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Orders of the Day — Defence (19 Jun 1984)

Mike Hancock: ...made on me as a young local councillor. The message that brings me to my feet was spelt out time and again by the three main candidates in the recent by-election in Portsmouth, South. The issue of defence was argued at public meetings, press conferences and on the doorsteps. It was done so by the Conservative party candidate, who had a difficult enough task, because in the past Portsmouth...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (6 Nov 1984)

Mike Hancock: ...that more people would be able to own their own property; fifthly, that there would be a better deal for the elderly under a Tory Government; and, sixthly, that there would be no job losses at the defence establishments in the Portsmouth area. On all six claims the Conservative Government deceived the people of Portsmouth and reneged on promises made in the 1979 and 1983 elections. More...

Business of the House (19 Apr 1985)

Mike Hancock: ...the implications of the proposals for those two bases on the naval base in Portsmouth? Is he aware that there is an undoubted need for a wide-ranging debate on the Royal Navy and especially on the defence industries in the Portsmouth and Devonport areas?

Orders of the Day — Dockyard Services Bill (2 Dec 1985)

Mike Hancock: May I draw the attention of hon. Members to what has happened in Portsmouth. At the 1979 general election a Conservative party leaflet was headed "Defence of the Realm" and contained the simple slogan Your jobs and our dockyards are safe in our hands". There were 6,500 employees in the Portsmouth dockyard in 1979; today, there are just over 2,000. So much for the jobs in Portsmouth that were...

Royal Navy (6 Feb 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...to the new Secretary of State and I hope that the matter can be reconsidered, especially with regard to Eastney. It is logical for naval bands to stay there, even if that is not true for all defence bands. Will the Minister give us an answer about the future of Fleetlands — the largest helicopter repair facility in Europe? The work force there is nervous about the future, about whether...

Orders of the Day — Animals (Scientific Procedures) Bill [Lords]: (17 Feb 1986)

Mike Hancock: .... of all experiments that will be performed in 1987? Of course not. The association predicts that it will perform yet another 2 million experiments in 1987. The executive director of the Research Defence Society—a pro-vivisectionist organisation — has said that he cannot think of a single experiment allowed now that will not be allowed in the future. Hundreds of thousands, if not...

New Clause 1: Report on Costs and Savings Arising from Provision of Dockyard Services (8 Apr 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...beg more questions. Many of us have been denied access to documents that might have provided the answers. The notes state the Ministry's objectives. The first is full value for money from the defence budget. How will such value be achieved? Where will savings be made? The second objective is maximum competition. The third is freedom for local management from public sector constraints,...

New Clause 2: Transfers of Shares in Companies Providing Dockyard Services (8 Apr 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...the course should a contract be terminated. It would be a grave dereliction of the Government's responsibility if they were not to act sensibly in the protection of the national interest and the defence of the realm and, more importantly, the conscious giving of control of something as important as our dockyards to foreign companies or people with hostile intent, whether politically or...

Clause 3: Expenses of Secretary of State (8 Apr 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...best we can that the only winners tonight will be the Government, but that there will be many losers in the future because of the Bill's effect on the Navy, on dockyard workers and on the country's defence. You have been in the Chair for a substantial part of the debate, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and I am sure that you cannot have failed to accept the valid arguments that have been raised time...

New Clause 3: Application to Government Departments (21 Apr 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...some real enlightenment over animal experiments. It is the one area above all else in which there is widespread public concern about the way in which experiments are conducted in the Ministry of Defence and Government establishments. It is the one area in which such experiments are not readily available to public scrutiny, and I doubt whether they will be in the future, despite the...

Prayers: The Arts (20 Jun 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...we find ourselves. It is not always commonly assumed that the Government have responsibility for leisure and the creation of pleasure. However, the ancient and unquestioned issues of state, such as defence, education and health, are merely self-serving if detached from the more central objective; the creation of a civilised society which combines work with leisure and labour with pleasure....

Public Accounts (3 Jul 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...I do not believe the Public Accounts Committee was told the whole truth. In some instances the Committee was not given the correct and most up-to-date information. Because of that, the Ministry of Defence and the Public Accounts Committee have either sought to mislead the House or have inadvertently done so because of a lack of information. The discussions within the MOD in 1982 came to...

Opposition Day: Tourism (26 Nov 1986)

Mike Hancock: ...can be achieved. Portsmouth, too—a Conservative-controlled authority, but working with the unanimous support of councillors of all parties—has tried to promote co-operation with the Ministry of Defence and private companies in the area, but the vital infrastruscture of hotels and other facilities is still lacking. I hope that the Minister will find ways in which the Government can do...

Order of the day: Crossbows Bill (30 Jan 1987)

Mike Hancock: ...Crossbow Archery Development Association went into detail about what the crossbow can and cannot do. The hon. Member for Leicester, East dispelled many of the myths that it has tried to create in defence of something with which it is obviously extremely proud to be associated. But some of its suggestions about the abuse of crossbows and the effectiveness or otherwise of the weapon are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Schools of Music (24 Feb 1987)

Mike Hancock: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future of the Defence schools of music.

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grants Bill: Exclusion of Adjustments of Block Grant by Reference to Total Expenditure or Aggregate Amount Available (3 Mar 1987)

Mike Hancock: The Minister should be congratulated on having the neck to come here and make that speech in defence of the indefensible. His comments about borough treasurers will not be lost on them, because many of them will have endless sleepless nights trying to interpret his speech and understand the Bill. At no time during the passage of the Bill have the Government produced a convincing argument...

Defence (27 Oct 1987)

Jim Wallace: ..., South (Mr. Martin) on an eloquent maiden speech, and I am sure that all hon. Members wish to say how much we enjoyed it, and the way in which the hon. Gentleman displayed his knowledge of the defence issues that affect his constituency. I also thank him for the kind tribute he paid to his predecessor, Mike Hancock. Mike Hancock's work at two council levels shows that he has great...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 1997)

Mike Hancock: ...that that afforded me to speak on behalf of the people of Portsmouth. Much has changed in the intervening time, however. We in Portsmouth have struggled to come to terms with the rundown of the defence industries, and have fought magnificently to rekindle enthusiasm within the city for its future. We look forward with great expectation to the developments associated with our gaining of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gulf War Veterans (14 Jul 1997)

Mike Hancock: ...success in persuading their Government to acknowledge the syndrome and in obtaining the compensation that they deserve? How many people are known to have had a reaction? What is the Ministry of Defence doing to contact individuals and make information available to them?

Bills Presented: Defence Policy (28 Oct 1997)

Mike Hancock: ...men whom I represent in Portsmouth, and of those who live in Hampshire, to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames) for his efforts to get a fair deal and greater understanding of Ministry of Defence problems. I thank him for his efforts on their behalf. I also congratulate the Ministry of Defence team on its performance at Defence Question Time. It was certainly the most enjoyable...


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