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All 8 results for cuckoo speaker:Mr Anthony Coombs

Prayers: Enterprise (8 May 1996)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...take away the ceiling for national insurance contributions. There would be a top rate of at least 60 per cent. for middle-income families. Anyone who does not understand that is living in cloud cuckoo land. The Labour party tries to sugar the pill by talking about something called stakeholding—and we know what effect that would have on enterprise. John Edmonds and John Monks of the...

Single Currency (24 Jan 1996)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ..., industrial production over the past three months declined by 6.4 per cent. If that is evidence of their moving smoothly towards the convergence criteria, those who argue it are living in cloud cuckoo land. Theo Waigel, the German Finance Minister, is also gradually distancing himself from the idea of a single currency by arguing for additional criteria and hinting that Italy and possibly...

Opposition Day: Housing Market (13 Jun 1995)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...Attercliffe (Mr. Betts) the idea of the House-Builders Federation that there should be a first-time buyers' scheme that would offer, on a tapering basis, 25 per cent. relief up to £50,000 is cloud cuckoo land, for three reasons. First, I do not believe that it is lack of finance that prevents first-time buyers from entering the market, for all the reasons that I have given. Secondly, I do...

Opposition Day: Housing and Urban Policies (29 Jun 1994)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...standards of cleaning in communal areas to which they had been used. If that is an example of sensitive, good, reactive housing management, the people who are regarded as such are living in cloud cuckoo land. People want to move and to take more control of their own destinies. The housing action trusts and the estate action programmes, which sometimes are a prelude to home ownership, are...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...still further and reduce the productivity gap between the United Kingdom and our European competitors, which has been reducing over the past 14 years under this Government, they are living in cloud cuckoo land and deserve the support of the electorate and the business community in this country even less than I thought. I think that the Labour party has a basic antipathy to profit and...

Industrial Relations (18 Feb 1992)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...ever get into power, it would have so many bills to pay to its trade union sponsors that anybody who thinks that, in terms of trade union legislation, it would act responsibly is living in cloud cuckoo land. Well, I believe that the British electorate does not live in cloud cuckoo land, and that people will see through the Labour party's blatantly transparent and hypocritical policies.

Opposition Day: Economic Policy (31 Oct 1989)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...of thought on the role of the exchange rate in anti-inflation policy, but anyone who thinks that simply joining the ERM will be a panacea for inflation-free economic growth is living in cloud cuckoo land. It is clear that, so long as the relative rates of inflation within different countries in the exchange rate mechanism are different, our entry into the ERM will be impractical. The...

Orders of the Day — Education Reform Bill: Agreements for Establishment, etc. of City Technology Colleges (19 Jul 1988)

Mr Anthony Coombs: ...area, and when one considers that the annual intake to secondary schools in Birmingham is 14,000, to say that Kingshurst is likely to have an effect on schools in the vicinity is to live in cloud-cuckoo-land. The extended CTCs will provide a further choice, in our cities and I hope elsewhere, for many children who would otherwise be denied it, irrespective of their race, income and...

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