Results 141–160 of 4852 for speaker:Mr Tom Driberg

Post Office (Dispute) (17 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is it not significant that the Post Office chose last weekend, at the height of the strike, to release to the Press its long-term plans for wrecking the postal services, including the gradual abolition of all postal deliveries to houses and therefore the complete abolition of all postmen? Is that not an indication of its intention not merely of starving them but of trying to frighten the...

Post Office (Dispute) (17 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: A deliberate leak.

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Industrial Action in Support of Unfair Industrial Practice (17 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of order. We are not on a point of order, Mr. Jennings. The hon. Member says he is replying to some other point than that raised from our Front Bench.

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Industrial Action in Support of Unfair Industrial Practice (17 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of order. Thank you very much, Mr. Jennings. I am most grateful to you for your very handsome correction of your slip. We all know that mistakes can be made, even by someone as exalted as yourself. The point I was raising on a point of order, and raise now, was precisely your intervention on my hon. Friend's remark from the Front Bench, because I have been here a good many...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: The hon. Member for Rutland and Stamford (Mr. K. Lewis) has put forward the most astonishing argument. His premises seemed to me to be entirely wrong. It is simply not true that either B.B.C. or I.T.V. show only or mainly extremists who want to promote strikes. Whenever there is an industrial dispute the authorities ask spokesmen from both sides to put forward their point of view. In the case...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman means what he thinks he means, but he has not thought out thoroughly the consequences of what he has said. He says that it would be a good thing if the Government rejected the Amendment and, therefore, that the Clause could have the effect ultimately of preventing the appearance on television of certain people who might be in favour of an unofficial strike....

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: The hon. Gentleman is evading the point. The Press and television are already severely restricted by the laws of libel and they have to be careful about them. But it is argued by the hon. Member for Rutland and Stamford (Mr. Kenneth Lewis) and by the hon. Gentleman that it will be a good thing if, as a result of this Bill, extra legal restrictions are put on television and the Press. A Tory...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: Can we take it from what the hon. and learned Gentleman has said that he accepts the proposition enthusiastically put forward by the hon. Member for Rutland and Stamford (Mr. K. Lewis), that the effect of this Clause and the Bill, if this Amendment is rejected, will be to have a restricting effect on the present right of, for instance, television producers to invite an unofficial strike...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: The hon. Member for Barry (Mr. Gower) spoke with great fierceness and robustness, but I thought that the noise he made was perhaps intended to conceal the emptiness of his matter. He talked an awful lot of rubbish. I did not think that his hon. Friends looked very enthusiastic when he appealed to them to say that they would come out on the side of the workers if they thought that anything was...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: Yes, hon. Members opposite get all their Election funds from big business firms, whether or not the shareholders always approve. But that is their function, their raison d'être. If this were a Socialist country, which it will be some day, the Conservative Party would simply wither away—and good riddance. Let us look back a little to the past. Perhaps it is a melancholy statement, but as...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: That is a simple trick. The hon. Gentleman is trying to catch me out. The Minister of Labour in the Coalition Government, as is well known, was Ernest Bevin—[Interruption.] So what? To some extent, he was captured by the majority of his colleagues in that wartime Cabinet.

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: I think that my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) means the right hon. Member for Southwark (Mr. Gunter).

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: I do not think, Mr. Godman Irvine, that you can have heard me correct my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner). I said that I thought that he should have referred to the right hon. Member for Southwark (Mr. Gunter).

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill: Inducement of, or Threat to Induce, Breach of Contract (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: I know that the acoustics are precarious. In any case, all that digression was the fault of the hon. Member for Paddington, South (Mr. Scott). I hope that he will not interrupt me again. He has made his point and collected a few chortles from his hon. Friends as a result. I was in the middle of quoting a few sentences from the speech of Aneurin Bevan. Perhaps I might conclude them, because I...

Clause 57: Trade Unions and Other Organisations of Workers (10 Feb 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: It is not quite clear whether the hon. and learned Gentleman is saying that it is desirable that the influence of the shop stewards should be diminished. If he is, will he cast his mind back to the Scamp Report on Ford's, which testified that the shop stewards had managed to stop hundreds if not thousands of disputes, on the shop-floor, in a matter of minutes or hours?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: National Council for Civil Liberties (Absentees Without Leave) (14 Jan 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of State for Defence if he has considered the letter addressed to him on 30th November, 1970 by the Secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties, concerning two men who have been absent without leave from their service duties for six years; and what reply he has returned thereto.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: National Council for Civil Liberties (Absentees Without Leave) (14 Jan 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: While thanking the hon. Gentleman for sending that reply, which I understand was received yesterday, may I ask whether he will circulate a copy of it in HANSARD? I have not seen it, but I gather that it was reasonably satisfactory, so far as it went, and also informative.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Naval Detention Quarters, Portsmouth (14 Jan 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of State for Defence how many men are at present detained in the Naval Detention Quarters, Portsmouth; what tasks are now allotted to them; what improvements have been made in the condition of these quarters and in the nature of the tasks performed by those detained in them; and what is the longest period during the week for which they are locked in their cells.

Orders of the Day — ARMED FORCES BILL [Lords] (13 Jan 1971)

Mr Tom Driberg: Would the noble lord say a word or two about Clause 28? There is a new offence about creating despondency orally or in writing or in other ways. It seems rather widely drawn. Would it apply to some casual remarks within the Forces—operating in Northern Ireland, for instance?


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