Results 1–20 of 1349 for speaker:Hon. Sam Silkin

Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (16 Feb 1983)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Having listened to what my right hon. and hon. Friends and Conservative Members have said, and without knowing in advance the point that was to be made, one thing that has particularly struck me is that at this stage, at any rate before we hear what, if any, reply comes from the Government Front Bench, the House must be in doubt as to the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Mandatory Awards) (23 Nov 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I agree with the hon. Member for Wokingham (Sir W. van Straubenzee) on at least one point and that is his criticism of the concept of student loans, which was also voiced by the right hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel), the leader of the Liberal Party. Their fears can probably now be set well at rest in the light of the Prime Minister's panegyric the other day. With...

Orders of the Day — Education (Mandatory Awards) (23 Nov 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. If the courts are going to make a concept such as that of ordinary residence, which by itself is a perfectly simple expression that any layman could translate in ordinary terms, into a term of art with a narrow meaning, it is time for the Government of the day to stop the inevitable hardship which meant that one daughter was able to obtain a grant to go...

Agriculture Council (19 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Does the Minister agree that the abrogation of the Luxembourg accord is the most significant and important event that has occurred in the Community since its enlargement? It has the widest and most disquieting implications, whether or not one believes in Great Britain's membership. Will he ensure that we have an early debate during which the House can express its view?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Firearms Offences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: The new clause was moved persuasively, and the loss to the Parliamentary Counsel Office has been the gain of this House. However, I cannot accept either of the principles contained in the new clause, notwithstanding the fact that I attach precisely the same importance to the need to deter who would otherwise arm themselves to commit an offence. The new clause infringes a number of principles...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Firearms Offences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: We had some argument about that in Committee. There are many different points of view about that. I think that I said in Committee—if I did not I ought to have—that many judges do not like that power and do not exercise it these days for that reason. They feel it is wrong, at the moment when someone is sentenced, to determine what his future ought to be, perhaps 10 years or, in this case,...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Curfew Order (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: The hon. Gentleman is making a great point of parental responsibility. How does that arise other than in the initial grant of consent by the parents? Surely, once that has been granted, the parents do not come into the matter. They have no continuing responsibility for ensuring that the curfew is enforced.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: My hon. and learned Friend is making a very important point. Might not one effect be the prosecution indicating to the judge how the Court of Appeal dealt with a previous similar case in which the sentence was increased?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I agree entirely with the hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Best). It is not only impractical, but in many cases it would be completely undesirable, that all the matters taken into account by the judge, including social inquiry reports, should be ventilated in public.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Does it not inevitably follow, despite what was said in support of the new clause, that the Attorney-General would have to ask those who prosecuted at the trial whether they thought the sentence was inadequate? Indeed, who will the Attorney-General use to present the case to the Court of Appeal, if not the prosecution?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: When I read this new clause I must confess that I was not strongly disposed in its favour. When I listened to the arguments advanced by the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Mr. Clark), I became strongly disposed against it. I regret to say that that disposition has not been much lessened by the persuasive words of the hon. and learned Member for South Fylde (Mr. Gardner). The clause would...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I would be the last person to wish to do injustice to the hon. Gentleman, whom I have heard speaking in Committee on the Bill from time to time. I hope that, when I re-read what he said in Hansard, I will find that I did him an injustice. However, I am bound to say that it seemed to me to be a most extraordinary way to put his case. The hon. Gentleman says that he was simply giving an example...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Inappropriate Sentences (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I am delighted to hear the hon. and learned Gentleman say that he does not want the prosecution to be involved. It is fundamental to our system of justice and of sentencing that the prosecution is impartial in the conduct of the trial and should not be placed in the position of demanding a particular sentence. We have rejected the idea of the prosecution demanding a sentence—as app lies in...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Secretary of State to Give Reasons for Refusal of Parole (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Perhaps the Minister will clarify something that I have not quite followed. He seemed to be saying that he welcomes the system of judicial review but that he would not welcome reasons being given because they would be subject to judicial review. I do not follow that argument.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Restriction on Imposing Custodial Sentences on Persons Under 21 Not Legally Represented (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Everything that the Minister has just said tends to reduce the expenditure of resources that would be required if legal aid were to be made mandatory. He is saying that in many cases the court is likely to ensure that the defendant has legal representation now; certainly in any case where it feels that there is a possibility of a custodial sentence being imposed eventually, assuming that the...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Restriction on Imposing Custodial Sentences on Persons Under 21 Not Legally Represented (12 May 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Like my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Accrington (Mr. Davidson), I am grateful to the Minister for going as far as he has gone. I hope that he will not think me churlish if I follow that remark by complaining that, in my view, he has not gone far enough. In Committee I said that, particularly when dealing with a young accused person under the age of 21, it is extremely important...

Prayers: (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: Surely the hon. Gentleman recognises that the economic costs of central London congestion affect every Londoner.

Prayers: (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: I intend to be brief in support of the Bill put forward by my right hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay). I congratulate him on seizing the initiative. I had hoped to hear from Government Members some criticism of the Bill. Instead, all that we have heard—I include the speech of the Minister who ought to know better—has been a blatant party political attack upon the...

Prayers: (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: No, I shall not give way. I wish to make a short speech.

Prayers: (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1982)

Hon. Sam Silkin: No. I want other hon. Members to have the opportunity to participate in the debate. The limited purpose of the Bill is one that serves not only social objectives—this was a major factor in the speeches of the Law Lords—but a major economic objective that was totally ignored by the Under-Secretary of State. I thought that the hon. Gentleman's speech would contain some reference to the...


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