Results 21–40 of 2004 for speaker:Mr Nigel Fisher

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 — 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?

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Sir Nigel Fisher rose—

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?

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I shall respond at once to your request, Mr. Speaker, and be brief in the interests of colleagues on both sides of the House. I hope that the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel) will therefore forgive me for not following him precisely. I shall confine my remarks and criticisms mainly to the matter of fiances and husbands, as that is the most...

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Perhaps my hon. Friend would like to intervene instead of lounging about.

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is precisely what the White Paper proposals will do. If the purpose is just to deal with the deliberate evaders, could not the Home Secretary have adopted, first, his own criterion about the parties having met and, secondly, a rather longer period of marriage to show that it is a real and lasting relationship? On the issue of sex discrimination, I appreciate that my right hon. Friend...

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is a valid point and I am grateful to the hon. Lady for mentioning it. Having pleased Opposition Members with my approach so far, I now have to say something that will not please them so much. They will understand from what I have said that I dislike the new rules very much indeed. I think that they are racist in tone and are rather contemptible for that reason. I believe that up to...

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is a rather convoluted argument. I realised that the words were the same. I thought that it was quite clever to have chosen them, but I do not think that the hon. Gentleman's intervention destroys my case.

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I referred earlier to the provision relating to grandparents. It is very mean and I feel strongly about it. I acknowledge that the election manifesto is an inhibiting factor for me and my hon. Friends. However, much more important to me is the blow that a defeat for the Government would be to the Home Secretary, for whom I have a great personal...

Immigration (4 Dec 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I have given way several times and I shall not give way again. For me there is a conflict between conscience and loyalty. In conscience, I would vote against the White Paper with enthusiasm. In loyalty, I shall go into the Government Lobby, albeit with a heavy heart. My only consolation is that Mr. Blunt said on television that he had put conscience before loyalty. Perhaps, therefore, I may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Unemployment Relief (13 Nov 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek powers to discontinue the payment of unemployment relief to any person who, after being unemployed for three months, refuses to accept any offer of employment made by an employment exchange.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Unemployment Relief (13 Nov 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that when the ruling that I have suggested was tried in Australia the number of unfilled job vacancies fell quite dramatically, to the benefit of industry and of the taxpayer who hitherto had been paying out large sums of unemployment benefit to many people who had not been genuinely seeking work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Following the question raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Mr. Gardiner) about the Queen's visit to Lusaka, will my right hon. Friend consider following the precedent set by the Queen's visit to Ghana in 1961? Under similar circumstances the then Mr. Macmillan sent out the Commonwealth Secretary, now Lord Duncan-Sandys, to Ghana to check personally on the security arrangements...

Industrial Situation (16 Jan 1979)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I know that the hon. Member for Chester-leStreet (Mr. Radice) will forgive me if I do not follow him, because I have promised to be very brief. Last week was a very bad one for the British people and also for the credibility of the British Government. I do not want to enlarge on that, except to say that the Ministers mainly concerned said and did very little. We hoped that when the Prime...

Members' Salaries, Pensions and Allowance (28 Jul 1978)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I agree very much with the remarks of the right hon. Member for Fulham (Mr. Stewart). I was astonished by the speech of the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell), who seemed to say that we should not vote money for ourselves. I do not know who else will ever do it. Are our salaries to be frozen for ever because in his view we are responsible for inflation, which in any case is not...

Members' Salaries, Pensions and Allowance (28 Jul 1978)

Mr Nigel Fisher: —which took up a great deal of their time. I did not consider that to be a good use of a Member's time. Like other hon. Members, I very much welcome the Lord President's announcement that Ministers' and Members' pay is to be increased by 10 per cent. and that there is to be a further review of parliamentary pay and allowances by Lord Boyle's independent Review Body. I thank him and the...

Members' Salaries, Pensions and Allowance (28 Jul 1978)

Mr Nigel Fisher: That is a very interesting figure and roughly comparable with what Members of the German Parliament get today. But in a precarious job, which may be cut short for Ministers by a change of Government or for Members by defeat in an election, our salaries are lower than in any other western country except Eire and Luxembourg, which are not very large countries. That tends almost certainly to...

Members' Salaries, Pensions and Allowance (28 Jul 1978)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that information. I had not realised that. Even the Members of the State Parliaments in Germany get four or five times as much as we do. In Lower Saxony Members get the equivalent of £23,500, in Hesse £26,000 and in Bavaria £33,000. As some hon. Members have already pointed out, the Members of the European Parliament will be paid about £20,000 a...


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