Results 121–140 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Liability to Tax Deiermined on a Daily Basis (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I shall not detain the House long, but I want to refer to two aspects of discounts. The debate and the Bill are not just about local government finance but about the acceptability of local government finance. The point has been made clearly that the rating system was completely unpopular, particularly to people living on their own. That is accepted by the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Liability to Tax Deiermined on a Daily Basis (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: The hon. Gentleman talks about a logical proposition. Will he explain why amendment No. 110 would do away totally with the discount, whereas amendment No. 74 would have a discount or rebate of 50 per cent.? Is Labour policy to have no discount or one of 50 per cent.?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel (25 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: In view of my right hon. and learned Friend's reply, will he reflect on the fact that both the French and the Belgium railways are in the public sector? If there is to be this great new European co-operation, is not it time that the railway companies at least got together so that British Rail could order the sleeper trains and thus fulfil the contractual obligations into which it has entered?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Croatia (20 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best way to preserve the integrity of Croatia is to work for a permanent settlement after a lasting ceasefire, and that recognition is just one of the issues that has to be sorted out before there can be a successful conclusion? Others include dealing with the disputed areas, the resettlement of the dispossessed and, and a very important point,...

Petitions: Croatia (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: indicated assent

Petitions: Croatia (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: At the beginning of this debate, it is necessary for us all to hope that the current ceasefire in Croatia and the negotiations are successful. If they are not, I fear that the worries that I will express tonight will be fulfilled. For more than 20 years in the House I have tried to be a friend to all the peoples of Yugoslavia. Two weeks ago, I revisited Zagreb having previously led a...

Orders of the Day — Severn Bridges Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Levy Tolls ( 2 Jul 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Until I heard the comments of the hon. Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy) and the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), I had not intended to take part in the debate. I, too, was a member of the Select Committee on Transport which considered toll crossings. I am amazed that any Opposition Member wants to talk about the Humber bridge, let alone in conjunction with the Severn crossing, given...

Yugoslavia (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current situation in Yugoslavia and Her Majesty's Government's policy towards it.

Yugoslavia (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I thank my hon. Friend for his statement. Will he join me in expressing concern and sympathy for all the peoples of Yugoslavia? Will he confirm that it is the Government's view that, if widespread civil disturbance is to be avoided and international confidence restored in that country, there must be many more concessions and compromises by all the parties and all the republics in Yugoslavia?...

Orders of the Day — Gaming (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Amendment of Section 31 of the Gaming Act 1968 (10 May 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I trust that the Government would take a similarly sympathetic view about sensible moves to reform the gaming legislation if a private Member's Bill should be introduced.

Orders of the Day — Gaming (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Amendment of Section 31 of the Gaming Act 1968 (10 May 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend accept that the argument put forward by my right hon. Friend the Minister about Las Vegas can hardly apply to working men's clubs and bingo halls when we are talking about an increase of only one or two machines? The position is slightly different.

Orders of the Day — Gaming (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Amendment of Section 31 of the Gaming Act 1968 (10 May 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I wish first to declare my interest as consultant to the Bingo Association of Great Britain. The amendments counter the two amendments that were passed in Committee. One of the problems is that the whole area of gambling was set out in legislation by a previous Government, and any attempts to amend it have been left to private Members of each House. We all know the difficulties of conducting...

Orders of the Day — Gaming (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Amendment of Section 31 of the Gaming Act 1968 (10 May 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: My hon. Friend, as usual, puts his point of view graphically and I agree with most of what he says. However, his question should be addressed to our right hon. Friend the Minister rather than to me. After the amendments had been agreed in Committee, the Bill would have increased the number of gaming machines in bingo halls. That would not have been taken up in the large halls and by the most...

Business of the House ( 9 May 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend reconsider his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Sir R. McCrindle)? Civil aviation has not been debated for a long time and it is now clear that negotiations are commencing to replace the agreement between this country and the United States, Bermuda 2. In view of the controversy that has surrounded recent negotiations, is it not time that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Apr 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend find time today to examine the illustrative bills for the new council tax for those authorities where householders will pay substantially more than under the existing community charge for two people? Will he note, for example, that for the dearest house in Westminster, the tax will be less than for the cheapest house in Wellingborough? Whereas Westminster has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (27 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: When my right hon. Friend introduces the new tax, will he abandon the very expensive register that has been such a heavy cost on local authorities, ignore the protests of the Labour party and have the courage to use the electoral register, setting it against the number of adults in a house?

Estimates Day: London Regional Transport (11 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that, if we encourage the public to use the capital's transport system at times when demand is already high, that will compound the problem? There are times —particularly peak periods—when so many people are using London Transport services that stations have to be closed and queues begin to form. That happens at Victoria, for example—to the great...

Orders of the Day — New Roads and Street Works Bill [Lords] ( 5 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Let me take up two points made by the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape). He seemed to suggest that the two midlands schemes should be financed from the taxation currently imposed on motorists and the motor industry. Does that represent a move towards hypothecation on the part of the Labour party? Alternatively, perhaps the hon. Gentleman will tell us what other parts of its...

Orders of the Day — New Roads and Street Works Bill [Lords] ( 5 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his answer. I would merely point out that, when we went to Grenoble to see the new public transport system, involving a levy on employers, we discovered to our interest that there were more car parking places in the centre of the city and more cars coming into the centre of the city than before the public transport system was built. Perhaps public transport...

Orders of the Day — New Roads and Street Works Bill [Lords] ( 5 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Unlike the hon. Gentleman, I write my own script. I can only say that, if I have learnt cheap political tricks, it has been in many years of debate with him on transport matters. Let me refer first to the second part of the Bill, which deals with street works. I do not think that we need say too much about that tonight. All of us have experienced frustration and irritation as a result of the...


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