Results 141–160 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It is true. It is not scandalous at all.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I did not understand my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) to say what the right hon. Gentleman says he did. I do not believe that he did. I am entitled to reply again that, of course, entry clearance officers have, on the basis of the rules laid down and passed by the House, to judge whether a marriage is genuine and whether it should be proceeded with. That is what I...

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am not prepared to answer questions put by hon. Gentlemen who distort what my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North said. I have made the position abundantly clear: the entry clearance officers do their duty in accordance with rules laid down by the House, as I have described them. I simply do not accept the interpretation of the hon. Member for York (Mr. Lyon) of what my hon....

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have set out for entry clearance officers what has been clear for a number of years. These rules are simply changing the burden of proof. I do not believe that there is any vagueness for entry clearance officers. If there is I am perfectly prepared to look into it.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: It is important to set the debate on these rules, which are centred on husbands and fiancés, in a wider context and to remind the House what the Government's policies of strict immigration control have achieved in the past four years. The figures show that under this Government the number of people accepted has dropped sharply. In fact the statistics for acceptances during last year were the...

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The trend of settlements is down and I trust that it will continue to be so. However, it would be a brave man who, in an uncertain world, could go any further than that. But I have given a clear assurance.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am just coming to that point, if my hon. Friend will allow me to continue.

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I shall not broaden this debate to an economic one. I thank the hon. Gentleman for recognising that the Government have been carrying through a policy of stringent immigration control. I am grateful for that. The House will be aware that any Government must be prepared for unexpected developments affecting immigration. The right hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan) to whom I...

Immigration (15 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I shall repeat what I said, and it is in line with what any Home Secretary would have said in the past, and what the right hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East would have said when he had to introduce a completely new Act. My position is clear. Our policy will be subject to continuous re-examination in the light of changing circumstances—that is the whole policy—in order to achieve our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Firearms Certificates ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: This subject wilt not be considered by the working party, but the fees review, about which I wrote to my hon. Friend on 28 July 1982, concluded that the life of a shotgun certificate could be doubled from three to six years provided this is coupled with a requirement to notify changes of address.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Firearms Certificates ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: Certainly not in the immediate future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Firearms Certificates ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have no plans for such an amnesty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have already made it clear that the general issues on which I should be prepared to answer questions are those relating to the procedures and safeguards 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 ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I do not accept the hon. Genileman's views on the widespread disquiet. I was asked about the interceptions that I authorised, and I have given the answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that assurance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am simply following the practice of successive Governments in this matter, and it was debated in 1981, when the practice was fully approved.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I do receive letters from hon. Members. I do not think that I receive many letters from members of the public. I shall look into the matter and give my hon. Friend the answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Telephone Tapping ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The position of Members of Parliament has been made abundantly clear by successive Prime Ministers. The hon. Gentleman said that the subject cries out for legislation. It can go on crying out, but it will not necessarily get an answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan police (Civilian Staff) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: As police authority for the metropolis, I am responsible for determining the size of the civilian support staff employed by the Metropolitan police The current ceiling—excluding traffic wardens, cadets, part-time school crossing patrols and other staff for whom the force is reimbursed by other authorities—is 13,040 and the strength at 31 December 1982 was 12,830. The ceiling will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan police (Civilian Staff) ( 3 Feb 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's comments on both points. It is especially encouraging that Sir Kenneth Newman has pointed out ways in which he believes it is possible to put more policemen on the beat.


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