Results 181–200 of 833 for speaker:Sir Isaac Pitman

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Training Colleges (Students and Grants) (5 Dec 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: asked the Minister of Education by how many the students admitted this autumn fell short of the numbers recommended by the Dr. Willis Jackson Committee.

Orders of the Day — Slum Clearance (Compensation) (31 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The point I wish to raise will also be shortly made and it is identical with that of my hon. Friend the Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Sir A. Spearman). It, too, relates to a clearance area scheme, the Snow Hill clearance, in Bath. Equally, in that case derisory figures have been paid as compensation. My case is even worse, because the highest figures is 20s. per house and the lowest is...

Orders of the Day — Slum Clearance (Compensation) (31 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: We have not asked for any action, or undertaking to act. The only undertaking for which we have asked is that he would consult with us and go thoroughly into the matter. Do I understand that my hon. Friend would or would not be willing to do that?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Willis)asked some questions, one of which I think I may answer. He asked how it is that the Minister can claim, and the Treasurer at Edinburgh can agree with him, that this scheme will give the local authority greater freedom in its expenditure. It is perfectly clear that, in so far as it raises rates for itself, the local authority will have 100 per...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: If the hon. Member will pay me the compliment of listening to the rest of the argument, he will appreciate that at present, when revenue is, say, 56 per cent. from national and 44 per cent. from local government sources, the local authority in Edinburgh is at present fully controlled in effect by the central Government. Moreover, it is controlled not only at the stage of grant but at the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I meant the hon. and learned Member for Kettering (Mr. Mitchison). I always seem to confuse the two constituencies.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The hon. and learned Gentleman referred to Dr. Lees's book and gave the figures of detailed central control in respect of claims for grants. He apparently does not recognise, as some of us do, the amount of control and checking involved, the number of civil servants who have to be employed after the grant has been passed because of central control. The cases which are examined whether the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The hon. Gentleman is dealing with the other issue with which I was about to deal, which is the question of whether there will be more money for local authorities in future or less. That argument has nothing whatever to do with the freedom of the local authority over its rates and its grant and the responsibility of the local authority to spend those rates which it raises itself, and the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The university is even worse off than the local authority, because it has no statutory powers to precept money from anyone. It has to raise its own money by seeking charitable donations and, as far as it can, it must justify to the University Grants Committee that it is doing its best to match that which the State is providing in a block grant. That brings me, then, to the main issue and...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: A definition of a university?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: So far as a dependent body is concerned, I would agree that universities are becoming more and more dependent on central Government, but that is no argument why local authorities should become more and more dependent on central Government, as they are rapidly becoming more and more dependent at present. That is the issue. As we get nearer and nearer 100 per cent. being provided by the central...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: As this is a personal matter, perhaps I might interrupt the hon. Gentleman. When he says "sponsored," I hope he does not in any way assume any financial sponsorship, because I can assure him that that is not so. I have done what the National Union of Teachers have asked me to do, and done it without any remuneration to myself or my associates.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (30 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: It was at the General Election.

Local Government (29 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: May I help the hon. Gentleman? It was part of a speech made at Margate to the whole assembled conference of the National Union of Teachers, and was made by the noble Lord the Minister of Education. I cannot see why anybody should doubt that this was a genuine indication of policy.

Local Government (29 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I am trying to follow the argument of the hon. Member, but in one case he says that it is a national service, locally administered, that he wants; and it seems that the Post Office or telephones are a national service that is locally administered and that is what he wants—[Interruption.] Let the hon. Member make clear what he wants, because in the case relating to Poplar he complains that...

Local Government (29 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: If the consideration of who pays for it is so irrelevant, why is the block grant likely to cut expenditure?

Local Government (29 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: Mr. Pitman rose——

Local Government (29 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: If the hon. Gentleman is so certain of his ground that the 50 per cent. is paid by the Exchequer is not influencing expenditure, then let him clear up the point, because he cannot have it both ways. He cannot claim that the 50 per cent. issue is irrelevant, that finance is not taken into consideration, and then turn round and say that the question of money under the block grant is so relevant...

Orders of the Day — Disarmament (23 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I will not follow the hon. Member for Southall (Mr. Pargiter)because I think that either the pacifist extremity is quite logical and applicable or the realist is quite applicable, and I think that he is half way in between, and that the interests of the people of Southall are closely bound up with the question not of giving a lead but of ensuring that they are in a secure position or at any...

Cyprus (15 Jul 1957)

Sir Isaac Pitman: Mr. I.J. Pitman (Bath)rose—


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