Results 81–100 of 596 for speaker:Mr Edward Lyons

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is no power to introuce any substantial new provisions in a consolidation Bill? It can contain only what is in the previous legislation. That possibility, therefore, is not open.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: I join the hon. Member for Basildon (Mr. Proctor) in paying tribute to his hon. Friend the Member for Fareham (Mr. Lloyd) who in so ably introducing the Bill has done a service to the House and the State. It is absolutely clear that many cinema clubs are bogus and are virtually open to the public. What goes on inside is an escape from the rules that apply to ordinary commercial cinemas and...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: We can consider in Committee whether to introduce the possibility of prison for second and subsequent offences. The object of the Bill is to bring the clubs into line with the general commercial cinema and to impose fines for specific matters. If there is bribery or corruption and conspiracy, there are laws to deal with that. What the hon. Member for Glasgow, Queen's Park (Mr. McElhone) has...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: I favour an increased building programme that helps to replace the old Victorian prisons that are more than 100 years old, but I would not favour a prison building programme designed simply to put into prison people who can be dealt with more effectively in other ways. That is not a sensible approach to penal policy or to offenders because the prisons are schools where prisoners learn to...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: The fact that the hon. Gentleman has gone out of his way to attack the SDP, and has been joined in that by the Conservative Right-wing Member for Basildon (Mr. Proctor), shows the alarm that they feel about the emergence of the SDP. It also shows the tacit alliance between the Labour and Conservative Parties. The British public will notice that both parties are more frightened of the SDP than...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: On a point or order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Mr. Blackburn) attributed remarks to me that I did not make. Indeed, I made no remarks resembling those of which he has accused me. I never used the word "lies". He must have been dreaming.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: The hon. Lady's remarks are extremely interesting and helpful. However, let us suppose that in the licence granted to a cinema club there was a general condition that only censored films should be shown. Would that not reduce the burden on local authorities, because they would simply check occasionally that any film shown had been censored by the British Board of Film Censors?

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: The hon. Lady can rest assured that the Social Democratic Party supports her views.

Orders of the Day — Laker Airways ( 5 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: As it is clear that in recent weeks economic conditions were continuing to deteriorate and not to improve, which is one reason why the airline collapsed, are not the Government worried that if they continue their present economic policy, which is keeping industry on the floor, a succession of well-known British companies will also bite the dust? Instead of bewailing what is happening in the...

Orders of the Day — Death Grant (Increase) Bill ( 5 Feb 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: In those circumstances, could the Minister tell us how much extra money the Government are prepared to allocate to the scheme? What would be the cost compared with the scheme put forward by the proposer of the Bill?

Yorkshire Ripper (Investigations) (19 Jan 1982)

Mr Edward Lyons: Will the Home Secretary agree that the Byford recommendations make it clear that scarcely a police force in the country is adequately trained or equipped to deal with an inquiry on the scale of that required as a result of the activities of my constituent, Mr. Sutcliffe? In those circumstances, is not there some responsibility on people much closer to the top, much higher than the West...

Greater London Council (House of Lords Judgment) (22 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that the law, as laid down by the Law Lords, prohibits the adoption of a general subsidy policy even when it is in the interests of the ratepayers of a certain area? In other words, even if the discretion is exercised to have regard to the ratepayers' interests, councillors will still not be allowed to operate a general subsidy policy. The only...

Question of Privilege (22 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I agree with everything said by the right hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle). I speak from a similar position, as I am not connected with Liverpool and I am not a member of either of the two main parties.

Question of Privilege (22 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I hope that since it has been ruled that there is—[Interruption.]—or may be a breach of privilege, such a breach—[Interruption.]

Question of Privilege (22 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I am obliged to you, Mr. Speaker. In my view, such a breach is marginal. It is right to point out that if, as is alleged, an hon. Member knew that a writ had been issued for defamation and that that matter had not yet been fully litigated, it is wrong—whether or not it is against the rules of the House—for an hon. Member to repeat the alleged libel knowing that a writ has been issued...

Orders of the Day — Television Licence Fee (Pensioners) (16 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I agree that the BBC provides excellent value for money. It has been dramatically under-financed for years and it deserves the increase in licence fees. Its production costs are a third of those in the United States of America and it is without parallel in the world. It runs not only two television channels but national radio networks and a series of local radio stations. The debate is about...

Orders of the Day — Her Majesty's Prisons ( 2 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: We have heard much today about the state of Britain's prisons, and there has been no exaggeration. In fact, a number of prisons are exceedingly close to breakdown. In Leeds prison, for example, the number of prisoners is about double that for which there is accommodation available. Since the living conditions in prisons are the working conditions of prison officers, it is not surprising that...

Orders of the Day — Her Majesty's Prisons ( 2 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I accept what the right hon. Gentleman says, but I remind him that the previous Secretary of State for Education and Science, and right hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle), has this afternoon expressed strong reservations about the proposal, as did the previous Minister of State, who was also a Queen's Counsel. However, I have no doubt that judges, confronted with a proposal...

Television Licence Fee ( 1 Dec 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: I appreciate the need for the BBC's profits to be funded, but will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the fact that an extra £1 a month in instalments for a retirement pensioner is an enormous extra impost? Secondly, as black and white television sets are largely in the hands of the poorest sections of the population, will the right hon. Gentleman at least freeze the fee for black and...

Decisions Involving Exercise of Discretion (27 Oct 1981)

Mr Edward Lyons: The Soviet constitution has the most magnificent clauses in it. Anyone reading it would imagine that the Soviet Union was governed on the most enlightened democratic principles But, of course, there is not much opportunity, when the principles in the constitution are not followed, for ordinary Soviet citizens to do anything about it. As we look at the constitutions of other countries, we...

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