Results 1–20 of 1155 for speaker:Mr Gilbert Longden

Oral Answers to Questions — Eton (7 Feb 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Whilst I make no value judgment about Eton or any other public school, may I ask my right hon. Friend roundly to assert that the future of the country depends, as its past has depended, upon the defence of excellence against the ceaseless attacks of the the envious, and that the Socialist Party is the eradicator of excellence and the midwife of the second-rate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Policy (Prime Minister's Speech) (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Was not the present situation very well summed up in the New Statesman a year ago when it said: Thus, in our time, we have seen groups of workers heedlessly destroying the livelihood of their fellows, operating as it were a brotherhood of Cain … and using their massive collective strength to trample upon the rights of their fellow citizens "? Should not the public decide?

Grenada (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: It is not often that I find myself in agreement with the noble Lord, Lord Brockway, who yesterday suggested in another place that independence should be postponed. I prefer the words of my noble Friend Lady Tweedsmuir, quoted by my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten), to those who have just been quoted from the Opposition benches. Are the Government satisfied that they are not...

Orders of the Day — Youth and Community Bill (1 Feb 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: I am glad to have the privilege of adding my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Middleton and Prestwich (Mr. Haselhurst) for bringing in the Bill and of thanking him for having asked me to be one of its sponsors. I wish to say a few words in support of it. They will be very few words—not because I am other than wholeheartedly in support of the Bill, but because its provisions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Old-Age Pensioners (31 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: asked the Prime Minister when he last paid an official visit to the offices of the old-age pensioner's association.

Oral Answers to Questions — Old-Age Pensioners (31 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: While thanking my right hon. Friend for having visited the leaders of the association, which does such good work for retirement pensioners, may I ask him whether he found that they had rather greater appreciation than some hon. Members opposite have of what the Government have done to increase the real value of the pension and in providing to review it every year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: North Atlantic Alliance (30 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has yet studied the report of the Committee of Nine presented to the 19th Session of the North Atlantic Assembly held in Ankara last October; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: North Atlantic Alliance (30 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Can he confirm that any action has been taken on any of the recommendations made by these distinguished people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cbi and TLC (Meetings) (29 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Arising from the Prime Minister's last but one answer, will he make clear to the House and the nation who is responsible for organising the strike ballot and who frames the questions to be answered—and will he say whether it will be a postal ballot?

Three-Day Working Week (25 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the position is as follows? The Trades Union Congress has genuinely undertaken that, if the miners' claim were to be settled outside stage 3, no other claimant would use that as an argument for preferring its claim, but that does not stop other claimants from preferring other arguments which, if they were to prevail—the Trades Union Congress has said...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: £ Sterling (Value) (17 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Do not the hon. Gentlemen who ask these questions appreciate that it is precisely because of this constant depreciation of our currency that the Government have been forced to seek to prevent incomes from outstripping productivity, which is one of the two domestic causes of inflation? Should they not therefore welcome and support the Government's policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cbi and TUC (Meetings) (15 Jan 1974)

Mr Gilbert Longden: I s not part of the trouble that many people do not appreciate the real danger which threatens the pounds and the pence in our pockets? Would it help if, instead of always referring to our "counter-inflation" policy, we were to remind the nation that the present Government are the first Government since the war to make a determined effort to prevent the arrival of the day when we shall need a...

Patriotism (20 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Is the hon. Member for Bedwellty (Mr. Kinnock) aware that it is not only those on this side who see reds under the bed? Has his attention been drawn to Mr. Frank Chapple's remarks, in his union journal "Contact", that the moderates of the unions have allowed the Left to make the running for far too long?

Eec Ministerial Meetings (20 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: As the common agricultural policy, until its terms can be renegotiated, which we all hope will be soon—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—my right hon. Friend will be well aware that I have from the very start hoped that the common agricultural policy terms would be renegotiated. Since it places a heavy burden upon our country, is it not rather surprising that so many hon. Members on both sides of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EEC Council of Ministers (Meeting) (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: Will my right hon. Friend be not deterred by this short-sighted ribaldry from pursuing with determination his objective of achieving ultimate European unity, which can only be for the benefit of all our people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Population (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: asked the Prime Minister if he will seek to implement the recommendations as to population growth of the First Report from the Select Committee on Science and Technology, Session 1970–71, which sought to place upon him direct responsibility for carrying out those recommendations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Population (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree with much responsible and informed opinion that unless steps are taken, the world population will soon outgrow its resources of food and raw materials? Does he recall that the Population Panel, while not advocating any interference with marital habits, said that Britain must face the fact that its population cannot go on increasing...

Economic and Energy Situation (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: The right hon. and learned Member for Aberavon (Mr. John Morris) is the first person I have heard to complain that the Government's proposals are cowardly. Everyone else seems to agree that they are severe and likely to be unpopular. However, I agree with him that between us we must evolve a fairer way of arranging our affairs. I agree with him, too, that we are not likely to get the raw...

Economic and Energy Situation (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: I did not hear my right hon. Friend say that. Of course, it has an effect on inflation, but I believe that inflation results when people demand to be paid more than their combined productivity justifies. The Government made most strenuous efforts to persuade employers and unions to agree to a sensible way of arranging our affairs. The simple recipe of my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Economic and Energy Situation (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Gilbert Longden: That policy has not yet failed. Had it not been for the most unfortunate coincidence of prices in world commodities rising by between 70 and 80 per cent. in one year alone stages 1 and 2 could have been much more effective. No one can laugh this off. When stage 3 came along the militants struck. As my right hon Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West said, our more serious wounds are...


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