Results 261–280 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am surprised that such a skilled parliamentarian as the hon. Gentleman should not seek to raise this matter during the debate on the Gracious Speech. It would be quite in order so to do. It is not too late. It may be raised this afternoon, if necessary, although there is another subject set down for general debate. Any hon. Member would be in order, I believe, Mr. Speaker, in raising any...

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: There will be a number of opportunities to discuss unemployment during this Session, on a variety of occasions. I share the hon. Gentleman's anxiety about the rising rate of unemployment. It would be scandalous if unemployment at that rate remained a permanent feature of our life.

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman has raised a very important but somewhat detailed point. I shall pass it on directly to my right hon. Friend.

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The present Government, and, indeed, their predecessors, have made clear their views on those tests. There will be an opportunity for a full debate on the nationality Bill when it is brought before the House. As to the visit of Prince Charles to India, I think that the Prince — I think that the hon. Gentleman would agree—dealt with that situation with his usual skill and diplomacy.

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman is rightly vigilant in the defence of his constituents' interests, but he is somewhat over-pessimistic in prejudging the discussions. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has proved a most skilful defender of British interests, including our fishing interests. I noted that the hon. Gentleman was the first Member to raise the question of the Italian earthquake...

Business of the House (27 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: What is important at the moment is not that we should have a debate in the House but that the negotiations, which have been resumed, should continue. It is my hope that they will come to an early and just conclusion.

Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: No, No.

Business of the House (21 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I beg to move, That— (1) Standing Order No. 6 (Precedence of Government business) shall have effect for this Session with the following modifications, namely:—In paragraph (2) the word 'twelve' shall be substituted for the word 'ten' in line 5; and in paragraph (5) the word 'eight' shall be substituted for the word 'ten' in line 30;(2) Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over...

Business of the House (21 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: With permission, I shall comment on that. One should be careful before one condemns so-called posture politics. If they were regarded as undesirable, a large part of our proceedings would be ruled out automatically. The Ten Minutes Rule is useful. There was a suggestion that the procedure should be postponed until later in the day. However, hon. Members value the opportunity to make a case in...

Business of the House (21 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I appreciate my hon. Friend's anxiety, but we have only just come back after a fairly long recess. The Easter and Whitsun Recesses centre round the great feasts of the Church, and that will give some indication of when they will occur. Because of the lighter programme, I hope that we shall be up by the end of July.

Business of the House (21 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall examine the procedure, but the Select Committee on procedure has already examined it. The arrangements suit the larks but not the nightingales.

Business of the House (21 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall bear that in mind. My right hon. Friend the Patronage Secretary is suffering more and more, as is the Opposition Chief Whip. We should not pursue these matters further at this early hour, as it has a bad effect upon them.

Council Houses (Rents) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that it would be in the interests of the House if you would be good enough to have a further suspension?

Council Houses (Rents) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I point out to the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Speaker, that it is precisely to consider what he has said that I am suggesting that there might be a short suspension.

Orders of the Day — Opposition Parties (Financial Assistance) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: We are discussing a Government motion which was moved by a Minister. Accusations of inconsistency cannot be made against the Government. A distinction must be drawn between Front Bench speeches and Back Bench speeches. Even the length of them is a guide.

Orders of the Day — Opposition Parties (Financial Assistance) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: indicated dissent—

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: The Arts (Public Investment) (10 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Naturally I should like to see more public investment in the arts, and this continues to be my objective. However, I am satisfied with the public investment made to date.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: The Arts (Public Investment) (10 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Those are fighting words. As usual, the hon. Gentleman has hit out in all directions and has missed most of his targets. I am certainly in favour of increasing investment in the arts, whether from public or private sources. I do not beleive that it is the job of a Minister responsible for the arts to be a censor. The responsibility for the way in which the money is spent belongs to the Arts...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: The Arts (Public Investment) (10 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not wish to condemn anyone. Under its constitution there is a duty on the Arts Council to decide how to dispense public money. It would be highly undesirable for Ministers to start intervening in the day-to-day administration of the Arts Council. If there is a cause for complaint that is drawn to my attention, I, in turn, draw it to the attention of the Arts Council, which investigates...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: The Arts (Public Investment) (10 Nov 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State pointed out to the hon. Gentleman, the Arts Council grant has been considerably increased this year by £10 million, or 20 per cent. I encourage private sponsorship, not as a substitute, but as a welcome addition to support by the Arts Council. I am glad to have the support of the hon. Gentleman in both my campaigns. With his support we are bound...


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