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Part Vi: Revision of Proportional Voting System (1 Mar 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman has been making sinister use of this argument. That was why I interrupted him in the Welsh Grand Committee. I asked him to spell out exactly what he meant, and he did so only after my interruptions. It is very important that the matter should be dealt with. Of course, nobody can suggest that corruption is ever confined to one party. All I say is that, in view of the...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman's description of the report on prisons, but can he say what would be the likely cost of implementing these proposals?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: In view of the great concern about the police force, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that one of the constructive things that he could do would be to take Judge Edmund-Davies off his judicial duties to enable him to concentrate full-time on the police report?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It is one of the suggestions made in these debates that we should have a detention centre along glasshouse lines. Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman recollect the original detention centres of many years ago, when inmates were required to go everywhere at the double and were got up at 6.30 every morning? It was under a Conservative Government that that was done away with. It must have...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall not follow the arguments of the hon. Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) in his special pleading, except to say that when I was prosecuting a murder case two months ago, five security guards were mentioned, two of whom were called as witnesses and all of whom had very serious criminal records. So something needs to be done. According to today's Financial Times, under the signature...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That is because they were using the modern mass media society for their own purposes. It is stupid for politicians of any party to try to make political capital by blaming one another for the crime increase. It is much better to spend time considering why it happens and why it is increasing. The hon. and learned Member for South Fylde (Mr. Gardner) was chairman of a Conservative Party...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. and learned Gentleman is trying to score political points, and he should not do so. He may remember what I said about the Government's attitude towards some of the actions during the Grunwick strike. I think that those actions are not permissible in a civilised society.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I do not think that anybody here would seek to suggest that there is any justification for the use of violence in public life. Let me turn my attention to another problem. I think that we shall see an increase in crime in this country. I think that is inevitable in this kind of society. It is a matter that should concern us all. A further important matter which must also concern us is the...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Law and Order (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Most people in this country would agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman. However, under a policy of wage restraint, as occurred under the Tory Government, there was less money available for the police as for everybody else. There are many useful suggestions that need to be encouraged. The right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Whitelaw) established a case for massive public...

European Community (Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention) (27 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I agree very much with the Government's isolation of these three issues as being the very important ones to the United Kingdom in the draft convention. I approve wholeheartedly of the attitude taken by the Government. These matters are of supreme practical importance to us, bearing in mind the commercial importance of the City of London and the tradition whereby so many people who have no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Employment (20 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Secretary of State agree that, while the world economy is so sluggish, the outlook for large industries, both public and private, is bleak? The best chance of stimulating employment opportunities is by encouraging small businesses and small enterprises, and to give them confidence to employ more people. Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman have a word with the Chancellor of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Employment (20 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Employment (20 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the Secretary of State make an early announcement about this, otherwise farmers may be tempted, for example, not to call in the helicopter service? I think the right hon. and learned Gentleman will find that in 1947 and 1963 some people did not call in helicopters, which might have helped their livestock, because they were afraid of the charges. It is important that a public announcement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Planning Powers (20 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Minister appreciate that there is a tendency among some Welsh planning authorities to follow slavishly a directive sent out years ago against isolated development? Powys tends to do this, whereas Clwyd ignores the directive and takes a much different view. Is it not necessary to have regard to Welsh history in this matter and to the position in rural Wales, where we have a good deal...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I have never heard the hon. Member for Renfrewshire, West (Mr. Buchan) put anything in such moderate terms as he has used today. That is in itself a cause for suspicion. I think, however, that he has been extremely persuasive on an issue which is very much more difficult and sensitive than he acknowledged in his speech. I support the hon. Gentleman when he said, at the beginning of his...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The postal service is one of the most sensitive, if not the most sensitive, areas involved in the running of a modern State or a modern economy. Industrial action within it can undoubtedly cause chaos, as the Irish Republic is learning at the present time. It can jeopardise the economy. It can threaten a State's security. For this reason, successive Acts of Parliament—including the Post...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman should listen and be patient. I have only recently started my speech. I am developing a theme. I have suggested that the first question is whether we should get rid of the criminality aspect altogether. My conclusion is that we should not. I believe that the Bill is vague and ill-defined. Second, it tends to ignore the vital protection given to the Post Office services....

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The answer is "No". We are not proposing to ban sympathy action generally with regard to the British trade union movement. But the Post Office is in a special position, just as the police are in a special position. The hon. Gentleman talks about other unions, but ignores the special position of the police, for example. I now come to the provisions of the Bill. Clause 1(1) refers to...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I prepared my speech just as the hon. Member for Renfrewshire, West prepared his. I listened carefully to what the hon. Gentleman said. The point I am raising is not a matter of detail. It goes to the heart of the Bill, because it illustrates the particular position of Post Office workers. They are in a position, just like the police force, of special sensitivity in the community. Clause...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I have made it clear from the start that I find sympathy action by Post Office workers utterly objectionable. Clause 1(3)(b), which concerns discrimination, leaves the door open to backdoor discrimination. I have in mind, for example, the "direct agent's bag" service of the Post Office which is provided for the exclusive use of the printing and publishing industry. Therefore, in reality as...


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