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Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: East Midlands (11 May 1987)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: In the light of that reply, will my right hon. Friend assure the authorities in the east midlands that he utterly rejects the policy put forward by the Adam Smith Institute and reported in The Daily Telegraph today that public support of the arts should cease? Will he give the House an undertaking that he will continue the Government's supportive policy and that he will build upon it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 May 1987)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: rose—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 May 1987)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: With regard to certain speculation that has appeared in the press about the date of the general election, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that in exercising her constitutional duty of tendering advice she will be guided not by the ephemera of the opinion polls but by the best interests of the country?

Soviet Union (Prime Minister's Visit) (2 Apr 1987)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Does my right hon. Friend accept that people throughout the country are grateful to her for her forthright championship of the rights of conscience in the Soviet Union? Will she use her influence in that direction on behalf of the brave young people of the jazz section of the musicians' union in Czechoslovakia who are suffering in prison today because of their principles?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jun 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister convey to Her Majesty the concern of the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) about her welfare?

Libya (16 Apr 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I say how much I welcome the fact that this debate is taking place today. I want to make a constitutional point. It arises from one that was made yesterday by the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn). He complained that Parliament had been treated in a cavalier fashion. But the conduct of foreign affairs from time immemorial has been in the hands of the Executive. There has never...

Libya (16 Apr 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Our trade, our position at the centre of the Commonwealth, our very life, depend on free movement by sea and by air. All that is threatened by terrorism.

Libya (16 Apr 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman has misunderstood what I was saying about our interests. Of course, it is the general national interest that must be considered. It may well be, tragically enough, in certain circumstances that the interests of individuals have to be sacrificed to the promotion of the general interest. I hope that that answers the hon. Gentleman's point. It was in the light of protecting...

Libya (16 Apr 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: My right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup said that the important thing now is to look to the future. There is no doubt that the demonstration that those who are the victims and potential victims of terror are ready to defend themselves is, and will be, an effective deterrent. That deterrent will be as powerful as is the sustaining of our resolution to condemn, resist and, if...

Privilege (17 Mar 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker. Further to the point of order so lucidly put by my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford (Dr. Clark), may I point out that this tragic case of the rape of a child took place in my constituency and that the child is the daughter of one of my constituents—[Hon. Members: "Alleged rape."] The alleged rape. In fact, the police have indicated that in their...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Business Sponsorship (10 Feb 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Since business sponsorship has tragically failed to raise the small sum of money needed to keep the Sadler's Wells theatre open, what plans has my right hon. Friend for finding the £250,000 that would save the nation from a major cultural disaster?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jan 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: With regard to Select Committees, does my right hon. Friend agree that any sanction that may be imposed belongs to the Chamber of the House and not to a Select Committee? Secondly, when she is seeking to avoid a clash between the Select Committee and Whitehall, will she bear in mind that there is a power in Select Committees to receive evidence and to treat it on a confidential basis, and...

Westland plc (23 Jan 1986)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is the Prime Minister aware that, whatever the faults of the Government in handling this situation—and there have been grave faults — nothing justifies the farrago, the hypocrisy, the humbug and the cant that we have had to endure from right hon. and hon. Labour Members?

Business of the House (2 May 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I ask my right hon. Friend, in response to his kind invitation—readdressing and rephrasing my question—whether it is the intention of the Government to interfere with the time-honoured constitutional right of Select Committees to send for papers from public bodies? Does the pledge that I gave when I was Leader of the House—that every Minister, from the highest to the lowest, would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As my right hon. Friend is standing in for the Prime Minister, may I put a question to him on behalf of the Leader of the House? Will he continue to set his face against any curtailment of the powers of Select Committees to obtain the documents that they need to exercise thir parliamentary powers of supervision on behalf of the House?

Orders of the Day — Unborn Children (Protection) Bill (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bow and Poplar (Mr. Mikardo) on his intervention on the Hebrew language. At a time when slanging matches in this House are, alas, becoming common, it is comforting to find that the art of parliamentary debate is not yet quite dead. I congratulate the right hon. Member for South Down (Mr. Powell) on introducing the Bill. He has moved in where angels fear to...

Orders of the Day — Unborn Children (Protection) Bill (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: That view is shared in different parts of the House. There are certain points that we have in common, and it is well that they should be stressed. The complexities of the whole situation are so great that the matter needs to be tackled by Government legislation. Today we are dealing with only one small part of the problem. Of course, there must be a free vote on any Government Bill. There...

Orders of the Day — Unborn Children (Protection) Bill (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I should like to continue because so many hon. Members want to speak. The hon. Member for Barking (Ms. Richardson) made a valid point when she expressed fears about the future of research if the Bill is passed. There is controversy on that point. We must discuss it fully in the House, because while there is a body of opinion that supports the hon. Lady's view, there is also a body of opinion...

Orders of the Day — Unborn Children (Protection) Bill (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I will when I have finished this point. That was basically the view of seven of the 16 members of the Warnock committee. The first thing that the law should do—it is what the Bill seeks to do—is to bring all experimentation to an end. The Warnock committee wanted a ban after 14 days, but it gives no logical basis for that. Such a limitation would be ineffective and open to abuse and...

Orders of the Day — Unborn Children (Protection) Bill (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I listened carefully to what the hon. Member for Barking said, and I noted that point. Hers was a complex speech containing a number of ideas, one qualifying the other, so I do not think that it is entirely fair to her to take one sentence of what she said and draw conclusions from it. Nevertheless, I appreciate what my hon. Friend said. The second principle that can help us is recognition...


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