Results 1–20 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: ASEAN (Discussions) (11 May 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does my right hon. Friend know that the Foreign Secretary of Thailand, whose Government have recently been returned triumphantly at the polls, now feels strong enough to consider visiting Hanoi to make direct contact with Vietnam and to discuss Kampuchea? If his mission is supported in general by ASEAN, as he believes it will be, will my right hon. Friend give the support of the Government...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I have a suspicion that even when that tremendous day comes and the new boundaries and new large constituencies are produced, there will still be considerable dissatisfaction. There always is dissatisfaction because a boundary draws a line that somebody does not like. Therefore, when I hear of all the dreadful ways in which the boundary commissioners have operated the rules on this occasion,...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I should have thought that there was a need to change them in many circumstances but I do not want to deal with the future at the moment because we have quite enough to do with the present. The present position of single-Member constituencies is such that there is always criticism of the boundary commissioners. Given the rather muddled rules that the boundary commissioners have been given by...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Perhaps with more staff, but I am not sure whether that is necessary. However, if more staff are necessary, so be it. It would, in many ways, be cheaper in the end. As is known, I have an interest to declare, and that is that my constituency is being chopped into four parts and the four bleeding chunks have been thrown to the neighbours, one of whom is my hon. and learned Friend the Minister...

Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (23 Feb 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is my right hon. Friend aware that we very much admire the brevity and conciseness of his statements about the Council of Ministers but that he sometimes overlooks the functions of the Council and the functions of a legislature? We never seem to get reports about how draft directives and draft regulations are treated by this important legislature. For example, can he tell us what progress, if...

Water Industry (Dispute) (24 Jan 1983)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will my right hon. Friend give the public some guidance on the use of water? Is it not a fact that there is no shortage of water over vast areas of Britain? Is my right hon. Friend aware that many well-intentioned people in such areas are advising, and to some extent directing, people not to wash their cars or use water in the normal way? Is not that advice ill-conceived?

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General for Scotland: Questioning of Suspects (Tape Recordings) (15 Dec 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: How long does my hon. and learned Friend think the experiment will continue? When, eventually, will a report be made to us on the results?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Regional Health Authorities (Resources) (30 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to ensure that in future regional health authorities will be provided with resources based on assumptions for periods longer than the present two-year period, in order that such authorities may implement existing plans for hospital development.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Regional Health Authorities (Resources) (30 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Although the commissions on capital expenditure are now satisfactory, is my right hon. Friend aware that advantage cannot always be taken of them because the revenue implications cannot be guaranteed? Does he agree that if the two-year period were extended some of those difficulties would be removed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Apprenticeships (23 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: On what date will the youth training scheme come into operation? Will my hon. Friend give an assurance that the scheme's products will be fully accepted into industry as apprentices?

Business of the House (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the law of the sea treaty will be open for signature in Jamaica on 6 December and that we still do not know whether the Government propose to sign. Will he ensure that one of his colleagues makes an announcement some time next week on what the Government's policy is?

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...

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I shall not give way, because many hon. Members wish to speak. The rules relating to the self-employed have been tightened progressively. I do not blame the Home Office for that, because there has been some abuse. However, they have not only been tightened, but made ambiguous. As this is the last opportunity that we shall have to ask the Home Office to clear up ambiguities or omissions...

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: That rather confirms my view that the self-employed have to bring in £150,000. As that man was to be a partner or a director, and not an employee, he would have been in the self-employed category. My right hon. Friend the Minister of State is shaking his head, but if the man were an employee he would not need to produce the £150,000.

Immigration (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Even if the facts were slightly agley, I think that the general principle of my hon. Friend's intervention is correct. If someone, whether a New Zealander or an Indian, wishes to come here as a self-employed architect-either a consultant architect or a partner in a firm of architects—because he has great skill as an architect, and he does not possess £150,000, under what regulation, if...

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...

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...


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