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Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman will remember that the Secretary of State was interrupted a great deal, so he need not pull a face. Does he agree that clause 12 does not provide when the review shall take place? It is for the Assembly's discretion when a review shall take place.

Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The right hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes) has done a service to the House by bringing an air of sanity and balance to the debate. This debate illustrates, as similar debates have illustrated, the iniquitous fact that the last reform of local government in Wales was against the wishes of the vast majority of Welsh Members and before we had the Kilbrandon Report. Logically, we should have...

Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: With great respect to the hon. Gentleman, he should read his speech. He suggested that there was a threat to local government now. He used the word "now". Other hon. Members heard him. There are safeguards. As the right hon. Member for Anglesey pointed out, not only is there no limit on the time that the Assembly has to consider the matter—and it will do it when it wishes in its judgment,...

Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: There is a strongly arguable case that the Assembly would be competent to review local government, but I can see the opposing argument that we should be interfering with the powers of this House and that the Assembly, because it is set up under an Act of Parliament, is specifically confined to the powers allocated to it. Therefore, it is strongly arguable the other way. It is my personal view...

Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I have great respect for the Lord Chancellor, but during my career I have known him to be wrong once or twice on certain legal matters. I ask again: what prejudice is there to local government in Wales by the provision? As the provision is in the Bill and there is no time limit on it, there can be no argument but that the Assembly is competent to consider local government in Wales. It will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Air Force Facilities (Use by the Media) (25 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Can the Minister tell us how many charges have been levied in the past two or three years?

Polaris Submarines (Industrial Dispute) (25 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Whilst we commend the action that the Secretary of State has authorised today, will he not agree that this dispute illustrates the great danger to this country of our defence effort being rendered nugatory by industrial action? Is there not a need for a national effort in this matter and possible negotiations with the TUC to see that this kind of thing does not happen—otherwise, in the...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Power of Assembly to Assume Functions of Certain Bodies (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I do not follow the point of the hon. Member's references to corruption in local government. That is always reprehensible, but is it his argument that, because a few people in local government have been found guilty of corruption, local government should not have the powers that these individuals misused?

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: As the Minister knows, I have expressed concern about the appointment of consultants under this provision. Is the result of the Lords amendment that the Welsh Assembly could appoint consultants or arrange for their appointment without any reference to the Royal College of Physicians or the Royal College of Surgeons for outside referees? Does the provision now proposed—namely, for the...

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It seems that the critics of the Bill will carp at anything. The hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) spoke just to make the gratuitous point that the Assembly will cost £12½ million. Many things cost a great deal of money. We have allocated hundreds of millions of pounds to the National Enterprise Board and to British Leyland. Did the hon. Gentleman object to that? Of course not. It...

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The Government have to do it at this stage because another place passed an amendment that put the whole control of the NHS into the hands of the Assembly—with no safeguards at all. That is why certain changes are necessary. Even if another place had not passed the amendment, it would have been necessary for the Government to introduce some means of safeguarding standards in Wales. The...

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: They do not.

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Surely it is the Conservative Party, with all its propaganda, which has suggested that the Assembly is to have much greater powers than is the case. The powers given to the Assembly are very limited. This has been abundantly clear to those of us on the Liberal Bench for a long time. It is the Front Bench speakers, particularly those on the Opposition Front Bench, who have been suggesting to...

Schedule 2: Legislative Competence of Assembly (20 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It will not.

Official Secrets Act (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Home Secretary not owe it to the House and the country to explain why the Government, having taken a period of four years for gestation, have delivered an absolute mouse of a White Paper? Does the Home Secretary not realise the great danger of replacing section 2 with something much more credible and effective without compensatory benefits by way of open government? Is not the truth...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: The Welsh Assembly (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The right hon. Member for Cambridgeshire (Mr. Pym) always seems to want things both ways. He wants to make sympathetic noises about PR without ever committing himself to supporting it. The important matter is the principle of proportionality introduced by the Lords amendments. I was much more impressed by the speech of the right hon. Gentleman's noble Friend, Lord Harlech, in the debate on...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: The Welsh Assembly (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am grateful. Unlike the right hon. Gentleman, I cannot compress my thoughts in an all-embracing fashion into two minutes and I intend to develop my argument about this amendment and a particular system in a moment. My own preference is for STV, but I should prefer any sensible system of PR to the first-past-the-post method. The second tangible benefit is that an Assembly election by a...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: The Welsh Assembly (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: No, I do not think so. The right hon. and learned Gentleman will note that Lord Harlech suggested how the topping-up operation should take place. I do not pretend to follow the mathematics of it, but I understand that it would result in a much broader picture and would go far from presenting the Labour Party with a permanent majority. The Labour vote has been steadily declining in Wales. Not...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: The Welsh Assembly (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: By a slip of the tongue, the hon. Member kept referring to the PR system producing this result, when he surely meant the first-past-the-post system.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: The Welsh Assembly (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: rose—


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