Results 141–160 of 1239 for speaker:Sir Ian Percival

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

Sir Ian Percival: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the vast majority of people in this country will fully understand the very clear explanation that he has given for his actions—

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

Sir Ian Percival: The people will have great respect for my right hon. and learned Friend's courage in taking his action and will share the view that it is a sad day when not a single voice is heard from the Opposition Benches upholding the rule of law. Will they not see it for what it is — an attempt by the Opposition to make cheap political capital out of my right hon. and learned Friend's determination to...

Local Government (10 Dec 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I am driven to speak by the extreme observations of the hon. Member for Houghton and Washington (Mr. Boyes). This is a serious issue and it is possible for there to be two different points of view. Do not Opposition Members realise that everything that can be said has been said? They may hold their views passionately, but it was a rather sick joke when an Opposition Member said that the...

Local Government (10 Dec 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I shall not give way. The Home Secretary was under a statutory duty to propose that the recommendations be adopted and so he laid the order. His party was whipped to vote against it. That is an example of democracy and parliament fighting for it. The arguments for and against the Government's proposals have been fully rehearsed. It does nothing for Opposition Members to put forward...

Local Government (10 Dec 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: rose—

Local Government (10 Dec 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: A moment ago the hon. Gentleman was asked if he could explain why there were so few Conservative Members present. Has it occurred to him that we are sick and tired of hearing the same old claptrap over and over again? He may ask why not more of us want to contribute, but we have made our contributions. We know what is right. I know what is right for the people of Southport and I do not...

Business of the House ( 6 Dec 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I recognise and greatly appreciate the importance that the Government attach to the views of Back Benchers, as was so recently demonstrated by their ready response to an early-day motion signed by a mere 154 hon. Members. May I hope for an equally sympathetic response to my early-day motion 37 on the Brighton outrage, terrorism and capital punishment, which has been signed by 180 hon....

Petitions: Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Warnock Report) (23 Nov 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I have served in the House for a long time with the hon. Gentleman and I respect the strength of his convictions, but will he not equally respect the fact that there is widespread unease in the country about what is being done in the name of the objectives of which he speaks so passionately, and the speed at which they are moving? Does he agree that there is a real need for an early curb to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Transport ( 7 Nov 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: The temptation to reply to some of the spurious and tendentious propositions of Opposition Members is almost irresistible, but I have two good reasons for resisting it. One is time, and the other is that I have no doubt that my right hon. Friend will answer the five questions put by the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) together with all the other points that have...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Bill [Lords]: Abolition of Time Restriction in Divorce Proceedings (13 Jun 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Mr. Best) that the present bar should go, although I believe that he underestimated its significance. At one stage he seemed almost to suggest that the present provision was no bar. It is a very real bar for honest people whose marriages have broken down, even when there is depravity or hardship, if they are not prepared to exaggerate the...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Bill [Lords]: Abolition of Time Restriction in Divorce Proceedings (13 Jun 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: There would be force in that argument if anyone could suggest any better conditions, but I have been in the law long enough to know that as soon as qualifications are introduced the result is a beanfeast for the lawyers and a further set of unfair comparisons. That is my view as one who has some experience of practising in that division of the law. I have solid reasons for favouring a...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Bill [Lords]: Abolition of Time Restriction in Divorce Proceedings (13 Jun 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman has come near to the point I was querying. Does he agree that there is a world of difference between saying the measure will not strengthen the bonds of marriage and saying that the lack of the measure will weaken those bonds? They are two separate aspects. The evidence given to the Committee seemed to support the second aspect, though not the first.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: It is very natural that one's views about this Bill should be coloured by one's views on whether these county councils should be abolished, and of course there is a clear division between the Labour party and ourselves on that issue. I am not nearly so clear about the position of the Liberal party, because in my part of the country, where the proposed abolition of the Merseyside county...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman puts words into my mouth. I did not say anything like what he attributes to me, but I know the feelings in my own constituency, which is an important and substantial part of the county, and I can tell him that what I have said is very true in relation to my own constituency. That may be why the Liberals there are claiming to be responsible for this decision, whereas of...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: I do not think that I will be tempted into that. I want to get on with the things that I want to say. But I do not disagree with anything that the hon. Gentleman has just said. For goodness sake, let us avoid indulging in such extravagant terms as "constitutional abuse of the process of the House". The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Tony Banks), who has just spoken and has already...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: That is an alternative way of covering the transitional period. No doubt all the alternatives have been considered. However, in the end the Government have to decide which one to adopt. Yes, there is a question of principle involved, but I happen to disagree with my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes, for I do not believe that that question of principle is such as to rule out the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman's intervention is arrogant in suggesting that I have totally ignored that. I have been in this House for a long time and I am well aware of the rights of electors. I have made it my business to protect them to the best of my ability over a substantial number of years. I am well aware of that part of the argument. However, at the end of the day, having weighed all the...

Hong Kong (16 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: After such a knowledgeable speech by my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden), I am loth to intervene as a new boy to the subject, but I have had the advantage of recently being in Hong Kong and want, therefore, to convey some of the impressions it made on me. I was glad that my right hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne (Sir H. Atkins) and other hon. Friends have echoed what...

Hong Kong (16 May 1984)

Sir Ian Percival: One must see it to believe that it exists. That system comes a great deal closer to government and legislation by consensus than many other systems about which we know more. There are 42 men and women working jolly hard, and we should not underestimate or overlook the great support that they are now receiving from Hong Kong, from all kinds of associations. We should not underestimate either...

Orders of the Day — House Buyers Bill (16 Dec 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I, too, have an interest to declare as a member of the Bar, but I do not regard myself as in any way speaking to defend a vested interest. As at present drafted, the Bill would be more likely to make work for the Bar than to reduce it. As I have to catch a train at 1.30 and as many other hon. Members wish to intervene, I shall confine myself to three topics, and I shall not try to string...


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