Results 181–200 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

Clause 23: Orders for Securing Compliance (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: My hon. Friend is on an important issue and in some ways the matter has gone full circle. The only source of energy for operating industrial machinery is electricity. Machines cannot run on gas or oil or on any other energy source. An increase in electricity prices to the coal industry, which consumes a huge amount of electricity, will push up coal prices and create pressure on the coal industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: At the next discussions with the chairman of British Coal, will the Minister take the opportunity to raise with him the question of the British Coal engineering workshops? The rundown in manpower and the dilution of skills in the workshops is having an effect on the efficiency and, especially, the safety of the industry. Are there any plans to take out the engineering workshops before any...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill (12 Dec 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Listening carefully to the Secretary of State's presentation of the Bill on its Second Reading today, I felt that he lacked conviction and commitment. It will be interesting tomorrow to see in cold print in Hansard the detail of his comments because I am sure that the public outside will see only the comments in the newspapers, and not the Secretary of State's full presentation. Up to this...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill (12 Dec 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: I shall take note of that. I shall just make a little recommendation to the Secretary of State. I recommend that over Christmas he reads two books, both by the same author, Lesley Hannah, "Electricity before Nationalisation", a study up to 1948 and "Engineers, Managers and Politicians", a study of the electrical industry up until 1979. He will find them both enlightening and useful.

Salmonella and Eggs ( 5 Dec 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does not the adverse publicity during the past few days, especially that created by the Under-Secretary, emphasise the lack of co-operation and co-ordination between the right hon. and learned Gentleman's Department and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food? Are there not conflicting statements from the two Departments? Is not one reason for the current problem the reduction in...

Opposition Day: North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (By Order) (22 Jun 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Should we not consider another point on South Africa? If the Dutch Government follow the line of the Dutch people and decide to ban the import of South African coal to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, is it not likely that the South African coal will come to Britain to be exported to western Europe?

Opposition Day: North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (By Order) (22 Jun 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. My point is different from the others, and I hope that it will help to clear up the matter. Normally, when we receive notice of a private Bill, we also receive from the petitioners a statement which explains the details of the Bill. Would it not be appropriate to receive a statement? I certainly have not seen one.

Orders of the Day — Electricity Generation and Transmission (Inquiries) ( 9 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: The problems of the Hinkley Point site stem from the Sizewell inquiry. At that time the Government would not accept that the inquiry into the PWR and the inquiry into the power station at Sizewell were separate. If PWRs had been the subject of a Royal Commission or a debate in the House distinct from the issue of Sizewell we would not be faced with our present problems. Public confidence is...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Generation and Transmission (Inquiries) ( 9 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am most grateful. The important concept is that the public should have the right to make representations, and the suggested changes give too much power to the Secretary of State to eliminate or restrict representations by individuals and allow the inspector to eliminate, thin out or water down people's representions. That is a diminution of democracy—another little bit that has been...

Estimates Day: Coal Industry ( 8 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is the hon. Member suggesting that coal reserves should be abandoned if the coal costs more to extract?

Coal Industry (Deficit Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: I appreciate the point that you made earlier, Madam Deputy Speaker, about sticking to the brief. I shall therefore restrict my remarks to the question of how the extra money is being spent. May I touch on a point that I made earlier in an intervention, about the management of the industry at all levels? I am not super-critical of the management at colliery level. Having worked in the...

Coal Industry (Deficit Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: That was a useful intervention. [Interruption./ I am being serious. It endorsed the point that I am about to make. What happened in Northumberland is another example of what my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) has described. Just after the miners' dispute, there was a proposal to close Bates's colliery. It was recognised that 29 million tonnes of reserves were left in the...

Coal Industry (Restructuring Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: My hon. Friend has touched on a very important point. In my experience of the mining industry in my area, considerable sums of money were spent from 1947 onwards but it was wasted by what I contend was mismanagement. Decisions made by management have proved to be totally wrong, and millions, if not thousands of millions, of pounds have been lost. Yet there has been no inquiry into the...

Coal Industry (Restructuring Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the Minister realise that people are leaving the mining industry not because of voluntary redundancy but because they are offered jobs that are not comparable with the work they are doing and that they do not want to do? In other words, it is semi-voluntary.

Coal Industry (Deficit Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is my hon. Friend aware that following his confrontation with representatives of British Coal Enterprise, they have now refused to meet the northern group of Members?

Coal Industry (Deficit Grants) ( 2 Mar 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does my hon. Friend recognise that the pit deputies' role with regard to safety is important? The idea that has been floated to remove that responsibility from the deputies is dangerous.

Electricity (Privatisation) (25 Feb 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: It seems from the Secretary of State's statement that there will be many technical arguments about the development of the White Paper in future debates on this issue. There is some suspicion about the technical advice that the Secretary of State has received. Who advised him about removing the control of the grid from the generating side of the industry? The logic of that is impossible to...

Electricity (Privatisation) (25 Feb 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: May I ask the Secretary of State to comment on the effects on the environment when the industry is privatised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (15 Feb 1988)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of British Coal; and what issues were discussed.


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