Results 61–80 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Western European Union ( 8 Feb 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Council of Ministers of the Western European Union has had regarding the probable increase in membership of the assembly of the Western European Union; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Western European Union ( 8 Feb 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Secretary of State will be aware that the Council of Ministers, in its wisdom, created a level of associate membership of the Western European Union. Currently, Turkey, Iceland and Norway are applying for membership at that level. Is the Secretary of State satisfied that the criteria laid down for associate membership are appropriate when one considers the possibility that countries of...

Orders of the Day — Energy Conservation Bill ( 4 Feb 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: I support the Bill, but it may have some financial implications in the sense that we shall have to take a long-term view of the design of domestic, commercial and other buildings. It may be appropriate for the Secretary of State to have some small function—perhaps offering a cup of tea and a biscuit—which may incur some expense to encourage architectural organisations to consider the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (18 Jan 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: The hon. Member for Cambridgeshire, North-East (Mr. Moss) may be interested to know that I am a beneficiary of the mineworkers pension fund, as the recipient of 33p a week. I shall lose a lot of sleep tonight over the taxpayers' contribution to that 33p. I am disappointed that the hon. Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) is not in his place, after his reference to mining activities in the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (18 Jan 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: The hon. Gentleman's constituency is next to mine. Is he aware that Wearmouth colliery could achieve that target whether it is privatised or nationalised? It was able to achieve the target before it was closed, but it was still closed by British Coal, as part of the Government and British Coal exercise of "slimming down the industry", as it has been described.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (18 Jan 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Member for Davyhulme, but I was also under the impression that it was a convention of the House that one did not read newspapers during a debate. I see that one hon. Member is doing so.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (18 Jan 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (18 Jan 1994)

Mr Jack Thompson: I have followed the right hon. Gentleman's argument closely for the last few minutes, and he rightly claims that £20 billion has been put into the industry in the period concerned—£8 billion in capital investment. But does he recall that the Conservative party has been in power for the past 15 years, and that he and his predecessors were responsible for policy? Surely policies could have...

Opposition Day: Coal Industry (27 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Minister clarify whether the Ellington pit contract will be for 18 months, as he said in the past week, or, as I now understand it, for 15 months? It has been bandied about that Ellington pit would receive £2 million out of the £500 million available. There is a heck of a lot of money left to be used. Is his Department directly and actively trying to get markets for the coal?

Mines (Health and Safety) (26 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will my hon. Friend accept that there were limited chemical toilet facilities in the mine where I worked? The problem was that they were at the shelf bottom and we worked 10 km away.

Mines (Health and Safety) (26 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am the first member of the mining profession to be called to speak in this debate. Although I hesitate to compete with some of my colleagues who intervened earlier and referred to their 20 years' and 21 years' experience of the industry, I can claim to have 37 years' experience of the industry, particularly on the engineering side on which I want to concentrate. That was my forte and...

Mines (Health and Safety) (26 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: I fully understand. I do not know how many hours the Minister has spent down a mine. It cannot be too many—if any. The difference between the 1954 Act and the current changes relates to the statutory responsibility of everyone in the mining industry from the manager to the young boy who has just joined the industry. That is what is important. Everything will now be discretionary. "As is...

Mines (Health and Safety) (26 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. Such situations will certainly arise. However, having worked in the industry, I am concerned about how the regulations apply in respect of ventilation, the safety of mining equipment and the mechanical and electrical side of the industry. How do they affect roof supports and a range of other issues involved in the industry? There is a loophole which I am...

Coal Industry (20 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: I welcome the fact that British Alcan and British Coal have come to a conclusion about seeking support from the subsidy, and I congratulate the negotiators, because the relationship between the two has been extremely good. I am pleased that a response may come from this. Of the £500 million made available a year ago, the sums of money involved in that agreement are small. However, the...

Coal Industry (20 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: Can I make this point?

Coal Industry (20 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the Minister endorse the comment made by the Secretary of State in March 1993, in a report in Coal News? When talking about the use of the subsidy, he said: I have to talk to them"— that is, to National Power and PowerGen— and persuade them that things are possible, and that I am working on them at the moment. Does that not reflect the lack of salesmanship by the Secretary of State,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Northern Region (19 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has had recently with the Northern Development Company about increasing employment prospects in the northern region.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Northern Region (19 Oct 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Secretary of State must be aware of the fact—he should have nightmares about it—that unemployment in the northern region in 1990 was 120,000 and had risen in September 1993 to 171,000–17 per cent. of that figure consisted of those aged between 16 and 18. Would it not be better if he and his Department took a greater interest in the excellent work of the NDC which is supported by...

Social Policy Protocol (Confidence Motion) (23 Jul 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Can you provide the House with some assistance? Earlier today, the question of assisted area status was raised on a point of order. Is the House aware that this morning correspodence was sent to the local authorities in my constituency, at least, regarding assisted area status? I understand that we are not to be informed about that in the House until...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing (North-East) (23 Jun 1993)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is the Minister aware of the vast number of skilled personnel in the northern part of the northern region who are unemployed? The result is that skills related to the shipyards, mines and heavy engineering are now decaying as there are no longer the skilled personnel to pass on their skills. That is a major problem in that part of the region along the Tyne valley and Northumberland, which is...


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