Results 41–60 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

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

Mr Jack Thompson: Is my hon. Friend aware that there is evidence that stythe is under some houses in Pegswood? The problem arises because of the good neighbourly attitude adopted by British Coal, and now by the Coal Authority. I have just spoken to Castle Morpeth council, and I was told that any costs incurred in surveying the problem in the borough will fall on the shoulders of the local authority. Would my...

Regional Electricity Companies (15 Feb 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the Minister recognise that other responsibilities exist in relation to the northern region? There are 18,000 shareholders living there who are also consumers. I assume that they have been to the meeting this morning and that they have been outvoted. Those are the people who have an interest in the northern region. Does not he recognise that a social involvement exists in exercises such...

Workplace Injury Victims: Financial Settlement for Schools, 1995–96 ( 7 Feb 1995)

Mr Jack Thompson: That figure is correct. Northumberland has a special problem, because it operates a three-tier system. Four fifths of the population live in one corner, while the remaining one fifth inhabit the rural parts. If schools in Northumberland are closed, they will be closed in the rural parts, which are Tory dominated.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: VAT (Fuel) (15 Dec 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he used to determine the level of value added tax on fuel; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: VAT (Fuel) (15 Dec 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Given the huge embarrassment experienced by the Chancellor last week on the 7.5 per cent. increase in VAT on domestic fuel, is he aware that the introduction of 8 per cent. VAT on domestic fuel was equally unpopular? Is he further aware that, despite the criterion set down for the annual mean temperature over the country as a whole, the temperature in the north of England and Scotland is well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: VAT (Fuel) (15 Dec 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Well, finally, is the proposed increase to 17.5 per cent. still the Chancellor's primary concern?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 6 Dec 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that over the year the average temperature in the north of England is more severe than in the south? Elderly parents in my constituency are a cause of concern for their children who, for economic reasons, have moved to the south. In such instances, two families are affected by the imposition of VAT on domestic fuel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cheviot And Wansbeck Hospital Trust (25 Oct 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Has the Minister seen the letter that I sent some time ago about the case of Charlene Bentley from my constituency, who broke an arm, went to the Wansbeck general hospital, was unable to receive treatment at that hospital because of the lack of beds in the children's ward and had to be transferred to North Tyneside to have treatment? Is that the satisfactory arrangement that he endorses in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Grant-maintained Schools (12 Jul 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is the Secretary of State aware that in Northumberland, the metropolitan boroughs of Tyne and Wear and Durham, only one school has opted out, and that was by a dubious two votes? Does not that reflect the good sense of the people of the north-east of England?

Coal Industry Bill: Calculation of compensation under section 17 (28 Jun 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: I must apologise to the House for the fact that I was called away to an important meeting for the last half hour, and I missed the beginning of this debate. I think that the impression which might be created that the Opposition are totally opposed to opencast is not accurate. My experience of opencast in my constituency goes back to the mid-1940s when it was essential to get coal to keep...

Coal Industry Bill: Restructuring Schemes in Relation to Property etc. (28 Jun 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does my hon. Friend recall that in his area, as in mine, spoil heaps in mining areas have been an important issue in the past 20 to 30 years? Happily, Governments have taken action to deal with spoil heaps. The majority of spoil heaps, certainly in my area, were created in the days of private enterprise, but over the past 30 years the Government have had to accept responsibility for dealing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jun 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Prime Minister is very keen to express his views on choice, and especially on market testing. Will he consider market testing his Government by having an election?

Business of the House (19 May 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Secretary of State consider providing time—if not next week, some time in the near future—for a debate on unemployment in the Northern region? The Secretary of State for Unemployment—[Interruption.] Employment—although I got it right the first time—has been in great voice this week about the drop in unemployment nationally, which the Prime Minister confirmed today, but...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill: Restructuring of the Corporation's Functions (23 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: I suspect that my hon. Friend believes, as I do, that there is something behind this in terms of the board of British Coal. To my knowledge, only one member of the board has said that he is neither involved nor interested in management buy-outs. I feel that the management will try to get involved in the little group of collieries which will be left after privatisation. They will have a...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill: Restructuring of the Corporation's Functions (23 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Returning to the question of care and maintenance, the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) and I have had meetings with British Coal about Ellington colliery, and we still cannot get clarification about care and maintenance. By definition, that suggests keeping up the roof in the mine, making regulations work properly in the mine, and making sure water is contained within the...

New Clause 4: Research and Development (22 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: For once in my political life, I find myself in agreement with something said by the hon. Member for Littleborough and Saddleworth (Mr. Dickens)—his comments about investment and market forces. Over the years, the private sector has certainly made a limited contribution to research and development in the industry. At Grimethorpe and Point of Ayr work is being done on roducing oil from coal,...

New clause 3: Minewater (22 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: It is interesting that new clause 3 has been supported by every speaker except one—the hon. Member for Littleborough and Saddleworth (Mr. Dickens), whose contribution could be described as neutral at best. I have spent almost as much time listening to the debate as I spent working in the mining industry looking after mine water. Mine water is the topic which we are debating, although...

New clause 3: Minewater (22 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: I certainly agree. I am sure that when players at the Durham cricket club put a ball into the weir, they will be lucky if they get it back again. I was making a point about spoil heaps. Over the years, major spoil heaps were created by the private coal industry before it was nationalised. The nationalised industry had to cope with the problem, although I accept immediately that it has had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools (Northumberland) ( 1 Mar 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Like the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith), I am very disappointed by the response from the Minister about the visit to Northumberland. Is the Minister aware that about four fifths of the population of Northumberland live in the urban south-east corner, with the rest in the rural part? We are quite happy to support the high cost of rural education in Northumberland, but...

Business of the House (17 Feb 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Leader of the House consider having an early debate on the economic situation in the northern region? Despite the comments made by the hon. Member for Langbaurgh (Mr. Bates) in Prime Minister's Question Time, the situation in the northern region is not as rosy as he has painted. For instance, my constituency lost 1,100 jobs last week, when one mine closed. There are other examples of...


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