Results 221–240 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The contents of the Bill have been widely discussed over a long time. In many ways it is a consolidating Bill. [HON. MEMBERS: "No".] It contains certain innovations, but I do not believe it to be accurate to describe it as a major constitutional Bill.

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The Bill has not yet been before the right hon. Gentleman. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is present and has heard what has been said. We have considered the matter, but it is our judgment that the Bill should proceed in the normal way.

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I said at the time how much hon. Members throughout the House appreciated what the right hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan) said. A debate, which we shall have, on the report and the reply to it should be an important contribution to the peaceful solution of Welsh problems.

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: There is no doubt that the views of which the hon. Gentleman complains are held by a small minority of people. I do not think that we should do a great service by concentrating too much attention on the activities of a tiny minority. Their views and activities are condemned by the overwhelming majority of people.

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: We have already discussed the matter. It was debated on 28 October and when we last considered the Consolidated Fund. The Government are very concerned about the matter, but I do not think that there is a case for another debate at an early date.

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: This is an important matter. The interest in it is widespread not only in the country but in the House, as in shown by the signatures which the early-day motion attracted. The EEC document goes a long way to meeting the anxieties of the signatories of the motion. I shall discuss the matter with the Secretary of State to see whether further information can be provided for the convenience of...

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I have seen the motion. I entirely agree with it. It is an excellent motion, and I congratulate the hon. Member on having tabled it. The harassment of the lady concerned has been conducted by only some members of the British press and some members of the foreign press. I deplore it. I wish in particular that the editor of the Sunday Mirror would aplolgise for the baseless story about the...

Business of the House (4 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall draw those matters to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. I am afraid that we cannot have a debate before Christmas on this matter. If there are major developments in the prison officers' dispute, I have no doubt that my right hon. Friend will make an announcement to the House.

House of Commons (Special Standing Committee Procedure) (1 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am not at all provoked by the right hon. Gentleman, except perhaps to be helpful and to give further information. It is not the Government's intention to submit the British Telecommunications Bill, to the new procedure. It is a party political controversial Bill in parts and, therefore, perhaps not suitable for the procedure. However, if...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: It is the traditional duty of the Leader of the House to reply to the debate on the Gracious Speech. It is a daunting task to compress into 30 minutes a reply to a debate that has lasted six days and has ranged over the whole of the economic and political spectrum. The advantage is that I have done it before and, God and everyone else concerned willing, I shall do it again. In many ways this...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: On this occasion my right hon. Friend the Member for Sidcup was not as short on facts as was the Leader of the Opposition, but he was not quite correct. Our aid record is excellent. Our gross aid is £1,000 million a year. It is higher than for most countries that take part in aid programmes. It seems a long time since we heard the two excellent speeches by my hon. Friends the Members for...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Legislative work is tedious, and its tedium is appreciated fully only by those who have to take part in it. We must also continue our work on the reform of Parliament long after the debates on economic affairs have been consigned to the volumes of Hansard—and there can surely be no greater oblivion than that.

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The system of Select Committees, which have been such a resounding success—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] They have. The Opposition may not like them, but they have redressed the balance between Westminster and Whitehall in favour of Westminster. We shall shortly be setting up a new Procedure Committee to investigate Supply and to restore a most important function of the House—the granting and...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The right hon. Gentleman said it. I added up his figures, and that is what it came to. As in the economic fields, so in the social fields the Opposition are bereft of positive ideas or policies. On housing, the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) — the so-called "gang of one"—is so obsessed with his vendetta against my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: At a stroke, we have bridged the wide—[Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Equally — [HON. MEMBERS: "Withdraw."] Equally important is the pledge that was given — [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."] Even fewer tenants will be allowed to buy their own homes if the right hon. Member for Sparkbrook ever returns to power, because he has pledged that councils will be empowered to buy back at confiscatory prices houses that have been sold.

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Well—[HON. MEMBERS: "Apologise."] I will not apologise, but if it will get me a little peace and quiet I will say that the hon. Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer) is right. There are some private tenants who do not have the right to buy their own houses. [HON. MEMBERS: "All private tenants."] No, not at all.

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall move on to unemployment if I am allowed to do so. Before doing so, I should like to take this first opportunity to congratulate the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Foot) on his translation to Leader of the Opposition.

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale owes me a great debt. I supported him in the election for the leadership of the Labour Party. Indeed, it is a double debt, because I did not tell anyone that I was doing so—unlike my noble Friend Lord Thorneycroft, who hailed the right hon. Member for Leeds, East as the morning star of monetarism. And that was the end of his candidature. Anyhow, the...

Orders of the Day — Industry and the Economy (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: If the right hon. Gentleman will allow me to finish this point, I shall give way to him. It was a period of falling unemployment. It was a period of great technical innovation, it was a period of the founding of new businesses. One can see them if one walks down the Great West Road. Those developments are being paralleled again.


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