Results 1–20 of 67 for speaker:Mr Basil De Ferranti

Guide Weapons Contracts (29 Apr 1964)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: The hon. Member might at least allow me to reply that my father went out and fought in the 1939–45 war while we were too young to do so, although we would have gladly fought.

Guide Weapons Contracts (29 Apr 1964)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I must interrupt the hon. Member again. If my grandfather was so brilliant and made all this money, how does it happen that before the war we were "bust" and afterwards we were millionaires?

Guide Weapons Contracts (29 Apr 1964)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: rose——

Guide Weapons Contracts (29 Apr 1964)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: On a matter of fact, the hon. Gentleman is quite incorrect in suggesting that we were seriously late in the delivery of the computing equipment for H.M.S. "Eagle". I suggest the hon. Gentleman checks up on his sources.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I have fully understood the point. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the figures he has quoted of my own company are quite wrong.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I had the good fortune only last week to be called in a debate and I honestly thought on that occasion that I should then be able to knock off until the Recess. However, I now find myself back in the fortunate position of having caught your eye, Sir William, and I should like to thank the hon. Members for Newton (Mr. Lee) and Lough- borough (Mr. Cronin) and many of my hon. Friends who have...

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: The hon. Member for Gloucester, commenting on my right hon. Friend's digestive capabilities, asked why he could not reach a decision today. It would not be in the best interests of Short Bros, of Northern Ireland or of the nation for rash and rapid decisions to be taken which might well result in the situation worsening rather than improving.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: The hon. Member has missed the point. I am referring to my right hon. Friend. It would clearly be rash of him to make a decision today. I have said that my right hon. Friend will look at this problem with the greatest possible urgency and that he realises how necessary it is for the management to have an early decision. This he undertakes to do his best to provide.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: If the hon. Member looked at the assurances which have been given on this point, he would see that they have been carefully guarded. If I gave another assurance on the point, I would, no doubt, be carefully guarded myself too. Therefore, I would rather stick to what I have said. It is clear that we are willing to do our best over this problem and my right hon. Friend should be allowed the...

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I accept the point, although I am not really sure what it means. Up to a point, we are all cowards when we get into an aeroplane. We are, therefore, interested in knowing that everything possible is being done to ensure passengers' safety in the air. Per- haps I may tonight reassure the Committee in the same way that I have reassured both myself and my wife about what goes on to ensure...

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: In quoting the figure of 300 per cent., the hon. Member is giving a false impression. If I said £11 a year, it might, perhaps, bring it into perspective.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: This is a most important subject which is of interest to the whole nation and I hope that the hon. Member will allow me to continue.

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: Various other things can be done to help. These include the provision of various aids. Electronics is coming greatly to the help of the pilot. We have heard about the auto-land system, for example, from my right hon. Friend, who trusted himself to it earlier in the year. In reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield, who raised the point, the military requirements of both...

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I am glad that some hon. Members accept the existence of the instinct for survival. In the airline business there is great competition, but there are economies of scale which are possible by which efficiency can be increased for instance by the full utilisation of capacity and of maintenance facilities, selling effort, services and so forth. It seems to me that in this case the managers of...

Orders of the Day — Aviation (18 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: It seems to me that, as a result of that Act and as a result of Government action, we have now a much more competitive British airline on the North Atlantic than ever before. The hon. Member for Newton (Mr. Lee) complained about the statute. The statute under which this is done was passed in 1949 when the Labour Government were in power, so that it should hardly give hon. Members opposite...

Orders of the Day — Science and Industry (12 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I am glad to have the opportunity to follow the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, West (Dr. Bray). He speaks as a scientific worker. I am not too sure that I agree with him in his rapid writing off of the electronics industry, in which I should now declare an interest, but I agree with the tenor of much that he said. If we could only have more people like him in the House, able to put across to...

Orders of the Day — Science and Industry (12 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I can modestly claim to have done that, to some degree, myself. I wonder if the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, West has? Perhaps he has. If so we might get together and compare notes. In any case, thank heavens that these machines are at last beginning to speak English, for this is making it easier for us all. The first place in which people look to find their views represented is the...

Orders of the Day — Science and Industry (12 Jul 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: I quite understand the point which my hon. Friend makes. I was aware that that was the position and that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was still looking at it. That is why I thought that it would not be inappropriate to add a few comments from the scientific point of view on the possibility of introducing such a tax. I hope that my hon. Friend will convey what I have been saying to his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office: Savings Certificate Division (20 Mar 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: asked the Postmaster-General if he will publish the figures of labour availability on which his decision as to the proposed location of the Savings Certificate Division will be based.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office: Savings Certificate Division (20 Mar 1962)

Mr Basil De Ferranti: May I ask my hon. Friend to bear in mind that the population of Morecambe and Lancaster is no less than 90,000, and expert opinion agrees that there is sufficient labour available for all the needs of the Savings Certificate Division to be met? Further, will she scotch any rumours that Durham might have been chosen for the location of the Savings Certificate Division? This must obviously be...


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