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Motor Cycle Industry (7 Aug 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: The hon. Gentleman used the phrase "modified motor cycle industry". Will he define exactly what he means by "modified"? Does he mean cutting down the existing numbers of men? That will not do anything to solve the unemployment problem. Does he advocate cutting down the volume of production, which would ultimately raise unit costs?

Coal Industry Bill: New Right of Board to Withdraw Support to Enable Coal to Be Worked. (15 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: It pains me to have to prefer the arguments of the hon. Member for New Forest (Mr. McNair-Wilson) to those put forward by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary. I say that because I have the greatest respect for my hon. Friend. In all other respects, his judgments are cogent and compelling. I regret that his adjudication of the merits of this case seems to me to fall below the merits of the...

Coal Industry Bill: New Right of Board to Withdraw Support to Enable Coal to Be Worked. (15 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I am sure that the Robens Agreement does apply. That has been underlined by Sir Derek Ezra. I am not so much dealing with its current application. I would like to deal with the concern felt by manufacturers in my constituency over this problem. What we are discussing is not something new. It has been going on for a long time and has been dealt with pragmatically in the past. The Robens...

Coal Industry Bill: New Right of Board to Withdraw Support to Enable Coal to Be Worked. (15 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I do not know whether my hon. Friend is shaking his head because he disputes the facts. The facts are as I have stated them. There was anxiety about the possibility of mining being carried out underneath Coventry cathedral. But the National Coal Board has quite properly given undertakings and guarantees that that will not happen. It is equally proper, when we are concerned with factories...

Coal Industry Bill: New Right of Board to Withdraw Support to Enable Coal to Be Worked. (15 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: Does not my hon. Friend agree that it would do a grander job if it did it a little more quickly?

Coal Industry Bill: New Right of Board to Withdraw Support to Enable Coal to Be Worked. (15 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: My hon. Friend has been putting the case for the committee on compensation very fairly and properly. But I put it to him, I hope without irony, that he ought perhaps to consider the deliberations of the Standing Committee as having more significance and weight than even the deliberations of an interdepartmental committee, however meritorious it may be. We are applying ourselves to this matter...

European Parliament (Membership) (1 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: The theme of the debate is parliamentary democracy, and I do not apologise for detaining my hon. Friends for a few minutes in pursuing that subject. The importance of the theme is illustrated by the presence in large numbers of my hon. Friends and, indeed, of the Liberal Party, but I find it contemptible that so few Tories have turned up to discuss a matter which should be of as much...

European Parliament (Membership) (1 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: It is for the Chief Whip to reply to that question. I found a formula for it when I referred to a system of consultative patronage, which is the way in which this delegation has emerged. In reply to what the right hon. Gentleman said about the nature of the delegation, I say at once that the delegation which has emerged and which is named on the Order Paper is an admirable one. It covers a...

European Parliament (Membership) (1 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: Let us deal first with the nature of the delegation. Whilst presumably a considerable number of the 47 applicants for membership of the delegation were anti-Marketeers, I see no reason why they should not seek to present their views and attitudes at Strasbourg, especially in a post-referendum climate. I see nothing dishonourable in such hon. Members proposing themselves for inclusion in the...

European Parliament (Membership) (1 Jul 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: It is not my purpose to accuse the Leader of the Liberal Party of hypocrisy. On the contrary, if the composition of the delegation to Strasbourg were determined by honourable consistency in support of the European idea, in the face of much opposition, the Liberal Party and its leader would be entitled to a much larger representation than they have. I am obliged to concede that, in fairness....

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill: Acquisition of Shares (16 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: The hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) has made a typically negative and destructive speech. From his apologia for the past management of British Leyland, one would have thought that all the ills from which the company now suffers had been created since the dismissal of Mr. John Barber. But, as is clearly spelled out in the Ryder Report, the problems of British Leyland were due to an...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill: Acquisition of Shares (16 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I fear that the hon. and learned Gentleman has the facts wrong. What he calls "suicidal strike after suicidal strike" was simply strike after strike for which there were legitimate occasions. If he suggests that a strike is itself illegitimate, he is on a different point, but as long as workers who have a grievance have the right to strike, they are entitled to exercise it. That is what...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill: Acquisition of Shares (16 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman, with his normally acute mind, does not see the difference between discrimination against a foreign machine tool exporter and positively harmonising the interests of the British machine tool industry with those of the British motor industry. There is nothing in the Treaty of Rome saying that the managing director of British Leyland, or one of its divisions,...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill: Acquisition of Shares (16 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: It depends on the nature of the council. It is possible to have the sort of sham councils we have seen in the past when people have been concerned with the working of the canteen and not the working of the company. There must be a much more profound participation by workers from the shop floor upwards. It is also not enough—and I say this boldly—to pluck out some trade union official and...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill: Acquisition of Shares (16 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I welcome my hon. Friend's answer, but is it the intention to set up some ongoing constitutional committee, as between the motor industry and the machine tool industry, so as to keep in being a continuing dialogue?

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: British Leyland (9 Jun 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: Will my right hon. Friend make a statement on the important question of industrial democracy and worker participation—a matter touched upon but not developed in the Ryder Report?

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill (21 May 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: The hon. Gentleman has spoken of the alternative plans put forward by the Leyland Company and of the later plan, the strategic concept, put forward by the Ryder team. Is it not the case that every time the company put forward some projection of the amount of money that it would require for its future operations and as soon as that was accepted, it promptly escalated its demands until it...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill (21 May 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I deplore the Liberal intention to vote against the Bill tonight. That vote will be a vote in favour of allowing British Leyland to bleed slowly to death. That is why I fervently hope that the Opposition will not have their way, that the Bill will be carried and that we shall be able to sustain British Leyland in the general terms recommended by the Ryder Report. However, I do not wish to...

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill (21 May 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: I am obliged to my hon. Friend and I entirely agree. The hon. Member, when challenged, did not have the guts to stand up and say that in order to make British Leyland profitable, if he had the management of it, he would close down parts of it and create unemployment in order to achieve that profitability.

Orders of the Day — British Leyland Bill (21 May 1975)

Mr Maurice Edelman: Those are bland words, but we should look at the reality behind what was said. Euphemisms have been used for what is simply the creation of unemployment by hiving off the unprofitable areas and possibly closing them down, turning them into derelict areas and removing them from the general profitable scope of the central parts of the firm. I now move to another aspect related to my firm...


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