Results 1–20 of 1618 for speaker:Dr John Marek

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (10 Nov 1998)

Dr John Marek: I shall not be sidetracked. Clearly there are issues central to Government policy where the Government will have to say that if we want them to govern, we have to support them. But my contention is that this is not an issue where the Government have to pronounce what they want and how they intend to achieve it and then use the Whips to dragoon their side through the Lobbies. This would have...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (10 Nov 1998)

Dr John Marek: I am reminded that my Conservative opponent joined the Labour party yesterday for other reasons to do with the Conservative party's inability to form an Opposition. I am sorry about that because it ought to form an Opposition on this. I do not wish to be rude, but simply putting one's head in the sand and saying that one is for first past the post or nothing is not the best way of opposing...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (10 Nov 1998)

Dr John Marek: Bear with me for 10 seconds, Mr. Deputy Speaker, because I am talking about open and closed lists. That election had something called party units where members have two or three votes, which was not right. At one end of the spectrum, open lists give electors as much access as possible so that they can distribute their votes between the candidates according to their individual judgment. At...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (10 Nov 1998)

Dr John Marek: My hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) argued, with good grounds, that there is no majority in favour of the closed-list system in the parliamentary Labour party. Yet, he also argued that the Government would have a large majority tonight. I ask the House to think about that contradiction. If there is no majority in the Labour party, but the system is such that the Whips...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (10 Nov 1998)

Dr John Marek: I understand what the right hon. and learned Gentleman is saying, although I would not entirely go along with it because I am often working in my room with the new television system on, so I listen to many of the debates without being seen in the Chamber that often. Under the present system and the way in which we organise the House of Commons, it is not necessarily always right to say that...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill: NUMBER OF MEPs, ELECTORAL REGIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEM (27 Oct 1998)

Dr John Marek: My right hon. Friend got to the truth of the problem when he said that it was a choice for the party. In the case of Labour, it has been a choice for the Labour party centrally. Does he know that in Wales a candidate was put on the list who ordinary Labour party members did not know was in contention and who was not being considered, and it was a complete surprise to all of us in north Wales...

Orders of the Day — Clause 117: Provision of Information to Treasury (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I beg to move amendment No. 226, in page 56, line 42, at end insert — '(2) 'The Treasury shall reimburse the Assembly for any costs in providing information under this section.'. There are about 10 minutes available to us and another three groups of amendments on the list. Let us see whether we can deal with more than one amendment, because the next two are worthy of some debate....

Orders of the Day — Clause 117: Provision of Information to Treasury (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: If the Treasury sought to ask only for information that was necessary for it to carry out its functions, I would not have any problems. However, the clause is drawn more widely than that, and allows the Treasury to cause a great deal of time and money to be spent by the national assembly if it, the Treasury, so wishes. First, I invite my hon. Friend the Minister to look at the clause again....

Orders of the Day — Clause 110: Powers to Vary Retrospective Decisions (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I do not want to appear rude, but it would be helpful if the hon. Gentleman could say whether he is in favour of his own amendment or not. Ministers are subject to judicial review, and it is right that that should be so. Equally, the assembly—acting through Committee or Government—ought to be subject to some sort of judicial review. He is seeking to narrow the scope of judicial review by...

Orders of the Day — Clause 79: Official Secrets (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I signed amendment No. 2, which was tabled by Plaid Cymru Members. I am pleased that the Minister has agreed to do something about the problem. However, it will continue to exist because the assembly will be a Crown body. To the Treasury, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, a Crown body means a Government body. The United Kingdom Government decide what is an official secret. It is difficult...

Orders of the Day — Clause 79: Official Secrets (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: Let us consider matters that would be subject to the Official Secrets Act, such as the disposition of defence facilities in the Principality. Even if the members of the Executive Committee of the national assembly decided, in the interests of the people of Wales, that the information should not be secret, they could not make it public because they would be bound by the Official Secrets Act,...

Orders of the Day — Clause 79: Official Secrets (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: Yes. The Minister clearly promised to get rid of the clause. I have full confidence in him. There will be a clause restricting the operation of the Official Secrets Act to the Secretaries and the First Secretary of the national assembly. However, I am still worried that we have not sorted out this important issue. I pay tribute to those who raised it. I hope that the House of Lords pays...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 4: Bodies and Offices Covered by Section 73 (26 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I share the hon. Gentleman's concern. There are problems with Opraf, for example. Despite the fact that I and many other hon. Members pleaded about connection requirements, Opraf decided to do nothing. As a result, it is almost impossible to catch a convenient train between north and south Wales.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Crown status (25 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I shall make a quick intervention or, perhaps, a short speech. I did not intend to do so but earlier I asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about the amendments that I have tabled on the responsibilities and loyalty of the civil service. I would not say that he brushed off my intervention, but he said that I could make my own points. I now propose to do so. On those matters, I...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Crown status (25 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I agree entirely that the national assembly should be able to see its way forward. However, it is written in primary legislation that every civil servant must be a member of the home civil service. Therefore, the assembly will not be able to feel its way in that area if anything goes wrong.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Crown status (25 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Crown status (25 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I do not have to use any ingenuity, because my intervention is precisely on the amendments. As there will be Cabinet government for the national assembly, and every servant of the assembly will be a member of Her Majesty's home civil service, there is now a need for the assembly to appoint staff who are independent and owe their loyalty to the assembly rather than to the Government, as the...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Rights of Members of the House of Commons Representing Parliamentary Constituencies in Wales (2 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I oppose the new clause. The hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) is quite wrong. The functions of the National Assembly for Wales will be entirely different from the functions of this place. The assembly will operate on a committee system and everybody will have an important role in executing the functions that the assembly decides. In this place there is much hot air and very little...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Rights of Members of the House of Commons Representing Parliamentary Constituencies in Wales (2 Mar 1998)

Dr John Marek: I intend to be brief, so I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman and then quickly finish my speech.


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