Results 41–60 of 7356 for speaker:Mr Iain Macleod

Ports Bill (Allocation of Time) (6 Apr 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Hear, hear.

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I beg to move, That this House regrets the system of decimalisation of the currency to which Her Majesty's Government has committed this country. Although we deliberately drew this Motion in wide terms so that any number of matters could properly be discussed, this debate can properly be called the S.O.S.—Save our Sixpence—debate, for during the last few hours, in particular, there have...

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Gladly, and if I may say so in this atmosphere the hon. Member for Orpington (Mr. Lubbock), too, who has fought for the same cause. I meant to indicate that there was pressure from many people.

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: And the hon. Member for Gravesend (Mr. Murray). I do not mind. So long as the Government give way, who cares who gets the credit? I come to one of the important matters with which I hope one or other of the Ministers will deal. I am suggesting that we should keep the tanner as a 2½p piece, not for all time but for a considerable time ahead. We should not, in my view drop the 2p piece. I am...

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Yes, telephones too, and many other things. But it is this one that has caused most anxiety. The Greater London Council were very much "on the ball" on this matter. Though I do not propose to quote it all, I have a letter from Mr. Desmond Plummer to Lord Fiske, Chairman of the Decimal Currency Board, dated 11th July, 1968, quite a long time ago, drawing his attention, among other things, to...

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Is the Minister aware that it would be for the convenience of the House if I stated now that in view of that indecisive, insensitive and extremely weak statement we shall certainly seek to divide the House?

Decimalisation (19 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Mr. Iain Macleod indicated dissent.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Selective Employment Tax (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Could the Minister of State say whether it is the Chancellor's present intention to make a statement to the House at the time of publication?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Married Women (Income Tax) (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: But does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the situation is that up to a joint income of £5,085 it pays to be married and that, beyond that sum, it pays to get divorced? On what conceivable principle can he justify that situation?

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: This is in many ways an unusual debate. It is a two-day debate, which, apart from the debates on the Queen's Speech and on the Budget Statement, is unusual in itself. There is no vote—at least, I do not propose to vote against the proposition that we take note of this White Paper. We have no economic crisis, which is an econo.nic miracle in itself and very welcome indeed. The debate...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: With respect, without going into the S.E.T., the one thing certain in is that it has failed in the labour objectives which were originally laid before the House and the country. Of those 679,000 jobs, 106,000 have been lost in Yorkshire and Humberside. There has been a loss in every area save East Anglia, which has broken even. For the North-West the loss has been 111,000, and for Scotland...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I am sorry—the Labour Party. For 1959, it was 3·6 per cent. For 1951, when the Labour Party was last in office, it was 3·8. There is, therefore, very little difference as far as one can tell—or very little to show for the efforts of the Government in this field. I shall summarise now the outlook of my party on this large block of public expenditure which has recently come under so...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: Even if I give the hon. Gentleman the whole of his argument, the figure which I am talking about, the 680,000 jobs lost in those years, cannot conceivably be explained in the way he suggests. I was about to summarise the Conservative Party's policy in relation to this block of expenditure. First, we prefer, and we shall return to, the system of allowances rather than grants. The main...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I am in the middle of this section of my speech. I shall give way in a minute. I was saying that we shall keep to allowances rather than grants, and, second, that the regional policy, or that part of the regional policy, is not basically in dispute between us. Third, we shall phase out the regional employment premium, as we have already said. We shall spend part of the money so saved on...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: For two reasons: first, because we consider that it is a better system; and, second, for a reason to which I shall come in a moment, on which the hon. Gentleman may comment later if he has opportunity, which arises outside the development areas. So much for the development areas. Outside the development areas where there is a figure of £250 million at a standard rate of 20 per cent., we...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I am happy for almost the first time since the hon. Gentleman has been making interventions in my speeches to agree wholeheartedly with him. This is basically my point: it is hot so much what the Government do; it is the general atmosphere in which the firm is operating. We believe that policies which can save public expenditure, and the use of the money lower to taxation, combined with a...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I should like to see—and this is the whole point of the sort of study which the Government are making—better results from this vast expenditure of money. The question of the loss of jobs in Scotland, for example, is raised over and over again at Question Time. I invariably hear, when I am present for Scottish Questions, which is not always, Scottish Ministers say, "But look hew much money...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I should like the hon. Gentleman to develop that point in his speech. However one argues this case, let me remind him that we are talking about a loss of jobs—people who have gone out of employment—of 679,000 in those three years, partly accounted for by a very heavy increase in unemployment, partly by lost jobs. Before coming to what I describe as the heart of the matter, I wish to...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: I welcome that point. When I started talking about education —the hon. Member will find this in HANSARD tomorrow—I said that I thought that inevitably this category would make a large, and probably the main, claim upon the contingency reserve as we have it. I said at the beginning—the Chancellor said he wanted to hear views—that, in my view, the heart of this debate, because we are...

Public Expenditure (White Paper) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Iain Macleod: No, I do not think so, and partly for the reasons which I have given. It is possible to combine a whole range of interests outside this House, and I believe it to be desirable to do so. That does not overcome the fact that one should comment on the difficulty of the proposals of the Select Committee on Procedure and the effect that they will have on the availability of the people who, we...


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