Results 41–60 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentlman's general point that local authorities should do very much more to support the arts. I am reluctant to criticise particular authorities because the record is so varied. Some are excellent, but some are not so good. My third criticism concerns music and orchestras. The grant for music is to be reduced by £750,000. Those excellent activities and...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The effects of the policy remain extremely clouded. I am against the principle of the policy. I am opposed to the cut in grant to the LOCB, which will put unfair financial pressure on the London orchestras. My fourth criticism involves the Royal Court. Before the report appeared, a great deal of fuss was made about its future. That has subsided, but quite unjustifiably because the threat...

Business of the House (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is my right hon. Friend award of the strong feeling in the House that right hon. and hon. Members who are no longer Members of the House but who have attained the age of 60 with 20 years' service should be entitled to claim a non-actuarially reduced pension, sentiments which are contained in the amendment tabled by the Shadow Leader of the House for discussion tomorrow? Can my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions: Libya (Diplomatic Relations) (1 May 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. and learned Friend agree that no reasonable person would recognise in the unscrupulous hindsight of an almost interminable intervention by the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) the exercise, skilfully carried out and prudently pursued, of damage limitation conducted by the Government in a virtually impossible situation? Do I take it from his statement that my...

European Council (21 Mar 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Would the Prime Minister agree that to seek a permanent solution to the budget problem is to be both patriotic and a good European? How can there be a prosperous and ongoing Community if one of the leading members is continually rankling under a sense of injustice? In view of what my right hon. Friend says about the reservations of other member states on the system proposed by the French...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is the Prime Minister aware that the only people who are degraded are those who are pursuing this scurrilous campaign, and that the sooner they, including the shadow Leader of the House, give it up, the better for the reputation of public life?

Business of the House: Debate on 13 December: (8 Dec 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The Leader of the House may recall that, when I was Leader of the House, we experimented with giving Mr. Speaker discretion to limit to 10 minutes speeches made in the later stages of Second Reading debates. As it was well received, will he now give the House an opportunity to decide whether that should be done on a permanent basis, and whether the practice should be extended to other debates?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trunk Roads (Essex) (5 Dec 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is my hon. Friend aware that we have been waiting for 21 years in Chelmsford for a decision on the A12—since I was adopted as candidate for Chelmsford? As many people are suffering from planning blight, and as there is a great deal of uncertainty, will my hon. Friend, who I know is studying this matter, give me a combined 21st birthday and Christmas present and announce it before 25 December?

National Graphical Association (Dispute) (30 Nov 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for his forthright statement, which makes it quite clear that what is involved at Warrington is nothing to do with the Employment Act but is to do with the breach of the liberties and rights of the subject as guaranteed by the common law. Will he invite the Leader of the Opposition to associate himself with that condemnation without the...

Calling of Members (Newspaper Article) (10 Nov 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Irrespective of the merits of the argument, is it not deplorable that an hon. Member should write an article in a newspaper criticising Mr. Speaker? Criticism of Mr. Speaker in the House is most severely limited—it cannot be made except on a substantive motion. How much more so must any criticism be limited when an hon. Member makes that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Nov 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As the press reports of my right hon. Friend's discussion with Mr. Dam were apparently inaccurate, will the Prime Minister take this opportunity to tell the House what was discussed? Does she accept that in seeking to promote peace in the middle east she will have the support of right hon. and hon. Members on both sides of the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Arts Council (31 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Does my hon. Friend realise that the proposed abolition of the Greater London council and the metropolitan councils is likely to create a major financial crisis for the Arts Council and the arts in general? What plans has his noble Friend to assist organisations other than the big nine listed in the White Paper which, if left to the miserly mercies of minor local authorities, are likely to...

Business of the House (27 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I thank my right hon. Friend for his helpful answer on the setting up of the Select Committees and assure him that we realise that any delay on that is not due to him. Will he be equally forthcoming and expeditious in announcing what Bills he intends to submit to the new public Bill procedure which has proved a helpful adjunct to the procedures of the House?

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden) on his excellent maiden speech in terms as sincere but less convoluted than were directed at him by the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell). We face a grave situation in Grenada. It is right that the House of Commons should come together to express its mind and, hopefully, the mind of the nation on the issues...

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: No; it is extremely clear. It is only the convoluted mind of the right hon. Gentleman that is unable to comprehend the distinction that I am making. While it is right for hon. Members to speak freely, as they are not burdened with the responsibilities of office, that is not possible for those who are charged with conducting our foreign policy. The first matter to be considered was the need...

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am not trying to enter any fold. I have one of my own.

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman seems to think that other people's motives are as low as his. I am speaking my mind—[Interruption.]

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am willing to give way to the hon. Gentleman if it was he who interrupted.

Grenada (Invasion) (26 Oct 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: There is a clear distinction between political freedom and economic prosperity. They may be linked, and I hope that the Grenadians will enjoy both in due course, but I do not wish to be led astray into a discussion of that kind. The right hon. Member for Leeds, East has sought throughout to squeeze the last drop of party political advantage out of the crisis. That has been the case when we...

Ministerial and other Salaries (26 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I echo what has been said by the hon. Member for Blaydon (Mr. McWilliam) only perhaps rather more enthusiastically and I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House on the expeditious way in which he has noted the will of the House. That is further evidence of what an excellent Leader of the House he is.


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