Results 21–40 of 137 for speaker:Colonel Sir Henry Evans

Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939 (Continuance). (23 Jul 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I think the right hon. Gentleman has overlooked something which he stated in the House some months ago, when he said that the Regulation which allowed aliens to enlist in the Pioneer Corps came under review. I asked him whether MI 5 would have the responsibility in future as in the past of investigating each case before any of these men were allowed into the Corps, and he said he saw no...

Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939 (Continuance). (23 Jul 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I apologise to the House for rising to speak after my right hon. Friend, but that is no fault of mine. I wish to raise a point affecting the relationship of Members of Parliament vis-è-vis the Home Secretary in their endeavour to discharge their duties in so far as they are affected by these Regulations. In the course of the Debate, hon. Members have endeavoured to avoid mentioning...

Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939 (Continuance). (23 Jul 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: My impression was that it was a case which came under the Regulation alluded to by my hon. Friend. If it does not, I should not be in order in dealing with it. I will endeavour to deal with it very briefly. This man was then interned, and in due course the case was brought to my attention. I wrote to my right hon. Friend and said I was person ally acquainted with this man, and would he be...

Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939 (Continuance). (23 Jul 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: Before you put the Question, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman pro poses to seek the leave of the House in order to reply to the remarks which have been made since he finished his speech?

Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939 (Continuance). (23 Jul 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: That is all I wanted my right hon. Friend to assure me about.

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.: Coal Supplies. (5 Aug 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I think even at this late stage of the Debate there is considerable haze in the minds of most Members as to the policy of the Government in the past, and indeed in the future, in relation to the problem they are called upon to deal with and to remedy at the earliest possible moment. In July last year the Minister of Labour, in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Gateshead (Mr. Magnay),...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.: Coal Supplies. (5 Aug 1941)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I do not think any private Member is in a position to gauge the situation with the same accuracy as the Prime Minister or the Government. They have sources of information at their disposal which we have not. But if they come down to the House and say that. as a result of what is now taking place in Russia they have revised their view of that question, and that it is now possible to release,...

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: May I interrupt the right hon. Gentleman to ask a question? Are the appointments of station commanders in the Royal Air Force static appointments, or is it true to say, in some instances, that a station commander is in fact the commander of the Air Force formation occupying the aerodrome at the time, and liable to be transferred to another station under circumstances outside his own control?

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I do not think I expressed myself very clearly. I want to know whether the station commander of a Royal Air Force aerodrome is a static appointment, that is to say, does he remain station commander irrespective of the Air Force formation which is occupying the aerodrome at the time?

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: May I say at once that I welcome most sincerely the decision of the Government to hold part of this Debate in secret, because it so happens that the House is fortunate in having amongst its Members a number of hon. Gentlemen who are actually employed on this very task at this very time, and who are in a position to tell the Government the result of their experiences and the impressions that...

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: Perhaps I have not put the point as clearly as I should have done. What I meant was that the Air Council, through its various officers, are going to be responsible for training men in a system of defence which, when the attack starts, is to be operated not by the men responsible for the training or by the Air Council, but by the Army.

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I see exactly what is in the mind of my right hon. Friend, but, in the scheme as announced by the Lord Privy Seal, the word "indicated" is used on more than one occasion. I wonder why that word is used, because that is an indefinite word. To indicate to someone what you would like to be done is not a definite order. My right hon. Friend at a later stage will perhaps assure the House whether,...

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I am delighted to hear that, but if you accede to the principle of establishing separate forces to defend separate enemy objectives, where will you end? Why not separate forces to defend the railway stations or gas-works? My submission is this: When an enemy attack comes on the land—it does not matter whether it is an aerodrome, an aircraft factory, a base supply depot, a petrol-filling...

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I do not think that the right hon. and gallant Gentleman is quoting me fairly. I objected to the fact that it was found necessary to appoint a gentleman at that age when it was also found necessary to retire the late Chief of the Imperial General Staff on the sole ground that he had reached that age.

Orders of the Day — Aerodromes (Defence). (22 Jan 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I hesitate to interrupt my right hon. and gallant Friend, but again he is misquoting me. I did not deprecate the use of "backers-up." I said that in an efficiently conducted scheme they were absolutely essential. The point I made was that these "backers-up" should be trained to do the job.

Army Estimates, 1942.: Army Supplementary Estimate, 1941. (11 Mar 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I think all hon. Members will find themselves in complete agreement with the views of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Petersfield (Sir G. Jeffreys) on the question of Army discipline. I doubt whether any Member of this House has a greater claim to speak on Army discipline. I think it is the experience of Members who have served during the current war that battle dress does not help...

Army Estimates, 1942.: Army Supplementary Estimate, 1941. (11 Mar 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: Exactly. I rose mainly because I was interested in the speech of the hon. Member for East Hull (Mr. Muff), who spoke about Army welfare. I am not satisfied that all is right with Army welfare. I am not satisfied that the organisation which the War Office has set up is the best. I may be old-fashioned, but I share the view that the most important welfare officer is the junior regimental...

Army Estimates, 1942.: Army Supplementary Estimate, 1941. (11 Mar 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: Before my hon. Friend leaves the question of welfare, with regard to the welfare organisation with our Armies abroad, the Director-General of Welfare has recently returned from an extended tour of our Middle East and Far East fronts, which presupposes that there are welfare organisations in being with the field commands and base headquarters there. Can the hon. Gentleman tell the House...

Orders of the Day — Ex-Service Men (Badge). (19 Mar 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: Quite briefly, I should like to sustain the argument which has been submitted to my right hon. Friend and the House. I have examined the Questions and Answers on this subject, and they have failed to convince me, for the reasons which have been submitted by ray hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger). In the city and in the country we see large numbers of people in civilian...

Orders of the Day — Ex-Service Men (Badge). (19 Mar 1942)

Colonel Sir Henry Evans: I think my hon. and gallant Friend has made a mistake, and on reflection he will recall that the red, white and blue Ribbon was issued to the troops nine months after August, 1914, and the 1914–15 Star within a year. I well remember the effect on the men wearing that new Ribbon. It had an encouraging effect on the morale of the troops—after all, it was nothing to be ashamed of. To-day we...


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