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Results 1–20 of 983 for speaker:Mr Thomas Boardman

Adjournment (Summer) (29 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: Many of the nation's energy problems are completely unresolved, and this is why I believe that we should not rise for the Summer Recess until we get a statement of Government policy about them. Not only that, but the issues themselves have not been debated. For example, a few days ago a Committee upstairs discussed the increased borrowing powers for the National Coal Board, although the...

Adjournment (Summer) (29 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I am sorry, but I promised to be brief. We have had a Government White Paper about the North Sea explorations. Yet it discloses a quarter-thought-out plan for participation, leaving vast questions unanswered without debate. The future of this great natural resource is left to be speculated about for months while we are in recess. Fourth, whilst I acknowledge that a decision has been made by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Development Land (24 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: What public sector projects will be cut out so that this vast sum can be found without add- ing to the public sector borrowing requirement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Offshore Oil and Gas (22 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: Does the Secretary of State, if he takes a maximum controlling participation, intend to entrust the management of these large funds to the oil companies, or does he intend to assume for himself the ultimate responsibility for the management of these highly technological projects?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: National Nuclear Corporation (22 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: Is there any proposed change in the agreement for the management of the company which was associated with the 50 per cent. holding by the GEC?

Pay Board (Abolition) (18 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: rose—

Pay Board (Abolition) (18 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: The right hon. Gentleman referred to the figures given in The Times this morning which showed weekly wage rates over the last two months rising at an annual rate of 42·6 per cent. Is he suggesting that those figures were known to the outgoing Government?

Pay Board (Abolition) (18 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I was extremely pleased to hear the hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Smith) exposing the distortions made by the Secretary of State, which were typical of so many of the right hon. Gentleman's remarks. I am surprised, however, that the hon. Gentleman and his party, who have been such firm advocates of a permanent statutory policy, should nave decided to cast their votes tonight in support of the...

Pay Board (Abolition) (18 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I do not want to delve into the reasons or the motives of the trade union movement. I want merely to explain the reasons for the imposition of statutory policies, and how matters developed from there. I hated the statutory policies, but I believed them to be necessary at the time. We were determined to get rid of them as soon as an alternative means could be provided. Every policy of the...

Pay Board (Abolition) (18 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: —or if employers are weak the taxpayer is not left to pick up the bill. If we are to have free collective bargaining the consequences of overpricing demands and of weaknesses must fall on those who are at fault and must not be left to be met by the taxpayer. I recognise that one of many weaknesses of a statutory policy is that it can itself be inflationary. The ceiling of a statutory...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Finance Bill (17 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: Does the hon. Member also agree that the total figure of bank borrowing was £14,000 million and that therefore there was a negative liquidity of £4,000 million?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge of Income Tax for 1974–75 (16 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I did not intend to intervene, but the Chief Secretary has referred to his lowest priority. It should be clearly understood whether, by that, he means those who have savings income earned by working hard all their lives. He referred to investment income, which is savings that have been invested. The Clause applies to those who worked hard all their lives, and if the Chief Secretary says that...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: We have listened with interest to a rather long speech from the hon. Member for Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk). He began by saying that we want not waffle and emotion but hard facts. I waited anxiously for the hard facts to be produced. There was plenty of waffle and emotion, but such figures as were quoted by the hon. Gentleman were given in such a way that they were difficult to interpret, and...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: No, I will not give way so early in my speech.

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: No, I do not propose to give way at the beginning of my speech. If there are points which the hon. Gentleman wishes to make, he may have an opportunity of doing so if he catches your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker. What worried me about the hon. Gentleman's speech was not so much its effect on industry as the attitude that it represented from the universities. It is apparent that he has been filled...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I beg his pardon—Conservative workers. I assure the lion. Gentleman that there are many workers in Leicester, in addition to those who voted Tory in previous elections, who will be voting Tory in the next election, in defence of the private enterprise system which has contributed so much to the prosperity of that city. I have a good deal of sympathy with the suggestion that the House would...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: The hon. Gentleman says that it has been demonstrated that private industry is failing to produce the wealth. I waited to hear some of the hard facts in such a demonstration. The hon. Gentleman in his reference to the City of Leicester showed a complete lack of understanding of where wealth is created. It is created in the private sector.

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's statement of what that document illustrated. Certainly it showed clearly the future needs in that area, the problems which had to be tackled and the need to create national wealth in order to tackle those problems. In creating national wealth there are requirements for incentives for personal prosperity, because the creation of national wealth and personal...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I cannot give way at present. There will no doubt be a future occasion upon which to debate North Sea oil. When the hon. Member for Ormskirk refers to the failure of British industry to invest in North Sea oil he should get his facts right and find out what massive investment has been made by industry in North Sea oil, at a time when it was highly speculative and there was a high risk. Now...

Prayers: Industrial Policy (12 Jul 1974)

Mr Thomas Boardman: I will not give way. The Government's policy has been aptly and accurately described as one of envy and spite. This is how it is seen through the attitude presented by the Government; but if this is not so let us have clarification and let the Government make a statement on their attitude. They have undermined confidence in British industry and are doing grave damage to industries' future...

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