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Results 1–20 of 2959 for speaker:Mr Niall MacDermot

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I have received advice from many sources and I have been informed that it is the tradition of this House that one's first utterances should be short and non-controversial. It lies easily within my power to make them short; it is perhaps a little more difficult to make them non-controversial on a Motion of this character, but I am most anxious not to offend in this respect. Since joining this...

Clause 10. — (Release from Control Under Rent Acts.) (27 Mar 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I beg to second the Amendment. This is a most extraordinary Clause to find in any Rent Bill. It is perhaps all the more extraordinary to find it in a Rent Bill introduced by the party opposite. What this Clause proposes to do is to give power to the Minister by delegated legislation to sweep away completely the protection of the Rent Acts from any section of protected property in any part of...

Clause 10. — (Release from Control Under Rent Acts.) (27 Mar 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I apologise to my hon. Friend. I was carrying the courtesies of another place into this House. That protection was a short, limited discussion in this House and another place, with no power of amendment at all. The principles of delegated legislation have come to be fairly generally known and accepted. They were originally clarified and summarised in the Donoughmore Report, and these...

Clause 10. — (Release from Control Under Rent Acts.) (27 Mar 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: That is the Minister's contention. We know. I am pleading that we should have an opportunity to find out the extent to which the Minister is right about that before he should be given powers arbitrarily to sweep away further sections of that control. I have much pleasure in seconding the Amendment.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 10. — (Increase of Personal Reliefs.) (29 May 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I wish to detain the Committee for only a short period to comment briefly on what strikes me as a remarkable fact about this Amendment. That is the complete silence of hon. Members on the back benches opposite. They have not spoken about it at all, yet, as I understand the Amendment, it is one which ought to appeal very dearly to their hearts. We have been hearing that the whole principle...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 15. — (Persons Chargeable Under Schedule a for Buildings Let in Parts.) (30 May 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: May I interrupt the right hon. and learned Gentleman on a point of correction? The decision to which he has referred was, I think, a decision of the Court of Appeal, and not of the House of Lords, in the case of Gatehouse v.Vise.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 15. — (Persons Chargeable Under Schedule a for Buildings Let in Parts.) (30 May 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I rise to support the Amendment. With great respect to the Solicitor-General, I submit that the matter is very much simpler than he would have us believe. If we look, first, at the realities of the matter we see that what led to the change of policy by the Inland Revenue in 1954 was the fact that it found that there were a great many cases where properties of this kind were held under long...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 15. — (Persons Chargeable Under Schedule a for Buildings Let in Parts.) (30 May 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Yes, indeed. They were copied out of a precedent book. The references in that case were as follows: The lessees' covenants included covenants to pay the rent without any deduction 'except for landlords property tax'. That was done on the assumption that the tenant is going to pay the tax and then would be able to make a deduction from the rent. It goes on: To pay rates and taxes as therein...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 15. — (Persons Chargeable Under Schedule a for Buildings Let in Parts.) (30 May 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: The Solicitor-General is not suggesting that the Court of Appeal suggested it should be made retrospective in these cases?

New Clause B. — (Provis1ons to Facilitate Exchange of Controlled Dwellings.) (5 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I beg to second the Amendment. It is extraordinary that the Government should introduce only at this very late stage a Clause to deal with the crucial problem of exchanges between controlled statutory tenants. When one sees them introducing it at this stage and in such an emasculated form as this, it shows the hypocrisy of the arguments which have been adduced in favour of the Bill. With...

New Clause B. — (Provis1ons to Facilitate Exchange of Controlled Dwellings.) (5 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: The hon. Member says it is a false hypothesis. I will give way if he wishes to show why. In these circumstances, if the landlord is allowed to withhold his consent, and if he is allowed to wait until he gets vacant possession and then is able to compel the new tenant to pay a rental which is artificially inflated by that very housing shortage, there is a very strong element of compulsion in...

New Clause B. — (Provis1ons to Facilitate Exchange of Controlled Dwellings.) (5 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Since he appears to be moving from the point, may I put a question to the hon. Gentleman? He is suggesting that no county court judge could consider that it was unreasonable for a landlord to refuse consent because he wanted to re-let at an increased rental. Does the hon. Gentleman consider that the landlord is only being allowed to charge an unreasonable rent when the rent he is being...

Sixth Schedule. — (Minor and Conse-Quential Amendments and Application of Enactments.) (5 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I should be grateful if the Minister could clarify his explanation a little further. I have fears that the Lords Amendment will operate in a manner different from what he said. Section 2 of the Housing Act, 1936, reproduces the provisions of Section 1 of the Housing Act, 1925, to give a very necessary protection to tenants of certain small dwellings which were let at a very low rental. The...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 20. — (Definition of Overseas Trade Corporation.) (26 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I still have not understood. What we are dealing with here is a single holding O.T.C. company having one, and one only, subsidiary, and that subsidiary is also an O.T.C.; the parent O.T.C. and the subsidiary O.T.C., with no other company involved at all. That is the position as I understand it. The right hon. Gentleman said there may be a need for foreign participation. If foreign...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 20. — (Definition of Overseas Trade Corporation.) (26 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I hope that the Government will look at the matter again and see whether there is not more substance in the Amendment than they have realised. In effect, the Amendment seeks to do two things. The first is to require the O.T.C. holding company to have more than one subsidiary in order itself to qualify as an O.T.C. No argument that I can understand has been advanced against that. It is the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 20. — (Definition of Overseas Trade Corporation.) (26 Jun 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I hope that the Government spokesman will deal with the matter raised at the end of his speech by the hon. Member for Essex, South-East (Mr. Braine); namely, what the Government envisage will be the position of a company which makes a habit of altering its status from year to year. As we read the Bill, we agree with the hon. Member that there is nothing to prevent a company which is an...

Class Ix: Civil Aviation (Colonial Coach Services) (22 Jul 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Put it to the test.

Orders of the Day — Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (11 Nov 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: Does the hon. Gentleman not realise that under the existing Rent Act, indeed, under the previous Rent Act before this year's Act, a landlord has the power to get rid of an undesirable tenant, if, by that term, is meant a tenant who either does not pay his rent or is a nuisance or an annoyance to his neighbours? What does the hon. Gentleman mean by "undesirable tenants" of whom the landlord...

Chronic Sick and Elderly (Services) (29 Nov 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: I should like to develop briefly one of the main points mentioned by the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. L. Thomas) in proposing the Motion. He rightly said that one of the basic problems in the question of dealing with the old people today is that of housing. It underlies everything else. May I call attention to the very grave accentuation of that problem which will take place at or about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Commonwealth Sugar (2 Dec 1957)

Mr Niall MacDermot: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what directions he has given to the Sugar Board in view of the recent increased price negotiated for Commonwealth sugar.


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