Results 101–120 of 122 for speaker:Mr William Aitken

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

Mr William Aitken: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in Suffolk alone no fewer than 12 churches, and more in Norfolk, have suffered in this way? Although the amount of lead involved is small, it is essential that measures should be taken to stop these thefts. In the very nature of things, it is almost impossible to protect churches at night.

Bill Presented: Troops, Korea (Amenities) (26 Feb 1952)

Mr William Aitken: I too had the privilege of visiting Korea, not quite so recently as the hon. Member, but I did much the same trip. I visited the troops beyond the Imjun River, and saw something of the conditions and difficulties under which they were fighting. Everything I heard, from Army headquarters, corps headquarters, divisional headquarters, right down to the front line, was that our troops probably...

Oral Answers to Questions — Bechuanaland (Tribal Dispute) (6 Dec 1951)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he can now state what are the Government's intentions regarding the request of Tshekedi Khama for permission to return to the Bamangwato Reserve.

Oral Answers to Questions — Bechuanaland (Tribal Dispute) (6 Dec 1951)

Mr William Aitken: Will the Under-Secretary of State give an assurance that, although excluded from Bamangwato politics, in view of this man's undoubted ability and high integrity he will be given an opportunity of real service in other directions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Raisins (25 Jun 1951)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that boxes of sultana raisins imported by his Department from Turkey and sold to bakers and confectioners in Bury St. Edmunds, contained quantities of stones, nails, gramophone needles, string and other extraneous material; and what precautions officials of his Department will take to avoid a repetition of this occurrence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Raisins (25 Jun 1951)

Mr William Aitken: Is the Minister aware that in a good many cases confectioners and bakers take the box of dried fruit which is marked "clean" and dump it straight into their mixture, and that but for extra precautions taken by the two firms I have mentioned these extraneous ingredients might well have been lethal to a number of people in Bury St. Edmunds? Is the right hon. Gentleman willing to send a notice...

New Clause. — (Reduction of Duty for Horse Racing.) (18 Jun 1951)

Mr William Aitken: Like my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for North Fylde (Captain Stanley) I have no personal interest, but a constituency interest, in this debate. There is no place in the world where more people make their living, either directly or indirectly, out of horse racing, than the town of Newmarket. Many hon. Members have shown a deep and affectionate regard for this ancient sport, but how...

Civil Aviation (19 Mar 1951)

Mr William Aitken: I have a personal interest in the debate to which the Minister would do well to listen very carefully because I represent the ordinary fare-paying passenger whom I have not heard mentioned this afternoon. During the last five years I think I have travelled over 300,000 miles by air in various parts of the world in the aircraft of about 20 different airlines, so I am a connoisseur of the...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: As a director and shareholder in the company which has been so often depicted in the House as the big bad bold wolf of the leasehold system—I refer to Western Ground Rents Limited, of Cardiff—I feel I must disclose that interest. I have also had some practical experience in various matters relevant to the Bill and I propose briefly to discuss some matters in connection with the occupiers...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I will gladly do so in a moment, but I wish to continue my argument. I will refer to the conditions which I believe we should impose on people when leases fall in. Another statement made by the hon. Member for Cardiff, West, was that in Grangetown Ward there were 4,000 houses, which would be taken away from their purchasers, unless something was done about the matter in the present...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I am referring to the properties owned by Western Ground Rents in Cardiff. The statements from which I am quoting were all associated either directly or indirectly with Western Ground Rents.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I think I can do that. I have HANSARD here. Any reasonable person is entitled to assume, from the hon. Member's speech of 7th March, a link between Cardiff and the enormous number of houses which, he assumes, are owned by Western Ground Rents. I think that further in his speech the hon. Gentleman referred to Grangetown.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: If I am allowed to look at the quotations—I have them here—I will do my best, but I do not intend to be put off, because the hon. Member knows perfectly well that in every speech he has made, he has associated all these matters with Western Ground Rents. If he cares to tell me that he was not referring to Western Ground Rents when he made that reference to Grangetown that is all right, I...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I will put it in another way. I will answer the question hindside foremost, because that is the way in which hon. Members opposite have twisted the whole of the principle of the ground rent system. I could give the exact figure, but if I say that it is a small one will the hon. Member be satisfied?

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: It was a very small ground rent. The house was not offered for sale; it was offered on a statutory tenancy. That is a proper action for a responsible landlord to take. We are doing exactly what is recommended by the various people who have discussed this matter in the Leasehold Committee. When a lease comes to an end, people are given a chance of remaining as statutory tenants. That is what...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: No, that is not true. Western Ground Rents own a great deal of different kinds of property and businesses, but they are not purely and entirely a property company. The vast amount of their assets are in Cardiff, especially their house property. This is an enormous company, holding a lot of different kinds of property, and unless the hon. Member can give specific cases I cannot go into the...

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I did not say that. I said that the Leasehold Reform Committee had heard a great deal of evidence, but I did not say that it had not heard evidence from any particular body.

Orders of the Day — Leasehold Property (Temporary Provisions) Bill (6 Dec 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I think the hon. Gentleman is confusing what I said with what he read in the Leasehold Report. I did not say it, but I think it appears in the Leasehold Committee's Report.

Orders of the Day — Electricity and Gas Undertakings (Severance Compensation) (14 Nov 1950)

Mr William Aitken: I do not think there is one hon. Member who would not do a great deal to remedy any form of injustice and that, I think, is the keynote of this debate. We are not seeking to make political capital out of this Motion. I would point out to the Minister that there are many thousands of people in the country who voted, some of them Socialist, some of them Conservative and some of them Liberal,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Affairs: South Africa (War Graves) (27 Jul 1950)

Mr William Aitken: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he can now say what steps he proposes to take to approach the Government of South Africa with regard to the neglected state of the cemeteries and graves of Imperial troops who died in the South African war; and in view of the undertaking given by the Government of that country many years ago that these cemeteries and graves would be...


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