Results 161–180 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

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

Mr David Howell: Was not that innovation one of the central and more radical propositions in the Fulton Committee's Report which the Prime Minister accepted in this House? In any case, is not the question of long-term policy, from the point of view of the Government, one of the highest priority? Would it not be right to say that one of the things of which the Government are most urgently in need is some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Management by Objective (16 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: Will the right hon. Lady accept that to some of us that reply is not at all that encouraging? Is she aware that the key to management by objective is the employment of more qualified people, particularly accountants, in the Civil Service to identify and cost objectives? How many more accountants have been employed by the Civil Service in recent months?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Incomes (19 Jun 1969)

Mr David Howell: Does not the right hon. Gentleman recall describing the introduction of the prices and incomes policy as a "categorical imperative"? Now that another categorical imperative seems to have become less imperative, does he now propose reintroducing this categorical imperative?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Overseas Sales Organisations (1 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposal he has received for special tax privileges for exporters wishing to invest in and build up overseas sales organisations.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Overseas Sales Organisations (1 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: Would the hon. and learned Gentleman nevertheless accept that it is in building up strong wholesale and distributing organisations in foreign markets that our rivals have had their most striking successes? When he and his colleagues next turn their minds to export incentives, as they presumably will before long, can they provide particular encouragement in this respect?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Taxation (Self-Assessment) (8 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies he has made with a view to introducing self-assessment as the basis for personal tax collection.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Taxation (Self-Assessment) (8 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: In that case, has the Chief Secretary noted that the United States tax authorities succeed in collecting tax from three times as many taxpayers as the British tax authority, but with roughly the same number of staff as the Inland Revenue? As this arises largely from their self-assessment system, will the right hon. Gentleman see that tax simplification in this country is pursued vigorously so...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Loan Applied in Acquiring Interest in Close Company (15 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: As one who did not have the privilege of being a member of the Finance Bill Committee it would be churlish of me not to congratulate hon. and right hon. Members on both sides for the work that they did and for the way in which their efforts have borne fruit, although it has been very puffy and bloated fruit. The most remarkable word I have heard issue from the Chief Secretary's lips today...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Loan Applied in Acquiring Interest in Close Company (15 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: If I may suggest a preliminary draft epitaph, it is fair to say that not since the time of the early Tudors has the tax administration of this country been in such chaos, nor have men had so little knowledge about how much they do or do not owe the State. The new Clause will head us not in the direction of more simplification of the tax system, which should be the keynote, but rapidly over...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Disallowance of Interest (17 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: Can the Minister say whether in his discussions with the London clearing banks any estimate was asked for, or offered, about additional administrative costs, if any, on the bank under the system arising from these Amendments?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Sale by Individual of Income Derived from His Personal, Activities (17 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: May I associate myself briefly but strongly with the points which have been made about the Clause and the Amendment. As my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Northwich (Sir J. Foster) has said, the Clause and the Amendment are of byzantine complexity. As my hon. Friend the Member for Acton (Mr. Kenneth Baker) said, it is a perfect example, almost a case study, of how not to legislate. It...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (18 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: I confess that of the speeches we have had so far in this debate the one to which I was most attracted was that by my hon. Friend the Member for Louth (Sir C. Osborne), who has now gone to lunch but who told us that he will come back. Although he would be the first to recognise that his speech did not attempt to grapple with the complexities of money supply or domestic credit expansion, it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Fulton Committee (Report) (21 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: What progress is being made with the study which I believe is being undertaken of Government activities which might fruitfully be hived off to separate agencies and taken out of Departments?

Orders of the Day — Civil Science (21 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: The Minister is on a very interesting point, and one with which I am very much in sympathy. Is the implication of his belief in the need to transfer research activity to industries which are on their feet that he would also back proposals for fiscal changes to encourage more private research as the public research programme runs down?

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: Investment Grants (23 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now publish the conclusions of the studies being undertaken by his Department on present investment incentives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: Investment Grants (23 Jul 1969)

Mr David Howell: Whatever the President of the Board of Trade said yesterday, will the Minister and his right hon. Friend take good care not to be seduced by any clamour for additions to or modifications of the investment grant system? Will he recognise that the best thing he could do would be to scrap the lot and cut taxation accordingly?

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr David Howell: As one of those whom the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Chapman) might describe as the moderns as opposed to the ancients on the Procedure Committee, I should like to begin by saying what an honour and privilege it was to serve under his chairmanship on that Committee and to congratulate him on the lucid and powerful presentation which he has just given of the main core of the...

Business of the House (6 Nov 1969)

Mr David Howell: Has the Leader of the House noticed that at no point between now and Christmas is a Minister answering first on the Civil Service Department and Civil Service Questions? Will he look at this again, in view of the growing importance—we have heard something of it today—of Civil Service Department matters? If there is to be no Minister answering, may we take it that the Prime Minister will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: Industrial Investment (10 Nov 1969)

Mr David Howell: Does the hon. Gentleman recall that on 4th February, this year, the President of the Board of Trade announced a study into the effect of investment grants on investments? Is that now the responsibility of some part of the hon. Gentleman's Department? If it is, will he say when the results of the study will be published?

Industrial Development (Ships) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr David Howell: I listened with interest to the discourse of the right hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) on shipping and shipbuilding. I wish, however, to concentrate on the Treasury aspect of the matter, because this is an issue which is of obvious concern to that Department. Enough was said by the Paymaster-General and my hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) to...


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