysteria and political expediency.

Standards in Public Life (19 Jul 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: Thank you, Madam Speaker. May I declare immediately that for some years I have worked a multi-company consultancy? The hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) knows that perfectly well, but he may be surprised to learn that that is not the basis of my objections to some of the Nolan report. I can live with that, however; I take the point. What I find hypocritical is the way in...

Standards in Public Life (19 Jul 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: That is interesting. It seems that the hon. Lady thought that the rules already existed, and therefore does not think that any new rules are needed. The hon. Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) said that we should give something up, but declared that no one had paid her anything. It is very easy to give up something that one has never enjoyed, so hers is hardly an effective argument. The hon....

Parliamentary Pensions (17 Jul 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: May I declare my interest, in that I was here before 1983? I am fascinated as to why my right hon. Friend suggests that our widows should be helped—so they will benefit after we are dead through the death-in-service payment—but apparently resists any attempt to help us while we are still alive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia ( 6 Jun 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that sending even more forces will not necessarily improve the situation or the protection of our troops already in Bosnia, unless we alter the rules of engagement? Does he know whether the United Nations will change the instructions that it gives to the forces in Bosnia under its control, so that our troops can more effectively defend themselves...

Bosnia ( 3 May 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is clear that the Croats do not accept the present situation, that the Bosnians do not accept the present situation, and that there are very few Serbs who have any intention of giving up any of the ground that they have occupied? In those circumstances, is it not clear that UN diplomacy has failed so far, and we must admit it? Does my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 2 May 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend find time today to compare his current gas and electricity bills with the size of those bills only a few years ago? Will he reflect on the success of the Government's policy in producing real reductions in the charge for energy? Will he join me in wondering how local government candidates representing the new, clean Labour party can produce leaflets which say that...

Prayers: Adjournment of the House ( 5 Apr 1995)

Mr Peter Fry: Would the hon. Lady like to specify what self-interest I am supposed to have? I have been in the House quite long enough to know that I must declare any interests. I have no interest in the travel industry. Would she substantiate that challenge or kindly withdraw it?


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