Results 1981–2000 of 2004 for speaker:Mr Nigel Fisher

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: The hon. Gentleman is assuming that we are in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, but that is not definitely and positively the case. Some hon. Members, including myself, have asked for advice on this matter, but it cannot be assumed that we are in breach of the convention. If so, why were we not previously in breach of it? Why have we never been criticised previously?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Civil Defence Corps (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reconstitute the Civil Defence Corps.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Civil Defence Corps (13 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Does my hon. Friend agree that, if reconstituted, the corps could help in the event of a non-nuclear war, and could also help to maintain the necessities of life, such as food, water and fuel, in the event of disruptive industrial action?

Business of the House (21 Feb 1980)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Perhaps, Mr. Speaker, I could reduce the temperature a little. When he considers future business, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it is many years since we had a debate on the Commonwealth? That might be an agreeable debate, and it would certainly go down well throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps my right hon. Friend could arrange a short half-day debate on Commonwealth Day, 10...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: "Effects on the Personal Social Services" (25 Mar 1980)

Mr Nigel Fisher: To be more serious about this important matter, would my hon. Friend agree that the cut in real terms is 6ยท7 per cent., which is harsher than for all other public services? Is he aware that my local authority has already trimmed its administrative manpower, and therefore the cuts will fall on much needed personal social services? That can only mean greater cost to the Health Service through...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Abortion Act 1967 (29 Apr 1980)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that amendment Bills have been introduced into this House by private Members year after year, and all have failed, not on their merits, but for lack of parliamentary time? If he does not wish to legislate himself on this controversial subject, which I can well understand, will he at least arrange through the Leader of the House and the Chief Whip that there...

Top Salaries Review Body (Reports) (7 Jul 1980)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that both Ministers and hon. Members are underpaid in relation to any other comparable Parliament? Nevertheless, most of us are prepared to take our usual place at the bottom of the queue so as to set an example in the public sector. However, the least that we can expect is that Members' pensions should still be geared to the notional figure based on...

Orders of the Day — Anguilla Bill [Lords] (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this short debate, because I was very much involved in the earlier stages of the long and not very happy St. Kitts-Anguilla saga, which it is to be hoped the Bill brings to an end. It all began in 1967, with the rebellion of the Anguillans against the Government of St. Kitts. Efforts by Commonwealth Office Ministers to mediate between the two...

Business of the House (5 Mar 1981)

Mr Nigel Fisher: As deputy chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, of which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is chairman and Mr. Speaker is president, may I draw the attention of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House to early-day motion 212? [That this House wishes to be associated with all other Commonwealth Parliaments in the observance of Commonwealth Day on 9th March, which...

Brixton (Disturbances) (13 Apr 1981)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my right hon. Friend express a view on the question whether the police might have used tear gas to disperse the rioters, because that might have saved many police casualties? Will he bear in mind for the future that if the police had organised a pincer movement it would have reduced the area of the looting?

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Development (Discussions) (20 May 1981)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that, although the CAP, the fisheries issue and the weight of heavy lorries are important matters, it is even more important to work for greater cohesion and collaboration in reaching common defence and foreign policies with the EEC?

New Clause 7: Right to Registration by Virtue of United Kingdom Nationality for European Community Purposes. (2 Jun 1981)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I have just returned from a week in Gibraltar, where deep and genuine anxiety about the Bill is not just widespread but universal. Business men, politicians of every party and the proverbial man in the street are all united in their fears and apprehensions. I do not believe that Gibraltar's interests are in practice prejudiced by the Bill. I tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade all the people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Unemployed Young Persons (3 Dec 1981)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that in some of the most difficult areas of Belfast the percentage of unemployed, especially Catholic unemployed, is far higher than in the Province as a whole, and that this constitutes an added problem?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the public concern at the increasing number of offences of rape? If, as I understand it to be the case, my right hon. Friend has ordered a review of that problem, could she state what form it will take and how long it will take to be completed?

Business of the House (4 Mar 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: As Monday is Commonwealth Day, may I draw my right hon. and hon. Friends' attention to early-day motions 259 and 274, which stand in the names of right hon. and hon. Members on both sides of the House? [That this House joins with all other Commonwealth Parliaments in the observance of Commonwealth Day on 8th March, and with the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which brings...

South Georgia (Falkland Islands Dependencies) (30 Mar 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: My hon. Friend keeps repeating that we shall stay in the area and help the islanders to the "best of our ability". The trouble is that we have not got the ability. HMS "Endurance" is better than nothing, but in the circumstances it is not enough. What else do the Government propose to do?

Prayers: Falkland Islands (3 Apr 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Hitherto, Britain's policy for the Falkland Islands has been genuinely bipartisan. Neither side of the House has ever made any attempt in the long drawn out negotiations with the Argentine to make party political capital. We have all been united in our support of the Falkland Islands, but I must honestly say to my right hon. Friends on the Front Bench that they cannot have expected a...

Falkland Islands (19 Apr 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my right hon, Friend keep an open mind about the suggestion of a United Nations presence? If that were offered by the United Nations, it might be the very factor to induce the Argentines to withdraw peaceably. With a United Nations presence, a referendum of the Falkland Islanders could take place, and we all know the probable result of that. That would be a good interim measure.

Falkland Islands (26 Apr 1982)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Despite the comments of my right hon. Friend about economic sanctions, may I revert to the point made by the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen)? As Mr. Haig's valiant efforts to mediate have now apparently ended for the time being by the decision of the Argentine Foreign Minister, will my right hon. Friend reconsider the position and suggest to the United States Government...

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

Mr Nigel Fisher: In more than 32 years in the House I have never before tried to speak in a timetable debate. They are usually unproductive and repetitive. I do so today because the Government are well justified in tabling the motion and because the circumstances with which we are faced are unusual. The Bill has already kept the Committee sitting for four days and four long and weary nights. I understand that...


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