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Results 181–200 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: No.

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: On a point of order, Mr. Murton. Naturally I am disappointed that the Committee should have made the decision that it has just made, because it prevents us from having time, which we would otherwise have had, for further consultation. May I ask whether you would consider some method by which the operation of this very important ruling could be suspended for a period, in order to give time for...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I seek your guidance, Mr. Murton. It has been indicated quite properly that any further action should be taken by means of a substantive motion. In fact, I have a substantive motion with all-party support. I should like to have your guidance on whether it can be debated now. The terms of the motion will be very different depending on whether we are dealing with something that has happened or...

Orders of the Day — Appendix 2: Form of Ballot Paper — Welsh Referendum (10 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The hon. Gentleman says that an affirmative resolution of this House would be involved. Should he not have referred to an affirmative resolution of both Houses?

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: May I first thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) for introducing the Bill. I owe him a personal debt of gratitude in that he has so ably introduced a Bill which reflects a very long-standing interest of my own. My hon. Friend the Member for Horsham and Crawley (Mr. Hordern) mentioned in his admirable speech the need to extend to the nationalised industries provisions of...

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Lady will wait, I shall come to that in more detail when I discuss the various types of scheme. It is therefore important to realise that behind the Bill lies a concept of individual ownership of wealth by as many of our citizens as possible. Over 20 per cent. of the United States population own shares and capital in one form or another in addition to their houses. In France the...

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am not quarrelling with what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but it is as well for us to remember that about 40 per cent. of our GDP is produced by firms employing 500 people or fewer, and with relatively small shareholdings. My remarks were addressed primarily to a relatively small number of very large companies.

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I think the hon. Gentleman must accept that that would be going back in time as a large amount of nineteenth century development was financed by 30-day loan capital.

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: That applies to a complete transfer of the entire business and not to a transfer of a block of shares in it.

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Minister advises us to go ahead via provisions in the Finance Bill. That advice was given to me by the Treasury Bench 15 or more years ago when a Conservative Government were in power, but they sedulously resisted every attempt to use the tax structure to encourage the spread of wealth more widely, largely on the ground that it was an improper use of the tax system. Will the Minister...

Orders of the Day — Employee Investment Bill (4 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: >: Under the existing tax legislation, which is not affected by the Bill, there is a substantial advantage in making this apply to all employees, regardless. There would be benefits of a capital transfer tax nature by making arrangements for a discretionary trust.

Bill Presented: Rhodesia (Schoolchildren) (3 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I understood that the debate was taking place as a result not of the choice of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Bell), but of the ruling of Mr. Speaker and the choice of the House.

Clause 3: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (2 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I wish to speak briefly to the two amendments in the names of my hon. Friends and myself, Nos. 99 and 100. First, I take issue in the most friendly and gentle manner with my hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gow). He correctly described the Scottish National Party's Amendment No. 315 as nearly incomprehensible. I do not quarrel with him about that. What I think it is intended to do...

Clause 3: Time of Election and Term of Office of Members of Assembly (2 Feb 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: My hon. Friend has pointed to some of the electoral difficulties. There are attractions in having simultaneous elections with the regional and county councils and in having the same period so that people do not have to go to the polls more often than is necessary. I am not altogether sure, so difficult is it to make any sense out of the Bill, whether there would be an administrative freeze-up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Industrial Democracy (26 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Secretary of State in his consultations remember that the CBI does not fully represent the whole of industry? Will he also consult the institutions which own a large number of shares in quoted companies largely representing pension funds and other small shareholders indirectly? Will he show that he takes seriously the whole concept of industrial democracy by trying to link the...

Schedule: Election of Additional Members (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does my hon. Friend accept that many of the changes in policy that have taken place within the period of a given Government have been almost as violent as the changes that have taken place as between two different Governments?

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am against proportional representation in any Assembly in any part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a matter of principle. The dangers and disadvantages of most of the variants far outweigh the dubious potential advantages that are claimed by proponents of a different voting system. There is no possibility of any voting system abolishing so-called adversary...

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I view both constitutional innovations with grave suspicion. Proportional representation is being put forward as a soft option. If hon. Members voted as they really believed, there are many things on which this House could reach agreement but on which we are divided into the Lobbies because, for various reasons, hon Members do not vote according to their real views or the real interests of...

Schedule: Scotland and Wales Bill (25 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am saying that the reasons which I have given for the Chamber behaving as it does cannot be altered by the method by which it is elected. It is the composition and organisation of the factions and parties which make it up which are the problem, not the system of election. It is an illusion to believe that moving away from the first past the post system will necessarily lead to stability and...

Clause 1: Effect of Act (19 Jan 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The right hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Stewart) was good enough to admit that those of us who are opposed to a Scottish Assembly and devolution in the terms in which they are set out in the Bill have a strong case in principle and logic. I concede to him in his separatist point of view that he, too, has a good case. It is one I dislike intensely. It led him to refer to the amendment as...


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