Results 81–100 of 122 for speaker:Mr William Aitken

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

Mr William Aitken: I should like proof before I accept part of the hon. Gentleman's statement. Anyone who buys something in bulk always buys it cheaper than if he bought it in penny packets. The hon. Gentleman raised this issue as a very serious moral issue. It is not a moral issue at all but simply a question of what is practicable. If the previous Government or this Government were converted by the hon....

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: There is one paper. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the "Cyprus Mail," which has held forth against Enosis on some occasions.

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: If the hon. Gentleman had read the paper very carefully, he could not talk like that. I get the paper almost every week and I can assure the hon. Gentleman that I could produce for his benefit leading articles attacking Enosis in a way that I think none of us here would like to do in public.

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: It seems that hon. Members on the Opposition side of the House have been stampeded into this attitude of Enosis in the same way as the Ethnarchy have stampeded the people of Cyprus. I can give the House three good reasons why we are in Cyprus and why we should stay there. The first reason is security. I do not think anybody can possibly argue, considering the kind of world in which we live...

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: That is rather an unfair question to put. I am not going to say that that is characteristic of most or all the Cypriots in Cyprus, because I do not know.

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: Either the right hon. Gentleman has not understood me or I have not made myself clear. What I am trying to indicate is that the connection between Enosis and the immediate conditions under which the Cypriot lives is not always clear to all Cypriots. I do not think that the average Cypriot realises that Enosis is in any degree imminent. I am sure that if he did think so, many material...

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: I think anybody who has examined the situation is perfectly aware that the Ethnarchy have on several occasions asked the local government to run their own plebiscite, but this would still make it a one-sided plebiscite. If anybody thinks that a plebiscite run by the local government would be a fair plebiscite, I will explain why it would not be. A plebiscite run by the local government would...

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: I am aware of that, but that still does not make me less suspicious of that kind of plebiscite. The first reason which I have given why we should remain in Cyprus is security. The second reason is the welfare of the people, and I do not believe that the people of Cyprus realise what would happen to them if the sovereignty of Cyprus were transferred to Greece. Thirdly, I do not trust...

Cyprus (Constitutional Arrangements) (28 Jul 1954)

Mr William Aitken: Has the hon. Member not thought what the position of the Cypriots in respect of the H-bomb would be if we passed the Cyprus sovereignty to Greece? It would be exactly the same as it is now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Waste Food (Collection) (26 Nov 1953)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the difficulties which some local authorities are experiencing in the collection of waste food; and if he will now revoke the wartime emergency directions requiring local authorities to engage in salvage schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Waste Food (Collection) (26 Nov 1953)

Mr William Aitken: Is my hon. Friend aware that this answer will give great satisfaction to many authorities who engage in this very uneconomic form of expenditure?

Electricity Supplies (Rural Areas) (19 Jun 1953)

Mr William Aitken: Most of us here today are well aware of the immense economic and social importance of increasing supplies of electricity, and those of us who have had dealings with the Minister know that he is on our side. His real enemies are his own colleagues because, in his competition for a share of our capital resources, he has to fight his own colleagues. If, however, he could find the person who...

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (21 Apr 1952)

Mr William Aitken: It is 17 per cent.

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (21 Apr 1952)

Mr William Aitken: I feel a good deal more reassured at this stage of the debate than I did at the beginning. It is quite clear there has not been anything like the hysterical over-simplification of this very complex problem which one might have expected. I also take some comfort from the fact that my hon. and learned Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations seems to see no insuperable...

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (21 Apr 1952)

Mr William Aitken: There are all sorts of speculations of anything between 50 million and 100 million. I do not know which is right and I do not know whether 10 million or 20 million people in Australia is right. All I know is that we ought to do something about it.

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (21 Apr 1952)

Mr William Aitken: At the moment they are well able to receive at least 200,000 a year; but I am not sure of the demographic position. That is clear from the figure of 194,000 for last year of new emigrants going into Canada. Constant study is going on. In Canada they appear to be more interested in demographic problems than we in this country, and more serious research and investigation is going on there than...

Orders of the Day — Empire Settlement Bill (21 Apr 1952)

Mr William Aitken: Reference has been made many times this afternoon to the question of cross-sections of the community in any migration scheme. We all agree upon that, but we must realise that cheap passages outward are not the only thing. I am certain that there would be a good psychological effect upon people who might be reluctant to leave this country if they knew that they could get a passage back at the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Borstal Institutions (Films) (27 Mar 1952)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a Borstal boy, aged 18, was taken under escort to see the film "A Street Car Named Desire" at Hull, Yorkshire, on or about 13th March; and if, in view of the sordid and degrading nature of this film, he will investigate the mental and moral qualifications of those charged with the administration of the institution in which this boy was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Borstal Institutions (Films) (27 Mar 1952)

Mr William Aitken: Can my right hon. and learned Friend say which official of the institution was responsible for taking this boy to see the film?

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply: Lead Supplies (Licensing) (10 Mar 1952)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Minister of Supply if, in view of the widespread and growing thefts of lead from churches, private homes and buildings of historical interest, he will consider introducing a licensing system for all purchasers of lead.


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