Results 101–120 of 1865 for speaker:Mr William Deedes

New Clause 2: Life Imprisonment for Murder (25 May 1972)

Mr William Deedes: What my hon. and learned Friend is saying—is this what he intends?—makes utter nonsense of the criminal statistics.

New Clause 2: Life Imprisonment for Murder (25 May 1972)

Mr William Deedes: I do not wish to prolong the debate, nor get in the way of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, who is anxious to respond. But I want to add one reason from the many I would like to offer for supporting the new Clause. Those of us who took part in the very long proceedings on the Silverman Act which led to the abolition of capital punishment were made aware that, with abolition and the...

New Clause 2: Life Imprisonment for Murder (25 May 1972)

Mr William Deedes: I will answer the right hon. and learned Gentleman frankly. I have always had doubts, since the system of parole was introduced, whether, as in certain countries, it should not be made clear that in respect of certain offences parole would not apply, I am bound to say that I think that would be my answer in respect of the crimes we are now discussing.

Business of the House (20 Apr 1972)

Mr William Deedes: Since it is very unlikely that after the short debate on 1st May about Vehicle and General the Government will, in fact, be able to find an additional day, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that, in view of public concern on the matter, the course suggested by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Darwen (Mr. Fletcher-Cooke), of extending the debate by three hours, commends itself...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) (28 Mar 1972)

Mr William Deedes: The logic of this debate requires me to follow perhaps not the emollient speech of the right hon. Member for Aberavon (Mr. John Morris) so much as the speech of my right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) who is not in his place, but we can make no complaint of that because he is a most conscientious attender of any debate in which he takes part. I must reply...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) (28 Mar 1972)

Mr William Deedes: My hon. Friend has misunderstood me. I was referring to the power of the gunmen, not to any constitutional régime in any part of Ireland. It seems that we have suffered a defeat in Northern Ireland. I do not think that we give the Lord President, who has the personal good wishes of us all, a fair start unless we are willing to face up to this. Whatever we are saying now, direct rule has...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) (28 Mar 1972)

Mr William Deedes: That illustrates the importance of incorporating some words in the Bill. Given one mind in Parliament on this crucial issue—I speak broadly, that it is the right of the majority in Northern Ireland to determine this issue and nobody else—we have a chance to hold things together. To take the Border question out of our politics here would not diminish the forces which will now be brought...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) (28 Mar 1972)

Mr William Deedes: I have finished.

Northern Ireland (24 Mar 1972)

Mr William Deedes: Accepting the inevitability of what my right hon. Friend has put to the House, but bearing in mind what he said about the Border, lest there be any misunderstanding on either side of the Irish Channel, does he agree that, however much we may hope for the best, we may yet face a task of the grimmest kind and perhaps a protracted one? Is it not well to say that we may yet find ourselves no less...

Northern Ireland (23 Feb 1972)

Mr William Deedes: I fully accept the urgency of this matter but, following the points made by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition, may I ask what are the chances of the Government making available to the House by seven o'clock this evening not only a transcript of this short Bill but at least a summary of the judgment which has led to this situation so that hon. Members may at least have some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Channel Tunnel (19 Jan 1972)

Mr William Deedes: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that our state of uncertainty about the project contrasts oddly with the virtual certainty which is felt in Europe that it will happen and that the sooner he can give a firm assurance about what is planned and when it will happen, the more people will have removed from them the doubts from which they are now suffering?

Television and Radio Broadcasting (19 Jan 1972)

Mr William Deedes: Will my right hon. Friend review the mathematics about this inquiry and the answer that he has given to the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond)? Will he bear in mind that, for example, Beveridge and Pilkington needed 18 months for an inquiry and there was the subsequent legislation? In view of that, would he not agree that this year will be none too soon to inaugurate...

Orders of the Day — British Railways Workshops (2 Dec 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I do not think I have to explain to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment my interest in British Railways workshops and why I raise the subject on the Adjournment tonight. I acknowledge my gratitude to my hon. Friend for being here on an evening when very few other hon. Members are. In Ashford, for a century or more, the railway workshops have been and remain today...

Orders of the Day — British Railways Workshops (2 Dec 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will not want to dish the Ashford—Yugoslavia deal now by referring to the credit-worthiness or otherwise of Yugoslavia. That is not the issue. The issue is the length of years.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (22 Nov 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I echo the generous words used by the hon. Member for Bradford, East (Mr. Edward Lyons) in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) on his maiden speech. It was a most robust performance and he delivered his speech with great confidence. I wish with all my heart that I had had the courage to deliver a maiden speech like that when I made mine. I warmly...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (22 Nov 1971)

Mr William Deedes: Does my hon. Friend know the amount of unpaid fines?

Prayers: Northern Ireland (23 Sep 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I will come later to the main burden of the remarks of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Attercliffe (Mr. Duffy). First, I should like to say that nothing of what he said in a very restrained speech relieves the dilemma which some of us are in. I accept that the message going out from this House, as the Home Secretary said yesterday, and as the right lion. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr....

Ministerial Statements: Adjournment (Summer) (5 Aug 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I shall seek to make only one point. This is neither the day nor the hour to rehearse one's deeper feelings about Ireland's destiny. My point is that to which the hon. Member for Belfast, West (Mr. Fitt) has referred, namely, the Derry March today week. A crucial decision must be taken about that march—either by the Northern Ireland Government or by Her Majesty's Government. It will be a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Probation Service (22 Jul 1971)

Mr William Deedes: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the outcome of recent talks on pay in the probation service ; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Probation Service (22 Jul 1971)

Mr William Deedes: I recognise the difficulties but, accepting that the net recruitment rate to the service is now about 200 a year, does my right hon. Friend think that he will be able to reach his target of 4,700 probation officers in the near future on the present terms?


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