Results 21–40 of 122 for speaker:Mr William Aitken

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 3. — (Further Powers of Local Highway Authorities to Construct Bridges over and Tunnels Under Navigable Waters.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: The purpose of the first Amendment is to enable schemes for the construction of bridges or tunnels over or under navigable waters to be made by two or more authorities jointly. Hon. Members who took part in the Committee stage will remember that a new Clause was introduced which gave further powers to local authorities to construct bridges, tunnels or roads over navigable waters. The...

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 6. — (Power to Fill in Road Side Ditches etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: Railways are different from other statutory undertakings. The tracks sometimes go for miles along the side of a road and might be seriously affected by ditches being filled in. The works of other statutory undertakings are usually underground, or high in the air. Does my hon. Friend not agree that the railways are in a different position?

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 6. — (Power to Fill in Road Side Ditches etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: May I relieve the rising tension by saying that I do not mind in the least getting all the help I can from the Government? The Bill has been greatly improved as a result.

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 5. — (Extension of Powers of Highway and Local Authorities to Plant and Protect Trees in Highways, etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: Would it not be most unusual for the ornamental trees and other ornaments actually to be on the highway?

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 5. — (Extension of Powers of Highway and Local Authorities to Plant and Protect Trees in Highways, etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: Perhaps I did not make myself clear. How can one make a highway authority responsible for something which cattle have done while moving along a highway which is not someone's private garden?

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 5. — (Extension of Powers of Highway and Local Authorities to Plant and Protect Trees in Highways, etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I listened very carefully to what the hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) has said, but I confess that I still find the intention behind the Amendment exceedingly obscure. As drafted, it would authorise a highway authority to recover from the owner of horses or cattle the cost of replacing trees, shrubs, grass and verges damaged by those animals, however slight the damage, regardless of...

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 7. — (Penalty for Unlawfully Painting Marks on Highways.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: Like the hon. Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg), I am all for any facilities which can be given to make a contribution to the vigour, hilarity, and acerbity of electoral contests. The hard fact which often emerges from one's researches on a Bill of this kind is that the sort of defacement of the highway which the Amendment would permit could be, not only a great problem to local authorities, but a...

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 12. — (Power to Exchange Land to Adjust Boundaries of Highways) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I am afraid that there are so many complications in this matter that it is almost impossible to give an answer straight away without giving some ideas of the requirements of the Telegraph Office. I would much rather that the Minister, with his greater knowledge of the details, should give the answer.

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 14. — (Construction with Principal Act, etc.) (23 Jun 1961)

Mr William Aitken: It may not have occurred to my hon. Friend to consider the help which is received by private Members from various organisations and the Parliamentary draftsmen. I think that there may be two views on the subject of Private Members' Bills. This Bill had nothing to do with the Whips' Office. It concerns a subject in which I have long been interested, the affairs of local government, and I saw...

Orders of the Day — Department of Technical Co-Operation Bill (25 Apr 1961)

Mr William Aitken: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Surbiton (Mr. Fisher), I am somewhat surprised at the lukewarm reception that this not only imaginative but very timely Bill has had. I think that the Bill has immense possibilities which, if exploited, could range far beyond what we are thinking about in the terms of the White Paper. I believe that in the next few years the main problem of aid to the...

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Feb 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I think that every hon. Member will agree that on such a vast subject as highway law there will always be some room for improvement. That applies more than ever now when, every year, more and more cars and lorries are coming on to the roads and vehicles are travelling at higher speeds. No doubt many hon. Members will have ideas for the...

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Feb 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I think it is impossible to include the suggested Amendments for Scotland of my hon. Friend, because of the very different highway laws which we have there. Indeed, the effect which they might have on the deficiency rate would make it a very complicated deal for Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Feb 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I think that this is a point which might well be dealt with in Committee. Obviously, the question of a mark inscribed on a road and which is quite harmless and does not distract anybody driving or detract from safety in any way is one we might well deal with in Committee.

Orders of the Day — Highways (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Feb 1961)

Mr William Aitken: May I ask my hon. Friend if he has ever found any way in which we can legislate for animals? They cannot read, they have no knowledge of the law, and, if they are not under the control of a human being, I think that it would take very ingenious drafting to legislate for animals, even in this Bill.

Northern Rhodesia (Constitution) (22 Feb 1961)

Mr William Aitken: I hope that the hon. Member for Barnsley (Mr. Mason) will forgive me if I do not follow very closely some of the very interesting points he made. I hope, too, that he will intervene very often in Colonial and Commonwealth debates. As one of th6se who signed a certain well-drafted Motion, I must confess that I was exceedingly relieved when I read the White Paper, because it seemed to me that...

Orders of the Day — Betting Levy Bill: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Horserace Betting Levy Board.) (14 Dec 1960)

Mr William Aitken: I support the Amendment, and if it comes to a choice between two members of the Jockey Club and one in order to get a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on the Board, I am in favour of the surgeons, although I do not share the jaundiced view of the Jockey Club of the right hon. Member for Smethwick (Mr. Gordon Walker). There is an overwhelming case to be made out for the...

Orders of the Day — Betting Levy Bill: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Horserace Betting Levy Board.) (14 Dec 1960)

Mr William Aitken: It is possible to make out a very good case for the veterinary surgeons, indeed an exceptional case, because their position is quite different from that of other interests in racing. Other interests in racing understand each other's intentions and point of view very well. The profession of the veterinary scientist is a highly technical one. Veterinary science represents the one interest which...

Orders of the Day — Betting Levy Bill: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Horserace Betting Levy Board.) (14 Dec 1960)

Mr William Aitken: I think that that is a little misleading, because very often people ask for what they hope to get and not what they would like to get. I could quite easily have given the hon. Member a list of projects at Newmarket at Balaton Lodge costing from £40,000 to £50,000, very good and very practical ones. I do not think it is quite fair to say that they get everything they need or that they are...


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