Results 141–160 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

Transport Bill (23 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The point of order that I wish to raise does not touch on parliamentary privilege. However, if the business of the House persists as the Leader of the House intends, the issue that I wish to raise will reflect on the House. At 10 pm on Wednesday, we are expected to consider the Lords' amendments to the Transport Bill. The House of Lords completed the report...

Transport Bill: Duty to Exhibit Operator's Disc (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: As one of those hon. Members who served on the Committee, I wish to express my gratitude to the Parliamentary Secretary for at least not claiming that this provision has been in and out of the Bill two or three times as a result of a printer's error.

Transport Bill: Definition of "public Service Vehicle" (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I regard the basic law that the House of Lords has amended as scandalous. It is wrong, as my right hon. and hon. Friends and I pointed out in Committee, that safety regulations covering school buses should be less stringent than the regulations applying to other forms of bus transport.

Transport Bill: Definition of "public Service Vehicle" (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: If the hon. Member for Meriden (Mr. Mills) represents the parents and children of Meriden, he will perhaps join with Opposition Members in getting through an amendment to change the law to provide such protection. I was not a Member of the House when previous transport legislation was passed. I am not suggesting that the Parliamentary Secretary or the Minister were aware of the anomaly before...

Transport Bill: Definition of "public Service Vehicle" (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: We are apparently united so far. After I have repeated it twice, Conservative Members apparently understand it. The next stage in my argument is that, for the sake of getting in money, it is quite possible—it is certainly foreseeable with some of the penny-pinching evil showers who have run education authorities—to envisage the commencement of retractions of the school bus service so...

Transport Bill: Definition of "public Service Vehicle" (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: rose—

Transport Bill: Definition of "public Service Vehicle" (25 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: Can we clear up the question of numbers? The hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Fry) talked in terms of over 200 buses being affected. In the debate in Committee, the Parliamentary Secretary referred to 900. That seems to be a substantial discrepancy.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Reduction of Payments in Respect of Certain Supplementary Schemes (26 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: It would be churlish to criticise the Parliamentary Secretary, but I am a churl. Perhaps one of the reasons why I am a churl about old railway pensions is that my paternal grandfather was killed in a railway accident before the First World War and the circumstances then were such that my grandmother got nothing from the railway company following the accident. I do not have any interest to...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Pension Schemes (26 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I do not wish to delay matters but I am perturbed by the Parliamentary Secretary's last remarks. Unlike my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott), I am without the benefit of an actuary. It is almost like being without benefit of clergy in a semi-marital relationship when talking of pensions. I should like to have an assurance from the Minister that no one...

European Community (Budget) (2 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: Green Shield stamps.

British Railways (Subsidiary Companies) (14 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does the Minister agree that it would be closer to the truth to say that he is attempting to attract non-risk capital into the British Rail subsidiaries? Does he accept that there is no risk whatever for any private investment in the British Rail Property Board because the private investor will not be landed with a loss? Will he guarantee that the profits that have accrued to the property...

Habeas Corpus (15 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill for the better securing of individual liberty. The object of my suggested Bill would be achieved by strengthening the protection given by the law of habeas corpus. There are those who would think that this is a matter best left to lawyers, but, just as it is said that war is too important to be left to generals, so I believe that the law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: National Freight Corporation (23 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: What consultations has the Minister had about his proposals with those working in the corporation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways Property Board (23 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: asked the Minister of Transport what contribution the British Railways property board made to the finances of British Railways in each of the last five financial years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways Property Board (23 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: Will the Minister give an undertaking that that sort of money will continue to be made available under the sell-off scheme that he announced on 14 July? Or will it be sacrificed as part of the right hon. Gentleman's privatisation policy which seems designed to demonstrate his political virility to the Prime Minister?

International Monetary Fund (30 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: Quite true.

International Monetary Fund (30 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: When I first read the title of the order— International Monetary Fund (Increase in Subscription) Order"— I thought perhaps the Chancellor of the Exchequer had received one of those letters that members of organisations these days receive, saying: "Dear Member, Owing to unforeseen circumstances, the present rate of inflation and the disastrous demands for wage increases by our members,...

International Monetary Fund (30 Jul 1980)

Frank Dobson: The gold standard.

Orders of the Day — London (Government Assistance) (4 Aug 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that Sir Horace has a direct responsibility, having himself appointed the bulk of the London Transport board, including the chairman whom he has recently dismissed and the deputy chairman, who was so precious to London Transport that he had to be given a special financial relationship so that his salary was paid to a private company?

Orders of the Day — London (Government Assistance) (4 Aug 1980)

Frank Dobson: But for the initiative taken by Opposition Members, the hon. Member for Paddington (Mr. Wheeler) would not have had any opportunity to debate London matters. While 19 Opposition Members put down their names for this debate, not one of the 50 Tory Members who represent London seats even bothered to do so. Therefore, we do not accept any criticism from the hon. Member for Ravensbourne (Mr....


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