Results 121–140 of 8584 for speaker:Mr Enoch Powell

Evelyn Glenholmes (24 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: Has it occurred to the Government that the incompetence of those acting on their behalf in the matter of extradition may have been exceeded by the incompetence of those who negotiated the Anglo-Irish agreement and who advised the Government to enter into it?

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: Is the hon. and learned Mernber suggesting that the Anglo-Irish conference should deal with the administration of Wales, Scotland and England? If that is so, I would join hands with him.

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: It is no worse than the EEC.

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: In presenting the order, the Minister gave the House a painstaking analysis of some of the major expenditure decisions which were reflected by the figures in the order. The right hon. and learned Member for Warley, West (Mr. Archer) responded in critical vein by dealing with the substantive matters of expenditure in a number of classes and votes. I intend to concern myself, however, as...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am answering the hon. Gentleman's question strictly in the financial context, but he is entirely right. The deduction from treating Northern Ireland for financial purposes as Wales and Scotland are treated is indeed that that method of scrutiny would be available to deal with the Northern Ireland Estimates. I interrupted the quotation. I shall return to the remaining part of it which...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: It is not for me to pass my personal judgment on my colleagues' decision where and how their duties to their constituents of the Province are best discharged, but I can come towards the hon. Gentleman by saying that anything which holds out to the people of Northern Ireland an assurance of the only available constitutional stability—that is, to be treated as what they are: a part of the...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am glad to hear that, and I believe that a substantial element of such discretion will be left behind in the hands of the social security officers, for over and again I have found that apparently intractable family and individual conditions can be analysed and dealt with in a way that they could not have been dealt with without the power to make a single payment. No doubt there has been...

Northern Ireland (Local Government) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The point that the Minister must clarify is whether the withdrawal, after the appointment of commissioners, of these appointed members from the boards will create vacancies which can be filled by the Minister. The Minister must address himself to that point.

Northern Ireland (Local Government) (11 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The easy philippic to which the House has just listened will bring no benefit to any section or interest in Northern Ireland or Great Britain, including the Government. When the Secretary of State wrote on 13 February to my right hon. Friend the Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Molyneaux) announcing the order he said: I understand the depth of feeling which exists. Alas, would that that were so....

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The Anglo-Irish agreement.

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: In this rather desultory and at times, it appeared, desolate debate, there were signs early on that discussion might centre on the results of the Luxembourg conference and that peculiarly named—it is still peculiar after the Minister's attempted explanation—Single European Act. We have been assured by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in its explanation memorandum on the second of the...

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: That is the old trick of substituting one meaning of the word "we" for another meaning in successive sentences. I do not dispute that there are those, including the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston)—the hon. Gentleman has made no secret of this—who believe that we would take better decisions and be better off in this country if we in the House had less...

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am old-fashioned enough to think that one of the functions of this House is to criticise the manner in which the Executive exercises its powers and, by criticising, effectively to limit and control those powers. If the House does not do that, it is not exercising one at any rate of the functions for which it exists. Another function of the House, which the hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr....

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am obliged to have the assurances of the hon. Member for Harrow, East, a careful student of these matters. I seem at any rate to have got it right so far.

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I would like to continue without assistance from Northampton at this stage. If that is so, the opportunity of this House through the Government as represented in the Council to influence and affect legislation is automatically diminished. That must be so as a consequence of the substitution of a qualified majority for unanimity as a result of the adoption by the Commission of amendments...

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: It is true that the Luxembourg compromise is, if I understand it correctly, comprehensive in its application. Nevertheless—and this is relevant to the amendment which has been proposed and which the Government have said they will accept—the powers of scrutiny, of influence and of intervention by this House are necessarily diminished by the procedure which will be followed wherever the...

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: That is an interesting insight into the mind of one of the most vigorous supporters of the European Economic Community. The hon. Gentleman thinks that the Executive "bestows" on the House the fruits of the exercise of its authority. I believe that the processes of debate, backed by the processes of voting in the House, do influence the information and behaviour of Governments. We do not have...

European Community ( 5 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The Danes have a different arrangement, which I do not necessarily commend, in relation to European legislation and policy. In any case, they recently found themselves overruled by a popular vote into compliance with the very procedures that I am criticising. The mere fact that the process is consultative and voluntary rather than binding in form does not deprive it of the power to diminish...

Northern Ireland ( 4 Mar 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: In view of the concluding words of the Secretary of State's statement, will the Government take steps to proceed towards giving all the people of Northern Ireland a full share in what the right hon. Gentleman calls this parliamentary democracy?

Procedure (27 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I believe that the House is, on the whole, best served by consensus on the part of a Select Committee which it appoints to advise it. Therefore, I believe that more attention should be given to those exceptional cases where Members who have addressed their minds in the Committee to the matters submitted to them have found it impossible, despite their sense of obligation, to arrive at a...


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