Results 101–120 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Falkland Islands (29 Apr 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Many other hon. Members want to speak, and I have finished that point. We should resolutely dismiss the anti-Americanism which has surfaced from time to time in our discussions and which we saw again at Prime Minister's Question Time today. There is no doubt about the massive support that this country is receiving from the American people. Like other hon. Members, I have recently been to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Falkland Islands (27 Apr 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, at a time when the House is rightly proud of the British forces in South Georgia and united in their support, it also firmly supports her efforts to achieve a diplomatic settlement of this dispute? Will she, even at this eleventh hour, consider a new step, namely, utilising the mediation services of the Holy See, which has unrivalled experience in such...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Apr 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Is my right hon. Friend aware that her handling of the Falklands crisis with a combination of firmness and diplomacy has commanded the support of the vast majority of hon. Members? Is she further aware that her declaration this afternoon that despite the difficulties or shortcomings of the present proposals she will pursue resolutely a diplomatic solution to the crisis will also have the full...

Orders of the Day — The Arts (22 Feb 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am most interested in the hon. Gentleman's suggestions. There seems some doubt as to their exact status. The hon. Gentleman speaks from the Front Bench. Are we to take it that these are now the policies of the Opposition or personal reflections which, however interesting, have no political validity?

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Supply Procedure) (15 Feb 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall make what I hope will be a fairly brief speech, because I set out my views in full in the memorandum that I submitted to the Select Committee and in the evidence that it was kind enough to take from me. I congratulate the hon. Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Garrett) on an extremely spirited and deeply felt speech. It was an important contribution to the debate. However, I part...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Supply Procedure) (15 Feb 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that I have always been both. I accept that the task of reforming Supply procedures is great. The Committee has been wise to have a division: the interim report that is before us, and then consideration of the long-term issues, for which I am delighted that it has been reappointed. In considering the long-term issues, I hope that it will consider what is going...

Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Supply Procedure) (15 Feb 1982)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: There would be a number of different motions on those days. One could have a substantive or a take-note motion. It would be a matter to be decided in the light of the prevailing circumstances.

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for giving way. Will he comment on the point raised from both sides of the House about the uprating of employment and supplementary benefit? In his opening remarks, the Chancellor seemed to say that there was some room for manoeuvre on the declared policy. Would the Chief Secretary care to clarify that point?

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: First, I wish to congratulate the right hon. Member for Crosby (Mrs. Williams) on her return to the House. She may recall that we had an encounter on the airwaves at the time of the last election, when she lost her seat. I expressed the wish that she would return speedily to the House. That return has not been as speedy as I anticipated then, nor did I anticipate the political form that it...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall give way to right hon. Lady in a moment. Secondly, I welcome the shift in emphasis from questions on money supply to wage bargaining. That began some time ago and it has continued in the Chancellor's approach. Whatever the technical distinctions may be, we have an informal incomes policy operating in the public sector, and I welcome that, too.

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not wish to pass judgment on The Times. My own judgment, for what it is worth, is just the opposite of the figure that was given in The Times leader. I believe that the most likely result of the Chancellor's package, if his forecasts are maintained, is a rise of £500 million rather than a reduction—an increase of 0·25 per cent. Perhaps the Chief Secretary will be able to throw...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I did not include the experience of my right hon. Friend the Member for Sidcup, because I knew that if I left it out he would undoubtedly intervene to draw my attention to it. I knew, too, that it would come with much greater authority from him than from me. I cannot remember whether I protested about the matter in Cabinet, because I protested about so many things. That is probably why I am...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 (8 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: It is splendid to have all these Cabinet leaks. It is only sad that the one way of ensuring that a leak is not widely publicised is to make it on the Floor of the House. We must get the measures right. We must strike the right balance between social and economic needs. Above all, we must find words to communicate our purpose to the people. The right hon. Member for Stepney and Poplar said...

Business of the House (3 Dec 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: May I ask my right hon. Friend to reconsider his decision in view of the undoubted success of the new procedure, which must not be allowed to fall into desuetude? Is not this a matter for the House to decide? Should it not have the opportunity to consider whether it wishes to make the procedure permanent? May I ask my right hon. Friend to put down a motion so that the House can come to a...

Rating (Business Premises Relief): Unemployment (24 Jun 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I hope that the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Varley) will forgive me if I do not follow him on to the party political treadmill on which he was mounted, nor into the sphere of swapped broadcasting reminiscences, but perhaps I may make what I call a liturgical point on his reference to the prayer of St. Francis. That prayer, whoever wrote it, was not written by St. Francis. It first...

Rating (Business Premises Relief): Unemployment (24 Jun 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I agree with the hon. Gentleman up to a point. Although there may be no simple answer, that is not to say that there are not ways forward, nor means by which the situation can be improved. I do not share what is becoming a fashionable kind of pessimism. Determinism may be a doctrine of philosophy; it is not a doctrine of parliamentary democracy. Our fate is largely in our own hands today, as...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Mar 1981)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak. This is the first opportunity that I have had to speak in the House since I ceased to be its Leader two months ago, I hope that in those circumstances the House will allow me to preface my reflections on the Budget with some brief personal remarks. Leaving high office is a notoriously traumatic experience. It has often led people to bitterness, a...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The business for the first week after the Adjournment is as follows:

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: On the four points raised by the right hon. Gentleman, first, there is a statement this afternoon on fisheries by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and there will be an opportunity to raise matters then.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Yes. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is still in Brussels. I suggest that the question of British Rail is a matter that should be pursued through the usual channels. As for a debate on employment and unemployment, we have provided a Supply day on Thursday 15 January.


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