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Results 41–60 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

European Council (Venice Meeting) (16 Jun 1980)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will my right hon. Friend say to what extent she and her colleagues found agreement on how to handle the very large sums of money flowing into the oil-producing countries? Was there general agreement that this could not be resolved in a purely European context but required wide financial and economic meetings between countries, including Japan, which are dependent on the oil suppliers, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Esperanto Broadcasts (14 May 1980)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In view of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's determination to flood the Soviet Union with propaganda, will my hon. Friend consider restarting the BBC's Ukrainian language broadcasts and bearing the cost of them on the defence budget rather than within propaganda expenditure?

Defence Estimates 1980 (29 Apr 1980)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It might be relevant to remind the hon. Member that before the First World War the Roosevelt rearmament of America was at least as effective as his New Deal in restoring the ailing American economy.

Defence Estimates 1980 (29 Apr 1980)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I want to be brief, so I hope that the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) will forgive me if I do not comment on his fascinating and extremely constructive speech, to which I am sure the whole House, and, I hope, the Government, listened with interest. I have a large number of Service families in my constituency, and I am happy to tell my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Defence Estimates 1980 (29 Apr 1980)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am not prepared to answer that question specifically. It must depend upon Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government, and their capacity to build up a degree of trust, and through negotiations to ensure that we have the necessary control that is required for our security. In fact, this need adds strength to the argument that we consider our own tactical as well as strategic...

Nuclear Power (18 Dec 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will my right hon. Friend accept that my congratulations to him on reaching a firm decision in the short term on our nuclear programme are not mitigated by my regret that he has not mentioned any future for the fast-breeder reactor? Is he aware that if a commercial type of fast-breeder were started at Doorway immediately, it could not possibly be completed until 1992—the end of this present...

National Finance: Civil Service (Size and Cost) (6 Dec 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I congratulate my hon. Friend on what he has succeeded in doing so far. In his future examinations, will he consider putting more work out to contracton tender—and encouraging local authorities to do so as well—rather than merely hiving it off into unofficial public bodies as that does not mean any real saving? Will he accept that where this has been done abroad substantial savings have...

Monetary Policy (15 Nov 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: First, to what extent is control of the money supply made harder by the fact that there is no restriction on acceptances and the degree to which clearing banks, by accepting paper, can, in effect, lend without doing so directly? Secondly, am I right in thinking that there is about £1·7 billion of acceptances outside the banking sector which is perhaps increasing the money supply by about 2...

Rhodesia (24 Oct 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I accept the need for a British Governor to take over in the interim period and, equally, the need for him to dissolve Parliament, but does not my right hon. Friend believe that sacking the present elected Government and giving full executive and legislative powers to the British Governor will encourage the Rhodesians to believe that the British Government are backing the Patriotic Front to...

Southern Africa (25 Jul 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I join in the congratulations offered on two very distinguished and elegant maiden speeches. If I do not say more, I hope that those hon. Members will forgive me, as I wish to be brief. My hon. Friend the Member for Dorset, South (Viscount Cranborne) painted a picture of what Zimbabwe-Rhodesia might become—in economic terms—once peace is restored. He implied that to reach that situation...

Rhodesia (10 Jul 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will my right hon. Friend remember that the capacity of Commonwealth countries, including Nigeria, to damage our economy depends on the willingness of our allies and partners in Europe to supplant our trade there? Will he bear that in mind when talking to our Common Market colleagues?

Tokyo Summit Meeting (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I welcome my right hon. Friend's decision to go ahead with the nuclear programme of building thermal reactors. However, in view of the fact that we cannot export the advanced gas-cooled reactor, will she consider making an early decision to build a prototype commercial fast-breeder reactor at Dounreay, to see whether we can develop that in the same time span as developing the coalfields, to...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The hon. Member for Gateshead, East (Mr. Conlan) is under a total misapprehension. He has performed that curious feat which I had hitherto believed was only possible for lawyers: he has misdirected himself. We are not asking for special treatment for the owners of racehorses, or for the trainers or breeders of racehorses. We are not asking that they should be exempted from the higher rate of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: As my hon. Friend says, exporting jobs. It is worth considering that the valuation put on a racehorse for tax purposes is a speculative valuation. One of the peculiarities of the British tax is that it arises on the transfer of a horse to training. That horse has not raced. It is valued on its breeding and on the expectation the owner has of what it will and can do. Many horses that are well...

Scotland Act 1978 (Repeal) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: A large number of Opposition speakers remind me of the supporters of a football club whose team has played remarkably badly and who are trying to explain it away by saying that the referee was unfair, that the linesmen were unjust, that least one goal should not have been allowed, and, in general, what can be summed up in the remark "We was robbed". I do not accept that. What we are...

Scotland Act 1978 (Repeal) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: My speech would be shorter if I were allowed to make it in the order in which I orginally intended. The hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Johnston) at least had the honesty to find a way out of this difficulty, which was by making a plea for a federal Britain, a method of resolving what might now become known as the Garscadden dilemma after the muddled speech of the hon. Member for Glasgow,...

Orders of the Day — The Economy, Pay and Prices (22 May 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: One of the pleasures of speaking in this House is to be able to congratulate an hon. Member on his maiden speech. I do so on this occasion with particular personal pleasure because although my own political start was made not so much on Tyneside as on Teesside and the first general election I contested was a little further south at Seaham Harbour, I had the benefit of the advice and help...

Orders of the Day — The Economy, Pay and Prices (22 May 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: "The Middle Way" was dealing with a particular situation.

Orders of the Day — The Economy, Pay and Prices (22 May 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It did believe in planning. Conservative philosophy has never been anti-interventionist. We are not and never have been Manchester school liberals. The right hon. Member for Bristol, South-East went on to quote the extent to which the German Government have been interventionist and have been successful in intervening. But he did not quote what they did earlier. He did not refer to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements): Inland Revenue (Discretion) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Before deciding, as my hon. Friend the Member for Chertsey and Walton (Mr. Pattie) suggested, the nature and scale of the defence forces and their task, we need to be clearer than has so far been shown in this debate about what our defence policies are for, and from where the threat comes. I hope that the whole House can agree that the main object of our defence policies must be the security...


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