Results 1–20 of 630 for speaker:Mr Malcolm Macpherson

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I do not find a great deal to agree with in the speech of the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Bessell.) But I do not think, and apparently he does not, that nationalisation is the main point involved. Nationalisation is just the first step in what needs to be done. The essence of the Bill is not nationalisation, it is the establishment of a National Ports Authority and its ancillaries. I hope...

Orders of the Day — Defence (Army) Estimates, 1969–70, Vote A (12 Mar 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I want to touch only on the question of the Argylls, to which the hon. Gentleman the Member for Ayr (Mr. Younger) has referred. He has very greatly over-simplified all the issues and it may be useful for me to comment on some of them starting from the last point he made. The hon. Gentleman ended his comments on the petition and its effects by suggesting that there must be something radically...

Orders of the Day — Defence (Army) Estimates, 1969–70, Vote A (12 Mar 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: The reason the Army had to be reduced in those days was that under the Conservative Government recruiting was so bad that there was no possibility of sticking to the higher figures. The figures were reduced to meet what seemed possible as a top level of recruiting. But the actual business of disbanding and amalgamation and the problems involved are much the same. When the hon. Gentleman asks...

Orders of the Day — Defence (Army) Estimates, 1969–70, Vote A (12 Mar 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I have no idea. I was merely quoting one of the local newspapers in Stirling, which is the historic regimental headquarters of the Argylls, that three Russians from the town of Omsk had signed the petition. That is all I know. I do not know anything about those individuals or why they signed it.

Orders of the Day — Defence (Army) Estimates, 1969–70, Vote A (12 Mar 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: That seems to me to form the nucleus of a very interesting speech which perhaps my hon. Friend will deliver shortly. The hon. Gentleman the Member for Ayr put his argument in a very reasonable fashion, mistaken though I think it is, which is not the fashion always adopted by some of his co-sponsors. He talked about the striking contribution of Scotland to the Army and indicated that Scotland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (19 Feb 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: Will my hon. Friend make clear what the sponsors of the Petition have never made clear, namely, that they are demanding that the Argylls alone, among the whole British Army, be exempted from policies pursued by the previous Government and by this Government?

Orders of the Day — Universities (29 Jan 1969)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall keep your appeal in mind. Indeed, I had it in mind before you reiterated it. For that reason, I shall not comment on the main theme of the hon. Member for East Grinstead (Mr. G. Johnson Smith) of the student situation, unless I find that I have time towards the end of my speech, which I do not expect. I would prefer to comment briefly on a number of other points...

Armed Forces and Reserves (Run-Down) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: Unlike the hon. Member for Maldon (Mr. Brian Harrison), I wish to speak on a more limited topic; namely, the proposal to disband the Argylls. This matter is of considerable interest in Scotland because while the Scots are not a military people, they have always produced good fighting men. The Argylls have been a regiment of which we in Scotland have been extremely proud, as we have been of...

Armed Forces and Reserves (Run-Down) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I do not disagree with that. I did not specifically indicate that as one element. I intended to refer to the petition later. This does not validate the kind of criticism which has been made of the Government. The rundown of the forces is not being done casually and for no reason. The Government have been giving their reasons for it, our reasons, the country's reasons, and it is no use simply...

Armed Forces and Reserves (Run-Down) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I notice that some meetings have taken place in Stirling Castle, and I have assumed that those taking part were wise enough and sensible enough to make sure that they were acting within the rules. I do not suspect them of breaking any rules. The castle is an attractive and picturesque setting, and I have no doubt that it would attract the organisers of the petition as being the depot of the...

Armed Forces and Reserves (Run-Down) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: No, I was making quite a different point. I have no doubt that far more ex-privates and ex-n.c.o.s have signed the petition than have ex-officers. I pointed out that the people who direct the campaign do not appear to include—judging from the photo graphs and the lists of names that I see in my local newspapers and other news papers—any ex-privates or ex-n.c.o.s. That was my point, and I...

Armed Forces and Reserves (Run-Down) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: The answer is, "No". I would perhaps have signed the petition had it been organised simply on the basis of the first group of signatories I mentioned—those who wished to express their pride and admiration for the Argylls—but a petition which has mingled up in it Conservative Members of Parliament, the Conservative Central Office, and so on, is not the kind of thing I want to touch, in...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Regiments (Future) (25 Jun 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I am glad of the opportunity to speak for a minute or two in this short debate. The hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. Monro) has spoken with a feeling for the Scottish regiments and the Scottish tradition in soldiering which we all share. I have no quarrel with him on that. The traditions of the regiments and the Scottish part in the British Army have for a long time played a considerable part in...

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Storm Damage) (7 Feb 1968)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I will not follow the hon. Member for Perth and East Perthshire (Mr. MacArthur) on the matter of forestry. Although a lot of trees were blown down in my constituency, which poses a considerable problem, there is no forestry and no agriculture as such. However, the three small towns within my constituency—one of 20,000 inhabitants, another of under 30,000 and the third of under...

Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Bill (14 Dec 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I do not want to add very much to the debate, because I think that everything important has been said already. However, I want to align myself with my hon. Friends and hon. Gentlemen opposite in support of the idea behind:he Amendment. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State has told us that it cannot be done on financial grounds, that if it is done to attract more people to remain...

Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Bill (14 Dec 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I do not think that I used the word "studied". I would not claim to have studied the process. I have observed it at a distance. I did not say that nobody was coming into the teaching profession. My hon. Friend is right on the question of numbers. Perhaps I did not make clear what I was saying. I was talking about secondary schools, to which we are unable to attract the teachers we need for...

Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Bill (14 Dec 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I do not see the relevance of my hon. Friend's reply to my argument. I realise that there are difficulties about recruitment to industry. What I am saying is that the Government's policy for the schools has not succeeded in staffing them at the level which is needed. We need highly qualified staff in the science departments, to produce scientists for industry. It is a long, slow business. I...

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill (23 Nov 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: I found little with which to disagree in the remarks of the hon. and learned Member for Solihull (Mr. Grieve). There seems to be a consensus that the main purpose of the Bill is sound, and I certainly support that view. If an increase has taken place in the amount of work to be transacted by the courts, the sensible thing is to increase the number of professional judges; and I do not see...

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill (23 Nov 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: The hon. and learned Member makes my point for me. Here is a profession, all of whose members are in the ordinary National Insurance Scheme. Every one is protected in the same way as everyone else in the country. Yet the Scottish Bar says that unless a man joins its widows' pensions scheme he cannot enter the race for a judgeship.

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill (23 Nov 1967)

Mr Malcolm Macpherson: That is not quite the point. In fact, it is not the point at all. What I am saying is that members of the Scottish bench are appointed only from the Scottish Bar, just as, in England and Wales, judges are appointed from the English and Welsh Bar, but that, in order to enter oneself in the competition in Scotland, which may ultimately end in one's becoming a judge, one must buy one's way into...


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