Results 1621–1640 of 1668 for speaker:Lord Kilclooney

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (26 Jun 1985)

John Taylor: It should have had Scargill.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (26 Jun 1985)

John Taylor: I should like to raise one point before my hon. Friend leaves the subject of the role of the SDLP and its relationship with Sinn Fein, which he has rightly analysed as being the political supporter of the campaign of murder and violence in Northern Ireland. Is my hon. Friend aware that in county Fermanagh the SDLP, whose leader is, of course, the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume), rather than...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (26 Jun 1985)

John Taylor: I certainly agree with the comparison that the hon. Member draws. It is especially relevant to the opening speech by the Secretary of State, when he emphasised that a terrorist bomb in a village in Northern Ireland is as important as a bomb in the Rubens hotel in London or a hotel in Brighton or elsewhere. Of course, that is not so, as is emphasised by the point being brought out by the hon....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (25 Jun 1985)

John Taylor: Last week we debated the institutions of the European Community, and today we are debating its finances and financial control mechanisms. It is of interest that between the two debates the Government met at the weekend to consider means of controlling public expenditure £1 million in the United Kingdom—paring off £1 million here and there. Yet, strangely, a few days later in this EC...

Opposition Day: European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (24 Jun 1985)

John Taylor: Is there not a danger that, with the press publicity given to Uganda, we shall concentrate too much on Uganda and ignore some of the other signatories to the Lomé agreement? It may be that in Uganda the Opposition parties are not being dealt with in accordance with the standards that are accepted as normal and reasonable in Western Europe, but, after all, they do have an Opposition. There...

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: This is very much a trial-and-error order, because it introduces new procedures that will be put to the test in the local elections in May this year. I trust that the Minister will watch what happens at those elections and will be prepared to change the legislation if he discovers that the present proposals are wanting. Some of the recommendations in the order will not, in practice, be...

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: Practice on the ground is different, as the Minister would begin to learn if he was in Northern Ireland more often. The polling stations are almost empty after 8 pm. We must remember that we are talking about local government elections, which we have had in Northern Ireland since 1921. During the past 15 years, my experience has been that, after 8 pm, hardly a soul turns up to vote. The staff...

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: Why does the hon. Gentleman say, "Nonsense"?

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: That is the point that I am trying to make. We are talking about local government elections. My experience in British parliamentary elections and European elections is entirely different, but we should remember that the turnout at local government elections is considerably lower than the turnout for United Kingdom general elections. We are lucky to get a 50 per cent. turnout in some local...

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: The percentages certainly vary. I am asking the Minister to allow the point to be tested. I see that the Minister is shaking his head as if to say that he will not allow it to be tested. However, I believe that it would be helpful if during the local government elections next May we discovered what percentage of the electorate voted between 8 pm and 10 pm. We should learn something from those...

Northern Ireland (Local Elections) (7 Mar 1985)

John Taylor: The Minister has not explained why he has changed the system.

European Court of Auditors (25 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: This is a debate that does not arouse much interest. That is why there is such a poor attendance here and why the Ulster Unionist parliamentary party has comprised 50 per cent. of the total Opposition presence throughout the debate. The Minister rightly emphasised the importance of control of the European Economic Community budget. That is a theme that rings well in the ears of the Ulster...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Proportional Representation (14 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is dangerous to look at precedents in western Europe because the major nation on the Continent prohibits parties with less than 5 per cent. of the poll from having any members elected? That is certainly a threat to the Liberal party.

Gibraltar (6 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: Although most hon. Members will welcome the Government's position, which honours the freely and democratically expressed wishes of the Gibraltarians, they must be worried that in the statement the Secretary of State made a distinction between our Government's position and the position of the Spanish Foreign Minister. Will he explain further the distinction that he made when he went out of his...

Orders of the Day — Milk (Cessation of Production) Bill: Payments to Persons Ceasing Milk Production (5 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: The Minister is well aware that milk production in Northern Ireland makes a greater contribution to that region than milk production does in many other parts of the United Kingdom. The Minister, therefore, understands that the controversy during the past 12 months about milk quotas has had a greater political impact in Northern Ireland than it perhaps has had elsewhere in the United Kingdom....

Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding Bill (5 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: The Minister has referred only to BS. Will he explain the position in relation to the biggest shipyard in the United Kingdom?

Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding Bill (5 Feb 1985)

John Taylor: I accept that the present arrangements are identical throughout the United Kingdom, but when the present scheme lapses will the future arrangements for Harland and Wolff be identical to those for BS?

Frigates (Orders) (28 Jan 1985)

John Taylor: Although the largest shipyard in the United Kingdom was not involved in this tender, can the Secretary of State none the less confirm that Harland and Wolff Ltd. will be retained on the list of shipyards that are invited from time to time to tender for Ministry of Defence contracts?

Bills Presented: Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Continuance) (20 Dec 1984)

John Taylor: The hon. Gentleman seems to be implying that there is reduced Roman Catholic participation in the police service in Northern Ireland. Is he aware that there has been a considerable increase in the number of Roman Catholic members of the RUC over the past two years and that, therefore, his argument falls flat?


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