Canlyniadau 1–20 o 2240 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Cecil Parkinson

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I believe that we should now build on the resounding success of the abolition of the dock labour scheme. To open up the ports industry further to market forces I want to see the main trust ports transfer into private ownership. I therefore intend to introduce a Bill in the current Session to allow trust ports to move into the private sector without the need to promote private legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: Yes, I do. The present constitution of the trusts ports inhibits their development. The sooner they have a proper structure and are in the private sector, the better they will be able to develop, expand, create jobs and aid industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: The Bill will encourage trust ports to come forward with their own schemes for privatisation. We shall have to approve those schemes; an important part of any scheme will be giving dock workers an opportunity to own shares in the ports in which they work. That has been a tremendous success in the case of Associated British Ports and it will be in others.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: The only disgusting feature of that Bill was the mindless opposition to it by Opposition Members, including the hon. Gentleman. Even the hon. Gentleman's stretched imagination is roaming a bit far if it brings the health service into this question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: There will be no change in the environmental regulations governing ports and there will be no relaxation of standards. An important part of any proposals will have to be the protection of those environmental concerns—but I shall take my hon. Friend's point into account.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trust Ports (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I welcome the hon. Lady to the Opposition Front Bench and congratulate her on already setting a standard that her colleagues have never managed to attain. The measure is being promoted so that trust ports, which have very ancient constitutions and whose development is presently hampered, can get on with the business of being the modern ports that they are capable of being, now that we have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail Staff (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I discuss a variety of railway matters at my regular meetings with the chairman of British Rail. Wages and conditions of BR staff are primarily matters for British Rail management.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail Staff (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: The new chairman of British Rail is one of the outstanding managers in Britain. To accept the job, he took a substantial reduction in salary compared with the salaries offered to him in other jobs. As the hon. Gentleman knows, those 15 per cent. increases were all individually negotiated contracts and were based on performance-related pay. Will the hon. Gentleman use his trade union...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail Staff (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: As the House knows, we are determined to privatise British Rail. As part of that privatisation, we shall make sure that the employees have shareholdings. I am sure that the House is aware that in every privatisation, the trade union leaders opposed privatisation and then urged their members not to take shares. However, 95 per cent. of their members, on average, chose to ignore their advice. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail Staff (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I heard the hon. Gentleman's half-baked suggestion when the announcement of the prosecution was made. I am sure that he will remember, as he studies those matters carefully, that in their evidence to Hidden both the chairman and the finance director said that they had adequate finance available——

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail Staff (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: May I remind the hon. Gentleman that the accident arose from additional new investment in signalling that was badly carried out? The hon. Gentleman may not have noticed that British Rail recently came forward with a package offering shorter hours, higher pay and more flexibility. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will encourage the unions to accept that package—they are refusing to do so at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: British Rail has on order, for delivery up to 1994, 787 coaches for electric trains, 630 coaches for diesel trains, 15 channel tunnel train sets and about 170 locomotives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: The north Kent line is undergoing a modernisation programme costing more than £467 million. Some 63 stations will be lengthened to take 12-coach trains and the most modern commuter trains running in Europe will be introduced on the line next September. There will be brand-new signalling along the whole of the line and a new maintenance depot to ensure that the new equipment is properly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: Yes, I shall do that for the hon. Gentleman. I spent the day with ScotRail a week last Friday and I was very impressed with the new service between Edinburgh and Glasgow, which has the new 158 trains that are air conditioned, fast, clean and reliable. I was also impressed with the service on the Bathgate line, which has been reopened. I shall give the hon. Gentleman the answer to his question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I am pleased to confirm that there is more than £7,000 million in the programme for investment in public transport, both rail and underground, for the three years beginning next April. That is in addition to the record programmes now under way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (26 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: The hon. Gentleman's English is matched only by his powers of logic.

Orders of the Day — Industry and Transport ( 9 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: Unlike anyone else in the world as far as I am aware, the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott) persists in ignoring the fact that Saddam Hussein made an unprovoked and unexpected attack on a helpless country. At that time, a British Airways plane was on its way to Kuwait. As has been explained to the hon. Gentleman, before the plane left London, the pilot checked with...

Orders of the Day — Industry and Transport ( 9 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: That point is not clear. What is clear is that the airport was open. The captain had taken every precaution and our embassy had given him the best advice that was available to it. Several hon. Members, including the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East complained bitterly about our transport problems. The hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown) asked whether Britain had had a...

Orders of the Day — Industry and Transport ( 9 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: I was about to deal with the points made by the hon. Gentleman. He asked whether Cobden was now out of date. Cobden and the open trading system in which he believed have been the source of the growth in world prosperity since the war. There has been an explosion of trade in manufactures based on the very simple principle of lowering tariffs, removing barriers and encouraging trade. The...

Orders of the Day — Industry and Transport ( 9 Tach 1990)

Mr Cecil Parkinson: If the hon. Gentleman had listened to my right hon. Friend this morning, he would have understood why. On that occasion we followed policies which his colleagues criticised because, in their view. they were not lax enough. We gave the economy a boost. Their criticism was that it was too little. As it emerged, the problem was that we gave the economy too much of a boost. The advice of the hon....


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