Results 41–60 of 527 for speaker:Major Donald Bruce

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 14. — (Charge of Income Tax for 1949–50.) (23 Jun 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I am sure my hon. Friend would not wish to misrepresent what I said. I did not say anything of the kind. I was endeavouring to say that the financial gain to lower income groups offered by this particular reform was virtually negligible. I was careful to point out that the inducement offered to the middle income groups by this reform was greater, and I made it clear that in a good number of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 14. — (Charge of Income Tax for 1949–50.) (23 Jun 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Does that apply in the cotton industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Police (Pay and Pensions) (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Can my right hon. Friend say what will be the annual increase in cost of the implementation of these recommendations?

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Then why did you put it there?

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Would the hon. Member authenticate that document in order that the Committee may be able to assess its worth?

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: That is not sufficient.

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: The Committee were entitled to a full-blooded attack from the Opposition on the broad, general principle of bulk purchasing and its application, but all we have had is a series of statements. First of all the right hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Lyttelton) said: "After all, the bulk purchasing system has yet to be subjected to its severest test and has so far only been used in an era of...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: He said, in a syndicated article dated 18th May, in discussing why our athletes were not producing champions these days——

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: If the right hon. Gentleman does not understand I will explain it further. People who run. People who jump.

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: He says at the conclusion of his article: These islands can breed champions as easily as in the old days, but we cannot feed them. Mr. Strachey and his bulk-buyers are the people to blame. This is exactly what the Conservative Party are saying by pushing pamphlets through the letter boxes of the people and by writing in the Press. They think they can get away with it by sheer propaganda on...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I am very pleased that Lord Woolton carries the hon. Member with him, because he has not been carrying the Front Bench with him for the whole of the afternoon. The hon. Gentleman will be getting considerable preferment by the Conservative Central Office if he keeps on the way he is going, but he should pay more attention to what his right hon. Friends in front of him have been saying this...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I must say that in other respects his article was quite rational, which bears out the hon. Gentleman's contention. The hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Wirral (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd) at the Conservative Party Conference spoke on bulk buying, the resolution in regard to which was passed unanimously, as happens at all Conservative conferences. It is amazing the degree of unanimity that the...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I have and I was amazed by the incredible moderation which the right hon. Gentleman used. From the propaganda of the Conservative Party one might almost infer that the Conservative Party were in favour of the policy of cheap food. After all, their propaganda is that it is the Government's policy of bulk purchase, which is forcing up the prices of food for the people. The inference is that the...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I shall explain to the hon. Gentleman if he will wait a little while. Would the hon. Gentleman allow me to make my own speech in my own way?

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Since so many speeches have been made this afternoon in which it is suggested that the Government bulk purchase policy is at fault, because it is now quite clear that supplies are on the increase, and, therefore, that prices are going to come down, I would suggest to hon. Gentlemen that they should read through their own Party's publications, which it is extremely important for them to do....

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: —who was in opposition to his own party's policy of bulk purchase and who denounced his party's policy as being entirely ridiculous.

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: By no means. We are not as doctrinaire as that. The main difference between my party and the party opposite is that my party thinks and therefore there must occasionally be some differences. The most important part of the whole argument is whether the policy of bulk purchase of the Government has succeeded over the last three years or not. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply has...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: It would not surprise me if, when the Debate is being wound up, they endeavour to do the same. If they endeavour to do it on this occasion, I do not think the country will misunderstand. The country will realise when the facts get around; and the facts do tend to get around, despite the machinations of the Conservative Party; that far from the policy of bulk purchase having cost the nation...

Orders of the Day — Government Bulk Buying (26 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: Is the noble Lady advocating that we should pay more for our sugar from the West Indies than we are paying now?

Royal Dockyards (2 May 1949)

Major Donald Bruce: I should like to add my word to that of my hon. Friend the Member for the Drake Division (Mr. Medland) in asking the Government to consider setting up a working party to look into the whole organisation of the Royal Dockyards. I do not ask that in any carping spirit, because I realise, as do my colleagues, that much has been done in the last few years; indeed, much more has been done in the...


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