Results 221–240 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: There is no merit in defence expenditure as such. We have to look at the threat and consider the economy. I am more impressed by Dr. Luns' view of this matter than by the right hon. Gentleman's.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The right hon. Gentleman knows that a 3 per cent. increase in net defence expenditure is fulfilling this country's undertaking to NATO.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that what all parties should avoid, but do not, is playing politics with the Armed Forces. That is what the Opposition have tried to do. It can be a very dangerous game, as other countries have found. The House of Commons should seek to ensure, first, that there is confidence in the long-term approach by the Government to defence, to avoid the sudden ad hoc and piecemeal cuts which...

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am the only speaker who is called to give the view of my party.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: With the greatest respect, Mr. Deputy Speaker, if the Back Benchers of the major parties had taken less time yesterday, there would have been more time for their Members today. I believe that at no time in peace has the reputation of our Armed Forces been higher with the people of the country than it is today. We have all been made aware of their fine and unstinted contribution in such...

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Two years.

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Although the hon. Member for Stretford (Mr. Churchill) says that the figure is fraudulent, Dr. Luns does not think that it is.

Hospital Telephonists (Industrial Action) (13 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I, too, regard this action as reprehensible, as is all industrial action in the health sphere. Will the Minister say whether he has had direct talks with the unions with a view to calling off this particular form of industrial action because of the danger to patients?

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am sure that the Services are agreed on the need for restraint, but nevertheless they see productivity deals negotiated in other spheres and they are well aware of the deal made with the firemen and so on. Will it be made clear to the Review Body that it can take matters of this kind into consideration?

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Certainly there is a reason. As a result of negotiations, the Government have increased net expenditure by 3 per cent. In fact, Dr. Luns has expressed in this House his belief that NATO is now in a position to meet any attack by the Warsaw Pact.

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am sure that if the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) had his wish and the public could see and hear the debate on television they would say "Thank God that neither the Labour Party nor the Conservative Party has an overall majority in the House of Commons and we are therefore saved from the lunacies of the Left and of the Right". The hon. Member for Walton was right to rebuke...

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman is quoting out of context—

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I know the full speech, because I have a full hand-out of it. The hon. Gentleman has taken just one sentence from it.

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member is a member of the Bar and knows very well that one can take one sentence from a speech and give a totally different impression from that created when the sentence is seen as part of the speech as a whole.

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: My right hon. Friend was telling the electors of Bournemouth that it would be much better for anyone who did not want a Left-wing Labour Government to vote Liberal than Labour. The document that we are discussing sets out a vision of what a Socialist State would be like, in a modified British way. Proposals for extensive public ownership, the centralised direction of the economy and trade...

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: If that is so, those concerned should have produced a model of the way in which a direct labour organisation could run successfully, and should have proved it before introducing a Bill designed to give every local authority the right to use direct labour, when it was known throughout the country that most of them lost money heavily. If that is the kind of practical approach that we get from...

Labour Party's Programme (10 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Another area in which we have prevented further nationalisation is the water industry. A Green Paper in 1976 proposed that the existing private water companies should be brought into public ownership. They were running successfully and profitably, with no complaint; it was a simple theoretical approach that led to their being proposed for public ownership. We Liberals ensured that that...

Clause 25: Staff (8 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That would not apply in my own constituency and that of the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Roderick). In the county council in his constituency there are only about one-seventh who are Welsh-speaking and nearly all the senior officers are non-Welsh-speaking. In the district council of my constituency, Montgomery, about 20 to 25 per cent. of the district councillors are Welsh-speaking...

Clause 25: Staff (8 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I want to make a short contribution to the debate. The hon. Member for Pontypool (Mr. Abse) said that he did not use extravagant language. I wonder what he is like when he is extravagant. I think that he has done a great disservice to Wales today, because he has given the impression of being as bigoted as the people he accuses of being bigoted. This is a difficult problem. It is difficult...

Clause 25: Staff (8 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman later. The hon. Member for Pontypool gave a very good account of the vicissitudes of the Welsh language. If somebody had said 10 or 15 years ago "Here is £15 million that you can spend for the benefit of the Welsh language", I should not have dreamt of spending it on road signs. But if the hon. Member is honest with himself, would he have voted £15...


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