Results 81–100 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I had not intended to take part in the debate, but such is the extent of public feeling—certainly in my constituency as I know from having spent the morning speaking to a large number of pensioners—that I think that we must express much more vividly the great disillusionment that there is about the proposal. When I listened to the Budget speech by the previous Chancellor, I was appalled...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I take the right hon. Gentleman's point. However, to ask my right hon. and hon. Friends to come forward with an alternative strategy at a moment's notice is asking too much. Let no one be under any illusion. This VAT application is a tax increase. It is an indirect tax increase but it is a tax increase. Therefore, we should move it a step away from the people who will be hurt most, or at...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Law and Order ( 1 Jul 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Further to that point, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall make an observation. We have had speeches lasting half an hour from several colleagues and interventions from people who want to speak in the debate that have taken 40 minutes out of the time available. I hope that those hon. Members will give those of us who have sat quietly and patiently the indulgence of making our speeches without...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Yugoslavia (12 May 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: When my right hon. and learned Friend talks to our European partners, will he point out that although the British people are anxious to play their part in resolving the problems in Bosnia, they would appreciate greater assistance from other members of the Community in terms of sending their forces to be shot at and put into danger? If there is to be a general Community solution to the...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend not appreciate that, despite all his talk about second pensions, about 1·5 million to 2 million people, many of them living in their own homes, so that they do not get any housing benefit, do not have a second pension and very often have no extra income at all? Is he aware that, on the night when the original Budget resolutions were put, I asked our right hon....

New clause 2: Regulations for Lotteries (28 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. In Committee the Minister gave some guidance about where national lottery tickets would be sold. The new clause seeks to allow the sale of local authority lottery tickets and other lottery tickets in bingo clubs. The Minister outlined the principle that national lottery tickets will not be sold in the traditional markets for charity...

New clause 2: Regulations for Lotteries (28 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Corbett) for his support. I am delighted that he had such a happy visit to his local bingo club. If he went more often, perhaps he, too, would be fortunate. May I point out to the right hon. Member for Salford, East (Mr. Orme) that the purpose of the new clause is to enable a greater number of British people to do what they already do so...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I have been sitting here since the debate started. What is significant about it is the paucity of reasons why we should not have a referendum. The speech of the right hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) was not so much a declaration of policy as a smokescreen to hide the Labour party's confusion over this issue. One of the reasons often given is that the general election was the time...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I am grateful for that intervention because I had the privilege of listening to Chancellor Kohl at the latest session of the Council of Europe. He received tremendous applause for claiming that the train to European unity was on the move. What worried me was that not only was the train on the move but he was the driver, and I suspect that he had put down the lines in advance so he knew...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: My response is exactly what I said earlier. Yes, it is a complicated issue, but let us not insult the intelligence of the British electorate. We are jolly glad when they elect us to this place, so it is right to give them the opportunity to express their views on such a complicated issue.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I entirely endorse my hon. Friend's sentiments.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I am grateful for that information, which I hope that the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) has absorbed. Perhaps the final reason for not having a referendum is the fear that the electorate might say no. Can the Foreign Secretary tell us whether it is the case that, despite the full power of the Government's publicity machine, despite the full support of members of the official...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I will deal with Italy in a moment. The third reason why I believe that we should involve the British people in making the decision is that it makes good political sense. If the country accepts the Maastricht treaty—I believe that there would be a fair chance of that happening, after a strong campaign—at least the people will have accepted considerable responsibility for the decision. If...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not ask me to comment on the literacy of his constituents in comparison with the literacy of mine, but I have certainly had considerably more than one letter about Maastricht. The best way to obtain the answers to the questions that the hon. Gentleman wants to ask is to have a referendum.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Just a moment. The most important argument is summed up in the answer to one question: have we in the House the right to give away substantial parts of our national sovereignty without the agreement of the British people? That is the fundamental question which every hon. Member must ask himself.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: My hon. Friend makes the point that I was about to make. It seems that we are being asked to agree to an irrevocable treaty. However, I was always led to believe that each House of Commons, while respecting the decisions of its predecessors, is able to speak and decide for itself and make its own decisions—something which some critics of Parliament have called the tyranny of Parliament...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: If I were to respond in the way suggested by the hon. Gentleman, I would reduce my enthusiasm to vote for the referendum. Therefore, I will decline that invitation. With this treaty, we are transferring more and more decision making and law making to an unelected bureaucracy in Brussels. The move to a single currency —we are committed at least to the first and second stages —will mean...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Considered in Committee [Progress, 19 April] (21 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: I hope that my hon. Friend does not expect me to respond in the same animated way as he made his intervention. I admire him for not voting for any amendments tabled by the Government on the treaty. Tonight, I will vote for the new clause which, I hope, will bring about a referendum.


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