Results 21–40 of 915 for speaker:Mr Fred Blackburn

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Parliamentary Boundaries Commissions (Reports) (13 Feb 1969)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Might not my right hon. Friend have some difficulty in carrying out the Opposition's wishes, because I understand that they are preparing for an election this October?

Orders of the Day — PARLIAMENT (No. 2) BILL (3 Feb 1969)

Mr Fred Blackburn: I realise that most back-bench Members who wish to speak belong to the anti-groups. Although I do not fear the result of the vote tonight, I hope that it will be a little comfort to the Government to hear a speech which gives a measure of support to the Bill. We all enjoyed the speech of the right hon. Member for Flint, West (Mr. Birch)—not that it takes us much further, but it merely...

Falkland Islands (3 Dec 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Is my right hon. Friend surprised that after all the words he has used there is still suspicion in the House? Why cannot he just say simply that the Falkland Islanders have stated that they want to remain loyal to this country and, therefore, there is no question of any transfer of sovereignty ever?

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Water Rate, Selby (12 Nov 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Pontefract, Goole and Selby Water Board is not the only Board about which there are complaints? Does he realise that for some months I have been in correspondence with his Department about the West Pennine Water Board? Is he aware that many of my constituents have had increases of between 40 per cent. and 60 per cent. and that one firm has had an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: Cotton Textile Industry (6 Nov 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Does my right hon. Friend realise that we have been holding up decisions for a long time because we have been waiting for these reports? Can he give us an indication of when we shall get both the Hunt Report and the Textile Council's Report, and then perhaps some decision will be taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Rhodesia (27 Jun 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Is there anything to prevent Mr. Smith now informing my right hon. Friend that he accepts the "Tiger" conditions?

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 5 (26 Jun 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Not again.

British Railways (Policy) (2 May 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: I thought at one time that this Adjournment debate would have taken place much earlier, but I was overlooking the capacity of this House for self-inflicted punishment. I am sorry to have to raise this subject tonight, but the time has come when some things need to be said, because a nationalised industry has an obligation to carry out Government policy. The Government have said that there is...

British Railways (Policy) (2 May 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: I did not say that the Government were hiding behind that Act. I said that British Railways should not hide behind it.

Botswana (Gifts) (30 Apr 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: This House gave leave of absence to four of its Members to present on its behalf a Parliamentary Library and silver inkstand to the National Assembly of Botswana. The delegation consisted of the hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. Michael Hamilton), my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Lomas) and myself. We were accompanied by Mr....

Transport Bill (Allocation of Time) (14 Mar 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Mr. Speaker, when you—[Interruption.] When you—

Transport Bill (Allocation of Time) (14 Mar 1968)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Mr. Speaker, you are considering representations made to you about when we should move on to the Amendments. Will you at the same time take into consideration the views of those hon. Members who consider that long debates on guillotine Motions are a complete waste of time and that the sooner we get on with business the better?

European Economic Communities (United Kingdom Application) (20 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Would it not be much wiser to be realists and accept the position as it is and is likely to be for some years and stop dissipating our energies and concentrate our thoughts and energies on settling our own economic problems? If at some future time we receive a unanimous request from the Six to join them, we can consider it, but for God's sake let us stop begging.

Early-Day Motioks (14 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Further to that point of order. Is it not a fact that the number of Motions on the Order Paper has reached farcical proportions? Last Session, over 600 early-day Motions were put down and it was obvious that whenever an hon. Member gained a place in the Ballot for a Motion he never selected one? Is it not getting rather a joke to have so many Motions on the Order Paper?

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: At least, we are making progress. That must be so when the right hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton) says that we must have some means of getting rid of all-night sittings. However, it seems that hon. Gentlemen opposite are opposed to every suggestion made by the Government to alter the procedure of the House. I hope that, before we reach the end of debating these proposals, we...

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: They were on minor matters. When we come to discuss fundamental matters of change in the procedure of the House, the Opposition are against them. As I said in a speech on this subject last week, most people agree that some reform of our procedure is needed, but when we get to specific suggestions hon. Gentlemen opposite start opposing them. I am no great enthusiast for morning sittings. I...

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: The Scottish Grand Committee does not meet every morning. I find that Scottish hon. Members are very adept at adapting themselves to whatever circumstances arise in the mornings. I am sure that they would manage to do something in these circumstances. I did not look kindly at being kept for an extra three hours the other day because of the Standing Order No. 9 debate which took place. I do...

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Why one o'clock?

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it would be much more sensible to do it at 10 p.m. each night?

Sittings of the House (12 Dec 1967)

Mr Fred Blackburn: I am willing to accept the Motion as it is. I am dealing with the right hon. Gentleman's argument. He keeps mentioning one o'clock. It seems to me that from his own argument it would be more sensible to do it earlier.

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