Results 181–200 of 2000 for speaker:Mr Richard Sharples OR speaker:Mr Richard Sharples

Clause 27: Offences by Persons Connected with Ships or Aircraft or with Ports (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: Yes, the lion. Gentleman is quite correct. This was at the representation of B.O.A.C. and the Chamber of Shipping, but it refers to a carrying company or carrier of any nationality.

Clause 30: Return of Mental Patients (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This Amendment deals with the difficult question of removal of a person on mental grounds. The Clause provides for the extension to Commonwealth and Irish citizens of the existing power under the Mental Health Acts to remove aliens receiving treatment for mental illness as in-patients to a country or territory...

Clause 30: Return of Mental Patients (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: Perhaps I may have the leave of the House to reply. The provision applies to those who are mental in-patients. That being so, I do not think that it would be appropriate to have discussions with other than medical representatives. The normal way in which this would be done is that advice would be received from the medical person who was looking after the patient, and of course one would take...

Schedule 1: Registration as Citizen by Reason of Residence, Crown Service etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. Appendix A to Schedule 1 provides that a Commonwealth citizen or an Irish citizen who applies for registration as a citizen of the United Kingdom or Colonies must, among other things, satisfy the Secretary of State that he has sufficient knowledge of English. I am glad to say that, since 1967, statutory...

Schedule 1: Registration as Citizen by Reason of Residence, Crown Service etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: With the leave of the House, I will reply to the questions that have been raised on this subject. The hon. and learned Member for Rowley Regis and Tipton (Mr. Peter Archer) made my case for me and I do not think I need add to the arguments he adduced. The test is, I understand, normally conducted by interview. There is no written examination and the interview is conducted so as merely to...

Schedule 1: Registration as Citizen by Reason of Residence, Crown Service etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: The hon. Gentleman is right to ask that question. In fact, when the husband registers, the wife has an absolute right to register also. The hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) asked why other languages should not be included. But as he himself pointed out, Welsh is now a statutory language. He also mentioned another reason, that the number of people who speak only Welsh and who...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This Amendment adds a provision giving immigration officers power to search ships, aircraft and vehicles brought into this country by sea or air by people who are liable to examination under paragraph (2). Under the law—and under the Bill as originally drafted—immigration officers have no power to search for...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: Paragraph 4(4) of Schedule 2 in its present form provides that any documents produced by, or found on, a passenger when examined by an immigration officer may be detained by the officer for up to seven days in any case and for longer if he is of opinion that they may be needed in connection with legal proceedings. We discussed this matter at some length in Standing Committee, and it was felt...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. The Amendment inserts into Schedule 2 an additional paragraph relating to the liability of carrying companies for detention costs. Paragraph 19 of the Schedule already provides, with certain exceptions, that where leave to enter has been refused the cost of detaining a passenger pending removal is to be borne by...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. On Report an Amendment was moved by the Opposition to provide that a person detained under paragraph 16(1) of Schedule 2—that is, pending a decision on whether he is to be admitted—should not be kept in detention for longer than seven days unless the magistrates were satisfied that there were reasonable...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: By leave of the House; I entirely agree with the last words of the hon. Member for Hackney, Central (Mr. Clinton Davis). All of us who have to deal with these cases are concerned that there is sometimes a long period when a person has to be kept in detention, or waiting, while a decision is made. The hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) will know that the reason is often that...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: We are dealing not with a criminal offence but with the detention of a person not admitted to this country—a person detained because if he is released it is thought that it will not be possible to keep track of him. It is for that reason that we have decided that the appeal should go to an adjudicator. I appreciate that these Amendments are extremely complex. One of the reasons why it took...

Schedule 2: Administrative Provisions as to Control on Entry etc. (19 Oct 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: The hon. and learned Gentleman will appreciate the difficulties faced by a Government at the end of a Session of Parliament. I need say no more.

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: With one sentiment, and one only, in the speech of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Spark-brook (Mr. Chatterley) did I find myself in agreement. That was his tribute to the troops and his description of their conduct as exemplary. In contrast with the vast majority of the speeches today, the remainder of his speech was wholly unhelpful and made no contribution whatever to the solution of the...

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: The other question which has been raised has to do with the Inquiry set up under the chairmanship of Sir Edmund Compton to deal with allega- tions of brutality during the time that arrests were taking place. The Inquiry started work on 2nd September and since then has visited the main sites where the offences complained of are alleged to have taken place. It also visited Belfast Prison and...

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: I do not have that information. The inquiry is being conducted by the Inquiry and it works in its own way. Another question raised by the Leader of the Opposition and others was that of firearms. As was pointed out by one of my right hon. Friends, the vast majority, possibly 60,000, of the firearms in Northern Ireland—and the figure of 100,000 was quoted—are shotguns which are held by...

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: The gun clubs are controlled by the Northern Ireland Government. The weapon which the gun club has is the ·22 rifle. Anyone will appreciate that for street fighting or violence the ·22 rifle is a most unsatisfactory weapon. The danger is not the licensed firearm but the unlicensed, illegally-held firearm, no matter by whom it is held. The Northern Ireland Government announced on 9th August...

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: Yes. It is a serious offence to have an unlicensed weapon, and whether the culprit is Protestant or Catholic the procedure is exactly the same.

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Richard Sharples: In the ordinary way. The police seize them. My right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) raised a number of points concerning the Border and the operation of the security forces. The amount of control put on the Border must be an operational decision. I am sure that my right hon. Friend appreciates the enormous military resource which would be involved in...


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