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Foreign Affairs (19 Mar 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: It is a great honour to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, and to ask indulgence as a new Member speaking for a new constituency. Mid-Oxfordshire includes part of the old Banbury division, and part of the old Henley division. It would be impertinent to comment on my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten), as he is very much with us, but it is right that I should say something about Mr....

Foreign Affairs (19 Mar 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The right hon. Gentleman would not wish to misrepresent what I said. I made no criticism of Lord Caradon. I criticised the idea first implemented in 1964, and now repeated in much less favourable circumstances—of thinking that the United Nations could be complemented, or its policy reinforced, by the making of a political appointment to the United Nations.

Eec Ministerial Meeting (3 Apr 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Would the right hon. Gentleman not accept that if he pours so much cold water on one of the basic aims of the Community, namely, that members of the Community should speak as often as possible with one voice, he is weakening his bargaining position and reducing the chance of success?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (Tripartite Inquiry) (29 Apr 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish a consultative document on the results of his discussions with the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (Tripartite Inquiry) (29 Apr 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Has the Secretary of State discussed with the NUM the future wage level in the industry? If so, can he tell us something about what has happened? Given that the TUC undertaking on this subject, as I understand it, applies only to the wage round more or less recently concluded, may I ask whether he accepts that the next wage round in the coal industry will be crucial to the nation's chances...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Forces' Pay (21 May 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he has yet received the report of the Armed Services Pay Review Body; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Forces' Pay (21 May 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: It would be churlish not to thank the Secretary of State for what he has achieved in this respect on behalf of the Armed Forces, but will he look at one point which was not included in the Prime Minister's answer? It concerns the level of gratuities paid at the end of terms of service. If they were increased, might not the result be a saving to public funds since more Service men would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: EEC Ministers (Meeting) (23 May 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that nostalgia for the deficiency payments system does not strike an echo with the farmers who have memories of that system? Does he agree that the way in which the system was operated by his right hon. and hon. Friends between 1965 and 1970 led to virtual stagnation throughout the agricultural industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Wealth Tax (13 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about the likely effect on agricultural production of the proposed wealth tax.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Wealth Tax (13 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that farmers who have expressed anxiety about this matter are not enjoying a lush standard of living but by and large are people who have seen the main tool of their trade—the land—rise sharply in value? Can he, in advance of the Green Paper, do something to restore confidence in the farming industry by giving an undertaking that he will not bring in any...

Business of the House (13 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Can the right hon. Gentleman clear up two points about the announcement on the handling of European Questions which his right hon. Friend made on Tuesday? Can we take it that when Questions are tabled on European aspects which are the work of a particular Department it will still be the case that the Minister concerned at the head of that Department will answer the Questions and that they...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that, as a result of the payments which we are discussing, the unions receiving them will not possibly be in a stronger position to contribute to the party which he supports?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I wonder how we can persuade the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Bagier) that he is wrong in his analysis of what we are trying to do. He ranged widely in his speech, and in doing that he followed his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The right hon. Gentleman did not say a great deal about the clause, but he did say a great deal about the political situation as a...

Business of the House (20 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The right hon. Gentleman promised last week to consider the point I raised about European Questions. I pointed out that under the new procedure there will be fewer opportunities to direct Questions about Europe if they are penned into the last 20 minutes of Foreign Office Questions. Since we are having this experiment on Wednesday, has the right hon. Gentleman considered this issue?

Oral Answers to Questions — European Economic Community: Commonwealth Countries (26 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Commonwealth Governments have indicated to Her Majesty's Government that they favour a pulling back by the United Kingdom from the European Communities.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Economic Community: Commonwealth Countries (26 Jun 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Is not that rather odd? As this is a phrase which the Foreign Secretary used himself in his speech, should not the hon. Gentleman elaborate on it a little? Ls not the fact of the matter that the Commonwealth argument so often used by the hon. Gentlemen's right hon. and hon. Friends against British membership of the Community has now been absolutely stood on its head in that, in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sewerage Charges (3 Jul 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he can now say from which date he hopes to make effective the new arrangements under which sewerage charges will no longer be levied on householders for whom a main sewerage service is not provided.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sewerage Charges (3 Jul 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Does the Minister accept that there is nothing in the Water Act to prevent his making the change which my right hon. and hon. Friends are suggesting? When the hon. Gentleman lays stress on administrative difficulties, let him bear in mind the attitude of the people who attend the rate protest meetings, to which my hon. Friends and I are constantly invited. For the Secretary of State to talk...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Land (4 Jul 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals he has for the nationalisation of agricultural land.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Land (4 Jul 1974)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Does the hon. Gentleman deny, as a consequence of his answer, Press reports that the Government are considering a terrible plan devised by Lord Kaldor in which farmers who cannot pay a wealth tax of, say, 3 per cent. on their land will be compelled to hand over three acres in every hundred to the State?


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