Results 1–20 of 2141 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Burden

Adjournment (Spring) (19 May 1992)

Richard Burden: I wish at the outset, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to congratulate you on your appointment and to add my voice to those who have congratulated other maiden speakers. I particularly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Ms. Jones). Many, especially on these Benches, appreciated her comments. Three new seats were won in Birmingham by Labour at the general election. We had...

Car and Components Industry (22 May 1992)

Richard Burden: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Meriden (Mr. Mills) on his election as joint chair of the all-party motor industry group and I thank him for his co-operation in cutting down his speech to allow me to speak today. The motor industry, its manufacturers and associated components suppliers have suffered badly as a result of the recession. The hon. Gentleman and I both come from the...

Broadgreen District General Hospital (22 May 1992)

Richard Burden: Walton!

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: South Birmingham Health Authority (16 Jun 1992)

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings she or officials from her Department have had with Sir James Ackers or other officials of West Midlands regional health authority in respect of the deficit faced by South Birmingham health authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: South Birmingham Health Authority (16 Jun 1992)

Richard Burden: Is the Minister aware that news of the multi-million pound cash crisis facing South Birmingham health authority started to filter out at the end of February this year, but was hushed up until after the general election? Is he also aware that the report into the causes of the crisis has still not been published, but the people of Birmingham are faced with proposals to close hospitals such as...

Opposition Day: Water Privatisation (16 Jun 1992)

Richard Burden: How does the hon. Gentleman square his comment about renationalisation with the fact that, as far as I know, the only Government ever to nationalise the water industry were the Conservative Government, who did so in order to privatise it a couple of years later?

Opposition Day: Water Privatisation (16 Jun 1992)

Richard Burden: Before coming to this place, I spent a large part of the 1980s trying to alert people to Conservative plans for privatisation of the water industry. I had no doubt that there was a secret agenda, for several years prior to its being announced in the 1986 White Paper, to privatise the industry. Following that announcement, I spent much time warning people about the implications of that move....

Orders of the Day — South Birmingham Health Authority (10 Jul 1992)

Richard Burden: I am grateful for the opportunity to debate a matter that is of great importance to my constituents in Northfield and to the people of South Birmingham as a whole. The issue could hardly be more fundamental. It concerns the future of health services for the people of Birmingham as a whole. The present South Birmingham health authority was formed in 1991 as a merger of the old Central health...

Orders of the Day — South Birmingham Health Authority (10 Jul 1992)

Richard Burden: One problem with the Building a Healthy Birmingham plan is not the proposals it contains but the project that it might delay. Although it is surrounded by controversy, a number of changes ought to be made—such as the early renovation and rebuilding of the children's hospital and the renovation of the elderly services M block at Selly Oak hospital—which was condemned as long ago as...

Orders of the Day — South Birmingham Health Authority (10 Jul 1992)

Richard Burden: I hope that the Under-Secretary will take the opportunity to clear up that controversy today. A report on the financial crisis facing South Birmingham health authority was commissioned from KPMG Peat Marwick, but it has not yet been made available to Members of Parliament or to the people of Birmingham. In advance of that happening. they are asked to accept hospital closures. The royal...

The Health of the Nation (22 Oct 1992)

Richard Burden: I want to raise a matter that the right hon. Lady knows about. She says that trusts are accountable to her, as Secretary of State. Are regional health authorities also so accountable? If so, why are she and her Department colluding in the suppression of a report commissioned by the West Midlands regional health authority into the causes of a multi-million pound cash crisis in South Birmingham...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Southern Africa (26 Oct 1992)

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to review the level of aid allocated to southern Africa in the current year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Southern Africa (26 Oct 1992)

Richard Burden: Surely the House cannot have too much confidence in such assurances given the Government's track record on overseas aid. It was cut by 27 per cent. in just 11 years so what confidence can we have that the Government will ever reach the agreed target of 0.7 per cent. of gross domestic product devoted to overseas aid? Is it not obscene that the Government should even consider cutting back on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Earnings (3 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in the west midlands are receiving half or less than half of male average earnings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Earnings (3 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: Does the Minister accept that the figure is far too high? Is he aware that more than half the employees in public services in the west midlands are low paid and that, in the coming year, when the Government savage public expenditure, the number of people on poverty pay in the west midlands will increase? Will the Government change their mind and introduce a national minimum wage?

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Bill (17 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: Am I right in thinking that one of the major arguments surrounding the EC directive was the issue of maternity pay to accompany maternity leave? If that is so, if we combine the right to extend maternity leave—something that is welcomed on the Opposition Benches—with the abolition of wages councils, more women will be taken below the lower earnings limit. Although those women may...

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Bill (17 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: If the Government are so concerned about individual rights, why does not the Bill contain a clause to restore to employees who have been working less than two years the right to go to an industrial tribunal to claim unfair dismissal? Why can people be sacked unreasonably when their only crime is to have been employed for less than two years?

Orders of the Day — TRADE UNION REFORM AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS BILL [Money] (17 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: I join my hon. Friends to question some of the financial estimates that the Government have produced in relation to the Bill. The part of the Bill which has been least discussed today is the provision on the careers service. In the section entitled, "Financial effects of the Bill", it states: There will be no overall change in the forecast level of central government expenditure funding for...

Orders of the Day — TRADE UNION REFORM AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS BILL [Money] (17 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: I apologise for digressing, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In their estimates of the cost of the Bill, the Government have been highly selective in what they have chosen to include and exclude. We were told last week, when discussing the Department of Social Security's budget, that benefits would be index linked. I question the willingness of the Government to do that if, as a result of the effects of...

Orders of the Day — TRADE UNION REFORM AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS BILL [Money] (17 Nov 1992)

Richard Burden: My remarks are linked to the resolution, Mr. Deputy Speaker, because the provision to which I referred at the outset deals specifically with the consequential effects of the Bill on the budgets of other Departments. That is the point that I was about to make. I shall not delay the House any longer, however, save to say that when the balance sheet is finally worked out it will show that the...


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