Results 1–20 of 4852 for speaker:Mr Tom Driberg

Orders of the Day — Propaganda. (7 Jul 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I must ask the Committee most respectfully for the indulgence which I gather is usually extended to these first efforts. I must first say that I cannot altogether agree with one thing which the hon. Member for West Leicester (Mr. H. Nicolson) said in his eloquent speech. Indeed, I think that the latter part of what he said to some extent offset what he said at the beginning. I do not believe...

Orders of the Day — Propaganda. (7 Jul 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I bow to your Ruling. I have said that the Ministty of Information is not strong enough to overrule either the Service Departments or the Ministry of Home Security; nor is It strong enough to contend against certain powerful influences in the Foreign Office. I believe it was largely the Foreign Office that was responsible for the belatedness and, to a great extent, the ineffectiveness of our...

Agriculture and Food. (28 Jul 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I shall be very brief in making two points only of, I hope, constructive criticism. The first concerns the Ministry of Food and the second the Ministry of Agriculture. I want to enter a very strong protest against the methods adopted by some of the officials of the Ministry of Food in framing charges against people who are later found to have been innocent. At a recent Quarter Sessions a...

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: Political Situation. (30 Jul 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: With a view to ending the deadlock in India, would it not be possible to invite the United Nations to arbitrate?

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.: Soldier's Discharge. (4 Aug 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for War the reasons for the discharge from the Army of 11411528 Lance-Bombardier W. Cunningham, Royal Artillery, under paragraph 390 (XVIII) (a). King's Regulations, 1940?

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.: Soldier's Discharge. (4 Aug 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this man was an outstanding fighter for democracy in the Spanish war and that his character and ability have recently earned him promotion in the British Army, and is this not a clear case of political victimisation?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.: Evacuated Premises (Compensation). (4 Aug 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is it not the case that compensation for goodwill to these small people would amount to only about one per cent. of the total cost of this evacuation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Voting Facilities.: War Workers. (6 Aug 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many workers in war factories have difficulty, by reason of their long hours of work, in recording their votes in parliamentary elections; and whether he will consider the installation of polling-booths near the main gates of such factories?

Oral Answers to Questions — Voting Facilities.: War Workers. (6 Aug 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in one recent case some dozen war workers were prevented from recording their votes, although they had been waiting actually in the polling station for about 20 minutes before the poll closed, and is it not possible to avoid this kind of disfranchisement by a better disposition of polling stations in accordance with the working places of the population?

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power: Economy Schemes (8 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the climate of certain districts near the East Coast is considerably more rigorous than that of other districts which receive the same or a greater allowance of fuel under the recently announced scheme; and whether he will revise his strictly horizontal classification of counties?

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power: Economy Schemes (8 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that charts in the Oxford Advanced Atlas indicate that the county of Essex in particular is in an exceptionally unfavourable position under his scheme as regards dampness as well as coldness; and will he bear in mind that assuming this voluntary scheme has any meaning at all—

India (Situation) (11 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I have listened to every speech made to-day in this Debate, and I listened with particular interest to the right hon. Gentleman's speech, which did not seem to me at all tedious but rather exceedingly able and indeed persuasive on many points. With particular reference to Mr. Gandhi, I find it difficult to disagree with some of what he said. I regard Mr. Gandhi as a wrong-headed saint who has...

Oral Answers to Questions — American Troops (Colour Discrimination) (29 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that an unfortunate result of the presence here of American Forces has been the introduction in some parts of Britain of discrimination against negro troops; and whether he will make friendly representations to the American military authorities asking them to instruct their men that the colour bar is not a custom of this country and that its...

Oral Answers to Questions — American Troops (Colour Discrimination) (29 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this matter has already been aired to some extent, and, therefore, it seems wiser to air it properly and to handle this very serious problem firmly and constructively than to pretend it does not exist?

Orders of the Day — Prolongation of Parliament Bill (30 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I was much impressed by the ability with which the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. W. Brown) showed how unrepresentative of the people this House of Commons now is. Of course, from his point of view the unfortunate thing is that, the more cogently and the more eloquently he proved his case that the House is unrepresentative, and that if there were a General Election now it would never be returned...

Orders of the Day — Prolongation of Parliament Bill (30 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: Or perhaps as an illustration. Enemy propaganda, however, is like the Bible, in one way only. You can always find something in it to justify any argument. If I may be allowed a personal reference, I am glad to be able to say that the enemy radio propaganda comments on the recent by-election at Maldon stressed the view that I was by no means an altogether satisfactory candidate and that they...

Orders of the Day — Prolongation of Parliament Bill (30 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I believe that many men and women of all ranks in the Forces, not only officers, who could make valuable contributions to our counsels, would feel that this form of national service should take priority over all other forms of service. I am not particularly impressed by that argument against a General Election, but, to resume my point, the Forces should be enabled to vote more easily in...

Orders of the Day — Prolongation of Parliament Bill (30 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: The Churchill ticket, as the hon. Member calls it, has not been effective in certain recent by-elections.

Orders of the Day — Prolongation of Parliament Bill (30 Sep 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: I said many things both for and against the Prime Minister in the course of my election campaign. What I mean is that the letter sent by the Prime Minister endorsing an official candidate has not always been effective in by-elections.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information: Leaflet, "The Spiritual Issues of the War" (7 Oct 1942)

Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Information how many copies are distributed weekly of the periodical "The Spiritual Issues of the War"; how many of these are distributed at home and how many overseas; whether he is aware that the issue dated 1st October devoted one of its four pages to a report of the Arch bishops' Albert Hall meeting, which had already been fully reported throughout the free world by...


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