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Counter-Inflation Policy (13 Dec 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I can claim to have supported the need for incomes policy as strongly and consistently as anyone in this House. This has caused me trouble from time to time, incidentally. But I cannot go along with the sort of nonsense that we have heard today from the Government. Quite frankly, the Government's present proposals are from cloud cuckoo land and nothing else. Their policy is to impose...

Counter-Inflation Policy (13 Dec 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Where a monopoly power is exercised, be it in the case of wage claims, prices or profits, the same considerations must apply. Where there is free competition they do not apply. With monopoly power they must apply irrespective of the source of that power. I want to make a positive contribution to what could be, possibly, a more effective incomes policy. The public and private sectors must be...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: This is a formidable debate for any Back Bencher to enter without the technical advice available to the Government and to the Front Bench spokesmen for the Opposition. I hope that the House will allow me to partici- pate in the debate in a spirit of nostalgia. I have just worked out that the first time that I led a British delegation to the International Monetary Fund was almost exactly a...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: The problems and the circumstances have certainly changed enormously over those years, but the argument, when considered closely, remains very much as it was in the day of Bretton Woods. What is so interesting to me about the EMS is the similarity between this new system and the Bretton Woods system. As I understand it, both are based, first—one on a world scale, the other on a European...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: The principles and the mechanisms are exactly the same. The point is that the dominance of the dollar which existed at the time of Bretton Woods has now disappeared. That is one of the reasons for the fluctuations and turbulence in the currency markets at the moment. Thus, the argument over these years—to over-simplify, as one must in a brief speech—has been between the hard money men...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Perhaps I have failed to express myself clearly. I am saying that the establishment of a common currency and a common central bank is the ultimate objective and the crowning achievement of economic unity. It is wrong to try to impose it at this time. I accept it as a final achievement of economic unity. However, we must have a high degree of political unity in Europe before we can achieve...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Yes, of course. I want to see European unity, but I want it to grow organically out of the reality of the economy rather than have it imposed by some system which will break down in the process. Mr. Gaston Thorn, the Luxembourg Prime Minister, was reported in The Times this morning as saying There is no doubt in anyone's mind that such a monetary system cannot function on the basis of...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I do not know the leader of Nottingham city council, but Mr. Thorn is a man of great experience and intelligence and should not be insulted. It would not be right for us, or for Europe, if the United Kingdom joined the EMS now and on this basis. There is no reason why the other countries should not go ahead. There is no reason why we should not go in at the right time. But at present our...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I said that I did not want to take any premature steps that would lead to a stumble.

Orders of the Day — Rhodesia (8 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I shall concentrate seriously on the current situation in Rhodesia, which is both grave and tragic. I wonder how many people have died in the Rhodesian war since the debate started yesterday afternoon. Tonight I shall be voting against the continuation of sanctions. I have not done so before. I shall do so tonight for the first time, for two reasons. My first reason is that the situation has...

Prayers: Zambia (2 Nov 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Before agreeing to supply these arms for the defence of Zambia, did the Foreign Secretary seek an assurance from President Kaunda that he would do all in his power to restrain the activities of the guerrillas who are using the relative safety of Zambia, now to be enhanced by British arms, to conduct a campaign of murder and terrorism in Rhodesia against black and white alike? If he did not...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Many right hon. and hon. Members wish to speak, so I shall be as brief as I can be and also as positive as possible. To combine the two is not easy. Let no one underestimate the gravity of the impending tragedy in Rhodesia. The possibility is a collapse, political and economic, and bloody warfare between black and white and between black and black. Nor should we underestimate the effect on...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: If the settlement is so defective, why did the Foreign Secretary on 18th April tell me that if it supported free elections he would defend it, come hell or high water?

Orders of the Day — Dividends Bill (27 Jul 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: In current circumstances there is no argument either of logic or of economics for continuing the statutory control of dividends. No one has put one forward—least of all the Chief Secretary in his speech today, if one can call it a speech. If I may say so, I thought that it was a piece of buffoonery masquerading as a speech, and when such a performance comes from a man of such charm and...

Orders of the Day — Dividends Bill (27 Jul 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I am most grateful to the Financial Secretary for discussing and commenting on my questions, but it would be more helpful if he would try to answer them. In particular, will he give his reasons for saying that it would not be possible to have a voluntary agreement on dividends?

Orders of the Day — Dividends Bill (27 Jul 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Did the Government make any attempt whatsoever to get a voluntary agreement?

Petitions: High Court Attendances (Officers of the House) (7 Jul 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: I beg to present a petition from Mr. David St. John Sutton. As I shall seek to move a motion arising from this petition, I request that it be read by the Clerk.

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

Mr Reginald Maudling: The debate began as a debate on a motion of no confidence in the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I gather that now the Division will be a vote of no confidence or confidence in the Government. That does not make much difference, because the Chancellor is so central to the whole of Government policy that the one is commensurate with the other. However, it seems to have affected the Liberal Party,...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (8 Jun 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: In view of the early exchanges between the two Front Benches I have apologised to the Minister who will reply to the debate that because of a constituency engagement I might not return in time to hear the whole of his speech. As I listened to the debate, and particularly to the Foreign Secretary yesterday, I came to the conclusion that we are becoming totally bemused by words. We are...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (8 Jun 1978)

Mr Reginald Maudling: Certainly. Good.


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