Results 141–160 of 239 for speaker:Mr Nigel Nicolson

Orders of the Day — Homicide Bill (6 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: No. that is not my argument. My argument is that after the hon. Member's Bill had been rejected by the House of Lords and had come back to this House, our decision at that moment was an utterly final one. It was at that moment that we should have ceased to think of ourselves as putting forward a ease. and begun to think of ourselves as the legislators whose decision at that moment was...

Orders of the Day — Homicide Bill (6 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I have not changed my mind on capital punishment. I started my speech by saying that I am still passionately an abolitionist. What I have done is to decide that at the moment when my decision became irrevocable. namely, when the House of Lords could have no further say on the subject, it would be right to be guided by public opinion. The Government made exactly the same decision. They did not...

Orders of the Day — Homicide Bill (6 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Of course not only simple people. but particularly simple people. So we had this surge of fear in the constituencies that people would be in imminent danger if capital punishment were abolished, and we were right to listen to that view. Perhaps with the passage of this Bill the fear will be allayed because, for the first time, we shall have some proof that it was unjustified. We shall have...

Orders of the Day — Motor Fuel Rationing (6 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I wish to raise the question of petrol rationing in respect of commercial vehicles and, in particular, the position of commercial travellers. To begin with, I should like to pay a well-deserved tribute to the Ministry of Transport and, indirectly, to the Ministry of Power for the way in which they have got over the early difficulties of petrol rationing. The cries of "Chaos" which were heard...

Council of Europe and Western European Union (8 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Is it the hon. Gentleman's idea that there should be a central House of Commons, as it were, containing members from every country involved in any of these agencies, with standing committees, a sort of planetary system with satellite standing committees dealing in specialised jobs around it? Is not that just as much a proliferation as having completely separate assemblies? Is he not trying to...

Council of Europe and Western European Union (8 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I do not think that what the hon. Gentleman is suggesting is possible, for two reasons. First, the Iron Curtain countries would not agree to come into the Council of Europe. Second, the present members of the Council of Europe would not have them because one of the bases of the work and principles of the Council, contained in certain fairly elaborate documents, is that there are certain...

Council of Europe and Western European Union (8 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I believe that I am the last hon. Member in the House to rise to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. If there are others who wish to speak, I will willingly give way and not occupy the whole of the remaining time for the debate, but if there are no others who wish to speak then I should like to occupy that time, because I have thought much on the subject of Western European Union and have...

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: During the last year or two. I have raised with my right hon. Friend and his predecessors the claims of a very special category of the old, claims which have not so far been advanced in the debate and which, so far as I know, have never before been advanced publicly. My right hon. Friend has been most sympathetic and patient with me when I have pressed upon him these hard cases. I have a...

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is the wrong attitude. National Assistance is simply one form of State aid. It is nothing of which to be ashamed. We constantly preach that to our contituents, but the fact remains, as my right hon. Friend will acknowledge, that in itself it implies a sense of degradation for a man of that type, degradation in the sense that he is stepping down from the standard of living which one would...

Orders of the Day — Cost Erosion (5 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The transition from the subject of the main debate to that of the Adjournment debate will not be as abrupt as usual, for I, too, am going to talk about the sea. I shall be talking about it, however, not as an ally but as a foe. I wish to call attention to the ceaseless attack of the sea on the outer rim of these islands, and to put forward the argument that the cost of erecting the necessary...

Orders of the Day — Cost Erosion (5 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I shall come to the question of maintenance a little later. I was talking of new work. One of the grievances of many coast protection authorities is that they have no idea upon what basis the Minister calculates the grant which is to be given. It is apparently a close secret. The rumour is that the Minister does not pay anything to a local authority if the cost of works is less than the...

Orders of the Day — Cost Erosion (5 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I must correct that, if I may. I said 80 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing: House of Commons (Election) (12 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Does the Prime Minister not agree that if the suggestion of the hon. Gentleman the Member for Fife, West (Mr. Hamilton) were to be accepted, hon. Members would be eating out of the hands of their local associations and as a result the representation of public opinion in this House would be less and not more effective?

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (29 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The right hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Strachey) began by disclosing his interest as an author. I suppose that there is not an hon. Member now in the House who could not be deemed at some time or other capable of writing a book which, in the eyes of a prejudiced jury, might conceivably come within the terms of the Bill. But I have a rather more special interest to declare as a...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (29 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I should not like to try to give the hon. and learned Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget) a catalogue of human lusts.

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (29 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: That was my point: one cannot give any precise definition. One can only indicate the type of book which one wishes to ban, and that is the nearest I can get to it. It would include banning on the grounds of excessive cruelty and violence. That comes within the expression "animal lusts". Each of us has in mind the types of book which would be fitted by this particular cap. I wish we could...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications Bill (29 Mar 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Before the hon. Member leaves the point about expert evidence, can he say whether the Clause would allow evidence to be given for the defence upon the professional standing of the author or publisher of a work? As at present drafted, the Bill would not permit of any evidence of that kind but only evidence upon the specific work under consideration.

Orders of the Day — Disarmament (23 Jul 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey)began his speech with the paradox that the real problem we have to face is not the control of the nuclear weapons of the large Powers, but the control of the conventional weapons of the smaller Powers. He went on to argue that so terrible is the nuclear weapon that it has completely changed our earlier concept that it is necessary to have a balance...

Orders of the Day — Disarmament (23 Jul 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: That is something of the same sort which the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Derby, South quoted in his speech. I am simply saying that I should like to know more about this, and asking why it is that in all the documents and speeches about the problem there is scarcely any reference made to that third form of warfare. I turn to the other two. Clearly, conventional armaments lend...

Civic Trust (29 Jul 1957)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: All those who have been disturbed at the increasing defacement of our town and countryside by ill-planned development will have heard with relief of the recent formation of the Civic Trust. This body is wholly unofficial and does not depend to any extent upon Government funds, but as it is likely to be one of the most influential and, I hope, one of the most affluent of all the bodies...


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