Results 1–20 of 1882 for speaker:Dr Shirley Summerskill

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: "Protect and Survive" (5 May 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that, in the past few years, Government instructions about what we should do in the event of nuclear attack have varied? We were told that we must all stay in our homes; then that we must evacuate. We are now told, I believe, that some of us must stay at home and others must evacuate. Will he assure us that this new edition of "Protect and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prison Population (5 May 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Does the Home Secretary agree that the key to the alternative to prison is the probation service? Yet, in his article on prison overcrowding in The Times today, the right hon. Gentleman did not mention the probation service. Is that not an extremely regrettable omission? Will he bear in mind that the expected increase of only 155 probation officers next year will be hopelessly inadequate if...

Police and Criminal Evidence Bill (4 May 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman saying that the machine would have to be specially designed and constructed and that it would take two years to do that? What exactly will take two years? Is such a machine available in any other country? Has he inquired into that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Health Care (19 Apr 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that he is not combining private and public health care, but is hiving off sectors of public care to the private sector? That is what he is doing in Halifax. He has asked Calderdale health authority, which is unanimous in wanting a new laundry in Halifax under state supervision, to transfer laundry care to private operators. That is wholly against...

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Can the hon. and learned Gentleman tell us about the American experience? In America, legislation on both computer and manual information is in force.

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Today we have been debating what is in effect a computer data protection Bill. Its effects are that fundamental issues of civil liberty are still at stake. Its provisions lag behind those of other European countries by several years. As my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport, North (Mr. Bennett) said, an opportunity has been lost. People can be exposed to serious risks from computerised and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prison Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that not only are there 45,000 people in prison today, but that a report published yesterday predicted that there would be as many as 50,000 prisoners by the end of the decade? Why did the Government resist any significant new measure being introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 1982 to reduce the number of prisoners? Exhortations to the judiciary have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Civil Defence (31 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: As the British Medical Association has totally rejected the Minister's estimates of the number of deaths and the extent of disease and injuries in the event of a nuclear attack, is he aware that that casts serious doubt on all the other Home Office estimates and assumptions about survival in the event of a nuclear war and about the protection of the population?

Yorkshire and Humberside (Employment) (4 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Do I understand the hon. Gentleman to be asking the Minister to restore assisted area status to Calderdale, when he voted for withdrawing it in 1979?

Yorkshire and Humberside (Employment) (4 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield, East (Mr. Sheerman) is almost next to mine and many of the problems that he so eloquently and lengthily described are similar to the problems in Halifax. I do not apologise for speaking about one particular constituency, mine, because it is symbolic of the problems of the Yorkshire and Humberside region and the rapid decline...

Yorkshire and Humberside (Employment) (4 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The hon. Gentleman does not understand the implications of that Bill. There is far more to it than the Piece hall, as the hon. Gentleman must know. He is intelligent enough to have read the Bill and seen exactly what was involved. The traditional basic industries of Halifax have been decimated. So many factories have closed and so many jobs have been lost that I despair of any real revival...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prison Service (Morale) (3 Mar 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: As the Government's new Criminal Justice Act does not contain any measure which would lead to a significant and permanent reduction in the prison population, when will the Home Secretary use one of the two powers that he does have—one for the early release of prisoners, and the other to reduce the time spent in prison before becoming eligible for parole?

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind the words "by reckless conduct"? It could be said that dumping radio-active material into the sea is reckless conduct committed outside the United Kingdom.

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am sorry to learn that we do not feel obliged to conform with the resolution. The vote was 19–6. Presumably we were one of the six and not an abstention. I do not see any point in 30 countries meeting and deciding on joint action if we then defy it. Can the hon. and learned Gentleman say whether Belgium and Switzerland will defy the decision, or will they abide by it and not dump off Cornwall?

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Before he sits down, would the hon. and learned Gentleman answer the two questions I asked specifically? Were we one of the six countries which voted against the resolution? And will Belgium and Switzerland continue to dump off Cornwall?

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

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Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Does the hon. Gentleman feel that this study, which is going to take about two years to complete, is unnecessary? Is he completely certain that this material can be put into the sea without any possible harm? If not, then surely it is worthwhile to carry out the study. Until we are absolutely certain, we should not incur any more risks while the study is being carried out.

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Although Labour Members welcome the Bill as a necessary piece of legislation to implement the United Nations convention, some important points have been made during its passage which I hope the Minister will take into careful consideration. One new point which has occurred to me about clause 1 relates to offences committed outside the United Kingdom which could endanger life by reckless...

Orders of the Day — Right of Reply in the Media Bill (18 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will not the Bill act as a deterrent to factual inaccuracy? Perhaps journalists on small or national newspapers will be more careful to get their facts right in future.

Orders of the Day — Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (8 Feb 1983)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Under successive Governments it has been the commendable practice of this country, unlike many other countries, not to ratify United Nations conventions until we are able to put into effect and into law the requirements of that convention. This has meant that although we are often slow to ratify, and have been subjected to criticism because we have not ratified, when we do it means something...


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