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Results 41–60 of 1865 for speaker:Mr William Deedes

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Constitution Bill (24 May 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I know that the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Wellbeloved) holds very strong views on this subject, and I do not think that at this hour it would serve a useful purpose for me to challenge the points he made and about which he feels so strongly. I rise with apologies because I have been absent throughout the debate for reasons of Select Committee work and it is a discourtesy to the...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Constitution Bill (24 May 1973)

Mr William Deedes: My hon. and gallant Friend has given his point of view, and I have given mine. I will leave it at that. My second point is to challenge my hon. and gallant Friend on his anxieties about the powers of the Secretary of State. What is all-important is whether the powers are fixed or conditional, whether they are conditional on the success of the Bill or whether they are fixed and immutable. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Assembly Elections (10 May 1973)

Mr William Deedes: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are being made to ensure that polling agents at the Northern Ireland local government and Assembly elections are not confused with the polling staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Assembly Elections (10 May 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State aware that that arose only as a result of the informal, friendly and—in the view of most of us—quite proper arrangements which occurred during the border poll—arrangements which, however, could be misconstrued in the course of polling on a political election?

Maplin (Civil Aviation Authority's Report) (8 May 1973)

Mr William Deedes: In connection with this report, has the Minister made any assumption about the Channel Tunnel?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly Bill: Clause 2 (16 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I want to say a word from a rather different standpoint in support of the amendment. During the border poll it was my impression that a considerable number of people, for one reason or another, had been omitted from the register. I have respect for the remarks made by my hon. Friend the Member for Antrim, South (Mr. Molyneaux), but I did not connect these omissions with the errors of a...

Orders of the Day — Public Indecency Bill (13 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Sir Gilbert Longden) on offering the Bill, of which I, too, am happy to be a sponsor. The Bill makes in essence what has always been to me an important distinction —the distinction between private behaviour and public display. It has always seemed to me ironical that, despite the enormous public concern about...

Orders of the Day — Public Indecency Bill (13 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: While it remains an affect-less society there will always be a tiny minority who will be adversely affected, perhaps damaged. So there are wider considerations in this matter than lay, perhaps, in my hon. Friend's mind when he produced the Bill. I hope that what we hear from the Government Front Bench may encourage us to think that the Government take this matter seriously.

Orders of the Day — Public Indecency Bill (13 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I see what the hon. Gentleman is aiming at, and it may be a good direction. How would he deal with letterpress?

Orders of the Day — Public Indecency Bill (13 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: In all friendliness I must point out that the hon. Gentleman did not hear the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Sir Gilbert Longden), or my speech —which was quite unimportant—or the speech of the representative of the Liberal Party. The hon. Gentleman must not offer a generalisation on the tenor of the debate without having heard what some of us said in...

Orders of the Day — Public Indecency Bill (13 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: If the hon. Gentleman agrees with me, as I am sure he does, that human dignity is indivisible, why is it more difficult to do what it is sought to do with the Bill than it is to do what it is sought to do with the Race Relations Act?

Housing Policy (White Paper) (9 Apr 1973)

Mr William Deedes: As the need for a land hoarding charge is likely to be contentious, can my right hon. and learned Friend confirm or otherwise that the stock of land now held in London and the South-East alone on which planning permission has been granted has been reliably estimated as being worth roughly one year's housing supply?

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (28 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Apart from congratulating my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State with all my heart on having got us thus far, I want to make only two points without taking up too much time. The first relates to what the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) said at the beginning of his speech. I remain convinced that it is worth a tremendous effort to get the General Election in Northern...

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (28 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Not at all. I decline to accept that we are comparing like with like in comparing Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For a number of reasons—such as the land frontier, the sea, and history—it would not be a comparison of like with like, and I do not intend to embark on that argument.

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (28 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I am not taking up that challenge either. I should have thought that the hon. Member would have been the first to complain if the shape of things to come put a final limit on the powers of the Assembly and the likelihood of more power devolving on to it. For all its appeal to reasonable men, the White Paper offers no guarantee that violence would cease or decrease. Paragraph 58 refers to:...

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (28 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: I am prepared to go part of the way with that suggestion, but the real point that concerns me is what the hon. Member for Leeds, South said about the man with the gun looking big and the ballot box cutting him down to size. What the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) said may be true but it is not an argument for suggesting that violence could be decreased in that way....

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (28 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: These statements give me no pleasure, but as a result of a great many visits to Northern Ireland, visits to the security forces, seeing a great deal of what goes on and hearing the evidence of eye-witnesses I have not the slightest doubt that one of the most tragic problems is that youths of 15, 16 and 17 have been dragged into this violence and have been turned into potential assassins....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Passports (21 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the countries at present resisting the change which we should like to make are not confronted with the same problems as those with which we are, particularly in respect of the second part of the question of my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Handsworth (Mr. Sydney Chapman)?

Northern Ireland (White Paper) (20 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is it not clear that much remains to be decided and will depend on the outcome of the forthcoming General Election in Northern Ireland, including the crucial point of who will share power on the Executive? Will it not be a good thing for all parties in Northern Ireland to bear that prospect in mind?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Appeals Act 1969 (1 Mar 1973)

Mr William Deedes: Is my hon. Friend aware that in some parts of the world the system is working anything but satisfactorily, and a very large backlog of appeals remains to be worked off? That will continue as long as people are able to appeal without any kind of condition, and as often as they please. If our posts overseas are to be given any chance to deal with what they have on their hands, the system must...


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