Results 161–180 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

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

Frank Dobson: That is one of the more irrelevant remarks to have been made from the Conservative Benches. The debate is on the Consolidated Fund Bill. There is always at least one such Bill, and there are frequently two, in any Session. My hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Brown) has had a considerable hand in achieving such debates as we have managed to have on London issues....

Civil Defence (7 Aug 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does the Home Secretary agree that the best deterrent against nuclear war would be for the Government's contingency plans to allow for them and the joint chiefs of staff to walk out into Parliament Square after they have taken the decision to use our independent deterrent and to stand above ground? Will the Government try to arrange in any multinational talks that take place that the power...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture and Horticulture (7 Aug 1980)

Frank Dobson: There is plenty of time.

Orders of the Day — Agriculture and Horticulture (7 Aug 1980)

Frank Dobson: The last way to commend the draft regulations to me is to say that they have been introduced at the behest of Sir Derek Rayner and that they will result in a reduction in agriculture costs. If my memory serves me right, it was Marks and Spencer that in March of this year first started selling the individually priced potato. That does not commend its cost-saving abilities very much. I make no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: European Community (27 Oct 1980)

Frank Dobson: asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the current imbalance in trade in manufacturing goods between Great Britain and the EEC.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: European Community (27 Oct 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does the Secretary of State accept that since Britain had a favourable balance of trade with the Six before we joined the Common Market the figures demonstrate how disastrous joining the Common Market has been for British manufacturing industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (3 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the total capital cost to date of the advanced gas-cooled reactor programme, including money spent on stations not yet in operation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (3 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: Can the Minister explain how he or the CEGB arrived at those figures, when in August 1979 the CEGB told me in answer to a letter that the total cost was £1,349 million?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy Prices (3 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: When the British part of the figures has been prepared, will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that the figures comparing the AGR production costs of electricity with coal-fired production costs include an estimate for the three much-delayed stations, which have not worked and which have cost so much, and are not based only on the rather misleading and fraudulent figures of the one station that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Grant (5 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: Will the Minister confirm, or deny, the reports in both The Guardian and the Financial Times about the rather peculiar bus grant that we are told the Minister proposes to make to private operators in those areas where, the Ministry is trying to bribe county councils to introduce trial areas?

Regulated Tenancies (6 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: As the hon. Member for Lichfield and Tamworth (Mr. Heddle) declared his interest as a consultant to a firm of chartered surveyors, perhaps I should declare a non-financial interest, in that I spend a great deal of my time as an unpaid consultant to a considerable number of residential tenants who object to their landlords' high rents. Both Front Bench speakers might learn with regret that...

Regulated Tenancies (6 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: I am not suggesting—at least in general—that there is bias on the part of the rent officer service. However, if it is of benefit to the process of adjudication for an officer to hear both sides of the case when there is a landlord and a tenant and it is worth the tenant's being represented, there is surely a structural fault if the party who would like to have the rent kept down is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Benefits (Take-up) (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, if he will make a statement setting out the steps which he is taking to improve the take-up benefits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Benefits (Take-up) (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: Does not the Minister accept, however, that during the time of this Government-induced depression, it is vital that those who are entitled to benefits claim them? Will he, therefore, commend to other local authorities the admirable initiative of the Strathclyde council in promoting the take-up of benefits in its area? If not, why not?

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I do not want to labour this point, but many hon. Members representing Inner London constituencies who did not serve on the Committee, and whose constituents' prospects are likely to be seriously affected one way or the other, have had a monstrous task. This place is a law factory. We may get marks for productivity at the end of today, but...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Duty of Local Authorities to Publish Information (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: I should like your assistance, Mr. Deputy Speaker, or possibly the assistance of the Minister. Am I right in thinking that the Minister moved the whole group of amendments?

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Duty of Local Authorities to Publish Information (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: I can assume therefore, that except in reply to anything that is said in the debate, the Minister has done all the speaking that he intends to do on the whole group of amendments.

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Duty of Local Authorities to Publish Information (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: In view of the representations made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) and myself, and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw)—who is temporarily absent—I am rather surprised that the Minister chose not to refer—at least not in my hearing, and I have been present throughout the whole proceedings this afternoon—to one...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Duty of Local Authorities to Publish Information (11 Nov 1980)

Frank Dobson: I regard that intervention as even more insulting to the House than what has gone before. I find it difficult enough to do my job in this House and to read the reports of debates and the papers that come before me. I see it as no part of my duty to go through all the ramblings of the geriatrics at the other end of the building.


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