Results 21–40 of 3294 for speaker:Mr William Bridgeman

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: I am afraid, owing to the ruling from the Chair, that I may not be able to answer just as I should like to do, the question which the hon. and gallant Member for Hull Central (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy) has put as to marriage allowances. If the hon. and gallant Member will read what I said in the Debate when I first introduced the Estimates, he will see what I then stated and will be under...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: No, but all the Services must have some practice, in regard to the interests of economy, if nothing else. The hon. and gallant Gentleman is very fond of talking about economy, but not in this case.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: It is not a question of the marriage allowance, but whether they should have it at 21 or 25. In the interest of economy and something like common practice in the three services, we felt that we were not called upon to give it. The other question which was asked me was about the privileges that boys' training instructors have when they are ashore. The answer is that the men who are employed as...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: They are all good men, of course, but these men are specially chosen for their particular apti- tude for the work, and that is the reason why they have these special privileges. It is not an uncommon thing for men who are very skilled in one particular line to be paid more than those who are less skilled. Another question was put to me regarding the Nab Tower and as to its transfer to Trinity...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: In the first case, the decrease on the page to which the hon. Gentleman refers is due partly to the entry of men at lower rates of wages owing to the cost of living. In the second case, where there is an increase, it is not an increase in the rates of pay. The reason for the extra amount in 1929, as compared with 1928, results from our having under-estimated the average rate in 1928. With...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: The hon. Member raised the question last week, and he knows that there is no point in it. He suggested that miners from South Wales were being employed in Devonport Dockyard.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: Then there is no point in the statement.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: I quite understand that, but the hon. Member knows perfectly well that that matter comes under another Ministry. If he has any case against me he will have to prove it, and he cannot do that. He cannot prove that I have employed discharged miners in the dockyards when there were dockyard men out of work whom I could have employed. He cannot prove that. Therefore, he had better transfer his...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: I am providing for an increase of 460 men. With regard to Singapore, the hon. Member for Camberwell North (Mr. Ammon) knows quite well that the general question has been argued at great length. He said that he did not wish to reopen the whole subject. Since the policy of the Singapore base was started it has been argued several times and I do not think that there are any fresh arguments to be...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: From the Dominions, altogether, we received £250,000 from Hong Kong, £1,000,000 from New Zealand, and £2,000,000 from the Malay States. These contributions are being paid in instalments. In addition, the Straits Settlement gave us the land, which I think is valued at about £140,000.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: When the hon. Members' party were in office, Australia, naturally, did not contribute what they had intended to the Singapore base, because the hon. Member's party declined to go on with it. It would have been a foolish action on the part of Australia to contribute a large sum of money to a Government who were not going to do what they wanted them to do. Instead, Australia spent the money on...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. (19 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: I should like to answer the statement made by the hon. Member for Devonport (Mr. Hore-Belisha). He quoted figures which are given on page 430, but he stopped at a point convenient to himself. There is an apparent reduction in the figures that he quoted, but, as my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Pembroke (Major Price) has said, if the hon. Member will look at the last item he will see...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: I beg to move, "That Mr. Speaker do now leave the Chair." I will endeavour not to tax the patience of the House too much by dwelling upon details, many of which can be readily picked up from a study of the White Paper and the Estimates themselves, but I will try to draw the attention of hon. Members to one or two of the more salient points. The Estimates which I present to-day show a...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: A certain amount of furniture has been made, plywood articles, which are partly for ships and can also be used for offices. A few mechanical things have also been made. I can give details later if the hon. Member wants them, but I have not got them at the moment. Wherever we think it is possible for them to de the work economically, we try to get a little extra work for the dockyards.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: No, I am afraid I am not at liberty to give details about that. We understand it will be begun well within this financial year, and that the expenditure will amount to a very considerable sum. I cannot tell the hon. Member more than that at present. When it became necessary to reduce Rosyth and Pembroke to a care-and-maintenance basis we invited offers to lease parts of those yards for...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: The accounts are in the same form in which they have been presented for many years.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: The hon. Member must compare like with like.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: Three men were employed for nine hours.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: To answer the questions themselves.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Mr. BRIDGEMAN'S STATEMENT. (14 Mar 1929)

Mr William Bridgeman: Yes, but they are £5,500,000 more now than they were then.


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