Canlyniadau 1–20 o 3408 ar gyfer speaker:Mr David Maxwell Fyfe

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 3. — (General Provisions as to Programmes and Publications of Authority.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I gladly accept the invitation of the hon. and learned Member for Kettering (Mr. Mitchison), who has put the matter most clearly, as far as one can state any doubt clearly, and with great temperance in expression. I do not share the hon. and learned Member's doubts, and I shall try to prevent the rest of the House being bored for too long with what the House usually calls a lawyer's...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 3. — (General Provisions as to Programmes and Publications of Authority.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I think it does meet the point of the right hon. Gentleman, because I have not applied my mind to the question of whether an ingenious legal mind could not bring this before the court. It still remains an obligation to any body in a Statute to follow the legal sense of the words in so far as the body can find out what is the legal sense. We were wanting to make clear, and I have tried to do...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 3. — (General Provisions as to Programmes and Publications of Authority.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I will do my best. I should first point out that in the Amendment before the House we have a very wide range. We first of all have the words, "any religious service," and then the words, any propaganda relating to matters of a religious nature. I think that one of the difficulties of the hon. Member is met by the very wide phrase, matters of a religious nature. because as I see it, that would...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 4.-(ADVERTISEMENTS.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This is purely a drafting Amendment which reduces considerably the wording used in the original draft. It has no other significance, and all I can do is to express my gratitude to an old colleague of ours, now Lord Silkin, who found this way of reducing the number of words.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 4.-(ADVERTISEMENTS.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." Without, I hope, transgressing the previous Ruling, I ask hon. Members to look at but not to discuss the Amendment to page 8, line 22, and the insertion of the words "this section" that is made there. This Amendment is also a purely drafting Amendment.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 4.-(ADVERTISEMENTS.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This is the Amendment which was connected with the Amendment in page 6, line 42, which we discussed so fully. In view of our discussion and the connection between the two, I need only move our agreement with the present Amendment formally.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 4.-(ADVERTISEMENTS.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This is the Amendment to which I referred a moment ago and is really consequential.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 4.-(ADVERTISEMENTS.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." I hope that the House will agree that this drafting Amendment makes the Bill easier to follow by dividing Clause 5 into two separate Clauses.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." I should like hon. Members to look forward to the Lords Amendment to page 11, line 9, and to bear in mind that that Amendment proposes to insert a new Clause A. The effect that we desire to secure by agreement with this Amendment is that the Postmaster-General may make orders by Statutory Instruments, subject...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: There is the difficulty, which I think we all appreciate, that if one is clearing the way for something else the only justification for clearing the way is to attempt to indicate for what one is clearing the way.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." The effect of the new subsection (5) is to enable the Authority to obtain from the contractor such information as the Authority may consider necessary to ensure that the requirements of the Act are complied with. If my memory serves me right, the history of this matter is that Amendments on similar lines, to...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I do not know if I can trespass on the patience of the House to reply, but I am very ready to do so.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: The governing words of the new subsection are the last words: … as the Authority may consider necessary or advisable for the purpose of ensuring that the requirements of this Act are complied with. In my view, and it is the strictest view that can be taken, that is a forward-looking provision, which the Authority can use to ensure that the programme company will comply with the provisions...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I think it would be doubtful as to the actual film, but it would certainly cover the requirement to give a description of the film—any letter press—and a description of the visual art. I would not like to go further than that.

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." The effect of this Amendment—and I do not think it needs much legal exposition—is to increase the maximum penalties which the Authority may demand for a second or subsequent breach of contract by programme contractors. This Amendment was moved in another place by the leader of the Opposition in that House,...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 5. — (Contracts for Programmes.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." The effect of this Amendment is to make it clear that nothing in Clause 5 (8) shall prejudice the right of the Authority to accept a fundamental breach of contract by a contractor as a repudiation of the contract. My right hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General dealt with this matter. He took the view,...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: New Clause A. — (Television Broad- Casting Facilities in Respect of Certain Sporting and Other Events.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This is the point on which I commenced to embark on the forbidden sea of a future Amendment, and I now move it in its proper place. I was informing the House that when we dealt with this point in Committee we agreed to come to no final conclusion in the matter, but to leave it to my noble Friend the...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 6. — (Advisory Committees.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: I beg to move. "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This Amendment brings Clause 6 (2, a) into line with what we discussed in regard to Clause 3 (4, a) by widening the words from …on any religious services. … to the words which we have already discussed and on which we have had an interesting debate, namely, religious services or propaganda. Therefore,...

Orders of the Day — Television Bill: Clause 7. — (Government Control over Authority as to Certain Matters.) (27 Gor 1954)

Mr David Maxwell Fyfe: First I will deal with the point raised by my hon. Friend as to the position comparable with the B.B.C. This power is similar to one which the Postmaster-General has over the B.B.C. under Clause 15 (1) of the 1952 licence and agreements. With regard to the general position, I said when we were discussing this question that how many hours a day television should function was a social matter...


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