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All 4 results for cuckoo speaker:Mr Bill O'Brien

Orders of the Day — Property Services Agency and Crown Suppliers Bill (6 Dec 1989)

Mr Bill O'Brien: If the hon. Gentleman thinks that they are the people who will make the real killing out of the privatisation, he is living in cloud cuckoo land. The hon. Gentleman should look at the report in the Library on privatisation. It reveals in a startling way who makes the money out of privatisation. It is not the people who pick up a few crumbs. The hon. Gentleman should read the report, because...

Rate Support Grant (19 Jan 1989)

Mr Bill O'Brien: ...local government—particularly the authorities represented by certain Tory Members who have been expressing concern at the way they were treated under the present system—they are living in cloud-cuckoo-land. Since 1979 there has been a reduction in rate support grant from 61 per cent. budgeted by the Labour Government to 43 per cent. under this Government. One can imagine that happening...

Rate Support Grant (England) (18 Jul 1984)

Mr Bill O'Brien: little knowledge the hon. Lady has of local government. She tries to convince people who serve in local government that rates are not a tax. If she really believes that, she is living in cloud-cuckoo-land. Rates are a tax, and a regressive one. It was clear that the hon. Lady realised that she had misled the House because, when I attempted to intervene to put her right, she refused to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mr Bill O'Brien: We are asking staff of the counties to give information with a view to abolishing their jobs. Anyone who believes that the officers will act readily to abolish their jobs is living in cloud-cuckoo-land. The Government have claimed that they need these powers urgently because of the short time available in which to abolish the GLC and the metropolitan county councils. The Government...

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