Results 21–40 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am not a lawyer, but I will argue that point with the hon. Gentleman any time that he likes. It is a matter of common justice. If a firm loses its livelihood because of an action taken by a body—in this case the commissioners—which is then proved to be an illegally established body, is the hon. Gentleman saying that in law nobody wants to know about the matter? I do not believe that to...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill: Effect of Secretary of State's Instrument (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend's speech was causing excitement.

Business of the House (13 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does the Leader of the House understand that the business for next week and the following weeks will be quite irrelevant unless he does something about the appalling conditions under which the staff of the Official Report are working? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, for example, that apart from reporting everything that is said on the Floor of the House, they also report the Committees,...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: The whole structure is wrong.

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Nobody has asked the question "Why did that authority overspend?". I understand that the vast overspending was on the teaching hospital concept. What does the hon. Gentleman believe that the authority could have done about that other than shut the teaching hospitals?

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I respect the speech of the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. McCrindle). I admire those who show party loyalty, particularly when there is trouble. That is the test of a Back Bencher. No matter how bad the issue or how difficult the times for his Front Bench, the hon. Gentleman has shown his willingness to fight. Good luck to him. I do not blame him for adopting that attitude. The...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend has anticipated my remarks. I wish that he would leave me alone. I remember that the late lain Macleod—that brilliant Conservative—endorsed the continuation of that policy. A madman then appeared on the scene. There is no other adjective for him. I warned the Conservative Party that it had a Rasputin monk in its midst. I warned it that the man was a menace. However, he is...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I shall qualify my statement by saying that the Secretary of State is politically mad. [AN HON. MEMBER: "Mentally afflicted?".] That is probably true. However that is a matter of political judgment. I am not qualified as a doctor. I have enough trouble as a Member of Parliament. In the nicest sense, that mad-man—

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Invalid Direction) Bill (11 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: That political madman introduced a new system. I asked him at the time why he was doing so. He said that he wanted to gain more community involvement. I asked him why. I also asked him what he meant by "community involvement". He replied that he wanted the public to feel that they were part of that great service. I pointed out that as chairman of a hospital management committee I was keen...

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (3 Mar 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: This is a very sad, sorry and abject story. I regard it as appropriate that 1 April is the day on which the area health authority will be reinstated—especially for the present Government Front Bench. If the area health authority decides—I understand it is more than likely that it will do so—that the closure of the hospital in which I have great interest should never have taken place and...

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (26 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Cutting out all the legal jargon, do I understand that, in simple terms, the commissioners are to be sacked and the area health authority is to be reinstated? If my interpretation is correct, may I put it to the Secretary of State that the area health authority said that it was unwise to close St. Olave's hospital, in my constituency—the right hon. Gentleman knows the case—which caters...

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (25 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I ask for your indulgence and apologise for not having given you notice of this matter earlier. It follows from the question asked of the Attorney-General just now by my right hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, East (Mr. Moyle). I am in a difficulty. I understand that the High Court today ruled that the Secretary of State for Social Services was wrong to...

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (25 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Further to the point of of order, Mr. Speaker. I am trespassing on your good will, but in the light of what you have said would it be appropriate if I applied first thing in the morning for permission to table a private notice question to the Secretary of State and in that way get him to make a statement?

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: As requested, I shall make a brief speech, and I shall concentrate on that part of the Bill that personally affects me—London's docklands. When the area became derelict in the early 1970s, I made a speech in the House to the effect that this was the greatest chance that London had had since the fire of London. It provides an opportunity for the use of imagination, great plans and great...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I know that my hon. Friend will say that it is an office of profit. I shall come to that point. I have asked the Secretary of State whether local representatives are to be included on the development corporation. I cannot state his final reply—[Interruption.] My right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) appears agitated, but I have no hesitation in saying that...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: I shall give way as my bon. Friend appears to be agitated. His question must be very important.

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Of course, that is right. If I had known that my hon. Friend wished to ask that question I would have given way ages ago. A development corporation that has just been set up would be worse than no committee if no money were available. What a joke! I cannot imagine what entertaining business might be under discussion. I wish to put it on record that the Docklands Joint Committee—within the...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend appears to be agitated. Does he wish to say something?

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL (5 Feb 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Let that be recorded. I am not taking any salary for the job and, therefore, the job cannot be regarded as an office of profit under the Crown. In those circumstances, I shall continue as a Member of Parliament. I know that my remarks will be read by others outside the House. I have represented my constituency for 34 years, and I think that I have given it fair service. I think that my...

Afghanistan (24 Jan 1980)

Mr Robert Mellish: Whilst I join in the general condemnation of Russia and its arrogant military action in Afghanistan, I have written to the Prime Minister about credit facilities. I understand the reasons for the curtailment of credit facilities, but will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that in London there are several great engineering firms which are committed to supplying equipment—not military...


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