Results 1681–1700 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Orders of the Day — Business of the House (22 Feb 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: It is an exact parallel. No one says that because a vexatious litigant produces a prima facie case on first appearance he must win or he has a stronger case than the ordinary litigant. If we carried to its logical conclusion the theory that we must protect ourselves against the uninstructed foreigner we would never allow an action against any of our institutions. If the proposers do not want...

Orders of the Day — Multi-Fibre Arrangement (26 Feb 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will my hon. and learned Friend accept from me, if not from others, congratulations on his strenuous and successful efforts to produce for the future better security for the textile workers than has been achieved in the recent past? Will he accept that we are particularly pleased that he has made the conclusion of successful bilateral agreements a condition for the further negotiations on the...

Orders of the Day — Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: It is a question of the enforcement of a judgment that has in fact been obtained by breach of a contractual agreement. As my hon. and learned Friend knows, it is still possible, by agreement in a contract, to confer jurisdiction upon a certain State. Parties to a contract can say that they wish their contract to be governed by English law and to be enforced in the courts of England, even...

Orders of the Day — Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The problem of selecting the forum for disputes that go across national boundaries is extremely difficult. In the rather muddled and pragmatic way in which we have gone on hitherto we have done rather well out of it, particularly in commercial matters. It is a considerable invisible export, bringing in a great deal of foreign currency. If there is a criticism to be made of the Bill, it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Prosecutions Against the Police (14 Jun 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will my right hon. and learned Friend look again at the application of the double jeopardy rule in such cases, because it is not understood by the general public, even although it may be based, at least theoretically, on a good legal principle?

European Union (17 Jun 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I should like to add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith). They are perhaps somewhat stronger than those of my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Mr. Taylor) as I regard my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield as a powerful addition to the pro-European force in this House. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East, I have been rather...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Jurors (12 Jul 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is there not a case for looking very carefully at the possibility of reverting to the special jury for long-term frauds and other complicated matters of that sort? Would not that be infinitely preferable to the alternative suggestion of having expert assessors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Copyright (19 Jul 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is not the eight years since the Whitford committee reported too long to wait when it is reckoned that we are losing millions of pounds every year through lack of effective legislative protection?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North-Western Electricity Board (Lancashire) (26 Jul 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is it not strange that the area with the best record in labour relations and efficiency has been eliminated? Is this not another case which proves that, whether it be polytechnics, new towns or whatever, Preston is always preferred to Blackburn, and does my hon. Friend agree that that should stop?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Ordnance Factories (27 Jul 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is my hon. Friend aware that manual workers at the Royal ordnance factory at Blackburn in my constituency welcome the opportunities afforded by the new freedom that this legislation will give them, and also the possibility of more capital and more opportunities for selling their excellent product?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause V (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: We last discussed this important matter in a debate on one of the innumerable reports on the reform of criminal procedure. Whether it was the Philips report or another I cannot recall, because reports fall upon us like leaves on Vallombrosa. On that occasion I was emboldened to make a speech in general support of the proposed reforms, particularly in support of this reform that we are...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause V (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I know that the hon. Gentleman will say that it is the duty of the judge to warn the jury that such a statement is not evidence against a co-accused; and, of course, he is right about that. Such a statement is not evidence.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause V (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: No, that is not the case. Character cannot be put in in that way. I have the support of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Solihull (Mr. Grieve), who has a great deal of experience from sitting as a recorder. In those circumstances it seems an enormous injustice to other persons, who must be presumed innocent until the jury declare them guilty. That is what we are discussing. It is not...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause V (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The hon. Gentleman used the word "anecdotal", which implies that it is hearsay and that it has been heard from someone else. That is the definition of the word "anecdotal". I gave direct evidence of a direct experience when I was there.

Criminal Justice Bill (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: My hon. Friend has painted a pathetic picture, which brings tears to the eyes, of some lonely, innocent, inarticulate person in a magistrates' court. I hope that he realises that the amendment does not apply in any way to such a person. If such a person is all alone in the court, without counsel or solicitor, he may still make an unsworn statement from the dock. The provision applies only to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in only a few weeks' time the law of the sea treaty is due to be signed in Jamaica and that we still do not know whether the Government will sign it on behalf of the United Kingdom? Will my right hon. Friend ensure that one of her colleagues makes an early statement on this important subject, because divided views are held and there will be serious results...

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The speech of the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) contained one statement which struck me as very true—that the British Nationality Act 1981 gave the sexes complete equality in obtaining nationality for the spouse. Before 1981 there was considerable discrimination against the man. Whereas the wife of a United Kingdom citizen was entitled to registration, the husband of a...

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I shall give way to my hon. Friend.

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: In that case, my fears and sorrow about it are augmented, not diminished [Interruption.] Now we have an argument about who is the father of the rule. In these debates we do not mind whether the rule is right or wrong; all we argue about is who was the originator. My rapture at such a seamless garment of principle is modified because the distinction still exists in practice, although there may...

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: What is usually said in such matters is that it is not conducive to the public good to admit someone who may have been lacking in candour in his entrance application or who had been caught out in a lie. Those are serious matters, but they are not the offences which the phrase conduct not conducive to the public good had in mind. That was aimed at much more serious offences and against people...


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