Results 1–20 of 54 for speaker:Mr Bryan Magee

Cinematographs and Cinematograph Films (15 Dec 1982)

Mr Bryan Magee: The order does no more than come to terms with the inevitable. I shall go further and say that it comes to terms with an already existing situation, as the Minister conceded in some of his remarks. As the Minister reminded us, the quota has existed since 1927, but its flourishing years were very different years for the cinema from today. When you and I were young, Mr. Deputy Speaker, cinema...

Orders of the Day — Films (Distribution of Levy) (21 Jul 1982)

Mr Bryan Magee: I was attempting not to name the Labour Party's proposed authority, but to describe it. In an essentially creative activity, what is desirable above all is pluralism and diversity, and not State monopoly or burearcracy.

Orders of the Day — Films (Distribution of Levy) (21 Jul 1982)

Mr Bryan Magee: My right hon. and hon. Friends and I welcome these changes in the regulations, which are improvements to the operation of the Eady levy. As the Minister said, the changes are welcomed both by film-makers and by the industry's trade unions. The Association of Independent Producers has been clamouring for such changes for a long time. However, as has been said by everyone except the Minister,...

Orders of the Day — Films (Distribution of Levy) (21 Jul 1982)

Mr Bryan Magee: The hon. Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer), who is sitting with his feet on the Bench, is talking his own characteristic nonsense. A single authority is not the answer to the problem we are facing. We need to tap the mass television audience, the video audience and, in future, the cable audience. At least two of these sources do not provide serious difficulty. It is within the Government's...

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: Is the hon. Member denying that such cases occur, or is he accepting that they occur and denying that they are inhumane?

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: I am appalled to hear the hon. Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Page) calling for public humiliation and the reintroduction of the stocks as forms of punishment in this country. I know him personally. He is kind and compassionate. It is a failure of imagination on his part to advocate such things. I pray to God that we never see a recurrence of those medieval practices. The first words of the...

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: Would it not be wiser of the hon. Gentleman to listen to my speech before criticising it? I have not started yet. He may feel that what he has said is true when I have finished, but at present he resembles one of those drama critics who criticise a play without seeing it. Most of the main problems facing people in my constituency, which is in the typical outer East London borough of Waltham...

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. So far, I have let the House have more intervention than speech. I hope that I shall be allowed to get on with what I have to say, because I do not propose to speak for long, or to let my speech be interrupted much more. My constituency has as great a proportion as any other London borough of houses that do not have indoor lavatories,...

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: I think that I shall let this be the last intervention.

Bill Presented: London (Government Policies) (13 Mar 1981)

Mr Bryan Magee: I was quoting the words that the doctor used in his letter. Naturally, I immediately got on to the local authority about it. The London borough of Waltham Forest has a waiting list of 8,000 families, and many homeless families. Therefore, the situation is totally different from that depicted by the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Chapman). The housing situation is not improving at all....

BBC Orchestras (Disbandment) (27 Jun 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: I have considerable sympathy with the BBC in its difficulties. It is not only to be blamed. Since the BBC was founded it has had two main roles; it has been a great broadcasting organisation, and it has also been a great patron of the arts—probably the biggest single patron of the arts in this country. For most of the BBC's life it has not occurred to anybody that these two roles could...

BBC Orchestras (Disbandment) (27 Jun 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: One direct standard of comparison on the television side is with ITV. Between the big current affairs programmes on ITV, such as "This Week", and the board of directors, there is commonly only one person. In the BBC, there are hierarchies of people between these two levels. The fact that the resultant programmes are not qualitatively different—often, indeed, when there is a difference it...

BBC Orchestras (Disbandment) (27 Jun 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: I have given way once to the hon. Gentleman. I cannot go on giving way to him. This lack of knowledge of the arts becomes an important factor when cuts have to be made because the people making the ultimate decisions are passionately concerned, and rightly so, with public affairs, with news and documentaries, with politics, and often even with sport, but alas, they are not so passionately...

BBC Orchestras (Disbandment) (27 Jun 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: The hon. Gentleman is determined to interrupt, but I am even more determined to prevent him. The example of the Arts Council and the University Grants Committee shows that an organisation could be worked out for broadcasting whereby the Government made the money available to an intermediate body, which disposed of it to broadcasters in such a way that there was no Government interference, no...

London ( 2 May 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: It is a great benefit to London that this debate is ventilating such a wide range of issues of importance to Londoners. However, in order to be brief, I shall not offer a thinly spread survey of many issues but devote my remarks to one—the construction of a new motorway in the northeastern segment of London, of urgent and enormous importance to a vast section of the capital's population....

London ( 2 May 1980)

Mr Bryan Magee: Already—if you want it.

Orders of the Day — British Broadcasting Corporation (External Services) (13 Nov 1979)

Mr Bryan Magee: Will the hon. Member accept that by far the most effective propaganda is the truth? It is the BBC's reputation for telling the truth that makes it an effective propaganda machine.

Orders of the Day — British Broadcasting Corporation (External Services) (13 Nov 1979)

Mr Bryan Magee: The proposed cut of £2·7 million in the capital expenditure programme of the external services of the BBC is a paradigm of how cuts should not be made. I am not one of those hon. Members on the Opposition Benches who is automatically against cuts of any kind in public expenditure. I acknowledge that if my party had won the general election, we, too, would have had to introduce public...

Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (22 Mar 1979)

Mr Bryan Magee: If I may just correct the hon. Member—the number of expected lives saved is of the order of 1,000 per year and the number of expected serious injuries is—my right hon. Friend will correct me if I am wrong—100,000.

Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (22 Mar 1979)

Mr Bryan Magee: I see. I apologise.


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