Results 121–140 of 4550 for speaker:Mr Norman St John-Stevas

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Yes, we have. It is up to the Government to provide Supply days. The rights of the Opposition are to have 29 Supply days, but the disposition of them is in the hands of the Government. We have made that day available. If the right hon. Gentleman wishes to debate unemployment, that is an opportunity. As for the report of the Treasury Select Committee, we take that extremely seriously. I take...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The right hon. Gentleman must know that the whole purpose of Supply days is to enable the Opposition to raise subjects that they wish to be debated. We have gone out of our way to provide an opportunity in the first week after the recess. I am prepared to see whether the Select Committee report can be distributed, though there are things that one might prefer in one's Christmas stocking. If I...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: That is a reasonable request. The Government are still studying the report and 1 suggest that the matter might be pursued through the usual channels.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I should have thought that the significance of the salary to be paid to the Prime Minister's economic adviser was that the burden that might otherwise have fallen on public funds is to be shared between public and private sources. It is surely a matter for congratulation rather than condemnation that part of the salary will not be borne by public funds.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am happy to place that rather inadequate gift in my hon. Friend's stocking. For the convenience of the House, we have arranged for a separate debate on the Scottish rate support grant order. It will be taken not in the first week back but shortly after we return.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The Prime Minister, along with other members of the Government, shares concern for the disabled. It is important to provide help for those in such circumstances, and that is the policy of the Government.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: As usual, the hon. Gentleman is not totally accurate. That prayer was written not by St. Francis but by an Anglican divine of the last century. [HON. MEMBERS: "Name him."] If I had given a copy of the prayer to my right hon. Friend, it would have been a truly ecumenical gesture. I am prepared to put anything in my right hon. Friend's stocking except the hon. Member for Warley, East (Mr. Faulds).

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I cannot promise my hon. Friend a statement before the House rises. The subject is being pursued in Brussels, and I have no special knowledge of how the negotiations are going. Of course, we attach great importance to the protection of New Zealand interests. If I may return to the previous question relating to the authorship of the prayer, the truth will out. The hon. Member for Warley, East...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall certainly consider that suggestion. Anything that we can do to help the disabled is welcomed by the Government.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I recognise that many hon. Members have constituency interests in the motor industry. Indeed, it is a subject of general concern. I shall certainly bear in mind what my hon. Friend has said when we are arranging a debate.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I had a meeting this morning with my right hon. Friend and we discussed the colleges of education. The hon. Gentleman must accept that with the decline in school rolls it is not possible to maintain in existence 10 colleges of education.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Because colleges of education exist to provide teachers to teach pupils. If the pupils are not there, it is no service to the teachers to train them for jobs that are not in existence. That seems to me obvious. I am pleased to be able to tell the hon. Gentleman that the talks on the Roman Catholic colleges of education are proceeding in a very cordial atmosphere.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall look into that matter at the request of the hon. Gentleman. 1 am afraid that I cannot promise an early debate on the subject.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall bear in mind the hon. Gentleman's second request concerning the reports of the Commission when a suitable opportunity occurs. On the question of the recommendation of the Procedure Committee that formal days should be set aside, I believe that the important issue is that days should be provided. The formal structure is of lesser importance.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not think that the Nationality Bill is a constitutional Bill in the normally accepted sense of the word, which is a Bill concerned with the machinery of Government. It is the Government's intention that the Bill should be sent upstairs.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am, of course, aware that the unemployment situation in Liverpool, and on Merseyside in general, is among the worst in the country. The Government have recognised that situation through the special aid measures for that area. On the matter of debates, I can only repeat that we have gone out of our way to make a Supply day available. If the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Cabinet...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: It is not reasonable of the hon. Gentleman to compare an appointment of this nature with the workers' salaries that he has in mind. One has to compare like with like. One has to compare economic advisers' salaries with the salaries of those working in the same sphere. In order to secure the services of the person concerned, it was necessary to offer a salary comparable to the salary that he...

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The right hon. Gentleman has answered his own point. He said that the Bill will "touch on constitutional issues". A Bill touching on constitutional issues is not a constitutional Bill in the accepted sense of the word. That is a perfectly valid distinction made by the Leader of the Opposition. As to professors, mad or otherwise, they seem to have been employed by successive Governments....

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am aware of the expression in the House of the desire for a debate. We have had it from the hon. Gentleman and from the Leader of the Opposition and other Members. I shall consider the matter.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The American defence presence in this country is relevant to a number of debates that have taken place in the House. The hon. Gentleman has managed to raise the issue on a number of occasions. I do not, therefore, think that there is a need for an early debate. With regard to the judiciary, it would be a very good thing if Opposition Members occasionally paid tribute to the judiciary for...


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