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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Town and Country Planning Association (Report) (4 Apr 1979)

Mr George Strauss: In response to what you have said, Mr. Speaker, I should like to thank you, on behalf of all those who are retiring—and, indeed, on behalf of all those who are not—for the magnificent way, with skill, patience, firmness and humour, in which you have conducted the affairs of the House during recent years. It gives me particular pleasure to say that on this occasion, Mr. Speaker, because I...

Business of the House (7 Dec 1978)

Mr George Strauss: My right hon. Friend will remember that earlier in the year the House considered the report from the Privileges Committee suggesting certain important and overdue changes in its working and administration. Those changes were agreed to by the House, but most of them require legislative confirmation. Does my right hon. Friend hold out any hope that in the less busy months to come we may have...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Parliamentary Pensions Bill (21 Jun 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I agree very largely with the views expressed by the right hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. du Cann). We are discussing a pensions Bill, and a great deal of what he said was concerned with pay, which does not really arise in this debate. But I agree entirely as probably every other hon. Member agrees, that the pay which hon. Members get is inadequate and that it was very unfortunate that the...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Parliamentary Pensions Bill (21 Jun 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I do not think that that in any way destroys the case I am making. If at that time the Government had increased our pay to £8,000, there would have been a veritable outcry, and the political consequences, and the consequences in the trade union movement and in the economy as a whole, might have been serious. I agree fully with the right hon. Member for Taunton that there should be agreement...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Parliamentary Pensions Bill (21 Jun 1978)

Mr George Strauss: The answer to the question is that the numbers today are about the same as they were a year or two ago. It is a distortion to say that a number of older Members are in poverty. Those who apply—and anybody can apply—are treated with great sympathy. They can get from the Members Fund a substantial grant to take them right out of poverty, although they have contributed nothing. They are...

Business of the House (25 May 1978)

Mr George Strauss: A little while ago the right hon. Gentleman brought forward certain principles suggested by the Privileges Committee for improving its procedure and making it more active, successful and useful. Those were agreed to in principle, and we were told that legislation was likely to be brought forward as soon as possible to implement those principles. Will the right hon. Gentleman now tell us...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Committee of Privileges in their Third Report in the last Session of Parliament on the Recommendations of the Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege (House of Commons Paper No. 417), and declares that the Recommendations contained in paragraphs 4, 5, 6 and 9 of the Report, and those in paragraph 16 which do not require legislation for their...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I think that the hon. Gentleman knows exactly what I mean. Of course it is not literally a definition. It is guidance. I agree with the hon. Gentleman and I willingly change my words if he prefers. In particular, the definition is guidance to Mr. Speaker so that he will be able to judge better whether a motion for consideration by the Committee of Privileges should have precedence. After...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: The short answer is that nor do I, but the Attorney-General said that it was essential and the authorities of the House said that it was necessary. The Committee was told that this change could not he effected by a resolution of the House and that legislation was necessary. I bow to the wisdom of the Attorney-General. It may be that he will give the answer later. We were told that legislation...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: My hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr Dalyell) is definitely right. It is for that reason that we suggest this delay. There will be a written notice to Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker will have time to think about it and the hon. Member who raised the matter will have time to think about it, too. I think that is very important. Only then, when they have both had time for thought, will the...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: All these things are difficult to define exactly. We had a principle in mind—and I think the hon. Gentleman agrees with it—to get some definition that was reasonable. It does not cover all cases. The report says that the man will be absolved from committing contempt of the House provided that the allegations have been made only after all reasonable investigations had taken place, had been...

Committee of Privileges (Report) (6 Feb 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I do not think that there is any disadvantage to the big boys compared with the small, but the difference my hon. Friend raises is simply that the Privileges Committee is responsible only for leaks from Select Committees on matters that Select Committee has been considering. If there is a leak before that Committee reports, that is a contempt of the House. That is all it is concerned with. It...

QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE (Mr. SPEAKER'S RULING) (18 Jan 1978)

Mr George Strauss: I hope, Mr. Speaker, that you will allow me to say a few words on this matter. The whole House will be delighted that this matter has been disposed of with common sense and without more ado. But there were interventions yesterday when the hon. Member for Harrow, Central (Mr. Grant) raised the matter—interventions suggesting that the freedom of the Press was involved in this issue. We all...

Business of the House (12 Jan 1978)

Mr George Strauss: Will my right hon. Friend tell us when there is likely to be a chance to discuss the report of the Committee of Privileges, presented in June, which proposes important changes in the procedure of that Committee and the principles on which it operates, and of which my right hon. Friend, as a member of that Committee, fully realises the urgency? Can he now tell us whether there is any...

Business of the House (17 Nov 1977)

Mr George Strauss: Does my right hon. Friend remember that in the summer the Select Committee of Privileges brought forward proposals for bringing up to date its procedure and the principles on which it operates, that these proposals require parliamentary endorsement, and that it was hoped to have them before the House before the Summer Recess? Can my right hon. Friend give any indication when these proposals...

Conduct of Members (26 Jul 1977)

Mr George Strauss: I want to move the argument a little away from the course that it has so far pursued, namely, the discussion about whether certain points in the Report of the Select Committee were fair and whether different interpretations could be put on many or some of the allegations in the Report. I start—as most hon. Members do—with the assumption that the Report was fair. We know that it was the...

Conduct of Members (26 Jul 1977)

Mr George Strauss: I thought that the point that I was making was uncontroversial.

Conduct of Members (26 Jul 1977)

Mr George Strauss: The extent of the disquiet that exists may be limited, but it involves an important section of the public. These doubts about our democratic processes reached the shores of this House and many people suggested that something should be done. It was claimed that the Poulson scandal might be connected with certain hon. or right hon. Members and the Prime Minister of the day was right to set up...

Conduct of Members (26 Jul 1977)

Mr George Strauss: The honourable behaviour of this House depends on the rigid observance of the code of conduct that has been established for many years and operated in successive Parliaments. If that code is violated, the House is not only entitled to take action but, from the public's point of view, should take action, whatever the record of the hon. Member involved and however popular he may be. That code...

MR. Agee and MR. Hosenball (3 May 1977)

Mr George Strauss: The references of the hon. Member for Torbay (Sir F. Bennett) to the motives of my two hon. Friends who have spoken on this matter are wholly unworthy. Anyone who knows these two people is certain that they act on principle and not party prejudice when matters of this sort arise. My sympathies are with my hon. Friends in some respects. I have always been an ardent civil libertarian. I hate a...


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