Results 81–100 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

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

Mr William Whitelaw: The hon. Gentleman must know when he asks that question that no one can prove that any particular piece of legislation can prevent any such happenings. One can only say that one believes that the value of a measure such as this would render it unlikely. One cannot go further than that. No one can prove, as the hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well, that something would, or would not, happen....

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

Mr William Whitelaw: It would be unwise of me, in the context of this Act, to respond to suspicions of that sort, which I could neither confirm nor deny. The report makes a series of recommendations which would be effective safeguards against unnecessarily long extensions of detention under the Act. If this approach becomes law it will be possible for the Secretary of State to grant an extension for less than...

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

Mr William Whitelaw: In basic terms, yes, certainly. The report contains detailed suggestions for making the system of review by an adviser more effective. In paragraph 193 Lord Jellicoe points out that one third of the orders that have been reviewed by an adviser have then been revoked. This leads him to the conclusion that the system of review is a real safeguard. But he recognises that representations,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unreported Crime ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The British crime survey, published on 25 February, gives a fuller indication than has previously been available of the extent of certain types of crime in this country and of public attitudes towards them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unreported Crime ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Yes, it is important that we do so. The survey has revealed some interesting findings, which should be followed up and which could guide us in our attitude towards crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unreported Crime ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: No one can suggest that this Government have not done a great deal to encourage the former. The community service orders were introduced by a previous Conservative Government, and have been much increased by this Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police — Press Relations ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: On 29 December 1982 my Department issued circulars of guidance to chief officers of police on the investigation of a series of major crimes and on the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Copies of these two circulars were placed in the Library. The circular on the 1981 Act took full account of the relations between the police and the media during and after the investigations in the Sutcliffe case. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police — Press Relations ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The importance of a fair trial cannot be overstressed. That has been a major feature in all the guidance that we have given. As for giving guidance to editors, that is something that they must take on board for themselves. Some editors would not take any pleasure in receiving guidance from me, considering what some of them think about me.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police — Press Relations ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: There is no doubt that there were particular problems in that case. Many people will have learnt a good many lessons about the handling of that case—including the press, the police and everyone else. I regret that I am no great expert on the quality of life in Yorkshire or anywhere else.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Broadcasting Act 1981 ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: None, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Broadcasting Act 1981 ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: No, Sir. The arrangements that we have made, through the governors of the BBC and through the IBA board, to deal with problems of balance and fairness have worked better than arrangements in any other country in the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Broadcasting Act 1981 ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That is naturally a matter for the IBA to consider. When I hear complaints coming from one side of the problem and then from the other, I think that it is better that we should distance the House from such complaints.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Broadcasting Act 1981 ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: No, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Broadcasting Act 1981 ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: No, Sir. Nor will I seek to publish, even if I had the information, the number of times that members of previous Governments have done the same thing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Priorities and Problems) ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I refer my hon. Friend to the speech that I made in the House on 28 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Priorities and Problems) ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The neighbourhood watch schemes, as suggested by the Commissioner, are extremely important. We can assure the citizens of London—that is important—that, to reverse the circumstances that we inherited in 1979, we have managed to increase the number of police officers substantially. The previous Commissioner put 1,000 police officers back on the beat and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Priorities and Problems) ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand that that action was decided upon by the GLC, not the Commissioner.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Priorities and Problems) ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The right hon. Gentleman has based his question on an entirely false premise. That is not what I said. I said that we had done a great deal to reverse the circumstances that were left to us by the Labour Government and that we had done that, first, by putting more policemen on the beat. The right hon. Gentleman has never been able to stand up for that. He persistently says that he wants more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Priorities and Problems) ( 3 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I accept that there has been a considerable increase in crime. Nevertheless, if only the Government in which the right hon. Gentleman served had backed the police and not despised its middle management we should have been in a much better position to deal with the problems than we have been. We now have to retrain the middle management and the police and improve the appalling conditions that...

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) ( 2 Mar 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Where was that?


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