Results 1–20 of 896 for speaker:Mr William Spens

Church Schools (Aid) (11 Jun 1959)

Mr William Spens: I should like, if I may on behalf of hon. Members on both sides of the House, to congratulate the Minister on having succeeded in getting another agreement on this subject. At one time there appeared to be danger of a very serious split about it in the country. We must be most grateful to all who have worked together to get agreement. While it is concerned with the whole spirit of the 1944...

Clause 18. — (Purchase and Sale of Securities: Application of SS. 19–21.) (10 Jun 1959)

Mr William Spens: Would my hon. and learned Friend consider substituting "a" for "the" in the expression "the like nominal amount" so that it would read: … securities similar to, and of a like nominal amount. …"? The difficulty, if there is one, arises from the fact that "the" suggests that one has to buy and sell the same packet, but if one buys a large packet and sells something out of it, that must be...

Orders of the Day — Traffic Congestion (Large Cities) (7 May 1959)

Mr William Spens: I shall not apologise for making what will be a constituency speech, because I happen to represent a constituency through which many roads pass, from east to west and from west to east. Our parking problems are considerable, and so much has been said about the general problem that I will confine my remarks to one or two points. I start by congratulating my right hon. Friend on the...

Orders of the Day — DEER (SCOTLAND) BILL [Lords]: Clause 6. — (Power of Commission to Deal with Marauding Deer.) (29 Apr 1959)

Mr William Spens: I have listened with great interest to the debate. I share the dislike of every lawyer of the adjective "substantial", but I do not believe that it matters whether the word remains in the Clause or not. The main decision which has to be taken is not as to the quantum of damage, but as to whether there is a prospect of further damage which can be prevented only by making an order to kill the...

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: I listened with great interest to the speech of the hon. and learned Member for Ipswich (Mr. Foot). I know that he is a better constitutional lawyer than I am, but I disagree entirely with practically everything he said about the legal rights of the Federation and the way in which they have exercised them. In as much as there is the possibility of a question of Privilege being raised, it...

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: That does not matter. All these constitutions have certain common forms, and this is one which runs through a great many constitutions which we have given to Colonies on their road to independence and when they have become completely independent units. I do not think that there is the slightest doubt about what these powers mean.

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: The hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman) is an excellent lawyer, too, and he knows quite well that on the construction of the words and what the powers mean, the decisions of an Australian High Court deserve all the respect of English lawyers when we come to construe them. I do not think that there is the slightest doubt but that, under the powers which we have given them,...

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: I have no doubt at all that it was very much appreciated by everybody that he addressed the House today in that tone, as opposed to the tone in which he addressed it in his earlier speech. I at any rate very much appreciated the change and realised that the Opposition now grasp how very serious it is to rise in wrath against an independent Administration. It is a serious matter for us even to...

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: The hon. Member for Nelson and Colne asks why we should not. We give an independent power to a country. Then the hon. Member says, "Why should we not criticise the way they operate?"

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: I said earlier that from time immemorial we have had the right, in proper cases, to discuss these matters, but only in proper cases and only in language and with the responsibility which is worthy of this Parliament, and not in the way in which this question has been discussed during the last few days.

Orders of the Day — Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (4 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: I very carefully and expressly denied any such doctrine. The House has the right to criticise administration, even in a foreign independent country, if a British citizen is affected. There is no question about that, but it is a right which has to be exercised with very great responsibility. What I was saying to the House, and I repeat it, was that if the first part of the Motion of Censure is...

Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Hon. Member for Wednesbury) (2 Mar 1959)

Mr William Spens: Is it not a fact that the hon. Member for Wednesbury happens to be inside the jurisdiction of the Federation; that the Federation has been given certain powers by this House; that the Federation claims the right of exercising those powers; and that it is never in order, after this House has delegated powers of a self-governing part of the Commonwealth, to discuss in this House the exercise by...

Orders of the Day — Rating and Valuation Bill (23 Feb 1959)

Mr William Spens: I always listen with great interest to the hon. Member for Sowerby (Mr. Houghton) on rating matters. With most of what he said I largely agree, but I do not wish to talk about industrial premises, commercial premises or residential premises. I wish to speak about a fourth category, namely, properties belonging to charities. In effect, I am directing attention to Clause 2 of the Bill. As my...

Orders of the Day — Rating and Valuation Bill (23 Feb 1959)

Mr William Spens: I am much obliged to my right hon. Friend. That will give very great satisfaction to very many people who are concerned with educational charities of this sort.

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Extension of Borrowing Powers.) (17 Feb 1959)

Mr William Spens: I should like to say a word or two as the ex-Chairman of the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries. Unfortunately, I was in bed when the Second Reading of this Bill came on. I had looked at it with a great deal of anxiety because, as the familiar faces now in this Chamber who were with me on the Committee will know, I was particularly interested in trying to increase the control of this...

Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Extension of Borrowing Powers.) (17 Feb 1959)

Mr William Spens: No, it was due purely to rising costs between the time of the Estimates and the completion of the work.

Orders of the Day — Malta (Letters Patent) Bill (2 Feb 1959)

Mr William Spens: This is the first time that I have intervened in a debate on Malta since I sat on the Round Table Conference. I join with those who have already spoken in saying with what regret we find ourselves in the present position. At the same time, I want to dissociate myself from the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) and the right hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. C. Davies), who...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture (Small Farmers) Bill: Clause 1. — (Schemes for Grants for Increasing Efficiency of Small Farm Businesses.) (21 Jan 1959)

Mr William Spens: As I have been named, I do. Long ago, when I was the Member for Ashford, the first combine harvester was bought by a syndicate of farmers none of whom could afford it individually, and they used it in turn.

Privileges (8 Jul 1958)

Mr William Spens: I differ, and I differed in the Committee, from the Attorney-General. I differed there for two reasons. First, I did not think it would be right for the Committee of Privileges to overrule what I understood had been approved by this House in 1939 and, secondly, I believe, as I believed then that the answer given to the only material question was that the letter of 8th February last year was a...

Orders of the Day — Clause 9. — (Rating of Industrial and Freight-Transport Hereditaments.) (6 May 1958)

Mr William Spens: This debate takes me back to the first Parliamentary fight I had in 1929, which some hon. Members will remember as well as I do. The two main points about which we fought in the 1929 Election were the Safeguarding of Industries Bill and the derating proposals which had just come into operation. We lost that fight, and the first Labour Government came in under Mr. MacDonald. They did not...


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