Results 181–200 of 228 for speaker:Hon. Harold Nicolson

War Situation.: Ministerial Changes. (24 Feb 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the B.B.C. bulletins are not written by the B.B.C. but are supplied by the Service Departments?

Personal Explanation. (26 Mar 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I ask leave to make a short personal statement in connection with a Motion on the Order Paper which in effect demands that I should be dismissed from my post as Governor of the B.B.C. on the ground that I made a defeatist speech in Dublin. I made three speeches in Dublin, two of which have been already mentioned by the Home Secretary. The third was not exactly a speech. I was taking part in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Man-Power). (11 Jun 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: On a point of Order. Is it customary or fair that the name of a civil servant—and in this respect a temporary civil servant is in the same position as a civil servant—should be mentioned in the Order Paper in such a manner as may cause him public damage?

Orders of the Day — Propaganda. (7 Jul 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am sorry to interrupt my hon. Friend, but at one moment he says that our propaganda is too Leftish and the next he is saying that we are trying to propitiate big business.

Orders of the Day — Propaganda. (7 Jul 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: It was not suppressed by the B.B.C.

Orders of the Day — Propaganda. (7 Jul 1942)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am indeed glad to follow by hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Bartlett) and to congratulate him on a speech which was an example for its shortness and its authoritative and well-informed content. I have to echo what my hon. Friend has said in the tribute he has paid to the Minister of Information. In the last 14 months he has done most remarkable work. I should not agree with my...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Navy Estimates, 1943 (10 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the Admiralty will be more generous and imaginative in providing commentators for the B.B.C.?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Navy Estimates, 1943 (10 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: We want more of it.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I am sure that the House has listened with interest and considerable sympathy to the very general review of the problem of the entry of women into the Diplomatic Service which the noble Lady has just made. I agree that there are many occasions when it would be very much in the public interest to appoint some well-known woman—known for her probity, intelligence, ability and balance—to some...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: It will take many generations before that is altered.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: There are posts and there always will be posts, at least for three generations, at least for go years, to which women could not be appointed and for which they would not be qualified. To put them on a footing of absolute equality would be to put them in a position not only of equality but actually of privilege. The places where they would function most usefully would be the more agreeable,...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: Women missionaries are sent out with the intention of living abroad in certain countries, whereas women in the Foreign Service would be sent with the intention of being moved from one place to another. The Noble Lady said, and it is a contention of many people, that women have never been given a chance hitherto. I think it may be correct that they have never been given a chance; but from the...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I think not for the reasons which the Noble Lady adduces, but for a much more serious and important reason, namely, that the special virtues of women—and the Noble Lady did indicate that women possessed certain virtues and talents to a degree greater than men—are singularly ill-adapted to diplomatic life. These virtues, I should say, were, first, intuition and, secondly, sympathy....

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I did not mean my observation to imply softness or hardness; but to indicate the tendency of women to identify themselves with parties, personalities and controversies in the countries to which they would be accredited. I pass from that question. After all, in the White Paper the question of women is reserved for future consideration in terms which repudiate all ancient prejudice. There is...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: That was the impression I got.

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I should very much regret it if it went out abroad that the general opinion of this House was one of anything but appreciation of the extraordinary ability shown by the officials of our Diplomatic Service during the present war. I do not wish to particularise—that might be invidious—but the work, for instance, done by Sir Archibald Clark Kerr in Chungking and the relations he managed to...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: Does my hon. Friend really think the Minister of Agriculture owes his position and influence to the old school tie?

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: I would refer to the admirable work done by the Service as it now stands. I trust that the reforms indicated in this Report will not destroy the traditions and continuity of the Service as it existed before. I would be the very first to admit that in this modern age it would be quite impossible to work our foreign policy with the more specialised machine such as we had up to the outbreak of...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Service (Reform) (18 Mar 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: No. I beg them not to carry out the rule regarding retirement at 60. One of the most incredible things which have happened has been the way in which we have got rid of some of our ambassadors at the very moment when the whole weight of their experience was most essential for the public good. Diplomatists are like wine, they improve with age. To get rid of a man like Sir Horace Rumboldt at the...

British Broadcasting Corporation (Propaganda) (8 Apr 1943)

Hon. Harold Nicolson: In war-time.


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