Results 181–200 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I can give the House an absolute assurance in answer to my hon. Friend. I guarantee that everything that I have said this afternoon and every action that I shall take will involve no cover up and no whitewash, in any circumstances.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It would be quite improper for me to comment on the hon. Gentleman's assertion when legal proceedings may be pending.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. It is true that many police successes that are well known to the House and the country go comparatively unreported. No one in public life should be surprised at that. However, there are failures. When there are failures, and serious failures, they should be ruthlessly examined. The vast majority of police officers would expect that to happen. That is what will...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I must not comment on details of the incident. It would be proper to argue that the figures that I quoted show a marked reluctance by the police to use their weapons even when they must have them as a precaution. It is reasonable that I should point that out. The question of who controls the police in London will continue to be argued, but I do not believe that that is central to the issue...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Police training in the use of firearms has been carried out extremely well. The police have many experts in their use. Some of the figures that I have given demonstrate how careful the police have been in the use of firearms as a result of that training. If they can learn more from outside, I am happy for that to be considered.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The hon. Gentleman has decided to indulge himself in many assertions which I do not for a moment accept.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have made it clear, as the House would expect, that the first step is to have the incident examined, from the legal point of view, by the Director of Public Prosecutions. There will be other lessons to learn from any subsequent reports. They will be examined in the context of what my hon. and learned Friend has said.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I still maintain that the issue of who controls the police and whether there should be an elected authority is not central to what we are discussing today. With regard to the hon. Gentleman's second point, of course I shall consider Sir Kenneth Newman's report and consider how best it might be presented to the House. If my right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council and Leader of the...

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. The whole House knows that that is true. I hope that the whole House will recognise that and reassure the Metropolitan Police accordingly today.

Shooting Incident (Kensington) (17 Jan 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The general rules provide that only an inspector may allow the issue of firearms and that the issue must be reported immediately to a chief superintendent. It is not right for me to comment further on the present case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas and Plastic Bullets (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: In recent months I have received requests or inquiries about different aspects of this matter, to varying effect, from 26 right hon. and hon. Members, two Members of the European Parliament, and a number of organisations or members of the public.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas and Plastic Bullets (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: What happens in Northern Ireland is not a matter for me. The answer to the second part of the question is "No, Sir".

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas and Plastic Bullets (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: It has been made clear that the various weapons, if used, would be used as weapons of absolutely last resort. It is wrong, and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has said so, to leave the police without any weapons of last resort. That is the position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas and Plastic Bullets (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: It is not a question of an arbitrary decision by the Home Secretary. The answer to the first part of the hon. Gentleman's question is "Yes". With regard to the Metropolitan Police, I shall first discuss any such questions with the Commissioner. I am answerable to the House and will answer questions immediately. I have been prepared and have welcomed the opportunities to talk to London Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: CS Gas and Plastic Bullets (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: I promised the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) that I would give him full details of all the circumstances relating to all the police authorities. In answer to my hon. Friend, I can tell him that I am getting the full information and I shall present it to the House. It is an important subject, and I am pleased to respond to what was said both by my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: I intend to maintain the practice of successive Governments to answer questions about these matters only in so far as they concern general issues about the arrangements set out in the White Paper "The Interception of Communications in Great Britain" (Cmnd. 7873) and the role of the judicial monitor.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: Of course, the hon. Gentleman can say to me whatever he likes. He has not asked me a question. I maintain the position of previous Governments, of whom the hon. Gentleman was a somewhat erstwhile supporter. He supported them from time to time. I am in good company in maintaining that position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: Interceptions for which the Home Secretary is responsible require his personal signature. If anything else happens, it is outside the law.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman should wait to see the Data Protection Bill when it is published. He will then be able to judge on what basis the House might be asked to legislate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unemployment and Crime (16 Dec 1982)

Mr William Whitelaw: I draw the attention of the hon. Gentleman to the review of this question in Research Bulletin No. 14 issued by my Department.


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