Results 121–140 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That is clear and, if I may borrow a metaphor, the hon. Gentleman and I are now all square. I have apparently slightly misrepresented what he said, and on another occasion he slightly misrepresented what I said. As a result of that, we are all square and doing fairly well. My hon. Friend the Member for Paddington (Mr. Wheeler), in a thoughtful and knowledgeable speech, stressed the...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Not unsuccessful.

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It could have been worse.

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: rose—

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The hon. Gentleman has said some extremely pleasant and appreciative things about me, and I am grateful to him. Perhaps our trouble arises from a discussion in public of what I understood to be an informal meeting in the first instance. I hope that I can talk freely to my colleagues at informal meetings. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for what he has said about talking freely, and I...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The right hon. Gentleman is on to an extremely important point. Neither he nor any other right hon. or hon. Member can say that during the past two or three years the Commissioner—both the previous one and this one—with my backing, has been slow to ban marches. That could not conceivably be argued. Indeed, the criticism has been the other way. I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It does not quite. The banning or otherwise of a march would not necessarily make any difference to the number of police that had to be taken from other areas. That is a case for operational judgment. Each could be equally expensive in terms of police manpower.

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I very much welcome this opportunity for a full debate on policing in the metropolis, and I know that that view is shared by right hon. and hon. Members representing constituencies in the Metropolitan police district. In a series of informal discussions with hon. Members, both before and after the publication of the Commissioner's recent report to me, I came away with a strong sense of a...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The Commissioner shares the hon. Gentleman's views and, consistent with the needs of promotion and the other operational matters of which he has to take account, will seek to follow that course whenever possible. The police training programme will be revised to support such actions and to elevate crime prevention to the mainstream of policing. These changes represent a major redefinition...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The words that I used were I shall not readily endorse". I have always believed in seeking to proceed on matters of this kind by agreement and common sense wherever possible. If that proves not to be possible, I think that my words are clear. I have no desire at this stage to wield a big stick. I want to approach the matter sensibly and with common sense and agreement. I think that that is...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Yes, of course.

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am about to explain how I see these committees working. On the first point, I still maintain that the proposals that I have set out and the way in which I suggest the consultative groups should be formed are reasonable and will work with the co-operation of those who want to make them work. I suspect that there are some who do not want to make them work, but for those who wish to make them...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That is a matter that can easily be overcome in the arrangements and is not something that should in any way impede the working of hon. Members on this group. I am sure that it will not do so. I mentioned at the beginning of my speech that I had informed the Commissioner, on his appointment, that I wished to look to a greater degree of decentralisation to match the development of local...

Policing in the Metropolis (28 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The national responsibility of the Metropolitan police will be recognised in the area where they go, and no doubt can be a subject of discussion with the Home Secretary and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary by the consultative groups which I trust will be set up in other parts of the country under the Bill now going through the House and by the police authorities concerned. The...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (16 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That is totally untrue.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I did not attack the right hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan). I simply described what he had done, which is a rather surprising way to attack somebody.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It is interesting when some right hon. and hon. Members protest too much. We have just heard a speech in which the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) protested too much. What is more, he did something else that is always a mistake, and which I would have thought the right hon. Gentleman would have learnt by this time. It is that people in glass houses do not throw...

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I was referring to the safeguards. Before the right hon. Gentleman left office he came back to the problem of safeguards and the need to deal with abuse of marriage. He said that. I read it out. He left it to his successor to put through the Labour Government's proposals, which the right hon. Member for Sparkbrook supported. That is the nature of the problem. In 1980 the Government...

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: After the first debate, I decided that I would include that as one of the safeguards because there were widespread views that we needed safeguards against abuse. The right hon. Member for Leeds, South and others, and the Labour party at various times, took the same view and introduced safeguards. Therefore, I was perfectly entitled to take that view after listening to the views of the House....

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: On the basis on which we have put the burden of proof, these are all the questions that are rightly considered by the entry clearance officers.


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