Results 81–100 of 7029 for speaker:Lord Fowler

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: De-toxification Units (3 Aug 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: While I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, I want to stress the urgency of this situation. Does he not agree that such treatment units could make a considerable contribution in tackling the problem of drunken offenders? Would it not as well take the burden off the prisons which at the moment have to deal with them?

Education (Student Unions' Funds) (20 Oct 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I do not think that there is any dispute on this side of the House about the fact that student unions carry out valuable functions. I agree with a great deal of what the hon. Member for Southampton, lichen (Mr. R. C. Mitchell) has said about that. Clearly, student unions are a valuable part of university and college life. I would not disagree either with what has been said about British...

Education (Student Unions' Funds) (20 Oct 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: That is a difficult point for me to answer in a comprehensive way. There could be difficulties of this kind, but I should have thought that in the vast majority of cases that would not be the case. As my hon. Friend the Member for South Angus said, there is a choice of financial priorities in education as in any other area, and it seems to me not too difficult to think of alternative ways in...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (22 Oct 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I know that the hon. Member for Islington, South-West (Mr. George Cunningham) will forgive me if I do not follow him down all the paths he travelled, particularly some of the rather nationalistic ones. One of the great advantages of the House of Commons is that all the experiences in it are of great value. Waiting for two days on the back benches for the opportunity to speak makes one...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (25 Oct 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: When the House adjourned on Friday, I had been speaking for five minutes in what was intended to be one of the shortest speeches in the Common Market debate. Although it is very encouraging to see how the House has now filled up since the start of my speech, I will keep to that intention. For anyone who may have missed the start, the story so far is this. I ended by asking: if hon. Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Deparment: Probation Service (Pay) (28 Oct 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: Would my right hon. Friend accept that many of us consider this a good award; but would he also accept that the past neglect of the Probation Service, neglect which has stretched back over many years, cannot be settled by one award, and that an inquiry is of vital importance? Can he say by when he hopes the inquiry will be set up and whether it will take outside evidence?

Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (3 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: But was not one of the points that the Conservative Party was making before the General Election that the police forces should be brought up to strength and that, therefore, the 1968 and 1969 restrictions on police recruiting should be lifted?

Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (3 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I know that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Carter) will forgive me if I do not comment on what he was saying beyond remarking that I would not accept what he has said about the divisive theory of Government and that the concern which he expressed about the dreadful toll of unemployment is shared on these Benches. I should like to mention only one part of the Gracious Speech,...

Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (3 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: Yes, I agree with the hon. Member that wastage is a serious matter, but I point out to the hon. Gentleman, who also takes a close interest in police affairs, that it is not altogether fair to blame this Government for all the omissions there may have been. That comes ill from a representative of a party which insisted on the first restrictions on police recruitment. The present bad position...

Orders of the Day — Voluntary Youth Organisations (18 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I suppose no section of the population is more subject to criticism than the younger generation and it is my case tonight that we spend too much time saying what the young do wrong, not enough time saying what they do right, and altogether too little time examining how we can help young people to make their contribution, as so many of them wish to do, to the development of this country. A...

Orders of the Day — Voluntary Youth Organisations (18 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I am very grateful for that and I am appreciative of the work my hon. Friend does as Chairman of the Young Volunteer Force. I was trying to impress upon hon. Members, not that the organisation was independent of Government, but that when it went into an area it was independent of local interests and had the flexibility which my hon. Friend stresses is of great importance. I agree with him....

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (22 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: The right hon. Gentleman will notice one significant difference between Conservative policy and Labour policy, and that is that police recruiting is totally unrestricted, which compares markedly with the two years when the right hon. Gentleman was Home Secretary and there were severe restrictions on it.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (22 Nov 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: It is a pleasure to follow two of my hon. Friends who, through the Society of Conservative Lawyers, have made a direct contribution to the Bill, with at times the help of a few quasi-lawyers on their various working parties. I welcome the Bill above all because it is realistic. That can be illustrated by the different ways in which it deals with the two extremes of the criminal league, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Complaints against Police (2 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he intends to take on the report of the Home Office committee he has received dealing with complaints against the police.

Complaints Against Police (Investigations) (2 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on making that very important statement. Does he agree that the additional checks he has announced have important advantages for both the public and the police: for the public, to establish the complete impartiality of the police; for the police, to establish what many of us already believe, that the general standards of the British police are exceptionally...

Broadcasting Council (3 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I beg to move, That this House believes in preserving the freedom of the broadcasting organisations but also believes that the public should have the freedom to complain to a fully indepndent body covering both the British Broadcasting Corporation and the independent television companies in cases where they believe they have suffered damage or distress by the activities of broadcasting...

Broadcasting Council (3 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I will not try to follow that point, except to say that this can be, and has been, decided by the Press Council. I was going on to give an example, which might show the hon. Member my intention. Of course I accept that it will be difficult to draw the line, but that does not necessarily mean that we should not make the attempt. The example I had in mind—I shall be pleased to give it in...

Broadcasting Council (3 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: I entirely accept that, especially from the hon. Gentleman who has so much experience as a producer of television programmes. But it is a question of where the line is drawn. The interrogative function of a reporter is, clearly, important, as long as it does not go to the point where he intrudes his own views. That is where the line must be drawn.

Broadcasting Council (3 Dec 1971)

Mr Norman Fowler: That would have to be carefully considered, but it is something with which I should have sympathy. It would be like an objective newspaper that aims to have its news reported as objectively as possible, as it must, but puts its opinions in the leader columns or inside articles by columnists who are employed for that purpose. What I do not want, and what is objectionable in the broadcasting...

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