Results 261–280 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

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

Mr Robert Mellish: I am obliged to my hon. Friend. I was stupid enough to take the advice of the civil servants. Every time I think about it, I wish I could turn the clock back. I went on my bended knees to 700 constituents and begged them to leave my borough. How stupid can a person get? I do not suppose I shall ever be a Minister again, but if I ever am, the last people from whom I shall take advice will be...

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

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman must speak for himself, but I do not think that the right hon. Member for Worcester (Mr. Walker) was very impressed with the report either.

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

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not want to overstate what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but surely he is arguing in effect that the State should build the roads, the drainage, the sewerage and the rest while private developers, when it is all done, come in, do what they want to do and make their profits. Is he really arguing that that is how such a development should be carried out'? That would be like the situation...

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

Mr Robert Mellish: The phrase I used was "downtown".

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Secretary of State for Trade (10 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The list of duties read out by my right hon. Friend shows that the Secretary of State for Trade is a very busy little bee—[Interruption.]—spelt "bee". Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that we are getting value for money, and does he think that anyone is capable of doing all those things?

Business of the House (10 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend in a position to say anything more about the debate to take place on the development of London dockland? I put it on record that we are grateful that he has found Government time for the debate. but is the Minister to make a statement or are we to have another of those discussions when we all say what we think we want to say and nothing happens? Will anything be said?

Oral Answers to Questions — Kirkby (3 Mar 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is it not absolutely sheer humbug for the Conservative Opposition to moan and groan about unemployment when their policies, from what little we know of them, of massive cuts in Government expenditure would mean that there would be many more unemployed? What kind of humbug is it that we are getting from the Opposition Front Bench?

Scotland and Wales Bill (24 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of us on this side of the House, and, I hope, on the other side, consider his response to the defeat on Tuesday to be very democratic and that hon. Members ought to take it in that spirit? I put it to my right hon. Friend in that sense. Is he further aware that some of us who cannot be described as active devolutionists believe that the time is overdue...

MR. Agee and MR. Hosenball (16 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: As one who has enormous regard and respect for my right hon. Friend's judgment and integrity, and in fairness to himself, may I ask whether it is not possible for him to convey to the country—not only this House—some idea of what these people are charged with so that we can see why my right hon. Friend arrived at his decision? I happen to be one of those who believe that my right hon....

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Costain. I have been a Member of this House for 30 years—

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am serious and I do not want to hear such silly remarks from my hon. Friend or any other hon. Member. I have been a Member of this House for 30 years and I have always understood that when a matter has been debated for a long time—and this new clause has been debated for 10½ hours—[Interruption.] I find the action of the Chair incredible—

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have—

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: If you will hear me through Mr. Costain, you will understand my point of view. After one-and-a-half hours the Chair decided, in its wisdom, to accept a motion to report progress, which, in itself, was extraordinary because there had hardly been any progress. That was the decision of the Chair. We had a vote hours ago on that motion to report progress. Since then, there has been a 10-hour...

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Further to that point of order, Mr. Costain. I was aware that you are not competent—[HON. MEMBERS: "Withdraw."] I will not withdraw. You, Mr. Costain, have said that you are not competent to take a closure motion and you added, in an extraordinary way—it was clever of you to say it—that after 30 years here I should have known it. I was aware of it. No doubt you will see that these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Parties (Talks) (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend will be aware that what he has said will be welcomed by most of those who have the interests of Ireland at heart, that, in the view of most of us, the previous Tory Government made a valiant effort to create a system of power sharing, and that this Labour Government have tried to follow it through. Therefore, what is the future when some Opposition Members openly declare...

Orders of the Day — Lotteries (8 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I want to ask my hon. Friend a serious question and not a silly, frivolous one. She spoke earlier about a captive audience. I think I understand that from the point of view of people in a betting shop, say. But what about a football club which may have a crowd of 10,000? What about a club like Millwall, the greatest that there is? It is doing very well. I want to get this clear. Cannot a...

Orders of the Day — Lotteries (8 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am not asking my hon. Friend the Member for Burnley (Mr. Jones). If I want his advice, I shall write to him and ask for it. I am asking the Minister. Will she put it on the record that a football club can sell all the tickets that it likes at a match, for example?

Orders of the Day — Lotteries (8 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is a football club free to sell tickets?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: British Railways (Dismissed Personnel) (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: is it not a fact that doctors, lawyers and all the other professions are in a closed shop? [Interruption.] Oh, yes, they are. Why is it that about 3 million people in two or three unions are constantly being attacked because one or two of them expect to get all the benefits but are not prepared to make any contributions? What about the doctors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Unemployment Levels (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will find that the three Questions that are to be taken together are in completely similar form and that there are a further three Questions that contain exactly the same wording. Is it not an abuse of Question Time when six Questions are tabled in exactly the same words?


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