Results 1921–1940 of 2004 for speaker:Mr Nigel Fisher

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Surbiton.

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am sure that my right hon. Friend would not wish to be unfair about this. The Kilbrandon Commission reported before the additional member system had been worked out or published. It could not have considered it unless it had invented it itself.

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat) that the people should be allowed to vote on this important constitutional matter either at a referendum or in a General Election. I agree also with the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) that it is high time that Parliament was told the terms of reference of the referendum and who will be allowed to vote in it....

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is a valid point. To be more accurate, I should have said that the result deals with the pretensions of some Members of the SNP to represent the views of the people of Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is the hon. Gentleman's point of view.

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I shall be coming to the Conservative Party. I am never in the least merciful to my own Front Bench in discussing this subject. I intend to deal as severely with my colleagues as I did with the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues. Of course, I am opposed not only to the Bill but to the whole concept of devolution, as I have said many times in this House. The best thing would be to delay the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill: Speaker's Conference (1 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I do not in any way wish to be offensive to the right hon. Gentleman, for whom I have a great parliamentary admiration, but this is the most cynical speech I have heard for years in this place. Could not the Leader of the House be honest and admit to the Committee that the real reason for retaining the present representation is that his party and his Government cannot do without it because...

European Parliament (Direct Elections) (7 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Like many others, I very much welcome the initiative of my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes) in bringing forward his motion, but I find it extraordinary that it should have been necessary. That it is necessary is due entirely to the dilatory conduct of the Government in not having produced their own Bill long since. The right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay)...

European Parliament (Direct Elections) (7 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am suggesting that it should be on a regional basis, and a multi-constituency basis within the regions. The point which I am leading to is the voting system. We could, of course, retain the present first-past-the-post system for Europe as we now have in Britain. But all the other eight countries, including France, which does not have a PR system for its national elections, will elect their...

Orders of the Day — Appendix 2: Form of Ballot Paper — Welsh Referendum (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: The Minister said that the preamble to the question was factual. It says: Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom. That is an assertion and a matter of opinion. It happens to be the Government's opinion—at least, I hope it is—but it is not a statement of fact. In fact, the fear that Scotland will not remain part of the United Kingdom is the very reason why most of us who oppose...

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: On a point of order, Mr. Godman Irvine—

Scotland and Wales Bill (15 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: On a point of order, Mr. Godman Irvine. I detect from certain remarks which have been made that we are about to see a repeat of what has already taken place three or four times—namely, that the closure is likely to be moved after my hon. Friend the Member for Cleveland and Whitby (Mr. Brittan) has made his speech. I suggest that on the Committee stage of a Bill of such importance as this,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Directorate of Overseas Surveys (21 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Overseas Development if he has come to any conclusions about the future of the Directorate of Overseas Surveys at Tolworth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Directorate of Overseas Surveys (21 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I was going to refer to that because November 17th is quite a long time ago. Bearing in mind that the Minister then said, and I quote his words—

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Directorate of Overseas Surveys (21 Feb 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will the hon. Gentleman take fully into account the Minister's assurance on 17th November that more precise information about the future of my constituents would be given as soon as possible? Will he also bear in mind that they are entitled to a more definitive statement than the Minister was then able to make? That was three months ago. When will the hon. Gentleman be able to make an...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies (Reorganisation and Nationalisation) Bill (4 Mar 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Would the hon. Gentleman care to inform the House what the general level of interest rates was during the period that he is mentioning? He must acknowledge that building societies' rates cannot be insulated from the general level of rates prevailing at the time.

Orders of the Day — Building Societies (Reorganisation and Nationalisation) Bill (4 Mar 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I thought that perhaps the hon. Gentleman would know the answer.

Orders of the Day — Building Societies (Reorganisation and Nationalisation) Bill (4 Mar 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I must first declare an interest, indeed four interests, because I am an investor in a building society, I hold a mortgage in a building society, I am a former director of a building society and I have also been a vice-president of the Building Societies Association for many years, so I received the same letter from the association as did the hon. Member for Blyth (Mr. Ryman). It had the...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies (Reorganisation and Nationalisation) Bill (4 Mar 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I do not wish to enter on too personal a note, but the House might like to know that when I was a director of a small local society for many years, my fee amounted to £300 a year, and we met once a fortnight.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Education (Integration) (10 Mar 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will convene a conference to consider integrated education in Northern Ireland.


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