Results 2681–2693 of 2693 for speaker:Mr Sydney Irving

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: If my hon. Friend will allow me to develop my argument, he will find that I shall come to that. I believe that there would need to be a willingness on the part of hon. Members not just to specialise but to devote a great deal of time to doing it, otherwise Committees across the whole spectrum would not succeed. It would also mean the end of the role of the Back Bencher as an all-rounder,...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: My hon. Friend discards the one most powerful example.

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: The point remains intact that it is a specialised system, unlike our own. We are moving to a very different system, and we ought to be quite clear about where we are going. There is a risk of some of these Committees—not all of them; there are certain hon. Members who are never likely to fall to this risk—becoming so intimately involved with their Departments that their power to attack,...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: I accept part of the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Farnworth (Mr. Roper). However, I imagine that the point applies to other cases—for example, to the Home Office and foreign affairs in some respects. An hon. Member would have to specialise in one area of activity which would preclude him from many others. In 1964 there were 240 Committee sittings. By 1977 this figure had...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, West (Mr. English) will make his own speech. He and I have been involved in many Committees in the past and have carried a considerable burden—as have many other hon. Members. It is only fair to reiterate the point that full-time Members and some part-timers, who flog themselves very hard, have carried an unnecessary burden...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: My hon. Friend is conceding the point, but it has not yet been demonstrated that there are enough willing Members who are prepared to specialise and devote the time to an across-the-board experiment of this kind.

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: I still believe that if the whole system were redesigned with 12 new Committees with a heavier work load than at present, the pattern would be different. Many Committees now find great difficulty in getting a big enough attendance to keep going satisfactorily.

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: The hon. Gentleman places me in difficulty. I feel that 10 Members are wholly inadequate to deal with a great Department. I cannot see how adequate attendance would ever be achieved if there are to be only 10 members. On a number of occasions I suspect that Committees will find it difficult to proceed because they do not have quorums. The report suggests that the Committee, and particularly...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: My inclination is to go for a separate set of Select Committees which are independent of Departments but which have adequate money, staff and accommodation to provide the information they need to enable themselves to speak directly and on equal terms with the Executive. I believe that in the end that will be the only way in which the challenge can be made. I accept that the power of the...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: I have not in any sense said that there is not a place for an experiment in Departmental Committees. In view of the work that has been put in by the members of the Committee, it would be most unfair of anyone to condemn out of hand the proposals that have been made. I believe that we should move in an evolutionary way and not abandon everything that we have done over the past few years to an...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: I hope that the fact that the Committee has included this recommendation in its report will not lend support to those who would shackle the processes of government in their dealings with the Community. I want Ministers to keep this House informed, but I do not want an essential departure from the procedure that has been adopted in domestic affairs where the Minister has some latitude and is...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: Does the hon. Gentleman accept the point that if these are to work, the degree of specialisation will be greater than ever before? That automatically precludes Members from doing many of the things that they have been doing up to now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Sydney Irving: Has my right hon. Friend been able to consider a letter from both sides of the paper industry concerning the tariff cuts demanded of the EEC by the Americans in the present round of GATT negotiations in Brussels? Will he find time to use his influence to ensure that the success enjoyed by British manufacturers of kraft lined paper is not prejudiced by the EEC giving unnecessary concessions in...

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