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Results 141–160 of 2083 for speaker:Mr Maurice Macmillan

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I take the point made by the hon. Member for West Lothian, and I, too, think that Amendment No. 430 is important. Amendments Nos. 115 and 118 would confine subsections (1) and (2) to Scotland and the people of Scotland. The wording of the two amendments is slightly different but, together, they are designed to confine the clause to Scotland. Amendment No. 430 is part of the same scheme,...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I am sure that if the Committee were wise enough to carry these amendments the point that the hon. Member for West Lothian wanted to make in the other amendments would be covered. If one considers how the wording of Amendments Nos. 115 and 118 would alter it, the clause becomes clear. I shall not read them now in order to save time. If one asked what these amendments would take away from the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: That is a valid point which can be developed later. I had deliberately left out the awkward constitutional points which this could raise, but since my hon. Friend has brought them in, I must say that there is something extremely distasteful about using an Order in Council, which is debatable, but not amendable, and to put it into a Bill in this form, to make major constitutional changes that...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. Wilson) made the valid point that he wanted to see a stronger wording of the clause. One of the difficulties with the clause without our amendments is that it is possible for the Assembly to act in such a way that a Minister would be entitled to say that an Order in Council laid before this House would be consequential, when the purpose of that Order in...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Minister has given examples of the use of the words "necessary or expedient" in legislation relating to Orders in Council made consequential upon an Act of this House and carrying out the purposes of the Act. The order with which the clause deals is not quite the same. It is based on a Minister's judgment as to whether the order is consequential. The matter is not laid down in the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Clause 35 (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I can see that the hon. Gentleman's argument would be valid against the previous amendment which the Committee considered. However, this amendment is to omit including any provision contained in this Act". The hon. Gentleman cannot need that phrase if Schedule 10 requires consequential changes in United Kingdom legislation. He can need that change only to add to or subtract from that phrase...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Power to Revoke Subordinate Instruments (7 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: On a point of order, Mr. Godman Irvine. I am not absolutely certain whether we are to have longer time for Divisions. If we are, it means that we shall have less time for debate. Could not the people in Norman Shaw come over here in anticipation of a Division and then wait, as it is always on the hour every four hours?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Agency Arrangements and Provision of Services (6 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I must apologise to the Committee for the fact that on my return to the debate I shall strike a note of acerbity and uncertainty. I thought that this was a relatively innocent clause, but when I heard what my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind) said I began to get a little alarmed. Having heard the Minister, it seems to me that Clause 33, particularly when taken in...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Agency Arrangements and Provision of Services (6 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I should like to see laid down firmly in part of the legislation that any use of other Departments outside Scotland as agents of the Scottish Assembly in terms of Clause 33 should be paid for notionally or otherwise out of funds raised by the block grant or other method of financing the Assembly. In other words, as the Under-Secretary suggested, if the Scottish Assembly and its servant, the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Agency Arrangements and Provision of Services (6 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: As it is so simple, what is the parliamentary method for Parliament's preventing the United Kingdom Minister entering into an agency arrangement which the Government wish to enter into but which Parliament does not?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Provision of Information (6 Dec 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The wording of the clause says that the Secretary of State "may" request. This leaves the matter entirely in the hands of the Secretary of State of the the day who decides whether to make use of the clause to get information on behalf of another Minister of the Crown in the execution of his duties. I would like to know whether, if the wording were altered to "must", that would enable the...

Devolution (26 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Leader of the House accept that his new proposals do nothing more for the people of Scotland and Wales but that they are more likely than those that were defeated in arguments in the House to lead to the division of the United Kingdom?

Conduct of Members (26 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I have deep respect for the right hon. Gentleman's views, but he is behaving as though the House were a club. He is suggesting that we have the right to determine who should be an hon. Member and how he should operate. That is a matter for the electorate and not for the House. The right hon. Gentleman is doing the House a grave disservice by suggesting that when we are dealing only with the...

Rhodesia (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: In talking to the Americans internationally about this very grave difficulty, will the Foreign Secretary make it plain that the United Kingdom has an interest which is slightly different from that of other countries in that we are more dependent on a peaceful transition and secure access to the raw materials in Southern Rhodesia and on the prevention of the domination of the sea routes by...

Counter-Inflation Policy (20 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I hope that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Mr. Tierney) will forgive me if I do not take up his argument about low-paid workers. It is not that I do not appreciate the importance of the subject. I had a certain amount to do with it when the Conservatives were in office. But I think it would have been much better if the tax credit scheme that we had prepared had been put into...

Counter-Inflation Policy (20 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I think that the hon. Gentleman would have found the news he is seeking a little earlier on the tape rather than in the stop press, if he is worried about his own investment.

Counter-Inflation Policy (20 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I thought that the hon. Gentleman was looking at the racing results. I was saying that we have in the past made a mistake in over-concentrating on the domestic side of our policies, particularly monetary policies. That mistake ought to be easier to avoid in the future than it has been in the past because of the coming on stream, as it is called of North Sea...

Conclusion (15 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: The Chancellor referred to some additional sanctions on the private sectorßžnamely, the use of public purchasing power and financial assistance. Will he give some assurance about nationalised industries? Notably, will he assure the House that he will not artificially hold down the prices of nationalised industries irrespective of cost increases, not allow their deficits to add to the...

Postal Services (North-West London) (12 Jul 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Will the Secretary of State acknowledge that obeying the law is a single matter? In echoing the Prime Minister's appeal to accept the judgment of the court, will he do something to ensure that the Post Office obeys the law and continues to deliver letters?

Grunwick Processing Laboratories Limited (23 Jun 1977)

Mr Maurice Macmillan: Does the Attorney-General think that he is encouraging the rule of law to be obeyed by the pickets and demonstrators when in his statement he implied that he can be blackmailed out of applying the law by the threat of widespread action?


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