Results 21–40 of 1865 for speaker:Mr William Deedes

Immigration and Race Relations (6 Dec 1973)

Mr William Deedes: The appendices must also be examined for the estimates from the posts of how many are still likely to come. There are more than my right hon. Friend is willing to accept, and the waiting time grows ever longer. The right hon. Member for Stechford is wrong to say that officers are acting in a highhanded manner to those who apply. I have rarely seen British officers anywhere applying themselves...

Northern Ireland (22 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: The spokesmen for the Labour Party and the Liberal Party have been generous in the praise which they have rightly accorded the Secretary of State. When it comes to a speech from my side of the House I must say "Me, too, only more so." I regard it as an astonishing feat, and I know that hon. Members will agree with me. While I fully respect the reserve and caution with which my right hon....

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill (13 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: That was a cautious speech, I thought. The hon. Member for York (Mr. Alexander W. Lyon) reserved his position somewhat, and he confirmed the suspicion which I had before he spoke that we are probably in for a rather difficult Committee stage. Those who find it difficult to oppose my right hon. Friend's logic on the principle of the Bill will, I think, not hesitate to try to divert him—I...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill (13 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I am asking, what about sex discrimination? People will defend all sorts of things being done in the name of what we are discussing tonight, but not in the name of office workers. The Obscene Publications Act has underlined the extraordinary difficulty of seeking any close definition of such words as "deprave and corrupt", and I am relieved that my right hon. Friend has avoided them. How...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill (13 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Let me make clear that I said I wanted to see more clarification of television later on.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill (13 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Will the hon. Gentleman answer a question which so far he has evaded? Does he accept as offensive certain displays such as one sees at the moment in Soho and in other parts of London?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Probation Service (8 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: In the light of my right hon. Friend's reply, may I ask whether he has seen an official expression of opinion from the probation officers which appeared in The Times about 10 days ago and which virtually attacks the Government for a breach of faith? What comment has he on that?

Orders of the Day — Social Problems (1 Nov 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Before my right hon. Friend leaves the subject of statistics, will he give the House an assurance that what some people allege is not true? It is said that the basis on which criminal statistics have been prepared in recent years may have altered the validity of the figures which my right hon. Friend offers. Can he give us an assurance that that is not so?

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Before I become critical I must clear up a point touched on by the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Tope). My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State has been exemplary in the way in which he has consulted the Kent County Council as well as hon. Members with Kent constituencies. Those of us who represent Kent constituencies have better reason than anyone else to know this,...

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr William Deedes: The second.

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Continent has developed about 10,000 wagons that can use our track?

Channel Tunnel (24 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that we may find ourselves in a difficulty? To judge from the plans which have appeared on paper, what is planned by British Rail for this project may be more environmentally disruptive than the tunnel itself. If the Government propose to produce a White Paper during the recess, a number of matters such as this will remain highly speculative and we shall not be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Royal Ulster Constabulary (Pay) (19 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is there not a slight inconsistency in the policy which permits Northern Ireland to continue exports of live cattle to the Republic but by which phase 2 precludes an extra allowance for the RUC?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Illegal Immigrants (12 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: In view of the amount of investigatory detail likely to be involved in my right hon. Friend's policy, which may either swamp him and his officials or tend to be skimped, will he give some thought to the possibility of an independent board with powers to make recommendations to him about these matters?

Clause 2: Mode of Trial on Indictment of Scheduled Offences (5 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: As the right hon. and learned Member for West Ham, South (Sir Elwyn Jones) observed, we had a considerable argument in Committee on this topic. I kept my mouth shut throughout those proceedings. I was, frankly, intimidated by the wealth of knowledge which was readily available from both sides of the Committee. There are moments when it seems best not to say anything. On reflection, however,...

Status of Northern Ireland as Part of United Kingdom (3 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: The hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Douglas) is engaged in two separate arguments with his hon. Friends, and I will not intervene, although I wholly endorse his concluding remarks which he addressed to his hon. Friend just below the Gangway. Various interpretations have been put on the importance of this clause. The importance of Clause 1 is that fundamentally we are dealing with a...

Status of Northern Ireland as Part of United Kingdom (3 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: It is an argument I have heard advanced, and more than once—that a decision was taken through Parliament and that that was the way we reached decisions of this kind; but that it was denied to the people of Northern Ireland, because they had no Parliament. Within the last few days Northern Ireland has begun to put together an Assembly and over the course of the next few years, certainly...

Status of Northern Ireland as Part of United Kingdom (3 Jul 1973)

Mr William Deedes: There may be differences in degree but at the same time, in 10 years—the period that we are talking about—if not less, we hope that the Assembly in Northern Ireland will be at least comparable to the kind of Parliament the hon. Gentleman has in mind. I will not pursue the argument, but it occurs to me that it is worth carrying in mind. The confidence of the majority is absolutely crucial...

Illegal Immigrants (26 Jun 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I fully appreciate the feelings of the hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr. Atkinson). However, if he is to talk about the cruelty which we inflict on these people, he should bear in mind the people who instigate the cruelty by organising the racket, which is basically what we are discussing tonight. It seems that there are two separate arguments which have been blurred by two speeches by...

Channel Tunnel (15 Jun 1973)

Mr William Deedes: It happens that most of the arguments which I wish to advance will follow closely the main argument of the right hon. Member for Grimsby (Mr. Crosland). I acknowledge what he started by saying The right hon. Gentleman has a good brain for this sort of subject. We are, of course, being asked to resolve a matter of enormous complexity. We cannot complain about any lack of paper when we...


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