Results 1–20 of 345 for speaker:Mr Alfred Hall-Davis

Economic Affairs (9 Nov 1978)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: What would the figure have been this year if the balance of payments in respect of oil was the same this year as it was in 1974?

Pay, Prices and Dividends (21 Jul 1978)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Will the Chancellor recognise that one of the main reasons for the widening gap in living standards between this country and our European partners is the lower productivity of British industry? Therefore his policy should be actively to encourage productivity deals rather than to use the word "permit" as he did in his statement. Will the Chancellor say whether any payments from...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Before I turn to the main points that I wish to make I hope that I may be permitted one or two brief comments on the course of the debate so far. The hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) has referred to the crisis of capitalism. We have been uniquely unfortunate in Britain in the post-war period in that it is matters industrial that have been the main battleground between the parties....

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: I thank my hon. Friend for drawing attention to that paragraph. In view of my earlier comments, I would rather not fall into the trap I am suggesting that the Chancellor should avoid by making any forecasts myself of what would be reasonable. But perhaps it is fair to comment that after the Chancellor's experience of yast year, one would not expect the Government to pitch the figure any...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (12 Apr 1978)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: As the hon. Gentleman may have sensed from my remarks, I tend to take a pragmatic view of these things. I would say that anything which relieved the burden on the taxpayer and made better State education possible was welcome. In lieu of tax reliefs, I am not opposed to charitable status. That is a pragmatic, rather than a logical, attitude. In health provision, not only people in the Labour...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Further Education and Training (28 Jun 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: In formulating proposals in response to the Holland Report, will the Department look carefully at the position of students who have embarked on courses and who, perhaps because of the higher charges, may have to discontinue them, bearing in mind that many of them are not well placed financially? Will the Department also look at the availability of discretionary grants for students who wish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Industrial Democracy (27 Jun 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Will the Secretary of State take a hard look at the ACAS Code of Practice 2 dealing with the disclosure of information to trade unions for collective bargaining purposes, and particularly paragraph 11? Will he then give careful consideration to the question of whether he should allow time for that code to operate before he decides whether it is necessary to introduce compulsory legislation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Child Benefit (10 May 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is administratively possible to begin the full child benefit in April 1978 instead of waiting until 1979–8.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Child Benefit (10 May 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Does the Secretary of State recognise that the position of families with children is relatively worse now than when this Government came to office, and that the increase in bread and milk prices in the past seven days will further aggravate family poverty? Is not the Government's record over child benefit one of a complete lack of courage and concern for married couples with children, on whom...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Construction Industry (3 May 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Has the hon. Gentleman mentioned in his discussions with the Secretary of State for Industry the desirability of increasing development grants for buildings and, if necessary, reducing grants for new machinery, which would give considerable encouragement for new industrial construction and would probably not result in any reduction in investment in new machinery?

Orders of the Day — Job Release Bill: Financial Authorisation etc. (9 Mar 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: I support the amendment. The operation of the scheme is being distorted by this provision of transfer from the unemployment register. If it does no other disservice, it tends to distract attention from the worthwhile aspects of the scheme and conceal the fact that the scheme has had a far smaller response than many of us had hoped. We might therefore be prevented from considering what should...

Orders of the Day — Job Release Bill: Financial Authorisation etc. (9 Mar 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: I suppose that it is not very often that we have the chance of only one debate on the Question, That the clause stand part of the Bill, when dealing with such a significant Bill. My comments will be something of a hotchpotch or mixed bag but they will, I hope, be directed towards ensuring the smoother operation and the greater success of the Bill. As my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Construction Industry (1 Mar 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Will the Minister discuss with the Secretary of State for Industry and the Chancellor of the Exchequer the case for increasing development grants for new industrial building to promote construction and renovation in older areas? If necessary, will he consider making reductions in grants on new machinery to offset the cost as a switch in balance would be beneficial?

Orders of the Day — Job Release Bill (14 Feb 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: This is an important matter. Is not the difference between those who will apply and are employed and those who will apply and are not employed?

Orders of the Day — Job Release Bill (14 Feb 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity of taking part in this debate because it was on 17th December 1975, in an employment debate when the present Leader of the House was Secretary of State for Employment, that I devoted the whole of what I hoped was a brief speech to advocating action along the lines now proposed. I said then that there was only one step which the Government had...

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: At this somewhat late stage of the debate I confine myself to one aspect of the Bill for which the electoral system has very significant implications. I confess that I did not concern myself at a very early stage with the question of devolution. I was therefore delighted to find within the Bill the firm provisions of Clause 29 that the Scottish Assembly should have a system of subject...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Cbi (24 Jan 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: When the Secretary of State meets the CBI, the Bullock Committee will have reported. Will he, as the sponsoring Minister with responsibility for a great many major industries, undertake to discuss the report from a practical point of view? Does he accept that he has a responsibility to ensure that damage is not done to British industry in the pursuit of theoretically praiseworthy objectives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Disconnections (17 Jan 1977)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Does the Minister accept that one of the problems is that the majority of people are still unaware of the facilities for budget or instalment meters to spread the payment of their heating charges? Is not the problem aggravated by the fact that different boards have been offering different facilities? Does the Minister regard it as a departmental responsibility to hammer home the alternatives?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Disabled Persons (30 Nov 1976)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps his Department is taking with regard to the adaptation of buildings for disabled people to enable them to live at home.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Disabled Persons (30 Nov 1976)

Mr Alfred Hall-Davis: Will the Minister impress on the authorities which disburse grants that the cost of providing residential care for the disabled is now so high that what may appear to be substantial public expenditure is, in fact, fully justified, in the short as well as the long term, if it enables a disabled person to live or be looked after at home?


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