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Results 1–20 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Orders of the Day — Public Order Bill (13 Jan 1986)

David Clelland: I stand here today proud to represent the people of the Tyne Bridge constituency but conscious, as are we all, of the tragic events which brought about my presence in the House. My predecessor, Harry Cowans, was not only an excellent representative of the people and a first class Member of Parliament; he was a personal friend for many years. Harry and I met before we became members of the...

Inner Cities (6 Feb 1986)

David Clelland: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman really believe that the initiative that he has announced today will be of any great benefit to the areas mentioned? Can he explain why the inner city areas of Newcastle and Gateshead are not on his list? Does it mean that we are in some way being penalised or neglected? Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman tell me how the latest Government...

Law Centres (13 Mar 1986)

David Clelland: I rise to put the case for the continuation and extension of the funding of law centres in this country. I have vested reasons for doing so because in my constituency I have two such centres which are not only active but are providing an essential and proven service to the people of Gateshead and Newcastle. The Benwell law centre in Newcastle and the Gateshead law centre owe their existence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rates (23 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: Notwithstanding what the Minister said about the Government's policy towards rate increases, does she accept that local authorities have been able to maintain their services over the years only by using creative accountancy methods? Those methods are now running out, as evidenced by the horrendous rate rises that have had to be imposed in Gateshead to maintain services at a high level. Does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Neighbourhood Watch Schemes (24 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: Is the Minister aware of the excellent neighbourhood watch scheme set up in the Northumbria police force area, which, along with the metro transport system, the new metro shopping development and the setting up of regional drug squads, has placed considerable pressure on manning levels in that police force? When will the Home Secretary reply to the request from the Northumbria police...

Oxford Street Bomb (24 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: Can the Minister help to clear up the matter of definition? While I accept what he has said about the possibility of the connection—or possibly there is no connection—between what happened today and what happened last week, we have had some arguments about definition on the Public Order Bill recently. Can he define a terrorist act? I agree that the precise placing of this device this...

Clause 14: Imposing Conditions on Public Assemblies (30 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: I beg to move amendment No. 40, in page 10, line 13, leave out clause 14. We now come to what is probably the most contentious clause in the Bill, in so far as it proposes the introduction of restrictions on traditional liberties and freedoms. Our intention is to oppose the inclusion of clause 14, and to this end we have tabled the amendment. This part of the Bill threatens to introduce the...

Clause 14: Imposing Conditions on Public Assemblies (30 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: The hon. and learned Gentleman ignores the fact that the police already have considerable powers to make way for people going to work, as was done during the miners' strike. This is an additional power which is designed to restrict not only that activity but some other peaceful activities, as I have described. I am sure that we shall see examples of that as time goes on. This further...

Clause 14: Public Order Bill (30 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: I remind the Minister that we have seen more lawlessness and disorder under this Government than under any other Government in living memory. The clause does not seek to improve law and order. It will not prevent one riot or many of the problems to which the Minister drew attention. It will restrict the individual liberty and freedoms of people who want to protest against the type of policies...

Clause 16: Interpretation (30 Apr 1986)

David Clelland: I beg to move amendment No. 48, in page 11, line 31, leave out '3' and insert '20'. In Committee my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) argued, strongly and with his usual eloquence, that three was far too small a figure to define an assembly for the purposes of the Bill. The Minister said that he agreed that the base should be shifted upwards. He said: I shall consider the...

Orders of the Day — Power Plant Engineering (Gateshead) (6 May 1986)

David Clelland: People are nervous, if not afraid, as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, and understandably so. The full realisation of the devastating and deadly effects of unleashed nuclear energy has been brought home—literally—by an accident in a part of the world previously unknown to most people. This, following the accident at Three-Mile Island in America and constant doubts surrounding the...

Business of the House (15 May 1986)

David Clelland: May I press the right hon. Gentleman once again on the need for an early debate on the funding of the NHS? Is he aware that the Prime Minister, on more than one occasion this week, has implied that the north of England is better off as a result of a reallocation of NHS resources? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, despite that, the Newcastle district health authority has reported that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Criminal Statistics (22 May 1986)

David Clelland: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which police force districts in England and Wales there has been a reduction in the total number of crimes since 1978.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Criminal Statistics (22 May 1986)

David Clelland: In the run up to the last two general elections the Conservative party promised the people of this country security in their homes and safety on their streets. As the Home Secretary has just informed the House that things are substantially worse than when the Conservative party came to office, may we have an assurance that similar false promises will not be made at the next general election?

Rate Support Grant Bill (23 Jun 1986)

David Clelland: In view of the time that is available to me, I shall not try to emulate my predecessor, the late Harry Cowans, who, as the Minister implied in his opening address, had an ability to speak at great length on almost any subject. He was also very humorous. In a recent statement to the House, the Minister referred to block grant multipliers as a complex, technical matter. That was one of many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fraud (26 Jun 1986)

David Clelland: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals to improve the investigation of (a) local and (b) transnational fraud.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fraud (26 Jun 1986)

David Clelland: Will the Home Secretary explain why so little emphasis is placed on tax fraud compared with that placed on social security fraud? Is he not aware that the latest estimates put the amount of money lost through tax fraud at more than 35 times the amount of money lost through social security fraud? Yet, for every one person gaoled for tax fraud, 20 are gaoled for social security fraud. Is this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Orsett (26 Jun 1986)

David Clelland: Is the Leader of the House not concerned about the increasing lawlessness of his Government, to such an extent that they have constantly had to introduce retrospective legislation to get themselves off the hook? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the latest example of that is that the Home Secretary, who has now received—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Orsett (26 Jun 1986)

David Clelland: Will the Leader of the House—

Immigration Appeals (8 Jul 1986)

David Clelland: Tonight I raise a matter that concerns justice, fairness and equality of treatment under the law. The subject affects an often already disadvantaged minority — those who have applied to come to our country to live and who want to be a part of our community. At a time when the world is concerned about the inhumanity and injustice of apartheid in South Africa, and when our Prime Minister has...

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