Results 121–140 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Orders of the Day — Public Works Loans Bill (29 Jan 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I would make one point of fact clear; there is normally no difference in the rates for local authorities except on the basis of difference of time.

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I hope that the House will forgive me if, instead of addressing myself to the Bill, I follow the debate, because it is quite clear that we have not spent more than a fraction of the time on the International Development Association Bill. That fact makes nonsense of some of the remarks of the hon. Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse), and other hon. Members, criticising the Government for...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In general terms, it is difficult to estimate the out-turn of aid programmes—not only for the Treasury but for the International Bank, with all its experts. This is the subject of a detailed Question tomorrow to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and I would prefer to leave it to him. However, it does not alter the general point that the aid is not taken up as fast as...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In so far as the hon. Gentleman is referring to what we are doing in the Development Assistance Committee, we are playing our part in the discussions now proceeding on this matter. The great difficulty is that we cannot have it both ways. We do not control international organisations like the I.D.A. It is not possible to sustain the position in which all the weaknesses in trying to deal with...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Perhaps the hon. Lady the Member for Blackburn will allow me to develop my argument. I will deal with the case of Trinidad in the next few minutes. I think that some of the difficulties and muddle to which the hon. Lady the Member for Blackburn referred should be attributed to both sides. There were difficulties at the receiving end as well as at the giving end. I hope that the conference on...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The problem is that the I.D.A.'s lending policy is fairly strict. This has been the difficulty over British Honduras, for example. A delegation from British Honduras went to the International Bank in June, 1961, and the possibility of I.D.A. or Bank finance was discussed between that delegation and the I.D.A. representatives. The difficulty was that a number of projects which were discussed...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Honduras now has internal independence and puts forward its own claims. It is the function of the Colonial Office, as with all dependent territories, to advise and to help it. It is not, as I understand it, the function of the Colonial Office to put forward a claim on behalf of those territories to the I.D.A. It is up to those territories to do it with Colonial Office advice and support. The...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Gentleman had listened earlier, he would have heard me say that part of the reason why British Honduras got special treatment from the I.D.A. was on account of the fact that it was about to become an independent country and, therefore, a member of the I.D.A. in its own right. That was one of the reasons why the I.D.A. economic team went to Honduras and why its economic problems...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Yes. I gave way because I thought there was some point of difference between the right hon. Gentleman and me. I apologise to him. I said that India got 54 per cent. I did not say anything about Pakistan. I can assure the House that, contrary to what the hon. Lady and some of her colleagues believe, the Treasury does take these problems very seriously and, on the whole, I think, very...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It has certain co-ordinating functions in multilateral investment. S.U.N.F.E.D., as the hon. Lady knows, never came into being. It was opposed by the Western nations, and partly on the ground that it was not sensible to proliferate international organisations.

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It was set up in part for the purpose of exercising co-ordinating functions for this form of multilateral aid to developing countries. I think that it is clear that this function is being developed, subject to the difficulty, which it is hoped a short period will see resolved, of having funds taken up by developing countries. I am sorry I cannot go further in helping the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill (3 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am sorry, but I have not seen this, so I cannot comment on it. I have been a little inaccurate in talking of a popular White Paper. It will be a paper based on the White Paper rather than a popularisation if it. It will be as accurate as the Government can possibly make it—perhaps even more accurate than the White Paper, for it will set out all the latest facts, and I hope that it will...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Extremely interesting points have been raised in the debate, but I have one difficulty in replying to them. It is a difficulty which the hon. Member for Swindon (Mr. F. Noel-Baker) put to the Committee, although without realising it, when he said that the Amendment asked for a lot more money to be made available, implying by Her Majesty's Government. This is not, with respect, what the...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It is paradoxical that the hon. Member should continue to plead for multilateral aid under an international organisation and then seek to hold Her Majesty's Government responsible for its policy. I shall have something to say shortly about the lending policy of the I.D.A., but I cannot give an undertaking of this sort, simply because the I.D.A. is not under the control of Her Majesty's...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Member makes that point on Thursday, no doubt my right hon Friend the Leader of the House will lake it. Certainly, I will remember it. I think that many people would agree with the hon. Member, but this debate is not the one that he is seeking. On the point raised by the hon. Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse) about developments in Uganda, Bechuanaland, and Basutoland, I...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Again, the right hon. Gentleman puts me in a difficulty. He is really saying that the I.D.A. should contribute more to a development, no matter whether it reaches the I.D.A.'s standard or not, simply because the country concerned is spending a great deal on defence. That is an extraordinarily difficult argument to put forward in a body concerned entirely with development on a rather narrow...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am grateful to the hon. Member for the correction. I entirely agree with him. He is a little ahead of me in time. This is not, in fact, what the I.D.A. is now doing, and we are supplying money for immediate purposes. Perhaps it would be convenient if now I spoke of what is now the lending policy of the I.D.A. since that might clear up one or two difficulties and, perhaps, misunderstandings....

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I hope that I did not mislead the hon. Gentleman. It is not in the Articles; it is the policy and practice.

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I can certainly give the hon. Gentleman an assurance that the points he has made will be considered most seriously. The Morse Report on the High Commission Territories has not been neglected or shelved. It is being used in relation to the development plans of the three territories concerned, as are other surveys of other parts of the Commonwealth. I hope I did not say that it was...

Orders of the Day — International Development Association Bill: Clause 1. — (the Resolution.) (11 Feb 1964)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The problem which has been raised is one of which we shall take note. The hon. Member's plea was a two-fold one. First, he said that the I.D.A. should pay attention to smaller schemes. That would be a reversal of its policy. Secondly, he said that it should pay special attention to the needs of co-operatives—and especially to the physical needs. All that has been said in the debate will be...


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