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Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Will you confirm that when you lowered the guillotine on Third Reading, at least six hon. Members who wished to speak were prevented from doing so?

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: This is a had Bill, badly made. It has been badly made partly because the Opposition agree to it in principle and partly because the Government have been so unwise as to impose not a justified guillotine, after proper discussion or the suspicion of filibustering, but a scandalous and precautionary guillotine at the very beginning. I call it scandalous because the parents of Dunblane and the...

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I hope that it is not. I accept that firearms were inadequately controlled before the Cullen report. I have a little experience of that because, as an occasional hack provincial barrister, it has been my job over the years to appear on behalf of people who wanted to get firearms certificates. I accept that the procedure was too lax. It was necessarily too lax, because it is drummed into...

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I do not know that I think it should be only an executive matter.

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Let me explain. The hon. Gentleman may think that I am too much of a libertarian, but I think that, when police refuse a citizen a firearms certificate, that citizen should have a right of appeal to the Crown court. However, I think that the criteria by which such certificates are granted should be tightened. I am sorry that my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Putney (Mr. Mellor)...

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman agrees that this measure has come as a result of popular pressure acceded to by both the Government and the Opposition Front Benches. One of the most important and persuasive advocates of that motive for legislation has been my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Putney (Mr. Mellor). He was asked, "If somebody went mad and killed a lot of people with...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give way?

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my hon. Friend intend to deal with what he understands to be the position under the European convention on human rights? It seems that we have an obligation to conform to that convention, which requires compensation in such circumstances. As the Labour party favours our being further bound by the convention, presumably it will wish to support any claim for compensation in line with the...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my hon. Friend mean an extra £300 million? If looks as though the present proposals will cost £200 million. Does he mean that a further £300 million will be required, bringing the cost to £500 million?

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Would it be £300 million extra?

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: As anyone listening to the debate must reflect, it is extraordinary that any competent Government and any competent Opposition can have got into such a jam. We have before us, not a Government measure, but an agreed measure, one of the most dangerous measures that one could ever find—an agreement that has been cobbled together in a hurry between the two Front Benches and foisted on to a...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: No, it is not at all. It is entirely supported—[Interruption.] Let us have no nonsense about this. The Opposition have not opposed the Bill; they have welcomed it. They have entirely given up their proper constitutional duty of criticising and improving legislation, and they have rushed behind the Government, urging them to proceed ever faster. The jam that we have got ourselves in was...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Let me say immediately, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am confining myself entirely to the new clauses and not raising any wider issues. [Laughter]

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The hon. Gentleman asks me to concentrate on the role of the Government and the official Opposition. At page 6 of the Government's reply to the Cullen report, they list very many restrictions that they claim should be imposed on gun clubs to make them safer and to ensure that guns and handguns cannot be stolen. They continue: Very few, if any, existing gun clubs will meet these security...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Let me finish the sentence. Three hundred million pounds, which we are demanding, is an awful lot of money. I shall vote for that compensation, but I shall do so with regret, because it is a waste of money. A great many people could be saved and given more years of happy life by better treatment in the national health service.

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Yes, for £300 million. Some children could be saved by better maternity services for £300 million. This is a gross—

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: This is a gross waste of money, which derives most of all from bad government, from ill-considered government, from panic reaction and from allowing the House of Commons to use its powers as though it were a lynch mob.

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I shall just answer my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Sir D. Thompson), if I may.

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am giving way to my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley, and then I was going to finish.


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