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Results 1–20 of 3595 for speaker:Mr Leon Brittan

Autumn Statement (1 Nov 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: May I join in congratulating my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his formidable achievement in continuing the downward path of public expenditure as a proportion of national income while at the same time providing extra resources for priority areas of expenditure? Does he agree that if top priority is to be given to reducing the present levels of inflation, fiscal policy...

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Listening to the speech of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), I could not help feeling that the disappointment that he showed when the Home Secretary made his statement had spilled over into this debate—disappointment that the draconian measures that he imagined would be introduced were not in the White Paper. Finding that they are not in the White Paper, he...

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: It will not do for the right hon. Gentleman to make dark hints about unspecified legislation. If the right hon. Gentleman is making hints about future legislation, the House is entitled to know what those hints are. If it is existing legislation, it should be identified. The right hon. Gentleman has demeaned himself by doing neither. The legislation envisaged by my right hon. Friend the Home...

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: I was coming to that. Finally, but most important, is the question what should happen if an intelligence officer discovers, or thinks that he has discovered, serious misconduct. Attention has been drawn to the fact that such a person can go to his superior, but attention has also been drawn to the existence of Sir Philip Woodfield's position as staff counsellor, to whom a person in such...

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman would care to listen for a moment before intervening. I regard the present arrangement for a staff counsellor as something to be built on, not something that is wholly sufficient. It is essential that there should be something rather more substantial than this informal, ad hoc appointment. There should be a formally established and publicly announced—and...

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Prayers: Official Secrets (22 Jul 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: The right hon. Gentleman must accept that he is on to a completely false point in suggesting that the concept of a distinction between authorised and unauthorised disclosure has no previous existence and cannot be found here. It has always existed in the law. If the right hon. Gentleman would care, for example, to consider paragraph 14 of the White Paper, he would see that it states: The...

Official Secrets Act 1911 (29 Jun 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Does my right hon. Friend accept that his proposals will be regarded in large part by Conservative Members as a substantial, much-needed and thoroughly desirable liberalisation of the law, and be welcomed as such? While some details are of course challengeable, does my right hon. Friend agree that the abolition of the system of binding ministerial certificates will in practice mean that, in...

Settle-Carlisle Railway (16 May 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: While I hope that a private sector solution can indeed be devised, may I ask my hon. Friend to agree that the £500,000 which local authorities were asked to contribute was on the footing that it would lead to the retention of the railway by British Rail? Does he agree that if a private sector solution is to be devised the long time spent on considering this matter could have been used to...

Rowntree plc (10 May 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree, however, that if there were to be any question of disinvestment in the future, that would be immensely disruptive, so there is some urgency in the matter in view of the share purchases that are taking place extremely actively at the moment, and that, while the normal procedures have to be followed, they can and should be expedited in this case?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Apr 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Will my right hon. Friend take the opportunity today to make it clear that it is totally unacceptable for picketing to turn into blockade and that those who want to go to work have the right to do so and will be fully protected from violence and intimidation?

Prisons (30 Mar 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Does my right hon. Friend accept that further development of alternatives to custody will be warmly welcomed and that the further use of time limits as envisaged in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 will also play a constructive part in the future? Does he also agree that, in the short run, faced with a crisis caused in substantial measure by industrial action, he is absolutely right...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: I do not know whether the contrived salivation of the hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Sedgemore) and the imaginary antics of the rich at this fictitious party shed much light on the Budget, its effect and implications, but I cannot help thinking that they do not. However, so long as the hon. Gentleman has enjoyed himself burning the midnight oil to that effect, I dare say...

European Council (Brussels) (15 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Opposition's strictures ring hollow in the ears of those who know with what bitterness and virulence my right hon. Friend would have been denounced if she had broken up the summit? Will my right hon. Friend also—[Interruption.]

European Council (Brussels) (15 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Will my right hon. Friend also accept that the system that has been set up at the summit will, over a period, bring downward pressure to bear on output and prices in a legally binding way? Does she accept that this is a major step forward in controlling the common agricultural policy and is to be warmly welcomed?

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: I find the argument that has just been put forward by the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) most extraordinary. He has said that he is willing to wound but afraid to strike. He does not mind, with limited evidence, casting slurs on people, as long as what he says is reported and perhaps recorded on radio, but he is afraid that if it were on television he might be called to...

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: Not necessarily. I shall come to that point immediately. I was going to say that I would oppose televising the House — which I support, for the fundamental, basic, constitutional reasons that I have just given — only if I thought that it would give an inaccurate picture of our proceedings. Reading very carefully what the BBC and ITV have in mind, I do not think that it would. In any...

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman's problem, but I do not believe that it would be affected by the televising of the House. Responsibility for the selection of speakers would remain with the Chair, where it has always been. If the House felt that the system of selection required giving the Chair guidance different from that which now applies, it would be open to the House to do so. As for...

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: I shall not give way. I want to bring my remarks to a close. Another point on which there has rightly been comment is that, if demonstrations prevailed more than before, it would be for the House to stop them by exerting its authority, changing its rules or doing whatever was necessary. As the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney rightly pointed out, it seems extraordinary that we...

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

Mr Leon Brittan: That is a different argument. I am sure that my right hon. Friend will appreciate the difference between an elected democracy, directly accountable to the people, and the law. If he does not appreciate that difference, I shall take him aside and explain it to him over a drink.

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