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Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I do not know whether to rejoice or lament at that expression of support. If it puts me in an embarrassing position, the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition must be even more embarrassed.

Business of the House (18 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish you not only happy constitutional reflections but a happy Christmas. May your stocking be full.

Adjournment (Christmas) (17 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: This is a traditional debate. It has been preserved by the will of the House against the recommendations of the Procedure Committee. We voted on this matter, and this is a debate of great importance. It had its afficionados, or its stage army or whatever one likes to call them, who are regular attenders, enriched by an occasional windfall from the Smoking Room. I should like to welcome the...

Adjournment (Christmas) (17 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I was listening, and I was talking. It is possible to do two things at the same time. I was talking about the reply to the debate.

Adjournment (Christmas) (17 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I know that the hon. Gentleman does not wish to prejudice my future. I admit responsibility for the term "The blessed Margaret", but "TINA" has nothing to do with me. I read it for the first time in The Guardian. Someone else can have the glory for having invented that.

Adjournment (Christmas) (17 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I was not really saying that there was adequate time to raise the matter in that debate, because I know the difficulties about keeping remarks in order and so on. What I was saying was that over the period immediately following the Prime Minister's visit to Dublin there was adequate time, taking into account Prime Minister's Question Time and the various other opportunities, to raise the...

Adjournment (Christmas) (17 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Following the intervention of my hon. Friend the Member for Yarmouth (Mr. Fell), the right hon. Gentleman said that he would welcome Conservative Members joining him in the Lobby. I must say that he is being so persuasive, reasonable and courteous that my resolve is weakening. I am on the point of suffering a major conversion. If the right hon. Gentleman continues in this manner, he will succeed.

Business of the House (16 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Knutsford (Mr. Bruce-Gardyne) for raising this matter in his usual trenchant way. I congratulate him on his persistence in pursuing a matter which is of vital importance to the House of Commons. It was as a result of his activities and those of a number of other hon. Members that I announced that it was the Government's intention to appoint a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Films (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The British Film Institute is the instrument by which the Government promote film as an art form, and I have already announced that I am proposing an increase in its grant from £5,750,000 in the current financial year to £6,400,000 in 1981–82, which is an increase of 11 per cent. I have also agreed to give The Guardian lecture on "The place of film and television in the Arts" at the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Films (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: Matters concerning the commercial side of the industry are not for me; they are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade. I am responsible for the film in so far as it is an art form. I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is an extremely important art form, not least because it attracts so many young people. That is why we have managed, by arrangement with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Films (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: My hon. Friend speaks for himself. For most hon. Members, their time for watching television is late in the evening. It depends whether one is a lark or a nightingale.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Films (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: One of the difficulties is that the responsibilities for the various aspects of film and television are split between different Departments. I shall have words with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Meanwhile, I shall do all I can, as I am doing, to support the film as an art form, which is my responsibility.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Public Lending Right (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: For planning purposes, it is estimated that up to 50,000 authors may register an entitlement for PLR during the first year. It is impossible to say what the average entitlement is likely to be since it will depend upon the eventual number of eligible authors, the number of times their books have been borrowed and the amount available in the central fund for distribution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Public Lending Right (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: We have cut the adminstrative cost right down to the bone, but we are always willing to look to see whether there can be further economies before the scheme is laid before Parliament, which will be early in the Session, I hope shortly after we return from the Christmas Recess.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Public Lending Right (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I disagree entirely with my hon. Friend. The scheme represents a major breakthrough in principle and the recognition of a right in authors. That we cannot devote a large sum of money to it is regrettable, but I believe that the authors will benefit. What is important is that the right has at long last been recognised.

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The business for next week will be as follows: MONDAY 15 DECEMBER—Private Members' motions until 7 o'clock. Afterwards, Proceedings on the Anguilla Bill [Lords]. Motion on the Imprisonment (Temporary Provisions) Act 1980 (Continuance) Order. TUESDAY 16 DECEMBER—Supply [2nd Allotted Day]: Subject for debate to be announced. The House will be asked to agree the Civil and Defence...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: The right hon. Gentleman has in part answered his own question. Of course, these important matters should be debated by the House, but we have made available a Supply day on Tuesday and it is open to the Opposition to choose what subjects they wish. On Thursday next week there is a second Supply day, which is at present devoted to European matters. With regard to the statements for which the...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall do my best to ensure that statements on a variety of subjects are made next week, but there is a physical limit to the number of statements that can be made in any one week in this House. There is the opportunity to raise a number of subjects on the Consolidated Fund Bill. I am proposing to table on Wednesday the motion for the Christmas Adjournment, when there will be further...

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I shall bear in mind the second request. I shall have to consider it in the context of the programme when we return after the recess. It is essential that the responsible Minister should have time to study Mr. MacGregor's report, and that the House should have an opportunity to assess it seriously. I shall do what I can to see that the report is made available to hon. Members.

Business of the House (11 Dec 1980)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman back to the House after his recent illness. We are delighted to see him. I congratulate him on his excellent report on the financial institutions of the City, which disappointed so many of his friends. A debate was held on the Radcliffe report. The right hon. Gentleman's report ranks with that, and I shall do my best to see whether we can arrange a debate at...


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