Results 1–20 of 1262 for speaker:Mr David Weitzman

Merchant Shipping Bill: Alteration of Penalties (30 Mar 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Perhaps I may be permitted, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to add just a few words, as my swan song in this House, in support of the Bill. Everybody recognises the need to assist a litigant as much as possible, and we all know how very necessary it was that the provisions of legal aid should be increased as much as possible in order to achieve that object. I am extremely pleased that the Government have...

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I shall not be tempted to follow the course adopted by my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, South (Mr. Perry) and try to talk of the problems of the Middle East. I want to deal with the motion moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Salford, East (Mr. Allaun). Although he devoted a considerable part of his speech to the terrible conditions of some of Britain's housing, he has been very...

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Why is not one Opposition Member present to express his views on these matters? That would be of interest if by any stroke of bad luck the Conservative Party were to return to power.

Middle East (9 Mar 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: The hon. Member for Horncastle (Mr. Tapsell) moved the motion very eloquently and obviously with very great knowledge of the area concerned. I certainly agree with the terms of the motion. I do not suppose that anyone would dispute that, with all the difficulties that we face, everyone desires peace, and a lasting peace, in the Middle East. I want to make some brief comments about Israel....

Middle East (9 Mar 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Rubbish.

Order of the Day (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: The Bill deals with a very refreshing matter, though I fear that it makes for a very dry debate. The hon. Member for Tynemouth (Mr. Trotter) referred to "Paterson's Licensing Acts". That brought back to me vivid memories of paging through those books in order to ascertain what the position was. The hon. Gentleman rightly described the law on liquor licensing as very complex. I cannot hope...

Children Bill (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Why is not an English hon. Member allowed to scotch this sort of effort?

Children Bill (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: My hon. Friend will later.

Children Bill (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: This is a vital subject. The welfare of children should concern us all. Yet, apart from the hon. and learned Member for Darwen (Mr. Fletcher-Cooke), on the Opposition Front Bench, not a member of any of the Opposition parties is present. Despite the difficulties of a Friday—of getting to constituencies and so on—it is supremely important to have expressions of opinion from all quarters of...

Children Bill (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I apologise for not having been in the Chamber when my hon. Friend delivered words to that effect. But there is a great deal of difference between giving a Second Reading to a Bill, sending it to a Committee and having it examined in detail, and the expression of opinion which shows that the House is wholly in favour of the Law Commission's objective of attempting to abolish illegitimacy....

Children Bill (23 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I did not suggest that it was reprehensible to bring the Bill forward. I merely said that this was an area for which a Private Member's Bill was not advisable.

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: One of my hon. Friends very kindly suggested that I ought, as one in his second childhood, to declare an interest. I hope, however, that despite that possible defect, what I say will be listened to with some interest. As I understand it, the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr. Whitney) by his Bill seeks to give power to magistrates to make what he calls a "secure accommodation" order where a child...

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: The hon. Gentleman is wrong. The court can recommend secure accommodation, but it cannot make an order—otherwise the Bill would be unnecessary. I agree that there are cases where children should be committed to secure accommodation, but the best judges of that are the experts in the local authority. Section 24 (2) of the 1969 Act provides: A local authority shall, subject to the following...

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Under the provisions of the Bill, it would be open to the magistrates' court to sentence that child to secure accommodation, and I believe that to be completely wrong. The provisions of the Bill could not be implemented for many years, and I believe that the hon. Gentleman recognised this in his observations.

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I have no doubt that he will develop that theme in his speech.

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Wycombe for his further speech. The point that I am making is that under the Bill there is a provision that enables magistrates to confine a child in care. I am pointing out the obvious danger of that. How can the hon. Gentleman know the minds of the magistrates who will deal with individual cases? How can he know that the magistrates will be tender in one...

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I have already said, and I understand that it is the fact, that in 1977—

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I am afraid that that is the answer to the hon. Lady.

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: I was saying that the Magistrates' Association recognised in 1977 that it was not practicable to adopt this idea of secure accommodation. The House will know that the Association of County Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, as late as October of last year, set out guidelines to assist local authorities in deciding what was to be done. I hope that the House will bear...

Orders of the Day — Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (Amendment) Bill (9 Feb 1979)

Mr David Weitzman: Everyone accepts the figures given by the hon. and learned Gentleman. But why should he suggest that, if the power is given to the magistrates, they will be able to deal with matters in a more effective way than local authorities which have the guidelines which I have quoted in detail?


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