Results 41–60 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Orders of the Day — Petition: ST. Olave's Hospital (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: The commissioners have said that they cannot and will not discuss this matter with me and my friends because they are under instructions from the Secretary of State. Now the hon. Gentleman is saying that the Secretary of State will not interfere with the commissioners. It all adds up to nothing being done by anybody. Will somebody please give an instruction?

Orders of the Day — Petition: ST. Olave's Hospital (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: When?

Orders of the Day — Petition: ST. Olave's Hospital (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: It is my sad duty tonight to raise the matter of the closure of a hospital in my constituency. The hospital is known as St. Olave's hospital. It is in the heart of my constituency and I was its chairman for 14 years, from 1950 until 1964. It was previously an old infirmary, and when the National Health Service came into being I was appointed by Aneurin Bevan as the chairman. I pay tribute to...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Contributions and Earnings Limit) (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I can point to at least one issue. It has nothing to do with this debate, but the right hon. Gentleman has asked for proof. What about mortgage rises? That is a broken promise.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Contributions and Earnings Limit) (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: The right hon. Gentleman should read his party's manifesto.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Hospital Closures (11 Dec 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: The Minister will be aware that in my constituency a hospital in perfect condition, with 230 beds, has been closed without consultation. That closure has caused great hardship and pain. Will the Minister state what consultations took place? Will he also define "temporary"?

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: As I understand it, only a very small amendment would be required. It would almost certainly be non-contentious and it could be introduced by the Government at any time they wished—even late in the evening. Certainly, this would make an enormous difference to the Levy Board in enabling it to get money from the undoubtedly unscrupulous types in that industry who are working right outside the...

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: If the usual channels—and the Home Secretary was a great expert in this erea—mean anything at all, this is the ideal opportunity to test them. If he would initiate an amending Bill I think that he could be pretty sure of the good will of the House. I am sure that we could get this very tiny amendment which represents a difference of nearly £2 million.

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not blame the right hon. Gentleman.

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: There is the special area of football. Some of my hon. Friends and I believe that the money for football lotteries should go directly to those who make football possible, the professional clubs and others. Is that matter to be considered in the Goverment's overall thinking?

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend would.

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not know about the machines, but I know something about human nature. When one puts 10p into a machine, one hopes very much that everyone before has lost and one is about to be the bloke who will win.

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: In 1976 I gave up my job as Government Chief Whip. I found that I had some spare time and I became a member of the all-party racing committee. All my life I have been intrigued by, and interested in, horse racing. It is the most wonderful sport in the world. I know of nothing more exciting than the last Air-long of any race, especially if one has a horse that is among those coming up to the...

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I met only the men. They are outstanding. They are men of great integrity. It is a fact that every jockey, every trainer, every race horse owner and certainly every bookmaker I have met is terrified of the Jockey Club. It is known that it is impartial and strict. It is known that it deals ruthlessly with any jockey, no matter how famous he may be, if he is guilty of any sort of transgression....

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I was not suggesting that there should be. The point that I was seeking to make is that there are maniacs on the Opposition Bench who think in terms of State ownership of everything. They want to know why Littlewoods and the other football promoters should not be Stateowned. My answer to them is that there is no point in State ownership of something that is efficient. The football pool...

Royal Commission on Gambling (29 Oct 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not do things I do not want to do and one of them is going to a casino. I am able to go; I would go with friends who are members, but casinos do not interest me. I was told by friends recently that some Greek shipping magnates went to a casino at 11 o'clock one evening and at 4 o'clock the next morning they left having lost £185,000. I find that absolutely immoral. It is nauseating. I...

Civil Service (Dispersal) (26 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Hardman report was very much out of date by the time that it appeared? Employment prospects in London were very good, but those prospects have completely deteriorated and employment opportunities in London have been seriously limited for a long time. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I and many other London Members made representations to the Labour...

National Health Service (Merrison Report) (18 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Surely the aim of reorganisation of the Health Service is to revert to what was, I believe, the most successful feature of the service of yesteryear, which was the local management committees. These committees were not only in close touch with the staff, with the doctors, nurses and so on, but they had an importance; they mattered. But that was destroyed. Will the right hon. Gentleman see...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have had the privilege of being a Member of this House for over 30 years. I have lost count of the number of times I have spoken on problems concerning the salary, conditions and pensions of Members of Parliament. I remind myself, if I need reminding, that it seems only yesterday that I went round with a piece of paper asking Members of Parliament if they would be kind enough to contribute,...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am obliged. I do not quarrel with the point of view of the right hon. Member for Down, South. This is entirely a matter for individual Members. The right hon. Gentleman has as much right to his point of view as I have to mine. I repeat my view again: hon. Members do not have to take the money if they do not wish to do so. Of course, there is nothing to stop Members from taking the increase...


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