Results 201–220 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Geriatric Beds (21 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my hon. Friend arrange for one of those beds to be given to the hon. Member for Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder), who can stay there, for what good he is here?

Business of the House (21 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: May I ask two questions on the debate on Tuesday concerning the behaviour of Members of the House? First, what form will it take? Do the Government intend to put down a motion? If so, may we have an indication of what motion it will be? Will it be a "take note" motion, or an "approval" motion? Secondly, for how long will the debate continue? Is it intended to stop it at, say, 7 o'clock? Will...

Business of the House (14 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Questions have already been asked of my right hon. Friend about the time being allowed for the Abortion (Amendment) Bill. Is he aware that it is an extraordinary concept of democracy that everything possible should be done to ensure that this House is not allowed to finalise the matter and that there are many in the House who, recognising that this matter must always be on a free vote, are...

Business of the House (14 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Capital punishment, Michael.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Drax B Power Station (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does my right hon. Friend remember that some time ago he gave an interview at a firm in my constituency, Babcock and Wilcox, which is the largest firm in London dealing with generating equipment and which involves 15,000 people? Is he aware that we were impressed with the way in which he handled that negotiation? Can he do something about the uncertainty that the decision on Drax B is...

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: As a very humble Englishman, may I have either an affirmation or denial whether the SNP believes that we should stay in the Common Market? This is a very relevant argument.

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I believe that I am right in saying that the hon. Member for Perth and East Perthshire (Mr. Crawford), who will reply to the debate for the Scottish National Party, has only just arrived and that he has therefore missed the two opening speeches of the debate by the so-called nationalist party leaders. The hon. Gentleman has not missed anything but a first-class comedy act. I cannot believe...

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: That only goes to show how thick they are, does it not? Of course I heard the hon. Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Evans) mention that, and I understand it. I bitterly resent that the hon. Member for Carmarthen said that there are those of us in the House and in the country who are not multinational. I was born in London and have lived here all my life and I have news for the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: They were lousy, stinking Tory Governments.

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My memory goes back a considerable while. The poverty of the 1930s should never be seen again in this country. The slogan of the Labour Party yesteryear was "Work or maintenance". At least the Government have carried out the promise of maintenance. Indeed, the argument today is not so much about unemployment as about the rate of unemployment benefit being as much as is received by those at...

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: All right. But it had better be good.

Orders of the Day — Prime Minister (Salary) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman can claim to know more about Scotland than I could ever hope to know. But I cannot believe that the intelligent, decent people who live in Scotland accept that as a simple statement and do not give a tuppenny damn whether there is a Labour or Tory Government in this House just because they are concerned only with self-government. I do not believe it; I cannot believe it....

Grunwick Processing Laboratories Limited (30 Jun 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: If this firm had such a brilliant case, one would have thought that it would readily have accepted the principle of a mediator, that it would have said "We welcome this, because we have a perfect case." Instead of that, my right hon. Friend—his behaviour and that of his Department have been absolutely first rate—now has to set up a court of inquiry. The straight question which must be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: House Building Standards (23 Jun 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: In the rest of the United Kingdom this matter is dealt with by the National House Builders Registration Council. That is a voluntary body which has done a magnificent job on this side of the water, where no house without a certificate would be approved by a building society. Why does not Northern Ireland take a lesson from us and, apart from living with each other irrespective of religion,...

Business of the House (26 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the Abortion (Amendment) Bill is one which creates a great deal of argument in this House and that no one would deny its importance? Will the Government do anything to facilitate its coming before the House so that the House, on a free vote, can make its own decision?

Oral Answers to Questions — West Midlands (17 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I revert to the original Question. Will the Prime Minister have second thoughts and go to the West Midlands to discuss with those who voted Tory and who are employed in the car industry how it was possible to do so? It should be borne in mind that had it not been for a Labour Government there would not be a car industry at all in the West Midlands.

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Restoration of Works Powers) Bill (17 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: They are my hon. Friend's normal way of speaking.

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Restoration of Works Powers) Bill (17 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Let us assume that we lived in a perfect world and had an accountancy system which made certain that direct labour was efficient, competitive and everything else flowing from that, and that by every yardstick possible it was shown that direct labour was worth while; would the hon. Gentleman still oppose it?

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Restoration of Works Powers) Bill (17 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I was Minister of Public Building and Works in 1968, and, therefore, the sponsoring Minister for the construction industry. I take that industry seriously, and I got to know it well. I certainly do not condemn—and I do not know any hon. Friends who do—the building and construction industry in a wholesale way. The vast majority of the people in it are honourable men. The firms are...


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