Results 21–40 of 239 for speaker:Mr Nigel Nicolson

Orders of the Day — WAGES COUNCILS (AMENDMENT) BILL [Lords] (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I was glad to hear the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Blyth (Mr. Robens) welcome the Bill on behalf of his party. It had been suggested to me by someone who obviously did not know what he was talking about that the Opposition intended to object to it. Personally, I found it very difficult to conceive of any reason why they should, for surely the Bill's main purpose is to extend to about...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: On a point of order. I have been present for an hour. I have heard three or four consecutive speeches from the Labour benches. I have twice tried to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. Is it not normal practice in this House that as far as possible Members from both sides of the House are called alternately?

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The hon. Member for Dunbartonshire, East (Mr. Bence) expressed some fears about the reputation of "this institution," by which I imagine he meant the House of Commons. Does he really believe that the performance to which we have been subjected during the last two-and-a-half hours has increased the reputation of the House of Commons in the eyes of those who watch us and read about our proceedings?

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: We know very well that it is part of our procedure that if the debate which is allotted for the day ends unnaturally early and the subject put down for debate on the Adjournment is one which is of purely local interest and does not attract a great many other speeches, it is then possible for any other hon. Members to fill the hours between the end of the official Adjournment debate and the...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: May I make clear the point I would have made if I had been allowed to get a word in edgeways in the last three or four minutes. I was not accusing hon. Members of a breach of the rules of the House. I was accusing hon. Members of using one of the traditions of the House in an improper manner, and bringing the House of Commons into disrepute by this particular use of the gap which happens to...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Let me say once again that I accuse no hon. Member, let alone the Chair, of a breach of the rules of order. I was merely asking the hon. Member, as one back-bencher to another, whether it is in the interests of the House of Commons that this practice which we have experienced tonight should become a standard practice. Personally, and I am expressing only a personal opinion, I think that it is...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I am sorry, I cannot give way. I have not even begun what I wished to say. I wish to give a personal answer to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes).

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: For the reasons I have given there can be no member of the Foreign Office here. I certainly do not speak on behalf of the Government or of the Foreign Office, but it could be asked by those who perhaps will read in the papers tomorrow that the hon. Gentleman attacked the Foreign Office, why there was not a single Member on the other side of the House who could give him the simplest answer....

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: He spoke almost entirely on that point.

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: The hon. Gentleman will also recall that his hon. Friend said it was wrong for the Foreign Office spokesman to accuse Randolph Churchill of having committed certain grave inaccuracies in his account of those events without specifying what the inaccuracies were. To my mind, if the Government took up his suggestion it would involve them engaging in a form of debate—because their reply would...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: It is precisely in that attitude that I see evidence of the hon. Gentleman's levity. We all enjoyed his witticism at Question Time yesterday. It was a very good joke, but it exposed his motives. We all knew very well, and he intended us to know, that he was not seriously accusing the Foreign Office of grave indiscretion by attacking Randolph Churchill, because we all also know that Randolph...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: He read out a long list of official war historians and suggested that one of them might be turned on to writing the official history of the Suez War. That may be done in time. The war histories now appearing refer to events that happened some twenty years ago, and I feel certain that one day the full history of the Suez operation will be written, as the history has been written of every...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: Those are naval and military craft which are produced on the Clyde. The reason why the operation failed was not a shortage of those craft. It was because of the distance of the bases from the point of attack. These are things which we all know. What could be added to these basic strategic facts by any military inquiry of the type the hon. Member had in mind?

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I come now to the more delicate question of the history of the political and diplomatic events which preceded the military operation. The hon. Member for South Ayrshire has just reminded the House that I was an opponent of the Suez policy. I have never unsaid anything I said at that time, although I am not going to say it all over again on this occasion, but perhaps to that extent it was a...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: If we were to hold an inquiry of the sort suggested, by definition it would be composed of hon. Members. Does the hon. Member for South Ayrshire think that a Select Committee of the House of Commons could assemble and call before it witnesses, who would presumably include the leading statesmen of the day, and, having interrogated them, come to a fair conclusion which would be the unanimous...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: My hon. Friend has just reminded the House that this is not purely a domestic affair, and that in order to sift the truth from the untruth and to get at the facts of what happened two years ago, it would be necessary to call evidence from half a dozen other Governments, from the United States of America, from France, Israel and the Governments of the Commonwealth, because without evidence of...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: This was an international affair, and it can be sorted out only by historians, by people not concerned with and not influenced by the passions which those events aroused and still arouse, men who in the future will be able to read the documents and sift all the evidence from all sides, and thus bring a balanced, historical judgment to bear upon those events, and, in the end, present their...

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I think that the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman) is making rather too much of this. He knows very well that I was referring, in my opening remarks, to the atmosphere of the House, which has changed during the last one and half hours into something rather more worthy of the House. I should say that the hon. Member's own speech contributes to that atmosphere at the moment....

Foreign Affairs (10 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: I should like to correct the hon. Member. I said that it was an abuse of the convention or custom of the House. I never suggested that it was an abuse of the rules of order.

Local Government (Grants) (8 Dec 1958)

Mr Nigel Nicolson: In spite of all his energy and ingenuity the hon. Member for Fulham (Mr. M. Stewart) has found it difficult to conceal the embarrassment of the Opposition over the disparity between their past claims and the reality which they see before them in this Order. I, like many of my hon. Friends, heard day after day in Standing Committee prophecies made by hon. Members opposite that the General...


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