Results 301–320 of 3294 for speaker:Mr William Bridgeman

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: This discussion is not one as to whether the political activities of State Servants in all Departments should be restricted, which would be a very fruitful subject to debate, but the question to-night is a very narrow one. It is merely a question whether half-pay officers in the Naval Service are or are not to enjoy privileges which are not enjoyed by full pay officers, and to have a position...

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: Yes, but I will come to that point in a moment.

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: No. Full-pay officers had the rights too. The hon. and gallant Gentleman is not old enough to remember it, but I remember when the restrictions did not apply to either of them. My point is that all we did by that Fleet Order was to extend the restriction to half-pay, officers, not only in regard to candidature, but in regard to taking up any political activity, so as to bring him into line...

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: As it is under the present Regulations, he cannot, nor can the officer, but my argument is that it would not be fair for a half-pay officer to have privileges if no corresponding privileges are to be had by naval ratings, who cannot have half-pay. Therefore, you are bringing half-pay officers into the same position as the full-pay officer, and the same position as the naval rating and the...

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: Well, he can apply for his discharge.

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: I do not suppose we should put any obstacle in the way if he had the laudable intention of serving the country in some other capacity. My hon. and gallant Friend below the Gangway is perfectly right in saying this question of half pay is a totally different question from what it was a few years ago. Then flag officers were likely to be on half pay for ten years and captains for seven years....

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: War does not seem very imminent, and I do not think there is a very great probability of that occurring, and, at any rate, if you did make the change, you would have to make it apply to field marshals as well, and I do not think it is a very important point. It may be thought desirable, but I do not think there is much in it. One question that was raised by the hon. and gallant Member for...

Orders of the Day — Naval Officers (Political Activities). (1 Mar 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: That may be so, but I have heard nothing of it, and say that this grievance does not exist, and that, on the whole, naval officers would not wish to have any privilege which is not shared by the other Forces or by the Civil Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: His Majesty's Ships "dunedin" and "diomede." (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: These two vessels are in the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy, which is under the orders of and maintained by His Majesty's Government in New Zealand. No question of consultation with the Admiralty arose, therefore, in connection with the sending of the vessels to Samoa.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: His Majesty's Ships "dunedin" and "diomede." (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: The New Zealand Government are entitled to send these vessels to Samoa.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: China Station. (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: There have been no reported cases of piracy on the high sea since the case of the "Irene" in October, which was widely reported in the Press. In the same period, however, there have been six cases of piracy in the Yangtse and West River, and in the Canton Delta, of which four were frustrated—one by the armed guard carried in the ship and the others by naval action. I will, with my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Submarines. (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: The attitude of His Majesty's Government on this subject remains the same as originally enunciated by Lord Lee of Fareham at the Washington Conference in 1921 when he urged the abolition of the submarine. This attitude was re-affirmed by me in Plenary Session at the recent Naval Conference at Geneva.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: The answers to both parts of the question are in the affirmative.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: There is another question on the Paper on that subject in the name of the hon. and gallant Member himself.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: Admirals of the Fleet when unemployed are officers on half-pay, but since there is no option of retirement in this rank and no full pay employment except in very special circumstances, it has been decided that except when employed they should be on the same footing, in this matter, as retired officers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: He is in a different position from other Admirals, who might have a much better chance of going back into active service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: It is not a class distinction at all, but a difference between an Admiral who has no probability of going back into active service and one who has.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: That is quite a different question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: I am not sure that I understand the meaning of the first part of the question. The Fleet Order and the Order in Council are complementary to each other, and taken together carry out the decision of His Majesty's Government that persons in the Naval, Military, Air or Civil Services of the Crown cannot, while on the active list of their respective Services, be permitted also to be actively...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Fighting Services (Political Activities). (29 Feb 1928)

Mr William Bridgeman: No. I cannot now give the actual words of my answer, but the Fleet Order was intended to carry out the Order in Council and to make clear the views of the Admiralty as to the activities of officers in this matter.


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