Results 121–140 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Non-Industrial Civil Servants (10 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service what proposals he has for reducing departmental staff during 1969; and on what basis these will be reported to the House of Commons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Non-Industrial Civil Servants (10 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: Is the right hon. Lady aware that even in the Civil Service Department, which, as far as I can make out, is her Department, people are now publicly urging that there should be a much more radical approach to the whole business of control of staff and allocation of tasks and functions? Will the Minister look into the matter and report back to the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Administrative Savings (10 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will set up a regular system for reporting to the House of Commons on savings being achieved in the administrative structure of government, consequently upon the implementation of the main proposals of the Fulton Committee Report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Administrative Savings (10 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: I recognise that, but will the right hon. Lady recognise that the prevailing assumption that the costs of Government activity must inevitably go on rising is quite unacceptable, and will she take urgent steps to see that the Departments have cost-reduction targets and savings targets, and will she ensure that reports on these are made to the House so that we know that administrative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Unity (M. Harmel's Proposals) (17 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to carry forward plans for European unification in areas not covered by the Treaty of Rome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Unity (M. Harmel's Proposals) (17 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: Whilst a worsening of relations with the French is to be regretted, would the Foreign Secretary accept that the position on European unity and the way for France is broadly right? Having taken the initiative on foreign policy, will the right hon. Gentleman indicate where else he thinks favourable initiatives on this basis could be taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs: Planning Document (20 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs on what date a preliminary draft of the new national plan document will be laid before the House of Commons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs: Planning Document (20 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: Can we be reassured by the Minister that when publication comes next week it will still not be too late for ideas and views from the House to influence the basic policy assumptions in the document? Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that if the last National Plan had been presented a bit earlier to the House and the public it might have been possible for hon. Members to point out that the...

PUBLIC EXPENDITURE 1968–69 to 1970–71 (20 Feb 1969)

Mr David Howell: While the Chancellor feels satisfied with the level of public expenditure, would he not agree that there is still much to be concerned about in the rising cost of many public programmes? Would he not accept that, until the Government install new budgetary control methods in government, there will still be no room for complacency? Will he ensure that Departments have formal and specific cost...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Defence Expenditure (4 Mar 1969)

Mr David Howell: When the Defence Estimate next year is deducted from the total public expenditure growth forecast of 1 per cent., what percentage growth in the Civil Estimates remains?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Departmental Staff (Central Control) (17 Mar 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of central control by his Department over Departmental staff matters from the levels previously adhered to by the Treasury.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Departmental Staff (Central Control) (17 Mar 1969)

Mr David Howell: I recognise that a great deal of work is being done here, but does the right hon. Gentleman accept that excessive central control of manpower and posting works against the principle of accountable management which Fulton urged, and does he recognise that some downgrading of the traditional degree of central staff control will be necessary?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Research Establishments (Cost Control) (17 Mar 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service what proposals he has received for the application of improved cost control techniques to research establishments in the Civil Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Research Establishments (Cost Control) (17 Mar 1969)

Mr David Howell: But would the right hon. Gentleman accept that this is a very large area of public expenditure in which there is a good deal of concern about the blurring of responsibilities and confusion over who is in charge of these research projects and research expenditure? Will he see that the division of the Civil Service Department concerned with cost control applies its attention to this area of...

Surrey Floods (3 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: My hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Sir W. Robson Brown) is to be congratulated on the zeal and energy with which he has brought forward this matter for public debate. I hope, as I believe that he does, that this debate will not merely be an occasion for recrimination and blame for last September's disasters. No one would deny that the combination of events which led to those two hectic days...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Tax Liabilities (Changes) (15 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further consideration he has given to proposals for publishing in draft form all legislation dealing with new taxes and changes in existing taxation, except rates of tax, in advance of his Budget statement: and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Tax Liabilities (Changes) (15 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: Would it not be to the benefit of all if these areas of administrative controversy were opened to the public? Would we not then avoid the kind of situation, which we may well have to endure within the next hour or two, of a half-baked tax being dumped on a bewildered public, without it having been fully thought out?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure (15 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the public expenditure reductions announced on 16th January, 1968, for the financial year 1968–69 have now all been carried out.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure (15 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: With respect, does that really answer the Question? Has not the right hon. Gentleman noticed, for instance, that investment grants are now £100 million above the sum set out in the agonising cuts of 16th January last year, and that the saving on civil defence, which was supposed to be £20 million next year, will turn out to be £5 million? Do not all these examples make it clear that the...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (16 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: Is not the hon. Gentleman using the word "economics" in rather a loose sense? In the framework of his own thinking—macro-economics—it may make little difference how resources are allocated. But if "economics" means costs, efficiency and use of resources in a micro-economic sense, it makes all the difference in the world how matters are organised, how efficient the system is, and how much...


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