Results 161–180 of 1239 for speaker:Sir Ian Percival

Trade Union Bill ( 8 Nov 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I agree with the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Mr. Hamilton) on his maiden speech. My hon. Friend represents a beautiful part of the country, peopled by voters of mature political conviction who have sent to the House a series of hon. Members who have contributed greatly. They are to be congratulated again, as is my...

Trade Union Bill ( 8 Nov 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman is correct. I was a member of the Government when section 17 was enacted. He is correct to say that, at the Committee's invitation, not once but twice, I offered advice as Law Officer. That advice did not include any political consideration such as whether the balance was correct or not. Part II will have a marginal effect on section 17 because without a ballot the...

Trade Union Bill ( 8 Nov 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: Yes, I will offer some odds. Where something is almost obligatory—I know that the union has choice here, but there is some force in the argument that it has no real choice—the union may well feel that it has to win the ballot and be tempted to put forward all kinds of pressures and perhaps all this hardens the dispute. One hopes that that possibility can be guarded against. There is some...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: For once, I can agree with the hon. Member for Knowsley, North (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) when he says that these issues should not be decided on emotional grounds. I agree agree with him and with my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr. Heath) that we are discussing ally one part of the much wider subject of crime and punishment and that it is one which sometimes obscures the...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: If my hon. Friend will forgive me, I will not develop that but it is something that has become more common since the repeal of capital punishment. Somebody in prison for the whole of his life has nothing to lose. However, I shall leave that point for others to develop, as I wish to be brief. Execution in the case of terrorism is perhaps the most difficult part of the problem. Why is it...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. Gentleman has confirmed by a specific instance what I was saying about the evil nature of so many of these acts. However, I am sure that he will forgive me if I complete my speech in my own way. Two reasons are given to show why one should not apply the death penalty to those who commit acts of terrorism. One is that we shall make martyrs, but this is the most upside-down argument I...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Second Day (23 Jun 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I should like to extend my good wishes to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment as he sets out on a series of steps that are potentially of enormous importance to many people. I wish him well in all of them, and especially in those to which I shall confine my comments. I refer to the passage in the Gracious Speech which states: Proposals will be prepared for the...

Litter Bill [Lords] (11 May 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. So often when consolidation Bills reach the House, we have run short of time. However, this evening when we have plenty of time I can expand a little on the Bill. I want to say how greatly indebted we are to the Joint Committee on Consolidation &c. Bills, which studies all those Bills in such detail that when we consider them we can be...

Matrimonial Homes Bill [Lords]: Effect of Rights of Occupation as Charge on Dwelling House (19 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 5, line 36, leave out 'or interest'.

Matrimonial Homes Bill [Lords]: Effect of Rights of Occupation as Charge on Dwelling House (19 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: As the result of the passage of the Matrimonial Homes and Property Act 1981, the words "or interest" were deleted from seven provisions of the Matrimonial Homes Act 1967. In consolidating those provisions in this Bill, those deletions were overlooked. The purpose of the amendment is rectify that.

Mental Health Bill [Lords]: Admission for Assessment (19 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 3, line 12, after 'under', insert 'the following provisions of'. This amendment will bring the wording of clause 2(4) exactly into line with that of section 25(4) of the Mental Health Act 1959, from which it is derived.

Mental Health Bill [Lords]: Consequential Amendments (19 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 119, line 22, at end insert— '15. In section 128(1)(b) of the Mental Health Act 1959 for the words "this Act" in both places where they occur there shall be substituted the words "the Mental Health Act I983".'. I will speak at the same time, with permission, to amendment No. 3. These make consequential amend-ments to section 128.

Pilotage Bill [Lords]: Transitional and Saving Provisions (19 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move amendment No. 3, in page 47, line 10, leave out paragraph 5. I should take a little longer on this amendment and inform the House that it removes a transitional provision which is no longer required.

Pilotage Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This Bill is also purely a consolidation measure. The law on pilotage was last consolidated in 1913 and has remained substantially unamended until 1979. The Merchant Shipping Act 1979 amended it extensively and introduced new provisions. This is a suitable time for consolidation. Some provisions in the 1979 Act are not yet in force....

Mental Health Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This measure is purely a consolidation measure, bringing together the law relating to mentally disordered persons. The principal Act is the Mental Health Act 1959. The Act has been amended on numerous occasions over the years. The Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982 made further extensive amendments and introduced new provisions for the...

Matrimonial Homes Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The Bill is purely a consolidation measure. It brings together the Matrimonial Homes Act 1967, as amended, and relevant provisions in subsequent legislation, including portions of the Matrimonial Homes and Property Act 1981. As always, we are greatly indebted to the Joint Committee for checking that the Bill will not alter the law. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (Sentencing Policy) (14 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: As was indicated in the replies to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch and Lymington (Mr. Adley) on 9 June 1980 and 9 March 1981, meetings are not arranged with the Magistrates Association to discuss sentencing policy limited to a single type of offence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (Sentencing Policy) (14 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I am sure that most prosecuting authorities are well aware of those considerations. There is no question of any special threat being held over the heads of the mentally ill or anyone else. The threat is the same. The greatest safeguard in this respect is the availability of legal aid and advice so that those appointed to assist people may take account of these points in their defence and see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (Sentencing Policy) (14 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I entirely agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman on the last point. Anyone appearing at a police station or court for the first time, but perhaps especially an elderly person, may become thoroughly confused. We all want every assistance and indulgence to be given in such cases. Cautioning is indeed referred to in the document mentioned by the hon. and learned Gentleman. It is also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Jurors (14 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: The Lord Chancellor is satisfied that the criteria are generally fair in so far as it is possible without giving rise to an excessive charge on public funds.


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