Results 1–20 of 1666 for speaker:Mr Leo Abse

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1987)

Mr Leo Abse: My right hon. Friend the Member for Cardif, South and Penarth (Mr. Callaghan) made a valedictory speech. It is not my intention to follow his example. It is true that he will be leaving the House, and so shall I, at the end of this Parliament. Indeed, so will many Tory Members. We shall be leaving voluntarily and they will be leaving involuntarily. I will not follow my right hon. Friend,...

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1987)

Mr Leo Abse: The Secretary of State need not bother to interpose because I do not intend to give way. I will make my speech and the Minister will give a reply. The Secretary of State presented the report as if it was some general review. We would be ingenuous if we did not realise that the real catalyst for much of the content of the review was the appalling, miserable scandal of the Parrot Corporation....

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1987)

Mr Leo Abse: Perhaps he did not, but I have no doubt that he was well represented. I did not attend, even though it was in my constituency, because the alarm bells were ringing for me. Within two months, the director who had proudly shown the Duke of Kent round the new facility found the hospitality being returned by Her Majesty's Government in a cell at Chelsea police station. It is especially...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: State Security (1 Dec 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: Does the Attorney-General agree that when all the spy froth has disappeared, the important fact is whether his office remains inviolate and is not dominated by the Prime Minister or any so-called collective decision? On what basis, and on what precedent, does the right hon. and learned Gentleman base the view that he is able to have instructions on civil matters, such as are taking place in...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: As the right hon. and learned Gentleman is addressing his remarks to those of us who put into effect this legislation, does he not think, as a distinguished Conservative Member of Parliament, that at a time when the Opposition note that both unemployment and interest rates have increased since 1979, he should tell us, since he is echoing the chairman of the Conservative party, that the only...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: Perhaps we can return to the matters that are no less significant than the important point raised by my right hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams). A year or so ago, drawing on my experience in the United States during a parliamentary recess, I presumed to write an article on AIDS in a distinguished quarterly. It attracted the most severe criticism from a section of the...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: In a moment. Those associations, together with the British Association of Counselling and the valuable Albany Society, consider themselves to be under financial threat or know that they are hopelessly underfunded. The Government should do more than deal with education in the way that has been shown today—valuable as that clearly will be. The Government must coordinate and activate...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: Of course. Although there was some admonition from my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, West on the issue, I can well understand the Government believing that the main research into vaccines will come out of the United States of America. Since we must have some sense of priority in this country, one of the most urgent priorities, if we are to deal with AIDS —I hope I am not saying it...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: We have listened with interest to what the Minister has said about the advertising campaign. However, I am quite sure that we are all waiting to hear about extra funding to enable local health authorities and hard-pressed hospitals, counsellors and pyschotherapists to cope with the problem. That is what we want to know because we cannot cope with the problem simply through an advertising campaign.

Foreign Affairs (18 Jun 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: The hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter) has clearly learnt what most parliamentarians learn—never throw away the notes of an undelivered speech. I advise him that, if he is not to cause dissonances in House of Commons debates, he should put his notes in the drawer for longer than 24 hours. All of us are concerned that the summit talks may be again at risk. It is inevitable when such...

Foreign Affairs (18 Jun 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: I may have spoken Yiddish with a Welsh accent, but those commissars were able to understand me. I dare say that those poor fellows were killed off in Stalin's paranoic years. The bulk of the troops however were kids, and I thought of them as such even then when I was a young man. They were simple, untutored men scraped up from the fringes of the Soviet empire. The depletion of the Soviet...

Business of the House (15 May 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: May I again draw the attention of the Leader of the House to the early-day motion standing in my name, which has been signed by 101 Members, relating to family courts? [That this House welcomes the establishment of the Family Courts Campaign to promote the early implementation of family courts, following the support for family courts recently expressed by the Law Society, the Association of...

Business of the House (1 May 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: I draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to the early-day motion which has already been signed by more than 90 hon. Members on both sides of the House and which relates to family courts. [That this House welcomes the establishment of the Family Courts Campaign to promote the early implementation of family courts, following the support for family courts recently expressed by the Law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Assisted Areas (28 Apr 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: Will the Minister note that the anxieties in Wales over the administration and lack of monitoring of grants for selective assistance increased on Friday when it was made clear by the Attorney-General that investigations into fraud in the Parrot Corporation were being extended, and apparently will include members or past members of the WDA? As the Parrot Corporation now has writs issued...

Libya (15 Apr 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: Is it not clear from all the statements the Prime Minister has made that her passionate political infatuation with Reagan is leading her to the misjudgements of a giddy girl? Why is she feeding the paranoia of Gaddafi? Why is she providing him with corroboration of his crazy conspiratorial theories? Why does she provide him with a theatre in which he can place his self-immolating terrorists...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Solicitors (Rights of Audience) (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: asked the Attorney-General what conclusions have been reached by the Lord Chancellor's Department on the rights of audience of solicitors in the higher courts in the course of its consideration of the desirability of changes in the general practice of the courts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Solicitors (Rights of Audience) (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Leo Abse: The collegiate of judges met on 13 January, no practice direction has emerged from the collegiate, and we have no definitive statement from the Lord Chancellor's Department. Does the Attorney-General not realise that there is widespread disquiet, however ill-founded it may be, about the belief that backstairs pressures are at work? Will the Attorney-General try to get an early announcement...

Business of the House (24 Oct 1985)

Mr Leo Abse: May I draw the attention of the Leader of the House to early-day motion 955: [That this House regards with incredulity the Secretary of State for Wales's unique portrayal as an independent inquiry of an inquiry into the affairs of the Parrot Corporation conducted within his Department by a person appointed by himself and reporting to himself, yet being asked to investigate failures by himself...

Oral Questions (21 Oct 1985)

Mr Leo Abse: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to ask about the propriety of the Secretary of State's behaviour. In answering the many questions about the Parrot Corporation, he left a firm impression that an independent inquiry was to be appointed. By that it was understood by everybody, I am certain, that the inquiry would be independent of the Secretary of State, the Welsh Office and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Labour Statistics (21 Oct 1985)

Mr Leo Abse: The Secretary of State explained to my hon. Friends the Members for Cynon Valley (Mrs. Clwyd) and for Newport, East (Mr. Hughes), both of whom asked about the Parrot Corporation, that he has been picking up the pieces in an endeavour to help my constituency, but why did he not answer the question that they both asked him? Why does he not make a statement, as the matter is not sub judice and...


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