Results 161–180 of 863 for speaker:Mr Peter Fry

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: The hon. Gentleman must make his own speech in his own way, should he be given that opportunity. If he will allow me, I shall get on with mine.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: This is rapidly becoming a debate on interventions rather than on the motion before the House.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: No. If we go on like this, my hon. Friend may know where she is, but I shall not. One of the greatest problems is that many councils which never previously rated empty properties too readily accepted the formula of imposing two standard charges, so people who were paying nothing suddenly had to pay two standard charges. I know that allowances are supposed to be made for the first three...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: The three-month period started at the beginning of the year, so it was over before the community charge came into force. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Minister has the ability to put right the anomalies that have been raised. The injustice that has been outlined by hon. Members on both sides of the House causes deep resentment. People on modest incomes who can pay their own community...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I am coming to the end of my remarks and from now on hon. Members will have to interrupt someone else. I have suggested two main concerns and no doubt hon. Members will make other suggestions. However, in all seriousness, I stress that the two anomalies that I have mentioned this afternoon will make a great difference to the ultimate acceptance of the community charge. The electorate are...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: No. Before I sit down, I must tell my hon. Friend the Minister that he has a mighty task ahead of him. I welcome him to his new position, knowing how well he did in his previous post in the Department of Transport, and I wish him well, but the hopes of many Conservative Members and the hopes of our party rest heavily upon his shoulders.

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Will the hon. Gentleman give the House an estimate of the percentage of the average community charge that goes on the services he has just mentioned? Does he agree that the vast proportion of community charge goes on education and social services, which are paid for the area in which a person lives? Therefore, someone with a second home would be paying a much bigger contribution for services...

Business of the House (19 Apr 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that, following the Opposition's choice of the community charge as the subject for debate next Wednesday, it is high time that the Government found time for a time for a debate on the future of local government organisation, as it is becoming increasingly clear that two tiers of local government are unnecessarily wasteful and that the present system...

Orders of the Day — Aviation and Maritime Security Bill: Expenses Incurred in Improving Security ( 5 Mar 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: I do not often congratulate the Opposition, but I congratulate them today on this new clause. As a member of the Select Committee on Transport since it was set up, I have taken an interest in this subject, especially on the transfer of aviation from the Department of Trade to the Department of Transport. Indeed, it was I who suggested, after the Air India crash, the original study into...

Orders of the Day — Aviation and Maritime Security Bill: Expenses Incurred in Improving Security ( 5 Mar 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend believe that it is satisfactory that a machine was present and ready to be brought into operation at Gatwick, but it took six months before that machine was operational? There is no criticism about the commercial nature of the BAA. However, does my hon. Friend believe that a six-month delay was satisfactory, in view of what happened at Lockerbie and the public concern over...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Footwear Imports (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his policy on the future of voluntary restraint agreements on footwear imports from eastern European countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Footwear Imports (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Is my right hon. Friend aware that any increase in imports of footwear will considerably increase the problems of the British industry? Therefore, will he support the European Commission's renewed initiative to make voluntary restraint arrangements with South Korea and Taiwan? Will he also work towards the reduction or removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers to enable British exporters to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Light Railways (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Peter Fry: Does my hon. Friend agree that at long last a number of encouraging schemes for light rail transit are coming forward? Following the question asked by the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing), is it not true that in the capital such schemes are not as well advanced as in other of our major cities? Would not the expedition of such schemes do something to allay increasing congestion on...

Department of Transport (10 Jul 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: Some of the contributions made tonight have summed up some of the problems facing civil aviation. Far too many decisions are dictated by interests other than that of the future of British civil aviation. We have had some internecine strife between Labour Members over Scotland. One suspects that that has little to do with what is the best answer for civil aviation in Scotland. I have the...

Opposition Day: Transport (19 Jun 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: I am most grateful, and I only hope that the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) will regard my comments as words of wisdom. I always enjoy listening to his contributions. He is always worth listening to and bullish. I understand why he is so cheerful today. If I were a member of the Labour party and had had his majority at the last two elections, I should be happier than usual...

Opposition Day: Transport (19 Jun 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: We cannot build our way out of trouble. I have just returned from a visit to the United States, where it is now accepted that it is impossible to build enough roads to satisfy the overwhelming demand. That does not mean, however, that we should do nothing but consider what each mode of transport contributes. We might find that it is best to concentrate on light rail, heavy rail underground,...

Opposition Day: Transport (19 Jun 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: It is possible to use a more rigid parking policy to deter the motorist. The number of commuters coming into London by car is a small percentage of the total number of people coming into the city. Many would argue that that percentage comprises essential users, perhaps Members of Parliament who cannot travel home any other way if the House sits late. It is all very well saying that we should...

Opposition Day: Transport (19 Jun 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: I am following the hon. Gentleman's argument carefully. As I understand it, like the proposer of the motion, the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Livsey), he is in favour of an integrated transport system, which would seem to imply that investment should be made where it will have the greatest return. If that is the case, does it not make sense to invest in British Rail routes with more...

Opposition Day: Transport (19 Jun 1989)

Mr Peter Fry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Three speeches have been made in an hour and a half and, with the greatest respect to my hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Waterside (Mr. Colvin), we have had virtually a miniature speech from him. Some of us have been waiting to make our contribution. There is little time for Back Benchers to speak in the debate, so I ask for your protection.


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