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Pneumoconiosis etc. (Wor Kers' Compensation) Bill (2 Apr 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall take very little time of the House to give a general welcome to the Bill, which is long overdue. It happens that I had contact with the area of the quarries in my young days, particularly when I was at the Bar. I was the candidate in the Conway division in 1950–51 when my Labour adversary was none other than the former Sir Elwyn Jones. We became very firm friends and he instructed...

Pneumoconiosis etc. (Wor Kers' Compensation) Bill (2 Apr 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I absolutely agree with the right hon. Gentleman. As he knows, I am very much in favour of a movement away from compensation that is allowed only on proof of fault or blame. In the next few generations, and the sooner the better, we should move away, much as I enjoy the gladiatorial life of the Bar, from the system of proving fault. We should move in the direction, as the Bill does, of total...

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the 1957 White Paper was an absolute disaster from which many of our present troubles stem?

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The speech of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Mr. Litterick) would take some rivalling as an exercise in self-deception. If the hon. Gentleman believes one-quarter of the bilge that he has put over to the House, he will believe anything. I was in the Soviet Union last year, and for my nightly reading the Russians kindly provided at my bedside the speeches of Mr. Brezhnev. I take...

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I was being generous. I always thought that that was what was wrong with the hon. Member for Selly Oak, but I refrained from saying so. The Government should resist the kind of nonsense that the hon. Gentleman has just put over. At the same time, they should resist every reaction of the kind suggested by the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Sir I. Gilmour). The more I listen to...

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: With great respect to the right hon. Gentleman, I disagree. There were cuts in 1977–78, as there were in other major countries. That is why President Carter insisted on the 3 per cent. increase. The right hon. Gentleman in his speech mentioned the increase in Soviet power, but that took place from the early 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. In 1972–73, the Conservative Government...

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I cannot comment on the comparability of cuts, but they take place under all Governments. Most sensible Members would agree that we should spend as much as necessary for our security. We do not need to spend any more, yet we must err on the side of caution. A mistake on defence and security is liable to be fatal. When one listens to the viewpoint of the hon. Member for Salford, East (Mr....

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That is in my nature. There was a great change of heart, and I believe that the Secretary of State deserves some praise. Throughout the time that I have known him—and that has been for many years—he has not blown his own trumpet but has been consistent in defence matters and is a true patriot. He has made great efforts and has succeeded in getting the Government back towards the right lines.

County of Merseyside Bill (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wirral (Mr. Hunt) on the comprehensive way in which he presented the Bill. However, I do not think that he was justified in some of his criticisms. When he referred to his researches in"Erskine May ", he spoke of the different approaches on Second Reading to Private and Public Bills. When a Private Bill deals with essentially a public matter that is of...

County of Merseyside Bill (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Lord Scarman discovered that 80 per cent. of marches are notified officially to the police, in any event. I know that it is Lord Scarman's view that this provision is not necessary. It is a provision by which those who are preparing lawful marches can cheerfully abide. It has no effect whatever in dealing with those who intend to break the law or to use a procession as a means of expressing...

County of Merseyside Bill (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I understand that most troubles have been caused with properly notified marches which people infiltrate and use for a different purpose. I want to deal now with the exemption which has been rightly given in the Bill for funerals. The greatest problem in the West Midlands was that caused by the funeral of an IRA bomber. It is impossible to legislate for that kind of thing. The provision is...

County of Merseyside Bill (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that the Liverpool promoters are right in exempting funerals from the provision. Nevertheless, there is the one funeral in a million which is used as a means of expressing a certain viewpoint and causing the kind of trouble that the promoters of the Bill have it in mind to prevent. I want to turn now to a different matter which I have been asked to raise. The Liverpool Corporation...

County of Merseyside Bill (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: As you rightly discern, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I have finished my speech.

Business of the House (Supply) (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It seems clear that the hon. Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Thomas) has spoken against the motion as a protest against defence expenditure. Whatever the reason for the exercise, I entirely agree with the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South-West (Mr. Cormack) that it raises an important matter of House of Commons principle. We are in this place as guardians of public expenditure. We are...

Business of the House (Supply) (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member for Paddington (Mr. Latham) has given the impression that we are confined to defence expenditure. It is not. On the Order Paper there are Civil Estimates with exactly the same wording.

Employment Protection Acts (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Since the length of the debate has been curtailed, I want to devote my attention to only one aspect of the Act—its effect on small employers. There is a distinction between small and large employers. As I listened to the debate, and reflected over the years that I have been in this House, I could not help thinking that if, in the last decade, we had spent as much time talking about...

Employment Protection Acts (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: With the greatest respect to the hon. Gentleman, it is not the same at all. If the hon. Gentleman were setting up his own business he would probably have to borrow money from the bank as most small business men do. They cannot calculate as far ahead as can a big established business. The entrepreneurial side of this country must be encouraged. We have only to look at the industrial...

Employment Protection Acts (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That sector by and large has not grown. I was referring to individual firms.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (7 Mar 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does not the agreement between the Eight indicate that they have been successful in bypassing the Minister's objection? Could not they do exactly the same by agreement between themselves on the price fixing—that is, that there is to be no rise in Common Market prices? Does not it indicate that we are still in a state of being half in and half out of the Common Market? Does not this need for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Brigg and Scunthorpe (20 Feb 1979)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: May I revert to the reference by the Leader of the Opposition to the job-shedding suggestion made by a certain trade union leader? Will the Prime Minister consider during the day that in areas such as my own, thanks to the co-operation between such bodies as the Rural Development Board, representing public investment, and private industry concerned with private investment, new industries and...


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