Results 81–100 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads: X-way Crossing (19 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister of Transport by what date he intends to complete his survey of the use and effectiveness of X-way crossings; and how long a delay this will entail before the X-way crossing authorised on 29th March for the A3 at Burpham, and now partially installed, may be completed and put into operation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads: X-way Crossing (19 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is welcome but belated news? Although it has taken many months to reach this decision, many parents will be thankful for the fact that their children will be safer as a result of it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: European and Atlantic Technological Centres (24 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister of Technology (1) what location he has decided for the proposed European Technological Centre; (2) what will be the number of staff required for the proposed European Technological Centre.

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: European and Atlantic Technological Centres (24 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: Is there not a striking contrast between the speed with which the Government seem prepared to withdraw from some European technological efforts, such as the C.E.R.N. particle accelerator, and the slowness with which they get on with this kind of technological initiative in this field? Is there not a widespread feeling amongst our Continental friends that we must be more specific and define...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: New Clause 1 (25 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: I beg to move, That the Clause be read a Second time. The purpose of the Clause is to ensure, perhaps in rather optimistic mood, what the Government mean when they talk of productivity in the context of the Bill. We had a brief and, to many of us, not satisfactory debate upstairs on the subject. Yet it is one on which the Government have said, if not done, a great deal. Indeed, the right...

Civil Service (Fulton Committee's Report) (26 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: Will the new systems of organisation and management about which the Prime Minister speaks include new systems of management and accounting in Whitehall to replace the archaic and absurdly over-centralised system of financial control in the Treasury?

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 4 (26 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: It has taken the characteristic lucidity of my hon. Friend the Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen) to cast some light on the impenetrable obscurity of the question. I should like to take up two points, the first of which was touched on by my hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley). First, in a way the power is typical of a theme to which we have returned, and shall be...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 2 (27 Jun 1968)

Mr David Howell: I want to make only two points about the Amendment. First, it is a little bizarre, but I suppose not surprising that, on the very day after the Government so gladly accepted the Fulton Committee's Report, with its heavy emphasis on the need for accountability to this House, once again the Government should be running hard in the opposite direction under the cover of Ministerial discretion....

Industrial Reorganisation Corporation (8 Jul 1968)

Mr David Howell: I listened to the hon. Member for Billericay (Mr. Moonman) with care, and I agree with him in one respect. I believe that this debate, which is far too short, is important. It is concerned with questions of power and accountability which lie near to the heart of the free society and how it evolves, and relate closely to questions of freedom, competitiveness, enterprise and the strength and...

Business of the House (11 Jul 1968)

Mr David Howell: The Prime Minister said that he would name a Minister who would answer specific questions arising from the implementation of the Fulton Committee's recommendations. Can the Leader of the House find out who it will be?

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes (22 Jul 1968)

Mr David Howell: I will give three reasons picked at random why my hon. Friends and I believe that the Prices and Incomes (General Considerations) Order should be withdrawn. The first reason is that it is a bad and peculiar way of legislating. The Schedule comes of a long lineage. It is almost like a slide being put into a projector, shown on a screen and then, as soon as people have seen it, another one...

Government Departments (Organisation) (16 Oct 1968)

Mr David Howell: Will the Prime Minister say something about the Treasury's relations with these new Departments? Is he planning any review of the methods by which the Treasury intervenes in the detailed spending decisions of this or other Departments? Does the Prime Minister think that shuffling round with Ministries will achieve anything very radical in modernising the structure of Whitehall, unless he...

Business of the House (7 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Is it not extraordinary that the Government should have gone ahead of a debate on the new Civil Service Department and that there should be far-advanced plans for a new Civil Service college when neither of the major administrative reforms has been discussed in the House? When will there be a debate on the Fulton Report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Paymaster-General (Duties) (12 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: When the Paymaster-General answers Questions at the Dispatch Box, will the Prime Minister make sure that she tells us why the new Civil Service Department has been set up and a major change in the system of Government and executive has been initiated without the matter having been discussed in the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs: National Plan (14 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs on what date he proposes to submit a draft of a new planning document to the House for discussion; and whether it will contain alternative policy assumptions about which there can then be full public discussion.

Business of the House (14 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the Government's decision to kill the Select Committee on Agriculture makes nonsense of their aspirations for Parliamentary reform and greater scrutiny of the Executive?

Business of the House (14 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Mr. Speaker, I was asking whether the Leader of the House could perhaps reconsider his decision and find time for a debate on this issue, which is very important.

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Before the Prime Minister leaves the subject of the machinery of government, will he make clear whether the wider review of the machinery of government which the Fulton Report says is so necessary has already started and will go forward as a separate exercise, and what will be the part to be played by the Constitutional Commission?

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Does the hon. Gentleman not feel too that the Government have a responsibility for guiding people and explaining to them what they cannot do, explaining the limitation of their actions, say, in the controlling of prices? If they claim they can influence prices they will be blamed when they cannot do so. Is there not a danger of claiming too much responsibility?

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: I want to confine myself to four points. At the outset, I should say that I want to make a more fundamental criticism than anything contained in the speeches to which we have listened from both Front Benches. I hope, however, that it will not be thought that I do not appreciate the immensely important value of many of the recommendations in the Report, and the usefulness of the contributions...


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