Results 1–20 of 239 for speaker:Mr Nigel Nicolson

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works: Abbeydale Works, Sheffield (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: asked the Minister of Works what action he is taking to assist in the preservation of Abbey-dale Works, Sheffield, in view of their importance as an early industrial monument.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works: Abbeydale Works, Sheffield (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Is not this welcome decision to save the Abbeydale Works, described by the Ancient Monuments Board as representing technological history of great national importance, a precedent for extending the ancient monuments Acts to cover relics of the early Industrial Revolution in the category of national ancient monuments?

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: No person has a greater right to speak on the Southall disaster than the hon. Member for Feltham (Mr. Hunter), whose constituency suffered—

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: —whose own constituency adjoins the area where the aeroplane crashed. Of course, as he pointed out, there is no guarantee whatever that a constituency which lies on the boundary of a great airport is not in some danger from an air accident. However, I also, I think, have a right, perhaps an equal right, to intervene in this debate, because many of the management and the employees of the...

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I hope the hon. Gentleman will allow me to pursue my argument. I apologise to the Committee if I take longer than I normally do. This is the last speech I am likely to make in the House of Commons and the one I have most wanted to make in the whole seven years I have been here. The inspection of 26th August, a week before the crash took place, did not reveal a single error in maintenance by...

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I am very pleased that my right hon. Friend has confirmed just what I thought. There was no criticism of the maintenance operations of the company at all a week before the accident took place; as far as maintenance was concerned, it was given a clean bill of health. So I ask my right hon. Friend again, but it is a rhetorical question, does he think that the verdict of the public inquiry upon...

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I shall not pursue the matter of insurance, because it would take up too much time and I have so many more important things to say. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not think that I am overstating the case, but that fact is that the company had flown 30,000 hours, which is 6 million miles, without a single accident. We have a much closer check upon whether the company maintained its...

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I had nothing to do with it except as a Member of Parliament representing the constituency near which was its main base. I feel that the Minister should either dissociate himself from the most stringent charges made in this Report or else he should show the Committee much more exactly how they can be justified. I have no interest whatsoever in the old company, but I have an interest in the...

Civil Aviation (20 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I do not blame the officers at all, as I said, but, in fact, they knew that Captain Mayger was in trouble, because he said, "I am finding difficulty in maintaining height." Blackbushe knew it, but London Airport did not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works: Stonehenge (Model) (14 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: If my right hon. Friend proceeds with the idea, with which I entirely agree, would he ensure that the stone used in the model is the same as the original stone, including that which came from South Wales, and that the model will not be in cement or some other modern material?

Foreign Affairs (8 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The conclusion of the speech of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Attercliffe (Mr. J. Hynd) somewhat surprised me. He suggested that Her Majesty's Government are dragging their feet and that they are entering these conversations with hesitation, without forethought and without any real prospect of hope or even desire for a successful outcome. That is not so, and the hon. Gentleman knows it....

Foreign Affairs (8 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I did not say that any individual had made them. I said that these three ideas emerged after a general discussion of the possibilities. With regard to the establishment of a United Nations Berlin group in the city, it was considered by many of us that it might fulfil this sort of function under the control of the four Powers who, of course, would still be present in the city. It might be put...

Foreign Affairs (8 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I must made it clear that I intend my remarks also to apply to the whole city. I have referred so far only to the ground approaches, but exactly the same system could be applied to the air corridors. I do not suggest that we should have United Nations technicians from the International Civil Aviation Organisation in the control tower at Berlin. I suggest that...

FIRE SERVICES BILL [Lords]: Clause 1. — (Repeal of Certain Pro Visions as to Exercise of Functions by Fire Authorities.) (3 Jul 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: If my hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State replies, will she, at the same time, elaborate a little further than she did just now on what extra powers will be given under the Bill to local fire committees? She said that the great majority of cases where fire brigades are used for other purposes than fire fighting were already in the hands of local committees, but that a few powers...

Needs of the Arts (23 Jan 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The assumption which has underlain this debate is a correct assumption. It is that the public do not regret the expenditure of their money on the arts provided it is well spent and not over-concentrated in one particular area. I need say very little about the first proviso. I disagree with the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson), who criticised the Government for unwise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation: Aircraft Accident, Southall (Inquiry) (21 Jan 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is now in a position to state when the public inquiry into the crash of a Viking aircraft at Southall on 2nd September, 1958, is to be held; and if he will give an assurance that this inquiry will be started immediately the result of the inquest is known so that all the relevant facts may be elicited before the question of whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation: Aircraft Accident, Southall (Inquiry) (21 Jan 1959)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: My right hon. Friend has been most helpful to the company which owns the aircraft, and I thank him for it. Has not an unusually long time been taken to complete the preliminary inquiries into this air crash? While I quite understand that he cannot comment on the coroner's three adjournments of the inquest, in general terms, would it not be a good thing to complete preliminary inquiries as...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications (16 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Like the hon Member for Torrington (Mr. Bonham Carter), I must disclose an interest as a partner in a firm of publishers. Very often hon. Members disclose such an interest without specifying what the interest exactly is. The interest in this case is a double one, that the publisher wishes the protection of the law against those of his less scrupulous competitors, and that the publisher...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications (16 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I prefer not to get sidetracked into Boswell. I have little time. I asked myself whether the loss to literature in this country through the non publication of Lolita was greater than the risk which one ran of offending certain people by its publication. In the end, I came to the conclusion that it was probably right to publish this book. I always remember a remark made to the mother of the...

Orders of the Day — Obscene Publications (16 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I cannot give way, because I have little time. I want to put two points to the Home Secretary which emerge out of this case. First, there is apparently no method by which a book which has been banned can be taken off the list of banned books, except by publishing a new edition of the book and waiting to see whether the Director of Public Prosecutions will prosecute or not. That was the only...


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