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Petition: European Economic Community (Enlargement) (4 Apr 1985)

Eric Forth: ...the completion of western democratic Europe, another related to that would be the consolidation of democracy in the applicant countries — Spain and Portugal — and the third has a strategic or defence element and relates to the encouragement of Spain to take part in or to join NATO. The completion or extension of democratic Europe is a very tempting argument, although it should be...

Petition: Security Services (Ministerial Control) (4 Apr 1985)

Mr David Waddington: ...of us and the state against external and internal dangers, and must, as the directive makes clear, do that in a way that avoids any suggestion that it is concerned with any matter other than the defence of the realm as a whole or that there is any political bias or influence in its work. The operational judgments must be for the director general to make. If he gets them wrong, and the...

Petition: National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield (4 Apr 1985)

Mr William Van Straubenzee: possible for me to intervene for a few moments to support the campaign which he has correctly led, because the institute of which we speak is in his constituency. He has led that campaign in defence of his constituents' rights with the pertinacity which we all associate with him. I, too, have a number of constituents who are involved. For some years the institute lay within the...

Petition: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Newark) (4 Apr 1985)

Mr John Lee: ...our decision, announced last December, to proceed with the measures that we proposed in June 1984. The first and paramount point of principle is that we have a duty to the taxpayer to see that defence funds are spent only on essential defence needs and are spent in the most cost-effective manner. The review of the REME static workshops in 1982 showed that, overall, we had substantially...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Short Brothers, Belfast (4 Apr 1985)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: ...a considerable tonic for the private sector in Northern Ireland. It certainly was unfortunate that the official Liberal and Labour party spokesmen seemed to be against the fact that Shorts won this defence contract. That does not in any way diminish our pleasure.

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill: The Tribunal (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Robin Corbett: ...was present in the "20/20 Vision" film "M15's Official Secrets". The allegation was made that telephones were tapped and mail intercepted to provide information to the DS19 unit at the Ministry of Defence which had been set up to counter CND's growing success in arguing for nuclear sanity. If the tribunal cannot order an end to interception where that has been found to be in breach of a...

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill: Warrants for Interception (2 Apr 1985)

Mr Leon Brittan: The Maxwell Fife directive related to the work of the security service. My hon. Friend will be aware that the directive to the security service was in no sense comprehensive as far as foreign and defence matters are concerned because that is not primarily the role of the security service. If my hon. Friend looks at the 1985 White Paper he will find that the explanation for that is more...

Orders of the Day — Interception of Communications Bill: Prohibition on Interception (2 Apr 1985)

Mr David Waddington: ...the people against whom warrants might be directed were able to discover the particular and general use of authorised interception by mounting private prosecutions. Because a warrant is a necessary defence to the clause 1 offence, there can be no general prohibition on reference to warrants in proceedings for that offence. That is the reason for the provision in clause 9(4). It would be...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage (Scotland) Bill: Further Provision as to Board of National Galleries (1 Apr 1985)

Mr John Maxton: My hon. Friend will probably agree that, following the Liberal party conference in Scotland over the past weekend, the alliance is probably as split on this issue as it is on defence.

Birmingham City Council Bill (1 Apr 1985)

Mr Peter Snape: I am sure that the House and the RAC will be grateful for that impassioned defence. I dismiss the Jockey Club, but say in passing that we all know that the self-styled sport of kings is corruption free and that every nag that canters round a course does so in perfect fairness — and the Jockey Club never ceases to assure us that that is so. On the question of the RAC, I can only suggest...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Unions (Meetings) (1 Apr 1985)

Mr Barney Hayhoe: That would depend on the question. Broadly speaking, as Mr. Levene is working with the Ministry of Defence, I believe that most questions would properly be addressed to the Secretary of State for Defence. If the question is relevant to my responsibilities, I shall of course answer it, as I always do.

Orders of the Day — Defence School of Music (29 Mar 1985)

Mr John Lee: ...of music played by the services, with their emphasis on different instruments, could be maintained within a common training system. The consultant's advice was that this could be done and that a defence school of music would be of advantage to the services. Encouraged by these findings, we pressed on with detailed planning. The scheme which emerged was a joint school in which most of the...

Petitions: The Economy and Industry (Scotland) (29 Mar 1985)

Mr Allan Stewart: ..., West (Lord James Douglas-Hamilton) said about Ferranti. We recognise its importance to the Scottish economy, but he will recognise that his remarks were directed primarily towards the Ministry of Defence. A number of hon. Members raised constituency points. The hon. Members for Paisley, South (Mr. Buchan), for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes) and for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Malone) referred to...

Coal Industry (28 Mar 1985)

Kevin Barron: ...for three weeks. His solicitor told him that he could come out of custody only by pleading guilty to besetting, and also that a deal had been struck, as they are in court between prosecuting and defence solicitors, that if he pleaded guilty to besetting, the other charge would be dropped. He pleaded guilty last year, thinking that that way he could get back to his family and away from...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 17: Repeals (28 Mar 1985)

Mr Kenneth Baker: ...and a half hours, is exactly the same length of time as was spent on the ILEA clauses in the 1963 Bill, which set up ILEA from scratch. The GLC also said that we spent little time on fire and civil defence. But we spent a considerable amount of time on those subjects in Committee upstairs, whereas in the 1963 Bill only 10 minutes was spent on them. The GLC claim that we spent four hours...

Orders of the Day — Clause 87: GLC Housing Transfer Orders and Nomination Rights (28 Mar 1985)

Simon Hughes: ...s proposals he continues a most disreputable approach to thousands of residents of this capital city. He will remember that one of his departmental predecessors—the present Secretary of State for Defence—said that the order entitled people, when their properties were transferred from GLC ownership to borough ownership, to look to the GLC to make sure that within ten years of the...

Business of the House (28 Mar 1985)

Mr Eldon Griffiths: ...the world-shaking importance of some of the matters that my right hon. Friend has announced for next week, is he aware that many of us who have studied the American proposals for the strategic defence initiative and who have read the extraordinary speech by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the judgments arrived at by the Prime Minister, believe that it would be appropriate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Mar 1985)

Mrs Margaret Thatcher: Ferranti runs a very successful operation. It is extremely efficient and has done well in getting defence orders here and overseas. It is to be congratulated on its performance under this Government.

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