Results 61–80 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: North Sea Oil and Gas (22 Mar 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the Prime Minister—provided that he is in a position to accept such reports—receives reports from the international observers who are going to the Rhodesian elections that those elections are free and fair, will he take steps—provided that he is in a position to take any steps at all—to inform his Back Benchers and his Government that that ought to be a reasonable criterion for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Iran (20 Feb 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The right hon. Gentleman referred to consultation with our European partners. How recently, and in what sense, has he been talking to his opposite numbers, in view of the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Amery) and the dangers that obviously adhere to the present situation in the Gulf?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Persian Gulf (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the hon. Gentleman and his right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, as a result of their discussions in the Gulf countries, undertake to open discussions with the United States Government to see what action may be required by the NATO Alliance to provide greater stability in an area of the world where recent events, especially those in Iran, have gone a very long way...

National Health Service (Industrial Dispute) (1 Feb 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Secretary of State take a slightly more robust attitude about voluntary workers, as compared with that of the Prime Minister? Will he admit to the House that decisions in these matters cannot be fobbed off on to management committees because they are policy decisions which should be made centrally if the NHS is to remain national? If the right hon. Gentleman is too timid to persuade...

Essential Supplies and Services (29 Jan 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Secretary of State tell the House to what extent, when day hospitals are closed down because of industrial action, the health authorities are discouraging voluntary workers from filling the gap, on the ground that this might exacerbate the industrial situation? Will he also confirm that it is not necessary to have a state of emergency in order to enable voluntary workers to carry out...

Essential Supplies and Services (24 Jan 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Home Secretary said with great confidence that no one who crossed a picket line would lose his union card or in any other way bear future union damage. Since neither the Government nor the Transport and General Workers' Union can enforce the code of practice for picketing, how does the right hon. Gentleman propose to make good that guarantee?

Guadeloupe Summit Meeting (16 Jan 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In the course of discussing the atomic role, did the Prime Minister and his colleagues refer to the tactical situation in Western Europe, notably the capacity to reinforce Western Europe from the United Kingdom in the light of the absence of any significant air defence of Great Britain?

Industrial Situation (16 Jan 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I think that most of us have a certain sense of unreality in this debate. The events are real enough and serious enough; more serious, perhaps, because what seems to be unreal is the relevance to the present situation of this House of Commons compared with other organisations which are having more effect, even though they are less accountable. As the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr....

Essential Supplies and Services (15 Jan 1979)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Since the TGWU made the lorry drivers' strike official only in order to have control of it, and since that control seems slightly tenuous, will the Home Secretary consult the TGWU and other unions and reconsider the question of the extension of secondary picketing that recent legislation has allowed? I am not suggesting that he should go against the unions, but there is very grave disquiet...

European Community Council (Brussels Meeting) (6 Dec 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of us are disappointed at such an incomplete result of the EMS talks? Will he assure the House that in the months to come he will bear in mind the problems of business men dealing in wildly fluctuating currencies and try to ensure that the three wise men, of whom his right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Dell) is one, consider not only...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I must apologise to the House for an unavoidable and unexpected commitment that kept me away from the debate for about an hour. I have found it a slightly depressing debate, for two reasons. First, a number of speakers—there have been some notable exceptions—have used rather complicated arguments to try to conceal the reality of the present but, in my view, unnecessary weakness of the...

Rhodesia (23 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am sure that the right hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes) carries with him the good wishes and confidence of the entire House. Are his terms of reference wide enough, as I hope, to include in his discussions the whole problem of Soviet pressures in Southern Africa and Soviet policy in Africa generally as a framework within which the Rhodesian settlement has to be achieved?

Rail Dispute (Southern Region) (22 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it a little odd that a large number of my constituents are being extremely inconvenienced, put to very considerable expense in getting to work and have no redress against anyone in the courts, even if they should wish to use it? Will he please bear in mind such matters when he conies to bring forward proposals for an increase in petrol tax, which will...

Pay and Prices (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: As the main burden of the Chancellor's statement was to the effect that the talks did not really matter, so that failure did not matter, will he explain why he went into them? Can he reassure the House that after he has accounted for the Government's economic policy to the TUC in his annual meeting with it he will be good enough also to account to this House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: European Community Heads of Government (9 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Regardless of what may be happening over the German pressures for the system of EMS, will the Prime Minister undertake to discuss with his colleagues the whole question of managed exchanges, as it is becoming clearer and clearer that since the breakdown of Bretton Woods the world may be facing monetary chaos by the middle of next year?

Orders of the Day — Rhodesia (8 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Although one would not think it from many of the speeches made in the debate, the House is discussing the present problems of Rhodesia not in isolation but against a background of a world which is getting darker and darker from the point of view of the West. We have seen the relentless pressure of the Soviet Union in the Red Sea and in the Gulf, its mastery in Afghanistan, and pressure now in...

Prayers: Zambia (2 Nov 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Foreign Secretary recall that the Organisation of African Unity achieved the somewhat precarious unity of a black leadership in Rhodesia under Bishop Muzorewa? Does he also recall that President Kaunda backed that leadership unreservedly and said that he would never support anyone who broke away from it, and yet Mr. Kaunda is giving full support to Mr. Nkomo and his terrorists? In...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I want first to associate myself with and to support as strongly as I can the ideas put forward by my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Maudling) and developed, in a very splendid speech, by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon). In the short time that is available to me, I do not propose to make any attempt to embellish those ideas. I want...

The Economy (25 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I do not want to go in great detail into the argument that we have heard since I have promised to be extremely brief, but among the many platitudes trotted out by the Prime Minister was the one that the control of inflation was essential to growth. That is true, but he said it in a way that implied that once inflation was under control there would be little difficulty in achieving a rapidly...

Pay, Prices and Dividends (21 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I congratulate the Chancellor on having achieved a fall of one percentage point in inflation from the 8·4 per cent. that he claimed in October 1974 to the 7·4 per cent. that he is now claiming—an admirable achievement. May I ask him three specific questions? First, what proportion of the low paid, on £44·50 a week, will be paying income tax? Secondly, is the Chancellor at all concerned...

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