Results 41–60 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The hon. Gentleman knows that there are particular incentives in the length of the franchise, in favour of companies going for the star system, which we recognise is the best system for the future.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Many people see a future in cable and want to go into it, but they risk their own money. In our society, that is perfectly proper in every way. It is right that they should have the opportunity. In addition, we should show that we can make a success of cable in this country, with the right balance. We produced the White Paper against that background.

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Wherever we look, the information technology revolution is having its effect—in the banks and the building societies, in the retail trade and mail order business, throughout commerce and industry, and increasingly in Government. Thanks to computers the use, transmission and communication of information is becoming daily both more...

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not think so. I am proceeding on the basis of the Lindop committee and of the Labour Government's White Paper and on which the Council of Europe convention was opened. The Bill takes from the convention eight general principles which are set our in schedule 1—principles which owe their origins to the work of the Younger committee in this country more than a decade ago. The principles...

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's remarks, especially his comment that we are right to bring forward the legislation at this time. As for the details, it is clear from much that has been said that there will be opportunities to examine the Bill in Committee. No doubt some hon. Members will seek to amend it in Committee and it will be right for the Government to approach the Committee in an...

Orders of the Day — Data Protection Bill [Lords] (11 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I think that we had better move one step at a time. As for when a computer is not a computer, there must be many people far more qualified than I to answer that question. Clause 2 introduces the data protection principles, Clause 2(3) reflects article 6 of the Council of Europe convention which demands that sensitive data be given "appropriate safeguards". The convention does not necessarily...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Demonstrations (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has estimated that in 1982 some 776,000 man hours were involved in policing demonstrations which required the presence of 100 or more police officers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Demonstrations (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: All those points are undoubtedly well founded. The problem is that in a free society people have the right to demonstrate. If that right is abused, these are the results of abusing it, but it is a freedom that we have kept in this country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Demonstrations (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Those who seek to demonstrate should realise the cost involved. The Commissioner estimates the cost of overtime payments to be §740,000. That has to be taken into account. I have made a small increase in the Metropolitan police establishment and now that, for the first time in its history, it has reached its full establishment the Commissioner will study how to make the police as effective...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Demonstrations (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I cannot give my hon. Friend the assurance for which he asks. It is extremely awkward and could not possibly be undertaken without considerable policing activity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The continued rise in the number of notifiable offences recorded by the police is of course a matter for great concern. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) on 29 March, we are seeking to counter crime through our continued positive support for the agencies of law and order. In particular, chief constables are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not accept any of those points.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I believe that there are a great many factors. Crime all over the world is one.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It is no use the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) arguing that. Our position is a great deal better than that of many other countries. Secondly, there are many problems to do with education, the family and the home and I accept at once that social conditions are another factor. Taken together, those are all the reasons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I agree with my hon. and learned Friend. The Police and Criminal Evidence Bill, which gives these powers, is, of course, balanced between giving the police the powers that they need to prosecute crime successfully and the rights of the individual. I regret that a great many people who have not read the Bill persist in saying that the safeguards are inadequate. We shall seek to reassure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Statistics (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: On the first point, I have not confused them at all. On the second point, it is surprising that the right hon. Gentleman, of all people, should say that a Bill that lays down the idea of consultative committees to bring the police and the public closer is something that will do harm. I do not accept that it will, for the reasons that I have given.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The judicial monitor of the arrangements for the interception of communications set out in Cmnd. 7873, currently Lord Bridge of Harwich, continues to undertake his task in accordance with the terms of reference set out in my statement of 1 April 1980.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not accept that there are abuses. When the judicial monitor system was introduced it was made clear that the first report would be published and that if any subsequent report proposed significant changes they would be reported to the House. That remains the position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The Government's position has been set out for a number of years. I set it out the last time the subject was debated, in April 1981. We have no proposals to change it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Election Deposits (31 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: In the past six months I have received representations in favour of increasing the level of the deposit from four hon. Gentlemen; from a Conservative party constituency association and from one member of the public. I have received representations against increasing the deposit from two hon. Members, from the general secretary of Plaid Cymru and from three members of the public who have...


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