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Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Why not?

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: And the Press.

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Southwark.

Papua New Guinea (Gift of a Clock) (17 Mar 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: You will remember, Mr. Speaker, that on 15th December the House passed a resolution that a clock should be presented to the Parliament of Papua New Guinea, which has recently become independent. On 20th February another resolution was passed by the House that the hon. Member for High Peak (Mr. Le Marchant) and myself, with a Clerk, Mr. Lankester, should perform that task. That mission has...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Everyone who has spoken so far has been in favour of the Bill. Many of us have been in the Chamber and are in favour of the Bill, but at this late hour in the debate we shall be unable to speak. Would it be in order for me to move the closure?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: At any rate, it is on the record.

Papua New Guinea (Gift of a Clock) (15 Dec 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am sure that we should welcome such a visit. Speaking as one who has never been to Papua, I should like to go to explain to them what the Lib-Lab pact is all about.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Everyone knows that.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: With debate finishing at 11 o'clock at night.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The right hon. Member for Cambridgeshire (Mr. Pym) was a very good Chief Whip in his day. He is a man of integrity. I have no doubt that he believes most sincerely what he has said and really does think that this is a change in procedure which is being put forward by the Government. Let me put something to him. My right hon. Friend the Lord President agrees with the right hon. Gentleman on...

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: But at the end of the day the same people who say that will also demand that the Government implement their so-called manifestos. They are the same people who demand that the legislation of which they are in favour shall be given priority—especially measures dealing with State ownership. These are not the great constitutional measures, I agree, but I did not hear any complaint from my hon....

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: If the hon. Gentleman will listen to me, I will explain why I do not share the views of some hon. Members who are arguing about the guillotine. Again and again in the case of Bills for State ownership we have had to bring in the guillotine because of the determined opposition to the Bill.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Well, it was brought in on most of them. We ought to stop talking humbug about guillotine motions. If the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit) ever gets into a Government position, he will see the logic of what I say. It is impossible for Governments to govern without a guillotine and to get their major legislation through, in my view. I agree that it should not be done without discussion...

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: That would be a logical argument if the principle of these two Bills were coming before the House for the first time. I will not use the word "humbug" but I remind the hon. Gentlemen of what happened here last Session. We were talking about devolution day after day after day, and nothing is likely to be said in the days allocated to the devolution Bills that has not been said already many times.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is exactly the argument that was put by the Opposition in the last Session. Whenever the Government introduced State ownership measures, the Opposition said that they were irrelevant and of no consequence and that the Government should get rid of them. The Opposition said that the Government should get on with matters which would do more good to the nation. That is the oldest argument in...

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend should be fair about this. The arguments about what is contained in these Bills have already been expressed again and again. He knows only too well that without the guillotine the Government cannot get these devolution Bills. Everyone in the House knows it, and it is humbug to say anything else at all.

Scotland Bill (Allocation of Time) (16 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: It was carried.

Business of the House (10 Nov 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that he is being quite generous? Usually, timetable motions of this kind are dealt with on the occasion of the Second Reading of the Bill, and the customary practice is to allow one and a half hours to debate them. [Interruption.] The normal practice of Conservative and Labour Governments has been to allow three hours for debate on the same day as the Second...

The Right Honourable Member for Vauxhall (Early-Day Motion) (27 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. My point is on an entirely different matter. I apologise in advance if I in any way embarrass you. However, I am bewildered, because on the Order Paper today there is a motion that expresses the view of a number of right hon. and hon. Members of the Opposition who say that they have no confidence in the Father of the House, my right hon. Friend the Member for...

The Right Honourable Member for Vauxhall (Early-Day Motion) (27 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am assuming that this motion arises from the fact that the Father of the House had put down an amendment to the important motions that were debated yesterday. Frankly, I would not support that amendment but, having said that, I would be the first to support my right hon. Friend's democratic right to table any amendment that he wished to table. In your view, Mr. Speaker, the amendment was in...


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