Results 61–80 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: With respect, I do not think that the hon. Gentleman has been listening to what I have said. In the past, we argued that somehow we were special and that we deserved certain rates of pay. I was present when that argument was used. All we could do then was to put down a motion of our own. I was very much involved in a Private Member's motion for which the Government found time. By the way, it...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am probably wrong. I withdraw " medals ". Anyway, he came into the House and made a great speech on behalf of the poor Back Bencher. Of course that was a disastrous evening. What I have been saying is that we put this matter to an outside body. What I have said has nothing to do with what I think Members of Parliament should or should not get. Nothing that I have said has not been said by...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: There is much in what my hon. Friend has said. I should like to deal with several other matters and then I shall return to it. That will be my great peroration. Some hon. Members argue that Members of the House should have no employment outside. I do not have outside employment, but I do not understand why hon. Members say that. At the end of the day, whatever the income of an individual...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I support the amendment, which has been ably moved by the hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Sir T. Kitson). He has great knowledge of the subject, and I pay tribute to him. This is not an argument that has suddenly begun today because a Conservative Government are in power and they have raised VAT to 15 per cent. The argument has been raging for months and indeed years. I ask my hon. Friends...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: May I help the hon. Gentleman to help my hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell)? The agriculture export committee said that a minimum of £24 million was involved. We are, therefore, discussing something that is worth while, in addition to the value of the bloodstock which is in danger of being lost to the country for ever if this problem is not dealt with.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I find my hon. Friend's argument a little odd. If I remember rightly, when he was the secretary of the all-party racing committee, he, too, protested with me, when a Labour Government were in power, at the 8 per cent. VAT. I am not sure what my hon. Friend is trying to argue now. I thought that I had made it clear in my speech that I am not asking for the abolition of VAT. I am asking that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have been listening.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: My hon. Friend is implying that I am not protesting about the effect of the 15 per cent. increase on the essential purchases of poor folk or on the social services. I have been a Member a long time and I have a lot of tolerance, but I resent that implication. Perhaps I did not make myself clear. There must be harmonisation within the Common Market that gives British industry an equal chance....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: TUC (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is absolutely right.

Business of the House (17 May 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I think the right hon. Gentleman would agree that it would have been helpful if we had heard what were the objections to the order which he has not moved. Is it not a fact that with such motions as that, concerning every Member of this House, there should be consultations between the Front Benches so that when they are put forward such motions will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (29 Mar 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend will probably be discussing some time today the allocation of television time during the forthcoming election campaign. May I plead with him not to be difficult but to ensure that the Leader of the Opposition is given every opportunity to appear on television so that the public outside can have a sample of the rubbish that she usually talks here and see the right hon....

Business of the House (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend find time—not next week, of course—to debate the report of the Royal Commission on gambling? This report took a long time to prepare, and has now been published for many months. It is imperative that we have a debate on a motion to take note in order to learn the views not only of the Government but of the Opposition. Will my right hon. Friend undertake to have...

Economic Situation (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend take it that the vast majority of the people of this country will recognise that the trauma of January, and certainly of part of this month, would not have occurred if we had had this concordat and agreement last September? Moreover, will he accept that the vast majority of the people will welcome his statement today, which I believe to be what the nation has been...

Local Authority Employees (Pay) (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend go into these negotiations absolutely impartially, in the sense of considering the merits of the case? We have read that there has been a rejection of a comparability study. What are the reasons for that rejection? I thought that there was a universal desire for such a study. When is that likely to get off the ground?

Local Authority Employees (Pay) (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I do not get any.

Local Authority Employees (Pay) (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Further to the point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the point of order raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr. Atkinson), will you be kind enough to send me a list of all the privileges to which Privy Councillors are entitled? I am not getting any of them at all.

Cemeteries and Crematoria (Industrial Dispute) (2 Feb 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I ask for your good will and that of the House? For some years now, in dockland, that derelict area about which we have heard a great deal in the past, there has been a project called "Tramell Crow". The scheme runs into many million of pounds, and it needed Government support. I am not defending that; I am simply stating the case. As I understand it...

Local Authority Manual Workers (Pay) (31 Jan 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is not the key to this situation the fact that a study should be set up now by the Government to make an urgent report—say, before Easter—on the whole question of comparability? The team to do the job should be appointed by the Government, with the terms of reference to be agreed, so that the arguments about the lower-paid and comparability can be taken on board. Is it not clear from what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: TUC (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: Again and again, the Leader of the Opposition claims that simple Government intervention is a panacea and would solve all these problems. Many people outside this House believe that. Will my right hon. Friend make it clear that, while the Government are prepared to intervene when they think that it is absolutely necessary, the most dangerous and terrifying result of Government intervention is...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have been following keenly what the right hon. and learned Gentleman has said, and he has a right to be critical of the Government's stance on wages over the past few years. However, in the interests of the nation as a whole, surely the time has come for the Opposition to say how they would deal with existing wage claims, such as that of the lorry drivers. How would they settle that...


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