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Results 161–180 of 1458 for speaker:Mr Hastings Lees-Smith

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I am glad of that. But that part of the right hon. Gentleman's speech shows the necessity for some further consideration of this matter.

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: New offences are a part of the Bill, and it is a very serious thing to accept the creation of new offences involving a death penalty without any further discussion. There is another matter which has not been cleared up. Will these courts try civilians only, or soldiers as well, or will there be civil and military courts side by side?

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: It would not be competent for us to carry on a discussion of the right hon. Gentleman's speech, because of our lack of apprehension of what is intended, but the broad intention of this Bill is something that we support, and particularly the substitution of civil for military courts wherever it can be done. Apart from everything else, it is a bad thing that military officers should be acting...

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: At the opening of the Debate I said that, so far—

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: With the leave of the House, I wish to say only that at the opening of the Debate I pointed out that my hon. Friends were satisfied with the general intention of the Bill, and with the intention of substituting, so far as possible, civil courts for military courts. I referred to many omissions from the Bill, and I have taken note of the reply of the Minister of Home Security that he would...

Business of the House. (1 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will state the business of the House for next week?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence.: Eouality of Sacrifice in War-Time. (25 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Will my right hon. Friend take note that some of my hon. Friends will raise the point of this Motion in the ordinary course of the Business of the House?

Business of the House. (25 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Will the Lord Privy Seal state the Business for next week?

Business of the House. (25 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: With regard to Tuesday's Secret Session, will the Lord Privy Seal endeavour to ensure that Ministers who are in charge of Departments under discussion will be present regularly throughout the Debate and, as far as possible, one or two Cabinet Ministers, as, since there is no report, without the presence of Ministers to whom we are addressing our observations, a Secret Session becomes largely...

Orders of the Day — National Defence Contribution. (25 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I think it would help us if it were made clear to the Committee how much time the remainder of this Debate is expected to occupy. I understand that it is proposed to take the consideration of the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementary Allowances) (No. 2) Bill at the conclusion of this Debate. The suggestion has been made that this Debate should continue until about seven o'clock this evening,...

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (24 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Having listened to this discussion, I think that the view of the Committee, as a whole, is fairly clear to us, and it is not an extreme view. I gather that the Committee wishes that there should be a review. The Home Secretary said that he would make a review, but the Committee wish for a review by some judicial as distinct from administrative authority. Although like the right hon. and...

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (24 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The speech of the hon. and gallant Gentleman has brought us very much nearer to a point of agreement. I would like to put this to the Home Secretary: in the case of a capital sentence he would, of course, have to recommend the exercise of the Prerogative, but would he be willing, before doing so, to submit the case to a body which would consist of judicial personages? That body would then...

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (24 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: We are not quite clear. Will the Attorney-General tell the Committee whether he is accepting the Amendment or not?

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (24 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Will the Attorney-General explain why?

Miscellaneous.: National Defence Contribution. (23 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented to us a Budget which I think contains the largest expenditure and the highest peak of taxation in the history of the country, and I am bound to say that he did so with a persuasiveness and a disarming manner which I have noticed has got him through a good many difficulties in the House before, and which on this occasion kept the Committee in...

Miscellaneous.: Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (23 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Can you give any guidance, Sir Dennis, as to whether your decision on subsequent Amendments will be affected by this?

Miscellaneous.: Clause 1. — (Power to provide for trial of offences by special courts in certain areas.) (23 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Two appeals have been made to the Home Secretary, but I hope that he will not accept either of them. The hon. and learned Member for Ashford (Mr. Spens) wishes the limiting words which have been inserted to be taken out, so that in his constituency there should be, even without these safeguards, power to do away with the ordinary courts of law even now. That, of course, would be entirely...

Business of the House. (18 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will state the business of the House for next week, and also for to-day?

Business of the House. (11 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal what the business will be for next week?

Sittings of the House (Air-Raid Warnings). (11 Jul 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Since last week, my hon. Friends and I have gone into this question, especially in the light of the guidance which we received from you, Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday last and, as far as we are concerned, we make no objection to this Motion.


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