Results 81–100 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Jul 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend accept that her statement today on unemployment benefit is extremely welcome and has made the position clearer, because it would be unacceptable to many Conservative Members if the unemployed were to be further penalised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Religious Education (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is my hon. Friend aware that statistics from his Department show that only 58 per cent. of schools provide religious education for all fourth-year pupils, and 18 per cent. provide it for none at all? Is it not a scandal that this Government, of all Governments, should preside over what is becoming a collapse of moral and religious education in schools? When will we train more religious...

Prime Minister's Question Time (3 Feb 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Did not the dominance of the open question arise from the habit of some Prime Ministers of transferring substantive questions to departmental Ministers? Is it not true that, since the Select Committee report of 1977, that situation has been remedied? Therefore, would it not be reasonable to have a trial period in which substantive questions were given priority over open questions?

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I should like to congratulate——

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I have the leave of the House to sum up?

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I congratulate the hon. Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George), not just on his contribution today but on the continuous support that he has given to the cause of parliamentary reform. One is grateful to him for his staunch support of this cause. I was interested in his allusion to my meeting the great Chief Whip in the sky. Did he have in mind our own Chief Whip, the Patronage Secretary, or...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I wish to express my appreciation of that forthcoming and constitutional remark.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I hope that this will be an auspicious day. I know that tomorrow will, as it is the anniversary of your birthday, Mr. Speaker. May I start by giving you, on behalf of my self and the House, our good wishes? It is no exaggeration to say that this Bill raises a constitutional issue of major and first-class importance. For 700 years, the...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall give way in a moment. Private investors will have an additional reassurance that the company is being efficiently and properly run. Furthermore, the CAG already has considerable commercial expertise. That will be added to as the proposals in the Bill are carefully and gradually implemented.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Careful discussion is needed about the position of companies over which control is exercised by the Government, not through majority shareholding. I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's point. I hope that we can discuss it later.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I should like to continue with my speech, as many hon. Members wish to speak. Hon. Members will have an opportunity to make their points, should they be called to speak. The only argument against the Bill that has any substance is that a proliferation of bodies will be looking at the industries. I have great sympathy with that, but the Bill contains a quid pro quo. The clause must be read in...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Part of the fundamental purpose would be achieved, but not another purpose. The Bill has twin purposes—to restore the appointment of the CAG to the House by means of an Address to Her Majesty; and to extend the remit to cover the nationalised industries and other companies where public money is involved. I believe that those basic principles are co-ordinate. Clause 3 gives inspection...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I cannot subscribe to that statement. If any company falls within the terms of the clause, the CAG will be available to conduct efficiency audits. It is a help to, not an attack on, the companies to have an independent, unbiased and impartial review by somebody of that status. Clause 5 is a permissive clause that gives the CAG a power in parallel with the present power of the Secretary of...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Jul 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: This is an important debate, although it is taking place at a late hour. The high attendance at this hour shows the importance that hon. Members attach to our procedures. As a subject, procedure has little sex appeal and even less media appeal, but it is important because only through procedure can the House of Commons exercise its historic role, not of governing but of checking the...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Jul 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: rose—

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Procedure) (19 Jul 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I was flushed to my feet by the reference to constitutional propriety. It is surely unconstitutional of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Openshaw (Mr. Morris) to suggest that people are elected to the House primarily as members of parties. They are elected as individuals. If, therefore, they subsequently choose to regroup themselves into another party, they are perfectly entitled to do...

Orders of the Day — Falkland Islands (7 May 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Ts my right hon. Friend aware that, despite Argentine obstructiveness and culpability, if he continues resolutely and intrepidly to pursue a peaceful solution he will have the support of the House? However, will he bear in mind in the negotiations that the one thing that is paramount in this situation is the safety and security of our British task force?

Falkland Islands (5 May 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Will my right hon. Friend reiterate from the Dispatch Box that it was in support of our diplomacy that the overwhelming majority in the House supported the dispatch of the task force to the South Atlantic and that that resolution still holds good? I congratulate my right hon. Friend and wish him well in his efforts to secure a diplomatic solution to the crisis, as that is what the...

Falkland Islands (29 Apr 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Despite some moments of rowdiness in the House, Members meet this afternoon in a sombre mood as the prospects of war loom before this country. There is no one in the House who is either a jingoist or a triumphalist, and I believe that we should congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on having, in her opening remarks, so accurately caught the mood of the House. She was clear,...


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