Ref NoWEA/PP/V/13
CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleVideo of 'Mr Speaker, Sir', 28 March 1991
Date28 March 1991
Extent1 videocassette (VHS, 90 min.)
DescriptionThis video was made following Weatherill's announcement of his retirement from the office of Speaker of the House of Commons. It includes an interview with Weatherill by Vic Robins in Speaker's House. There is footage of debates in the Commons to illustrate points made in the interview and an interesting extract from a film 'Servant of the People', made in 1945, which shows the election of the Speaker. The video covers the issues of the Speaker's powers in the House of Commons and how this differs from other legislatures, the success of televising the proceedings and its particular appeal in the USA and looks at the historical development of the powers of the Speaker from the time of Charles I. Weatherill gives his opinions on the variety of moods of the house and explains his techniques of homework and memory needed in coping with MP's in debates. He explains his role to 'stand outside, but not above politics' and ends with advice for his sucessor to 'keep calm'.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/PP/V13/0561769

Parliamentary debates
Related PersonRobins, Vic, (fl 1991), television presenter
Related PlaceWestminster, City of Westminster, London
Associated OrganisationHouse of Commons

CategoryMoving image recordings
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU. On site access at the University of Kent only. Access to audio-visual recordings is through digital listening/viewing copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified
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