Results 1–20 of 448 for speaker:Dr Edmund Marshall

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Trent (Health Services) (19 Apr 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Has the Minister considered the case, about which I wrote recently to his hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, of one of my constituents who moved last year from Scotland to the Doncaster area, which is in the Trent health region, and found that the level of care that she had experienced in Scotland was not available to her in Doncaster? Will he take steps to remove such regional...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Coal Industry (24 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Will the Prime Minister initiate a full-scale top-level inquiry into the future of Thorne colliery in my constituency, where the recommencement of coal production would provide many jobs in an area which the right hon. Lady knows is an unemployment black spot? Is she aware that I received a letter today from the chairman of the NCB saying that the underground redevelopment of that colliery...

Broadcasting of Parliament (Annual Review) (15 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the annual review of arrangements for the broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings. When the present arrangements for sound broadcasting of the House were agreed in 1976 they had my support. While I could see difficulties arising from those arrangements, I believed that such difficulties should be put to the test of...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: The Home Secretary has described the redistribution proposed in this draft order as one of the most sweeping that England has ever seen. I agree that it is the most sweeping since 1832. Only 48 parliamentary constituencies are left without modification. As the Home Secretary said, one reason for these sweeping changes is the rapid movement of population within the country since the last...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: On the Northern Ireland analogy, there are only 17 seats there. Therefore,, in many respects Northern Ireland can be compared quite easily with an existing English county. Under rule 4 there are no statutory boundaries within the English counties. Therefore, the analogy of Northern Ireland is fair. Of course, I recognise some of the difficulties that arise when constituencies cross county...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: That sentiment was expressed yesterday in the House by many hon. Members, including my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley). It seems that before long the House will have to turn its attention to how we can improve the rules that are given to Boundary Commissions to carry out their work. In dealing with the details of the constituencies proposed in the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: That point was raised several times yesterday and was effectively dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sparkbrook. I simply add that the Boundary Commission, in adopting its policies in a matter of such great national importance, is not beholden to meetings of officials from party headquarters, from whatever party they may come. The Boundary Commission has to devise its policies...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: I was criticised yesterday for speaking for too long, but I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Two gentlemen in the Labour party ventured the views which the Boundary Commission assumed were the views of the Labour party as a whole. On the arithmetic, the borough of Barnet was entitled to 3·45 seats in 1976, declining to 3·32 seats by 1981. Following the algebra that is set out in Sir Raymond Walton's appendix to the report, the commission provisionally recommended four seats for...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: I bow to the knowledge of my hon. Friend in his capacity as chairman of that Committee, but I see that there is a note on the Order Paper and a document on the Table of the House indicating the views of the Joint Committee on this particular order. No doubt my hon. Friend, if he is able to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, will wish to expand on those points. It really is too much for these...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: The hon. and learned Gentleman raises wide considerations which will no doubt need to be examined over many months. When the recent litigation was being conducted, it was repeatedly said in court that this was ultimately a matter for Parliament to decide. Therefore, when the hon. and learned Gentleman says that when the matter comes to Parliament it is too late to do anything, we are in an...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: The hon. Gentleman was obviously not here for the debate yesterday. Parliament must retain final sovereignty over its own composition.

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: I am answering the question perfectly. It is for the House to decide how it should be composed, and we should have every opportunity to decide upon the details of that proposition. All the signs point to the fact that this issue has been rushed through hastily by the Government, who have used every opportunity to speed up the process. The Boundary Commission has presented its report nearly...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Were that situation to arise, it would still be within the rules guiding the Boundary Commission. The statutory deadline for the commission's present report does not arise for another 14 months. The other interesting thing about existing constituencies is that it was only nine years ago last Monday that they came into existence. That does not complete the 10-year cycle to which the rules...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Am I not right in thinking that in centuries past the membership of the House of Commons was far greater than it is now?

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: First, I am not a Member of the parliamentary Boundary Commission for England, and secondly, I managed to save my deposit.

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: Having listened to the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Morrison), I look forward to seeing him in the No Lobby tomorrow evening, but I hope that he will forgive me if I do not follow the arguments that he put forward concerning his part of the country. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Swindon (Mr. Stoddart), if he captures your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, will take up those arguments....

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: That does nothing to alter the fact that Judge Newey has been an active member of the Conservative party. I also see from "Who's Who" that Judge Newey was a special legal adviser to the Home Secretary just before that appointment. We come to the position where the credibility and the much vaunted independence of the three-man commission is somewhat in doubt.

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: It would be unthinkable to have a former Labour candidate as a member of the Boundary Commission. We must exclude consideration of Mr. Speaker in his formal capacity as chairman of the commission. I move on to the assistant commissioners who are listed in the report at page 260, appendix H. When one looks at that list one is blindingly struck by the fact that they are all lawyers—all...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Dr Edmund Marshall: The House will be grateful to the hon. Member for Ealing, North for showing that what l have been saying about the widespread disquiet with regard to the way the assistant commissioners conducted their task is correct. Conservative Members have also expressed doubts about the way in which the Commission has gone about its work. I shall quote from Hansard of 18 November 1982 when, during...


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