Results 1–20 of 5649 for speaker:Mr Ernest Marples

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: It is a pleasure to follow the former Leader of the Liberal Party, who is a Scotsman, and my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, North (Earl of Dalkeith), who is also a Scotsman. The only reason why I have the temerity to stand on my feet now as an Englishman is that I was a regimental sergeant major in the London Scottish. More than that, I was probably the only Englishman in the unit. I...

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: But the newspaper proprietors have been saying that for a long time and they are still going down the drain in Fleet Street. They must recognise the facts of life—and not many Liberals tend to do that. Another example is the advent of the atom. The man who discovered it was, Rutherford. In 1933 he said that the energy in the nucleus would never be released. Nine years later in 1942, it...

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: I thank the hon. Gentleman for sitting down to let me intervene in his speech. What happens in the North-West is that I have tried to get firms into my constituency in Wallasey, and I got them. I brought Cadbury's in, and Squibbs, a pharmaceutical firm. When Cadbury's now have vacant space in its factory I find firms will not rent the vacant space. The reason is that they do not want to go to...

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: It has had one or two. It was not that so much as the fact that any civil engineering contractors—

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: I do not want to get side-tracked into—[Interruption.] Anyone in this House knows Merseyside is a difficult area, but they also know that it is the hon. Member's area as well. But I will not let him side-track me. This is a favourite ploy of his. When he says that he is patient, that is a terminological inexactitude. I am trying to make a serious contribution—[Interruption.] I do not...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (22 Oct 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Enfield, East (Mr. Mackie). He makes robust speeches full of common sense. He always did so when in Government, and he does so in Opposition, too. I congratulate him on his speech. But Enfield has not got everything. It does not make wine. [AN HON. MEMBER: "It consumes it."] I was tempted to say that I would give a bottle of my own 1970...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (22 Oct 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: That is so. The last thing a Frenchman wants to do is to repair his house. He takes the view that he lives in it for eternity, and that it never needs repairing. His first consideration is good food. He has a good standard of living. But they are very hygienic in many ways. Many of the appliances there are not in common use in this country. I agree with the hon. Gentleman when he says that...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 1 Apr 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: It is nice to follow the hon. Member for Heywood and Royton (Mr. Barnett). First, he is always pleasant; secondly, it is rewarding, because I generally agree with him; and, thirdly, we belong to the same trade union, the Institute of Chartered Accountants. On this occasion I think that the hon. Gentleman's arithmetic was somewhat faulty. First, he talked about putting more money in people's...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 1 Apr 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: Hon. Gentlemen opposite do not need it. They have already got it. That is why they want to keep the present situation. My point is that to make a fair comparison we must get an accurate measurement of the prospective increase in the gross national product, and at precisely the same date we must estimate increases in wages and salaries. To my mind, we should gain a tremendous advantage if...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 1 Apr 1971)

Mr Ernest Marples: There are many sides to the problem. I am concentrating on this particular one, because unless we get an accurate measure of the comparison between increased wage claims and increased G.N.P. we are not in business. I have put these ideas forward in the past, but people have said to me that it is a good theory. But they say that in practice it can happen only in a small country like...

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (18 Dec 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: As the Private Bill has not been passed, how is it possible for something drastic to be done to my constituents and other people on 1st January?

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board ( 1 Dec 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: The whole House will agree that the speech made by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Kirkdale (Mr. Dunn) has been reasonable in tone and has contributed to lowering the temperature of the debate. For that I am grateful. The hon. Gentleman contributed a number of points with which I agree, but one or two with which I do not. I agree that it is a pity that the debate is taking place today. I know...

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board ( 1 Dec 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: I am suggesting that sufficient was not available to us before debating the matter today. Debates tend to be meaningless unless hon. Members study correct information before the debate. Without information we get wild rhetorical speeches which add to the heat but not to the light. I want to talk about three particular points. First, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (Capital Reconstruction)...

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board ( 1 Dec 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: I must keep the temperature down, otherwise I shall be accused of all sorts of things. If there is a strike on 8th December, if the receiver gets the money he will have to pay another £30,000 to the board for the running of the Board, and get no revenue. If he pays that sum for that purpose it means that he has £30,000 less for pensioners or bondholders, if that is his order of priorities....

Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: Will my right hon. Friend agree to call a meeting of all those interested on Merseyside, including the business community, the Chamber of Commerce, all local authorities and workers in the docks, to see whether all interested would make a contribution to the finances, and then reconsider his decision about the finances?

Consumer Protection and Cost of Living (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: Will a copy be placed in the Library?

Consumer Protection and Cost of Living (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: How much does it cost?

Consumer Protection and Cost of Living (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: It falls to me, in making what is practically my maiden speech, to congratulate two hon. Members on two excellent maiden speeches. First was my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Selwyn Gummer), who won the seat for the Tory Party at the General Election. His speech was very spirited, lucid, excellently delivered and showed not a trace of nervousness—indeed, showed traces of...

Consumer Protection and Cost of Living (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: I shall not dodge that question. I shall come to it later. I will give the hon. Gentleman an example of how precisely these forces, in my view, do not work. The Consumer Council did a good job. Government Departments, including the Ministry of Agriculture, have always liked a representative of the Consumer Council to attend meetings to put forward the consumer interest. Representatives of...

Consumer Protection and Cost of Living (30 Nov 1970)

Mr Ernest Marples: Now I am not so sure that I want to be short. The Prime Minister should think again about this. The Government should remember that the Consumer Council has nearly always behaved sensibly. It backed my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, when he was President of the Board of Trade, on the abolition of resale price maintenance. A Question was asked by Sir Thomas Moore on 19th March, 1964,...


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