Results 281–300 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am, therefore, against the Bill. We in this House have a special duty to safeguard the public. I sympathise with the Post Office union leaders, who have been very concerned about the Gouriet action and so on. They want to protect themselves from politically motivated and what they regard as frivolously motivated court actions. However, this is not the way to do it. Parliament owes the...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: If the hon. Gentleman had listened to the earlier part of my speech, he would have heard me say that it had been discussed with the Liberal Party and that we had refused to go along with the Government.

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I do not think that there are any precise analogies, and I do not think that the hon. Gentleman is really suggesting that there are. I think that Post Office workers are in a separate category altogether.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member is on to a very important point. Would not the simplest way of dealing with this matter be to amend the law so that it becomes an assault to take a photograph in these circumstances?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for that flattering description. I shall try to emulate the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bottomley) and make a very short contribution to the debate. I want to put on record that my right hon. and hon. Friends and myself in the Liberal Party hope that the Bill gets a Second Reading and goes to Committee. Having said that, let me say that I always...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Broadly, I think that people do understand. But there are difficulties, and I know that the hon. and learned Gentleman is well aware of them. Where there is a difficult sphere of the law, one has to legislate as best one can and leave it to the common sense of judges and juries to interpret thereafter. Nevertheless, there are difficulties here. I am not at all satisfied that the result of...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Certainly I accept that. I think that the great problem is to make sure that the Bill is effective. For example, when I looked at the Bill, I thought of this kind of circumstance. Let us suppose that there was a trial of a case which was on the borderline for the jury between decency and indecency, or the borderline between whether something was indecent or not. Let us suppose that the...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I accept that the surrounding circumstances are vitally important. I was amazed to see Clause 3 drafted in such wide terms. I should be interested to know whether the Home Office suggested the clause being introduced or the sponsor. It goes very wide indeed.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The clause seems to extend the Bill, to extend its arms, as it were, into obscene publications. Some powers must be given under the Bill to make it effective, but nevertheless Clause 3 seems to be extending the provisions dealing with general obscenity. I think that I have said enough to express my doubt whether the Bill will be sufficiently effective. It will need very careful consideration...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Montgomery.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drugs and Drink Offences (2 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were convicted in England and Wales of drug offences and drink offences, respectively, for the last year for which complete figures are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drugs and Drink Offences (2 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Do not those figures and the figures given to me by the Chairman of the National Council for Alcoholism indicate that alcoholism and intoxication are now greater problems in this country than are drugs? What does the Home Office intend to do about it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Criminal Appeals (2 Feb 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Minister of State agree that it is contrary to the tradition of English law and English legal practice to increase sentences when there is an appeal against conviction, because there is a need for certainty in those matters? As the hon. Gentleman knows, judges tend to vary in their views on certain cases. A man should not risk different sentences before two different tribunals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Young Persons (31 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: asked the Secretary or State for Employment what is the percentage of young people under the age of 25 years currently unemployed in England and in Wales, respectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Young Persons (31 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the Secretary of State aware that it is widely believed that there is a major structural problem and that structural alterations are necessary in our modern industrial society before we can relieve the youth unemployment problem and prevent it from being sustained through a new era? Will he propose to his Cabinet colleagues that revenue from North Sea oil should be used partially to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Employed Persons (31 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the right hon. Gentleman's last answer but one imply that the Government are to lower the retirement age in the next year or two? If so, they have estimated how this will reduce unemployment? For example, have they worked out how it would affect unemployment at present if the male retirement age were reduced to 60, and what it would cost?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Fire Service Dispute (24 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Should not the whole of the cost be recovered by the Defence Department from the Home Office or the local authorities, as it is an extra burden on the Defence Vote?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Expenditure (24 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the Secretary of State explain to some of his hon. Friends below the Gangway that if the Soviet Union, for example, were to reduce its huge nuclear submarine fleet—which seems to have no defensive rôle whatever—there would be a chance of the NATO countries taking the very desirable step of reducing their own defence expenditure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Agriculture (16 Jan 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the Secretary of State aware that it is a widespread view among farmers in Wales that the Conservatives are always much more concerned about agriculture when they are in Opposition than when they are in Government? Having said that, however, is not the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there is an equally widely held view among Welsh farmers at present that the devaluation of the...

European Community (Council of Fisheries Ministers) (9 Dec 1977)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we on the Liberal Bench agree with the stance that he has taken? When he says that the clock has stopped until 18th January, is he optimistic that the clock will then be restarted and will accord with Greenwich? Is he aware that he appears to be as popular with British fishermen as he is unpopular with British farmers, and that the reasons are fairly...


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