Results 1–20 of 556 for speaker:Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid

Public Expenditure (29 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Pardoe) has achieved at least one unique feat in that he has mustered the support of more than 50 per cent. of his party.

Public Expenditure (29 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. David Steel) has been here so long that he knows everything. The hon. Member for Cornwall, North responded to the request from the Chair for short speeches from back benchers with a fairly lengthy oration and I shall not seek to emulate him in that respect. This is an unfortunate White Paper which ominously appears in a blue cover. It is...

Employment Services and Training (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Gentleman has a long experience of these matters, and I have commented before on the skill he showed as Chairman of the Estimates Committee. We do our Committee system no service by emphasising the sparse-ness of attendance by Selection Committee reports are debated in the House, because more people read our debates than attend them. The hon. Gentleman should bear in mind that this...

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I beg to move, That this House takes note of the rôle of the Expenditure Committee, with particular reference to staff, broadcasting of proceedings, reporting by Sub-Committees, and other matters contained in the Second Special Report on Session 1970–71, the Sixth Special Report of Session 1971–72, the Second and Fourth Special Reports of the last Session of Parliamentand in the Minutes...

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I shall mention other specialist advisers who have done us well. There is Mr. Murray Stewart of the University of Kent who has worked on the new towns for the Environment Sub-Committee. We have not yet seen its report but I understand that it is going well. There is Mr. Gareth Williams of Lancaster University who has worked with the Education Sub-Committee on higher education. Lastly, Mr....

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am obliged. My conclusion is that the Expenditure Committee has justified its progress from being just another Estimates Committee. I think that we can be satisfied—and this is not an exercise in self-praise—with the results of three years' work. It is not outstandingly good, but the system is going about right and I am sure that that will continue as long as we can contrive to get...

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Gentleman will remember that the matter was discussed in Committee. Although a majority of Members were in favour of the proposal, quite a substantial minority were opposed to it. I believe that those present today represent those who were in favour of broadcasting the proceedings, but it was not a unanimous view of the Committee.

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I do not want to accuse the hon. Gentleman of unfairness, because he is a diligent attender at our Committee, but exactly what the hon. Member for Ashton-under- Lyne (Mr. Sheldon) and his Committee do is examine the Public Expenditure White Paper and report on it as promptly as they can with the help of professional advisers. I cannot see how any Committee or sub-committee of the House can...

Expenditure Committee (Role) (15 Jan 1974)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: My right hon. Friend has made no reply to my suggestion, with which I think all my colleagues agree, that the Committee should be appointed for a Parliament and not on a sessional basis.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: United States Secretary of State (Talks) (19 Dec 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: May I draw the attention of my right hon. Friend in advance to the report of the Sub-Committee on Defence and External Affairs of the Expenditure Committee, which draws particular attention to the lack of provision in our embassy in Washington for liaison with members of Congress?

Economic Situation: Conclusion (17 Dec 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: On this sombre day, will not my right hon. Friend cast a little light, a ray of brightness, on the proceedings by telling us by how much these measures which he has announced will reduce the Government's borrowing requirement?

Orders of the Day — Middle East (18 Oct 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: You, Mr. Speaker, have been good enough to give me 10 minutes in which to speak. I shall not abuse your kindness. I apologise to the hon. Member for Ilkeston (Mr. Raymond Fletcher) for not commenting on his remarks, although I do not find myself in much disagreement with them. It is correct that I should first declare an interest. For the last 25 years I have been actively engaged in...

M6, Bescot (25 Jul 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: In expressing my gratitude to you, Mr. Speaker, for selecting my modest topic for debate, I shall not be out of order in expressing to you on behalf of all hon. Members on both sides our respect and regard for the way in which you have conducted what has been a long and hot-in many more ways than one-Session. I am sure that if all hon. Members were present their views on the matter would be...

Inflation (18 Jul 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Perhaps it is not out of place for a fellow Black Country member to welcome to this House the hon. Member for West Bromwich (Miss Boothroyd) on making her maiden contribution. There used to be a tradition, which I am glad to see is disappearing, that maiden speeches were non-controversial. It was an unhealthy tradition and I am glad to see that the hon. Member would have no part in it. I am...

Orders of the Day — Counter-Inflation Bill: Restrictions on Dividends (28 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I speak as one who has the responsibility for administering schemes of the kind with which the amendment deals. By their essence, the shares allotted to executives, in what are usually called incentive schemes, or to workers are limited to a proportion of the capital—about 5 per cent. in present conditions. Therefore, under the amendment practically every company would be in a position to...

International Monetary Situation (22 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) is a relative newcomer in financial debates. We have not often had the pleasure of hearing him, and he covered a wide field. I do not remember having heard much about estuarial pollution in previous finance debates, but I do not say that it is unwelcome. I was interested in the hon. Gentleman's references to the United States. He brought in the...

International Monetary Situation (22 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for putting me right. I want to start by saying something which I believe to be wholly uncontroversial to both sides of the House. Since our last debate we have had news of the impending retirement of the Governor of the Bank of England. It is not for me to say anything about him in the conduct of his office, save in one connection only—the great service...

International Monetary Situation (22 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The right hon. Member agrees with me on that. Despite that gloomy precedent, Sir Leslie came and gave evidence and laid on a full programme for the Committee which was presided over by the hon. Member for Poplar (Mr. Mikardo), who I imagine could not be expected to give much quarter to a hostile witness. Sir Leslie gave evidence with extreme generosity of time, with complete frankness and...

International Monetary Situation (22 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Yes, even estuarial. There are limits imposed by lack of education, lack of know-how and numbers in the Gulf countries. It is a problem for them to spend their money. These countries are adding to their funds all the time. The right hon. Member for Leeds, East spoke of this currency as being foot-loose and he also mentioned the possibility that one should be able to trace the origin of...

International Monetary Situation (22 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I agree with that. I used the word "invested". There should be an Arab Development Bank. A large proportion of these funds is circulating in this narrow market and causing great destruction. The amount is increasing, and I echo the view of the hon. Member for West Lothian that at this stage, when the heat is not on, we should put our heads together to deal with the difficulty. This is an...


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