Results 61–80 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

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

Mr William Whitelaw: As my hon. Friend knows, the Select Committee on Home Affairs, as part of its inquiry this Session into the Representation of the People Acts, is considering the question of the deposit. We should wait to see what it says. Many people think that the deposit is unsatisfactory at its present level but that changes should, as they have in the past, be made on the basis of all-party agreement in...

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

Mr William Whitelaw: Without confirming everything that the hon. and learned Gentleman says, I think that many hon. Members believe that the deposit at its present level encourages undesirable candidates. If that is the view of the Select Committee and of the House, and if there is all-party agreement, I should strongly favour putting it up.

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

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not think that there is much danger of stopping that.

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

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not think that a decision that consistently has been taken with all-party agreement would be subject to misunderstanding. We should wait to see what the Select Committee says in its report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend is attending the European Council meeting in Brussels. This evening she will be attending a banquet in honour of President Kaunda at Buckingham Palace.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I accept at once what the hon. Gentleman said in his final remarks. I think that it is appropriate, in view of the press comments that have been made over the weekend, to say clearly what the position is. I hope that the House will allow me to do so. This country has a proud record under all Governments of providing refuge for people from many different parts of the world who are in danger of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: This man was the subject of many representations, as was proper, from Members of Parliament. That is why his case was considered for a long time. The right hon. Gentleman knows as well as I do that when there are representations cases have to be considered over a reasonable period. That was done. We considered very carefully all the circumstances that were put to us. We, in the final...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand that he came in April 1982, was examined on various occasions after then and gave different accounts of what had happened during his time in Romania. All that he said was taken carefully into account. We have granted many applications, but we decided that he did not fall within genuine refugee status. That was a reasonable decision for us to take.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: With regard to the right hon. Gentleman's first point, if the House decided that, on the basis of a strict and fair policy, every person who came from an eastern European country was automatically to be accepted as a political refugee, that would be a serious matter that would affect all of our immigration policy. No Home Secretary has done that. It would not be right. I have stood by what I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Perhaps I may ask both the right hon. Gentleman and Lord Salmon to read the Bill carefully. I have never said that I wanted to withdraw those clauses. I have said that the safeguards in those clauses should be examined carefully. I am prepared to do that. As to my mood and the question of asylum, I have been bitterly attacked for what I believe to be a decision—which was made after...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That proves to me that, if the right hon. Gentleman ever has a chance to repeal the measure, he had better read it first, because his right hon. and hon. Friends who are discussing it would greatly dislike it if all of its provisions were withdrawn. He must answer the question "Do the Opposition want the police to be enabled to pursue criminals and bring them to the courts and justice?" If...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have been asked to reply. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave some moments ago.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for supporting what my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has done.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have been asked to reply. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave some moments ago.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand that the issue was discussed last night. I am sure that the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) and the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Jenkins) would like to get together and argue about it all again. I undertake to look into the points that the hon. Gentleman has made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have been asked to reply. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave some moments ago.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: If the Young Socialists spoke for the majority of the Labour party it would be a serious flatter, but, as I am a very kindly person, I still hope that they do not.

Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976 ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand the way in which the right hon. Gentleman is proceeding, but will he explain why he wishes to challenge renewal when Lord Jellicoe suggests that the Act should be made permanent and I have promised that that is the Government's intention?

Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976 ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I beg to move, That this House takes note of the Review of the Operation of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976 by The Right Honourable Earl Jellicoe, DSO, MC (Cmnd. 8803). I understand that it will be for the convenience of the House for the debate also to cover the draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976 (Continuance) Order 1983.

Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1976 ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: At the renewal debate last year I undertook that there would be a review of the 1976 Act and I announced the intention to appoint Lord Jellicoe to undertake it. At that time the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) welcomed the decision. I believe that he looked to Lord Jellicoe to consider whether the Act achieved the right balance between the safety of the public...


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