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Results 1–20 of 1458 for speaker:Mr Hastings Lees-Smith

Orders of the Day — King's Speech.: Debate on the Address. (10 Dec 1935)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: We wish, in accordance with the statement made by the Opposition Leader this afternoon, to initiate a short debate on the war between Italy and Abyssinia, in the light of the new information that has been published in the Press in the last 24 hours, and I think it is important that the Debate on the Address is still open, so that we may continue the discussion of this subject on the Address...

League of Nations and Abyssinia. (19 Dec 1935)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Before the Prime Minister passes from that point, will he allow me to put a question, for I am sure he wishes to make this clear? He received this communication at breakfast time, and he has explained how he had to take a difficult personal decision. But there was a Cabinet meeting at 6 o'clock on the Monday night, and it is necessary to make it clear whether his decision was placed before...

Foreign Affairs. (24 Feb 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: We are initiating this Debate because the Report of the Committee of Experts appointed by the Committee of Eighteen was issued last week and it is now open to discussion. I also noticed from an answer given by the Foreign Secretary to-day that the Committee of Eighteen will meet to come to its conclusion about this Report next Monday, so that this is in fact the last opportunity the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence Services (Co-Ordination).: Prime Minister's Statement. (27 Feb 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Is it to be understood that it will be the practice for this important Minister to be in this House?

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Personnel. (17 Mar 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I beg to move, That a number, not exceeding 45,000, all ranks, be maintained for the said Service. I am moving this reduction in order to deal with one subject. I desire to get information from the right hon. Gentleman as to the act Lai measures which are being taken for defence against air attack. There has been a great deal of discussion on the matter, but the Under- Secretary has not up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting (Committee's Report). (19 Mar 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Might I ask the Prime Minister whether his attention was called to the fact that on the same day as this White Paper was presented to the House the British Broadcasting Corporation, which must have had the White Paper before the House received it, issued a report of its own attacking the White Paper, and whether he considers that that is a proper procedure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting (Committee's Report). (19 Mar 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: In view of the fact that this report, according to the Postmaster-General's statement, was issued to the British Broadcasting Corporation for official purposes, does he consider it proper that the British Broadcasting Corporation should, on the same day that it was presented to the House, issue comments attacking this report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting (Committee's Report). (19 Mar 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I put this matter to the Prime Minister? In view of the fact that this is the second time that complaints of this kind have been raised in the last few weeks, would he, in view of his position as Leader of the House, endeavour to discourage the continuance of this practice?

Business of the House. (2 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Further to the point of Order raised by the Leader of the Opposition. If this Motion which the Government have put down is carried it will be necessary to take a Motion that Mr. Speaker do leave the Chair, and on that you have said that you will then exercise your discretion as to whether you will take an Amendment. On that point may I call attention to the Manual of Procedure, page 207,...

Orders of the Day — Miscellaneous and General.: International Situation. (21 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I intervene for a few moments only in order that the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) may realise that we are sympathetic to the proposal that he has put forward. This is a subject of some magnitude which must be debated with proper preparation, but I would point out to the Under-Secretary that the fact that the subject has been raised on this very unusual occasion is an...

Orders of the Day — Miscellaneous and General.: International Situation. (21 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I did not go fully into that matter, and the statement of the Under-Secretary is correct. But if I had gone into further detail I should have said that in January there was every indication from official sources, including President Roosevelt, that the United States would have acted with us.

Orders of the Day — Miscellaneous and General.: International Situation. (21 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I remind the Under-Secretary of the statements of Mr. Cordell Hull and Mr. Ickes, the Secretary for Labour, on that point?

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means.: Transfer to Exchequer of Surplus Dividends on Supreme Court Fund Securities. (27 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: This Resolution is one which extends the Safeguarding of Industries Act—the Key Industries Act—f or another 10 years, and in any remarks that I have to make about it I should like to include Resolutions 6, 7, 8 and 9, for the reason that those further Resolutions merely add other items to those included within the Key Industries Act, so that Resolutions 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are all part of...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means.: Transfer to Exchequer of Surplus Dividends on Supreme Court Fund Securities. (27 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: It will effect a great economy of time, and will enable me to make one or two references to the further Resolutions. The renewal of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, that is to say, the Key Industries Act, for 10 years, raises some questions on which I should like to have the observations of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the first place, a tariff has been set up in this country under...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: British Broadcasting Corporation. (29 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I take this opportunity, on behalf not only of Members on this side of the House but of a good many Members on all sides of the House to raise the subject of the Ullswater Committee's report on broadcasting, and to initiate a debate and, if the Government so wish it, to obtain a statement of their views. I think it might be for the convenience of the House if the right hon. Gentleman the...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: British Broadcasting Corporation. (29 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I thank the right hon. Gentleman, and I will base my remarks on the report. As the House is aware, we are now actually initiating the discussion which is to decide whether the charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation shall or shall not be renewed and, if so, what its terms shall be. The Ullswater Committee, very rightly, I think, begins by reminding us all that the British Broadcasting...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: British Broadcasting Corporation. (29 Apr 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: It would be interesting to have some more technical information. The hon. Member says the houses can be tapped off, but are there not four leads-in?

Orders of the Day — Foreign Office. (6 May 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I hope that the Foreign Secretary will not at this stage make up his mind that in the Abyssinian dispute we have yet played our last card. The Italian position is not necessarily as strong as it appears at the present time, particularly her economic position. It is well known that she has lost half her exports in the last year and almost half her imports, and that her gold supply has been...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Office. (6 May 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: If the Government, through the League of Nations—[HON. MEMBERS: "Ah!"] If the Government at the League of Nations had insisted publicly—[HON. MEMBERS: "They did!"]—I am speaking of November; I am not speaking of what the Government did about a month or six weeks ago. I am saying that, if in November last the Government had taken the same attitude with regard to oil sanctions that they...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Office. (6 May 1936)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Yes; I take note of what the right hon. Gentleman says. I assume that America would have cooperated with us. There is every reason to believe that, if we had acted in November, America would have co-operated with us. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh!"] The Prime Minister shakes his head. If the Committee will permit me, I will give the evidence upon which I base that statement. First of all, there is the...


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