Results 141–160 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

Parliamentary Pensions (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: I want to avoid covering old ground and delaying the House unduly, but I feel strongly not only at a personal level but on behalf of many Members of Parliament, past and present. The House should record its gratitude for the work done by the Committee chaired by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) and its thanks for the clarity of the proposals from my right hon....

Southampton Rapid Transit Bill [Lords] (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: As I explained in an intervention earlier, I am a member of the Select Committee that has been examining the whole question of light rail schemes, which will shortly be producing a report. Obviously I cannot say what will be in that report as that would be most improper. However, a great deal of the evidence has been made public, and 1 wish to place on record what I consider to be a...

Southampton Rapid Transit Bill [Lords] (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that what is relevant to whether the House continues to allow procedural motions such as this to proceed is consideration of what lies behind the Bill, such as the fact that, at the moment, there are between 50 and 70 schemes for light rail systems, most of which will never be approved by Government? Not only do Bills that have little or no hope of success waste the...

Southampton Rapid Transit Bill [Lords] (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the ways in which the system could operate is in conjunction with park-and-ride facilities? Perhaps I am wrong, but I understand the only way that one could park and ride on this scheme would be if one drove into the centre of Southampton to get on to it.

Orders of the Day — Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Bill (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I understand that the debate can continue after 10 o'clock. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Sir P. Hordern) that an hour and a half is a ridiculous amount of time to debate such an important matter. I ask for your guidance, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If we allow the Bill to go forward, can the debate on the motion continue after 10...

Orders of the Day — Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Bill [Money] (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I take it that if the opposed private business should end early the motion will be debated immediately afterwards?

Southampton Rapid Transit Bill [Lords] (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: As a member of the Select Committee, I can tell the House that we have not yet published our report. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the number of schemes likely to meet the present requirements is very small? Southampton, at first sight, does not seem to be one of them. Does the hon. Gentleman think that this procedure should go ahead? It is the money of many community charge payers in...

Business of the House (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: May I point out to the Leader of the House, further to the question asked by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace), that there is a danger of the continuing deterioration in eastern Europe being overlooked in the Gulf crisis? It is a question not only of the Baltic states but of the threatened disruption of Yugoslavia, and the continuing difficulties of Romania and Bulgaria....

NHS (Negligence Claims) (14 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Fry: Perhaps I should explain to my hon. Friend the Minister the reasons for raising this particular subject on the Adjournment. First, for some years now I have been concerned about the way in which health authorities have to fund the payments that they make after successful claims for compensation. Secondly, unfortunately, last year, one of my constituents, Donna Horne, suffered a grievous blow...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill: Preliminary. (29 Oct 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I wish to ask my hon. Friend the Minister a few questions about the Lords amendments, which I understand were intended to tighten up the original wording of the Bill. The reason for my questions is that these clauses have serious implications for certain aspects of British industry. One of the great problems which often arises with such legislation is that clauses refer to regulations which...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (29 Oct 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I am in a dilemma. My hon. Friend the Minister made it clear that the Government intend to overturn the amendments that have come from another place. We are entitled to know whether the Government want to overturn those amendments because they are against dog registration for ever. If the Government are saying only that they oppose such a measure but will have to accept it in accordance with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Oct 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. Friend turn her attention to the plight of British agriculture and agree that, basically, it is the fault of the monstrous common agricultural policy, which was devised and is administered by the Commission in Brussels? Is not it time to point out to Mr. Delors that his proposal earlier this week that the unelected Commission will take over all tax, environmental and...

Seven-Year-Olds (Testing) (18 Oct 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I congratulate my right hon. Friend, who has scored a great victory for common sense in his proposals. Many of us will see it as a victory over that part of the education establishment that seemed determined to undermine the Education Reform Act 1988. May we hope that in future announcements on tests he will follow the same policy as he has in today's statement? Will he consider the amounts...

Business of the House (18 Oct 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Will my right hon. and learned Friend think again about the suggestion by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer)—I am sure that we are all pleased to see the hon. Gentleman in his place—that there should be a debate on eastern Europe? Events in the Gulf have tended to cloud the great volatility that still exists in that part of the continent. Those of us who recently returned...

Orders of the Day — EC Railway Policy (12 Jun 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that the proposal by the Commission would provide an answer to those who often claim that road transport runs on an environment which is paid for by the taxpayer, whereas the railways have to run on tracks that they have paid for. The removal of that sort of argument would ensure that there was fair competition between rail and road.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: The hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) sought, rather oddly and illogically, to justify a campaign of breaking the law by complaining that in another area the law was not being carried out effectively. Despite the Leader of the Opposition's statement dissociating the Labour party from the anti-poll tax campaign, it is evident to anyone who knows the leading members of the...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: A sinner who repents is better than one who never repents. Neither the official Opposition nor the other Opposition parties have said anything this afternoon that makes me believe that the system that the Government have introduced is wrong. However, as with all great innovations, there are defects in the Government's proposals. I, and most of my hon. Friends, accept that there are defects....

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I was about to do just that. I trust that the hon. Gentleman will listen to what I am about to say. Mention has already been made of the fact that the sudden imposition of the full community charge on married women with no income of their own can have a drastic effect on the family's finances. I am aware of the fact that transitional relief and other benefits are available, but many people...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Under the rating system, the husband paid for his wife and himself. We are talking about an additional amount of transitional relief for married women who do not go out to work. I said that I did not believe that full exemption could be afforded, but some exemption could, and it ought not to fall on the other community charge payers. The money would have to come from central Government. The...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I had intended to refer to a similar case in my constituency. People who have worked hard all their lives and whose incomes are modest may choose not to have Mediterranean holidays but to invest their money instead in seaside chalets. They feel that they are being penalised.

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