Results 201–220 of 4852 for speaker:Mr Tom Driberg

Race Relations Board (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: What about race?

Race Relations Board (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is it really the case, as my hon. Friend says, that the board has no discretion whatever, even to disregard obviously mad or frivolous complaints?

Environmental Pollution (Royal Commission) (11 Dec 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Since this is largely an international problem, can my right hon. Friend say what machinery there will be for consultation with U.N.E.S.C.O. and other bodies concerned? Has he seen the somewhat disturbing report of the conference of American ecological scientists a fortnight ago, whose conclusions seemed to be that the prospects for the survival of the human race till the end of this century...

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: At the time when we drafted that report the miniature Plumbicon cameras, which are hypersensitive, were not ready. They are now in existence, and at any rate for black and white they would mean that no extra lighting would be required.

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I shall do my best to speak briefly as we were asked to do, and therefore I shall skim rather hurriedly over one or two points which I should have liked to develop. Although I shall give way to interruptions if necessary, there is a well-known adage that interventions prolong speeches. My only claim to speak is that I was Chairman of the Select Committee which produced this fairly massive Report.

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I thank the hon. Gentleman. I wish that hon. Members would look at the Report sometimes when they are considering this matter—I know that some have, and probably some have not —because it contains answers to a good many of the problems which have been raised in this debate. For instance, we dealt with questions of privilege, libel, and so on, and in this respect I cannot see that the...

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I do not think that that is so. The public have some choice, but they cannot buy a newspaper, either on a weekday or on Sunday, which supports the party represented on this side of the House, which is voted for by about half the population. So there is not true freedom of choice of Press. Another point is that it is not only what has been called the potted version which might be shown each...

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: The Speaker does sometimes call what I might term, without offence, and without identifying any of them, exhibitionists.

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: There probably could not be any guarantee that every hon. Member would get his precise, mathematically calculated share of the time. That would be absurd, and impossible. But if a Member had been away from the House for some time, because, say, he had been in Vietnam observing the war there, and he came back just in time for a debate on Vietnam, I should think that he would have a strong...

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: That is what I have just said, in less eloquent but shorter words than were used by the hon. Member. The question of entertainment merit, as distinct from information, was examined thoroughly in our interrogation of witnesses from the B.B.C. and I.T.V. They were decent and responsible people, and they convinced us that they could keep a reasonable balance between making the programme lively...

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I think that the hon. Gentleman is under a slight misapprehension. The B.B.C. made it clear to us in their evidence to the Select Committee that they would continue the present "Today in Parliament" or "Yesterday in Parliament" on sound radio in fulfillment of their statutory obligation to do so, and that the television programmes would be over and above that.

House of Commons (Broadcasting of Proceedings) (21 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Yes, it is.

Orders of the Day — Rent (Control of Increases Bill) (18 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: The hon. Gentleman said, quite fairly, that this organisation he is quoting claims to be non-political. I do not know anything about it, but the same claim is made for a number of bodies, such as Aims of Industry, Limited, which occasionally seem not to be totally devoid of bias. Does he have the names of the directors and trustees and so on of the foundation?

Orders of the Day — Rent (Control of Increases Bill) (18 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: The hon. Gentleman said that he did not understand what we were quarrelling about, but I think that he does not understand the basic quarrel. The Bill is admirable so far as it goes. However, some of us believe that there ought not to be any private property in rented accommodation, but that all rented accommodation should be in common ownership.

Orders of the Day — Rent (Control of Increases Bill) (18 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Nor with social justice.

Orders of the Day — Rent (Control of Increases Bill) (18 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: When my hon. Friend says that all issues are being studied, does he include the extension of security of tenure to council tenants, especially in the G.L.C. areas?

Defence (13 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: (Barking): I welcome my hon. Friend's announcement of the committee, but how does he reconcile what he has been saying in the last few minutes with what he said just before, that only a very few of these entrants regret entering the Services? Why is there any risk of a mass exodus?

Defence (13 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: No.

Defence (13 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: (Barking): In the last few months we have seen a number of expensive full-page advertisements placed in the newspapers by the Ministry of Defence. It is a matter not susceptible of absolute proof, but it is interesting to speculate whether the very welcome improvement in recruiting figures which my hon. Friend announced has anything to do with or is in some way a response to those...

Defence (13 Nov 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I was, however, speaking of Servicemen of all ages, not only of boy recruits. I believe that fewer men of all ages, proportionately to the numbers in the Services, are trying to get out of the R.A.F. than out of the other two Services. This may be partly because of wife trouble—long periods of service abroad—but, then, many airmen have been stationed in Singapore and other far-flung...


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