Results 101–120 of 239 for speaker:Mr Nigel Nicolson

Capital Punishment (16 Feb 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: That is certainly so, but I think that the statistics can be used to an even greater extent. If we take the countries of Western Europe, such as the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy or the Scandinavian countries, we find there people who are temperamentally not very far removed from ourselves, and we are here dealing with murder, as a basic emotion. What is true of them is surely true not...

Capital Punishment (16 Feb 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I am speaking of the moral issue, and I am asking my hon. Friends whether, if we were free of this penalty, we should now discuss reintroducing it on moral and other grounds; and I say that we should not. If this penalty is abolished, we are still left with a deterrent. So many people have been arguing that to abolish the death penalty immediately would let loose a flood of murders and other...

Capital Punishment (16 Feb 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Most of my hon. Friends, as has been evidenced from the reactions to my speech, are in favour of its retention. I cannot be certain that I am right, and yet I know that if there are thirty or forty upon my side of the House who agree with my attitude, the Amendment will be carried tonight. If there are as few as twenty, it will be lost. And so it is with a deep consciousness of the importance...

U.N.I.C.E.F. (United Kingdom Contribution) (28 Feb 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I intervene in the debate very shortly, to show that the cause for which the hon. Member for Newcastle - upon - Tyne, East (Mr. Blenkinsop) has pleaded is supported by hon. Members on this side of the House. I put forward only two additional reasons for supporting the Fund. The first is that it is an expanding programme, and that when we first joined it we did so with the intention, in...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. I did not want to interrupt the hon. Member for Brierley Hill (Mr. Simmons) when he was speaking, but could you give an indication of the width of the debate permitted on this Amendment? It seemed to me that, with all the latitude one would wish hon. Members to have, the last speaker went rather wide and that it would be of guidance to the rest of us...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The hon. Member for Ladywood (Mr. Yates) apologised to the House about a quarter of the way through his speech for its length. I do not think he need have done so, because a lot he said in the latter part of it was not only interesting but valuable. I think it is obvious, however, that he has never commanded troops, and, perhaps, evident that he has never been a soldier: if he had, he would...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is a simple case of a young man who married a German girl a week before he left for Malaya. After three months' separation, this girl ran away with a married Englishman. Through S.S.A.F.A., I was approached to see whether the War Office would agree to this boy's return so that he could rescue his marriage. I made the approach, the application was granted and the marriage is saved. Those...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I do not know whether he has gone back to Malaya, although I think not; this took place only a fortnight ago. The hon. Member for Ladywood also referred to the continued presence of our troops in Germany. It was a little unfortunate that he should take the view that the presence of our troops there is a mistake, that they are wasting their time and that they have no job to do, because if...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: As long as the hon. Member makes it clear that he is speaking for himself, and that his party do not agree with him on the subject, then I think his views are purely personal and not shared by more than half-a-dozen hon. Members.

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I wish to make my speech on a very different subject and I will make it short. I want to ask my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State whether it is desirable that the War Office should continue to own and to acquire land in this country for the purpose of military exercises and ranges. I must make it clear at the outset that I am not one of those who go about the country crying that the...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Yes, but the War Office has taken very little land in Scotland. Land in the Highlands which, one might think, would offer very good training ground, is neglected because it is too wet and too hilly. The Army should keep its requirements for these purposes to the minimum; but it is interesting to note that in the opinion of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England the Army has a...

Orders of the Day — Organisation (1 Mar 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Of course one finds bad officers, but that does not alter the principle.

Orders of the Day — Restrictive Trade Practices Bill: Clause 16. — (Presumption as to the Public Interest.) (3 May 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: As yet another publisher who has refrained from speaking in the debate on this point, may I ask a question? I agree that under Clause 16 (b) publishers may argue that the net book agreement should be retained, but they can only do so by arguing that failure to retain it would cause a great many bankruptcies among the booksellers. Is that justifiable? Can one say that that is an argument in...

Orders of the Day — Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill: Clause 1. — (Abolition of Death Penalty. (16 May 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: In my case, the appeal by the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman) does not fall on deaf ears. I believe most sincerely that the Amendment should be resisted. There is a danger that it might be carried, and that is why I make no apology, after the promoter of the Bill has spoken, for giving my reasons for resisting it. I can understand the Home Secretary approving of the...

Orders of the Day — Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill: Clause 1. — (Abolition of Death Penalty. (16 May 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is possible that the next Amendment will not be carried, though this one may be. It is possible that, when the Bill goes upon the Statute Book, the two categories, warders and criminals, will be the only people in the country protected by the death penalty against the possibility of murder. That appears to me to be illogical, for the following reason. I always understood that the main...

Orders of the Day — Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill: Clause 1. — (Abolition of Death Penalty. (16 May 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is true that I am trying to destroy the argument put up by my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon, South. That is the whole purpose of debate. I think he was wrong in his arguments on two grounds. I have dealt only with one ground. I think he was illogical. I would also say that I think that his proposal was unnecessary. To complete the first half of the argument, let us suppose that we had...

Orders of the Day — Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill: Clause 1. — (Abolition of Death Penalty. (16 May 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The hon. and learned Member for Gloucester (Mr. Turner-Samuels) is a lawyer and I am not, but at least I am sufficiently versed in the law to know that one can be consistently cruel or brutal over years but not in a physical way which justifies a charge of manslaughter. I would complete my argument as follows. It has been put to us by the Home Secretary and several other hon.

Orders of the Day — Title (28 Jun 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I beg to second the Motion. It must be a matter of some emotion for the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman) to have reached what is the ultimate stage in this House in the passage of his Bill. I do not think that it would seem inappropriate for me, who agree with him upon this matter, if on no other, to offer him my congratulations upon bringing to this successful conclusion...

United Nations Refugee Fund (9 Jul 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government will add £1 to every £1 raised from the general public by the United Nations Association appeal on behalf of the United Nations Refugee Fund.

United Nations Refugee Fund (9 Jul 1956)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is a well-known fact that this fund is seriously short of money for the job which it has undertaken. As the Treasury must have allowed for the extra £20,000 to which my noble Friend has referred, can he not make that £20,000 contribution to the fund which has been established on a national scale by the United Nations Association?


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