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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Jury Trials (20 Mar 1997)

Mr David Ashby: This is definitely my last question in the House. My right hon. and learned Friend knows of my opposition and the opposition of many lawyers to restricting the right to jury trial. In his White Paper, he gave as the grounds for such a change the fact that there is too much delay and that that delay must be addressed. Has he considered that such a measure would reduce the delay in the Crown...

Criminal Justice (27 Feb 1997)

Mr David Ashby: My right hon. and learned Friend will, perhaps, be aware that I do not agree with him that the right to trial by one's fellow men should be taken away in cases where dishonesty is involved. It is an ancient and well-tried right. One cannot be satisfied by the fact that we are told that two thirds plead guilty. What about the one third who plead not guilty? The whole concept of justice goes...

Opposition Day: National Health Service (24 Feb 1997)

Mr David Ashby: rose—

Opposition Day: National Health Service (24 Feb 1997)

Mr David Ashby: The hon. Gentleman is making generalised remarks, but we all know how many patients the national health service has to deal with. Can he tell the House the specific reason why the operation was cancelled in Bedford? Was it because the operating nurses had worked more time than they should and a 'flu outbreak meant that extra nurses could not come on duty? If that was the case, how can the...

Opposition Day: National Health Service (24 Feb 1997)

Mr David Ashby: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that elderly patients often recover best in their home surroundings, among the people they know and their relatives? Does he accept that in two cases in my constituency—both close friends of mine—the elderly person was sent home, got fantastic treatment and recovered well as a result? Why is he running down the health service in that way, when it is doing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jan 1997)

Mr David Ashby: Has my right hon. Friend seen the statement—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jan 1997)

Mr David Ashby: My right hon. Friend has undoubtedly seen the statement by the chairman of Toyota. Does my right hon. Friend agree that Toyota came to this country because my right hon. Friend's policies provided the most favourable climate for companies such as Toyota to have a gateway into Europe? Does the chairman's statement not show that it is important that we should maintain that gateway—important...

Orders of the Day — Education and Local Government (29 Oct 1996)

Mr David Ashby: The hon. Gentleman is talking about fiascos. Does he realise that his suggestion of a contract between parents and teachers has been rejected by every teaching union, including the headmasters? They all think that he is talking nonsense.

Clause 79: Determination of Reasonableness of Service Charges (22 Jul 1996)

Mr David Ashby: The debate has reminded me of something that happened to me some years ago when I was successfully demolishing a prosecution case. The judge was getting more and more irate as he saw the case disappearing and he said to me, "Do you know how much it costs per minute to run this court?" I replied, "I agree that it costs a large amount of money, but what price justice?" Today, we are dealing...

Clause 79: Determination of Reasonableness of Service Charges (22 Jul 1996)

Mr David Ashby: In Committee, we all envisaged that these actions would be like any others—free. Suddenly and most unfortunately, charges are being introduced. A fee of about £500 has been mentioned. An arbitrary sum like that is surely very odd. Is it more or less than one could expect if the case were dealt with in the county court? Lastly, neither my hon. Friend nor I nor anyone else who served on...

Clause 79: Determination of Reasonableness of Service Charges (22 Jul 1996)

Mr David Ashby: indicated assent.

Clause 79: Determination of Reasonableness of Service Charges (22 Jul 1996)

Mr David Ashby: The Bill is extremely important for leaseholders on low incomes, such as pensioners, who are being intimidated. It may not matter to young yuppies earning a lot of money, with properties with 999-year leases, but it means a lot to pensioners on fixed low incomes. The fee could seem extremely high to them.

Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]: Offer to Make Amends (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: I beg to move amendment No. 15, in page 3, line 1, leave out from 'in' to second 'and' in line 2 and insert 'an article of the same size and type and of the same prominence as the defamatory article'.

Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]: Offer to Make Amends (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: I find it difficult to get up at the moment, as I was gardening on Sunday and now have a bad back. As the law stands, a publisher who has published a defamation and admits that he has done so can publish a correction and apology in mitigation of damages and pay money into court. That seems to me to be quite sufficient. If that is not accepted by the victim—I stress again that I always use...

Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]: Offer to Make Amends (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: That seems to accord with much that has been said in the House. We have always said that we should have some sort of right of reply. Disgraceful defamations are made, and then we see a tiny apology on the back page, an inch high, covering nothing like the spread that was on the first or second page. At the very least, we should be demanding such coverage for the correction. My amendments...

Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]: Offer to Make Amends (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]: Evidence Relating to Proceedings in Parliament (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: Proceedings in the two cases concerning Members of the House were stayed on a procedural point. Procedural points are not points of law and they can be retrospective. Why is the hon. Gentleman supporting an amendment that would not allow the changes to be retrospective? Is that not an act of meanness by his party, aimed at our party?

Points of Order (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. My point of order relates to the Defamation Bill with which we shall deal shortly. Would you prefer me to raise it then?

Points of Order (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: I am much obliged, Madam Speaker. I raise this point because you are the person who supports Back Benchers and looks after their rights. You will recall that the Defamation Bill had its Second Reading three weeks ago in similar circumstances to those of today. The debate started at about this time, and there was a 7 o'clock vote. I believe that I was one of only two Back Benchers who spoke. I...

Points of Order (24 Jun 1996)

Mr David Ashby: The point of order relates to my rights as a Back Bencher. I was surprised to find that most of the amendments that I had tabled were not called on that occasion. Notwithstanding that, I tabled many amendments—


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