Results 61–80 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Business of the House (21 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Sir H. Fraser), will my right hon. Friend make it absolutely clear that the resolution to be proposed will include the modification moved by my right hon. Friend the Member for Stafford and myself on the linkage of Members' pay? That is most important. My right hon. Friend said that the resolution would not be...

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: My first remark will be widely welcomed, because I do not intend to speak for long, but I shall speak freely because this matter must be determined by the House, not by the Government. I hope that the payroll vote, as it has been called, will not be wheeled out this evening by the Government — [AN HON. MEMBER: "My right hon. Friend did it."] My hon. Friend says that I did it, which is...

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: That is precisely why I am suggesting an amendment to my right hon. Friend's proposal. I recall the pledge that I gave on 4 March 1980, which is in Hansard, that the recommendations of the review body would be implemented. The importance of that pledge is, not that I made it but that it was made on behalf of the Cabinet.

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: It is no good my hon. Friend shouting at me, "What is their answer?" He must shout that at somebody else. I am no longer in a position to answer him.

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am not seeking office. If I were. this would be a funny way of doing it. Equally important are the proposals of my right hon. Friend the Member for Taunton for linkage because they are intended — I stress that, and I shall make a qualification before I provoke another storm—once and for all to end the appalling process which we are going through again this evening. It is half farce and...

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The hon. Gentleman is wide of my point, which was simple, and the same as that made by his hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is possible to vote for amendment (i) and against (b). Hon. Members can vote for (i) as an insurance policy in case (b) should be passed. That is an important point to make. I wish to make two further points. The Leader of the House is proposing...

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am most grateful to my right hon. Friend. I do not wish to seem importunate, but, as he has been so reasonable on that point, will he be equally reasonable about car mileage allowances? His is an unworkable proposition, although I understand why it has been put forward. The House would have nothing but respect for him if he were to say that the House has shown its will in this matter and...

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker, which is an important one. If my amendment to amendment (b) is passed, will it be possible to take a vote on amendment (b)?

Members' and Ministers' Pay and Allowances: Schedule (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Perhaps I may interrupt my right hon. Friend in a more parliamentary way. Due to the arrival of that extraordinary object, I was unable to hear the important things that my right hon. Friend was saying. May I ask him to repeat them?

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Sponsorship (18 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Does the Minister accept that any additional funding from private sources for the Theatre museum must be supplementary to the promises made by the Government? Is the Minister aware that the GLC is considering modifying the terms of its contract for the sale of the site at Covent Garden so that it will cost the Government a mere £250,000? In view of that, will the Minister undertake, on...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Sponsorship (18 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Oh!

Business of the House (14 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: In view of the motion that the Leader of the House has placed on the Order Paper on the difficult question of Members' pay and conditions, does my right hon. Friend recall the pledge that I made to the House on behalf of the Cabinet of which he and I at the time were members that, save in the most exceptional circumstances, the recommendations of the independent review committee would be...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I have listened to the debate carefully and tried to evaluate the arguments that have been put forward. As some hon. Members may know, I have for long held objections on grounds of conscience to capital punishment, but that cannot be the end of the matter. This is an issue, not only of the individual hon. Member's conscience but of the judgment of each one of us as to whether the restoration...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr. Heath) said, the status quo has altered.

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: No, I shall not give way. Has the burden of proof been discharged? Has it been established in the debate that the death penalty is a unique deterrent that would increase the security of the country? That has not been established and my right hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Atkins) said that it could not be. If that is so, the case cannot be made out for altering the status quo....

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Yes, that was eventually made clear.

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Possibly: in fact it was made clear in response to a question from a former Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Jenkins). The second issue is just as crucial and it has not been answered. It is whether the Home Secretary believes that it is possible without a restoration of jury trial in Northern Ireland to bring back the death penalty for terrorism. Is that...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: No, I shall not give way. It has been suggested that perhaps a judge in Northern Ireland sitting with assessors would be a substitute for a jury. Has my right hon. and learned Friend asked the Northern Ireland judiciary whether it would be willing to adopt such a role? If he has made such an inquiry, what has been the response? We in the House are entitled to that information if we are to...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: One of the most outstanding speeches in the debate was made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne. I served with him in the Cabinet when he was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. I can vouch, though it is not necessary, for the truth of everything that he said about the events during that period. He pointed to something of even more importance than jury trial. That is the...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This is a debate on a private Member's motion, so presumably there will be no Government reply. The right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Jenkins) raised two most important questions on which the House must know the view of the Home Secretary before it can make a judgment. The first question has been answered, but we do not know the answer to the...


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