Results 1–20 of 4791 for speaker:Mr David Renton

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Prime Minister (Engagements) (3 Apr 1979)

Mr David Renton: Is the Minister aware that we should have been sorry for him speaking for the United Kingdom in Brussels but for the fact that he was negotiating from a weakness caused by the failure of the Government's economic policies and that he showed a determination not to try to make the best that he could out of the CAP?

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr David Renton: We on this side are grateful to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) for initiating this debate and giving us an opportunity to renew and intensify the concern for animals that has been shown by members of all parties for many years. By the time I sit down I shall feel like a dying swan more than anything else. For that reason, Mr. Speaker, I shall do my best to respond to...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr David Renton: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who speaks with great knowledge through his connection with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I do not believe that the hon. Member for Perry Barr was entirely generous to the voluntary bodies. They have done excellent work and been the spearhead of concern. But it is clear from what my hon. Friend has said that there is no absolute...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr David Renton: What response was obtained by the Home Secretary as a result of his exhortation?

British Ambassador, the Hague (22 Mar 1979)

Mr David Renton: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House what he intends to do next week about the constructive proposals in the report of the Procedure Committee, published on Tuesday, for enabling the House to reach decisions on the main isssues that arise on its report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary (14 Mar 1979)

Mr David Renton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, as a farmer, that in relation to overall farm production the margin between surpluses and shortages is a surprisingly narrow one? Is he further aware that surpluses are generally in the interests of the consumer and that shortages are against the interests of the consumer? Is not the reality of the situation that he dare not risk changes in the...

Mental Health Act 1959 (Review) (22 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: Before my hon. Friend finishes her interesting and splendid speech, I am anxious that she should make clear that she was speaking for herself, and not for the Conservative Party, when she said that she believed that the mentally handicapped could be dealt with in one clause of a mental health Act. She must make that clear.

Business of the House (22 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: May I remind the right hon. Gentleman that when he wound up the debate on Tuesday night he said that he would consult not only the usual channels but unusual channels before tabling motions? We greatly welcomed that statement. I remind him that members of the Select Committee, who are not part of the usual channels, would gladly offer any help that he requires in this matter.

Mental Health Act 1959 (Review) (22 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: The House has listened with great interest to the hon. Member for Basildon (Mr. Moonman). We all appreciate the work that he does as chairman of the all-party mental health group. We have had evidence of his tremendous interest in this subject from the remarks that he addressed to the House. I hope that he will forgive me if I do not comment on his remarks, except to say that I agree broadly...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: May I suggest to the right hon. Gentleman that he is creating a difficulty which does not exist? There are 76 recommendations. The most important point is to get the decision of the House on the principles underlying the groups. That is why the resolution, which was tabled as an early-day motion and drafted by members of the Select Committee, reads: to table all the recommendations of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: As my right hon. Friend has virtually asked a question, may I presume on behalf of the Committee to answer it? Such matters obviously will arise. That is why we have given specific power to the Chairmen's Liaison Committee, which will have a very important part to play to prevent overlapping and secure expedition when required.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: We expected that the declaratory resolution would define the terms in which it was binding and the terms in which Ministers would have freedom of action.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: The right hon. Gentleman should not give the House the impression that there was any division on the main recommendations. We were unanimous in wanting the Public Bill procedure and the new Select Committee structure. On chapter five, in which that is dealt with, there were only two Divisions—one on the Nationalised Industries Select Committee, on which we were united except for one hon....

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: I was not the Chairman. It was the hon. and learned Member for Warrington (Sir T. Williams).

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: And take decisions.

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: The strict position under the rules of order is that each Select Committee chooses its own Chairman. Theoretically, the field is open.

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: The Select Committee on Procedure produced its first and, indeed, main report in July. It is House of Commons Paper No. 588. It followed more than two years' work. Our chairman was the hon. and learned Member for Warrington (Sir T. Williams), who is now overseas as chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Therefore, the other members of the Committee have asked me to present the report to...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: It is good to see so many hon. Members from both sides present in the Chamber today. But I do not think that my hon. Friend the Member for Howden (Sir P. Bryan) would claim that the attendance in the House is as good as it might be. The House is empty on many occasions. Because it will be an improvement in the way in which we do our work and because of the arrangements that we have proposed...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: I am grateful for the intervention, and I make no comment. Our influence over EEC legislation is most important. On our Select Committee we did not see much need for change, but it is essential for the European Scrutiny Committee, as it has come to be known, to have a link with department-ally related Committees. The depart-mentally related Committees should be free to consider the merits of...

House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr David Renton: Hear, Hear.


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