Results 1–20 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Local Government (23 Jan 1984)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I shall be extremely brief and deal solely with the impact of this measure, combined with the Rates Bill, on the electors, ratepayers and taxpayers of Surrey. I thought that the right hon. Member for Halton (Mr. Oakes) was trying to do my job for me when he quoted the Surrey county council chairman, which I shall also do. The present rate support grant system has probably a greater impact on...

Athens Summit (7 Dec 1983)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Prime Minister agree that there is no possible solution to this dilemma by seeking to develop a Community on the looser lines of a trading partnership between the nations and that it is the nature of the Community that is essential to its political and security aspects? Since this may take some time despite her efforts, can she give an indication that those areas of co-operation,...

National Graphical Association (Dispute) (30 Nov 1983)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will my right hon. and learned Friend confirm that, quite apart from violence or the behaviour of the pickets, the mere presence of so many of them has in the past been held to be intimidation and that in the past that view has been accepted by better leaders of the Labour party than we now have?

The Economy (17 Nov 1983)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on keeping the additional cost to industry of the national insurance contribution below the level of inflation. Will he reconsider the question of energy costs and nationalised industry prices generally? In the present circumstances what does he consider to be an adequate return on capital, bearing in mind that the knowledge of what that capital is is...

Orders of the Day — Newspaper Industry (Industrial Relations) (21 Jul 1983)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I asked for this debate because the present Financial Times dispute coinciding with the White Paper on trade union legislation emphasises once more the peculiar dangers of strike action in the newspaper industry and the damage that it can do to the national interest. I do not wish to spend long on the details of the Financial Times dispute, because I am more concerned with the additions that...

The Economy and Unemployment (29 Jun 1983)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I can, I think, welcome the hon. Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) back to the House, especially as he has replaced another Labour Member. I have some sympathy with him, having been in his position myself. However, I am sure that he will understand that I give a much warmer welcome to the maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Mr. Sackville). He spoke both forcefully and...

Orders of the Day — Unemployment and the Economy (10 Nov 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Of course they will.

The Economy (8 Nov 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Could my right hon. and learned Friend tell the House how the total employers' share of the contributions to national insurance compares with the share paid by our competitor employers overseas?

Business of the House (6 Jul 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: May the House debate the terms of reference and amend them?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Dissolution of Assembly and Revocation of Orders (23 Jun 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I support the amendments in the belief that the Government could accept, if not the details set out on the Order Paper, at least the intention and purpose that underlie them. The Government could accept them without doing violence to their ideas or the internal consistency of clause 5 and without modifying, except a little for the better, their admission in the clause that the Assembly may be...

Northern Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Jun 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I shall be brief and speak entirely about the guillotine motion. Perhaps I might suggest to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) that his concept of duty as a member of the Opposition is a mistaken one—not according to my view, but according to that of the late Aneurin Bevan. When I was a very new Member, I congratulated him on the speech that he made opposing a Conservative...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (16 Jun 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: We are discussing an illogical subsection in a somewhat illogical Bill. It deals solely with the method of putting to the Assembly provisions dealt with by direct rule under schedule 1 of the 1974 Act. If my right hon. Friends wish to move towards devolved legislation and a devolved Executive in Northern Ireland, it is curious that the steps that they are taking in subsection (2) are so...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (16 Jun 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I hope that I have got it right. Is my hon. Friend saying that anything that is laid before the Assembly would have a formal status once it had commented on it, and that that comment would have a formal status, but that although the Assembly's view would normally be accepted by the Secretary of State, subject to the proper safeguards, it has no formal status, and there is no formal power to...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I wish to be as brief as possible. I hope that the right hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Stewart), for whom I have great respect and affection, will forgive me if I do not follow his argument. Nor shall I follow the argument, much though I am tempted, of the right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay). Both right hon. Gentlemen made good debating points in building up the argument for...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: My hon. Friend says that its support is wobbly. Is he suggesting that we have not wobbled too when our national interests were at stake? Certainly the Foreign Ministers of the European Community countries, as NATO Foreign Ministers, have been entirely in our support, although for domestic reasons Italy has found it difficult to put that support into practice and continue sanctions, and is...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I would rather not give way because I want to finish quickly. The problem is that the common agricultural policy is virtually the only common policy of the Community. It is awkward for us and it will take time to resolve. Meanwhile the budget in principle, although not perhaps in this year, and the method of arriving at the budget must be considered of overriding national interest. It is the...

Agriculture Council (19 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Minister confirm that, had the Luxembourg compromise not been breached, the increase in agricultural support prices would have been much the same? Does he regard the budgetary contribution of a full year as more than a marginal increase? Will he consider emphasising not the relatively small practical effect of what has happened on Great Britain's finances and position, but the...

Falkland Islands (13 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I shall follow some of the remarks made by the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell). He referred to restoring the country's unity and to the clarity of our purpose. To be as brief as possible, I shall concentrate on the longer-term effects of such factors on the future of Britain, on the longer-term impact of the means by which the Government reach a settlement—whether diplomatic...

Falkland Islands (13 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I have deliberately not embarked on any military consideration. I do not consider myself qualified to make those judgments. I am not capable of assessing how many casualties there are likely to be. The force commanders will assess that and they will take the appropriate decision. I believe that the number of casualties that might occur after the failure of negotiations—I am not specifying...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (10 May 1982)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I very much dislike having to oppose a measure that is brought forward by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State—partly because I have a great affection and admiration for him and partly because he has tried so hard in circumstances which most people, on reflection, would regard as almost completely hopeless. In the course of the debate, the main argument in favour of the Bill is that...


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