Results 141–160 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

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

Mr David Howell: For the reasons which the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) has given in his oration, I do not wish to dwell at great length on the somewhat bizarre intervention of the right hon. Lady the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity. For one thing, I do not see that it has all that much to do with the Budget judgments. For another, although I believe that the removal of...

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

Mr David Howell: If the hon. Gentleman will listen he will realise that we on this side of the House are not talking about cutting major community programmes; we are not talking about cutting expenditure on the new needs which people have in public health, housing and transport. What we are questioning is the suitability of central Government organisation as a vehicle for carrying out all these programmes.

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

Mr David Howell: If the hon. Gentleman will let me finish this point, he may certainly intervene. What emerges from studying the record of the Government's attempt to perform in more and more services centrally is that the central Government is an incredibly ineffective device for providing those services on which we in the present situation wish to spend money. There is no question of cutting the services....

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

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman has misunderstood what I was saying. I said that even if the programme and resources going into housing or transport or health were to expand—we should be spending more on health than we are at present anyway—the source of those funds and resources and the way in which they are organised should depend far less than at present on central Government, because the illusion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Civil Service College (28 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service into how many separate units the proposed civil service college will be divided; and where they will be located.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Civil Service College (28 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: Can the right hon. Lady tell us when she will be able to make a statement about this and can she also say whether it is true that the other part of the unit may be sited in Scotland and Wales? Does she think that it is wise to break up the bits of the college?

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Report (Implementation) (28 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service to what extent the pace of implementation of the Fulton Report by his department will be affected by the work of the Constitutional Commission.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Report (Implementation) (28 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: If the Constitutional Commission is a serious undertaking, surely its concern must be closely with matters that are also discussed in the Fulton Report, in particular, the constitutional position of Whitehall, the powers of civil servants and the structure of the Civil Service. I do not see how these things can be separated. Surely they must be taken together?

Post Office Bill: New Clause 6 (30 Apr 1969)

Mr David Howell: Will my hon. Friend agree that when the Postmaster-General, in his argument for getting the Bill, says that he wants a free Post Office Corporation able to get on with the job, he is using the word "free" in a curious sense? It may be free from Parliamentary Questions, if the right hon. Gentleman gets his way, but that will not include freedom from the sponsoring Minister, from the Treasury...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: I beg to move Amendment No. 1, in page 1, line 19, at end insert: (3) Any order made under this section shall be subject to confirmation by affirmative resolutions passed by both Houses of Parliament. I did not have the privilege and pleasure of being a member of the Standing Committee, in which similar Amendments gave rise to lengthy debate. Although I was thereby denied the opportunity of...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: I am greatly reassured, Mr. Speaker, to know that I have, as we all have, your protection in this matter. The purpose of the Amendment is related to the purpose which my hon. Friends and I have argued all along in our opposition to the Bill; namely, to bring some measure of Parliamentary control over what is here proposed, the central question being the abolition of the office of Master of...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: That is a dilemma to which I have given some thought, Mr. Speaker. In my own mind I have resolved it, but I am trying to set it out in terms so that I may the better urge my right hon. and hon. Friends to face it—and hon. Members opposite, too, few though there are here at this moment. I want to set out for their guidance the considerations which led my hon. Friends and me to put the...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: I accept your Ruling, Mr. Speaker, of course. But I find it very hard not to set out those considerations in putting some of the arguments as to why we wish to have affirmative Resolutions rather than the normal negative Resolution, which would probably go through unless someone was quick to spot it and pray against it. We regard this as a matter of more than symbolism, and more than merely...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, because his intervention reinforces the contrast between what we should like to occur and what will happen should the Amendment not be made. The difference is one that we have seen exemplified and emphasised in other Amendments, it is the difference between the House having a say and not having a say in a change which, although apparently only abolishing a...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill: Abolition of Office of Master of the Post Office (5 May 1969)

Mr David Howell: The right hon. Gentleman, I am sure inadvertently, is misconstruing my argument, which was limited by the rules of order. I think I said enough to indicate that we are not against a change in the pattern of control of the industry but simply think that the Postmaster-General is haring off in the wrong direction. In wanting to retain the post, we wish to give ourselves a breathing space to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Co-Ordination) (10 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: Are there not 11 departments and agencies all trying to interfere with industrial policy, and does not this cast doubt on the value of the Prime Minister's five-year old pledge to streamline Whitehall?

Orders of the Day — Promotion of Exports (Estimates Committee's Report) (12 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman is saying some things about invisible exports with which I warmly agree. Will he agree that it would vastly help the point that he is making and the cause of invisible exports if the Board of Trade could see its way to publishing monthly the net invisible earnings in the private sector separate from the Government's contribution—or non-contribution—in this sphere?

Orders of the Day — Promotion of Exports (Estimates Committee's Report) (12 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: Arising from that, is not the reason for the praise appearing to come mostly from this side of the House a negative one in the sense that there appears to have been so little praise in the speeches of Ministers? If the President of the Board of Trade looks at "The Task Ahead", which is meant to be a projection of the Government's economic policy, he will find scarcely any positive proposals...

Orders of the Day — Promotion of Exports (Estimates Committee's Report) (12 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: I should like to apologise for not having been present to hear all the earlier speeches in this debate, but I had to attend a meeting at the Board of Trade concerning aircraft noise in my constituency. I did, however, have the opportunity of hearing the wide-ranging survey with which the hon. Member for The Hartlepools (Mr. Leadbitter) began the debate, and I add my congratulations to him...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Senior Policy Advisers (16 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Minister for the Civil Service (1) how many senior policy advisers have now been appointed to Departments in accordance with the recommendations of the Fulton Committee; (2) which departmental Ministers have now set up planning units, to advise them on long-term policy on the lines laid down in the Fulton Committee Report.


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