Results 141–160 of 8584 for speaker:Mr Enoch Powell

Procedure (27 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The Minister responsible for the Bill wants to get it through and the Government of whose programme the Bill is a part want to get their programme through because they are constantly being threatened by new demands for legislation, some of them necessary, and some of them, in the view of others, illegitimate. Therefore, time is always of the essence for Government. Time is the weapon which...

Ecclesiastical Fees Measure (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The Ecclesiastical Committee has served the House well in securing that both classes of order which can be made under this Measure will be subject to parliamentary negative procedure. It is right and proper that we should not entirely relinquish parliamentary control over the content of these Measures. I think that it was in the original Measure that only one type of order was subject to...

Bishops (Retirement) Measure (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: It is unfortunate that we have to resume the debate in the absence of the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn), who made such a characteristic contribution at an earlier stage. However, we must do the best that we can without the assistance of his lights. The right hon. Gentleman regarded the established status of the Church of England as a self-evident absurdity, but he was...

Bishops (Retirement) Measure (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) has certainly illustrated some of the quandaries into which those who argue from prejudice but purport to be guided by principle may from time to time fall. I hope that the right hon. Member for Chesterfield may have the leisure at some future date to take note of the hon. Gentleman's intervention.

Public Expenditure (20 Feb 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I wonder where the friends of the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) have all gone to. I wonder why they did not tell him that it would be convenient for him to be in the Chamber at 9 o'clock.

Business of the House ( 5 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: Can the right hon. Gentleman yet foresee the date on which the motion for the recess is likely to be moved?

Clause 1: Increase of Limit ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: The clause as drafted is, indeed, the Bill. I take it that observations which relate to the Bill are pertinent to the Question which you have proposed to the Committee, Sir Paul. Any hon. Members who are accidentally remaining in the Chamber, washed up after the Division of a few moments ago like flotsam upon the beach, might be surprised to learn that these proceedings, if they pause for a...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: The brief speech of the hon. Member for Berkshire, East (Mr. MacKay) has brought the debate back to the major realities of the Bill and the political act enshrined in it. At the beginning of the last decade, when membership of the European Economic Community was commended to Parliament and to the people of this country, it was the economic aspect that was almost exclusively stressed. It was...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I see that the hon. Member for Hamilton would like to intervene. Perhaps he intends to explain why, after their electoral defeat in 1983, the Labour party has consistently been running away from its position on the EEC?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I should like to remind the House of some of the difficulties to which the hon. Gentleman drew attention. He said that the accession would "affect this country for the worse". I am interested in the reasons why we should gaily take a step which in his view will "affect this country for the worse". The accession, he said, will cause the "already chronic problems of surplus to be accentuated"....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I do not, but we have got into a bad habit in that respect, and we shall suffer retribution when the same medicine is ladled out to us. I state my objection to the very concept of entering into a community with Spain and Portugal with a view to securing or preventing certain developments in their internal forms of government. That is as much their business as...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: All those things would surely be implicit if it were indeed an organisation for the preservation of democracy and for the enforcement of certain supposedly democratic forms of behaviour on its members. The real intention is not quite so crude. In this context, "democracy" is used as a term of art to mean adherence to the Western Alliance. The whole business is about Spain's membership of...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Bill [Lords] ( 4 Dec 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am about to conclude. The hon. Gentleman may be able to entertain the House with a speech of his own. We are reminded of those facts by the very nature of this accession which the Bill makes possible —a deal between members of the EEC on political grounds and a nation reluctant to belong to NATO but trembling on the verge of taking a decision about it. The Economic Community was in...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I was.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: The hon. Gentleman evidently did not listen to the Minister's speech. He pointed out that the Bill imposes no real burden upon the rest of the United Kingdom.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: If the hon. Gentleman refers to the speech that I addressed to the House about an hour or two ago, he will find a complete refutation of his observations. He will find that there is no obligation implied by membership of the United Kingdom to be governed by laws which are made separately for different parts of the United Kingdom without the consent of those parts of the Kingdom. While I am on...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: How does the hon. Gentleman know?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am sure that the Minister, in preparing to present the Bill to the House, will have familiarised himself with the proceedings on 28 November 1984 and that he will be in a position to respond to certain questions which were addressed to him on that occasion. This debate has a certain paradoxical character following immediately upon the Northern Ireland agreement debate. It was a custom of...

Orders of the Day — Anglo-Irish Agreement (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: This long debate, which is now drawing to its close, has not, at its heart, really been about Ulster. It has been about the United Kingdom; or to put the same point in another way, it has been about this House, for what we have been debating these two days is the proposition that the Government should be approved for having made with another country an agreement whereby a conference will be...

Orders of the Day — Anglo-Irish Agreement (27 Nov 1985)

Mr Enoch Powell: The right hon. and learned Gentleman speaks of persuading the people of Northern Ireland of the wisdom of the Labour party's policy and thought on the subject. Why does not the Labour party go about its task in the normal way as it does on any other matter in any other part of the United Kingdom—enabling people to vote for the Labour party by putting up Labour candidates in Northern Ireland?


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