Results 161–180 of 281 for speaker:Mr Jack Thompson

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Jack Thompson: Before I begin the main part of my speech, may I refer to a comment made by the hon. Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes (Mr. Brown) at the beginning of his speech. He almost flippantly suggested that coal imports have nothing to do with the Bill. It is clear to me that the purpose of the Bill is to provide a facility to allow large ships to come into Immingham, where now only small ships can...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Vat (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Will the Minister consider commenting on the effect of VAT on unemployed households, and will the Treasury consider issuing a leaflet explaining the VAT implications for households in which the parents are unemployed so that they can identify the things that they cannot buy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Testing (14 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he will announce plans for testing at seven years; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Testing (14 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Has the Secretary of State had the opportunity to read correspondence from headteachers of first schools in Northumberland that has been sent to him in the past two weeks complaining about the fact that they are understaffed, under-resourced, underpaid and cannot cope with the introduction of the national curriculum and local management of schools and now, superimposed on that, a testing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 7 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is the Prime Minister aware of the widespread anger and consternation in mining areas that has been expressed by miners and private mine owners about the importation of foreign, subsidised, slave-labour coal? Is she aware also that British mines have increased their productivity by 90 per cent. and profit by 30 per cent? Is not this a case for buying British?

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill ( 1 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: I wholly support my hon. Friend's point. Is he aware that the coal reserves in Scotland are echoed down the east coast? In my area in Northumberland, the mine in which I worked was so far out under the North sea that we always claimed that we were entitled to duty-free goods. We were 6 to 10 km out. One of the mines in Northumberland was closed in the 1960s because of bad management...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill ( 1 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is my hon. Friend aware that in May and June this year some of my parliamentary colleagues and I were in China during the student demonstrations? The instability still exists and my hon. Friend was right to say that China is not politically stable. We should not depend upon imports of Chinese coal. It will be 20 or 30 years before that country becomes stable again.

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill ( 1 Nov 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Only rarely do I rise to raise a point of order, but I find the position confusing. Along with, I imagine, every other hon. Member present, I have a copy of the special report by the Committee. The doubt cast on the validity of the report, in view of the role and actions of the Committee's Chairman, raise the question whether views that I might express...

Electricity Privatisation (Nuclear Power) (24 Jul 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am sure that the Secretary of State has felt no pleasure in making this statement to the House. This information should have been given to him many months ago, before the Bill came to the House, by the CEGB or his own Department. Is there not a case for heads to roll? Does he accept that if the information had been available some months ago, the tenor of our debate on the Bill would have...

Coal Industry (11 Jul 1989)

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

Coal Industry (26 Jun 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that many of the people who took over the industry in 1947 were the same people who ran the industry before 1 January 1947?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Central Electricity Generating Board (26 Jun 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board; and what matters were discussed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Central Electricity Generating Board (26 Jun 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Following recent reports that the European Commission is to investigate the legality of the electricity privatisation Bill, whose provisions concerning the protection of the nuclear industry are under question, did the Secretary of State discuss with the chairman of the CEGB the future prospects for National Power and its marketability if the European Commission makes an adverse decision?

China ( 6 Jun 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware that I, along with four other hon. Members, have recently returned from China and Hong Kong. We were in Beijing during the beginnings of the student demonstrations about three weeks ago. I find it, therefore, heartrending to see on television the very same streets that I walked upon now covered with dead bodies, blood and wrecked vehicles. The...

Orders of the Day — Mines (Safety) (25 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: I spent the major part of my working life in the mining industry, protected by and complying with the various Acts and regulations governing safety in the mines. I cite especially the Mines and Quarries Act 1954, but I was in the industry even before the advent of that Act. I remember when I was governed by the Coal Mines Act 1911. I am particularly interested in the 16 new regulations. If...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Income Related Benefits (24 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: Is my hon. Friend aware that, last year, Centrepoint, a charity in Soho in London, said that its research showed that, each year. 30,000 young people from the north of England come to London simply because there are no jobs in the north? They are trapped into lower-paid jobs in London where they cannot pay for their accommodation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trunk Roads (North-East) (24 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress in improving the trunk road systems in the north-east of England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trunk Roads (North-East) (24 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: The Minister's disappointing reply will not go down well in the north-east of England. Will he consider instituting a full-scale survey of the A69 east-west and the A1 north-south as the Romans did 1,900 years ago?

Schedule 16: Repeals (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Jack Thompson: I am not an economist or accountant. My background is in engineering and my discussion on the Bill has been with engineers in the industry. The engineers—not the management—are critical of the privatisation propositions. One engineer commented, "It is like a bicycle. If the pedals and the cranks are taken off the chain and the sprockets on the wheel., the bicycle will not work." That is...


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