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War and International Situation (28 Sep 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: The Prime Minister had a very broad canvas to-day and on it was able to paint a picture which met with the general approval of the House. I want to pay to the Prime Minister, and through him to those behind him, a tribute for the gradual unfolding of the major plan of the strategy of the war. Very naturally we, as a nation of sea-going people, specialise in the Navy. We have had the lead in...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I am sure the whole Committee will feel that the Minister has made a substantial contribution to the war effort by his speech to-day. Surely, we shall all be agreed that the story of achievement, in making known to the world Britain's part in the war, to which the Minister has called attention, has been well worth hearing. I hope that the Committee will share the view of my hon. Friends that...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I am being very careful in my words. I am saying that in almost all the Republics of Latin America there is military dictatorship, complete and absolute censorship, and immense restriction on either the right of public speech——

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: —or the rights of the Press. If the noble Lord will allow me to make my speech in my own way, I will deal with Brazil when I come to it. I have used the expression "almost" and I have a knowledge of geography. The Minister showed by his reports the immense width of the work of his Department, and he rightly judged the tone and temper of the Committee by giving many facts on that side of...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I am grateful to the Minister for his observation. It was a careless remark of mine, and what I should have said was the control of the material reaching the Press. It was merely elliptical and I am sure we are entirely at one on this matter. I have made a slip and I have made a correction. Ought there to be reasonable regional organisation after the war? I should have thought not. Ought...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: Yes, and I thank the Noble Lord for that intervention. It is surprising how quickly the lessons of the last war have been forgotten. The Minister dealt at some length with the position between the United Kingdom and the United States of America and said, with great force, that for many years the Press of the two countries had failed to enlighten their peoples upon the habits and...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I tried to explain just now that the interpretation of the British case to the world, which is so essential a part of our national prestige and of our export trade—for trade and public opinion follow the flag—ought to be done by the Foreign Office, and not by the Ministry of Information, which, as I understand it, is, on the books of the Constitution, regarded as a war-time expedient and...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1944.: Ministry of Information (29 Jun 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I hope I did not say that. What I endeavoured to say was that almost all the Latin Republics in South America were militarily controlled, on Nazi or Fascist lines, that in, those countries there was complete censorship, com- plete control of the Press, and absence of freedom of speech and freedom of the Press. I meant neither more nor less.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (25 May 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: If I understood the hon. Member for Central Southwark (Mr. Martin) aright, he seemed to say in his last few words that he did not think it mattered very much whether the British Empire remained in its present form or whether it changed. I am one of those Members of this Committee who think it is extremely important that the British Empire should remain in its present form. I merely wish to...

Orders of the Day — Statutory Rules and Orders (17 May 1944)

Mr Edward Burgin: I apologise to the two hon. Members who moved and seconded this Motion for not having been in my place when the Motion was called. I was a member of the original Donoughmore Committee and consequently this subject is one of rather special interest to me. For several months it has been my lot to travel somewhat extensively in military-controlled countries of Latin America. Legislation in a...

War Situation and Foreign Affairs (14 Dec 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: The speech of the hon. and gallant Member for Hornsey (Captain Gammans) to which we have just listened, with his description of what happened in the Far East, and with which I shall very largely find myself in agreement, is one of the profound justifications for the decision of our own Foreign Minister and the other great leaders of the United Nations to have that first Conference at Cairo in...

Moscow Conference (11 Nov 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: I rise to associate my hon. Friends with the tributes that have been paid to-day to the Foreign Secretary. I personally do not consider that it is the moment at which to embark upon a discussion or examination of the account which he has given to us of the Moscow Conference. If we did so, we would probably be making his task rather harder, and therefore I wish—and he will be the first to...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Trade Department (27 Jul 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: The House has listened to a humdrum report on an immensely important topic, and the Minister will not mind my saying that much of what he told us was rather self-evident and that a good deal of it was an understatement. For instance, to say that the Government are firmly of the opinion that a healthy export trade is essential is, of course, putting it very mildly indeed. Nor was I aware, as I...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Trade Department (27 Jul 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: The hon. Member for Seaham (Mr. Shinwell) is entitled to his own view, but my own credo, after a very extensive study of these economic topics both during the war and what is likely to happen afterwards, leads me to believe that our internal trade by itself cannot maintain this country at the standard of comfort or at the level of wage and enjoyment to which we are accustomed, and that it is...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Trade Department (27 Jul 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: I shall be only too happy. That is precisely the impression I desired to leave on the Minister and the House, that the reason for looking askance at exports to Brazil is Brazil's financial record in a period when she was under another administration, at an entirely different part of our world history and long before she was an Ally of this country. Many of us hoped that, immediately Brazil...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Trade Department (27 Jul 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: I am asking that a United Kingdom exporter should not have difficulties placed in the way of a sale that he is wishing voluntarily to make to a Brazil customer because of an alleged default by the customer's Government in the past. There is another contributory factor to the reduction of British export trade. I would ask the Minister to take into account the action of the Department of the...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: These reforms, in my judgment, are obvious reforms, and they are generations overdue, and I therefore commend their arrival in the White Paper. Perhaps I may speak for a moment about the impact which the Foreign Service makes upon business in this country. There are hon. and right hon. Members who have held very high posts in Embassies abroad, and a great many hon. Members have no doubt...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: I do not want to be led away from the argument which I was trying to adduce.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: I am not saying that it is not important. It happens to be irrelevant. What I want to say is that I hope that there will be inherent in these reports the idea that the Embassy is a place where up-to-date information about a country can be procured. I am very struck with the fact that very often the London equivalent of the other country has more information than our own Embassy in that...

Death of MR. Speaker Fitzroy (10 Mar 1943)

Mr Edward Burgin: Noble words have fallen from those who have preceded me. We salute the memory of one who was every inch a Speaker, and, shining through the gloom of our present proceedings, I think the predominant sentiment is one of gratitude—gratitude to the late Speaker for the way in which all connected with the British House of Commons and with Parliamentary Government was so well maintained in the...


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