Results 101–120 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Rhodesia (18 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does not the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary think that he may be suffering from a dangerous delusion when he says that there is a danger of this conflict becoming internationalised, in the sense that it already is internationalised, with a massive build-up of Soviet-Cuban troops and with a high-ranking Russian general in charge of the Soviet-Cuban base in Mozambique? Can the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community (Economic and Social Committee) (13 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In view of the Government's conversion to supporting small businesses, may I press the Prime Minister to include somewhere in the list of representatives someone to represent unquoted companies and unincorporated businesses—and here I must declare an interest—since these companies represent some 40 per cent. of the gross domestic product?

Oil and Gas (Licensing) (5 Apr 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the right hon. Gentleman put the record straight by agreeing that the late Sir Winston Churchill acquired shares in British Petroleum in order to ensure fuel for the Navy? Can the right hon. Gentleman's Government ensure that we shall have a Navy to protect the North Sea?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Oman (21 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Minister agree that quite apart from the situation in Oman, the presence of British forces in that country gives great service to British interests in the protection of the Gulf?

North Sea Oil (21 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Prime Minister referred to the need for industrial investment and increased productivity. Would he accept that this implies a movement of labour into service industry? He also referred to the need for further energy investment with the intention of exporting energy. Does he accept that this implies a fairly rapid decision about the future of the fast breeder reactor? Will the right hon....

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I hope that the right hon. Member for Fulham (Mr. Stewart) will forgive me if, in the interests of brevity, I do not take up his argument, other than to say that, looking back, I wish that he and some of his colleagues had shown the same enthusiasm for pay policy when they were in Opposition and had practised then what they now preach to us. I want first very briefly to ask the Minister to...

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: That is correct. I want to know what the Government think about this. They seem to have no concept of world changes over the years being matched by changes in British policy. We are in a new ball game now, with new nuclear capabilities. There is a greater Soviet-Warsaw Pact presence in Europe and a wider Soviet empire, stretching far beyond the shores of Europe. There is the capability of the...

Orders of the Day — Defence (14 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: My fear is that blindness and abject appeasement forced on the Government by their own Left wing will lead to a lack of policy, which may require not the same but greater sacrifices from our children and grandchildren. That is why I urge the House to support the amendment.

Rhodesia (6 Mar 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does not the Foreign Secretary agree that the Salisbury proposals and the Anglo-American suggestions are sufficiently close together for him to be more likely to be able to involve the Patriotic Front by taking a somewhat firmer line and welcoming the Salisbury proposals somewhat more strongly than he has yet done, rather than giving the impression to the world that he is waiting for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Developing Countries (Debts) (23 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Minister accept that this is an aspect of a wider problem, involving oil money that is not available for long-term investment? It causes Governments world wide to create debts. Should not that money be mopped up so that it will not add to inflationary pressures? Do Her Majesty's Government have any plans, with their partners in Europe or with other countries, to take positive action...

Oral Answers to Questions — Red Sea Countries (23 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Reverting to the Red Sea, will the Prime Minister consider most carefully the increasing Soviet influence on both coasts of the Red Sea and the precariousness or otherwise of the position of the present Administration in Saudi Arabia, and consult his colleagues in Europe and within the North Atlantic Alliance to ascertain what can be done to put the matter right?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (22 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am not sure whether I ought to declare an interest—personal if not financial—since my great grandfather left Scotland together with his younger brother to become a publisher in London. As such he was welcomed and was able to prosper and succeed. Of course, had he stayed in Scotland and prospered and succeeded I should have had to declare a financial interest in this Bill because we...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (22 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am fully aware of that. I am only saying that perhaps we should have another look at how this is dealt with in the organisation of the United Kingdom Government. I do not think that it will make it any easier for the Scottish Secretary if there are other people who push him from one side to the other. He still has to deal with the Treasury. He is setting himself in the centre of a conflict...

Rhodesia (16 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Foreign Secretary said that it was important to reach agreement with those presently inside and outside Rhodesia. In view of what is going on in the rest of Africa, will he give an assurance that the pressures that he will put on the Patriotic Front and its allies will be at least as strong as, and, I hope, stronger than, the pressures put on those who have reached an agreement within...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Referendum (15 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Surely the hon. Member is making the case for the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Cunningham). In the European referendum, had there been a minimum of this sort, the minimum would have applied to the "No" vote and not to the "Yes" vote. In that case it was the "No" vote which would have altered the status quo and a treaty which had been signed. In this case it is the "Yes"...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (14 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: It seems to me that there is only one point at issue between the House and the Government. That is whether an expression of our mutual dislike of combining a referendum campaign with a General Election campaign should or should not be written into the Bill. I very much agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Renton) that a firm time—I am not particular about three months...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (14 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: If the hon. Gentleman would give some assurance concerning the device referred to earlier for writing into the Bill a specific date at a later stage, that would go a long way to re-assure us. If he were to contemplate bringing forward a referendum Bill which would remove all these grisly possibilities once and for all, that again would reassure us, but I do not think it is quite fair to...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Period Between General Election and Referendum (14 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Minister suggested that my right hon. Friend the Member for Renfrewshire, East (Miss Anderson) could discuss and take into account the possible date of a General Election when considering the date of the referendum in a motion which was brought before the House. Surely that is not possible. First, neither my right hon. Friend nor the Minister would know the date of a General Election. If...

Orders of the Day — Pay Policy (Government Sanctions) (13 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I take it that the right hon. Gentleman is including in this specification the use of ECGD powers, so that, despite the judgment of the courts and the expressed opinion of jurisprudence, the discretion of Ministers under an Act of Parliament is being used for purposes other than those in the Act itself.

Orders of the Day — Pay Policy (Government Powers) (7 Feb 1978)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I thank the hon. Member for Coventry, South-West (Mrs. Wise) because she has shortened my speech by referring to the 14 examples of how pay policy has been broken, all of which involve wage council awards and about which the Government can apparently do nothing. I cannot declare an interest in the debate because I do not know whether I have one. As chairman of my family publishing business,...


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