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Results 81–100 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Schedule 10: Matters within Legislative Competence of Assembly, and within Powers of Scottish Executive (18 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It is very noticeable that on many matters of detail in the Bill, as on this matter, even those who are in principle very much in favour of devolution oppose the inclusion of particular subjects or topics when they examine the contradictions, difficulties and potential conflicts of interest that their own specialist knowledge reveals in the detail of the Bill. That is not accidental. It is...

Schedule 10: Matters within Legislative Competence of Assembly, and within Powers of Scottish Executive (18 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: That is the finest news have had for a long time. At least we have eliminated one contradiction. I turn to licensing, which I know is not being devolved. As I understand the Government's policy, their intention is to use the licensing arrangements to achieve the development of selected airports. Although I understand that licensing is not to go to the Assembly, but is reserved, there seems...

European Community Council (Bremen Meeting) (10 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the right hon. Gentleman accept meanwhile that it does not make it easier to control inflation in this country if he allows his exchange rate policy to increase the money supply unduly? Will talks on the general economic future of the Community include the present position in Africa and the difficulties that the Europeans and Japanese might experience if there were to be any interference...

Employment (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I promise to be as brief as I can, but I am bound to admit that the speech of the Secretary of State will slightly lengthen my remarks. I cannot let such arrant nonsense pass without comment. I take a few points at random. The right hon. Gentleman spoke about the small firms investment subsidy and the amount of help being given for investment to larger firms. He called them incentives, but...

Employment (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I do not deny what the hon. Gentleman has said. I merely said that if the Manpower Services Commission, the Training Services Agency and the whole organisation which I had the honour to help to set up have not been properly used in the past four years, it is not my fault or that of the previous Tory Government.

Rhodesia (British Missionaries) (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: May I express my own horror at what has happened, and the horror of all of us on this side of the House? May I also remind the right hon. Gentleman that this was predicted by some of us on this side of the House as the sort of incident likely to happen after the Cubans arrived in Angola? Will he accept that this is part of a general attack, of which the attack on Zaire and the rumoured future...

Oral Answers to Questions — Brussels (15 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Prime Minister reconsider his firm refusal to take political action in the Council of Europe, particularly in relation to trying to get some sort of coherent policy towards the re-stabilisation of the situation in Africa? This is especially important, in view of the great community of interest between the European countries and the community of interest between the African countries...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (14 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Despite your warning, Mr. Deputy Speaker, the temptation to take up the argument of the hon. Member for Thornaby (Mr. Wrigglesworth), in view of the irrelevance, inaccuracy and complacency of his remarks, is almost irresistable. Nevertheless, I shall resist that temptation. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) on a maiden speech which makes me, at least, hope that we...

Foreign Affairs (7 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I take the view—and I hope I am not alone in doing so; certainly I am not alone on this side—that there can be only one objective for the foreign policy of Her Majesty's Government. That is to protect the realm and further the interests of the British people. That and that alone is the function of the Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Office. The Foreign Secretary said a great deal with...

Foreign Affairs (7 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I think we had to deal with the Soviet Union in 1941 because it became the enemy of our enemies. That was the basis of the alliance with the Soviet Union. The mistake was made later, at Yalta. It lay in not realising that the situation by then had changed and was changing fast. That is why I referred to countries which "for the time being" are on our side. I think for example of South...

Foreign Affairs (7 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: There could be no threat there to the United Kingdom, the United States or the rest of Europe, or to other African countries. I agree with the Foreign Secretary and not altogether with my hon. Friend the Member for Louth (Mr. Brotherton) about aid to Mozambique. Let us remember who else is helping Mozambique: South Africa as much as the United Kingdom, for perfectly valid reasons according...

Foreign Affairs (7 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Has it occurred to the hon. Gentleman that the argument that he is putting forward is similar to that put forward, I regret to say, by a large element of the Tory Party about the Nazi occupation of the Rhineland, the Austrian Anschluss, and the invasion of Czechoslovakia?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Nato and United Nations Meetings (6 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In emphasising that the situation in Africa must not be seen in terms of an East-West conflict—

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Nato and United Nations Meetings (6 Jun 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: —exclusively, is the Prime Minister seeking to tell the House that Russian policy in Africa is not being carried out deliberately to weaken the European strength on which Africa largely depends and thus to threaten the whole Western economy?

Industrial Democracy (White Paper) (23 May 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I fully accept what the Prime Minister says about the need to get the trade unions involved. I appreciate that there might be difficulties. May we have an assurance that in firms employing 500 people or more where the members of the committee are to be appointed by unions and where the committees are already operated within a pattern that has been agreed with both non-union and union...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge of Income Tax for 1978–79 (10 May 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I though that we were debating a reduction in the tax level. The hon. Member refers to "handing out large sums of public money". We are debating the retention of more of the money that people have earned, sometimes overseas.

Bill Presented: Rhodesia (4 May 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: ; There is an old story of the tourist who was walking down Downing Street and asked a policeman on which side was the Foreign Office. The policeman replied "Ours—I hope." After the deplorable and defeatist speech of the Foreign Secretary, I do not hope—I doubt. It was a curiously racist speech in which he depicted the whole problem in terms of black and white, seeming to see things...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (27 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: My right hon. and learned Friend's proposals made it clear to me at least that he knew where he wanted to make the necessary savings. They require public expenditure savings of a little under £500 million—about three-quarters of 1 per cent. of total expenditure. Speaking as a former Chief Secretary—and there are not many of us in this House—I find that this saving is quite possible...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (27 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Gentleman reads Hansard, he will see that at the beginning of my speech I said that too much effort was devoted to the non-marketable effort both in the private and public sectors. I made it plain that the public expenditure cuts I was referring to did not help in the creation of wealth or in the provision of jobs.

Business of the House (20 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the Leader of the House is considering having a debate as suggested by the hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. Mendelson), will he consider linking it with the debate on Rhodesia to make it a two-day debate on defence and foreign affairs, which would include Southern Africa, in view of the close links between the defence of Europe and the situation in Southern Africa?


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