Results 401–420 of 440 for speaker:Mr Derek Spencer

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Non-payment of Fines (31 Jan 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my hon. Friend agree that a period of imprisonment in default of payment is an important sanction, which results in payment in the majority of cases?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Bankruptcies (30 Jan 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my hon. Friend agree that a number of firms in the city of Leicester went bankrupt because they were crucified by a monstrous rate bill imposed by the city council?

Orders of the Day — Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Bill (18 Jan 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Solvent abuse must be a national problem, as it has even reached Leicester. Its prevalence will be confirmed by any policeman, doctor, or social worker, or even any barrister. They will confirm that the scourge has not just reached council estates in the inner city but has permeated the leafy suburbs and also the towns and villages of the county. They will further confirm that the problem is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Price Waterhouse (Sequestration) (14 Jan 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that there is a need for the High Court to have a permanent fund available to it for use in sequestration proceedings? Will he discuss with the Lord Chancellor how such a permanent fund might be set up?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate-capping (9 Jan 1985)

Mr Derek Spencer: If my right hon. Friend receives representations from Leicester, will he take time to point out the impressive rejuvenation of the inner area that has already taken place under the inner area programme as a result of grants totalling more than £20 million which Leicester has received during the past four or five years?

Petitions: Myasthenia Gravis (20 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: The phrase "myasthenia gravis" casually dropped during conversation is calculated to bring it to an immediate halt. The inevitable response is, "What on earth is myasthenia gravis"? Had I been faced with the phrase on any date before 11 November this year, my response, too, would have been, "What on earth is myasthenia gravis"? But on that date the phrase intruded into my life out of the...

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestrators) (11 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is it not a principle of the common law that where there is a grievance there should be an effective remedy? Would it not be a blot on the fair face of British justice if a plaintiff were debarred through lack of means from effectively obtaining this remedy?

Rate Support Grant (England) (11 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend accept that Leicester city council is well able to comply with the limits that he has set, because it has so much money in the kitty that it has been able to indulge in a massive anti-rate-capping campaign?

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (10 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: In a sense, Mr. Deputy Speaker, in calling me as the first Back Bencher in this Second Reading debate the natural order of things has been reversed, because the last has been made the first. I am the tail-end Charlie of this Parliament. My majority is seven votes. On 9 and 10 June 1983, I had good cause to see the workings of our electoral system at first hand and over many hours, beginning...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (10 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying. I suggested to the Home Office that, rather than have a machine, some sort of franking mark should be put down the side of the ballot paper. To give full faith and credit to the principle that ballot papers should be seen to be genuine and inviolate, it is necessary to have some contraption that puts on a mark. The machines are kept in...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (10 Dec 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman. As he would no doubt be quick to point out, those figures are many, many times my majority. Merely because two of those parties could be classed as parties of the Left is no reason why they should be kept in the political ring so that persons casting their votes for them are not tempted to cast them for my opponent. All I ask is that the political...

Confectionery (Poisoning) (19 Nov 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my hon. Friend agree that the activities of the Animal Liberation Front go much further than irresponsibility? Its members claim deliberately to promote their activities by serious crime. They have claimed responsibility for acts of criminal damage involving between £70,000 and £80,000. They inflict terror upon those who work in laboratories and their activities are to be condemned by...

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Discipline Regulations (29 Oct 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: On 26 August I attended the Pakistan day celebrations held in my constituency. The chairman of the Leicestershire Pakistan Association, before several hundred people, chose the person who had done most to help community relations in Leicester in the proceeding 12 months. He chose a policeman—Inspector Beasley from Asfordby police station. I believe that in doing so he put his finger on the...

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Improperly Obtained Evidence (29 Oct 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: Is it not a fact that, under the present law, although evidence may be technically inadmissible, the judge has a discretion to exclude it if the probative value is exceeded by its prejudicial value? Does the hon. Gentleman think that that rule works well?

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Intimate Samples (25 Oct 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Burton (Mr. Lawrence) made an intervention which appeared to be a speech. If I make a speech which appears to be an intervention, I hope that there will not be any objections. I am surprised at how long the defendant's right to obstruct the course of justice by refusing to provide an intimate sample has survived in our law. I think that any outside...

Petitions: Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Licensing Extension) (1 Aug 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I beg leave to present a petition, on behalf of the members and supporters of Leicestershire county cricket club, signed by 6,067 people in support, at which stage the innings was declared closed. The petition alleges that the licensing justices have refused to grant extensions to the bars and host boxes at the county ground for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Court Room Accommodation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Attorney-General if the Lord Chancellor is satisfied that sufficient court room accommodation is available for present requirements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Court Room Accommodation (9 Jul 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: My right hon. and learned Friend is no doubt aware of the high standard of the courts in Leicester, but is he further aware that that high standard is not matched in places such as Newington Causeway, where temporary buildings have been in use for some years and where, in weather such as we have had recently, new poignancy is given to the phrase "the defendant got a grilling"? Can my right...

New Clause 1: Housing Defects Commission (21 Jun 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: The Bill is based on the fact that the houses have suffered from a latent defect which only became known in the past two or three years as a result of the work of the Building Research Establishment. Is it not a fact that there has been substantial expenditure on some of those houses by local authorities in recent times? Therefore, it is nonsense to categorise them as being a collection of...

Coal Industry Dispute (19 Jun 1984)

Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the apologists of violence who wear a moderate face are just as worthy of condemnation as those who openly espouse violence?


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