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

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Let me finish this point. Infertility should certainly be relieved if it can, but not by any means. Parents exist for children, not the other way round. The final issue that I should like to discuss——

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

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Many others wish to speak. I normally give way, but I shall not this time as nearly 40 hon. Members want to get in. The hon. Gentleman looks so annoyed, I shall give way.

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

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I accept entirely the sincerity and importance of the hon. Gentleman's intervention. There is a conflict of evidence on this matter, as I said when commenting on the speech of the hon. Member for Barking. We must continue to debate the matter. I hope that the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley) will have an opportunity to speak on whether this type of research is necessary. Will our...

Petitions: Human Embryos (15 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I have the honour to beg leave to present a petition to the House concerning the protection of the human embryo and signed by citizens from virtually every part of the United Kingdom. It represents the final batch of signatories that have come from constituencies all over the kingdom. There are now 2 million signatures, the largest number since the Chartist petitions of the 1830s and 1840s,...

Mr. Clive Ponting (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: By refusing to accept the solemn word of the Prime Minister, now corroborated by the Attorney-General, that she took no part in this decision to bring the prosecution, has not the Leader of the Opposition done more to undermine respect for democracy than any other action in this affair and is it not time that he apologised to the House?

Mr. Clive Ponting (Trial) (11 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. As many hon. Members will not even have heard the verdict in the Ponting case as yet, and as my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House has given an undertaking that there is to be a statement tomorrow, would it not be reasonable for hon. Members to read and reflect on the verdict before we have a discussion in the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: National Theatre (11 Feb 1985)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As my hon. Friend is a distinguished hon. Member and not only not a barbarian, but a Fellow of All Souls, would he care to essay an answer to Machiavelli's question, "What good is power without glory?" Is not the National Theatre one of our greatest glories? I appointed an independent commission to examine the financing of the Victoria and Albert Museum and my successor appointed an...

Opposition Day: Overseas Aid (22 Nov 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As the right hon. Gentleman knows, I am not unsympathetic to that view, but is he not being somewhat unfair to the Foreign Secretary? Could one not equally conclude that in certain respects the parliamentary system actually works and that the expressions of opinion in all parts of the House have evoked a positive and welcome response from the Government? The right hon. Gentleman has rightly...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Church Commissioners: Redundant Churches (19 Nov 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As my hon. Friend is the nearest thing, with the possible exception of myself, to an English pope, will he tell us how many redundant bishops there are in the diocese of Durham?

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: English National Opera (19 Nov 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Does my hon. Friend agree that the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) has rendered a service to the Minister for the Arts by leaking those minutes to the press, because after reading them no reasonable person could conclude that any pledge of Government finance had been given? Having said that, in view of the phenomenal success of the ENO tour in the United States, and given that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Nov 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend take time in her busy day to have words with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is sitting not far away from her, and ask him whether he will have second thoughts about the proposed abolition of the £1 note? If she saves us from the imposition of the most unpopular coin in our history, she will have the support of virtually the entire country.

GCHQ (17 Jul 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend accept that Conservative Members appreciate her courage and her respect for the House in postponing the lodging of an appeal until later this afternoon so that the House may have an opportunity to express its mind on the issue? Does she agree that if others, including the Leader of the Opposition, were to follow her example, instead of making common cause with those...

European Council (Fontainebleau) (27 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend accept that most fair-minded people whose judgment is not affected by anti-Europeanism will agree that the compromise that she reached at Fontainebleau is reasonable, taking fully into account both British and European interests? Now that this problem is fortunately out of the way, what plans do the Government have for meeting, with our European partners, the...

Order of the Day: Earlier Entitlement to Pension (15 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Once again, I find myself in entire agreement with the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams). I too think, as is obvious from what I have said, that it would be preferable to have the absolute right to pension at 60. However, the amendment is an improvement, and I think it right and proper that I should express our appreciation to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House for...

Order of the Day: Earlier Entitlement to Pension (15 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I warmly welcome the amendment and congratulate the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) on his clear, reasoned and researched argument for it. Members of this House are among the lowest paid of legislators in the European Community, indeed in the wider world, a point that is not always appreciated by the public, and they are not helped in that appreciation by the way in which,...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: It is indeed rare to have the opportunity to debate the arts in this House at length. It is unfortunate that the debate coincides with the European elections, but there is, perhaps, even an appropriateness or symmetry about that, for both matters are of crucial importance to the future of the nation and to the continuance of civilised life, though that is not how the general public always...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I welcome that addendum to my tribute. The hon. Member for Paisley, South (Mr. Buchan)—he was on the wing but has momentarily roosted on hearing the sound of his name—should accept that it is a pity if, in these debates on the arts, too much acrimony—too much party politics, too much exaggeration—is injected. There are few enough hon. Members concerned about the arts. If we spend our...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Whoever the hon. Gentleman is bickering with, I am delighted to know that he is not bickering with me, and I shall follow his example. The scope and range of this debate is wide and one could make a lengthy speech. Indeed, they appear to be in fashion. I shall, however, be selective and confine myself to a limited number of points, though they are of major importance. The first concerns the...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I agree. I wish that it would spread to other spheres. I shall not detail which spheres I am thinking of. Lord Gowrie has achieved a considerable increase in the Arts Council grant. I congratulate him on that. He has rescued the Government from some of the consequences of proposing to abolish the GLC and the metropolitan councils without having thought through the consequences of such a...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not know whether it is good company, but it is a good cause—which is not quite the same thing. A lesson can be drawn from recent events. If the arts world wants its voice to be heard it must use that voice and fight for the causes in which it believes. If that had not been done in relation to the GLC we should have faced a major crisis in arts financing that would have affected the...


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