Results 101–120 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

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

Mr Peter Fry: I cannot think of a better example. The other 649 hon. Members are perhaps not so independent for a variety of motives, including loyalty.[Interruption.] The intervention of the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston) has distracted me from my speech. Unfortunately, it is probably true that in the not-too-distant future this ancient parliamentary building will become...

Bosnia (14 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that there will be widespread support for taking care not to risk the lives of British service men? Does he further accept that, throughout the country and across party divides, there is growing concern about the dilemma of where we are going and how we shall deal with this appalling problem? On the one hand we appear to be refusing to allow...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 1 Apr 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: As we enter the era of the council tax, will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating Conservative-controlled Wellingborough borough council, which is to levy an average tax of £177—by far the lowest in the country? Is that not a wonderful achievement, considering that services have not been cut, and is it not the clearest possible signal to the electorate of this country to vote...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Rail Privatisation (12 Jan 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Following the Labour party's electoral experience of last April, when it realised what the public was not prepared to risk, I would expect Labour Members to know about gambles that people should not take. One of the interesting aspects of this debate is the not-too-subtle criticism of anybody who might support the Government's policy. The suggestion is that nobody who knows anything about...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Rail Privatisation (12 Jan 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Perhaps it was cautious, which is a change for the Government. I do not necessarily assume that there will not be investment, but it is important gradually to create an environment in which there can be. At the moment there is not a great queue of people who want to invest in British Rail as it is, but the aim of the Government's policy is to introduce a regime which could well attract...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Rail Privatisation (12 Jan 1993)

Mr Peter Fry: Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that every light rail system being built in this country is virtually 100 per cent. supported by public money, either directly or through guaranteeing the amount of money that local authorities borrow and on which they pay interest, through the revenue support grant? The hon. Gentleman said that the Government have not taken the correct approach with light...

Business of the House (19 Nov 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Has my right hon. Friend had time to see early-day motion 878 in my name on Macedonia? [That this House urges Her Majesty's Government to use its best efforts to secure the earliest recognition of that portion of the former Republic of Yugoslavia known as Macedonia as an independent sovereign state; and bearing in mind the present desperate economic and social situation there, further urges...

Bosnian Refugees (17 Nov 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Would my right hon. and learned Friend agree, in view of his last answer, that the urgent need is massive extra aid to countries such as Slovenia so that refugees can be kept in safety not far from their homes? Up to now, the support given to new republics and other countries surrounding the former Yugoslavia has been insufficient. Does he agree that our resources, and policy for the future,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufactured Goods ( 4 Nov 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: In view of the disappointing figures that my hon. Friend has just given, will he explain why he has not agreed with our Community partners to impose limits on the importation of Chinese footwear and has acted against the advice of the British Footwear Manufacturers Federation and the vast majority of footwear manufacturers? The failure to take that step will result in fewer jobs in this...

British Rail (Privatisation) (14 Jul 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on establishing a balance between reassuring the public on safety grounds by creating the track authority and on introducing competition by what one can call gradual privatisation. The remarks about possible management and employee buy-outs were encouraging. Will my right hon. Friend go a little further and give them a little more encouragement by saying...

Statutory Instruments, &c.: Departmental Select Committees (13 Jul 1992)

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

Statutory Instruments, &c.: Departmental Select Committees (13 Jul 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Is my hon. Friend trying to say that it is wrong to be on one Select Committee for 12 to 13 years, when one would presumably gain expertise in a subject, but perfectly right to serve 12 to 13 years on a number of Select Committees consecutively? Many people feel strongly about that. If people are to be told that they must leave a Select Committee after 12 to 13 years, the same should apply to...

Business of the House ( 9 Jul 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: May I put it to my right hon. Friend that there is a case for an urgent debate on the future of civil aviation? The Government were recently euphoric over an agreement in Brussels about the liberalisation of European air services, but people who have studied the small print and the deferral of the effect of that agreement feel that many British airlines will not gain very much very quickly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Safety Act 1990 ( 2 Jul 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Bearing in mind the need for the utmost food safety and hygiene, is my hon. Friend aware that over-zealous local authority employees are preventing the provision of food in many church halls and village halls? That food has been served for many years without any evidence of illness and such prevention will cause concern, particularly to those who are able to buy food at a cheaper rate because...

Yugoslavia (Sanctions) ( 2 Jun 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Of course there is agreement that international action was necessary to try to stop the fighting in Yugoslavia, but may I put it to my right hon. Friend that stopping the fighting should be the end purpose? Therefore, will he make it clear to those who advocate military action in Yugoslavia that it is much easier to get into a warlike situation there than to get out of it? Above all, we must...

Public Expenditure ( 7 May 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: I am delighted to be called so early in the debate on the Queen's Speech, particularly because it enables me to join in the congratulations to you, Madam Speaker, on your well merited promotion to the Chair. I should also like to take the opportunity publicly to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary and his colleagues on their promotion to the Treasury Front Bench. As so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Post Office (11 Mar 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: When my hon. Friend sees the chairman of the Post Office, will he impress upon him the need for absolute efficiency in delivering election addresses from Labour candidates? Should not every household in the country know that the Labour party officially wants to deny the low paid the tax reductions given by our right hon. Friend the Chancellor yesterday?

London Docklands Railway (Lewisham, etc.) Bill (By Order) (24 Feb 1992)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my hon. Friend remind the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) that the last great infrastructure project in the public sector in this country was the Humber bridge, which ran months and months over its time and increased its cost enormously?

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