Results 281–300 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

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

Mr Robert Mellish: Then I shall raise the matter then.

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

Mr Robert Mellish: It is a fiddle.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Water and Sewerage Rates (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: In spite of our great sympathy, understanding and so on for our Welsh colleagues and friends, will my hon. Friend take it from me that he will not get any more money from London to solve their problems?

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I understand the case for a central water authority and that the 1973 Act set up 10 different bodies. Why does the Bill not get rid of those 10 bodies? If it is an anomaly to have 10 bodies, why are we keeping them and giving them chunks of cash? Why not do the job properly?

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not know what the point of that was. I shall now put an intelligent question. Even assuming that my right hon. Friend's figures are right and there is a disparity between Wales and London, that is not what concerns the London ratepayer. What concerns him at the end of the day is the total of rates and water charges. We should not let it go out from the House that somehow all this is...

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I can answer that.

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend is making a fair point, and if I were in his position no doubt I should make it, though not so effectively. Would he like to state how much rent the average person pays in Aberystwyth and compare that with the average rent paid by Londoners?

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Do not remind me.

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Coincidentally, I also followed the hon. Member for Hampstead (Mr. Finsberg) the last time he spoke, when I agreed with him virtually 100 per cent. I do not agree with him 100 per cent. on the fundamentals this time. I agree with the Minister. There is a case, and an urgent one, for unified control of water. It is a scandal that we have 10 different authorities with gravely diversified...

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have been trying hard to follow the hon. Gentleman's speech, but I am not sure whether he is for the Bill or against it. I think that, by and large, he is in favour. Incidentally, I am sorry that I missed the beginning of his speech. I was waiting for the annunciator to announce that it had started. How can the hon. Gentleman justify the fact that London has to find £3 million-plus to...

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Mr. Mellish rose—

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: If my hon. Friend has it in mind to bring in a National Water Authority that would remove all these anomalies, which he talks about with a good deal of justification, and if he likes to offer me the chairmanship, I am prepared to consider it.

Orders of the Day — Water Charges Equalisation Bill (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is a national grant.

Bill Presented: Urban Affairs (14 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Member is making a jolly good speech. While he is dealing with the medical aspect perhaps he will comment on something which I am sure he will have experienced, as I have. Today, more than ever before, there is a demand for psychiatric help. The demand for mental health care is great and hospitals in the inner London area are under enormous pressure. They have difficulty in providing...

Bill Presented: Urban Affairs (14 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman has been very kind. If I am offered such a job, I shall take it at once.

Bill Presented: Urban Affairs (14 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: The whole House is indebted to the hon. Member for Hampstead (Mr. Finsberg), first, for his luck in the Ballot, and, secondly, for choosing this subject for debate. He half apologised for concentrating on the problems of London. He certainly did not have to apologise to me. When we are talking about the cities of our great country, almost inevitably the argument turns to London, because there...

Bill Presented: Urban Affairs (14 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: I accept that from my hon. Friend. But I understand that this dockland in Liverpool was not intended for the development of housing. What has happened in London is that we have a whole area which has become derelict because industry has moved away and will never return. We do not want it back. We are talking about a redevelopment of new industry and light industry, and it is the chance of a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Speed Limits (12 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my hon. Friend tell me where there is a road in London on which I can drive my car at 50 miles per hour?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Integration (12 Jan 1977)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of Britain's tragedies is that on that wonderful waterway the River Thames there is hardly any traffic throughout the day? We are the only country that would allow a highway of that kind to be so unused. Is he doing anything about it?

Earl Attlee (Memorial) (20 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: I associate myself with the tribute paid by the Prime Minister. I had the privilege of knowing Earl Attlee and I want to tell the House a story which typifies him and backs up what the Leader of the Opposition said. I had been an hon. Member of the House for only a few weeks when a constituent who had been a prisoner of war of the Japanese asked for my advice. He said that he was a...


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