Results 361–380 of 440 for speaker:Mr Derek Spencer

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: I shall accept my hon. Friend's invitation and deal with that issue out of order. I can rely on none other than the chief of public relations of the city council, who is not a politician. He is an officer who is paid a salary from the public purse, having been hired by the Labour local authority to advance the anti-rate-capping propaganda campaign. He announced recently that the authority had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime (4 Jul 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that pilot schemes involving the interviewing of suspects being tape-recorded, such as we have in Leicester, have been very successful? Early police misgiving has been overcome. Does he also agree that this contributes to a reduction in the incidence of crime? Can he give the House an indication of when the pilot schemes will be extended?

Business of the House (27 Jun 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the latest and most sinister attack on parliamentary democracy by Leicester city council, which proposes to set up a research and development unit at a potential cost to the ratepayer of £135,000 to peddle Labour party propaganda, and to set up a contracts monitoring unit at a potential cost of £45,000? When can we expect to hear the results of the work of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (24 Jun 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, when he next meets the chairman of the National Coal Board, he will discuss the future development of the coal industry in Leicestershire.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (24 Jun 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my hon. Friend agree that the development of the industry in Leicestershire is an admirable model for other parts of the country, with its high investment, high wages and high productivity? Does he agree also that the coal industry as a whole would do better to concentrate on a rosy future rather than on looking over its shoulder at the outworn ideas and outworn pits of the past?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: British Leyland (5 Jun 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Before my right hon. Friend commits further sums of public money to BL, will he fully satisfy himself that it has learnt the first rule of business—that the customer is always right?

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill [Lords] (16 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: The hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Weetch) and the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) have seen their legislative offspring legitimated by subsequent adoption by the Government. Notwithstanding its new-won respectability, they seem to have reservations about its status. I hope that they will eventually become reconciled to its position and will not, like disappointed fathers, as they...

Public Order Law (16 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that those interested in the maintenance of public tranquillity will be reassured that there has been no over-reaction in the document to the unhappy events of the past 18 months? Will he consider the impact on public order of those sections of the Representation of the People Act which enable candidates to make use of schools, no matter what...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: One of the complaints not only from Argyle square in London but from Saxby street in Leicester is that lives are made hell by people going round at 2 o'clock in the morning and preventing us from getting a good night's sleep. If the police have to go round the next morning and say, "We are sorry that your lives were hell all last night. We should now like you to come along to the...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: People come in person or in a representative capacity. I have leaders of the community, Asian leaders from the central area, where the Asian community of Leicester predominantly lives, people from the mosques and Asian leaders of varying stature coming on behalf of their communities. They tell me that their lives are being ruined by prostitution in the central areas and that their wives and...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: It would be not this world, but somewhere else, if we found that the Bill was in a wholly perfect state. The question is whether it substantially meets the complaints of our constituents, and I believe that it does. Undue time should not be spent seeking to achieve an entirely unrealistic state of perfection. If we adopted that method of proceeding in the House, I doubt whether any piece of...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: That would not profit us one iota. I fear that my hon. Friend is falling into the trap of engaging the House in seeking to obtain a perfect Bill, when all we are anxious to do—I am sure that he agrees—is to obtain a Bill that meets the justice of the case.

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: I am obliged to my hon. Friend for reminding me of that. My somewhat limited experience of the law—only about 25 years—has taught me that usually it is bad to confuse the substantive law with the adjectival law. Unless there are strong and compelling reasons, it is not a good method to say what will amount to proof in any given case. Cases are infinitely various. Therefore, to require...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: I accept that. I make the point merely to demonstrate that a court, however comprised—even if it be of persons not versed in courts or in the law—and notwithstanding the absence of the victim, can still find it consistent with their duties to do justice to reach the conclusion that the offence has been proved. Therefore, Opposition Members are pursuing a bad point by suggesting that,...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: These new clauses and amendments concern the fundamental nature of the framework of the Bill. If they were to be passed, they would destroy the tripartite basis of the recommendations made by the Criminal Law Revision Committee upon which this Bill is based. When it comes to disappointing lawyers on the one hand or disappointing the public on the other, I should much prefer to disappoint the...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences Bill: Soliciting a Woman for Sexual Purposes in a Manner Causing Nuisance or Fear (10 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will pursue the argument to its logical conclusion. Is he saying that the same anonymity and protection should be given in all other summary offences, and, if not, why not?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (7 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in 1979 we inherited rampant inflation and rampant trade unionism, that only by conquering those twin evils have we created an additional 600,000 jobs and that if we were to surrender to those evils, as the Labour party would wish, the results would be disastrous for employment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Clearance (2 May 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my hon. and learned Friend accept that the figures that he has just quoted show that in no way are those entitled to come to this country being unjustly inhibited? Does he also accept that the enterprise of the Asian community in Leicester contributes to employment, not unemployment?

Prosecution of Offences Bill [Lords] (16 Apr 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: It is about 20 years since I was the pupil of my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General and trod in his footsteps in the eastern counties. During the intervening years many aspects of our criminal justice system have changed. If this measure is passed, another chapter in that evolving story of change will have been written. In those 20 years or so I have appeared as counsel and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Trade Trends (27 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on recent trends in British trade.


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