Results 101–120 of 2004 for speaker:Mr Nigel Fisher

Clause 1: Scotland and Wales Bill (19 Jan 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Member so early in his speech, particularly since he has been so gracious to me, but I would put into his mind the area that the reason why some of us do over-emphasise the importance of our colleagues in the Scottish National Party is that they may, certainly under the present system of voting, at some time in the near or immediate future obtain a majority in...

Clause 1: Scotland and Wales Bill (13 Jan 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: On a point of order Mr. Murton. It may not have escaped the notice of yourself or of the Minister, although you have not been in the Chamber recently, that some hon. Members have been sitting here for three or four hours waiting to speak. Since the rule has been suspended it is unnecessary for the Minister to wind up the debate now. It is not only unnecessary but damned discourteous.

Clause 1: Scotland and Wales Bill (13 Jan 1977)

Mr Nigel Fisher: (seated and covered): Further to that point of order, Mr. Murton. I wish to reinforce what was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr. Crouch). I have been sitting here for four hours waiting to take part in this debate. The Government suspended the rule only three-quarters of an hour ago, and they now have the gall to apply the closure when many hon. Members have still not had...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (14 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I agree with most of the comments made by the hon. Member for Cannock (Mr. Roberts), but I shall not take up his remarks because at this late hour I want to be brief. Some of the speeches to which I have listened over the past seven hours have been unnecessarily long, and I wish to show some courtesy and consideration to hon. Members who are still waiting to speak. Having begun on that note....

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (14 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: One of the hon. Lady's SNP colleagues, the hon. Member for elackmannan and East Stirlingshire (Mr. Reid), said earlier in a most eloquent speech that the Bill was the road. That is the real condemnation of the Bill. Yet the disintegration of the United Kingdom would be the denial of two and a half centuries of our history and the severance of social, commercial and industrial ties of great...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (14 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: As Iain Macleod's biographer, I ought to be able to answer the hon. Gentleman's point. He certainly never mentioned having been consulted in any way, but I cannot swear to it that he was not. A minority of people in Scotland want separate government, but I believe that the majority—just as we do in England—want less government but better government. An Assembly will only give them more...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (14 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am glad to hear that the hon. Lady supports the system of proportional representation. It would be more to the advantage of her party in Scotland if she did not. But I welcome recruits to this cause even from the most improbable quarters. The Prime Minister quoted the Kilbrandon Commission when it suited him to do so over federalism, but not in this context of electoral reform. The reason...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (14 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I quite agree. The hon. Gentleman makes a perfectly fair point. Really, the Government's present position on this issue is a disreputable posture of which the better members of the Labour Party should be ashamed. I believe that all that devolution will do is damage Britain without meeting the needs of Scotland or the demands of the nationalists. I hope very much that the Bill will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Terrorism (Compensation) (2 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation to ensure that public funds are not made available for compensation to terrorists or those closely associated with terrorists or with violent or illegal organisations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Terrorism (Compensation) (2 Dec 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is much public disquiet about awards made to suspected terrorists? At least two recent cases have shown the need to give the courts geater discretion in assessing the extent to which payments are involved with terrorist organisations.

Orders of the Day — Directorate of Overseas Surveys (17 Nov 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am most grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Mather) for allowing me some of his time. The Directorate of Overseas Surveys is situated in my constituency and most of its home-based staff of 320 people are my constituents. I have met two deputations of them—I also discussed the matter some time ago with the then Parliamentary Secretary—and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Non-Denominational Education (29 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he proposes to convene a conference of interested parties to identify whether and by what means shared schools could be made available in Northern Ireland to those parents who wish this for their children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Non-Denominational Education (29 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: May I remind the hon. Gentleman that the idea of experiments, at any rate, in shared schooling was not only accepted by Mr. Faulkner's Executive in 1974 but has since been welcomed by the General Synod of the Church of Ireland, and by many of the Catholic laity. I do not know about the church hierarchy. When does he think that it may be possible to convene the conference that the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Contingency Reserve (15 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the additional public expenditure of £400 million announced for the present financial year will be charged to the Contingency Fund and is within what remains of that fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Contingency Reserve (15 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: I am very inexpert in these matters, but even if the extra expenditure falls on and within the Contingency Fund is it not rather odd to be increasing Government spending when by general consent, except that of some Labour Members below the Gangway, it should be drastically reduced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Falkland Islands (7 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Can the Minister give us some idea of the date of publication of the report? Is he aware that the report is awaited with anxiety and impatience by the Falkland Islanders, who think their whole new future depends on it and that some aspects are becoming rather urgent? Can the Minister undertake to publish the report before the House rises for the Summer Recess?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Community Relations (1 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has any statement to make about the resumption of talks between party leaders in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Community Relations (1 Jul 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the apparent alignment of the official Unionists with the constructive approach by the right hon. Member for Belfast, East (Mr. Craig), as opposed to the totally negative reaction of the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley), might well lead to the resumption of devolved government in Ulster based on principles supported by all parties in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Westminster Parliament (Parity of Representation) (27 May 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that if the Government sets up Assemblies in Scotland and Wales, but not in Northern Ireland, the disparity in representation here will be even more marked and more inequitable? Is he content with that state of affairs?

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Northern Ireland (17 May 1976)

Mr Nigel Fisher: Can the Minister pinpoint any reason for this increase in the number of murders this weekend? We have had a lot of well-intentioned words from him today. What special action does he intend to take to prevent this sort of thing from going on and worsening, as it is now?


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