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Results 141–160 of 1458 for speaker:Mr Hastings Lees-Smith

War Situation. (8 Oct 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: There is another question, on which I do not ask for an answer, about another mistake made in the Dakar expedition. It requires comment. The Prime Minister explained that General de Gaulle was right in believing that French feeling was favourable, when the expedition was initiated. Therefore the project and the expedition were no doubt good, but for the fact that, between the initiation of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: Allied Nationals, Great Britain (Military Service). (18 Sep 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: With regard to my right hon. Friend's reply concerning the differentiation between our system of conscription and that of the Allied nations, and the decision that the Allied nations' system shall be applied, will my right hon. Friend refer to the speech that was made by the Joint Under-Secretary of State for War in the Debate on this subject, because my impression is that the statement then...

Business of the House. (5 Sep 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on the future Sittings of the House?

Physical Training and Recreation (Young Persons).: Appointment of Directorate. (22 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask, arising out of the statement, which I welcome, whether the special function of the War Office will begin after military service age has been entered upon; secondly, whether the new directorate which has been announced will take immediate steps with regard to the organisation for leisure of factory workers which was announced by the Minister of Labour, and with regard to which I...

Business of the House. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal, with regard to the meeting of the House to-morrow fortnight, whether any statement the Prime Minister may make on the war situation will be made on the Motion for the Adjournment, so that Members may make any contributions they think fit? May I also give notice that, if such a Debate does not take up the greater part of the Sitting, a number of hon. Members...

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The speech which has just been delivered by the Joint Under-Secretary of State for War contained some very stirring passages and was very eloquent on the effects of the Bill. At the commencement of his speech, he devoted some time to what is clearly the main problem which has to be settled before any Bill like this can be brought before this House. There was the alternative of taking these...

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: We cannot have foreign Governments sending out notices to nationals in this country asserting that they have a right to impose upon them obligations which are not within the law. Either the joint Under-Secretary's statement about the law is not correct or the Dutch Government are acting under a misapprehension. I should like to see that dilemma resolved. With regard to the question just put...

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The hon. Gentleman is referring to the death penalty?

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Will my right hon. Friend deal with the case of the Dutch Government?

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: They may have sent out a notice which, as the Under-Secretary says, has no legal authority, but there are many of their subjects who are being misled and think that authority exists. I presume the attention of that Government will be called to the observations made on their action in this Debate and that until they have a proper Bill passed by this House they have no right to deceive their...

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The speech of the Prime Minister is apt to turn the rest of the Debate into an anticlimax. He has spoken for a united nation, and he has spoken in the name of free men in every country in the world. He has announced two very far reaching decisions which I merely mention, because it is not necessary, in view of the spirit of the House, to enter into any discussion in regard to them. He has...

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I am very glad that that has been made clear, because I had not quite understood it, and it did not seem to tally with what I had read else- where. However, there is the point that we are losing tonnage at the rate of some 67,000 tons every week, and I think it is worth while, in a Debate like this, to let the world realise where it is fairly evident that our difficulty lies. We overcame...

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: I doubt, in fact, whether the B.B.C. and the "Times" Cairo correspondent were a part of our British diplomatic methods, but if that is so we are going to be in great difficulties, because it means that the public can be at any moment misled as to an issue.

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: To go back to the point, what led me into this discussion was the communiqué from the War Office this morning, which indicates that the prospect of abandoning Somaliland became inevitable as soon as the French capitulated.

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: That was not very clear. I did not think that that was made part of the admission at all. The Prime Minister spoke of the Mediterranean, and the Eastern Mediterranean in particular. It is clear that that is a vital theatre of war. Alexandria is our base in the Mediterranean, and therefore is a vital key to the future of this war. I do not think we can go into the details of this matter in...

Business of the House (Summer Recess). (15 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will state the business of the House for next week and also make a statement about the Adjournment for the Recess?

Business of the House. (13 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Has the Prime Minister any statement to make as to the business of the House for to-morrow?

Business of the House (Summer Recess). (8 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: Will the Lord Privy Seal state the business of the House for next week, and whether he anticipates that the House will be able to rise for a Recess?

Business of the House (Supplementary Budget). (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: May I ask the Lord Privy Seal when the Chancellor of the Exchequer will open his Supplementary Budget?

Orders of the Day — EMERGENCY POWERS (DEFENCE) (No. 2) BILL. (6 Aug 1940)

Mr Hastings Lees-Smith: The right hon. Gentleman has given a careful explanation of the intentions of the Bill, though, I am bound to say, not of its actual provisions. As to the broad intentions of the Bill, there is nothing to which the House would take any great objection. The Minister for Home Security explained the position; I cannot myself explain it in legal language, but I understand the broad situation as...


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