Results 361–380 of 3294 for speaker:Mr William Bridgeman

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: Is not that reference of Lord Cecil's merely to the Disarmament Conference? It has nothing to do with the Naval Conference at Geneva.

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: The tonnage included other things—it included so many tons for destroyers.

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: As I have a good deal to say on the naval side, I hope the House will excuse me if I do not refer at very great length to the remarks made by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George), after listening to the speech of the Foreign Secretary, but I would like to call attention to two of his criticisms. He said that the Disarmament Commission at Geneva was...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: Quite so. Whether he was right to do it or not perhaps the hon. Gentleman, when he is in the Cabinet, will decide. The hon. Gentleman begged the question rather by saying that owing to that we lost the opportunity of getting an agreement, and that is a point upon which I want to dwell for a minute or two. In the first place I should like to say that the Cabinet took a decision, for which they...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: No more are we.

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: The quotation proceeds: but we are in favour of holding all that our Imperialists have grabbed. I know of no part of the Empire which we are prepared to cut off. If a Colony wished to secede we would be reluctantly compelled to apply force in order to keep the Empire together. With regard to military affairs, our position is similar. We wish to maintain the Army and Navy sufficiently strong...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: Will the hon. Member explain what he means?

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I have already quoted a sentence from a speech which I made at the second Conference, where I said over and over again that it was not America that was troubling us. I said that we were not thinking of them, but of our own security. The effect has been for this high maximum to become a standard instead of a maximum, and one or two speakers have blamed us because we have built ships of this...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I have always said so. I said it at Geneva and everywhere else. In fact, I asked on the very last day at Geneva that we should sign an agreement on the points on which we had reached conclusions, but they said, "Until we fix you down on total tonnage we will not sign any agreement at all." I was always willing and shall be now. People have said, "Let us have another Conference." By all means,...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: It has nothing to do with wholesale or retail prices. It is based on fact and on the wages we pay to the men, on pensions and such charges. If you want to have a good comparison with foreign countries and see how much less we spend on our Navy to-day all you have got to do is to put back the wages to what they were pre-War and then you have a magnificent comparison, and you can go to a League...

Orders of the Day — International Peace and Disarmament. (24 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: It bears exactly the same proportion of increased pay as the staff in other Offices. What I am talking about is the offensive strength of the Navy, and I am eliminating altogether staff payments, salaries and wages, and am trying to point out that the strength of the Navy in war material has enormously decreased since pre-War times. It is we who have set the pace to other countries, and not...

Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.: Naval Armaments (Geneva Conference). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: The answer is in the negative.

Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.: Naval Armaments (Geneva Conference). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: That problem will be dealt with in the Debate tomorrow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I understand the hon. Member's question to refer to the part which it is permissible for serving officers and men to take in a Parliamentary election. No change has been made on this point by the recent Fleet Order, although the wording of the Rule has been slightly changed so as to secure uniformity in the Regulations of all three Services. The effect of the Rule is that serving officers and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I think the Order is capable of being differently construed, but it has certainly been held before that they were unable to take part in the political activities from which they are now precluded by the Order.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: As my hon. and gallant Friend knows, that question, or something like it, was put to the Prime Minister a day or two ago, and he promised to inquire into the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I said there had been no change as to taking part in Parliamentary elections. The change refers to the question of sitting in either House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: I have not admitted that it is a privilege hitherto enjoyed, but the reason was that, in the time when the party opposite were in power—

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Officers and Men (Political Activities). (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: —they set up a Committee of Inquiry into the whole case, under Lord Blanesburgh. That Committee sat for a very long time, and made a Report, and it was in order to carry out part of that Report that this Order was promulgated. That is the history of the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Cruiser Construction. (23 Nov 1927)

Mr William Bridgeman: Eleven 10,000-ton cruisers are building for the Royal Navy. Our published programme does not ex- tend beyond 1929, and provides for one 10,000-ton cruiser, in addition to two smaller cruisers to be built in each of the years 1927, 1928, and 1929. A new situation has arisen owing to the fact that at Geneva, although our proposal for the limitation of the number of 10,000-ton cruisers was not...


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