Results 161–180 of 4481 for speaker:Mr Robert Mellish

GREATER LONDON COUNCIL (GENERAL POWERS) BILL (By Order): Loans for Erection of Industrial Buildings etc. (24 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Gentleman constantly talks humbug so I do not have to refer to him separately. It is an extraordinary Bill. The Alice-in-Wonderland feature is incredible. From my point of view a number of important events have taken place since we last debated these matters. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has introduced the Inner Urban Areas Bill and taken various...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: No, it is not.

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I confess that I spent only six years in the Army and, although I went through the ranks, I never did get beyond the rank of major. I can tell the hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Critchley) that while I was in the Army no one ever talked to me about strategy. They told me the things to do and I went out and did them. I was never at that level where great matters of strategy were discussed. I...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The right hon. Member is a man of great intellect, but he has only to look at the buffer States around Russia, at their attitude and behaviour and at the build-up of arms to see what I mean. If that is not being aggressive, I should like to know what is. Besides, as I see it, a nation that does not want anyone else's territory does not want armed forces, massive Polaris weapons and the rest....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Prime Minister (Engagements) (16 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend should not be worried, because most of us thought that the speeches were jolly good. [AN. HON. MEMBER: "What is your majority, Bob?"] Unlike some hon. Gentlemen, I do not worry about majorities. When the Prime Minister meets the CBI tonight, will he be good enough to revert to what is properly called his "Buy British" campaign and in this instance strongly urge British...

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital (16 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order—a friendly point of order—Mr. Speaker. I have listened to what has been said and I understand and respect your ruling. But in a human interest matter of this kind—there are no party politics involved—would it not have been a good thing if the Secretary of State for Social Services had been here to listen to what was being said? He must have known that such an...

Port of London (8 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: As the representative of some of those who at least live there, if not work on the port, may I say that we now face a situation in which mile upon mile of the greatest river highway in the world lies derelict and bankrupt? Is the Secretary of State aware that the PLA's record on this is not admirable? Is he further aware that some of us think that the time is long overdue when the whole...

Business of the House (4 May 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: First, on a non-party point, will my right hon. Friend say when it is likely that we shall have the legislation required to deal with Members' pensions? Will it come before Whitsun? Secondly, recognising that we as Members of Parliament are always the very last in any pay queue, will my right hon. Friend say when we are likely to get an increase in salary?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Inflation (OECD Forecasts) (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I understand that the City is concerned because it thinks that the Budget was far too generous and there has been a crisis. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] The Opposition say "Hear, hear" to that. Against that, the Opposition demand that the income tax cuts should have been greater. In those circumstances, the amount of give-away in the Budget would have been very much more than it was last...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (13 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, if the Chancellor is in the same mood in future as he was on Tuesday, as far as we are concerned he can come here every day?

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: Shame.

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am sure that what the right hon. Gentleman has said about retaining the goodwill and the expertise of the staff is absolutely right. But there is a point of view which I hope to express, if I catch your eye, Mr. Jones. It is the view of some of us, certainly of myself, that the idea that there should be five Departments, full stop, is not right. I shall go on to develop this point when I...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I doubt it.

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I want to get it on the record that of course I accept what the right hon. Gentleman is saying, but let it be clearly understood that these slum conditions under which members of the Shadow Cabinet are now working were also suffered by Labour in opposition when the right hon. Gentleman's party was in Government. We had exactly the same slums. So let us get it right. These conditions are not...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Smith) will understand that what he has just said will, of course, be noted by the Government, and that there will be discussions between the leader of his party and, I should have thought, Government representatives and Opposition representatives to see how best his point can be met. This is the sort of procedure that one has to follow in cases where, in...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: The report decided that Hansard should be linked with the Clerk, and in the Bill there is reference to the Department of the Clerk of the House. There is no reference in the Bill to Hansard being a separate department per se. It follows from that—it must be so; it is the only interpretation that can be placed upon it—that because Hansard is not mentioned in the Bill as a separate...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: That is why my point is more valid than ever. I want to clear up this anomaly before it goes too far. I want to get it on record today and that is why I am using the democratic process of this Second Reading debate to state my case about Hansard. I ask that it be regarded as a separate Department and that it has the same access to the Commission that will be appointed as is available to any...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: I am very much obliged to my right hon. Friend and it is in the spirit of that good will that I will not go on with this argument. I think that I have made my point. He will forgive me, but I do not understand what he means when he uses phrases such as "for administrative purposes". Some day someone will explain that general phrase to me. What in heaven's name does it mean? The Clerk's...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: A mere boy.

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Robert Mellish: And contempt.


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