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Results 5121–5140 of 5200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Frank Dobson

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: I am advised by my hon., but not learned, Friends that this is the appropriate moment to advance my argument. In the debate on 12 November on the Southern Rhodesia Bill, No. 1, so to speak, which was rushed through the House of Commons—

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: Yes, like this one. On 12 November I asked the Lord Privy Seal, in Hansard at column 1098, to give an undertaking that nothing in the Bill, or in consequential legislation flowing from it, would grant any indemnity or amnesty to anyone who had been breaking sanctions. In the right hon. Gentleman's reply—I refer to column 1099–he merely abused me for attacking the Director of Public...

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: I believe that it is in order, Mr. Weatherill, to suggest that a further section should be included. If that is so, it seems appropriate to raise the matter now. I appreciate that in the earlier debate, when the negotiations at Lancaster House were at their height, or possibly depth, it was reasonable, and perhaps necessary, for the Lord Privy Seal, even if it was irritating for my right hon....

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: On a point of order, Mr. Chairman. Why are people being cast out of the Strangers' Gallery?

Clause 3: Amnesty in Respect of Certain Acts (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: I support the new clause. The Government owe this clause, if not to the House, to the Director of Public Prosecutions. The secret part of the Bingham report, together with the published part, was referred to the DPP as long ago as September 1978. Since then several hon. Members and I have made inquiries about progress. We inquired of the Attorney-General how long the DPP had taken to consider...

Clause 1: Independence for Zimbabwe (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: Although I have listened carefully to everything that the Lord Privy Seal has said, and although I have been accused of sour pessimism about the settlement. I shall remain pessimistic until the Lord Privy Seal can explain to me, and to most of my colleagues, what will happen if at any stage of the proceedings the Commonwealth observers say that the elections have not been free and fair. The...

Orders of the Day — Zimbabwe Bill (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: I hope I am.

Orders of the Day — Zimbabwe Bill (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: There is a great deal of irony in today's debate, in that the Conservative Party, which has long been associated with promoting colonies and supporting the colonial principle, welcomes the moves to bring the colonial status of Rhodesia to an end, and the Labour Party has expressed many doubts although it has had the historic role of promoting decolonisation. A further irony is that while...

Orders of the Day — Zimbabwe Bill (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Schedule 3: Repeals (12 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: I hope that it will be useful. I believe that it is thoroughly reprehensible that all the States that were involved in trading with the illegal regime should have done that, but I think that it must be accepted that the most reprehensible of them is Britain. It was our sovereign territory that was in rebellion against us. It was at our request that the rest of the world imposed United Nations...

Rhodesia (11 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: Will the Lord Privy Seal tell us whether, following Lord Soames' arrival in Rhodesia, troops of the British Crown Colony of Rhodesia, as it will then be, will be involved in future in cross-border raids into the neighbouring territories?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Coach Safety (5 Dec 1979)

Frank Dobson: How does the hon. Gentleman reconcile his last statement with the fact that he is redefining public service vehicles so that a substantial number of vehicles will be taken out of safety control by the Bill's proposals?

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (27 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: I declare an interest, as I was sponsored as a parliamentary candidate by the National Union of Railwaymen. About 20,000 members of that union work on buses or for the National Freight Corporation. No Labour Member believes that bus transport is in an ideal situation. We are certainly not living in a bus Nirvana. We need positive practical policies to improve the present standards....

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (27 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: I will not give way to the Minister. It is the prerogative of Back Benchers to intervene in the speeches of Front Benchers, and not the reverse. Safety is an important aspect, yet the Bill will be a licence to the moonlighter express. The envisaged relaxations may allow people who work in a factory, or even in the House of Commons, to moonlight in their spare time by driving buses. We need...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Mortgage Interest Rates (26 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: Can the Minister confirm that the statistics that he has been throwing at us were prepared by the same civil servants as have managed to give misleading answers to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) and myself in the past?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Nuclear Industry (26 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: When the Minister is considering the future nuclear programme, will he bear in mind that it is not only Dungeness B that has been a disaster? Of the other four AGR stations, two have produced no electricity and the other two are now, if they are running at all, running at much lower than their original design ratings, and will never get back to those ratings.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (20 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: That excludes you.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (20 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. If the Minister is accusing the Opposition of unparliamentary behaviour, was it parliamentary of him to describe them as football hooligans, particularly as he himself is the Don Revie of the House?

Orders of the Day — STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: Fuel Costs (16 Nov 1979)

Frank Dobson: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us the expected take-up rate if the number eligible is 345,000?

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