Results 61–80 of 1882 for speaker:Dr Shirley Summerskill

Orders of the Day — Supply: Immigration Regulations (28 Jun 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman in his extremely good speech—it is the first from the Conservative Back Benches. Does he agree that the rule also contravenes the Conservative Party's election manifesto which stated that all citizens lawfully settled here shall be treated equally before the law? Does he agree that it did not distinguish between male and female citizens?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Rules (24 Jun 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: If the right hon. Gentleman will read the question, he will see that it refers to women who are British citizens. Will he bear in mind that the last Conservative general election manifesto stated that the rights of all British citizens legally settled here are equal before the law? Does he accept that if the rules are not changed he will have to add the words, "unless the citizens are women"?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Young Persons (Convictions) (24 Jun 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that this week in another place the Government were deservedly defeated because they opposed a realistic amendment making it harder for courts to impose custodial sentences on young offenders?

Industrial Training (14 Jun 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that all the unions involved in the carpet industry have said that they will not support the voluntary scheme? They regard it as wholly inadequate and unacceptable. There is little future for a voluntary scheme that none of the unions will support.

Falkland Islands (20 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prison Statistics (20 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: How does the hon. and learned Gentleman explain the fact that during the few months of the prison officers' dispute the prison population was reduced by more than 4,000? What lessons has the hon. and learned Gentleman learnt from that that might lead to a permanent reduction in our prison population?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Television Licences (20 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the Minister bear in mind that on the Labour Benches we are all agreed that the only satisfactory way of resolving the inequality among pensioners is to phase out television licences for all retirement pensioners?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: For the benefit of the record, which I know hon. Members who are not present will read, will the hon. Member for Paddington (Mr. Wheeler) enumerate the Conservative Members in the Chamber?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Consideration of the Bill has provided us with a valuable opportunity to introduce changes in the sentencing and treatment of offenders, especially of young people who are appearing before the courts in increasing numbers. The changes should be designed to deter as well as to punish criminals. The Bill provides the the courts with a range of powers to deal with offenders, the aim being more...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: We do not have the results of the experiment from the Government. That is another reason why it is difficult to justify continuation of the centres. There is no evidence that the present regime is different from that examined by the advisory council.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: We are told something of the regime but not of the results. There is no difference between the present regime and that reported on by the advisory council in 1970. Everyone who has worked with offenders or examined the evidence on recidivism states that the centres are ineffective and can be counter-productive.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: If Conservative Members wish to experiment, perhaps they should shut detention centres. Givern an alternative regime, people may not re-offend in such large numbers. The size of the prison population is uppermost in the mind of anyone interested in the criminal justice system. At Question Time tomorrow we shall hear from the Government what the latest prison population is. I understand...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The hon. Gentleman did not suggest to the Minister that we should build more prisons. He is entitled to his view, but I do not believe that it has much support.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has raised that matter. I shall be coming later to the relationship between the courts, when they sentence, and the number of prison places available. We dealt with the issue in Committee. A further measure in the Bill that could increase the prison population is the shorter detention centre sentence. Although shorter sentences are to be welcomed both by the...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I appreciate that. It means that the Minister has not accepted the specific proposals made by the Opposition in Committee. We are still left with the real possibility—probation officers believe it is a certainty—that more young people will be sent to detention centres than are now being sent because of the availability of this much shorter sentence.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I have no such evidence from the magistrates. I can only quote the views of people who are working in the courts with offenders day by day. Much emphasis is given to the people who impose sentences. We tend not to give enough consideration to the views of people who are working with offenders and who are in court throughout their working lives. I believe that the views of probation officers...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (19 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The number of people who would be removed from prison by all the measures that we proposed—automatic supervised release, the taking out of custody of those aged under 17, the four remaining offences that we wished to be made non-imprisonable, plus those that I shall now list—would add up ro thousands, especially with the emphasis on automatic supervised release. The introduction of a...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Conditional Release (12 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: None of those who have opposed the new clause tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) have dealt with his point that this measure is already working successfully in Northern Ireland. It has served to reduce the prison population without showing any rise in recidivism among those who have been released after half their sentences and without showing any effect upon...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Secretary of State to Give Reasons for Refusal of Parole (12 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: May I reply to my erstwhile hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Brown) and to the Minister, who made the same accusations about my change of attitude on the imprisonment of maintenance defaulters? If one is a thinking person one might change one's mind occasionally. It is to the credit of politicians that occasionally they might change their minds. I learnt a great...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill: Criteria for Accommodation of Children in Care (12 May 1982)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) I welcome the new clause, which goes some way towards meeting the points that we made in Committee. My right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Accrington (Mr. Davidson) and I tabled an amendment to delete clause 21 from the Bill. Unfortunately, that...


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