Results 1–20 of 380 for speaker:Mr George Proudfoot

Public Expenditure (29 Jan 1974)

Mr George Proudfoot: The hon. Gentleman missed out a couple of words. He surely meant that the wind would take the pupils off their feet as they walked across the open area.

Public Expenditure (29 Jan 1974)

Mr George Proudfoot: I am delighted to follow the refreshing speech of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Dell). It was the first straight political speech in the debate and I compliment him for that reason. Yesterday the Expenditure Sub-Committee, of which I happen to be a member, took evidence. The evidence started with one of the Treasury knights saying that the White Paper was only of academic...

Public Expenditure (29 Jan 1974)

Mr George Proudfoot: I do not think it has been unpopular. Purchase tax has vanished from sight. It was imposed over a whole range of different percentages. It deflected demand and it pushed about manufacturers of certain equipment. That was wrong. About four days ago I was talking to four chaps who work for me. One of them suddenly said "What's all this economic growth you politicians talk about?" I reckon...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: The hon. Gentleman should acknowledge that, next year, tourism may well be a bigger thing for Yorkshire than the coal mining industry.

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I am particularly glad to follow in the debate the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. O'Malley). I have been to his constituency only once. While I was there, I was told by a builder in the area that while the Labour Party was in office so little money was spent because of the economic squeeze that he had to apply for planning permission to build temporary sewers in the hon. Member's constituency...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I do not know as much about the hon. Member's constituency as he appears to know about mine. Opposition Members are talking only about council house building. There is plenty of building going on and in my constituency there is a boom in private house building. Some of the neighbouring towns and cities in the recent past and even today have had council houses standing empty. That brings me...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I am delighted that the right hon. Gentleman should have interrupted, because he has taken me to my next point. Next year, the new local authorities take over. Every hon. Member knows that the old authorities are running out with their flags and planting them firmly to say, "This is where we want more council houses." I implore the new authorities to understand that their first task will be...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I nearly said "Little Harold". The Leader of the Opposition has said it. I will quote his speech from Blackpool. Banking is to be nationalised. Banking also started in Yorkshire—

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: Has it not?

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I wish that the television cameras were here. To say that the insurance industry—

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: —banking and the building societies have nothing to do with Yorkshire and Humberside is to throw away the responsibility of being a Member of Parliament. Let me say what else the Leader of the Opposition said he would do. He will nationalise all building land required for development—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear hear."] How will that grab them in Rotherham, the Rother Valley and Leeds? How will...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: Accepted—and the hon. Member's local authority would be forced to sell at the same price if land were nationalised.

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: This is not misleading the House.

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: This is how the market works. I have never seen evidence that nationalisation keeps down prices. What is misleading the House, and the nation, is the pretence that nationalising land would make it any cheaper for those who have to build houses and factories. To go on with the list—the aircraft industry, shipbuilding and ancillary industries, mineral rights, North Sea oil and gas, ports and...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: That is one thing about politicians—they can stand being called names. The right hon. Member for Barnsley (Mr. Mason), who made that remark from a sedentary position, presided over the mining industry and closed every coal mine in his own constituency. He is now known as the right hon. Member for Swiss Roll, because Lyons moved in. Three companies in my constituency which would come into...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I am glad that the hon. Member for Huddersfield, West, used the phrase "obscene profits". If there is anything worse than obscene profits it is obscene losses. In this House the other night we shelled out £645 million to the nationalised industries. On that occasion there was hardly anyone present. The night before we had had a three-line Whip about a temporary charge for entry into...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I should have thought that the economic well being of Yorkshire would be affected in the future by the Opposition's proposals. When I look round at my constituents and I read what the hon. Member for Swindon said about people in the nationalised industries being treated as second-class citizens—

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: But the Leader of the Opposition said at Blackpool that a future Labour Government would use the nationalised industries for a pricing policy. In other words, he was saying that he would do the same as the present Government with their stage 3 policy, That is no argument against what I am saying now. The hon. Member for Swindon went on to say that, as a result, over a period the...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: If I may pick up the motion, I notice that it talks about unemployment, about the manpower drift from the coal mining industry and about the need to maintain investment in steel. Of course, the coal and steel industries are nationalised, and I am quoting from the speeches of Opposition Members who talk about nationalisation as being the cure for what they have been saying is wrong with...

Yorkshire and Humberside (23 Nov 1973)

Mr George Proudfoot: I have been speaking for 22 minutes, but I was careful as I came into the Chamber to check the length of speeches preceding my own. I am afraid that the speeches of Opposition Members have all exceeded the self-imposed ordinance of 10 minutes a time. The hon. Member for Pontefract (Mr. Harper) is also wrong about the length of time I was at lunch. I checked it myself—


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