Results 201–220 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Literacy and Numeracy (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Minister agree that, nevertheless, the two reports disclose a disquieting feature of Welsh education, namely, the number of children who lack literacy and numeracy? Whereas the reports concentrate on secondary education, do not the findings indicate that the real weakness is in primary education in certain areas in Wales which are not the Welsh-speaking areas at all?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Development Board for Rural Wales (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Minister agree that, whereas the Development Board for Rural Wales is the most promising agency for the development and resuscitation of rural Wales, one of its tasks should be to expand certain of the villages as well as the towns on which it is concentrating at present? To do this, does it not need extra funds from the Government?

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that over an area such as mine, where a great deal of low-flying exercises take place, aircraft should be allowed to go a few feet above the houses, at top speed?

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the percentage of the defence budget allocated to the RAF the Army and the Royal Navy has remained constant for the past 23 years, despite the changes in the threats to this country and the techniques that might be employed against us?

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I begin by adding my congratulations and those of my colleagues to the RAF on achieving its sixtieth anniversary. The RAF has an enviable record, which speaks for itself. On the Liberal Bench it is a matter of pride to us that almost throughout the last war, under the grandfather of the hon. Member for Stretford (Mr. Churchill), the RAF was under the control of Sir Archibald Sinclair, as he...

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am sure that we are all grateful for that information, but, from the point of view of the House of Commons, it would be far better if we had a Committee with access to information and papers and a system of interrogation instead of our present practice of from time to time conducting debates of this kind in which speeches of a rather partisan nature are made. I believe that the greatest...

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: This is where I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. In my view, the right process for this country is to decide, as a member of NATO, whether we need an independent nuclear deterrent. If we come to the conclusion that we do, we should decide how and where it is best organised, by which force it should be carried or managed and so on, but we cannot take a decision of that sort on grounds of...

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Certainly. I am always ready to give way to the hon. and gallant Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I was not at all impressed by the defence review, and I have no confidence that there was any really basic rethinking in it. That is the advice which I have always received on the matter—that there was no really long-term thinking—and it is the complaint of people in the Services that there has not been a sufficient review. The criticism is made to me constantly by experts who advise me...

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member is being needlessly pedantic. It is the X factor, which has to be subtracted or added, as the case may be. It is capable of adjustment. It is acknowledged that the forces cannot earn overtime and have to work in the most incredible conditions. They have to meet all kinds of contingencies. The X factor can be adjusted to deal with this. I believe that such an adjustment would...

Orders of the Day — The Royal Air Force (3 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: If the hon. Gentleman reads my contribution to the debate in December, when we discussed Service pay, he will find that I said exactly that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Butter and Lamb (Imports) (16 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the Minister aware that the estimated cost of the transportation and handling of one New Zealand carcase of lamb is £8·75 sterling and that this is one of the great impediments to New Zealand trade? Is he aware, further, that New Zealand welcomes an increase in the price of lamb over here since it helps its farmers, who at present receive a very small price?

Civil Liability (Royal Commission's Report) (16 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The report is very welcome, indicating a cautious advance in the direction of not having to establish blame in order to obtain compensation. Nevertheless, the report took five years to prepare, and I hope that it will not take five years to implement its recommendations. Will the Prime Minister ensure that time is found for a debate before the end of this Session? The Government might then...

Orders of the Day — Employment Subsidies Bill: Prevention of Terrorism (15 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Can the Home Secretary give an assurance that the Shackleton Report, as it will become, will be debated before the Summer Recess? I think that that would relieve the anxieties of many hon. Members.

Orders of the Day — Employment Subsidies Bill: Prevention of Terrorism (15 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The House should approve this order tonight, but reluctantly. We should suspend our final judgment on it until we receive the Shackleton Report, when we shall have something basic to go on. No hon. Member could justify this legislation except in a state of war. It is our view that the IRA has been in a state of war with this country for a considerable time. I do not agree with the hon....

Orders of the Day — Employment Subsidies Bill: Prevention of Terrorism (15 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Not at the moment. If we had not had this Act, and if, following the Birmingham pub bombing, that terrorism had escalated to London, the action that the country would have demanded would have meant a far greater abrogation of civil liberties than we have seen under this Act. The real problem is that this Act has an enormous potential for misuse. I have no doubt that even when it is properly...

Orders of the Day — Employment Subsidies Bill: Prevention of Terrorism (15 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I had indicated to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Mr. Litterick) that I would give way to him, but I had forgotten about it until I was in the process of concluding. With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — Employment Subsidies Bill: Prevention of Terrorism (15 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That is so. There is no published evidence. But I suppose that in my profession I learn of certain things, and I adhere to the view that I expressed.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: If it were right 25 years ago—or, I believe, 23 years ago—by definition it cannot be right today because there has been so great a change in the development of weapons.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that I shall be the only Member to be called in this debate who is not a Member of one of the two major parties. Therefore, in as short a time as possible, I should like to explain the Liberal Party's view on this debate, particularly on the motion and the amendment. First, I should like to quote from a speech by Mr. Brezhnev to the twenty-fifth party congress of the Soviet Communist...


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