Results 1–20 of 40 for speaker:Mr Derek Coombs

Orders of the Day — Economic and Energy Situation (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: It is tragic that not only does an expanding economy have to come to a halt because of the oil crisis but now, due to industrial action, we may have to switch off to the point that our gross domestic product will fall much faster than elsewhere. From striving to expand more than most other countries, we shall now go backwards faster than anybody else. The major responsibility for all this...

Orders of the Day — Economic and Energy Situation (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: Labour Members in their hearts know that it is 16½ per cent., altough they say otherwise. Here we have the miners turning down an offer of £44 million—not a small sum—which comes to almost £5 per week on average, with some standing to pick up as much as £9 per week extra. It should be understood that the amount that this increase will be worth in real terms in a year's time depends...

Orders of the Day — Economic and Energy Situation (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: Any mining leader who thinks——

Orders of the Day — Economic and Energy Situation (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: Very well, I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — Economic and Energy Situation (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: I do not advocate a ballot. I think that in all probability the miners would support their leaders. This does not affect my point that the leaders are misleading the miners. Any mining leader who thinks that his argument is supported by the country as a whole is sadly misinformed. The country is weary of blackmail. There has to be a middle way. It is up to the miners' leaders to show real...

Price and Pay Code (17 Oct 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: The reality of what the Government are attempting to do through the Price and Pay Code is to mitigate the effect on the people of this country of extraordinary levels of world-wide inflation. I was amazed when I obtained Reuter's figures from the Commons Library to see they showed that in the last 12 months up to 2nd October all world primary commodity prices had increased by an...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Exchange Rate (5 Jul 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage rise in the cost of living can be attributed directly or indirectly to the floating of the £sterling in June, 1972, and subsequent exchange rate realignment.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Exchange Rate (5 Jul 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: What are the preconditions for returning to a stable sterling parity? How does my right hon. Friend view the prospects of a joint EEC float?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (White Paper) (29 Mar 1973)

Mr Derek Coombs: When one looks back to the 1920s and realises that De Valera was once elected to the Northern Ireland Parliament for what is now part of the Down, South constituency one appreciates how close are the fortunes of both parts of that small island and how the divisions have developed and widened in succeeding years. Under PR in the 1921 General Election, Sinn Fein and the Nationalist Party won 12...

Northern Ireland (13 Nov 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: Any debate on Northern Ireland is fraught with difficulty. We are all conscious that whatever is said or done in this House will not of itself provide a solution. The solution rests with the two communities and their determination to establish peace, and an acceptance, whatever the rights or wrongs of the past, that extremism, of whatever colour, leading to violence and, in so many cases,...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Amendment) Bill (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This is a small Bill dealing with a major problem in the field of national insurance—the notorious earnings rule. In presenting the Bill I feel a bit like David in the presence of Goliath, with the added disadvantage that I cannot possibly be expected to dispose of him at one shot. It will take the big battalions to do that. Many...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Amendment) Bill (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: Every member of the Opposition Front Bench, even including the Whips Office, though excluding the Chief Whip and the Deputy Chief Whip, has been approached on this matter——

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Amendment) Bill (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: No, that is so, but they were given adequate notice, and many of them orally promised to lend their support, support which, I regret to see, is not forthcoming.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Amendment) Bill (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: It is regrettable that the hon. Gentleman should be using this Bill as a platform for cheap political points. The criticism in this Bill is directed at successive Governments, particularly the Attlee Administration. Let us be clear about this. The main responsibility for these retirement pensioners not having a fair deal lies with the T.U.C. because it was its influence and persuasiveness...

Clause 1: AMENDMENT OF S. 30 OF 1965, c.51 (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: I fully understand the Minister's point about the wives of invalidity and retirement pensioners. An Amendment to deal with that could be moved in another place. It is estimated that the cost would be about £500,000, and I should be only too happy to co-operate to that end. As my hon. Friend the Minister said, it is a simple and straightforward Bill. I do not think that I can at this stage...

Clause 1: AMENDMENT OF S. 30 OF 1965, c.51 (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: With respect, although I apreciate my hon. Friend's support, I must point out that he was not here when I began my speech, and he did not hear the subsequent speeches of my hon. Friends.

Clause 1: AMENDMENT OF S. 30 OF 1965, c.51 (21 Apr 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: The matter has been debated extensively, indeed exhaustively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Toxic Waste (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many convictions there were in 1970 and 1971 for disposing of poisonous wastes in England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Toxic Waste (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: In view of the new laws which have been brought in, is my hon. Friend satisfied that the courts can in practice impose fines big enough to prove a real deterrent?

Orders of the Day — Schedule: Exercise of Executive and Legislative Powers in N.I. (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Derek Coombs: I shall speak very briefly in support of the Bill. Reason and common sense are not always attributes which can be plucked out of the maelstrom of Irish politics, but unless we find reasoned moderation there can be no hope. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have shown real guts in taking a decision which most Administrations, whatever the circumstances, would have shirked. Whether or not one...


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