Results 61–80 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

Orders of the Day — Members' Allowances (13 Jul 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: I do not intend to follow what the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn) said. My inclination is to say that any Member of Parliament who feels that his allowances are too high does not have to claim them. Anybody who feels that he is paid too much can pay it back to the Chancellor, who would be delighted to receive it. My comments will be confined to the car mileage allowance. I say to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Apr 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend, when he is on the campaign trail, point out that, of the 45 million cases dealt with annually by the health service, the vast majority are happy with the service that they have received? Is it not time to praise the health service rather than using every odd case as an opportunity to criticise the dedicated people in it?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Transport (21 Apr 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that the hon. Member for Worsley (Mr. Lewis) will not mind if I do not follow him through the intricacies of the M62. In the time available we should consider the wider transport issues. I welcome the Opposition's choice of subject today, but I do not welcome much that has come from the Opposition Front or Back Benches. It is incredible that the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Transport (21 Apr 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: No. The hon. Gentleman knows that I am not like that. I mention it because I believe that these debates provide Back Benchers with the opportunity to suggest some new ideas, which, hopefully, will be considered by Ministers and might well form part of future policy. I believe that to be the function of Back Benchers, not to make snide and personal remarks across the Floor of the House....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Accounting for and Payment of Duty (20 Apr 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: The amendment, and the clause to which it relates, is concerned with the accounting for and payment of the air passenger duty. I find the amendment insufficient and inadequate because it expects the aircraft operators—in other words, the airlines —to enter into the expense of keeping accounts and making returns which most other companies do not have to do. This part of the Bill imposes...

Bosnia (18 Apr 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the events of the past few days have shown that, no matter what weasel words are spoken by the political negotiators on behalf of the Bosnian Serbs, the Bosnian Serbs' armed forces are determined to achieve their own objectives, which makes it exceedingly difficult to forecast what will happen? In those circumstances, is not every other Muslim...

Trunk Roads (Review) (30 Mar 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on conducting a realistic reappraisal of the roads programme, while resisting the cries of those who want to bring the road-building programme to a stop? Does he agree that, over the past 20 years, we have heard the same old story from the Opposition, who have totally ignored the fact that more and more—

Trunk Roads (Review) (30 Mar 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend agree that his statement strikes the right balance between the needs of people who want to drive their own cars, the country's economic needs, and environmental matters, which we all hold dear?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug-related Crime (10 Mar 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that the estimated level of drug-related crime is now so high that it makes nonsense of the complaint from Labour Members that crime is a result of unemployment or social deprivation? Does he agree that drugs constitute the main factor driving the crime figures up?

Business of the House (24 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend recall that on several occasions I have asked for a debate on the future of British civil aviation? Given the recent report of the seven wise men to the Commission in Brussels, and the fact that there is great concern about the state of negotiations between Britain and the United States, which are of vital importance to British airlines, is it not time that we found...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 8 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 8 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 8 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best business plan for Britain is an economy with inflation at 1·9 per cent., the lowest rate of corporation tax in the European Community and the lowest interest rate for many years? Does he also agree that the business plan put forward by the Leader of the Opposition would put British business straight into the hands of the receivers?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance ( 3 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) will forgive me if I do not follow his argument. We have heard rather a lot about Newham today, and perhaps it is time to move on to other parts of the United Kingdom. No doubt the Opposition spokesman, the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw), thought that he gave a very clever speech. All he proved was that he has excellent...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance ( 3 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: It is clear that, if the standard spending assessment were based merely on the number of schoolchildren, the result would be different. The SSA and the way in which the level of grant is worked out are now so complicated and so continually refined, and there are so many other factors—to some of which I shall return in a moment—that the increase in school population does not automatically...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Insurance Tax ( 3 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend exemptions proposed for the new tax on insurance and assurance contracts.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Insurance Tax ( 3 Feb 1994)

Mr Peter Fry: I understand the need for few exemptions, but will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the difficulties that some health care bodies will experience, such as the Hospitals Guild in Northampton, which covers my constituency? That is a non-profit-making body, which passes on most of its surplus to the national health service and to charity. The effect of the tax will be to reduce that help...

Business of the House (21 Oct 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Is my right lion. Friend aware that we have not had a debate on civil aviation for some time? Is he also aware that the present bilaterial negotiations between the United States and us seem to have reached an impasse? As failure to reach an agreement could endanger the US Air/British Airways deal, which is vital to the future of British Airways, should not the House have the opportunity to...

Croydon Tramlink Bill [Lords]: Leather Industry (21 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: At the commencement of the debate, I declare an interest in that, for some years, I have been the parliamentary adviser to the British Leather Confederation. The industry has been facing several problems—environmental problems and problems involving trade and raw materials. Tonight I shall concentrate on the last category—the deteriorating raw stock quality and the decline in animal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: In welcoming the unemployment figure, will my right hon. Friend also take time to express vividly to all those in employment the cost of the social security budget, currently running at more than £60 a week for every worker? Does not that large sum justify the Government's intention to re-examine that budget?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (14 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend accept that it is not enough to say that the UN and this country will not condone the Croat and Serb invasions of parts of Bosnia? That cannot be done without making it clear that the only way to enforce any settlement is to ensure that there can be a degree of resettlement of the people who have been subject to ethnic cleansing. That will not be decided by a few...


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