Results 101–120 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. F. Willey) made the remarkable statement that this year's Budget was on exactly the same lines as last year's Budget—or something to that effect. If that is his judgment of the matter, all I can say is that he has missed a lot of good openings, because I should have thought it was quite clear to anybody that, whereas the purpose of the Budget...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The right hon. Gentleman must not assume that the high Bank rate is necessarily to be retained for ever. I quoted from a reliable report of what he said, but if I am wrong I will withdraw. May I ask him this in return? Does he think it dangerous to stimulate demand at this moment?

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I take that to mean that the right hon. Gentleman is not too keen on stimulating demand.

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The purpose of all these reliefs is twofold—to stimulate not only demand but also investment. I suggest that my right hon. Friend has struck a very good balance in that matter, because in the Purchase Tax reliefs he is undoubtedly stimulating demand. Speaking as an eligible bachelor who has to do his own shopping—a very undesirable state of affairs—I may say that over the weekend, in...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I come from a textile area and we are very sorry that nothing has been done this year for textiles, although something was done last year. Since that point has been raised, I am bound to remind the Committee that the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Blackburn) made these remarks in the debate on Thursday: This year we are expecting that the improvement which has taken place in the...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I understood that the reason for increased wages in the immediate past has been that more money was needed in the wage packet to pay for the cost of living. If, however, the cost of living is to be reduced, as clearly it will be by this Budget, it is wrong for the hon. Member for Northfield and others to encourage people to think that the reason still obtains. And nobody has denied that the...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I am glad to hear it and I am obliged to my hon. Friend. However I would have preferred to see, as would most hon. Members, a global increase in the labour employed in all the branches of the engineering industry over the last year. However, I do not want to detain the Committee long because many hon. Members want to speak and we are drawing to the close of this debate. I ask myself and the...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I was saying that as far as the distribution of labour is concerned, I am not at all satisfied with the present state of affairs, but that the other criticisms of the Budget are groundless. As far as the attraction of labour to the countryside is concerned, I am waiting to hear the answer and am hoping that the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Peart) may catch the eye of the Chair so that he...

Budget Proposals (20 Apr 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Some of the miners want to do that themselves.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Foodstuffs (Personal Imports) (12 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will relax some of the detailed restrictions on the amounts of foodstuffs which passengers and crews arriving in this country by sea and air may bring in their baggage without obtaining an import licence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television: Receivers (Wavelength Adaptors) (20 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Would my hon. Friend give some indication as to how much the adaptors are likely to cost?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Match Industry (Commission's Report) (21 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the recommendations of the Monopolies Commission in its Report on the supply of matches; and what action he proposes to take thereon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Match Industry (Commission's Report) (21 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Would my right hon. Friend consider the possibility of making a divesting decree in this case rather than adopting the recommendations of the Commission? Does he realise that a divesting decree offers the only chance of getting some competition going whereas if he adopts the system of administering prices, as recommended by the Commission, he will perpetuate the monopoly and land his own...

Bill Presented: Bechuanaland (Bamangwato Reserve Administration) (22 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I think that a fresh voice in the innumerable debates on this subject, if not a fresh mind, may be acceptable to the House. I come to this subject with a comparatively open mind and I am, therefore extremely interested to hear from the hon. Member for Gravesend (Sir R. Acland) and the hon. Member for Cannock (Miss Lee) that they are so certain that they are right in this matter that they...

Bill Presented: Bechuanaland (Bamangwato Reserve Administration) (22 May 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Instead of calming the situation, that seems to be the most irritating way of further irritating this tormented tribe, as the hon. Lady called it, and leaving them still in uncertainty and still unable to fix their loyalty upon somebody with a degree of permanency and with a chance for future stability. If the hon. Lady thinks that it is impossible for this tribe to fix their loyalty...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 9. — (General Provisions as to Rates of Purchase Tax.) (10 Jun 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: When the hon. Member spoke in the Budget debate, I remember very well his saying that the textile industry was now set up with a fair wind—or words to that effect. I quoted his words myself the next day.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 9. — (General Provisions as to Rates of Purchase Tax.) (10 Jun 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I am not suggesting that the hon. Gentleman said that the improvement was not complete. All I say is that he admitted, very fairly and frankly, that there had been a considerable improvement. Whether or not he used the words "a fair wind" I do not know, and I would not argue. At any rate, when the Chancellor framed his Budget this year, as opposed to last year, and had to see what...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 9. — (General Provisions as to Rates of Purchase Tax.) (10 Jun 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I am complaining that it is apparently to be the policy of the party opposite, when they return to power, to increase that differential even more than it is today. In reducing this tax it has been our policy as far as possible to iron out the great difference between the weight of taxation upon quality goods and that upon other goods. That policy was followed in the last Budget and in this...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 9. — (General Provisions as to Rates of Purchase Tax.) (10 Jun 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, in spite of the examples which he has given, Purchase Tax is an admirable weapon for economic planning?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 9. — (General Provisions as to Rates of Purchase Tax.) (10 Jun 1953)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I am much obliged to the hon. Member for that reference. Can be explain why velvet is not a luxury whereas fur is?


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