Results 221–240 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

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

Mr Robert Mellish: I agree. The Government do not build a single house. That is done through local authorities and county council which go to Government for various aids, such as the rate support grant. Therefore, the Government have the final word. I always wanted to see a universal construction system which brought out the best for the client and for the local authority. For example, the Government are bad...

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

Mr Robert Mellish: If the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit) intends to say anything good about direct labour I shall be frightened to death. The Opposition challenge the concept of the accountancy system.

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

Mr Robert Mellish: I understand that the hon. Member for Ashford argued that the ratepayer had to pick up the tab. I respect that argument. If it can be shown that a local authority, by the advent of direct labour, can do a particular job cheaper and better than private enterprise, I sincerely say that that local authority should be allowed to employ direct labour because in that instance direct labour has been...

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

Mr Robert Mellish: If the hon. Member is saying that it is unwise for local authorities without the necessary machinery, and because of the problems caused by the cuts, to set up direct labour organisations, I agree with him. At this moment that is right. However, I am not talking of that type of authority. With so many authorities under the control of the Tories I doubt whether any direct labour organisation...

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

Mr Robert Mellish: I make my point that State ownership means something owned by Britain, and it is sneered at and jeered at by Tory Members, who wrap themselves up in the Union Jack, almost choking themselves to death with it, when they go to bed and on every public platform. State ownership means that which is owned by Britain, but they sneer and jeer at it in principle. If it is not efficient, I am all for...

Orders of the Day — Council Tenants' Charter Bill (13 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: May I put to my hon. Friend another point about the sale of existing council property, which I also oppose? I do not oppose the right of councils to build houses for sale, which is quite different. In the area that I come from—inner London—we have 400 or 500 housing problems solved by transfers. This is an extraordinary development. Because of the large stock of housing, there is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police Officers (Criminal Charges) (5 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend will know that the Metropolitan Police in particular has come in for a lot of criticism from certain ill-informed quarters. Does he not agree that the numbers he has just declared are an infinitesimal fraction of this very good band of men and women who do a first-class, brilliant job for London?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Officers (Family Income Supplement) (5 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend will be aware that earlier we were given figures about the honesty of policemen, by and large. May I put it to her or to her right hon. Friend that it is very important that as these people are expected to be absolutely perfect in the job they do it is about time that the salaries associated with the job encouraged them to be perfect?

Business of the House (5 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Perhaps I can be helpful to my right hon. Friend. There are a number of experts in this House—not too many—who want to discuss the EEC documents and all that pertains to them. I think that we all appreciate that it is a great heartache to the Members of the House generally when important matters of this kind almost go by default because they are not taken until after 10 o'clock at night....

Northern Ireland (5 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my hon. Friend aware that all of us on this side of the House, too, warmly welcome the fact that the strike has not had the evil effects which some predicted and that a lot of common sense has been shown? There have, however, been some peculiar reports, which he may be able to clarify. For example, some reports have said that the power workers—this is a key matter—were coming out on...

Northern Ireland (2 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend express a view about the absence today from the House of the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley), who seems to be taking a leading part in urging these men to strike in this most disgraceful way? Is it not his duty, as a Member of the House, to come here and explain the reasons for this action? Would my hon. Friend comment on that? Could he also find...

Orders of the Day — Construction Industry (2 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not quarrel with the hon. Gentleman's figures, but I ask him a straight question. Let us see whether we shall get a straight answer. This is significant in the economic problems that have been facing this nation for some time. Whenever Government cuts occur, they immediately affect the construction industry, because that is where the Government cut on capital projects. I ask the hon....

Orders of the Day — Construction Industry (2 May 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: By subsidies.

Drax B Power Station (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It so happens—I do not know whether it is within your knowledge, Mr. Speaker—that I have in my constituency the largest firm in the whole of England associated with power generating plant. I have been trying very hard to put a relevant question to my right hon. Friend. For reasons which I do not understand I have been completely ignored and I just want to...

Drax B Power Station (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: It has nothing to do with Privy Councillorship. I am in the same category as you, Mr. Speaker. I am no different from any other Member of this House. Let that be understood. But against that, Mr. Speaker, an hon. Member is justified in feeling aggrieved about this when he has in his constituency one of the largest firms in the whole of the country associated with the problem we have been...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will the hon. Gentleman explain how, if a person living in a council house or flat in a stress area is able to buy that house or flat under his proposal, that will relieve somebody in housing need?

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman made the point. He said that if those living in council properties were allowed to buy their homes, they would be helping people in stress. I asked whether he believed that and how it would be done. Now he has said that he agrees that the money so obtained by the local authority will not necessarily be available to build houses for people in a desperate plight at the...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Before my right hon. Friend answers that—

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I was going to help my right hon. Friend; that is all.

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is that Tory policy?


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