Results 101–120 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: That is a new point which had not struck me. I should like to think about it. I agree that the Public Accounts Committee, which uses the Treasury as its watchdog, may even, in its best efforts, actually promote the cautiousness and lack of initiative and centralisation of responsibility that must be avoided in a Government suitable for the 1970s and 1980s. I come to my third point of...

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: I think that there will be. I was going on to say that we have at least to get clear that in many cases the tasks of bureaucracy in the 70s and 80s—certainly the central bureaucracy—may be less concerned with management techniques and more concerned with new methods of regulation, by public enterprise or by private enterprise or by a mixture of public and private enterprise. These new...

The Civil Service (21 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: It must be seen as part of a continuous control process. Perhaps the reporting of officials running important programmes—as the reporting of chairmen of nationalised industries—may be done more regularly than it is. One sad point about the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries is that each nationalised industry comes up for scrutiny only every five or seven years. What is wanted is...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (25 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: It is a great pleasure to follow the speech of robust good sense of the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Donnelly). Within it there was more good sense than in the whole of the Parliamentary Labour Party. It is a particular pleasure for me to follow him because I, too, wish to speak on the question of public expenditure. I found it absolutely incredible that the Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (25 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: That is not our main argument. If the hon. Gentleman had listened to our earlier speeches he would have known that it is not our main argument. The main argument is that the public sector in the United Kingdom is the largest, the least controlled and the most voracious of manpower resources of all in the Western world, including France. I know the general argument of hon. Members opposite is...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (25 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: If the hon. Lady will control herself I shall be much more specific in respect of the areas that I have mentioned. First, the argument used by hon. Members opposite is that in respect of roads, education, industrial investment, and so on, there can be no cuts. The Lord President of the Council put forward that argument again over the weekend. He said that no more can be done in these areas...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (25 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: That is another point. I would need to think about it. No doubt, there may be room for it, and if the hon. Member likes to raise it with me afterwards I will be glad to discuss it with him. I want to leave this question of increased charges and go to the second aspect of increased taxation, if such is necessary, and that would be reducing the subsidies paid by the Government to industry....

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Tax Collection (26 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind nevertheless that approximately the same number of people are employed in the Federal Government of the United States in collecting tax from a population four times the size of ours, and is there not a lesson here for possible reductions in staff and increased use of mechanical and electronic means for assessing and collecting taxes?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Spending Departments (Delegated Expenditure) (26 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions he has given in the current year to officials in his Department to delegate greater financial authority over detailed spending decisions to the main spending Departments.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Spending Departments (Delegated Expenditure) (26 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: In view of the Fulton Committee recommendations and the setting up of the new Civil Service Department, is there not a need for a complete new look at this whole system of delegated expenditure? Does it make sense to urge new delegated management responsibility in government without major delegation of financial responsibility to Departments? Is not this in need of reform now?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Departmental Estimates (26 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions have been given to Departments to submit their estimates in future on the basis of programmes and functions rather than by standard administrative category.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Departmental Estimates (26 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: In view of the trends in public spending, is it not a matter of prime urgency that Parliament should know much more about the way in which the Government are spending public money? Does the Chief Secretary know that the West German Parliament will be presented next year with estimates broken down both traditionally and on a functional cost basis? Will he look at that system, because there may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Committee (Report) (27 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service in which Departments of Whitehall senior policy advisers have been appointed in accordance with the recommendations of the Fulton Committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Committee (Report) (27 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: Is this not rather an urgent matter in the light of the events of the last few days and the stormy history of the Government? Is not the impetus for forward thinking which Fulton argued would follow the setting up of senior policy advisers and planning units badly needed? Should not we get on with this matter?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Committee (Report) (27 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service what steps she is taking to initiate an early review of the question of hiving off public programmes into autonomous public boards or corporations, as recommended by the Fulton Committee Report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Committee (Report) (27 Nov 1968)

Mr David Howell: But is the right hon. Lady aware that we did not gather very clearly what the Prime Minister intended when he spoke in that debate? Does she not accept that the hiving off of Departments is inseparable from the development of the Civil Service Department and the whole Fulton Committee philosophy? Could she tell us what plans are intended and what Departments will, possibly, disappear as a...

Business of the House (5 Dec 1968)

Mr David Howell: is it fair to condemn the question which was raised by the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton) on the Estimates Committee as a matter of pessimism? Is it not a fact that, for reasons which appear to be related to the shortage of staff, and for other unclear reasons, the Estimates Committee has been cut down, therefore reducing control over the expenditure of the Government? Will...

Orders of the Day — Committee of Public Accounts (Reports) (5 Dec 1968)

Mr David Howell: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that this is an excellent example of the need to present the Government's accounts much more in terms of objective and programmes and less in terms of vague categories of administrative activity, as this would allow a more effective focus on Government spending decisions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Department of Economic Affairs (30 Jan 1969)

Mr David Howell: Reverting to the Question, is it not true that there are now at least nine Departments and agencies involving themselves in the Government's economic and industrial policy? Is it not time that studies were made of the functions of all these bodies, with a view to increasing the efficiency, or at least reducing the inefficiency, of the present Government?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary (Speech) (4 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: Did not The Hague speech to which we are referring contain an undertaking to increase technological collaboration with Europe? How is this to be reconciled with the attitude Britain appears to be taking to the European airbus project as reported this morning in the newspapers?


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