Results 301–320 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has quite rightly concentrated on the security aspects contained in this order. The right hon. Member for Abingdon (Mr. Neave) took the same line. I was pleased to hear him congratulating my right hon. Friend. It is good to see the bipartisanship between the two sides of the House on this issue being continued. My experience tells me that I am in...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am sorry. My hon. Friend the Member for Belfast, West (Mr. Fitt) has shown statesmanship for which I have considerable admiration. Although he is a dedicated Catholic, he was prepared, willing and anxious to work within the Convention and to take his share of responsibility. I say to him and to those who may read my speech—there may be some in Northern Ireland who will read it—that his...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: In an explosive situation, recognising Ireland's history and the extraordinary attitudes adopted by the Protestant and Catholic groupings, about which people here are utterly and completely bewildered, the hon. Gentleman had a special responsibility laid upon him, because he is—and I concede this—a very important man in his country. He is an extreme Protestant, if that is the right...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: The reverend gentleman, the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Mr. Bradford), says "Hear, hear" to that. The quotation continues: … we should complete the task and strive for the conversion of the Irish". I am not suggesting that the hon. Member for Antrim, North wrote it, but does he agree with that? I am only too ready to give way to him. Does he agree?

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: If the hon. Gentleman does not intervene to deny it, with the opportunity which I give him in the procedures of our House, I can only take it for granted that he agrees with it. I must assume that he agrees, and, in the context of Ireland today and the explosive situation which has developed and prevailed there over the past few decades alone—in spite of the efforts of the right hon. Member...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: It was not the hon. Member for Antrim, South (Mr. Molyneaux) who said it.

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am not sure how that would be so, if it were a democratically elected Parliament. How would that be so if people had a secret ballot and voted for whomsoever they wanted?

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: rose—

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (17 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: But I invited the hon. Gentleman to do so.

Economic Prospects (15 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend has proposed cuts in new housing starts in the coming year. Will there be any exemptions concerning special stress areas, because this would mean so much to them?

Business of the House (9 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does my right hon. Friend realise that some of us, humble Englishmen, are pretty sick at the thought of four days next week being spent debating Scotland and Wales? Since we are to have a massive spate of this legislation next year, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he can devise a way in which nothing else will be said about Scotland and Wales except in some obscure Committee away from...

Business of the House (2 Dec 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: With regard to the National Insurance Surcharge Bill, am I right in saying that this is the Bill which implements what was said by, I think, the Chancellor last July? If so, what is all this hoo-ha about delay?

Question of Privilege (MR. Speaker's Ruling) (18 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Horncastle (Mr. Tapsell) and to say that I support him entirely. Yesterday I listened to the debate and I felt thoroughly ashamed. I thought that the House did itself a great disservice, Which resulted in—[An HON. MEMBER: "Why did you not vote?"] I abstained from voting and refused to support the motion because I did not believe that it deserved...

Business of the House (Lords Amendments) (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: You have done rather better than he has.

Business of the House (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend will, I know, accept that the majority of right hon. and hon. Members are delighted that he is back and that he is much fitter than he has been for some time. It is inevitable that the Opposition will be upset by the guillotine motion, but the simple principle at stake is that the Government must be allowed to govern, and on that principle my right hon. Friend is right...

Business of the House (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: If I am not asking a question, I do not know what that lot over on the other side of the House have been doing. Is my right hon. Friend aware that we on this side of the House will support the principle of the guillotine next week because that is the only way in which the Government can get their business? Is that all right, Mr. Speaker?

Post Office Act 1953 (Industrial Dispute) (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: If I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying, he is suggesting that the Union of Post Office Workers is subject to the law to which he has referred and that it may never delay mail and may never go on strike. In 1971 and 1973, when the hon. Gentleman's party was in office, action was taken by the Union of Post Office Workers. Will the hon. Gentleman be good enough to tell us what he did?

Post Office Act 1953 (Industrial Dispute) (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: Let us have the whole story: they have not given it.

Business of the House (28 Oct 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend think again about whether there should be a debate on foreign affairs before the end of the Session? The time is now coming when the people of Britain will want to know where the Conservative Party stand on their relationship with Russia. The people of Britain will certainly want to know, in view of the noises which have been made not only by the Leader of the...

£ Sterling (25 Oct 1976)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many members of the public, perhaps most, and perhaps many Members of this House are utterly bewildered that we should have a situation in which, as a result of an article in a newspaper or a speech by Mr. McGahey, or some other unimportant people, sterling can drop in price, forcing the Treasury to borrow vast sums of money from abroad and getting us...


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