Results 1–20 of 585 for speaker:Mr Ernest Thornton

Cotton and Allied Textiles (Report) (22 Jul 1969)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his announcement of the substitution of tariffs for quotas will be generally if not universally acclaimed in the industry? To what extent do his proposals fit in with the discussions which I presume he and his Department have had with the employer and trade union organisations in the industry?

Textile Industry (Structure) (30 Jun 1969)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Is it my right hon. Friend's intention fully to use the resources of the I.R.C. in the necessary restructuring of the industry and in securing a better structural balance within the larger firms in the industry?

Orders of the Day — Redundancy Rebates Bill (30 Jan 1969)

Mr Ernest Thornton: With all the criticism so far levelled at this Measure, the House is tending to lose sight of the fact that this redundancy payments scheme is one of the most efficient economic reforms passed by this House in many years. The recent announcement that during 1968 we had, for the first time for many years, a rise in productivity and an improved balance of trade is, to a substantial extent,...

British Eagle (Cessation of Operations) ( 7 Nov 1968)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Did not the last Labour Government guarantee the payment of redundancy money from a central pool when firms got into financial difficulties and were not able to meet their obligations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal: Disused Colliery, Bolton (Fatal Accidents) (23 Apr 1968)

Mr Ernest Thornton: asked the Minister of Power if he will cause an investigation into the circumstances in which three Farnworth children and a Bolton fireman lost their lives in the disused Brackley Colliery, Bolton; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal: Disused Colliery, Bolton (Fatal Accidents) (23 Apr 1968)

Mr Ernest Thornton: While appreciating my hon. Friend's expression of sympathy, may I ask him to look very closely indeed into the circumstances in which only a part of the shaft about which we are speaking was bricked or concreted and why it was possible for a small opening to be made by soil erosion or by the scraping of the soil, thereby enabling these crildren to gain entry to this lethal chamber?

Raw Cotton Commission (Cancellation of Liabilities) (14 Dec 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Could my hon. Friend tell us the Commission's turnover during the six or seven years of its operation, so that we can get the losses into perspective in relation to the transactions during the time it operated?

Orders of the Day — Economic Problems(North-West) (13 Dec 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is making an extremely reasonable case, and is right to ask for guarantees about the situation after 1970. However, did not an identical situation confront the right hon. and learned Gentleman's Administration when, during the period of the reorganisation scheme, the industry asked for similar guarantees and the Government of the day denied them?

Orders of the Day — Economic Problems(North-West) (13 Dec 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: I am glad again to have the opportunity of following the hon. Baronet the Member for Clitheroe (Sir Frank Pearson). I may have misunderstood him, but I thought that he tended to give the impression that the decline in North-East Lancashire had set in only since the Labour Government came to power. I was born in Burnley and lived for 20 years in Nelson during the period when the decline in...

Orders of the Day — Economic Problems(North-West) (13 Dec 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: About 7 per cent.

Cotton Textile Industry (20 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: This industry, over the last half-century, has suffered more trials and tribulations, more insecurity, more self-sacrifice and suffering, than probably any other large-scale British industry. It has gone through very trying times, both in the days of the mass unemployment of the 1920s and 1930s and in the days of relatively full employment in the postwar years. It has shown remarkable...

Cotton Textile Industry (20 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: I take the point. When a recession comes its full weight falls on the restricted capacity of the industry, and that goes first. The higher the level of imports becomes, the deeper the recession and perhaps the longer it is likely to last. Secondly, will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that the proposed Imports Commission will be used as an effective machine for dealing promptly with...

Cotton Textile Industry (20 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: And perhaps do it better, as my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, East (Mr. Mapp) says. Will the Government give an assurance that, in the main, Government contracts for cotton textiles will stipulate that they shall be spun, woven and finished in the United Kingdom? I do not say that all Government purchases should necessarily be from our own source; a case can be made out for a small...

Cotton Textile Industry (20 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: And there is a lot of substitution. We import from Canada about 39 million square yards and Canada imports from Hong Kong and India an amount equal to about three-quarters or two-thirds of this total. There is a very serious risk of substitution and many people believe that it is taking place. I urge the Government to oblige the Board of Trade to take some reasonable risk. I am sure that...

Oral Answers to Questions: Textiles (15 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Is it my right hon. Friend's intention to use the Commission as a machine for effectively dealing with quota evasion and price disruption?

Textile Council Imports Commission (14 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that, in general, he will be prepared to accept the advice of this Commission, provided that its recommendations do not contravene our international legal obligations?

Business of the House ( 2 Mar 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: May I press my right hon. Friend to find time for a debate before Easter on the textile industry? The situation in Lancashire is giving rise to great concern. It may well be that through the usual channels the Opposition would be prepared to co-operate in finding time for a debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: Portuguese Textiles (Imports) ( 8 Feb 1967)

Mr Ernest Thornton: Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of our best mills in a narrow sector of the industry, completely re-equipped and operating on three shifts, are facing extinction because of these ridiculously low-priced imports?

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour: Labour-only Sub-Contractors ( 7 Mar 1966)

Mr Ernest Thornton: My right hon. Friend's National Joint Advisory Council agreed at its last meeting in January that our Ministry should make inquiries into labour-only sub-contracting. Discussions have been held with representatives of trade unions and employers' associations in the construction industry and of the Construction Industry Training Board. A report will be submitted in due course to the Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour: Labour-only Sub-Contractors ( 7 Mar 1966)

Mr Ernest Thornton: We certainly pay close attention to this matter. As soon as the report is made, my right hon. Friend will decide what action it may be necessary to take.


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