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Ballot for Notices of Motion: Ministers and Public Servants (Official Conduct) (3 Feb 1949)

Mr John Belcher: Mr. Speaker, Sir, I thank you for affording me this opportunity of making the personal statement which I feel I owe to the House, to the country and to myself. I must begin by apologising for the part which any injudicious actions of mine, or indeed any indiscretions, have played in bringing about an Inquiry which focused upon His Majesty's Government, upon a great Government Department in...

Temporary Shops, Plymouth (16 Sep 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I admire the local patriotism of my hon. Friend the Member for the Drake Division (Mr. Medland). I applaud his efforts to achieve something for his city. I do not know that I agree that it is the greatest city in the country. I am a citizen of no mean city myself, a city which also suffered somewhat from the attentions of the enemy during the war. I am sure that the House will realise that I...

Temporary Shops, Plymouth (16 Sep 1948)

Mr John Belcher: Not from devastated cities, but there are other matters to be taken into consideration. It may not be just a question of building a shop in a devastated city, but an extension to a factory which will make goods to sell overseas to provide food and raw materials without which we cannot exist, and we have a number of cases of that kind. I was rather sorry to hear the Member for the Sutton...

Temporary Shops, Plymouth (16 Sep 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I am afraid we do not possess so much power as that. The fact that the Board of Trade says "Yes" does not mean that every other Government Department falls into step, but it does go a long way towards it. Sponsorship by the Board of Trade will assist to a very great extent, but we have to consider other matters. Plymouth has a very great rehousing problem at the present time, and may I here...

Orders of the Day — DEVELOPMENT OF INVENTIONS BILL [Lords]: Clause 4. — (Powers of Board of Trade as to exercise of functions of Corporation.) (16 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, in page 3, line 13, at the end, to insert: Provided that the approval of the Board shall not be requisite— (i) by virtue of paragraph (a) of this subsection, for anything done only by way of experiment or trial, or(ii) by virtue of paragraph (b) of this subsection, for the giving of assistance to a person in any year where the amount of that assistance together with any other...

Orders of the Day — DEVELOPMENT OF INVENTIONS BILL [Lords]: Clause 7. — (Power of Board of Trade to make advances to Corporation.) (16 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, in page 4, line 11, to leave out "preliminary," and to insert "initial." I feel that I owe an apology to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Aldershot, because, on the Committee stage, I accepted his Amendment to leave out "initial" and insert "preliminary," and I am now asking the House to leave out "preliminary" and insert "initial." Since I accepted the Amendment which...

Orders of the Day — DEVELOPMENT OF INVENTIONS BILL [Lords]: Clause 10. — (Accounts and audit.) (16 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, in page 5, line 28, to leave out "Limited." Since the introduction of the Bill, the Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants has received permission from the Board of Trade, under Section 18 of the Companies Act, to omit the word "Limited" from its title. The Amendment, therefore, puts the title of the Association into its proper form.

Orders of the Day — DEVELOPMENT OF INVENTIONS BILL [Lords]: Clause 10. — (Accounts and audit.) (16 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read the Third time." I should like to say a few words at this stage of the Bill. It is largely non-controversial, and it would be right to say that its principles have been welcomed on both sides of the House. The Corporation it sets up provides a technical and financial bridge across which the products of the country's inventiveness and research can be...

Orders of the Day — DEVELOPMENT OF INVENTIONS BILL [Lords]: Clause 10. — (Accounts and audit.) (16 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, perhaps I may put him out of his misery. There is not the slightest intention, nor is there the power in the Bill, for the proposed body to use the functions of any existing organisation. It is not proposed that this body shall have any compulsory powers. It is merely being set up in order to enable inventions, which would otherwise remain on the shelf and...

Orders of the Day — LEATHER CHARGES (No. 3) ORDER (14 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, That the Leather (Charges) (No. 3) Order, 1948 (S.I. 1948, No. 1312), dated 18th June, 1948, made by the Treasury under Section 2 of the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939, and Section 5 of the Supplies and Services (Transitional Powers) Act, 1945, a copy of which Order was presented on 22nd June, be approved. I am glad of this opportunity of saying something about this...

Orders of the Day — LEATHER CHARGES (No. 3) ORDER (14 Jul 1948)

Mr John Belcher: Perhaps I might interrupt my hon. Friend, to say that that is the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Clothing Coupons (Armed Forces) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: The outfits of members of the Forces who are not commissioned officers are provided and maintained by the Services, and no coupons are issued. Volunteers accepted for Regular engagements, however, obtain, at home stations, an annual grant of 30 civilian-type coupons to enable them to obtain clothing to wear when off duty. Commissioned officers are given varying rations of Service-type...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Furniture Industry (Development Council) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: The organisations representing employers and workers in the furniture industry have had before them for some time draft proposals for the establishment of a Development Council, but consideration of them was held up at the request of the employers until certain urgent matters concerning production and supplies of materials had been cleared. More rapid progress should now be possible, and it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Furniture Industry (Development Council) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I should not like to be tied to a hard and fast assurance. I have every reason to believe that alternative proposals will be forthcoming before the utility scheme is terminated.

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill: Clause 1. — (Constitution of the Commission.) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, in page 2, line 21, at the end, to insert: (7) In the case of an equality of votes on any question at a meeting of the Commission, the chairman shall have a second or casting vote. When this matter was first considered it was our intention to keep the Commission an extremely small body. In view of what has happened since, and in view of the Amendment which was carried this...

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill: Clause 1. — (Constitution of the Commission.) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I beg to move, in page 2, line 23, at the end, to insert: Provided that the quorum necessary at any meeting held for the final settling of a report of the Commission shall not be less than two-thirds of the members of the Commission. The purpose of the Amendment is to implement one of the undertakings which my right hon. Friend gave in the Standing Committee. He asked the right hon. Gentleman...

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill: Clause 2. — (General duties of Commission.) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: It had not been my intention to go over all the arguments which were put forward during the Committee stage about this part of the Bill, but the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr. Spearman) has put me in the position of having to do so because he has asked the direct question why we have kept nationalised industries outside the Bill. The right hon. and learned Member for West Derby...

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill: Clause 2. — (General duties of Commission.) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I agree. I did not make it plain—perhaps I should have done—that the question of Ministerial direction is different in the case of a nationalised industry like coal, from the sort of case to which the hon. Gentleman referred. He and the House might like to know that we have been in touch with the Ministry of Agriculture, and I am advised that these various Marketing Acts are at present...

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill: Clause 2. — (General duties of Commission.) (29 Jun 1948)

Mr John Belcher: I do not like interrupting the right hon. Gentleman, because we have frequent Debates on these issues and we always get along together, but I would like the right hon. Gentleman to tell the House, and to tell me in particular, exactly at what point in my speech I said anything about the Commission having any power over the National Coal Board.


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