Results 161–180 of 1882 for speaker:Dr Shirley Summerskill

Imprisonment (Temporary Provisions) Act 1980 (27 Oct 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The Minister asks the House to agree that the Act should remain on the statute book for another year. I am wholly unconvinced by the Minister's justification for doing that. We believe that the Act should be repealed tonight. It now serves no useful purpose, as the Minister has admitted. It contains far-reaching provisions and powers which are objectionable and which represent a serious...

Imprisonment (Temporary Provisions) Act 1980 (27 Oct 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am sure that the Minister can answer that point, which is good. We eagerly await his reply. Section 4 restricts the powers of the courts to imprison for non-payment of money. The Opposition support an increase in the types of non-custodial offences and an increase in non-custodial sentences. Section 5 authorises the early release of prisoners. We support shorter sentences wherever possible...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Multi-fibre Arrangement (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the survival of the British textile industry depends on the success of the negotiations this year? Is he aware that in West Yorkshire since the beginning of last year 20,000 jobs have been lost in the clothing and textile industry, and that if the remaining jobs are to be preserved the new MFA must be strong and precise?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pool Competitions (14 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The Minister is making the same speech as he made last year to the effect that he cannot give the House the timing of legislation. No one has asked him for the timing. We simply want to know what form the legislation will take. What conclusions have the Government reached?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pool Competitions (14 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: The Act began life in Parliament as a temporary measure, but it has become an annual ritual. The reason for extending the Act after its first five years was that we were waiting for the Rothschild report. That report came out in July 1978. The Minister has now had more than two years since the Government came to office in May 1979 to decide what response to make to the Royal Commission's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Television Licence Fee (9 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I appreciate the serious financial difficulties of the BBC, but will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the Opposition would be extremely reluctant to support an increase in the licence fee unless some help could be found for retirement pensioners who rely so heavily upon television and are the least able to pay for any increase?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sentencing Policy (9 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: To what level must the prison population rise before the right hon. Gentleman will consider introducing legislation to make some offences non-custodial and reducing the maximum prison sentence for certain other offences, rather than relying on exhortations to the courts, which do not appear to have been successful?

Higher Education (8 Jul 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that at Bradford the professor in charge of research into cancer treatment through chemotherapy has said that all that research may have to finish as a result of the cuts? Does not my hon. Friend think it illogical that, despite the Government's cuts, the number of students at London university who are to study ancient Egyptian, Hungarian and Dutch will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: West Yorkshire (30 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that, on the latest figures, more than 4,750 people are unemployed in Halifax and there are only 124 vacancies at the employment office? What advice does he have for those 4,750 people? Is it that they should all move to another area? If he does not agree with the Prime Minister's suggestion, what help can he provide for Halifax, as its...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Yorkshire and Humberside Region (29 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Does not my hon. Friend agree that, as the engineering and textile industries in West Yorkshire have declined so rapidly under this Government's policies, some financial investment is necessary and desirable for them in the same way that the Government have poured money into the steel and car firms?

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: This has been an extremely useful and responsible debate. I am agreeably surprised at the general consensus. The majority of hon. Members agree that our present archaic laws are extremely unsatisfactory and that the Government should take steps to remedy the situation. They look to the Williams proposals as a useful basis and framework for such measures. I listened carefully to every speech,...

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: Should we not separate the areas? The hon. Gentleman quotes guidelines for broadcasting, something which is not even covered by the report. The same criteria would not necessarily apply to the printed word, to displays and to films. To some extent, they must be treated separately. I believe that films should certainly be treated separately, and broadcasting does not come into our discussion today.

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am sure that the whole House would like to thank the Government for providing time for this debate, for which we have been asking throughout the proceedings on the Indecent Displays (Control) Bill and even before that. From the point of view of my party—[HON. MEMBERS: "Where are they?"]. I am about to explain. We make up in quality what we lack in quantity.

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I shall wait and see about that. I think that it will be found that there is unanimous agreement on the Labour side of the House. I am not sure that the same will be true of the Conservative side as the debate proceeds. The Williams report, published one-and-a-half years ago, is at long last receiving the consideration of the House. I think that even among those who do not agree with its...

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I certainly anticipated that intervention. The Minister prefers to tell us of the comments received at the Home Office—the number of which he did not disclose—and weigh those against the vast amount of evidence given to the Williams committee. I am talking not about the number of hon. Members present for the debate—it is not very great on the Conservative Benches either—but about two...

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am glad to hear that the hon. and learned Gentleman feels that hon. Members would be unanimous about accepting the report's first two recommendations.

Obscenity and Film Censorship (26 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I am sure that the Minister would like to know that it is our unanimous view that the Government should accept the first two recommendations. That gives the Minister a sound start. However, the Minister defended the use of "indecent" in a new piece of legislation that is still going through the House. He wishes to maintain an old, ineffective, long standing and undefined word in that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Assistance to Industry (Regional Policy) (22 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: As unemployment in Halifax has risen by 175 per cent. since this Government took office, will the Secretary of State reconsider his decision to withdraw assisted area status from Calderdale, especially as some other areas have lower unemployment? Does not this make the Government's policy both unjust and illogical?

Clause 14: Imprisonment Of Prostitutes (Abolition) Bill (19 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith, North (Mr. Soley) on a Ten-Minute Bill which has apparently passed through the House without opposition from either side. It is regrettable that so little time has been afforded to it today. I shall start where my hon. Friend finished—on the subject of the type of people that prostitutes are. In 1971 some research was carried out by...

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Dr Shirley Summerskill: As he mentioned West Yorkshire, will my hon. Friend bear in mind that more than half of the jobs lost in the textile industry in the past year have been lost in West Yorkshire? Does my hon. Friend agree that his recommendations to the Minister have the firm backing of the British Textile Confederation, which represents both the unions and the employers? It is in a good position to analyse the...


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