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House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Because I support the minority view.

House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is right.

House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Of course. What my hon. Friend says about the Ulster Unionists is well known. Until we had civil rights disturbances and what has flowed from them, and until the arrival of the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell), not a single decision was taken on which the Unionists (lid not automatically vote with the Tories. I do not know whether they took the Tory Whip. They might just as well...

House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The House will be delighted to know that I propose to speak for only a short time. We have listened to some very long speeches, and I know that many right hon. and hon. Members wish to contribute to the debate. I declare at once that it is with regret that I speak in the way that I intend to do to my right hon. and hon. Friends. My record in this House is fairly well known. I suppose that...

House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I did not suggest that this had suddenly arisen since 1972. In fact, I thought that I said the opposite. I said that from 1920 onwards, with the power of the Ulster Unionists, the oppression of the Roman Catholics was there for the world to see and none could deny it. However, I admitted that in 1968, because of the civil rights demonstrations, there was a change. There was another change...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Pay Policy (TUC Talks) (21 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I recognise that in the past three or four years the trade union movement and the Government have produced between themselves and employers a result which has been greatly to the benefit of this country; and I understand the Government's present attitude. But does my right hon. Friend appreciate that it is difficult for many strong supporters of the Goverment to talk in terms of restraint on...

The Hon. Member for Luton, West (9 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Sit down!

Economic Affairs (9 Nov 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Surely it follows that tomorrow the building societies will take a decision to increase—we do not know by how much—mortgage rates. If that is so, that will have an enormous impact on millions of our people within weeks. When the Government are talking—rightly, in my view—of restraint on the wages front, it must be accepted that for many people one of the most important budgets, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Prime Minister (Engagements) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: During his busy day today, will the Prime Minister look at a situation which is becoming increasingly bad, a propos what the Leader of the Opposition just asked him—namely, that hundreds and hundreds of those living in inner London who would normally have had the right to transfer to outer London boroughs are now being denied that right because the present Tory GLC policy is to sell? If...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Sit down, Michael.

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I should like to tell the hon. Member for St. Marylebone (Mr. Baker) that, by and large, I, too, am contemptuous of planners, and I have been so especially over the last few years. However, I do not think that he ought to take the matter as far back as he did, when we had the happy days of no planners at all, and say that somehow London was a wonderful city. One does not have to turn back...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will this be an intelligent intervention?

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I did not do so because I thought that since the hon. Member was such a great expert on London he would be here tonight. Anyone can write the sort of rubbish that he has been writing. I would have thought not only that he would have been here, but that he would have been on the Opposition Front Bench. After all, the hon. Member for Hampstead (Mr. Finsberg) is working hard to get a position in...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Will the hon. Gentleman wait just one minute and sit down and be quiet? There was I, a Member of Parliament pleading with his constituents to leave their borough and go into new homes and a new factory provided in a different part of the country under the policies of the Government of the day—

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I shall give way, but this had better be good.

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I have news for the hon. Gentleman. I have yet to deal with decisions that have still to be implemented. If he will sit and be patient and listen to a very good speech, he will do all right. The exodus from London was carried out at the behest of Whitehall planners who were a disaster. I name one of them —the great Professor James at the Ministry of Housing, as it then was. So brilliant...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am telling the hon. Gentleman, if he is listening. From 1970 to 1974 the Conservative Government pursued that policy with even greater vigour than the Labour Government. I know because I lived through it. We have to try to remedy this disaster of the past. I now turn to the what is very near and dear to my heart. Dockland is part of my constituency of Bermondsey. Today I represent an area...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I hope that you will forgive me, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am the last to challenge any of your rulings, but, if we are talking about the closure of docks, we are talking about employment. That is logical. If I say in one context that the Royal group of docks may be closed and 3,500 men may lose their jobs, I know that you will he the first to agree that that is in order. In this context, no one...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I cannot comment on that. I am not involved. However, I accept what the hon. Member has said. I am sure that he would not have said it were it not true. However, I can assure the House that if any Minister in this Government thinks that the right hon. Member for Bermondsey will let the Government get away with it, he has made the biggest mistake that he has made for a long time. I shall be...

Employment (London) (1 Aug 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The case that the hon. Gentleman is raising for his own constituency may well be valid. I do not know his area, but I know my own. I am speaking of the heartaches created by the blockage of people who are not allowed to move from my constituency into, say, this or somebody else's. That is the great disaster. The hon. Gentleman must accept that from me. I may upset some of my hon. Friends...


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