Results 241–260 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Surely it does not matter what is the estimate of housing need. At the end of the day much depends on the political initiative and desire of the local authority. Let us suppose that Leicester, which has now become Conservative-controlled, does not believe politically in providing council housing, but believes that such provision should be the responsibility of private enterprise. If that is...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I found little to quarrel with in what the hon. Member for Reading, North (Mr. Durant) said, although he was a bit out of date because many of the things for which he was asking are now the order of the day. I recognise that the high-rise flats and vast estates were mistakes, but they were built by Tory and Labour councils for what seemed very good reasons. They replaced the appalling...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend is right. He is spot on.

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I dispute those figures. I am a friend of the private sector and I believe in a property-owning democracy. I should like to see some of the policies of my party changed, but does the hon. and learned Gentleman believe that it was a deliberate policy of the Government to say to the private sector "Thou shalt not build?" The problems were economic and financial. My right hon. Friend the...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I respect Mr. Smith and I understand what he is saying. I do not deny that when there are cuts in Government expenditure, under every Government in history, the construction industry is the first to be hurt, because it is always building that is stopped. If a Government cannot stop present building, they can certainly stop future building plans. There is nothing unique about this. This has...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am in the middle of my argument. The truth, therefore, is that there is a balance of argument here both ways. Had it not been for the local authority in my constituency, the vast majority of people there would still be living in the most appalling squalor. The council incurred unbearable debts in the course of removing slum after slum. This was property that no one in private enterprise...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I did not mean now. However, I will give way.

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have just explained why I think that that is a disastrous policy. The hon. Gentleman is not even listening to my argument. The vast majority of housing problems in my constituency are dealt with today by transfers. In my area we have gone in for a massive policy of modernisation, and the Government have not stopped us. Some of the irony concerning the arguments about modernisation figures...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman should know all this. The fact is that local authorities have problems with very difficult tenants. I suppose it does not matter what sort of noise some of them make. The hon. Gentleman is bursting to say something. I hope it will be intelligent.

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am aware of all that. I also know that the Tory GLC applied such a policy. It did not have much success, though, did it? Will the hon. Gentleman answer that?

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The Tories won the GLC election and established the policy that council tenants could buy their own homes. The response to that policy was nothing like what was expected. It is an overstated argument. I come to what I see as the positive approach. My right hon. Friend and I agree, and I hope that most hon. Members will agree—though I know that those on the Tory Front Bench will not,...

Orders of the Day — Housing (21 Apr 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I know.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Migrant Workers (Voting Powers) (31 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a daft Question. Would it not even come to the point of considering how much blood should be given according to the type of crime committed?

Oral Answers to Questions — TUC (22 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will no doubt remember the dialogue that took place across the House during Question 3 to the Prime Minister, and that the honour and integrity of the deputy Leader of the Opposition was questioned. Is it not normal custom in this House that when such a statement is made about a right hon. or hon. Member, that Member then rises? Does it not—

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My evidence was the best.

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I thought my hon. Friend had forgotten to mention me.

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Yes, I shall—very much so.

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: No one is suggesting that money should be taken away from something else. The docklands area is well worth developing and there is no doubt that extra resources will have to be found. There has been a misnomer. Figures have been talked about by the Committee, and £2,000 million has been bandied about, but no one is suggesting that that money will be spent overnight. It will be spent over...

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am sure that the whole House is indebted to the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Jones) and the members of his Sub-Committee of the Expenditure Committee who have worked so hard to produce this report. I understand that they held 16 meetings and that they visited the docks area, taking masses of evidence. It is no easy task to compile all those facts into this very readable report. I...

London Docklands (Expenditure Committee's Report) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: With your tenacity I have no doubt that that would have been arranged as well, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I would certainly have made you my number one head man. When I broke precedent and spoke from the Opposition Front Bench as Chief Whip I saw that a development corporation was the only way to get the scheme off the ground and secure Government involvement. It was not to be. The St. Katherine's...


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