Results 121–140 of 833 for speaker:Sir Isaac Pitman

Printing Industry (Dispute) (6 Jul 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The hon. Member very kindly said that he would give way to me. On the first point which he made, I claim, and my hon. Friends will claim, that the printing industry has rightly benefited by marvellous new developments. Otherwise, how could people be earning over £1,000 a year? Secondly, I want to make it clear that I said that it was highly desirable that such wages should be paid. It is...

Printing Industry (Dispute) (6 Jul 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: Can the hon. Member authoritatively assure me that any competent printer would be admitted to the Typographical Association if he had been working in a printing firm?

Printing Industry (Dispute) (6 Jul 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: Spelling reform.

Printing Industry (Dispute) (6 Jul 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I will confirm that promise. I should like the right hon. Gentleman to realise that this export printing is largely a question of content and not of quality. I am not running down the quality. Every publisher in London is selling more than 33⅓ per cent. of his books outside the country.

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I would gladly go to the constituency of the hon. Gentleman the Member for Hayes and Harlington (Mr. Skeffington) to talk about this matter that he has raised in debate today. I would begin by saying that he and his party in their remuneration of chairmanships of the Electricity, Gas and Coal Boards are already up in the £10,000 class and in drawing expenses on a generous scale.

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I had a first-class dinner, no doubt at the expense of one of the boards: at least I hope it was at the expense of the board and I hope the chairman drew expenses for himself as well as for me. He had, I know, expenses. If there is one thing I hate, it is the people who are envious and confuse quality with time. One is asked the idiotic question why Montgomery gets a sergeant, a servant, and...

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I am glad that the hon. Member agrees. The right hon. Member for Huyton started off by saying that there were good take-over bids. He said that they produced better industrial efficiency, better management and better utilisation of capital, and he gave many other euconiums as well. Underlying this praise of the good take-over, I felt, was the right hon. Gentleman's resentment that even in...

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I will gladly give way if the right hon. Gentleman can give a single example of that nature. My complaint and the point I was making is that hon. Members opposite bring forward their Motion concerning what they call the undesirable developments in private industry, including take-over bids and do not produce a single case in point. But let us suppose that there are such cases in point. Let...

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: That is a completely different issue. It shows the purely anti-capitalist, anti-profit attitude of hon. Members opposite. This question is being dealt with on the basis not of reason, but of emotion and spleen. The right hon. Member for Huyton said that my hon Friend the Member for Louth (Mr. Osborne) was not an intellectual Fabian. At any rate, my hon. Friend has his feet on the ground and...

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: If that is so, any such ignorance is based on what the right hon. Gentleman said. He said he was going to judge what firms were to be nationalised by certain criteria.

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The size of the firm is either something which he has written about recently or something he said today. The right hon. Gentleman wishes to operate a policy of nationalisation or extending nationalisation. He is not talking about a system of free enterprise with strong Government control and vigilance, which is the system we have at present. There are three political parties in this country....

Condition of Private Industry (29 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I am sorry.

Plight of the Aged (5 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: The hon. Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Dodds) made two extremely good points. He made a lot of others, but I should like to take him up on those. The first is the way in which the individual can help in easing the lot of the elderly. One of the effects of the Welfare State is the taking away of responsibility from the individual to the centre here. The way we are talking about this...

Plight of the Aged (5 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I made it clear that I would get it only when a I retired, just as the pensioners were asking for it as a pension equally on retirement. The point is none the less valid on that account. Where the terms of the Motion go wrong is that they are confusing poverty with age. There are a lot of old people who are not poor. It is not true to say that because one has a sixty-fifth birthday, or a...

Plight of the Aged (5 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I did not say anything like that at all. I said that anybody who was poor should receive a pension on the grounds of his humanity, and that the question of what he had contributed to the community before reaching retirement age was irrelevant.

Plight of the Aged (5 Jun 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I referred to two classes. On one side I put the waster, whom the hon. Member for Aberdare (Mr. Probert) seemed to look down on because he thought that such a man had no claim to a pension. I say that the waster has as much claim as anyone else because he is a human being. On the other side, I put people like Lord Montgomery and myself, for whom the poorest of our constituents should not be...

Mary Ford (20 Mar 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I raise the question of Mary Ford today because some Members of the House have been made anxious by a printed circular, signed by two councillors of Bath, which has been circulated to "all Members of Parliament", and because it ought to be, if anyone, the Member for the city who should respond to such an invitation or challenge. Previously, at my request, the Minister, using reserved powers,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany: Disarmament (9 Mar 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: As the official policy of Her Majesty's Government in respect of this problem is that the machinery for control should precede disarmament, would not my right hon. Friend accelerate, and activate, the United Nations into considering the proposal for a permanent—not merely a standby—force which might be the controlling unit for such precedence of disarmament?

Navy Estimates, 1959–60: Vote a. Numbers (9 Mar 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: As a West Country man I approve of what was said by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Mr. Hayman) and by my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. G R. Howard) about the importance of the fishing industry in the West Country. I will not, however, follow them further, because I wish to make one narrow constituency point and also a general point about the Navy. My constituency point...

Navy Estimates, 1959–60: Vote a. Numbers (9 Mar 1959)

Sir Isaac Pitman: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I am sure that I shall have his sympathy with the plea I am making. He must be equally desirous that there should be a filling of this vacuum, but it will be much better to find a proposition which does not require an immense migration of people, such as from Bath to Chatham, with all the housing problems which would then have to be faced in...


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