Results 861–880 of 981 for speaker:Sir Eric Geddes

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill (10 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: Yes. In that sense it was a loss to the taxpayer. That was the only estimate which it was possible to get at the time from the responsible Departments. The estimated excess cost of operating—which, the House will remember, was from £90,000,000 10,1100,000,000—has since been increased by the Department responsible to from £104,000,000 to £109,000,000. It has gone up from between the two...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill (10 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: It is the height and width of the vehicle which can pass obstructions on the line. It means altering station platforms, altering the entrances to warehouses, altering what is called the "six-foot" between the tracks, altering passing points on shortened sidings. [HON. MEMBERS: "And bridges and tunnels."] And bridges and tunnels. A great many of those are all right, but there are a limited...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill (10 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I wish to make my position on this quite clear. I think that outside consultation with people of outside experience is most valuable, and a Minister who did not encourage it and make use of it would be unwise indeed. What I think is not a good thing is to set up round a Minister statutory councils which he has to consult, and who can veto any action he wishes to take, and without whose...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill: Clause 20. — (Seal, Style and Acts of Minister.) (8 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, in. Sub-section (1), after the word "sued," to insert the words in respect of matters whether relating to contract, tort, or otherwise arising in connection with his office. This is merely put in in order to provide what has already been agreed in Committee, that the Minister shall be liable, and capable of being sued, in all matters relating to contract, tort, or otherwise.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill: Clause 22. — (Short Title and Interpretation.) (8 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The Light Railway Commissioners are not, as the Railway and Canal Commissioners arc, purely a judicial body. They were set up for the purpose of facilitating the construction and working of the railways of Great Britain. That is the purpose for which the Ministry-is set up, and what my hon. Friend suggests is undoubtedly the case under the Bill that the powers of the Light Railway...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill: Clause 22. — (Short Title and Interpretation.) (8 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: If the House desires it, I am prepared to accept my hon. Friend's Amendment. I do not think it makes any difference.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill: Clause 22. — (Short Title and Interpretation.) (8 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, in Subsection (2), after the word "Canal" ["Caledonian Canal"], to insert the words and the Commissioners of the Conservancy of the River Mersey. The Commissioners, as the House is doubtless aware, are the First Lord of the Admiralty, the President of the Board of Trade, and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. This is one of the instances, just as the Caledonian Canal was...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill: Clause 22. — (Short Title and Interpretation.) (8 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, at the end of Sub-section (2), to insert the words and where an undertaking is leased to or worked by a company or person other than the owners, the expression 'the owners of an undertaking' shall include that company or person, except where such an interpretation is inconsistent with the terms of the lease or working agreement, and except for the purposes of the provisions of...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The Debate on this, so far as the Mover and Seconder arc concerned, is practically what was said in Committee, and when my right hon. Friend the Member for the City of London (Sir F, Banbury) says he has always understood that it was to be an aggregate million, and that that is; really the purpose of putting in the plural "services," I think that he mast be forgetting what he said in Standing...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I think the explanation of the financial control of the House which the right hon. Gentleman has given is quite accurate. The Ministry will lay Estimates like any other Department and they will give in appropriate detail the directions in which the total sum is to be expended. Let us say, for the sake of argument, that in the Estimates for any one year there was a sum of £2,000,000 or...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: Yes, or to come back.for that specific service, but in all cases, whether the amount be large or small, the Amendment we have just inserted provides for Estimates being given. The procedure there is exactly what the right hon. Gentleman (Sir D. Maclean) has explained. What I meant by saying I thought we could meet the point in the Amendments which were coming later on was this. We have...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The words are really unnecessary. It would be impossible without breaking up a road to lay a track. You cannot put it down on a hard road.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I think this Amendment is consequential upon an Amendment to Clause 7, which was put down but was not moved. If we adopted this Amendment now, we would have the two-sets of words conflicting. I hope, therefore, the hon. Member will not press it.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 8. — (Power to Establish Transport Services.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, at the end of Sub-section (1), to add the words and (iv) the Minister shall not after two years from the passing of this Act, unless Parliament otherwise determines, commence the construction of any new works, or provide equipment for any transport service not established before that date. This question was very fully discussed at the last meeting of the House, on a Motion by...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 10. — (Power As To Railway Wagons.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: This maybe a convenient opportunity to put before the House the principle underlying the provisions of this Clause. I think the House would like to know really why the Government thinks it necessary to take over all wagons as a whole. About half the wagons of the country do not belong to railway companies, but to what we call private owners, which does not exclude corporations or statutory...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 10. — (Power As To Railway Wagons.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I can only give one comparison, and that is the railway that my hon. Friend referred to, because that is the only railway on which there is not a large amount of private rolling stock. You have to get a railway in that position before you can really give a comparison. On that particular railway there are practically no privately-owned wagons.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 10. — (Power As To Railway Wagons.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: On that railway 40 per cent. of the wagons are.12 tons or over, with an average capacity of 16½ tons. On the other hand, taking the private wagons as a whole, 500,000 out of 650,000 (of which I have obtained a census), or nearly 80 per cent., are of less than 12 tons capacity. I think that answers the hon. Member's point. As to the importance of increasing the capacity, the House will...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 10. — (Power As To Railway Wagons.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: It certainly is intended that all wagons other than those owned by the statutory railway companies should be treated as privately owned. I was advised at the time that privately owned in that sense was sufficiently well understood to carry that definition. If there is any doubt upon that I will, by leave of the House, put in words that will make it perfectly clear. If this is to be of any...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 10. — (Power As To Railway Wagons.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I would like if I may to reply to that point. It would be essential that wagons of the proper type should be provided in order to get a quick turn round, but also in the interest of the receiver due regard must be paid to the facilities of discharging at the receiving end. After what has been said I think it will interest the House to know this. The cheapest wagon for discharging is the...


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