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Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: New Clause 2 (3 May 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: It is clear that there has been a large increase in crime. In Kent, we have been anxious during the last year about the crime rise, particularly in serious offences such as robbery and burglary. The new clause gives a power which has never existed—the power for a justice of the peace to authorise entry to search in respect of a serious offence. This has not been stressed in the debate....

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: New Clause 2 (3 May 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Citizens Advice Bureaux (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I congratulate the Minister on arriving at an agreed review, but will that review be able to consider whether there is any party political bias in any of these bureaux and be able to make recommendations accordingly? In the citizens advice bureaux that I have been conversant with over many years, there never has been any party political bias, and there is no reason why there should be. Will...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: What's in a name of a constituency? A number of hon. Members have asked that. The hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud) said that "North-East Cambridgeshire" was meaningless. My hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire, West (Mr. Parris) said that a name carried little understanding to the people. I wish to show that when there is a total misnomer, as in the case of Thanet, it is going too...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I am sure we all understand the point that the hon. Gentleman is making. It is, however, far too late when it comes back before the House for individual changes to be made. The statutory rules and order do not provide for it, but if a change were made in one constituency it would have a chain reaction on many others. Is not the answer to this problem for the matter to be challenged much...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I appreciate the point, which is a perfectly proper observation. I told my right hon. Friend the Minister and the Chair that, unfortunately, I have an urgent constituency engagement at seven o'clock.

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I should have liked to hear the debate. I believe that it is of great importance and it is of interest to me. I apologise to the House.

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Arts is to be congratulated as the Bill undoubtedly sets the framework for the future. I shall confine my speech to funding. Yesterday, I chaired a meeting of several of my colleagues in the Conservative party and Michael Montague and his team at the English tourist board to consider what should be done for tourism. Almost immediately, they mentioned...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: My right hon. Friend is raising a matter of prime importance. Does he not recognise that there has been a dramatic change in the attitude of the public towards paying for entry into museums? Indeed, the English tourist board carried out a survey in which more than 75 per cent. of those who were questioned said they thought it would be right so to do. Would it not be right for trustees, first,...

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill (4 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill (4 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: rose—

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill (4 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: It also means more trade from tourists and overseas visitors who would like to shop on Sundays.

Bill Presented: British Railways (Serpell Report) (3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: Will my hon. Friend go this far? Does he agree that there is no reason why we should not consider the possibility of private catering on the railways or developments such as the Thanet Belle? There is no reason to suppose that the hotel side could not be better organised with private investment, thus providing some of the capital investment in the railways that he wishes to see while lowering...

Bill Presented: British Railways (Serpell Report) (3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: This is a totally new matter. Will my right hon. Friend invite Sir Peter Parker to consider having private catering of an attractive fashion at, for example, Victoria station, and on the different stations down the line? Will he also encourage the reintroduction of the great trains, which carried prestige—the Thanet Belle and the Brighton Belle? Such moves could bring real attraction to the...

Orders of the Day — North-East Kent (Enterprise Zone) (1 Feb 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I support every word that my hon. Friend the Member for Thanet, East (Mr. Aitken) has said. The Minister will remember that Thanet was an industrially assisted area for some years. During that time we obtained a considerable quantity of industry. We were then dezoned. In November 1982, therefore, I asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry whether he would consider...

Opposition Day: Epsom and Walton Downs Regulation Bill [Lords] (24 Jan 1983)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I shall be brief, because the arguments have been well canvassed. I, like many hon. Members, have had to read a great many Bills, but I have seldom seen a better drafted, more comprehensive and better presented Bill. One must thank United Racecourses Ltd., the Horserace Betting Levy Board, the conservators, Epsom and Ewell borough council, and the eminent solicitors, Messrs. Sharpe, Pritchard...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (9 Dec 1982)

Mr William Rees-Davies: Although I am in favour of the death penalty, I agree with my right hon. Friend that it would not be appropriate by itself. However, surely it must be clear by now that a great many perpetrators of these crimes are guilty of treason. Is it not time that we considered implementing the law of treason because that carries the death penalty—it is merely part of the raison d'etre of that...

Opposition Day: Inequalities in Health (6 Dec 1982)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I am delighted that my right hon. Friend has raised this matter. Will he take steps to ensure that all those who are addicted to drugs come under specifically chosen doctors? One trouble is that many doctors are playing an unfortunate part in permitting drug addiction to continue. Therefore, it is of great importance that all drug addicts are properly vetted. Will my right hon. Friend ensure...

Orders of the Day — Summer Time (15 Nov 1982)

Mr William Rees-Davies: I am, and always have been, completely opposed to the proposal. Some years ago, we managed to persuade the House, by a majority of three to one, to get rid of such a proposal and to retain summer time. Unfortunately, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and some of his colleagues from the North of England and Scotland ganged together quietly and we were outnumbered in the Lobbies. Those...

National Health Service (20 Oct 1982)

Mr William Rees-Davies: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Has the hon. Gentleman omitted to say something to the House that he should have said at the start of his speech?


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