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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman can read, I suppose.

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gow) has demonstrated again the ambivalent attitude of the Conservative Opposition towards the Bill. He has said that we must adopt the Government's assessment of the importance of the Assembly and that we must therefore have daily reports of its proceedings. I think that he is right. It is important that the proceedings of the Welsh Assembly should be...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The new clause says: The Assembly shall publish daily a verbatim report of its proceedings and of the proceedings of its Committees and shall place such reports on public sale at reasonable prices". Nobody can quarrel about the term "reasonable prices". I am sure that even the Government will agree with that part of the proposition. The question is whether they should accept the proposition...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The right hon. Gentleman has an unrivalled knowledge of Welsh history and Welsh spirituality. I was addressing my remarks to whether the House should lay down that the Welsh Assembly's proceedings should be reported. I think that its proceedings should be reported, because it would be a very bad day for Wales if the Assembly decided in its earlier meetings either that it could not afford to...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman takes a dim view of his countrymen. He seems to think that members of the Assembly will be stupid. Even if we passed no amendment, the Assembly would regard the interpretation of the word "proceedings" by this House at least as a strong persuasive authority. It would be equally possible, if the amendment were accepted, for the Government to include a definition of...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am not sure that I would go along with the hon, and learned Gentleman on that matter. His argument has great persuasive authority. I come to the central point which is whether the House of Commons should lay down that the proceedings of the Welsh Assembly should be reported verbatim. I think that we should do this. We should give the Welsh Assembly complete guidance on this. It is...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: As the right hon. Member well knows, what is a reasonable price in Montgomeryshire is always regarded as an unreasonable price in Cardiganshire. I am glad to know that the right hon. Gentleman has got himself beyond the early eighteenth century. I am sure that he agrees that it is right that the Welsh Assembly proceedings should be reported daily. I am glad to see him nodding assent. I hope...

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

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The Secretary of State surely is wrong about this. If the term "proceedings" does not include the informal discussion that takes place in the course of a meeting of a Committee—certainly in this House it does not—the verbatim report of proceedings cannot include informal discussions.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Determination of Issues as to Assembly's Powers (19 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is it not true, in answer to the question "What constraints will there be on the Assembly in respect of these powers", that appear to be wide, that there are financial constraints all round and that financial control of the Assembly lies in the House of Commons?

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Determination of Issues as to Assembly's Powers (19 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: As I listened to the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) I reflected whether it was possible to have a hostile tribe of one. I came to the conclusion that it was. In his opposition to the devolution Bills for Scotland and Wales for 40 days and 40 nights without stopping, the hon. Member really has established himself. I was reminded of an old Welsh poem "Y Gododdin", which is said...

Clause 61: Power to Make New Provision as to Certain Bodies (18 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: One of the arguments for empire is that it is always possible from the centre to take an overall view. The argument of the centralists has always been that the more centralised the power is, the easier it is to take an overall view. Where does the logic of that argument lead us? It would lead us to the argument that there is no need for any kind of subordinate government or legislative power...

Clause 61: Power to Make New Provision as to Certain Bodies (18 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I heard what the hon. Gentleman said. In modern legislation many reserve powers are generally left with Ministers and there is therefore theoretically enormous scope for misuse. In fact, however, Ministers generally dare not misuse these powers because this country's democratic base depends not only on Acts of Parliament but on constitutional conventions. The country could not be run...

Clause 61: Power to Make New Provision as to Certain Bodies (18 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Surely the hon. Member accepts that people's minds work on different levels. A man can be a good community councillor and yet be a tremendously good European. He can be interested in the Common Market. He can take a broad national view of British politics and yet be a devoted county councillor, always fighting for his patch in the county council. Exactly the same will happen in the Welsh...

Clause 72: Determination of Issues as to Assembly's Powers (18 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Of the two new town development corporations, one has already been absorbed into the Development Board for Rural Wales.

Orders of the Day — DOMESTIC PROCEEDINGS AND MAGISTRATES' COURTS BILL [Lords] (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: This is a highly desirable Bill and I welcome it. My chief purpose at this stage is to raise two important points on which I have serious doubts. I am, in effect, giving prior notice of matters which I think should attract close attention in Committee. I draw attention, first, to Clause 7(2)(b) dealing with the powers of the court regarding the right of access to any such child… as the...

Orders of the Day — DOMESTIC PROCEEDINGS AND MAGISTRATES' COURTS BILL [Lords] (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Yes, Mr. Blenkinsop, but I wished, as I think I said, to give prior notice of the point, which is vastly important. I know that the same view is taken in other quarters. I was, therefore, hoping to give the Minister an opportunity of considering it before the Committee stage. The second matter I wish to raise arises from Clause 7(4) and Clause 32(1), which purport to give to non-custodial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mr. David Duke (6 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Am I right in thinking that the criterion that the Home Secretary applies in such cases as this is whether the person who has come in is misusing the hospitality of this country, as it were, and that that applies whatever his political views are?

British Nuclear Test (6 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I do not for one moment disagree with the hon. Member for Liverpool, Toxteth (Mr. Crawshaw), but does the Secretary of State appreciate that there is a great deal of anxiety in this country about nuclear tests of this kind? Will he give an absolute assurance that there is no intention of this Government's surreptitiously developing another generation of nuclear weapons, and that any decision...

Business of the House (6 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the right hon. Gentleman try to make time for a debate on the report of the Royal Commission headed by Lord Pearson about changing the basis of compensation for victims who suffer personal injuries? Does he recollect that during Question Time on this matter the Prime Minister said in answer to a question by me that he thought that it would be a good idea to have a debate this Session?...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Rate Support and Other Grants (5 Apr 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Can the hon. Gentleman point to any part of the Bill that removes the legal requirement that representatives of local government should be consulted about these matters? That is the law under the Local Government Act and nothing in this Bill changes that.


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