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Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Broadcasting (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: My right hon. Friend has received no formal representations on this matter recently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Broadcasting (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: As one who spends a certain amount of time in four-ale bars, I must say that I do not see very much wrong with that, either. I remind the hon. Member that there is a body comprising both Houses of Parliament which is in existence for the very purpose of discussing any problems which arise over broadcasting. That body has had very little business. One can only draw from that the conclusion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Broadcasting (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: I think that that is right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Broadcasting (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: I had not found that to be a major problem. Whatever else I might think and say about the Leader of the Opposition, I do not think that there is any doubt about her ability to make her point. There is a difficulty about noise in the Chamber. I got into hot water some months ago for suggesting just that. There is a problem, and I do not think that people always understand fully just how the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Members' Salaries (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: I cannot give a specific date, but I can assure the hon. Member that the review body is aware of the general urgency behind the reference, and in particular of the importance which is attached to completing the recommendations on the parliamentary salary before the annual review date next June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Members' Salaries (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: We have referred the matter, and we have asked for it to be dealt with as quickly as possible. What I said in July still holds for the Government. It would be difficult to give a blind commitment to implementing the whole of Boyle at this stage. But we have made it clear that we recognise the problems which exist. There would have to be clear and compelling reasons for the recommendations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Members' Salaries (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: That goes rather wide of the original Question, but my right hon. Friend the Lord President will have heard my hon. Friend's remarks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Members' Salaries (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: I have had this job for four and a half years. It is one that I should happily give to anyone who wanted to volunteer for it, but I do not find many people queueing up for it. This is not an easy matter. We have a problem in the country. I believe that the time has come to face it and to do what is necessary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Referendums (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: None, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Referendums (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: I do not think that I need to ensure that the authorities do that. I believe that they will provide fair coverage, and that is the Government's wish.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Referendums (11 Dec 1978)

Mr William Price: That matter goes wider than the Question, which is about the broadcasting authorities and not the media in general. I believe that the broadcasting authorities will do their job correctly.

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

Mr William Price: I beg to move,

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

Mr William Price: The purpose of these motions is to give effect to the appropriate increases in parliamentary pay, Members' secretarial allowance and the salaries of Ministers and office holders in accordance with current stage 3 pay guidelines. Under the guidelines, Members are eligible for an increase of 10 per cent. in their parliamentary pay. The first motion therefore increases the figure from £6,270 to...

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

Mr William Price: As I understand it, the first part of the right hon. Gentleman's speech was devoted to the belief that I had no right at all to introduce any provision today. He has been consistent in that view, and I respect him for it. I understand him to be saying that we should not have any increase within an existing Parliament. Does it follow from that that he accepts my right to introduce something in...

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

Mr William Price: I am sorry to interrupt a speech for which I have a great deal of affection, if I may put it that way. Has the straw poll given any indication of what those Members who signed the early-day motion regard as a proper salary? Will the hon. Member say what he would regard as the proper level at which it should be set?

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: The House of Commons Commission (27 Jun 1978)

Mr William Price: I understood that the intention of having four rather than three members was to provide the Government of the day with a clear majority on the Commission.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: The House of Commons Commission (27 Jun 1978)

Mr William Price: My hon. Friend and I have met somewhere in the middle. This change is designed to ensure that, if necessary, there will be a voting majority on the Commission. Some of us believe that the intention of the Bill in setting up the Commission is to keep it on a non-voting basis, and certainly one which does not have too much regard for the politics in this Chamber. That is why I resist the...

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: The House of Commons Commission (27 Jun 1978)

Mr William Price: I beg to move Amendment No. 5, in page 1, line 19, leave out 'which shall' and insert 'and shall cause it to'.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: The House of Commons Commission (27 Jun 1978)

Mr William Price: This is a drafting improvement to an amendment proposed by the hon. Member for Bromsgrove and Red-ditch (Mr. Miller), and accepted in Committee, to provide that the annual reports of the Commission's exercise of its functions shall be printed. The amendment has the effect of placing an obligation specifically on the Commission to ensure that this is done, otherwise, the responsibility for...

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Financial Provisions (27 Jun 1978)

Mr William Price: I wish to be helpful if I can and I therefore quote, as my hon. Friend has quoted, from Clause 3(1) which goes very wide, if that is what the Commission chooses to do, and refers to "or any other expenses". If the Commission so chooses, that could include accommodation, printing and a number of other matters. We are not specifying those matters in the Bill, however, because we believe that...


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