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Prorogation: Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (21 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I hesitate to call this a point of order, Madam Speaker, and I am not sure whether it is in order, but I hope that you will allow me to express our appreciation of the way in which you have conducted our affairs as Speaker. On a personal note, having been Leader of the House throughout this Parliament—not always an easy task—may I express my appreciation of the courtesy and support that...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Standing Orders (Revision) (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I associate myself briefly and warmly with the remarks that have been made about you. I merely observe that, while I regret my right hon. Friend's frustration, I fear that the atmosphere of good will in the House might have disappeared quite rapidly if you had agreed to what he asked, because my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Sir M....

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: With permission, Madam Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the order of business later today and the business to be taken tomorrow. It is intended that the House will consider Lords amendments to the Crime (Sentences) Bill immediately following motion 6 relating to Northern Ireland business, and that the House will consider Lords amendments that are expected to be received to the...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I certainly hope that this will be the last business statement and I have every expectation that it will be, but in an uncertain world I had better not go further than that. I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her acknowledgement in relation to the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. On the other points, we concluded—I hope that it will not cause too much difficulty for her—that,...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I do not think—[Interruption.] I do not need to be reminded by the Opposition Chief Whip intervening from a sedentary position. Hon. Members on both sides of the House will have studied carefully the case that my right hon. Friend made in his report for the amendment to which he refers. I hope and expect that they will have an opportunity to make that decision if they wish.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: The hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) rightly acknowledged the difficulty for me of speculating, as it would be at the moment, about a meeting of the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges, which would be proceeding now but for the fact that I am making this statement to the House. I cannot, therefore, do that. On the earlier point, the Government have effectively carried the...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: That is certainly the case.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: The right hon. Gentleman, to whom I pay respect, particularly at the end of his distinguished parliamentary career, has revealed the difficulty of my making any comment at all on that matter. I judge from the early part of his remarks that he may have been reading more than I intended into what I said. This can be judged only once the Committee has finished its proceedings tonight. Given that...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I simply do not agree with anything that the hon. Gentleman said.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: Again, my hon. Friend seeks to draw me into matters beyond that which I should properly discuss on the Floor of the House. It is, however, absolutely clear that the Committee's work depends on receipt of a report from the Commissioner, who has been examining literally thousands of documents and much other material. When that report is received, as my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham,...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I am happy to rectify what the hon. Gentleman saw as an omission in respect of the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing), for whom I have formed a high regard during his years in the House, and I am happy to say so. I say the same of the hon. Member for Warley, East (Mr. Faulds), although his many qualities are not entirely the same as those of his right hon. and hon. Friends alongside...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: That interrelates with the point that I have now made several times, that it is not appropriate for me to discuss matters before the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges as I have been invited to do.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: There are two points there. I have already touched on the first: it has always been the practice to bring proceedings in the House to an end at the earliest practicable moment, once an election has been declared. I would add, as part of the hon. Gentleman's question echoed that of the hon. Member for Newham, South, that the process of negotiation that always occurs at the end of a Parliament...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: My right hon. Friend, if I recall rightly, made it clear that it was his wish and hope that these matters should be resolved before the end of the Parliament. It is absolutely clear that those matters are, in the first instance, for the Commissioner to produce the report, then for the Committee to consider that report. It has not been possible for the Commissioner to complete the report.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: Once again, I am invited to make comments that it would not be proper for me as Chairman of the Committee to make. I have said on two or three occasions that it would be necessary for the Committee to consider the report, although I cannot be sure at this moment exactly what that would entail. It might well entail quite an extensive process.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I am not in a position to add to what I said earlier or to what you, Madam Speaker, said in your statement this afternoon. As I have said several times, members of the Committee are present and will have noted what the hon. Lady said.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I am certain that that is not the case, if, as I understand it, the hon. Gentleman is making an allegation against my right hon. Friend. If the hon. Gentleman is seeking to feed that allegation, that is a matter for him. I cannot add to what I said. I do not regard what has occurred in a long, complex and difficult inquiry as constituting kicking this "into the long grass", as the hon....

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I understand why my hon. Friend says that, and I suspect that many people will share his feelings. Again, as Chairman of the Committee, I think that it would be right for me to restrain myself.

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Tony Newton: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was present for your response, Madam Speaker, to points of order earlier this afternoon. You made it clear that publication in the way that the hon. Gentleman suggests was not an option.


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