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Diabetes (11 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not know whether we are waiting for a message from the Lords or whether we are ready to go, but is it in order to thank you? You have broken another precedent today by making a speech from the Chair. I tell all visitors that it is a characteristic of the Speaker that he never makes a speech, but you have changed that. You have been a marvellous...

Diabetes (11 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I was not expecting the hon. Gentleman's comments. There will be no report of his speech in the press. His speech could in no way be linked to the election campaign. It was a scholarly speech about a matter of great interest. The Minister will reply, and it will be a good debate. When people say that Parliament has lost the confidence of the people, it is in part because they do not know that...

People's Peers ( 9 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: A hereditary peer would not get in on the basis of a degree of legitimacy.

People's Peers ( 9 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: He was not comfortable.

People's Peers ( 9 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Mr. Mackinlay) on raising the subject and on his speech. Not many Members take an interest in constitutional matters, but he has done so from the beginning. He has knowledge, commitment and passion. It is appropriate to discuss the subject now, because we are about to go into a general election--not, of course, for our Parliament, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 9 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: May I thank the Prime Minister for all his very hard work during the past four years and the Leader of the Opposition for the help that he has given during that time? May I also express the hope that on 7 June people realise that many thousands sacrificed their lives to give us the vote, and that if people do not use it they betray that inheritance? Finally, will he believe me when I say that...

Ballistic Missile Defence ( 3 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: It is clear that the Government want to be cautious about this matter before polling day, as they know that there is widespread opposition to it world wide because of the fear of a new arms race, which could involve this country. The United States supplies us with nuclear weapons, which we pretend are independent. Those weapons are dependent upon the American satellite system and, therefore,...

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I am not sure about that.

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: That is why the Conservatives have no Members in Scotland.

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I am sorry that I did not hear the earlier part of my hon. Friend's speech, but how would self-employed freelancers find a place on the register?

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: It has been strongly argued that the whole basis of the Bill, as promoted by the right hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Brooke), is the unique nature of the City which arises from the nature of the work that goes on there. That being so, is there any reason why retired workers should not have a vote? Someone who has retired will have retained the expertise that he...

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: On the question of money, it is a principle of the residential vote that residents pay council tax, so they get represented. There is no taxation without representation. Does my hon. Friend's amendment introduce the idea of representation without taxation? Surely, there must be mutuality. If somebody is entitled to vote in an election, he or she should also contribute by paying council tax....

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: The American constitution and the philosophy of the Conservative party contain a principle of equal access to the law. When the Supreme Court came to consider the question of districts in the United States, it put to them the argument that equal access to the law meant equal access to the lawmakers—in other words, one man or one woman, one vote. Once we depart from that principle, we deny...

Clause 2: Interpretation ( 2 May 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: Edmund Burke was my predecessor as Member of Parliament for Bristol—a little while before I came here—but I hope that my hon. Friend remembers that his most famous phrase was when he referred to the public as "the swinish multitude", which triggered Tom Paine to write "The Rights of Man'. Of the two, I must confess that, despite my civic connection with Edmund Burke, I am a supporter of...

Business of the House ( 5 Apr 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: Is there a possibility of a debate on foreign affairs, now that we have a little more time? I ask this for two reasons. The first is the developing situation in the Balkans, where British forces are engaged and where there are clearly dangers that could lead to a wider conflict. The second is the developing crisis between the United States and China, which President Bush might use to justify...

European Council (Stockholm) (26 Mar 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: After Stockholm, does the Prime Minister still hope that it will be possible for Britain to join the euro in the next Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I ask the indulgence of the House. This may be my last speech, so if I am out of order, Mr. Speaker, I hope that you will allow me to range widely. I support the report of the Procedure Committee and the motion proposed by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House. The report is scholarly and historical; it considers all the arguments. My only difference with it is over the question of a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Ministerial Meetings (France) (19 Mar 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: Given the many statements made in Washington and London about the importance of NATO and Europe working side by side, why were the French Government not informed by the Americans when they bombed Baghdad?

Points of Order ( 9 Mar 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I thank you for your ruling? What you have said is of great and permanent importance, namely, that the progress of business is a matter for the Government and any comments on the conduct of Members are a matter for the House. You have quite properly and importantly reminded the House that you are not in the Chair to discipline Members as an individual...

Petition: Railways ( 9 Mar 2001)

Mr Tony Benn: I present a petition that has been signed by more than 20,000 rail workers and rail users throughout the United Kingdom. It supports early-day motion 69 on railway safety. It is supported by the General Secretary of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen and the Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. It criticises the...


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