Results 1–20 of 737 for speaker:Mr John Wheatley

Orders of the Day — First Schedule. — (Minor Amendments consequential on Part III.) (18 Feb 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: The reason for this Amendment is that by

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 7. — (Polling districts and polling places.) (24 Mar 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: May I reply to the Scots or Celts on the east side of the Irish Channel and leave the Home Secretary to deal with the question as it affects the Celts on the west side? If the hon. Members who have raised the question in relation to Scotland had referred to Subsection (2) of the Clause, they would have seen that whereas in England the local authority whose clerk is registration officer will...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 7. — (Polling districts and polling places.) (24 Mar 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: Because if the hon. Gentleman will look at the context of Subsection (4, a) he will see that the local authority he has referred to is the local authority in England for that purpose, whereas, as far as Scotland is concerned, the paragraph (a), applies to the returning officer, becaus one refers back to Subsection (2) of Clause 7, where there is a distinction between persons making...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 7. — (Polling districts and polling places.) (24 Mar 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: It says in terms in Subsection (4) that representations should be made to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 17. — (Discharge of functions of returning officer.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: I beg to move, in page 19, line 40, at the end, to add: (8) Section thirty-six of the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act, 1832, in so far as it prohibits a sheriff clerk or deputy sheriff clerk from voting at parliamentary elections shall cease to have effect. The purpose of this Amendment is to remove the disability which has existed on a sheriff clerk or deputy sheriff clerk from...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 17. — (Discharge of functions of returning officer.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: My recollection does not go as far back as 1832, but I presume that the reason for it was that they might have to carry out certain administrative duties, and it was desirable that they should not be electors in the election. That, I think, is an impeachment not likely to be levelled against a sheriff clerk or deputy sheriff clerk today. Unfortunately, the disability has stood for over 100...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 17. — (Discharge of functions of returning officer.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: It is always a pleasure to allay the misgivings of the hon. Member for Galloway (Mr. McKie). I would remind him that the disability on sheriffs and sheriffs substitute did not commence in 1907; they were disfranchised by the 1872 Act. The initial power for the returning officers to appoint deputies was granted by the 1872 Act, but the powers were re-enacted in the 1918 Act. The powers in...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: I beg to move, in page 23, line 28, to leave out from "pounds," to the end of line 31. In moving this Amendment I should like to deal also with the subsequent Government Amendments to Clause 22 which are all connected with it. The purpose of the Amendment is to delete paragraph (b) of Subsection (3). The reason is that we feel that this paragraph is unnecessary. Under the previous Acts, and...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: There is no question of unfairness here. It is merely a question of trying to be logical. If a person qualifies for a vote in ordinary circumstances he will get the vote under this Clause. As the Clause originally stood, by the removal of the three months' qualification, it meant that a person who, for a purely transitory period of, perhaps, a day or two, was actually occupying lodgings of...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: The Lord Advocate indicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: I cannot understand the misgivings and fears in the minds of Scottish Members and in the mind of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. Turner-Samuels). As the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. N. Macpherson) has just pointed out, the reason for the fundamental distinction in this Clause between Scotland and England is the difference in the rating systems. As the Home Secretary...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: If my hon. Friend reads the Clause with any degree of care, he will see that a person is entitled to only one vote in respect of the one premises either as owner or as tenant. It is clear from the earlier provisions of the Clause that a person has only one vote in any local government area. If my hon. Friend takes the case of his own City of Edinburgh, which has a number of municipal wards,...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 21. — (Electors.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: May I try to settle this matter? In the representation of particular property, we may have two types of persons qualified to vote—the person who is the owner or the person who is the occupier. It may be that the person who is the owner is also the occupier, but that does not give him two votes, because they are alternative. Therefore, we have three sets of circumstances which may apply: The...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 22. — (Residence, occupation, etc.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: I beg to move, in page 24, line 25, to leave out "or any lodgings." This is a consequential Amendment to the one we made in Clause 21, whereby Subsection (3, b) was deleted.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 22. — (Residence, occupation, etc.) (20 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: The position is clear that the qualification applies only to joint owners or joint occupiers of premises with an annual value of such an amount that if it is divided by the number of people the answer is £10 or more. Accordingly, to qualify one must be an owner or an occupier at the qualifying date. Subject to that reservation, the answer is "Yes."

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Clause 48. — (Powers of courts with respect to granting of relief restraining false statements and inspection of ballot papers.) (21 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: Power is being given to the sheriff to operate, in the sheriff court, powers which previously were only operable in the court of session. There is no other difference as between Scotland and England, subject to the reservations contained in the Clause. In any judgment given in the sheriff court, whether the case was heard in open court or in chambers, the method of reporting the judgment...

Scottish Business (New Standing Orders) (28 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: We have listened for three hours to an interesting and, I might say, exhaustive discussion on this subject and a variety of others. The Debate has been particularly in relation to this subject which one hopes will have a beneficial result upon our legislative machinery. I fully agree with the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Hillhead (Mr. J. S. C. Reid) that the proposals are...

Scottish Business (New Standing Orders) (28 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: I can tell the hon. Member this: whatever difficulty may exist in the interpretation of the word "exclusively," much greater difficulties would exist in interpreting the words "mainly" or "largely," or anything else of that nature, because in those cases one definitely gets into the area of speculation. Further to that point, I think it is obvious that once we get a non-Scottish interest...

Scottish Business (New Standing Orders) (28 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: We have to take arbitrary figures in both cases, but in the first case, where there has been no dis- cussion on the Bill, we feel that 10 is a fairly good safeguard against irresponsible action. We trust that there never would be irresponsible action, but as a safeguard we must have a certain number, otherwise we could have one or two instead of 10. When the Bill comes back from the Scottish...

Scottish Business (New Standing Orders) (28 Apr 1948)

Mr John Wheatley: That is just the type of question to which one cannot give a definite answer. It may all depend upon the nature of the Bill. It may depend upon the time-table in that week. It may all depend on what is going on in the House. There will be a variety of circumstances which may affect determination of the question whether or not it is desirable for the Committee to adjourn at the end of a...


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