Results 1–20 of 112 for speaker:Mr John Walters

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill. (17 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: The late Mr. Hartshorn was the first to meet me in conference with respect to the proposals which I made, and he expressed warm approval of the proposal that 100,000 houses should be built. Unfortunately, before the next Conference, Mr. Hartshorn passed away. It was on his suggestion that the Conference adjourned, so that precise detailed figures might be examined to test the soundness or...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Special Government contributions to hosing expenses of certain rural district councils.) (14 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: I am in some considerable difficulty for I have refrained from intervening in the earlier stages of Debate. I thought the Committee had heard my views about houses ad nauseam, but the play that has been made with the speeches I have delivered in this House on previous occasions compels me to act as my own interpreter in so far as I may be in order in doing so on the Clause. I cannot, for the...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Special Government contributions to hosing expenses of certain rural district councils.) (14 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: It has not the slightest effect on it. How are we to produce cheap houses and what is the machinery by which it is to be done? It is that we propose for the first time to call in the aid of outside people, in the way of a committee, to set up a special organisation and to give close detailed attention to the planning and methods of construction to be adopted, to assist the local authorities...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill. (10 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: Let me alone now.

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill. (10 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: I hope that my right hon. Friend who has just sat down will not think me at all discourteous and unappreciative of his witty and interesting speech if, instead of dwelling on a number of abstract economic propositions, I make a few observations about the Bill itself. However limited its operations may be, it does promise to us and emphasises some very real and substantial benefits. It...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill. (10 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: Oh, yes.

Orders of the Day — Housing (Rural Authorities) Bill. (10 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: We are not cursed by political consistency, like you.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.: Rural Houses. (9 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: I hope the Minister of Health will not accept the statement of my hon. Friend without further investigation.

Housing (Rural Authorities) [Expenses]. (7 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: Probably a five-roomed house, with three bedrooms.

Housing (Rural Authorities) [Expenses]. (7 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: And I believe that still to-day.

Housing (Rural Authorities) [Expenses]. (7 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: I am very much touched by the references which the right hon. Gentleman has made to me. I am glad to know that he listened to the speech I made in February and, no doubt, he has since refreshed his memory by consulting the OFFICIAL REPORT. It appears as though the seed has fallen upon good ground and may at some time bring forth fruit, because, as far as I can gather, the chief fault he could...

Housing (Rural Authorities) [Expenses]. (7 Jul 1931)

Mr John Walters: I submit that one reason why we should vote £2,000,000 is because it is going to be spent in a sensible way. I have made my point, and I will leave it at that. Another reason why I shall support the Bill is because I think that it will mean a closer touch between the local authorities and the Ministry of Health. It will mean that the Ministry will be able to give advice and assistance, and...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Health. (14 Apr 1931)

Mr John Walters: Is that the all-in cost?

Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL. (18 Feb 1931)

Mr John Walters: I have often complained of the dullness of our efforts and of the fact that no new ground is ever broken and no new points of view vouchsafed in these Debates on unemployment, but after listening to the speech of the hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benson), who has just sat down, I shall not make that declaration again, because that speech has been very informative. I have been puzzling my...

Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL. (18 Feb 1931)

Mr John Walters: The right hon. Gentleman has only to listen. I am going to start with agricultural housing. I want the Minister of Agriculture to undertake forthwith to build 100,000 houses for agricultural labourers, and I will show him the financial result and the method of procedure. You can build agricultural cottages now, all in, for £600 a pair, or £300 each. I think that is a very full price. If you...

Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL. (18 Feb 1931)

Mr John Walters: I think you might add another 9d. a week to the 2s. 6d. for repairs and maintenance or, say, 1s. If you could borrow money on the 4½ per cent. basis, that would reduce the rent to 2s. a week, exclusive of rates, etc., so that if you put 1s. a week for rates and repairs, even then it would only be 3s. How many men would that employ? This will answer the Lord Privy Seal's question. It takes...

Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL. (18 Feb 1931)

Mr John Walters: Out of the 187,000 building trade operatives now on the dole, much more than the usual percentage consist of skilled workers. It is in fact the carpenters, bricklayers, and the like who are out of work in the building trade.—[An HON. MEMBER: "What about plasterers?"]—There are fewer plasterers out of work than any other trade; they have always been a serious problem, but there is no...

Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL. (18 Feb 1931)

Mr John Walters: There is no need for the hon. Gentleman to interrupt me; he has had his say. Does he not appreciate the fact that the development of motor traffic is a certainty of the future, and that unless this country has an adequate network of roads, it will fall behind in its commercial development? I am not, however, asking for any more arterial roads; I can suggest some road-making to which even my...

Orders of the Day — HOUSING (No. 2) BILL.: New Clause. — (Duty of local authority to have regard to amenities of locality, etc.) (8 Jul 1930)

Mr John Walters: I wish to congratulate the Minister upon this Clause. With all my enthusiasm for housing, I do not want this particular period of English history to stamp itself and its building record with some of the ugliest productions in the history of the country. There is grave danger, in providing housing, of destroying ancient monuments and houses of historical interest which it would be quite easy...

Orders of the Day — HOUSING (No. 2) BILL.: New Clause. — (Dimension of houses.) (8 Jul 1930)

Mr John Walters: I am very much alarmed at the speeches we have just heard. Instead of being engaged in a vast proposal for the housing of the working classes and their families, we are making provision to house elderly spinsters and other lone persons. If weare going to set our standard of requirements on that basis, we shall be failing to carry out our promises. I quite appreciate the difficulties with...


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