Results 121–140 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I should like to raise two matters—one of clarification and one of substance. The clarification concerns Recommendation 7, which extends absolute privilege to the interchange between Members and Officers of the House and Ministers. I understand that up to now we have been governed by qualified privilege, as we would be in commercial or other dealings where there is no malice in a report...

New Clause 1: Speaker's Conference (31 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mr. Fowler) wants to know what to do to be logical and sensible about this Bill, I advise him to vote against it on Third Reading. That is about the only thing that it is fit for. I had not intended to intervene in the debate, and I do so only because I find that I am unable to support New Clause 1, for much the same reasons that my hon. Friend the Member...

European Assembly Elections Bill (Allocation of Time) (26 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I shall be as brief as possible. I wish to address my remarks to one point—what I believe should be done in the Lobbies tonight by a convinced European who has always supported British entry to the Communities and who believes in getting direct elections as soon as possible. I am in that position myself but I began by believing that this guillotine motion should be opposed. Indeed, I argued...

European Assembly Elections Bill (Allocation of Time) (26 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Our partners are now disappointed and, in answer to the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Molloy), the danger is that if the pro-European Tories support the anti-Europeans, whether in the Labour Party or on our own Benches, the European Community will believe, or might be led to believe, that the Tory Party in office might also share the timidity and near-hostility of the present government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armaments (Expenditure) (25 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Minister agree that a posture of weakness on the part of the West is as likely to cause increasing tension as a posture of strength? To what extent is increased arms expenditure by this country designed to meet the increased threat to our communications posed by the disposition of hostile Soviet submarines?

Thermal Reactor Policy (25 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us about the timing of the fast breeder reactor, given that the PWR will not be on site until 1982 and not generating electricity until five years later? As it will take about 12 years from the time the order was given to get a commercial demonstration reactor in action at Dounreay, does the Secretary of State not think that there is a danger of our lead in...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Referendum (25 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Minister of State has mentioned the Common Market referendum. I think that he got it quite wrong, because if there had been a threshold on that referendum it would have been put on the "No" vote and not on the "Yes" vote. The "No" vote would have repealed the Treaty and changed the status quo while the "Yes" vote maintained the situation that we were in. This referendum is different. The...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Referendum (25 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am merely trying to be kind to the people who say that there is a seething hidden enthusiasm for devolution. The hon. Gentleman and I have not seen it. Indeed, no one has seen it, but if it is there the supporters of devolution have nothing to fear and the Government have nothing to fear. I can see no objection to accepting at least one of the amendments. I support the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Referendum (25 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I intervene simply on a matter of fact. Unless I have misread both Clause 82 and the amendment, the discretion in the hands of the Secretary of State to which the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Sillars) objects, since it will lead to what he describes as "hassle", is removed by the amendment, because the Secretary of State will no longer have the right to bring before Parliament a draft...

Oral Answers to Questions — France (Prime Minister) (19 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Prime Minister seek to discuss with the French Prime Minister and, indeed, with other European leaders as soon as possible the situation in the Horn of Africa and see what European countries can do to provide such support as they can, including the supply of arms, to those who are defending themselves against Soviet imperialism in Africa, which constitutes a threat to the United...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: GROUP 1C (Energy) (18 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I did not intend to intervene in the debate but the speech of the hon. Member for Renfrewshire, West (Mr. Buchan) persuaded me to do so. The hon. Member for West Stirling-shire (Mr. Canavan) referred to the hon. Gentleman's speech and his argument about the Drax B power station. It is true that although it is situate in England it will create work in Scotland for many people—Babcock and...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Legal Proceedings Involving Devolution Issues (18 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Further to that point of order, Mr. Murton. There is something which touches more closely upon the House and its future relations with any Scottish Assembly. Not only have we not debated the amendments or discussed whether certain items are suitable for being devolved at all, we have not discussed whether these items, if judged worthy of being devolved, should come into Schedule 10 for...

Business of the House (12 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to discuss, through the usual channels, some method of debating the financial provisions contained in Part IV of the Scotland Bill, particularly Clauses 46, 47, 49 and 59, which cannot be debated in another place? Four significant groups of amendments were not discussed, quite apart from the clauses themselves. I know that the right hon. Gentleman has...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (11 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Further to that point of order, Mr. Murton. New Clause 15 having been selected, I understand that under the rules of the House it remains selected, despite the fact that the amendments with which it was grouped fell under the guillotine—as the grouping is purely for the convenience of the Committee—and that it will come up for consideration during the period allocated under the timetable...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (11 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Further to that point of order, Mr. Murton. The right hon. Gentleman said that I referred to the debate yesterday as frivolous. I did not. I think that the debate was serious and important. But what I think the country will regard as frivolous is the fact that we have not debated the key financial provisions of a constitutional Bill when the most likely possibility of the Bill damaging the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Energy Policy (9 Jan 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Did the Commission get round to discussing the longer-term difficulties and the need to develop safe methods of generating power by nuclear energy owing to the likelihood of fossil fuels becoming too valuable a source of raw materials for them to continue to be burned in the 20 to 30-year period?

European Assembly Elections Bill: Method of Election (13 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I want to get this right in my mind. The Home Secretary is saying that any member of the electorate who wishes to vote for a particular individual cannot do so without at the same time voting for other members of the same party, however much he may dislike their views. Secondly, if there are three or four independents standing in one of these groups, does an independent automatically get the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I beg to move Amendment No. 115, in page 16, line 15, after 'Kingdom', insert 'insofar but only insofar as it pertains to Scotland'.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Before I deal with the amendment, may I make a suggestion which may be appropriate for my right hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire (Mr. Pym) who is now occupying the Opposition Front Bench and the Government to consider. I suggest that the Business Committee should be reconvened to see whether we may take "injury time" out of the proceedings on this Bill. What are already short...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Even the most stubborn, bloody-minded expatriate Scot can learn from experience. I wish that the Government Front Bench could do so, too.


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