Results 41–60 of 1239 for speaker:Sir Ian Percival

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I am sorry that the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) should have put the weight of the Opposition Front Bench behind the attempt made by other hon. Members to make my hon. and learned Friend the Minister say something that he should not say. My hon. and learned Friend, however, dealt with those questions in the only manner open to him, and did so with firmness and dignity. I for one...

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The right hon. Gentleman made his point clearly in his previous intervention. I thought that he then acknowledged that my hon. and learned Friend the Minister could only have given the answers that he gave. Perhaps I misinterpreted the right hon. Gentleman's gestures, but it seemed clear to me that he was doing that. Those who read this debate will realise that my hon. and learned Friend the...

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: No. That was cheap and nasty. I shall have something to say about those comments, and I am not surprised that the hon. Gentleman's immediate reaction should be that I might have something to say about his sordid and squalid remarks concerning my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General.

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I am, and I am turning the hon. Gentleman's comments back on him. It is deplorable that the hon. Gentleman should have speculated to that extent. It is also deplorable to use the privileges accorded to the House to say things about people when they may long to have the opportunity to clear up the matter in the courts. I should have thought that the hon. Gentleman had been a Member of...

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The critical words are "without permission". I do not disagree with the hon. Gentleman in that regard. The next part of his argument is that there are many cases in which either we should not have given permission, or we should have prosecuted. But he is not being consistent in this case. He says that we should have prosecuted other cases beforehand. I have just realised that I have fallen...

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I wish that the hon. Gentleman would remember that he had an hour in which to address the House. I am trying to make my comments in less time. By common consent, Wright is engaging in treachery for money, yet should we not take proceedings against him? That is ludicrous, especially when we realise that he has moved outside our jurisdiction so that we cannot deal with him here. He knows...

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman had an hour in which to state his case. I am not mixing up anything. We must clarify these issues. The question here is whether someone in the secret service may publish for money information gained in the secret service.. The hon. Member for Workington has said that, prima facie, that is treachery.

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Very well, if the hon. Gentleman did not say that—

Bill Presented: Security Services (15 Dec 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I gave the hon. Gentleman credit for saying that. However, I do not think that he would go so far as to say that he would agree that anyone with such confidential information is entitled to publish for profit. I do not believe that the hon. Gentleman would say that for a moment. That is exactly what Mr. Wright is trying to do. Mr. Wright cannot be the judge of whether he has a motive to...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (27 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: If the hon. and learned Gentleman is suggesting that there is a link between unemployment and crime and is seeking through that to blame the Government, that is a damned insult to the unemployed. Of course a great many convicted people are unemployed. All professional and petty crooks are unemployed and have no intention of being employed, but the vast majority of generally unemployed people...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (27 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: What a miserable, sour speech that was! I do not complain about some of the criticisms that have been made, and I might even share one or two of them, but the Bill provides us with an opportunity to make constructive contributions. If the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Kaufman) reads the report of his speech, he may find that it contained little that was constructive. Of...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (27 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: That is not nearly in the same category. Whether that be so or not, I shall not be diverted from issues which I can clearly establish at least to my satisfaction, where I can establish a danger and I can see some of the answers to it. There has been an increase in sex and drug offences and many of the increases in other crimes have a relationship to that. How many of the muggings that are...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill (27 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: Of course. I am glad that I gave way because I acknowledge that many hon. Members have placed great value on standards. I should not like what I have said to be otherwise interpreted. The hon. Gentleman will know as well as I do that for far too long in the House moral values have been sneered at by some of our colleagues. I am glad that he is happy to stand up and be counted. I am glad that...

Business of the House (27 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: My right hon. Friend will no doubt have observed that since he last commented on early-day motion 35, the number of signatories has gone up from 120 to 162. [That this House congratulates and thanks all those whose efforts contributed to the prevention of the hideous crime planned, executed and so nearly effected by Nezar Hindawi, and to his conviction; recognises the existence of...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: rose—

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I agree with the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood), who said that we have a social as well as a medical problem. He expressed one view about that on which my thinking leads me to the opposite conclusion from him, but I shall develop that point later. I am sorry that I missed part of the debate, both because of the apparent discourtesy to hon. Members who spoke and...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (21 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: When the hon. Gentleman reads the Official Report he will realise that I was making a perfectly general observation, but if he feels that it applies to him, so be it—if the cap fits, he must wear it. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said that there had been encouraging noises from the Independent Broadcasting Authority. I am glad to hear that, but we need rather more than...

Business of the House (20 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: I ask my right hon. Friend about early-day motion 35. [That this House congratulates and thanks all those whose efforts contributed to the prevention of the hideous crime planned, executed and so nearly effected by Nezar Hindawi, and to his conviction; recognises the existence of international gangs who are prepared to commit mass murder in pursuit of their objectives and that the maximum...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (14 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: One should not be surprised at anything said in this House, but I confess that I was surprised to hear the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) defending the actions of the Russians in Afghanistan and their use of tanks against students in Hungary.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (14 Nov 1986)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman has not only repeated his speech, he has made my point. I gave him the opportunity to condemn those actions and he has not even done so now.


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