Results 121–140 of 527 for speaker:Major Donald Bruce

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I shall come to the position of private enterprise presently, especially the private enterprise of the individual citizens composing all these concerns who have been mainly responsible for these increases, in many instances in spite of those who direct them. I want to make one other point, and I can quite understand the Opposition being a little discomfited by it. We have to make some very...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I shall also be coming to that point later. We should observe the instinctive reaction of the Opposition when any facts which reflect great credit on the whole of the people, regardless of party, are mentioned. It is a fact that, at the same time as this encouraging production increase has taken place, of which we as a nation can be mighty proud, in this country, at the present time, after...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: The right hon. Gentleman, in a blinding flash of honesty, says "Tory misrule." I entirely agree. Or are we going to say, in regard to the invisible export position of this country, that the reason why we have not got that large income from investments abroad is because we sold some £1,118 million during the war? Is the Opposition going to say that the reason we have not got so much invisible...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I accept the assurance of the hon. Member for Bucklow, but I have in my hands a report of the Economic Commission for Europe, dated 14th August, 1948, which, again, is subscribed to by the capitalists of America, the Communists of the U.S.S.R., and the various varieties of political persuasions on the Commission. They say that the countries of O.E.E.C., if they do expand their exports of...

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: Major Bruce rose—

Orders of the Day — Housing (14 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: Per year.

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: Many of us on this side of the House appreciate the sincerity with which the hon. Member for Wood Green (Mr. Baxter) has addressed us, even though we may not agree with some of the interpretations which he appears to have placed on the Agreement. Indeed, many of us doubt whether he has been referring to the Agreement at all, in many ways. We would like to pay one tribute to the hon....

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I am coming to the right hon. Gentleman presently, and also to what he said. I would like to repeat that the hon. Member for Wood Green did give some indication. He mentioned that we had sold 1,118,000 dollars worth of investments during the war. He said that we have suffered some damage. But he did not say that we had also incurred more than £3,000 million of debt, and that the total...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I readily concede that to the hon. Gentleman. The position was stated by the right hon. Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill), in his usual stirring terms, in the speech he made on 16th August, 1945, soon after the end of the war had been announced. He said: For this and many other reasons the United States stand at this moment at the summit of the world. I rejoice that this should be so. Let...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: Certainly: I am not saying at all that the Socialist Government succeeded to an easy heritage in 1945, but—

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: —but what I am saying is that almost every action which they have taken since has aggravated our position and has damaged our national fortunes. Today, we should not be discussing this: we should be emerging from some of our post-war difficulties; actually we are in a far worse case than we were when the last shot was fired."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 5th July, 1948; Vol. 453, c. 74.] I gave the...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I am coming to that. Actually it is about £995 million. Yes, I am coming to it.

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: The right hon. Gentleman probably does not know either, that despite the initial inferior position in which we found ourselves, there has been a gross capital formation in this country in the years 1946 and 1947 of very considerable dimensions and a net capital formation of something like £2,000 million. The right hon. Gentleman probably has not been up to the distressed areas or the former...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: —he will see that very great progress has been made since the end of the war. Then there is agriculture, to which I see the party opposite are now paying some attention. It has not always been so. I quote from the "Daily Express," a paper not unfriendly to the party opposite. On 2nd May, 1935, it said: In 1932 there were working in the fields of Britain 697,400 labourers. Today there are...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I am perfectly willing to debate agricultural statistics with the right hon. Gentleman at any time. The right hon. Gentleman is as aware as anybody else that after the intensive cultivation of the war, a good deal of land has had to be rested. Everybody knows that, but if the right hon. Gentleman thinks that the record is nothing to compare with the abysmal record of his party, he is very...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: —that this country has accomplished a very great deal. The right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for Chippenham emphasised that the main reason for failure, according to them, was the fact that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster had wasted and frittered away the American loan because of his cheap money policy. It is interesting, therefore, to read a pamphlet...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: The need for Marshall Aid has been explained adequately, not only by my right hon. and learned Friend but also by the hon. Member for East Aberdeen (Mr. Boothby) and my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Hull (Mr. Mackay). It arises quite clearly, not as a purely British phenomenon but as something which is needed by all Europe because of the devastation it has sustained. The next...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I am concerned not only with what the right hon. Gentleman said, but also with what he deliberately omitted, and he deliberately omitted to say—whether by accident or design—that this country had seen fit to render assistance to other countries of Europe. I think it well that it should go on the record. We have made £90 million available to Greece, we have made £25 million available to...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: I am glad hon. Members opposite are getting self-conscious.—[An HON. MEMBER: "A tinker's cuss."]—Every time this country has had from overseas during the last 2½ years news of some good achievement, one thing has been perceptible immediately from this side of the House. One watched the faces of right hon. Gentlemen opposite when we concluded the Canadian Wheat Agreement. Their faces...

Orders of the Day — European Economic Co-Operation (6 Jul 1948)

Major Donald Bruce: With respect, Mr. Speaker, I was answering some of the contentions put forward yesterday by the right hon. Member for Aldershot. I am sorry that he should be embarrassed by his party's weekly slogan, but I am not at all surprised. This was the slogan in their "Weekly News Letter" for 29th March, 1947: Empty heads put them in,Empty bellies will put them out. That is the hope of the party...


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