Results 3581–3600 of 3647 for speaker:Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (19 Dec 1944)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: On that point of Order, Mr. Speaker. I was speaking only for myself, and how it appeared to me and, presumably, to my friends at the Conference. I am not revealing anything which should not be made public.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (19 Dec 1944)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I fully agree with your Ruling, Mr. Speaker. I did not disclose anything that took place at the Conference. I only said that those who considered the question, came to the con- clusion that Proportional Representation was an impossible institution to introduce into the country as a whole. Regarding the plural vote, I would remind the hon. Member for Skipton that on matters which were...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (19 Dec 1944)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Is it not really four months and eight months?

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill (19 Dec 1944)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Before the hon. and learned Gentleman leaves that point—perhaps I am asking something unreasonable—has he any idea of the approximate numbers that will be involved in this exception — tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or is it as many as a million?

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Abolition of plural voting.) (17 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I think it only courteous to the hon. Lady the Member for Anglesey—I do not think she should yet be called "Noble Lady"; it is on the Order Paper but it is incorrect—[HON. MEMBERS: "She will be"]—to say a few words on this Clause. She has put forward the case of the plural vote, and this perhaps of all the matters raised in this Bill is the one really party political issue, and I think...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Abolition of plural voting.) (17 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I quite agree with that statement, which is perfectly correct. I intended to explain later on that this compromise only binds those who actually took part in it. It certainly does not bind my hon. Friend, and it does not bind people who were not actually members of the Speaker's Conference. Before I come to that, however, I would like to cast one eye upon the practical effect of what is left...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Industry (Finance Corporations) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any statement to make about negotiations for the formation of new organisations for the financing of industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Industry (Finance Corporations) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: This is a very important statement and it is obviously impossible for the House to grasp it, in all its details, having just heard it to-day. I would like to ask my right hon. Friend whether an opportunity will be provided for the House to discuss these proposals. I appreciate that formally and nominally, that is not a decision of the Government but of the banks, but the Chancellor of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Industry (Finance Corporations) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Surely, my right hon. Friend cannot consider that the operations of the Bank of England are purely private enterprise, considering the very close association now existing between the Bank of England and the Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Domestic Coal Supplies (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Will the right hon. Gentleman pay special attention to Edinburgh, which I think comes within his jurisdiction, where large numbers of people live in tenements and on separate floors, and where, in a great many cases, the coal distributors do not deliver to individual apartments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Members of Parliament (Visits to France) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I should like to know whether this answer applies to Members of Parliament who want to visit the war zones in France, or does it apply only to the parts of France which are already well within Allied occupation?

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Single transferable vote.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: This matter did not come specifically before the Speaker's Conference. I think it was within our terms of reference but it was not specifically discussed. We discussed Proportional Representation for Parliamentary elections and, having dis- cussed that, the other matter, was not brought to our attention and we did not therefore, as a conference, express any views with regard to it. I am...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Single transferable vote.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: If I remember rightly, it was principally America that was mentioned by the hon. Member to whom I am referring.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Single transferable vote.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I referred to the hon. Gentleman who has just sat down. I was not referring, at that moment, to the remarks of the hon. Gentleman who is a Member of the Liberal Party who moved this new Clause. I was referring to the hon. Member for the Combined Universities and I think I am within the recollection of the House in saying that his two principal arguments were, first, that it had been adopted...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: New Clause. — (Single transferable vote.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I did not say anything of the kind. I do not regard this as a novelty; it is not a new experiment. The whole point of my speech was that it had been tried and had been a failure, and that for that reason we should not adopt it.

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Second Schedule. — (Registration as Local Government Elector.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I do not think that I can allow the Third Reading of this Measure to pass away from us without saying a few words relating to it, and they shall be very few, because I understand it is desired to proceed to other Business before the House rises this afternoon. My first words, Mr. Speaker, will be of thanks to you for presiding so ably at our Conference in the first half of last year. I feel...

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Second Schedule. — (Registration as Local Government Elector.) (23 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I recognise that, Mr. Speaker, but perhaps I may be allowed to say that I prefer the Bill in the form in which it is coming before us on Third Reading to any changes which some of my Liberal friends would desire to see in it. On the other point to which they have taken exception, there is a feature of it in the Bill and, therefore, I think I should be in Order in referring to it—the plural...

Orders of the Day — Vote of Credit, 1945. (24 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: We have listened to the Chancellor of the Exchequer moving the Vote of Credit, and this House, which throughout the war has upheld and urged on the Government not to be sparing in the resources of the country in order to prosecute this war to a successful conclusion and to do so at the earliest possible opportunity, will support him to-day as it has done in times gone by. We realise that the...

Orders of the Day — A.T.S. (Overseas Service) (24 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Well, I should not have thought it was necessary to do so, but if the hon. Member wishes—

Orders of the Day — A.T.S. (Overseas Service) (24 Jan 1945)

Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I leave that to the Secretary of State for War, but I should have thought that in a sense they were. I am talking of the problem in general, and I am just coming to the point I was making. I have dismissed three reasons which might be put forward and I want to come to the real reason: it is because the essential function of child-birth is so necessary to the preservation of the race that...


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