Results 141–160 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The Development Board for Rural Wales is young. It is all very well for the hon. Member to complain that its remit extends only to a limited area. Had it been left to his party we would not have had a rural development board at all. It is all very well now to say that its area should be larger. That was not the ground on which the Conservative Party opposed the setting up of the Board.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I must make some progress, otherwise Mr. Deputy Speaker will be very cross with me. I want to look at the problem involved here, because there is a basic problem which has been little masked by what has been said so far. Clause 60 provides the powers, if the Secretary of State agreed with them, for the functions of certain of these bodies to be taken over by the Assembly. I believe that the...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I understand that view, but if the right hon. and learned Gentleman stops to analyse the matter he will appreciate that we have delegated powers to many non-democratic bodies, to Ministers, their Departments, and so on, and this House never hears about those powers. But in this case we are delegating power to an Assembly. That elected Assembly will be responsible for the exercise of its...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West said that his constituents would be at a disadvantage. I thought that he made out an excellent case for devolution to the West Midlands.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I would have a great deal of sympathy with that view. The hon. Member suggested that the West Midlands would be at a disadvantage if Wales were devolved and the West Midlands were not. I have said enough to make clear that I intend to vote against the amendment, although I believe the Minister should make clear the Government's view on the discharge of this function and give the Secretary...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I do not think the Minister has quite dealt with the point that is worrying some hon. Members, namely, the interpretation of the word "functions". As I understand it, what he is saying is that bodies such as the Welsh Development Agency should be responsible to the Welsh Assembly. In that I agree with him. But it is a question of the functions now performed by those bodies. It is that word...

Chief of Defence Staff (Speech) (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Would the Secretary of State take time off to explain to some of his Friends below the Gangway what the Warsaw Pact is all about? Does he agree that the Chief of the Defence Staff would have been better advised had he used the word "potential"?

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It seems to me that there is a good deal of confusion about what is parliamentary privilege, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the defence of privilege in the law of defamation. The defence of privilege in the law of defamation, whether it is absolute or qualified, is a totally different matter from the privilege of the House of Commons. The privilege of the House of Commons is...

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that is right. The only point I wish to make is that it is terribly difficult to establish whether a person has a right or a wrong motivation at the time when he is using the privilege.

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I hear the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) say "Or ever". That may well be so. The further one gets away from the event, the easier it is to appreciate whether there was justification for using parliamentary privilege. It must be used very carefully, otherwise it can lead to an immediate clash with the courts. The hon. and learned Member for Runcorn suggested that if any of...

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that there are distinctions in this case.

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I must deal with the intervention before it slips my mind. I think there is a distinction between each case. That distinction is there. But I do not think it alters the general principle of the matter. It seems to me that if we had a repetition of the kind of identification that was made in those Questions, we would be heading for a first-class collision with the courts. The courts could not...

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: In so far as the motion before the House deals with privilege, it is on a very narrow issue. It virtually asks what is the status of a correct report of the proceedings of Parliament which is published, but not by order of this House. That is the matter at issue. It seems to me that there is no dispute about the fact that the editors of Hansard are protected from an action for contempt of...

Privileges (2 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I only regret that the hon. Gentleman did not ignore the matters that I have ignored. If he will forgive me, I shall proceed to complete what I was saying. The second part of the reference concerns the application of the sub judice rule during Business Questions". Again we have to draw the distinction between our own sub judice rule and the legal sub judice rule. There is a distinction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Expenditure (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the Secretary of State give an indication of the increase in the number of personnel in the Armed Forces as a result of the increase in defence expenditure?

Armed Forces (Pay) (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the Prime Minister aware that I welcome the announcement, and that even though the increase is well above the 10 per cent. the country will accept it because of the particular circumstances of the Armed Forces? Will the Prime Minister agree that the finding of the Review Body now—that the Armed Forces had fallen way behind—is the same as the finding that the Review Body made in...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: May I correct the right hon. Gentleman on a matter of fact? I do not think that there are elections in Wales next Thursday. There are in England, but not in Wales.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: In an early part of his speech the Minister seemed to throw doubt on whether the Welsh Bill would achieve the Royal Assent in this legislative Session. Was that merely a form of words—

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: —used indiscriminately, or was there any specific reason why the Minister threw doubt on it?

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Publication of Proceedings (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman should have looked it up.


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