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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (29 Jul 1982)

Mr James Dunn: With regard to the request that was made and agreed at the time of the Edmund-Davies commission that observers from the Police Federation of Northern Ireland should be allowed to attend meetings of the police authority, notwithstanding any reason that may now be given by the police authority, will the Secretary of State convey to those concerned the anxieties expressed by me and my...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly (26 Jul 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I welcome the order and I congratulate the Secretary of State on bringing it forward in this way. If it had been delayed, and if he had accepted the advice that he has been offered this evening from various parts of the House, there would have been consequential problems. I understand what has been said by those who disagree with the Act. I respect their point of view, but I do not share...

Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding (Northern Ireland) (26 Jul 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I welcome the convert from Damascus. I do not know whether the arm of the hon. Member for Brigg and Scunthorpe (Mr. Brown) has been twisted. The Minister's speech was a message of despair. I appreciate tremendous problems that confront Harland and Wolff. These are not of its making. The Minister has talked of expert advice that calls for improved efficiency, for reduced costs and for...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: 'Presiding Officer of the Assembly' (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I say to the hon. Gentleman in all sincerity that the reason why that was part of the recommendation in the amendment is that the system is already operating in Northern Ireland. We took that as the basic guideline. I thought that I had made myself clear. The Secretary of State may say that there is another method, and that we can consider it on Report. I would accept that, but I wanted to...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: 'Presiding Officer of the Assembly' (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: The Secretary of State has answered the debate persuasively. I intend no discourtesy, nor do I wish to demonstrate that I disagree fundamentally with some of what he said, but I hope that hon. Members will support the amendment in the Lobby. The arguments have not been answered to our satisfaction. I took it amiss that several hon. Members spoke emotively and attributed to me a knowledge and...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: 'Presiding Officer of the Assembly' (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I assure the right hon. Gentleman that that was in my mind. I kept a flexible attitude towards a single transferable vote. I said that that concern motivated both of us. If our methods were different, it was not for the want of good intent.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Amendments of Constitution and Assembly Acts (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I beg to move amendment No. 127, in page 9, line 30, at end add—

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: The hon. Gentleman has brought questions of principle to my attention. I know that he speaks with a sincere heart and voice. However, is he saying that if the devolution that he and his colleagues seek is not forthcoming, they will not accept anything else? If so, that implies that they do not want integration and that their party would not contest seats for the Assembly.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I understand that. However, I asked whether I was right to understand that, in those circumstances, the Official Unionist Party would not put up any candidates in the elections for the Assembly.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will acquit me of any suggestion that I implied that. I would never do that. I disagree with the hon. Gentleman but that does not diminish the great respect and regard that I have for several of those who represent Northern Ireland constituencies.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I have taken that into account. Perhaps sub-committees will be established to examine specific recommendations and to report back to the Assembly. There are some complex problems, but I suggest that the hon. Gentleman goes a little further than the words that I propose. Clause 5(1) uses the phrase If … no proposals are likely". If there are likely to be proposals, the hon. Gentleman's fears...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I beg to move amendment No. 125, in page 4, line 24, after 'If', insert 'within three years from the coming into force of this Act.'

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I admit at the outset that the drafting of the amendment may be defective and that it might not achieve what we seek. I said in an earlier debate that there was a danger that the Assembly could become a talking shop. From the evidence of previous debates on the Bill, some hon. Members would do admirably in a talking shop. If they were in the Assembly, I would be full of fear. I say that in...

Northern Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I appeal to you again. There might have been some justification for two Northern Ireland Members to introduce this issue into the debate. There is no excuse for it now being introduced. We are talking about a timetable motion.

Northern Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is with regret and reluctance that I bring to your attention the fact that the debate is straying far from the motion. If that is to continue, it will be a further misuse of the time of the House. I hope that you will bring this discussion to an end now.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Matters for Consideration by Assembly Pending General Suspension of Direct Rule (16 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Mr. Blackburn) said that he had heard no one speak against the amendments of his hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Griffiths). It is with diffidence and regret that I tell him that I do not agree with the amendments. I do so not because I disagree with what was said or because I have less respect and regard for those for whom his hon. Friend...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Matters for Consideration by Assembly Pending General Suspension of Direct Rule (16 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I assure the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) that I was going to refer to the fact that he had specifically said that this was a proper topic, and that from time to time, within certain guidelines, and under proper control, elected representatives should have the right. I shall return to that matter later in my speech. I had great regard for the Royal Ulster Constabulary....

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Matters for Consideration by Assembly Pending General Suspension of Direct Rule (16 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: The House will forgive me if I use the word in my own way. I meant mindless in the sense that those who did it were not even concerned that a human life had been sacrificed for the brutal terror of which they were part. I have said that several times from the Government and Opposition Dispatch Boxes. Therefore, it is not without thought that I use the word "mindless" Brutal murders by...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Matters for Consideration by Assembly Pending General Suspension of Direct Rule (16 Jun 1982)

Mr James Dunn: I recall the Unionist paper to which the hon. Gentleman refers. I had great sympathy with the principle that lay behind the proposals contained within it but I did not go so far as to embrace the local district council proposals. A devolved Assembly could fulfil the need for that form of government just as easily and probably more efficiently, but that is merely a personal view. I did not...


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