Results 1–20 of 438 for speaker:Mr Ernest Pretyman

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.: Merchandise Marks Bill. (30 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: 60. asked the Prime Minister whether a decision has yet been reached as to the facilities to be given for the remaining stages of the Merchandise Marks Bill during the Autumn Session?

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Rates Bill.: Clause 1. — (Further exemption of agricultural land in England from rates.) (11 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I want to point out to hon. Gentlemen opposite, who, I am perfectly sure, are honest in their desire to maintain arable land under cultivation, that this is a totally impossible and impracticable Amendment. How are you to draw a distinction between arable land and land under grass? Can any hon. Member opposite define what is meant by arable land? Some land is laid down in temporary pasture...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Rates Bill.: Clause 1. — (Further exemption of agricultural land in England from rates.) (11 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: And that is the way that most of the land which is referred to is going down to grass. You have large areas of land in North Lincolnshire, which is one of the most important cereal districts in England. When that land is spoken of as going from arable to grass, it does not mean that large areas are to be laid down in permanent pasture. It means that, instead of ploughing up one-half or...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Rates Bill.: Clause 1. — (Further exemption of agricultural land in England from rates.) (11 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I am very glad the hon. Gentleman agrees with that, but I have heard him putting forward the argument that this relief should not be given because it is profitable to produce sheep. I do not agree that sheep are bringing prices 100 per cent. more than before the War, but the price is a very considerable advance. I want to say that it is only by producing sheep that a large proportion of the...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Rates Bill.: Clause 1. — (Further exemption of agricultural land in England from rates.) (11 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: Well, if the hon. and gallant Gentleman has a particular view, and his view is obscured by a particular crochet which he has in his head, he can see nothing else, but I hope this Bill may go as a gift from the whole of the House.

Orders of the Day — Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Bill.: Clause 5. — (Notice of increase of rent.) (10 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: That is exactly what the whole Bill does from beginning to end.

Orders of the Day — Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Bill.: Clause 10. — (Restriction on right to possession in certain cases, after the expiry of the principal Act.) (10 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I beg to second the Amendment. After the very full statement of my hon. Friend, but few words are necessary from me. It seems to me it is almost impracticable for this House to be legislating now on a position which we cannot possibly foresee as occurring in two years time. If this reference committee is going to be good in two years' time, why is it not good now? There is no provision for it...

Orders of the Day — Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Bill.: Clause 10. — (Restriction on right to possession in certain cases, after the expiry of the principal Act.) (10 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: Thank you, Sir; I quite understand. I hope that when my right hon. Friend deals with this Amendment he will explain exactly what his intentions are, because we are really discussing this matter in the dark. In Clause 12 we are simply told that The constitution and procedure of reference committees established under this Part of this Act shall be such as may be prescribed by Regulations made...

Orders of the Day — Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Bill.: Clause 10. — (Restriction on right to possession in certain cases, after the expiry of the principal Act.) (10 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I am glad to take that correction. I was under the impression that the Bill had been drafted for some time. I hope my right hon. Friend will realise that it will go a long way to satisfy me, certainly, if it can be made perfectly clear that this proposal will be discussed in the light of the then position in 1925, when it is to come into operation. For instance, we do not know, and it is a...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I am sorry to interrupt, but I think I should recall to the right hon. Gentleman's mind that the Valuation Department was set up a year before 1910. It was only expanded in 1910, a very material point.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: The whole question which the House has now to decide is, first, whether the valuation which we have been discussing is really necessary, and secondly, whether the method by which that valuation has been compiled, with the assistance of these particulars and on the basis of which it was originally prepared, is the kind of valuation which this House or any of its successors could accept as...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: I abide by your decision, but if I may venture to remind you, Sir, every word I said was in definite answer to what had been said from the other side of the House. You, Sir, were not here when those remarks were made, and I bow to your ruling. The suggestion made by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for West Birmingham (Mr. A. Chamberlain) has been strongly enforced. It is perfectly clear...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: Then we have the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Paisley saying: I am particularly glad to think that the Valuation Department will continue to keep a record of sales and other transactions, and that when the resurrection or duties takes place, as I am sure it will, we shall find it in existence and still actively working. It is therefore perfectly clear that the objection of hon....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: No. The hon. Members opposite take the view that this valuation is going to serve a beneficial purpose. We take the view that it is going to serve a disastrous purpose. That is the whole point between us.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: No, on public grounds. We think that, after all, practice is better than theory. I consider that one of the most unfortunate things which has ever happened in politics in this country is that at this time, when we have been so pressed to find new methods of taxation, if it had not been for the practical lesson which the country learned when these taxes were imposed in 1909–10, we should...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.: Clause 27. — (Repeal of s. 4 of Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910.) (3 Jul 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: If this Clause be carried that will not in the slightest interfere with the Death Duty valuation or the records.

Orders of the Day — Rating Burdens (Redistribution). (9 May 1923)

Mr Ernest Pretyman: The average is over 10s.


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