Results 1–20 of 196 for speaker:Major Sir Robert Conant

Procedure (Report of Select Committee) (13 Jul 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: So many hon. Members are waiting to speak and there is such scope for oratory in the Motion before the House that I would confine my remarks to one or two points in the Report from the Select Committee on Procedure which have a bearing on the Committee of Selection, of which I have had the honour to be Chairman for some time past. May I preface my remarks by saying that I wholeheartedly...

Local Government, Leicester (23 Apr 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I beg to move, That the Leicester (Amendment of Local Enactments) Order, 1959, dated 18th March, 1959, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24th March, be annulled. I should like to apologise for detaining the House, and, in particular, for detaining my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government, who has already done two days' work in the last twelve hours. This...

Local Government, Leicester (23 Apr 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: The point is that it is our responsibility to ensure that an Order like this does not inflict hardship on the constituents of the hon. and learned Member.

Local Government, Leicester (23 Apr 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: We are not able to see that as the Statute stands. I have no knowledge of what the Order itself means, nor can I find out without considerable search. I trust my right hon. Friend the Minister and have little doubt but that the Order is perfectly all right.

Local Government, Leicester (23 Apr 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: Oh, no.

Local Government, Leicester (23 Apr 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I would like to thank my right hon. Friend the Minister for all the trouble he has taken and for his sympathetic reply. I feel quite satisfied with the assurance which he has given about an immediate inquiry, and I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Motion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation: Airways (Maps) (25 Mar 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, whenever alterations are made in the authorised extents of airways, he will ensure that such alterations do not become effective till maps showing such changes are available to the public.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation: Airways (Maps) (25 Mar 1959)

Major Sir Robert Conant: Does my hon. Friend appreciate that, while flying with a false map may be very interesting, it is extremely dangerous? Can he ensure that the maps are really capable of being overprinted and are available to the public before they become effective?

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Perranporth Airfield ( 5 Nov 1958)

Major Sir Robert Conant: asked the Secretary of State for Air what arrangements are contemplated, when Perranporth Airfield is offered for sale, to ensure that it will continue to be available for gliding and private flying.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Perranporth Airfield ( 5 Nov 1958)

Major Sir Robert Conant: Does my hon. Friend appreciate the very strong feeling that exists everywhere that gliding clubs and private flying should have every possible encouragement, and that where clubs of this sort are closed down, it is very difficult indeed to start them up again?

Orders of the Day — Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (19 May 1958)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I make no apology for intervening at any hour of the night in debate on this very important matter, but happily most of what I intended to say has already been said, and so I shall not take up very much time. In spite of the persuasive argument of my hon. Friend on this Motion, I am still wholly against it. I think it is based on an entire misconception of the whole problem, that the bodies...

Royal Air Force (Gliding) (19 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: There is very little connection between the most interesting and important subject that we have been considering for the past hour-and-a-half and the one that I desire to raise, recruiting for the Royal Air Force. I suppose there are still some people who take up the Royal Air Force as a career because they are keen on flying. There are, in fact, very few Joining the Royal Air Force who...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill ( 9 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I find that almost everything I had intended to say to the House has already been said, and far more persuasively and coherently than I can possibly say it myself. There is therefore scarcely any need for me to address the House, and I would not do so but for one matter on which I feel very strongly indeed. I represent the County of Rutland—I think there are very few hon. Members who can...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill ( 9 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I am speaking of England. I am only concerned with England. I am horrified to find that the Local Government Commission for England will be empowered by the Bill to recommend the abolition of a county. In other respects, I support the Bill. I think that on the whole it will certainly be an advantage to my county, and to the rest of my constituency, but I feel that this power of the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill ( 9 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: Yes, but if the hon. Member looks up "Lincolnshire" he will probably see it says "see Rutland". Such a change, if it were ever necessary, should be carried out only by agreement, or a large measure of agreement, with the county to be abolished. The procedure laid down in the Bill for a report by a Commission, a local inquiry at the discretion of the Minister—and I agree that it should be...

Procedure ( 4 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I feel rather brave intervening in what has really become a Scottish debate, more particularly because it is on that aspect of the Select Committee's Report that I want to speak. My excuse is that I have the honour to be Chairman of the Committee of Selection, and many of the points raised will, I believe, affect that Committee very considerably. I have not had an opportunity of discussing...

Procedure ( 4 Dec 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: I will deal with that point in a minute. At the moment, the numbers whom we have power to add are limited, in the case of United Kingdom Standing Committees, by Standing Order No. 58, to 30. I believe that we ought to have a limitation in the Scottish Standing Committee in the future. I am sure that is essential if we are to carry out our duties efficiently and meet the wishes of the House. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads: Outer By-pass, Stamford ( 5 Jun 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is prepared to consider the provision of an outer by-pass as being more effective than the proposed inner relief road for the heavy traffic which at present has to pass through Stamford on the Great North Road.

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads: Outer By-pass, Stamford ( 5 Jun 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: Would my right hon. Friend care to estimate how long it will be before this project, which has been thought of for at least twenty years, will be completed?

Orders of the Day — Gliding Clubs (21 May 1957)

Major Sir Robert Conant: In raising the subject of the gliding clubs tonight, I hope that the Parliamentary Secretary may be able to tell us something about the Government's policy in connection with gliding. In almost every other country gliding is supported by subsidies. In Britain, the gliding movement prefers independence and freedom from official control. I am not asking, therefore, for any subsidy, but I am...


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