Results 61–80 of 122 for speaker:Mr William Aitken

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations: Raw Materials (Report) (28 Nov 1957)

Mr William Aitken: Without in any way denigrating the usefulness of those Reports, which, however, are mainly only economic information services, may I ask my hon. Friend whether he does not think it is probably time now to initiate a really effective investigation of the raw materials position in the Commonwealth, possibly along the lines of the Paley report in the United States or of the Gordon Commission in...

Orders of the Day — Horticulture (Crop Spray Damage) (26 Nov 1957)

Mr William Aitken: I very much welcome this opportunity of raising the subject of crop damage to horticulturists from spraying. It is not only a matter of equity and fair dealing but one which is becoming of increasing urgency to a very large number of people engaged in agriculture and horticulture. One of the major post-war contributions of science to agriculture has been the remarkable advance in the control...

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill: Clause 1. — (Extension of Period During Which Contributions May Be Made.) (30 Jan 1957)

Mr William Aitken: I did not intend to intervene in this debate, but this question of information is an important and vital aspect of emigration. Those of us who take some interest in emigration will agree that the hon. Member for Motherwell (Mr. Lawson) has done a service in raising this matter. The one thing we need is information. One bit of information about Scotland I am able to give. I do not know...

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (25 Jan 1957)

Mr William Aitken: I do not think that either of the hon. 'Members who have been here during most of the debate and who, like myself have had the privilege of serving on the Overseas Migration Board has any doubts of the importance and urgency of this whole question of migration. I wonder if people realise just exactly what is happening. Since the end of the war more people have left this country than are...

Commonwealth Development (30 Nov 1956)

Mr William Aitken: In listening to this very agreeable, stimulating and constructive debate, I could not help thinking of something that Mr. Nehru once said when referring to the Commonwealth. He said, "There is a touch of healing in it"—except, possibly, for the Minister, who seems to have taken a bit of a battering. That is somewhat unfair, however, because a lot of people, quite unconsciously, seem to be...

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I am raising tonight certain aspects of the Home Office proposal to amalgamate the probation service in East and West Suffolk. Although I have the advantage of living in East Suffolk and, therefore, have some local knowledge of the excellent probation service, and one of the principal officers is actually based in my home town of Halesworth, I want to make quite clear at the outset that it is...

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: West Suffolk—is strongly opposed to the probation committee being put under the control of an administrative officer 30 miles away in another county is that it simply means more red tape, more forms, more files, and a good deal of waste of time in travelling between the two places. It is quite true that under the proposal the three probation officers in West Suffolk would still remain in...

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: Suppose they are well ahead of the Jones's?

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: And interfered with.

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: Why?

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: How can my hon. Friend possibly say that the local wishes are not being over-ridden when they are being over-ridden very definitely? The local wishes are the wishes of everybody in West Suffolk concerned with this proposal.

Probation Service, West Suffolk (30 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: Not in West Suffolk.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: How long had the lease to run?

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I intend to intervene only briefly in this debate, as this problem has been thrashed out pretty thoroughly over the past few years. The hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. G. Thomas) spoke with great sincerity, and I felt that his references to the debate on the Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1951, were almost in the nature of an apology to Western Ground Rents for his past...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: As for the unfinished sentence, I think it will be agreed that an unfinished sentence is not an infrequent occurrence in this House. The only reason I want to intervene is that the hon. Member for Cardiff, West also raised this point and mentioned my position, and I thought that I should declare thatnot only am I a director and a shareholder of Western Ground Rents but I am also a managing...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I am mainly concerned with what the hon. Member said about the situation in Cardiff. Several hon. Members have got the impression that this is a desperate situation and that the people there are worried about leaseholds falling in. That is not the case.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I have been to Cardiff on many occasions. I was there during the war, and I have been there since the war. In the last three or four years I have been to Cardiff at least a dozen times. MayI get back to the general thesis? I have no doubt that all this will be thoroughly discussed this afternoon, but there is one thing which I should like to take up with the hon. Member for Cardiff, West...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I think that is happening more and more. I agree with the hon. Member that in many cases it is often better for the tenant if the individual landlord is on the spot so that one can see and deal with him. But the situation is that these landlords have to sell their properties or otherwise be caught for death duties.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I gladly answer that he has no interest in Western Ground Rents at all. In the beginning he did have a mortgage [Interruption.] Are we discussing this Bill or not. First the hon. Gentleman says that I should not be discussing something in which I am personally interested, and now he is pressing me to do so. I do not think it is very relevant to go on discussing my own personal interest in the...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Enfranchisement Bill (18 Mar 1955)

Mr William Aitken: I quite agree with the hon. Gentleman. I think that it would have been much more desirable from his point of view. I think people should realise that if they want to buy freehold the landlord is usually very willing to sell, and provided he purchases from the landlord when the lease has a good many years still to run he is then often in a very strong position to bargain. It is really when it...


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