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Results 41–60 of 2959 for speaker:Mr Niall MacDermot

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: As soon as I saw that it was the hon. Member for Worcester (Mr. Peter Walker) who was to move the Prayer, I realised that we were in for a bit of knockabout and not-too-serious argument. When there is serious argument on a matter like this, it is left to his hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) to display a little more accuracy than his hon. Friend showed and to treat the...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Personally, I do not want the Government to decide at all. I want the local authority to decide, the authority which has to answer to the local electorate. When I was in the Ministry I stirred up what proved to be a hornets' nest by suggesting that we should consider whether we should perpetuate advertisement appeals at all, because it did not seem to me that the man in Whitehall necessarily...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: May I make it clear from the start that I am not one of those who support the Amendment because I am opposed to the entire Bill. I recognise that a case has been made out for a force of this kind to be established, but I am very much opposed to the name which has been chosen for it. Perhaps I should make clear my personal position. As most hon. Members are aware, I am an Irishman, born in...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I am sorry to interrupt my hon. Friend so early, but terminology is important. He talked about the minority of the Province. The Province is Ulster and the Catholics are not a minority in Ulster. They are a minority in Northern Ireland. I hope that my hon. Friend, speaking as he does on behalf of the Government, will cease to refer to the Six Counties of Northern Ireland as the Province.

Ten-Minute Rule Bills (Notices of Motion) (27 Nov 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: On a point of order. As one who was present this morning, Mr. Speaker, may I with the greatest respect submit that you have been misinformed on a material point about what took place. Before coming to that, may I, on the mere legal question of the construction of Standing Orders, ask whether you have considered the wording of Standing Order No. 5(8), as well as the wording of Standing Order...

Ten-Minute Rule Bills (Notices of Motion) (27 Nov 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I appreciate the lateness of the hour, Mr. Speaker, and that is why I am trying to state these facts as briefly as I can. As I have said, I submit, with respect, that you have been misinformed, Mr. Speaker, and I conceive it my duty to lay what I believe to be the true facts before you and the House as quickly as possible. Another hon. Member whose name is on the list informed a number of...

Police Bill (25 Nov 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I want to appeal to my hon. Friends to reconsider their decision to divide on this Amendment and to question whether it would be wise for them to do so. I speak as one who detests the Special Powers Act as much as they do and who considers that it would be quite wrong for a member of a British police force going to Northern Ireland under the provisions of this Bill to be called on to exercise...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Would the hon. Member agree that there is something more than a Committee point involved here? There is a very important point of principle. Does the hon. Member agree with the statement of principle by the Home Secretary that it would be invidious if these powers under Clause 1(3) were used in such a way that a member of a British police force going to Northern Ireland to assist the...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: On a point of Order. Is it correct, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for hon. Members opposite to continue to address you as Mr. Gourlay?

Schedule 2: Welfare of Livestock (Bram- Bell Committee's Report) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Surely the point is that the Highway Code sets very high standards. If one can succeed in proving that one acted in accordance with the Highway Code one will not be convicted. If this parallel is to be followed, what we need is very high standards here.

Tate Gallery (8 Jul 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this decision will give great satisfaction to all the Tate Gallery's many friends, not only in this country but in others? Can he say whether his reference to the plan for the extension of the north-west corner means that nothing in the decision he announced today will impede in any way further extension of the north-west corner and also any further...

Clause 1: Extension of Employer's Liability for Defective Equipment (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I seek to discharge a multiple debt of gratitude as the person who was the instigator of this Amendment. I should like to thank my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Stoke Newington and Hackney, North (Mr. Weitzman) who moved the Amendment on Report as I could not be here. He moved it in such cogent and persuasive terms that we now see the Amendment, in a revised form being accepted. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Department of Economic Affairs (1 Jul 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Whilst I, too, do not accept the assumption in the original Question, would my right hon. Friend ask the Prime Minister to consider the matter carefully from another point of view, namely, the reforms in the machinery of central Government likely to be needed following the reforms projected in our system of local government? For this reason, would he ask my right hon. Friend to consider...

Royal Commission on Local Government (Redcliffe-Maud Report) (11 Jun 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I thank my right hon. Friend for the positive reception which the Government have given to the Report. Will he answer two questions? First, will the consultations which have taken place also include consultations about the alternative proposals put forward by Mr. Senior? Secondly, is it proposed to request the Constitutional Commission to give urgent consideration to the matters in that...

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Bill (9 Jun 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Why does the hon. Gentleman say that? Surely the advantage of the procedure proposed is that it will leave it to the discretion of the local senior officer to decide whether this is an offence in his locality which public concern requires that there should be a prosecution. That is the advantage of laying down criteria rather than trying to specify offences in regulations.

Defence (Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) (14 May 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: While welcoming my right hon. Friend's statement, may I return to the question of engines. I agree with my right hon. Friend that the Rolls-Royce engine should be able to win the contract on merit, but would he also bear in mind the vitally important political consideration that this European aircraft should be genuinely a European aircraft? Will Her Majesty's Government press this most...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Exemption Where Top Value is £1,500 or Less (14 May 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I am not questioning the amount. I am questioning the liability. What were the circumstances which gave rise to any liability to levy at all?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Exemption Where Top Value is £1,500 or Less (14 May 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: As one of those who did not understand the hon. and learned Member for Northwich (Sir J. Foster) at the time of his earlier intervention, but who understands it now, I am grateful to him for his lengthier intervention and for making the point clear. I will refer to it later in my argument. I am one of those who, in the recent debate on the subject, urged the Minister to look closely at the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Exemption Where Top Value is £1,500 or Less (14 May 1969)

Mr Niall MacDermot: The hon. Member for Torquay (Sir F. Bennett) is notorious for interrupting other people's speeches. I hope that he will listen. The Minister supported his argument by pointing out that anomalies could arise if this legislation were made retrospective. He gave an example, to which the hon. and learned Member for Northwich has given an ingenious reply by way of a suggested solution of the...


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