Results 881–900 of 981 for speaker:Sir Eric Geddes

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

Sir Eric Geddes: We will come to this point on a later Amendment, but in Clause 10, Section (3, a), there is a provision that suitable railway wagons for the use of traders should be provided with reasonable facilities.

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

Sir Eric Geddes: Certainly, and again at the top of page 16, in Sub-clause (3, c), there is provision with regard to the usage of the trade, so that there is full recognition of the cases to which the hon. Gentleman has referred. But although power is taken now to take over wagons generally, and there is no exclusion, at the present stage there is no intention at all to touch these special wagons, such as are...

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

Sir Eric Geddes: I have every sympathy with the point put by the Mover of this Amendment. When originally I met the representative of the private wagon owners we agreed that in so far as wagons were to be acquired by the State they should be acquired all of a class, and I also agree that it was desirable, alike in the interests of the wagon owners and of the State, that this period of uncertainty should be...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 11. — (Power to Discharge Capital Liabilities by Issue of Stock.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, after the word "wagons" ["privately-owned railway wagons"], to insert the words or any interest therein. This is intended to provide that where in. addition to the actual wagon-owner there is another person or a corporation which has an interest in the firm, and a charge upon the wagons, that charge maybe liquidated in securities at the time the wagons are acquired by the...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 11. — (Power to Discharge Capital Liabilities by Issue of Stock.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, at the end of Sub-section (1), to insert the words Provided that the Minister shall not make an advance exceeding one million pounds at any one time for the purpose of any work unless specially authorised to do so by a Resolution of the House of Commons. The object of this Amendment is to apply a limit to the powers of the Minister to make advances. The proposal is put down in...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 11. — (Power to Discharge Capital Liabilities by Issue of Stock.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The supposition of the right lion. Baronet is not correct. There was no Amendment put down for limiting the expenditure to £500,000 on new services. This Amendment was put down long ago.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 11. — (Power to Discharge Capital Liabilities by Issue of Stock.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The Government, in Committee, said they were prepared to reduce it. But the position is quite different in the case of expenditure on new services. We have here to consider, after the Advisory Committee have given their advice, the needs and commercial prospects of the new service. It has been pointed out, perhaps rather unfairly to the Treasury, that they are not as well able to look after...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 17. — (Advisory Committees.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, in Subsection (1), after the word "experts" ["a panel of experts"], to insert the words and impartial persons of wide commercial and trading experience.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 17. — (Advisory Committees.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: The nominees will be appointed after consultation, which will enable us to determine who are experts, and who have wide commercial and trading experience, and who are impartial..

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 17. — (Advisory Committees.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 17. — (Advisory Committees.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, at the end of Sub-section (3), to insert the words Any member of the advisory panel or any committee thereof, or of any other committee established under this Act, for giving advice and assistance to the Minister shall be considered to be acting entirely in a confidential capacity.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 18. — (Consent of Local Authority.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: This Clause was inserted in Committee and we discussed it very fully there. The point was this: in the case of local authorities it is only reasonable that they should be on a different footing from undertakings run for profit, and that if the Minister requires them under the powers given by this Bill to incur expenditure the Local Government Board, which is the only direct guardian of their...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 18. — (Consent of Local Authority.) (7 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: As I am advised the duties of the Local Government Board In connection with the financing of local authorities has been transferred to the Ministry of Health. If that is so then in spite of the fact that the name Ministry of Health does not carry the sequence of thought it is still the right Department to which reference should be made. If the local authority are required to do anything under...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 3. — (Power to Control Temporarily Railways, etc.) (2 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: That only relates to the one provision in the Act under which the rate charged under the special powers sought by this Bill, and under the authority of the Minister, in excess of the statutory maximum, are to continue for a further eighteen months in order to enable the railways—for this is a railway provision—to pay their way until such time as they can submit proposals to Parliament to...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 3. — (Power to Control Temporarily Railways, etc.) (2 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: So far as the substitution of the word "compensation" for the word "payment" is concerned, the Government are perfectly willing to accept that. But that does not in the least mean that the Government accepts the proposal in the hon. and gallant Member's next Amendment, which would require that, in the case of railways, for example, there should be two sets of officers, one dealing with the...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 3. — (Power to Control Temporarily Railways, etc.) (2 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I beg to move, in Sub-section (1) paragraph (b), after the word "may" ["the Minister may"] to insert the words after giving not less than one month's notice in writing. This is merely giving effect to an undertaking in Grand Committee that a period would be inserted and that there should be provision in the Bill for definite notice to be given before any undertaking was taken over, so that as...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 3. — (Power to Control Temporarily Railways, etc.) (2 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I did not mean to intervene, but so many hon. Members have referred to me in connection with this Bill that I would like, if possible, to clear away a misunderstanding as to the way in which these powers may be used, and, in some cases, the need for them. Reference has been made to the apparently—and I agree with the words—large powers of the Minister, for instance, in regard to salaries....

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.: Clause 3. — (Power to Control Temporarily Railways, etc.) (2 Jul 1919)

Sir Eric Geddes: I cannot speak for the Secretary of State for War. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will put the question to him himself. So far as I know, the question of nationalisation is as open to-day as it ever was. If this Bill becomes an Act, and I am to be the Minister, it is in that spirit I will interpret the measure; and in the endeavour to arrive at the best possible solution of this...


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