Results 1–20 of 367 for speaker:Mr Ken Lomas

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge of Income Tax for 1978–79 (8 May 1978)

Mr Ken Lomas: There is an Early-Day Motion drawing attention to the need to increase the death grant. In my constituency, the cost of a funeral is given by the funeral directors as between £200 and £250. It seems incumbent upon the Government rapidly to increase the death grant. It is useless at the moment, especially for elderly people who need help. I hope that the Government will take a sympathetic...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (11 Apr 1978)

Mr Ken Lomas: I hope that the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Nelson) will forgive me if I do not discuss much of what he has said. I have limited myself to a maximum of 12 minutes and I shall try to confine my remarks to that time. As one who is not seeking re-election, I find it possible to look at Budgets with a different and detached view from those who will be facing the hustings in six, 12 or even...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (22 Feb 1978)

Mr Ken Lomas: I have not taken part in the debates on devolution and have not voted at any stage because the Bill is wrong, misguided and ill-conceived. It is a non-sense that we should reach a point where the House is faced with the in-built fact that 40 per cent. of the Scottish electorate must decide. Why do we not pass the Bill and see whether 40 per cent. of the Scottish electorate want this business?...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (22 Feb 1978)

Mr Ken Lomas: I want to ask a question of my hon. Friend. If the House says tonight that this Bill should be passed and the Scottish people then say "No" that will be the end of it. If my hon. Friend is arguing for a "No" vote, now, he is simply inviting the possibility of this subject being introduced into the next Session of Parliament. Why not get rid of it now—vote "Yes" tonight and leave it to the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 43: Persons Domiciled in Channel Islands or Isle of Man (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. If I may say so, the hon. and learned Member for Dover and Deal (Mr. Rees) has played silly devils with the House tonight. If he is not prepared to put—

Industry (Financial Assistance) (27 Jun 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: I think that far too much has been made of Merseyside. Yorkshire has suffered considerably. I take the view that we are not getting a sufficient supply of the resources that the Government could provide. We are sick and tired of hearing Merseyside mentioned in every debate. Yorkshire is almost as big as Scotland and has a population of almost the same size, and we are entitled to similar...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (4 Apr 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: I am pleased to have the opportunity of following the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Maudling), a former Chancellor of the Exchequer. I only wish that he had made that kind of speech when he was Chancellor. He is right to say that we are suffering from under-production. Equally, however, we are suffering even more from under-investment. That is what the country must face. I would...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (4 Apr 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: I have a great affection for the right hon. Gentleman. He is a very honest man. He may not have spelled out where the cuts would take place, but we know where the increases would take place—on defence, for example. The Conservatives wish to be friends to all men. They say that they believe in devolution, then vote against it; they say that they believe in the Trade Union and Labour...

Business of the House (24 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he would come back to the Back Benches, where we enjoyed his presence so much and where he did not try, as he is now doing, to push through the devolution Bill, which has been defeated, damned and finished? Will he make a statement to the effect that the devolution Bill is now dead, and will he concentrate his future activities on our unemployment problem?

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: Does my hon. Friend not realise the truth of 1938? What he is proposing is simple appeasement, and that is one more step towards being thrown over. We should fight it, and the sooner we get rid of the Bill the better.

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The right hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel) quoted this particular point on 2nd May 1972. Surely there is no reason for him to go on repeating it.

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Last Friday the Leader of the Liberal Party drew attention to the fact that there should be a sufficient number of Hansards of 2nd May 1972 available to draw attention to the speech made by the Leader of the House. That is quite right. But people have read it. The right hon. Member should not draw attention to the speech that he made on the same day.

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: Mr. Lomas rose—

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: I am grateful to be able to follow the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind). I appreciate his point of view, but he spoiled his speech by introducing political motives. We are concerned with constitutional issues. I refer hon. Members to Edmund Burke, not to the great speech he made at Bristol, which every hon. Member will know, but to another made in 1789 when he said: An...

Scotland and Wales Bill (Allocation of Time) (22 Feb 1977)

Mr Ken Lomas: I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker. I have one minute to go—an Irish minute. I should like to quote from a book which I hope all hon. Members have read, written by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House. The subject is Aneurin Bevan. Describing how Nye Bevan addressed the Labour Party Conference, my right hon. Friend wrote: And he talked, too, of making the Labour Party effective in...

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Regulation Bill: Secretary of State to Prepare New Scheme (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Ken Lomas: I think it should be recognised that the Bill is not wholeheartedly supported by all Labour Members. We shall wander through the Lobby, as is our way, in a reluctant posture.

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Regulation Bill: Secretary of State to Prepare New Scheme (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Ken Lomas: I do not want the Scottish nationalists to intervene.

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Regulation Bill: Secretary of State to Prepare New Scheme (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Ken Lomas: I say to the hon. Member for St. Marylebone (Mr. Baker) that if I had been in charge of the House, I should have scrubbed the Bill, because I do not think it will do much good.

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Regulation Bill: Secretary of State to Prepare New Scheme (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Ken Lomas: I take the view that it the Conservatives, or others on the Opposition Benches, would only be a little more responsible in their approach to these matters, some arrangement could have been arrived at between them and the usual channels—namely, the Whips Office.

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Regulation Bill: Secretary of State to Prepare New Scheme (10 Nov 1976)

Mr Ken Lomas: Perhaps I should make it clear that in my 12 years in the House of Commons, even during the days of the European debate when we had a six-line Whip, Tory, Labour and Liberal, I voted according to my conscience. In fact, I voted for Europe. I shall continue to vote according to my conscience tonight. I shall wait with some anticipation to hear what the hon. Member for St. Marylebone has to say...


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