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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 1. — ;(Charge of Income Tax for 1955–56 and Surtax Rates for 1954–55.) (27 Apr 1955)

Mr Dryden Brook: As one business man to another, I can tell the hon. Gentleman that all this is very interesting. Has the hon. Gentleman reckoned out how much this 6d. will give to the small business to finance the extra stocks, the higher prices of stocks and the development of his business? The business man with a profit of£30,000 a year, which is not an inconsiderable figure, will get£750 out of this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals: Warley, Halifax (13 Dec 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: asked the Minister of Health whether he will make provision in his 1955–56 building programme for the new hospital unit at Warley, Halifax, about which the hon. Member for Halifax has had correspondence with him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals: Warley, Halifax (13 Dec 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the man who left this estate to the Halifax Infirmary also left £50,000 for hospital purposes? Could not the Minister consider the release of that sum, to which the people of Halifax think that they have a moral if not a legal right? Does the right hon. Gentleman think it equitable that towns which before the passing of the National Health Act made...

Orders of the Day — Supply: REPORT [22nd July] (26 Jul 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Does the hon. Gentleman seriously suggest that local authorities, who have been under pressure from the Ministry to economise in their budgets, should put first on their programmes the sending of a large number of boys and girls to boarding schools, which will cost £300 or £400 per pupil a year?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 1. — (Reduction of Entertainments Duty.) (18 May 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: The hon. Gentleman said that the amount of revenue from cricket was negligible. Last year something like £80,000 was obtained from cricket, whereas the amount obtained from Rugby League football was less than £50,000.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 1. — (Reduction of Entertainments Duty.) (18 May 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: The Amendment in which I am particularly interested is that in the name of the hon. Member for Ince (Mr. T. Brown), which deals with Rugby League football. I should point out that Rugby League football is confined particularly to Yorkshire and Lancashire and is essentially a working man's game. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, South (Mr. Mikardo) I agree that if the main Amendment...

Merchandise Marks (Protection to Consumers) (6 May 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I am glad to be able to follow the speech of the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lonsdale (Sir I. Fraser). I want to speak for a very short time on a very limited field, namely, the wool textile industry, especially in regard to blankets. The introduction of this new set of artificial fibres has created a vast number of problems, not only for consumers but for manufacturers in this industry. I...

Merchandise Marks (Protection to Consumers) (6 May 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: The hon. Gentleman is trying to impose on me a party attitude to this question. All I want to do is to state the problem of the wool textile industry at the present time. I shall not give way again to a Member who wants to make a speech as an interruption. There has been marketed for the first time a blanket which is scarcely distinguishable from an all-wool blanket, and yet the entire warp...

Merchandise Marks (Protection to Consumers) (6 May 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: The firm that made that blanket of 25 per cent, of wool had submitted to it by a wholesale house another blanket which was cheaper. The right hon. Gentleman the Member for Blackburn, West speaks of competition. Let him remember that there are two kinds of competition. There is competition in price as well as competition in quality. This debasement of quality is the result of trying to get a...

Orders of the Day — Schools (Size of Classes) (27 Apr 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Unlike my hon. Friend the Member for Lowestoft (Mr. Edward Evans), I have never been a professional teacher; I have never had any connection with the teaching profession, but I have had long experience as a member of a local education authority. I thank my hon. Friend for what he said about provision for handicapped children, and I ask the Minister to bear in mind not only the staffing of the...

Purchase Tax (Ulster Linen Industry) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House how much of the raw material used in the woollen industry is a dollar import?

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I beg to move, That this House notes with regret the recent increases in company dividends and the effect this is having on wages; and therefore presses the Government to take the necessary steps to stop these increases by introducing legislation for the statutory limitation of dividends. I am well aware that a debate took place in this House on Wednesday which covered a good deal of the...

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: In the 19th Century there is no doubt who were the strong. In the 19th Century the plea in support of the implementation of that idea was "Leave things to the workings of natural law, the law of supply and demand." The result in industry and in social life was so bad, the wages of working people were so low, that the law of supply and demand stank in the nostrils of almost every working man...

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I can give the hon. Member the figures for all the groups, but I was merely selecting those two because they are germane to the case which I am making, and because I do not want to detain the House. The tendency for wages to rise is a move in the right direction, and it ought to go further. But the tendencies which are likely to be let loose under the new dispensation will take us in the...

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Yes, I shall be glad to do so. To the workers it means that a firm which has accumulated reserves out of profits issues a bonus share of one share to each shareholder. That means that it has doubled its capital. The next year it may pay the same dividend of 10 per cent., but it is now 20 per cent, on the original capital.

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: There is a psychological difference, which I shall explain shortly. If we assume that the accumulation of reserves has taken place since the war, as some of it must have done, we must consider what has happened to wages in the same period. One Chancellor of the Exchequer after another has appealed to the organised workers to restrict wage claims. To a certain extent there has been a wage...

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: Could not the organised workers have demanded and got more wages if they had not been prepared to exercise restraint?

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I agree that the profits are ploughed back, but they are profits, and not new capital which shareholders have paid in. They have been made as profits in the first place, and I am saying that if the organised workers had been prepared to use their full power they could have claimed further increases in wages. If shareholders are given the power to claim additional interest it has a...

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I agree, but the fact remains that they are now being used as a lever, whereby more profits can be distributed as dividends.

Company Dividends (Limitation) (5 Mar 1954)

Mr Dryden Brook: I am differentiating between "earned" and "distributed." If a firm pays a dividend of 10 per cent, on a capital of £50,000, and then increases that capital to £100,000 by the distribution of bonus shares, and still pays 10 per cent., the person who is receiving the dividend receives exactly double the amount of money, which he can spend as he likes. Workpeople today are not so ignorant as...


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