Results 21–40 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: May I try to correct some misapprehensions that were created earlier? The hon. Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) spoke of Labour authorities' investments in water authorities. As I tried to make clear to him, there was no choice. A local authority with an investment panel must take the advice of pension fund advisers; if it does not, and makes a mistake, it can be surcharged. The water...

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: A pipeline already takes water from Kielder down to the Tees; it is halfway there. I want to concentrate on the effect of privatisation on my constituency, and on events that took place early in January, when 50,000 of my constituents had their water cut off for four days. Briefly, the problem arose because, apparently—the water authority there has just discovered this—the reservoir that...

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman has had any experience in local government; I assume that he has at some time in his career. He may be aware—I certainly am—that local government investment in pension funds is strictly controlled. I was chairman of the investment panel of Northumberland county council in 1981, at a time when I did not want pension fund money to be invested in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Water Conservation (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Jack Thompson: This is a serious issue. The Minister may recall that there was a big problem in my constituency earlier this month, when the water supply was lost in half of it because of bursts in the mains system over Christmas and the new year. When those bursts occur in domestic, commercial and industrial premises, the water just drains away. Will the Minister consider, as part of his ministerial...

Orders of the Day — Rating (Caravans and Boats) Bill (12 Dec 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: First, I declare an interest on behalf of my wife and me because we share the ownership of a static caravan in the north of Northumberland. That being so, I am on the receiving end of the Bill. I welcome the measure, however, because it will settle the concerns of many caravan owners. Over the past few months, if not before, many owners of static caravans—this may be true of boats as well,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: French Nuclear Tests (29 Nov 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Foreign Secretary will be aware that, in July this year, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe met in Toronto. One of the topics that was debated was French nuclear testing. He will also be aware that the only people who voted against the resolution to condemn the nuclear testing were the French, obviously, and the British Conservatives. Does he believe that the British...

Education Funding (Northumberland) (22 Nov 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is the Minister aware that I am chairman of governors of one of the schools in my constituency, Newbiggin middle school? Last Friday, the board of governors had a meeting. In our budget preparations, we had to take into account the possibility of having a reduction of between 1 per cent. and 3 per cent. That is the simple logic that one must use in planning and preparing for an academic year...

Education Funding (Northumberland) (22 Nov 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: I congratulate the right hon. Member on obtaining this Adjournment debate. There is another element that needs to be recognised in respect of Northumberland. I am told that, in a rural area in the right hon. Gentleman's constituency, there is a class of seven. That is fine, because it is a small rural school and it is the only service available. In my part of Northumberland, we now have...

Water Supply (West Yorkshire) (22 Nov 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: As the hon. Lady knows, my constituency is not in Yorkshire but in Northumberland. I was very much involved in the development of the Kielder reservoir when I was a member of the water authority. Given her political beliefs and her faith in the free market, does the hon. Lady recognise that my constituents who are shareholders in Northumbrian Water will benefit, receiving an increased...

Orders of the Day — Social Affairs (21 Nov 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: What advice can the Secretary of State give me to pass on to parents in my constituency, some of whom have children who are three and who are in nursery schools because we have a Labour-controlled council that is enlightened and tries to encourage and expand the whole nursery education system in the county? It looks as if those parents will be deprived of this opportunity, especially in areas...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Security (24 Oct 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next plans to have discussions with his colleagues on the Council of Ministers of the Western European Union about the future of European security. [36563]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Security (24 Oct 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: When he meets his colleagues on the Council of Ministers, will the Secretary of State take the opportunity to seek the support particularly of those in the associate partners organisations, to persuade our French colleague on the council to abandon all nuclear testing in the Pacific?

Coal Industry (25 May 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: My constituency is slightly further north than my hon. Friend's but I regularly travel through Doncaster on the main line. Indeed, my hon. Friend and I often travel north together on the train from King's Cross. Has he noticed, as I have, the huge industrial and commercial developments around Peterborough and Grantham? I think that, with the right sort of support from the Government, they...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill (20 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: I have really enjoyed tonight's debate. It has been one of those rare occasions in the House in recent years when I have felt that Back Benchers have had some influence on the decisions that are being made. The comments of the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Duncan) related more to the 1991 Act than to this Bill. My view of that Act is that there was general support for the principle...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill (20 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Minister is nodding his head. I think that the problem should be properly recognised and overcome, because it is an important problem for my constituents and those of other Members of the House. Although I welcome what has been proposed, it has not gone far enough. That is why I will vote for the Labour amendment. The Secretary of State promised that there would be a further review of...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill (20 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am grateful to the Minister. That allows me to sleep a little easier tonight. As I said earlier, when the Bill becomes an Act it will partially humanise the Child Support Act 1991. If only it went a little further. I should like the next stage to take place, and my colleagues and I will campaign genuinely to humanise the Child Support Agency. Hon. Members on both sides of the House have...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill (20 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that there are other elements of fraud, which might be described as legitimate fraud? For example, in a case of which I am aware, it is claimed that an ex-wife who was in employment, and who was earning a substantial income including overtime, stopped earning overtime as soon as she became aware of the CSA arrangement. As she did that, her pay slips showed...

Coal Industry (14 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: I wonder whether my hon. Friend has the same problems in his constituency as I have in mine. There is an agreement between CISWO and the local authority about the mining welfare facility in my constituency, which was extended by the local authority. It is organised and run on a trustee basis by the local authority and CISWO trustees. I understand that there are about 500 similar agreements...

Prayers: Mine Workings (Northumberland) ( 1 Mar 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Minister was present when I said earlier that monitoring equipment is being installed in the village of Pegswood in my constituency because of an incident in December 1993. That equipment was provided by the local authority with some help by the Coal Authority on a good neighbourly basis. Does he recognise that, while all those useful surveys and research are going on, we cannot stick...

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