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Results 1–20 of 105 for speaker:Mr William Brace

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry.: Motion for Adjournment. (19 Oct 1920)

Mr William Brace: May I say as my first word that I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Trade for the temper and the manner in which he has dealt with this subject. This is one of those subjects which could be highly controversial, but to enter into controversy will not be helpful to the mining community nor to the nation. Speaking as a miner, let me say this strike is as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.: Police (Listowel). (14 Jul 1920)

Mr William Brace: I do not rise at all to enter into controversies with the Chair, but I desire to associate myself with the right hon. Gentleman who has made an appeal to the Leader of the House that suitable time should be given for the discussion of this subject. The Leader of the House must conclude, from what has transpired, that if no discussion is allowed it will create a very difficult impression, not...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Mines Bill. (30 Jun 1920)

Mr William Brace: I beg to move to leave out the word "now," and at the end of the Question to add the words "upon this day three months." In rising to move the rejection of this Bill, I may be allowed to compliment my right hon. Friend upon the skilful way in which he has introduced his measure. I think that he must have been studying military tactics with advantageous results. Instead of approaching the...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Mines Bill. (30 Jun 1920)

Mr William Brace: There are standard wages in each area, but above that standard rate there is a floating percentage, and the more it is the better we think it is What I am talking about is this floating percentage. At every colliery there is a standard price list which covers all the efforts of labour. For the area in some places, there is an average, but above all that there is a kind of running percentage....

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Ballot Bill. (23 Apr 1920)

Mr William Brace: I beg to move, to leave out the word "now" and at the end of the Question to add the words "upon this day six months." Labour leaders in general and members of the Labour Party in this House in particular are bound to take a serious view of this kind of irritation. One would have thought that hon. Members with experience as employers of labour would have hesitated very much before taking...

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Ballot Bill. (23 Apr 1920)

Mr William Brace: The hon. Gentleman is quite mistaken. Under the Trade Union Act, 1913, we carried the expense, whereas he proposes that it shall be a charge upon the National Exchequer. We are engaged upon the consideration of a Bill which must mean a very great additional charge upon the National Exchequer at a time when one would have thought that everyone would have been concentrating upon preserving or...

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Ballot Bill. (23 Apr 1920)

Mr William Brace: No, the ballot was taken for or against, and the result of it I should have thought would be welcomed by the hon. and gallant Member because the majority accepted the Government's offer. Whatever may be our shortcomings we were dealing with a question which we understood, and yet when we got down to draft the ballot paper it was a most difficult thing to draft, and to put upon it really what...

Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill.: Clause 1. — Distribution of Profits of undertakings. (18 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: I beg to move, "That the further consideration of the Bill, as amended, be now adjourned." I should like to ask the Government whether they think it is a proper thing to take a Bill of this far reaching importance at this time of night. This is a Bill in which at least 1,000,000 workmen are interested, involving large sums of money, and it occurs to my colleagues as to myself, that a Bill of...

Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill.: Clause 1. — Distribution of Profits of undertakings. (18 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: After consultation, we have come to the conclusion that it will not be helpful to waste the time of the House by a discussion. As we have registered our protest in the only effective way open to us, I ask leave to withdraw the Motion.

Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill.: Clause 1. — Distribution of Profits of undertakings. (18 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: I am sure that the statements of the hon. Baronet who has just addressed the House will only make us press more heavily than ever in support of the Amendment. During his speech I was wondering whether the reports I have been reading of late were really correct. Judging by the statements of the coalowners they are really in a bad way, and they ought to have some kind of charge upon the...

Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill.: Clause 1. — Distribution of Profits of undertakings. (18 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: The best we can do is to judge by what we see in the daily papers—the reports of the annual meetings of the colliery companies. I have never heard of a coalowner who was prepared to admit that he ever made any money at all. They invariably "live on their losses." When they had passed away, it was found that they left very substantial fortunes behind. That is not quite my point, which was to...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, Ireland. (10 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: I wish to ask, Sir, is there any machinery under which we, a minority of this House, would be entitled to record, in some form or other, our protest against the Vote. Is there any machinery under which our names can be taken? It seems to me—

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, Ireland. (10 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: In what way can we enter our protest against your ruling, Sir; because we feel that it is not quite doing justice to the minority in this House?

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Local Government Board, Ireland. (10 Mar 1920)

Mr William Brace: I do not know whether I am in Order in saying that we much appreciate your courage, Mr. Whitley, in meeting us in the way you have. But I am sure that I am speaking the desire of my colleagues when I say that we have no wish at all to place any inconvenience upon the Committee in connection with these Votes. With regard to the Votes that are unimportant, I would ask my colleagues to agree to...

Orders of the Day — Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill. (17 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: In rising to support the rejection of this Bill, I confess at once that what has amazed me most is the kind of cavalier fashion which the Government adopt in dealing with this very great foundation industry. If one desires to be flippant, I think I should call this Government a hand-to-mouth Government. They seem to be content to deal with great root economic problems from day to day, whereas...

Orders of the Day — Coal Mines (Emergency) Bill. (17 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: We quite understand that it would not only be a breach of confidence, but a very serious matter to disclose information as to a man's individual position, but that is not what we are asking for, and will my right hon. Friend make no mistake about that?

Orders of the Day — King's Speech.: Coal Mines (Nationalisation). (11 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add the words but regrets the absence of any proposal to nationalise the coal mines of the country on the lines recommended by a majority of the members of the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry, which was appointed for the purpose of advising the Government on the best methods of reorganising the industry in order to secure economy in...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech.: Coal Mines (Nationalisation). (11 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: Yes, Sundays and weekdays; and 517 are hurt every day, or one every three minutes, and one miner in every six employed is injured every year. With an old civilisation like ours and with all our scientific resources that is a ghastly record and one that ought to be improved. We are of opinion that so long as we have a system at work where profit is the dominating factor in the industry we...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech.: Coal Mines (Nationalisation). (11 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: I think my hon. Friend is right in point of fact. I hope the House will remember that this is not my first day in this House, and I would not make a statement like this unless I was going to make a qualification. But since then there has been a conference called at Keswick by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, who have accepted this scheme, and it is a scheme which we accept in spirit...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech.: Coal Mines (Nationalisation). (11 Feb 1920)

Mr William Brace: Certainly; that is four. I will not make a point of it. The House will realise that in each of these districts there is a district committee composed of fourteen persons—the chairman and the vice-chairman appointed by the Minister of Mines, four elected by the workmen, four by the officials, four by the consumers of coal. There you have again the same principle of each section being in a...


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