Results 121–140 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

Southern Rhodesia (Sanctions and Amnesty) (7 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: Surely the position is that any prosecutions under this sanctions order require the approval of either the Attorney-General or the Secretary of State for Trade. Therefore, there is always the opportunity for ministerial discretion to be exercised.

Southern Rhodesia (Sanctions and Amnesty) (7 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: I shall be as brief as possible. The main reason that the Government have advanced for saying that they are justified in introducing the amnesty is that there are no prosecutions outstanding. That does not wash with me. There are two reasons why there are no prosecutions outstanding against oil companies. One is that the Director of Public Prosecutions proceeded with all the verve, elan and...

Southern Rhodesia (Sanctions and Amnesty) (7 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: Would the Solicitor-General care to tell the House how many police officers were involved in the investigation on behalf of the DPP, and what were their ranks?

Southern Rhodesia (Sanctions and Amnesty) (7 May 1980)

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Fuel Prices (12 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: I begin by paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Woolwich, East (Mr. Cartwright) for giving us the opportunity to debate matters connected with fuel. I shall not concentrate on the consumption end, as a number of hon. Members have done, but, rather, on the supply end, because, in some circumstances, it is the cost of the supply of fuel which is one of the major sources of the...

Fuel Prices (12 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: I accept that there are doubts about the capacity of the mining industry to produce all the coal that we may need. However, the figures demonstrate a lack of progress in the AGR programme. They suggest that only a madman or mad woman would put his or her faith in the capacity of the nuclear industry to produce power at anything like the cost, or within the time span, that it estimates. The...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Rent Arrears (19 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: I support new clause 8, which is intended to outlaw the practice of certain local authorities in England and Wales of using a deserting spouse's rent arrears to harass and oppress a deserted spouse into paying the arrears, which she had not accrued, before allocating housing or giving a transfer. The new clause is identical to clause 25 in the Tenants Rights, Etc. (Scotland) Bill. Much of...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Rent Arrears (19 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: Has the Department considered the evidence assembled by my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes), which, as far as I understand, covered both Scottish housing authorities and housing authorities in England, if not in Wales?

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Rent Arrears (19 May 1980)

Frank Dobson: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. I am now rather confused by his response to new clause 8. As I understand the position, he has argued that it is unnecessary because this sort of abuse does not happen. But unless my ears have deceived me, he went on to say that it is a matter which should be left to local authorities to decide in the light of local circumstances. It is the...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Students (Fees) (5 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I shall confine my remarks to the effect of the Government's policy on the postgraduate medical institutes and their associated hospitals. I take as an example the Great Ormond Street hospital for sick children and the Institute of Child Health, which, like many other institutes, is dedicated entirely to the relief of human suffering and carries out practical research and teaching. Such...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I begin by trying to explain the extent to which boundaries, particularly NHS boundaries in London, are quite inexplicable to ordinary people. When a member of the Camden and Islington area health authority spoke to me about some rather backward ideas that the authority had at the time for amalgamating as a teaching hospital the University College hospital in Gower Street, and the...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: It seems that I shall fall out with my Front Bench tonight. I accept the truth of what my right hon. Friend says about the effects of this Government's policies, but those effects are superimposed on the damage that RAWP was wreaking on the Health Service in London. That is undeniable.

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: Anyone with a sense of social justice welcomes the concept of equalising health provision throughout the country. Areas outside London are desperately short of Health Service resources because they have been grotesquely neglected by the nation over the years. However, I discern a levelling down rather than a levelling up as a result of RAWP. It has started to damage the Health Service in the...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I accept that point, but it is separate from the one that I was trying to make. The buildings of the old Royal Free are old by any standards. The frontage was built as a cavalry barracks, so the Royal Free was not born with a silver spoon in its mouth. Next to those old buildings, and formerly incorporated in the Royal Free, is the Eastman dental hospital, which has a world-wide reputation...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: Certainly not. I was returned to Parliament not to trust any Minister. We are not talking about a National Health Service boundary. If the system is to work properly, there must be links with the social services provided by the local social services provided by the local authorities. The links between the social services and the hospitals and doctors are poor enough. If we disturb the...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: To some extent I agree with the hon. and learned Member for Solihull (Mr. Grieve). I believe that the teaching hospitals have a special position in the Health Service and that the problem has been that we have failed to recognise that special position. I believe that those hospitals would be better controlled and would be more likely to receive a proper share of resources if they were dealt...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I agree with my hon. Friend generally, but I do not agree with him in this case, because I find it difficult to discern that there has been an improvement in the responsiveness of the teaching hospitals to the needs of the people in their localities since the previous reorganisation. I also believe that if the area or district authorities were to continue in existence and dealt with the DHSS...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I agree with the latter point made by my hon. Friend. I also believe very strongly that the funds going into those areas which have a major teaching hospital—or even two major teaching hospitals—do not reflect the national and regional contribution which those hospitals are making. Consequently, because the national and regional contribution is something that the hospital will not...

Health Services Bill (9 Jun 1980)

Frank Dobson: I can happily say that my hon. Friend and I are at one on this issue. Apart from the question of the change in organisation, we cannot get away from the fact that the Health Service in London is not in a good state. It is in a bad state. To discover that, one only has to look around the hospitals in inner London and to see the decayed state of many of the buildings, the loss of morale among...


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