Results 281–300 of 4852 for speaker:Mr Tom Driberg

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I agree with what the right hon. Gentleman is saying. But if the new Clause is passed and if its operation in the House is the same as in other cases, one can at least put down a question to the Minister asking him to issue a general direction to post offices that nibs should not be crossed.

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: The right hon. Member for Flint, West (Mr. Birch) has raised some interesting historical parallels. I agreed when he mentioned the time when we were able to ask Questions why the 3.30 was ten minutes late arriving at St. Pancras—

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: If hon. Members wish to interrupt I will give way to some of them.

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I am sorry my hon. Friend has not quite grasped the point I was trying to make, but I am grateful to him for trying to help me. I was referring to wartime when it was called, I think, the Ministry of War Transport, and the right lion. Member for Derby, South (Mr. Philip Noel-Baker) was one of the Ministers concerned, and one could ask him for detailed answers about the arrival of trains and...

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: No, but I saw you tapping in that ominous way. The experience of this House after the war is strictly relevant to the Clause, because when the post-war Labour Government started to nationalise various industries, as they thought to take them effectively into public ownership, and so on, there was considerable dispute within the governing body about the extent of accountability, and Herbert...

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I just managed to get out the word "participation". In this case the Clause does not deal with that matter, as you, Mr. Speaker, have so kindly reminded me, but it deals with the question of accountability to this House. Failing full workers' participation in the running of an industry, which is another democratic safeguard, accountability to the Minister in this House seems to me to be of...

Fireworks: New Clause 6 (29 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: One cannot at this stage anticipate the advice to be given by the Table Office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Users' Consultative Committees (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it is the primary job of these committees to represent the consumer—the passenger—vis-à-vis British Railways and the Ministry, and that it is not primarily their job to take account of costings?

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways: Wickford-Southminster Branch Line (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Transport why he has directed British Rail to refuse to make public a breakdown of costs and earnings on the Wickford-Southminster branch line; and if he will publish the required figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways: Wickford-Southminster Branch Line (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Can he say when this decision was taken, since it is only a month since a representative of British Rail, Mr. Dickinson, at a meeting with the local residents, said that it was a Ministry directive that he should not release the figures?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Supplementary Benefits (Margin for Amenities) (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what part of the supplementary benefit scale rates, in shillings and pence, is calculated as a margin for amenities, that is to say, a cash income to be spent in accordance with the individual's needs and preferences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Supplementary Benefits (Margin for Amenities) (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Does my hon. Friend mean, from what he has just said, that this sum is variable in accordance with different people's tastes and preferences? If so, is it not difficult for the local officers to calculate it—and if my hon. Friend cannot estimate the components of the total rate, how can he arrive at the total?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Occupational Pensioners (Unemployment Benefit) (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is aware that the hon. Member for Barking has had no substantive reply to a letter from a constituent, forwarded to the Department on 12th September 1968, concerning payment of unemployment benefit to occupational pensioners, and has received interim replies, the first dated 6th November 1968, stating that this matter was to be studied...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Occupational Pensioners (Unemployment Benefit) (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Complicated though this matter, no doubt, is, can my hon. Friend say why it has taken the Committee so long to report to his Department? Does he realise that meanwhile a number of these occupational pensioners are waiting with considerable anxiety knowing that they have paid National Insurance contributions all their working lives?

South Ockendon Hospital (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Would it be possible slightly to reduce the number of patients by removing to a more suitable place intelligent but autistic children who can receive no training at South Ockendon?

Orders of the Day — PARLIAMENT (No. 2) BILL: Lords Spiritual (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: My hon. Friend is being extremely unfair to the bishops, because he has accepted at face value the right hon. Gentleman's figures and the deductions which the Home Secretary drew from them. On occasion it is not unknown in the other place, as it is not unknown here, for some Members to abstain from voting, even after having listened to a winding-up speech from the Front Bench. The Home...

Orders of the Day — PARLIAMENT (No. 2) BILL: Lords Spiritual (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: I support most of what my hon. Friend the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Michael Foot) said, particularly his mention of the high-powered Church and State Commission set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It probably will not report for some months, but I imagine that these debates will still be in progress, and it would seem only common sense to wait for the views of the Commission before...

Orders of the Day — PARLIAMENT (No. 2) BILL: Lords Spiritual (14 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: That is a nice point. It is a weighty duty which may be regarded also as a privilege by some of those who have had to undertake it through the centuries. Many of us will recall how the aged Archbishop Lang's hands trembled in the film of the coronation of George VI. It is all very well Ministers coming here and lecturing us about the episcopacy and making cheaply insulting remarks about the...

Orders of the Day — PARLIAMENT (No. 2) BILL: Voting Rights of Ministers and Other Officers (1 Apr 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Can my hon. Friend clarify this point about the Joint Committees? It seemed to me that in the interruption about an entirely new situation from my other hon. Friend to whom he gave way it was implied that there had not been Joint Committees in the past. There are, of course, some Joint Committees of both Houses which are already in existence. The Ecclesiastical Committee is a statutory Joint...

Ely Hospital, Cardiff (27 Mar 1969)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is my right hon Friend aware that autistic children who are often not mentally subnormal are often sent to hospitals for the mentally subnormal where they should not be, and where there is no treatment available for them? Secondly, when the inspectorate, or whatever it is to be called, is set up, will the inspectors pay their visits without warning to the hospitals for the mentally subnormal,...


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