Results 81–100 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Surely the system proposed by Lord Harlech in another place —whereby it is required before any party could benefit from the topping-up system that it must have already taken 5 per cent. of the popular vote—removes that criticism and brings it nearer to the German system where we have not seen the break-up of the parties into smaller units.

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It is a much clearer opinion than that expressed by the Conservative Party.

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That is historically incorrect. Lloyd-George set up a Speaker's Conference and although it recommended in favour of proportional representation, there has never subsequently been a Liberal Government to implement it.

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that we have had much more stable government since his party has been in a minority than we had when it was in a majority and the Secretary of State for Energy was running amok?

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Review of Local Government Structure (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The Secretary of State must be aware that there has been the grossest misrepresentation of the Assembly's powers in this respect. This has occurred in the newspapers and a broadcast on BBC Wales said quite baldly that the Assembly has the right to change local government in Wales. It has no such power, and it is important that the Secretary of State should make it very clear that its power is...

Police (Pay) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: May I join the Home Secretary in thanking Lord Edmund-Davies and his committee for their most thoroughgoing and penetrating report? Will it not rank with the Willink report as a very important landmark in the development of the police? Is it not very important, in implementing the recommendations that the report makes for future pay awards to the police, to make sure that there is no pressure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Standardisation (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Secretary of State agree that the real obstacles to standardisation are the short-term economic interests of each member country in the NATO alliance? We are all pressing here for standardisation on security grounds, but there would be a howl of protest from each side of the House if there were standardisation which resulted in far fewer jobs in this country. That is true of all the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nato (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Secretary of State feel sufficiently encouraged by the significant response of the Russians on the limitation of armies on the central front to suggest to his colleagues in NATO that they should seek a limitation on naval forces, particularly on submarines, in order to see what kind of response the Soviets give?

Orders of the Day — Supply: The Royal Navy (19 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The Under-Secretary of State takes great pride in his position, and rightly so, because he is in charge of one of the most important Departements, if not the most important, in the Ministry of Defence. He obviously takes great pride also in the rugby prowess of the Royal Navy. It must have recruited many of my fellow countrymen since 1970 to achieve its success, and I trust that before it...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The habit of secrecy in government is deeply ingrained in this country, far too deeply ingrained for the good of the country in the present climate. I should first like to take issue with the hon. and learned Member for Cleveland and Whitby (Mr. Brittan) with regard to what he said about the Freedom of Information Act, and its working, in the United States. He presented a viewpoint which has...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. and learned Gentleman presented a picture of the working of the Freedom Information Act which was totally different from one given to me recently by an American general serving in Europe. He hold me that he thought that the Freedom of Information Act had conferred many benefits on American citizens, including the soldiery. It was amended in 1974, because up to that time it virtually...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I entirely take that point. I merely wanted to correct what I thought was a rather unbalanced view given by the hon. and learned Member for Cleveland and Whitby. I come to the main subject of our debate. We are dealing with a matter which amounts to an appalling failure of the present Government to fulfil their manifesto pledge. According to a statement in the New Statesman on 18th April...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member for Thanet, East (Mr. Aitken) knows that if his party had been in power there would have been no chance of a Freedom of Information Act. Certainly there is far more support for it on the Government Benches than there is among members of his own party. The right hon. and learned Member for Wimbledon (Sir M. Havers) detailed the history of the Official Secrets Act 1911 and the...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I cannot altogether agree with the hon. and learned Member for Solihull (Mr. Grieve). He takes far too simplistic a view of this matter. But he is right that the area of government is very much greater today than it was then, and it is time that we looked at these matters afresh. Here we are, 67 years on, with the same Act and obviously even deeper misgivings about it. Mr. Justice Caulfield,...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Obviously there was a very good reason for that change. If one is dealing with spies and has to go to the Attorney-General to get power of arrest, the spy can leave the country before being arrested. That was the reason for that change. Although it may have resulted in injustice in a recent case, there was an obvious reason for it. I come now to the Franks approach. I think that we should...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: They would not take any decision on the question who was or was not to be prosecuted, but they would be entitled to look at the rules of classification and to review them. Then there could be an appeal, on the ground that the rules whereby the classification was originally made had not been properly interpreted. Then it would be for the judge to decide. But there should be a review of the...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That was not my understanding of what he said. My understanding was that he suggested that in a specific case if a man is to be prosecuted there should be the right of appeal, on that specific point of classification, to a committee of Privy Councillors, chaired by a Law Lord. That is a different matter from having a Select Committee looking continually at the rules of classification as...

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Act (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: But the Home Secretary said in 1976 that he would go beyond Franks. He has two years to go beyond Franks and has not done so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Ankara (13 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that the richer NATO countries should extend more economic aid to Turkey and to Greece, particularly having regard to their key position in NATO and the fact that the Soviet Union is extending more and more economic aid to Turkey?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Nato and United Nations Meetings (6 Jun 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Was there any discussion between NATO leaders at the NATO summit with regard to Africa on the desirability of having a formal exchange of views with the Chinese on the Russian-Cuban involvement in Africa? As for the disarmament proposals at the United Nations, will the Prime Minister give the House his view on the real impediments to the total and complete implementation of the nuclear test...


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