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Prayers: (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1982)

Mr Robert Mellish: Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. With respect, I have not heard the argument in the past that the closure cannot be accepted because other hon. Members wish to speak. In fact, one of the reasons for moving the closure is to shut people up. The first argument is therefore not valid. Secondly, Mr. Deputy Speaker, you said that the debate had been in progress for an...

Falkland Islands (7 Apr 1982)

Mr Robert Mellish: I think that I can say, like Dame Nellie Melba, that this is positively my last performance. I tried hard to understand the point of view of the right hon. Member for Stafford and Stone (Sir H. Fraser), but he did not answer for me the fundamental question of working out a policy in the South Atlantic—a policy in which the Government know where they are going in this vast area that we are...

Falkland Islands (7 Apr 1982)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am trying to follow the logic of my right hon. Friend's argument. I understand what he is trying to say and I understand the importance of avoiding what could be a major conflict in which thousands of lives could be lost. Let us suppose that the fleet sails to the Falkland Islands and diplomatic overtures have been made. The United Nations, and all that it represents, might ask to be part...

Falkland Islands (7 Apr 1982)

Mr Robert Mellish: I trust, Mr. Speaker, that you will bear in mind that there are some Privy Councillors who almost never speak in the House?

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I hope that the Minister will confirm later that what we are discussing has nothing to do with enterprise zone land.

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: As this debate is concerned with what the development corporation has done, what it has not done and what it should do, and as I am its vice-chairman, I hope that I shall be allowed some time to explain what it has done and what it hopes to do. I do not think that it is the Minister's responsibility to defend what we have done or what he have not done. It is for those who like myself have...

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I was at Newham a week ago, when I met the council officers and the Mayor. I am sorry that my hon. Friend was not there, but I have nothing to do with those who attend meetings arranged by the borough council.

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I took four members of the UDC with me, including three senior officers. My right hon. Friend the Member for Stepney and Poplar raised an important point that should be answered tonight. What are we doing to inform the local community? It would be appalling if we went to those areas with a sense of arrogance and decided that we were going to do certain things without telling anyone locally....

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: Well said.

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: Has my right hon. Friend any proof to back what he is saying from the Opposition Front Bench—that it is the intention of the UDC to build houses on the river front for sale at between £150,000 and £200,000? He has said that as though it were a fact. Will he let us know where he got that information from?

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have been in the House for 35 years and this may be the last time that I shall speak in this august place. I am fond of it and its traditions, and everything about it means a great deal to me. If I left the House I should it miss it very much. I have been waiting for what has seemed decades to make this speech. As the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services rightly said,...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not even try to convince my hon. Friend. It is a waste of time, because he is so bigoted and prejudiced. Mr. Broackes took on the job because he shared my concern as to how best to rejuvenate London and all that it represents. He was offered the task of chairman and I have taken on the vice-chairmanship. I am no political fool. I knew from the beginning that I would be subjected to a...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am not sure whether the Minister wants to wind up. I wish to deal with housing. The chairman of the development corporation, as he will be if the motions are passed—he will be in action from tomorrow morning—is most anxious for me to be involved in the provision of housing. It should come as no surprise to many people that I am a firm believer in a property-owning democracy. I do not...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Robert Mellish: It is people with terribly suspicious minds who utter these grave doubts. It would be stupid if the development corporation did not first discuss with the boroughs and officers concerned the plans that it has in mind, so that good will is established from the beginning. It is mischievous to assume that nothing like that will happen and that there will merely be skulduggery all the way down...

Iranian Embassy, London (6 May 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Speaking as a Londoner, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to convey to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis the deep appreciation of all Londoners for the magnificent job that the police did during the seige? Will the Home Secretary also convey to the Commissioner the fact that the vast majority of Londoners respect and admire the police force and wish them well?

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Because he did not think that there would be a saving.

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: To get the record absolutely straight, let me say that Sir Frank told me that the only reason for closing St. Olave's was that he did not see any other way to comply with the Minister's request to save £.12 million in the district. It was with great reluctance that it was decided that the only way was to close the unit completely. At no time did Sir Frank try to justify that.

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have never heard the hon. Member for Grantham (Mr. Hogg) speak before. He really is a chip off the old block. Like his distinguished father, he even laughs at his own jokes. Like his father, when he gives advice he regards that as the end of the matter. He takes the view that we need not ask anybody else because he has spoken. I enjoyed his speech, but I do not quite believe all that he...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am glad to hear that. If the hospital was closed illegally—as has been proven in the courts—what about the considerable number of firms which held contracts with that hospital? Because the hospital was closed, they lost their contracts. I know of a catering firm which had given years of service to St. Olave's. Some building contracting firms were engaged in work at the hospital until it...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman must let me finish. I know of a small car hire firm which received the bulk of its work from St. Olave's. It provided a first-class service. Its contract was broken when the hospital closed. When St. Olave's closed, 200 beds were lost, and the services that applied to those beds, which were carried out by various firms, were lost also.


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