Results 181–200 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I will certainly pass that on to the Minister concerned. But, of course, there is no necessary connection between abolition of capital punishment in the United Kingdom and abolition in the dependent territories. There is, of course, an exercise of the Crown's prerogative of mercy in those territories, which is delegated to the Governors, who act on their own judgment after consulting their...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am aware of the situation in South London and of the latest developments today, and I express my concern about the situation. The difficulty lies in fitting in yet another statement next week, but I will certainly consider the matter to see what we can do. Meanwhile, I will raise the matter urgently with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport.

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: No, I cannot. No such guarantee has been given. No Government could promise any other Government unlimited time for a measure in this House. What my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear is that if a request for amendment of the Canadian constitution is received we shall act in accordance with precedent and respond to it. But it must be clear that the progress and implementation...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not know whether one can draw the conclusions that the hon. Gentleman has from what the Prime Minister has said, but I believe that it is extremely important that a statement of Government attitude on the report should be made to the House after we have received the report and after we have had an opportunity to study it. Whatever proposals are put forward by the Government must be...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: That is a perfectly reasonable request. I inquired only this morning about the state of the Bill. It is not policy difficulties that are holding up the Bill. It is the drafting of what is a complicated measure. I should like to see it published before the recess. I fear that it may be slightly later than that, but certainly it will be at the earliest possible opportunity. I will pursue the...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Judging from the reports of the debate in the Dail, I do not know that those Members are particularly well informed about what took place at the Dublin summit. But the text of the communiqué has been published. It is there for everyone to read. I reiterate that of course it is the custom of the House that major statements of policy are made to the House, when it is sitting. But this was...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am afraid that I cannot give the hon. Gentleman all the assurances that he requires. I certainly agree that we must do all that we can to make the report widely available. I will see how that can be done for the convenience of hon. Members. Once the Government have had time to consider the report and to make assessments, there will be a statement to the House, and I would presume that at...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not think that we can have a debate on defence next week, although it may be relevant. With respect to the hon. Gentleman, I am dealing with next week's business, not with business after the recess. Defence is a matter of great importance and there is a variety of views in different parts of the House—and, indeed a variety of views on the hon. Gentleman's side of the House. With...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am afraid that I cannot give that undertaking, but I shall discuss the matter of the education colleges with my right hon. Friend I have given an undertaking to that effect. Meanwhile, I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his graphic account of the proceedings in the Scottish Grand Committee. After listening to his account, I almost felt that I had been present.

Liverpool (Demonstration) (9 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science was here earlier, but unfortunately he could not remain. The hon. Gentleman is quite right. It is a normal courtesy for Ministers to inform hon. Members if they are speaking in hon. Members' constituencies. Those courtesies have a point, and should be observed. My...

St. Lucia (Independence Gift) (9 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will give directions that there be presented on behalf of this House a gift of a clock and gavel set to the Parliament of St. Lucia, and assuring Her Majesty that this House will make good the expenses attending the same. It is one of the best of both our parliamentary and our Commonwealth traditions...

Dominica (Independence Gift) (9 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will give directions that there be presented on behalf of this House a gift of a Speaker's Chair to the House of Assembly of Dominica, and assuring Her Majesty that this House will make good the expenses attending the same. Perhaps I may preface my remarks by offering my sincere congratulations and...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Oral Statements (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Four, Sir, and two Business Statements.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Oral Statements (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman may be irritated, but his irritation is not justified. In all the statements that have been made, oral or written, the appropriate precedents have been followed. Although we must follow those precedents, it is a positive advantage for Ministers to be able to come to the House to explain and defend Government policies. They are able to do that all the better when questions...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Oral Statements (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I agree. It is quite difficult, but we hope that the matter will be resolved today. As for musical chairs, I find my role as Minister for the Arts helpful.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Oral Statements (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not sneak in any answers. I enjoy making oral statements to the House, and I am distressed when my business questions are cut down.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Facilities (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The Services Committee presented a report to the House last Session, which, if implemented, would enable a considerable extension of facilities to be made in the long term. In view of the present lack of funds for new facilities, the Committee is concentrating on seeing that the existing facilities are used to the best effect.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Facilities (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am concerned about the inadequate accommodation that undoubtedly exists for hon. Members. It is an interesting suggestion that we could use private capital for that purpose, which I shall pursue. It is constructive and useful.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Facilities (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by an early debate on the Casson report, because we know that public money is not available, but I am not against a debate at some stage. My hon. Friend's remark was not an off-the-cuff idea, because he has written to me about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Facilities (8 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not agree with my hon. Friend. I think that we get good value for money in this House. The House of Commons Commission, which is responsible for these matters, is constantly looking for ways to make economies, and we shall continue to do so.


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