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Results 1–20 of 599 for speaker:Mr John Baird

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons.: Panel Pictures (Lady Astor). (30 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: As the picture was put up after you and I had consulted, Mr. Speaker, as to the desirability of commemorating what appeared to us both to be a very important step in the development of our national Parliamentary institutions—

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons.: Panel Pictures (Lady Astor). (30 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: —may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will take steps to see that full time is given for the consideration of this question, and that it is not decided in consequence of prejudice or ignorance?

Orders of the Day — Housing (Financial Provisions) Bill. (25 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: No Member in any part of the House will differ as regards the needs for meeting the deficiency of houses. The only point upon which we shall differ will probably be as to the efficacy of the method proposed by the Government to meet the present situation. We do not think that the proposals of the Government will lead to the production of houses. I think I can in a very few minutes give...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Financial Provisions) Bill. (25 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: Nevertheless the fact remains that we do not possess this information. I do not want to approach this question in a party spirit, because it is far too serious, and there are far too many people suffering from the lack of housing accommodation, and no hon. Member is entitled to claim more sympathy in regard to this matter than anybody else. What is important is that we should get to business...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Financial Provisions) Bill. (25 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: If the hon. Gentleman is prepared to apply the same methods to producing houses as were applied to producing shells, I am prepared to support him, but I do not think hon. Gentlemen opposite are under the impression that is Socialism. [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"] Very well, if that be not Socialism, by all means let us have it and get the houses. If that be so, why do not hon. Gentlemen urge it on...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Financial Provisions) Bill. (25 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: Who was at the head of these great organisations during the War? Was it not picked business men, the very best we could find, acting not under the orders of the Government but seeking to help the Government by using their trade knowledge as individuals?

Orders of the Day — Housing (Financial Provisions) Bill. (25 Jul 1924)

Mr John Baird: I only desire to say, with regard to certain personal references which the hon. Gentleman made to me and my family, that they are absolutely untrue. I do not know what he is talking about.

Orders of the Day — Government of Scotland Bill. (9 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: I beg to move to leave out the word "now," and, at the end of the Question to add the words "upon this day six months." I think everyone will agree that the speeches in which this Measure has been proposed and seconded have been very moderate, and have been inspired by high patriotic sentiment. I would really ask the House to believe that hon. Gentlemen opposite have no monopoly of patriotic...

Orders of the Day — Government of Scotland Bill. (9 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: If hon. Members opposite really want to treat this as a serious Measure, they might put that degree of care into the drafting of the Bill which we are entitled to expect from something that is cared about. The next point is that no reference at all, or hardly any, is made to the Committee which sat. Mr. Speaker, under your predecessor. That Committee proceeded on the lines approved by...

Orders of the Day — Government of Scotland Bill. (9 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: No, on the contrary; but, if I may use a homely illustration, hon. Gentlemen may recollect the anecdote of Franklin and Washington discussing the Constitution of the United States. They discussed particularly the point as to whether there were to be two Chambers or one, and they discussed it over a cup of tea. Franklin poured out his tea from his cup into the saucer in order to cool it,...

Orders of the Day — Government of Scotland Bill. (9 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: If you refer to one bad thing it is necessary to point to a great many other good things which have occurred. It is true there have been rebellions, but I do not think there is much chance of rebellion coming now. There has been no rebellion for over 170 years, and that is pretty good testimony.

Orders of the Day — Government of Scotland Bill. (9 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: No, I am against rebellions. I should like to make perfectly clear why I ask the House not to agree to the Second Reading. It is not because I consider that the machinery of government in Scotland cannot be improved—I think it can be—but we have to consider this from a purely practical point of view, and though I will not yield in my admiration for Burns or for any other great Scotsman to...

Customs and Excise.: Rate of Income Tax to Be Repaid in Respect of Deduction or Allowance Under Part Ii of Finance Act, 1920. (6 May 1924)

Mr John Baird: The answer of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury was not quite conclusive, and I will only say in that connection that time does press. If we are to have any development of the home growing sugar industry, people will have to make their arrangements at an early date, and, in particular, the farmers will have to know whether or not this industry is going to be carried on. Although the...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Royal Parks and Pleasure Gardens. (25 Feb 1924)

Mr John Baird: I notice that the right hon. Gentleman has received the same criticism which I think all First Commissioners have received with regard to waste paper and to the buildings in Regent's Park. I trust that he will be successful in dealing with the buildings in Regent's Park, but I am afraid that the matter of waste paper is a more difficult one. I would only make this suggestion, that, if he...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Royal Parks and Pleasure Gardens. (25 Feb 1924)

Mr John Baird: When the hon. Member has been longer in London, and has had more opportunities of examining the parks, I think he will agree that even we in Scotland have something to learn on this matter.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Royal Parks and Pleasure Gardens. (25 Feb 1924)

Mr John Baird: I did not intend to strike a note of controversy, and, therefore, hon. Members will not wish me to pursue that subject. I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman these two questions, as to the duration of the work and as to whether the peak number of people employed has been reached.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.: Munition Cottages, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Ejectment Notices). (21 Jan 1924)

Mr John Baird: There are at the moment only two notices to quit which are operative against unemployed tenants. Twenty-eight notices were served on the 28th May last, and in all cases where the tenants have not subsequently vacated the notices have been withdrawn on satisfactory arrangements to pay having been made. Much as I regret the necessity for taking action against tenants heavily in arrear with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.: Munition Cottages, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Ejectment Notices). (21 Jan 1924)

Mr John Baird: Arrangements have been made for these tenants to gradually pay off the rent, and we have been very lenient in enforcing the law in regard to them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Cenotaph (17 Jan 1924)

Mr John Baird: The question raised by the hon. Member was carefully considered in June last year. Sir Edwin Lutyens, the designer of the Cenotaph, stated in the Press his objection to the proposal on the ground that the Cenotaph was not designed for the purpose. I share the views of the distinguished architect in this matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.: Palace of Westminster (Crypt Chapel). (2 Aug 1923)

Mr John Baird: I will discuss this proposal with the Lord Great Chamberlain.


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