Results 81–100 of 5200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Frank Dobson

Order of the Day: British Petroleum Shares (Sale) (12 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. We have had a £290 milion sale of shares, but it is nothing like the size of the sales that the Government are contemplating in other areas. An amazing amount of money has been made in the City out of this relatively limited transaction. I hope that the Treasury and the Bank of England will have learnt a lesson from what has happened, but I do not suppose that...

Order of the Day: British Petroleum Shares (Sale) (12 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I did not suggest otherwise. I said that under the 1978 Act there is neither a four-year employment requirement nor a requirement that people who keep their shares in the scheme pay a membership fee each year. Both those requirements apply to the BP scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Prime Minister (Engagements) (13 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: Will the Prime Minister find time today to reconsider the vindictive action that she is taking against the British athletes who are working in the public sector, bearing in mind that the Olympic movement is the possession of the whole world, and that a boycott of the Moscow Games will do more damage to the Olympic movement and to young athletes throughout the world than it will to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Roads White Paper (19 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: asked the Minister of Transport when he now expects to publish his White Paper on Roads.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Roads White Paper (19 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: In view of the recent House of Lords decision that roads programme policy cannot be challenged at public inquiries, and since the House last debated the roads programme in 1971, does the Minister agree that it is now appropriate for the House to be given the opportunity to discuss the forthcoming roads White Paper? Is the Minister aware that we have spent £15 billion on the road programme...

Rural Communities (21 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: Finchley.

Rural Communities (21 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I rise with no trepidation to speak on this subject. I take that attitude in spite of the fact that I represent Holborn and St. Pancras, South. There is probably no more long-standing urban constituency. I was born and brought up in the country. I am well aware of the circumstances which prevailed when I was a child and the circumstances which prevail in the country now. When talking about...

Rural Communities (21 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: It is no good the hon. Member shaking his head. If he disagrees with my remarks, he is denying the evidence adduced by a considerable number of district councils.

Rural Communities (21 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: No, I shall not give way. I spent a long time listening to what the hon. Gentleman said. I turn to the question of public transport, another difficult aspect of rural life. The Government's proposals in the Transport Bill, which will be before the House on Monday and Tuesday next week, will inflict damage on the provision of transport in rural areas. There is no doubt about that. It would be...

Rural Communities (21 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I am happy to attempt to enlighten the hon. Gentleman. However, there have to be two parties to the exercise if there is to be enlightenment, one giving information and the other having the capacity to take it on board. The previous Government—I do not pretend that they were especially successful in some respects—introduced various measures to promote experiments in rural transport—for...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Obligatory Test Certificates for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I am grateful to the Minister for thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Mr. Cowans) and myself for pointing out that the Bill contained no provision for annual testing of public service vehicles. If the Minister's intention is met by the new clause, we welcome it, because people who travel in PSVs are entitled to high standards of safety. However, I must add...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Obligatory Test Certificates for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I accept that, but we are getting something worth while from the suggestion of my hon. Friend and myself. We look forward to the introduction of annual testing, which will make things safer both for PSV passengers and for other road users. In the spirit in which he moved new clause 1, however inadequate it may be, I hope that the Minister will recommend the House to accept our amendment No....

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Carriage Services Competing with Operators Holding Road Service Licences (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: As a new Member, it strikes me that the response of Oppositions faced with Government measures falls into two categories. They either denounce them as being likely to have the most far-reaching and disastrous effects or, alternatively, they say that the Minister concerned is leading people on into believing that what he is introducing will have a dramatic effect, when it will have...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Carriage Services Competing with Operators Holding Road Service Licences (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I had not intended to mislead the House. I rely on the clause put forward by my right hon. and hon. Friends. It refers to the element of cross-subsidisation with transport supplementary grant or to a route upon which there is a cross-subsidy under a passenger transport policy network agreement. Perhaps I did not make clear that some areas may benefit from the Government's proposals. However,...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Carriage Services Competing with Operators Holding Road Service Licences (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I accept that technical point. Nevertheless, the express services of the constituent parts of the National Bus Company will probably loom larger in the activities of the National Bus Company. The provision of rural services by that company will probably loom much smaller. Those waiting in country lanes for a bus to appear in the distance will probably have to wait much longer as a result of...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Exemption from Duty to Co-Operate in Trial Areas (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend recognise that even the figure that he has given can be misleading, because they refer to car ownership by family? If the breadwinner in a rural area is out with the car, quite frequently neither his children nor his wife will have access to any form of transport at all.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Exemption from Duty to Co-Operate in Trial Areas (24 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: There are two points that I should like to make. First, is the Minister satisfied that the necessary reporting system will exist in the trial areas for the monitoring to be carried out properly? Secondly, in advance of the introduction of any trial areas, does not he agree that it would be rather unwise to assess the whole of the country on the basis of a few trial areas? In the nature of...

New Clause 12: Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Successor Company (25 Mar 1980)

Frank Dobson: I have been amazed by the speeches of the hon. Member for Meriden (Mr. Mills) and the Minister. Both have portrayed the National Freight Corporation as some stultified, dying outfit with no clearly defined role or objectives, which is clearly not doing its job and will be so inflexible to be incapable of adapting to change. I refer the House to what the Minister said of this stultified...


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