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Orders of the Day — Ministry of Fuel and Power Bill (23 Feb 1945)

Wing Commander Archibald James: This is a most topsy-turvy Debate. I find myself listening to a speech by a Minister of a Government which I support which convinces me not at all, and he is followed by an hon. Member from the Opposition Front Bench who makes a speech with almost every word of which I agree. It is most unexpected and peculiar. The first complaint we are entitled to make concerns the draftsmanship of this...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Fuel and Power Bill (23 Feb 1945)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I am referring to the system and not to the Minister. I beg the hon. Member not to try to lead me into making a longer speech than I wish to.

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Land and War Works Bill (13 Feb 1945)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The withdrawal by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Sub-section 1 (a) of Clause 6 means that we know even less than before where we are on the question of restoration, and I would like the Attorney-General, when he replies, to tell us the Government's intentions on that subject. I want to put what is really a Committee point—an extreme case which is within my personal knowledge. In the...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I would point out to the hon. Member that without the increase of personnel, the studio space could not be occupied.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The noble Lord has disclosed a personal interest in the film industry. I must also disclose a very negligibly small one. My interest is really one in order to try and do what I can to help the industry. I thought the hon. Member for Stoke (Mr. Smith) made a most admirable speech. My interruption was to seek to underline a remark he made. In fact, until he came to his concluding paragraph I...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I said I was taking a middle course. I was still referring to the hon. Member for Stoke. I agree with the noble Lord on that point also. I believe that when this House comes to discuss the report, as I hope it will, it will be found that there is a perfectly good middle way which I think would probably suggest itself to the Board also. I am confident that this House will very gladly pass...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I was coming to that. Both the hon. Member for Stoke and the Minister referred to quotas. On that point I think the Board of Trade have shown very marked leniency. It is quite true that exhibitors were under some difficulty in including sufficient British films to satisfy requirements but I think they have magnified those difficulties considerably. I hope the Board will not be quite so kind...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I appreciate my right hon. and gallant Friend's argument, but would it not help the House in being patient if he could give us an assurance that in the meantime nothing will be allowed to occur further to prejudice the position of the British film industry in the field of production and distribution?

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Films (20 Dec 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: Does that apply to foreign interests? That is the point I have in mind.

Orders of the Day — TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (Re-Committed) BILL: NEW CLAusE. — (Supplement to Compensation in case of owner-occupiers.) (26 Oct 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I desire to ask one or two questions on this Clause. Is the definition of owner-occupier sufficiently clear?

Orders of the Day — TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (Re-Committed) BILL: NEW CLAusE. — (Supplement to Compensation in case of owner-occupiers.) (26 Oct 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: On page 55 I find an interpretation of the word "owner" but no interpretation of "owner-occupier." May I illustrate my difficulty by quoting an actual case of a man who owns and lives in one house and owns two others in one of which his elderly mother lives while the third is let to a family who have been blitzed out of their house. In neither case does he receive any rent. Therefore, he is...

Orders of the Day — TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (Re-Committed) BILL: NEW CLAusE. — (Supplement to Compensation in case of owner-occupiers.) (26 Oct 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: May I put an actual case to the Minister and ask who is the owner-occupier in that case? A widow—the one we all know so well—occupies a house. She does not own it; she is the occupier for life under her deceased husband's will. She pays the rates, but does not own the fee simple. Her son owns the fee simple, although he will not have occupation until the old lady's death. Which, in that...

Orders of the Day — Releases from Forces (Procedure) (11 Jul 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: As long ago as 25th May I gave notice that I was going to raise, on the Adjournment, this matter of the machinery of release of men from the Forces. It affects many Departments. Although I gave notice to the Minister of Labour, I am glad to see that my hon. and learned Friend the Financial Secretary to the War Office is here and will probably reply. Under the National Service Acts, the...

Orders of the Day — Releases from Forces (Procedure) (11 Jul 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: Can my hon. and learned Friend give any idea of the average length of time that a release is expected to take?

Orders of the Day — Releases from Forces (Procedure) (11 Jul 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: For discharge as well as for leave?

Orders of the Day — Releases from Forces (Procedure) (11 Jul 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I agree that the hon. and learned Gentleman's explanation is a very gratifying one, but my experience has been that the operation of the machinery is nothing like as smooth as his Departmental chief naturally claims. Would 'he consider the issue of a simple circular to commanding officers making plain to them exactly what is their position? I have actually had a case recently of a commanding...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Amendment of Rule 8 of No. V in Sch. A.) (15 Jun 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: Arising out of what the Financial Secretary said, that the allowance would be made if work was carried out to comply with the Statute, would it be held that if, in order to produce attested milk, a farmer converted a building, that would be covered by the definition he has just given as for work under a direction by a county war agricultural committee?

Orders of the Day — Supply (24 May 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The Committee and yourself, Major Milner, should be relieved to hear that my speech is going to be very brief and that I am not going to refer to anything that has been alluded to previously in the Debate. The speech of the Prime Minister, particularly the early part of it, will relieve a good deal of anxiety, but there is one source of anxiety which will not be removed, and that is related...

Orders of the Day — Supply (24 May 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I agree that I overstated that; I was using too broad a brush. Nevertheless, I stick to the point that, by comparison, the Hungarian position resembles much more that of Denmark. What have we done to detach these people from the Germans, to give them hope, to avoid playing the German game? There have lately been published with the authority of the Government two declarations. The first was...


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