Results 381–400 of 440 for speaker:Mr Derek Spencer

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

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the improved prospects for the engineering industry in the east midlands where some of the bigger firms now have order books extending for 15 or 18 months? Does this not augur well for exports and show that Britain really does mean business?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Warheads (Transportation) (26 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the British Psychological Society has today confirmed the safety of the methods to which he has referred, and that the people of Leicester are much more reassured by what my right hon. Friend has said today than they are by the antics of the city council in putting up "nuclear-free" signs?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Budget (Job Creation) (21 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in one youth training scheme in Leicester for clerical trainees the success rate is 77 per cent. and that in another scheme for catering trainees it is 80 per cent.? Does he agree that more youth training places mean more employment?

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill (12 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: For those hon. Members who like hunting the bogey man, this subject is full of possibilities. Some right hon. and hon. Members of the Opposition have thrown themselves into the chase with all the vigour that they can command. But for those of us who are of a less neurotic disposition I believe that this topic is important and practical and that most people take as their point of departure the...

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill (12 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: No, not at the moment. The penalty for eavesdropping was the use of the ducking stool. Therefore, right hon. and hon. Members will not be surprised to learn that, although the gut reaction of the English common law was to institute the offence of eavesdropping, it was in fact abolished in 1967 by the Criminal Law Act of that year when misdemeanours and felonies were consigned to the shelves...

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill (12 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: The hon. and learned Member has already heard what my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary had to say on that point. If the hon. and learned Member speaks later, I hope that he will take the opportunity to refer to the fact that no Government have done as much as this one in drawing to the attention of the public the guidelines about surveillance under which the police now work....

Business of the House (7 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: rose—

Business of the House (7 Mar 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If the rate-capped councils such as Leicester which are holding their rate meetings today fail to fix rates, will my right hon. Friend arrange for an early statement so that the uncertainty facing ratepayers can be removed?

Rate Limitation (Prescribed Maximum) (25 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: When I arrive at the gates in the next world and am asked what burdens I bore in this world, I shall be able to say that I paid rates not only in Camden, but in Leicester. Therefore, I declare not one interest, but two. However, my support for the order rests not on the effect that it might have on my pocket, but on my belief that it is unequivocally in the interests of my constituents. I...

Rate Limitation (Prescribed Maximum) (25 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: There is no point in my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State repeating something that the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) will know, if he has taken the trouble to open the annual reports and budgets. The figures are there in black and white. There is no point in involving my right hon. friend in this toing and froing, and in what Councillor Soulsby says is a...

Rate Limitation (Prescribed Maximum) (25 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: The planning committee in Leicester will spend £3·2 million in the current year. That is twice the expenditure of the planning committees in Nottingham and Derby. Leicester's expenditure on play centres, leisure and swimming pools is about three times that of any comparable city.

Rate Limitation (Prescribed Maximum) (25 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: The hon. and learned Gentleman can always look at the Audit Commission's profile on Leicester. If he is not satisfied with the figures in the budget, he can go somewhere else, but he will find that the figures are confirmed. Thus it is not surprising that, if left to its own devices, the city council would have gone on to even greater excesses next year. A draft budget was handed to me only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry Dispute (18 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the words of Mr. Jack Jones, the leader of the Leicestershire NUM, today? He said that the economy of pits has always been a subject that he has discussed both locally and at regional level. If that is good enough for Leicestershire, is it not good enough at national level.

Mr. Clive Ponting (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does not my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the formal admission made by counsel for the defence at the beginning of the trial, together with the summing up of the judge, show that there was a strong prima facie case that would have led even the right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris) to prosecute?

Interception of Communications (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Will my right hon. and learned Friend confirm that during the Malone case the European Court accepted that the present procedures were effective in keeping the number of warrants at a low level, notwithstanding the increased use of the telephone and the increase in the level of serious crimes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the security situation in Northern Ireland is not helped by actions such as those of the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn), who, on a day when marches had been banned in the city of Leicester, came to the city and spoke publicly in favour of the actions of Sinn Fein and spoke in an inflammatory manner?

Local Government (Practices and Procedures) (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware that those of us who served in local government before we came to this place are reassured by the setting-up of the committee? One of the fears engendered by our experience was that there was plenty of evidence that public money was spent on a basis of political partiality. If local government has nothing to hide, it has nothing to fear, and one can expect...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council Housing (Privatisation) (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is only too self-evident from the evidence of Socialist city councils up and down the country that the vast amounts of money that have been directed into those quarters have not benefited the council tenants, who were meant to be the beneficiaries, and that it is necessary to consider new methods of financing housing for those who cannot afford to pay...

Opposition Day: Immigration (4 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: How can it be an injustice when rule 6(4) says: The grounds of an appeal particularised in a notice of appeal may be varied or amplifed at any time during the course of the appeal"? Surely that leaves the matter wide open. What is the matter with that? Surely it is much better than having a formal notice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Coal Industry Dispute (4 Feb 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that recent experience tends to show that those whose cases still remain to be dealt with will get a fair hearing by magistrates or juries, and that, if the evidence is sufficient, there will be a conviction and that otherwise there will be an acquittal? Does he agree that the criminal justice system is sufficiently resilient to deal with violent...


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