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Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Nationality Rule (22 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: As the answer to the Question is rather long, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: Naturally I have no desire to curtail the discussion, but we have now spent an hour on this matter and it has occurred to me that the view of the Government, in the light of what has been said, may help us to come to a decision acceptable to all concerned. I have to ask the Committee to reject this Amendment for the reasons which, perhaps not as fully as some hon. Members might wish, we put...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: It would be very difficult to give that guarantee, and I think the hon. Member will also realise that it would be useless if I gave it. How could I imple- ment the guarantee? These things are outside our control. The whole burden of my reply is to the effect that we are doing the best we can in the circumstances which face us. I will try to show that the fears about cupro-nickel which have...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: Yes. Incidentally, the Master of the Mint was quite unable to differentiate any better than I was.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: The Deputy Master and the Superintendent saw these coins. We looked at them together, and the only way in which they could tell with certainty which were which, was by the use of a magnet. That goes to show that the fears which many people have felt and which have been voiced with such clarity and force in this Committee, may not materialise. In Ireland where they have the two coins used side...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: Yes, but after all, what happens in India does not really affect our Debate here. We must take the thing on its merits and decide the matter in the light of the circumstances facing us. India went back to silver, and why not? Silver is a very pleasant material to use. We would like to use silver and there is no reason why we should not if times were different. India did not stop minting these...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am sorry to interrupt. We have gone into that point, not in connection with machines coming from Germany, but when considering whether it was possible to instal machines supposing they were available. I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that it would be quite impossible in the space available and with the foundations of the buildings as they are to instal these machines, which are...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: When my hon. Friend spoke in the Second Reading Debate I was out of the Chamber getting the usual cup of tea, and that is why I did not take up the point when I replied.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am sure that the Committee is indebted to the hon. Member for Torquay (Mr. C. Williams) and the hon. Member for South Edinburgh (Sir W. Darling) for raising this matter. I fully realise why they have done it. They are desirous of taking this opportunity to help the public to greater facilities and wider limits when paying bills. But I am sorry that I must ask the Committee to reject the...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 1. — (Cupro-nickel coins to be legal tender for payments up to forty shillings.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: Indeed they will. That is our view, and time alone will prove it correct or not. The only way one will be able to tell a cupro-nickel coin from a silver alloy coin will be by the date. It would be the height of absurdity, in our view, if one set of coins, according to their date, were legal tender up to 60s., and the other were legal tender up to 40s. only. For that reason, if for no other,...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 2. — (Weight and composition of cupro-nickel coins.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I think I can give that assurance. These words are common form in this connection. They simply provide for what we would call infinitesimal variations in the weights of coins. Human nature being what it is, it is not possible to get coins exact to the millionth part of an ounce or a pennyweight or whatever the measurement and weightage is. This provision permits certain tolerations and...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 2. — (Weight and composition of cupro-nickel coins.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that the new coins will go into the machines, and that the machines will not differentiate in any way. They will not be, as some hon. Members have been, critical of the new coins; they will accept them just as they do the present ones, and if it is a question of change for a shilling, the machine will give the hon. and gallant Gentleman the same...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 2. — (Weight and composition of cupro-nickel coins.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that this matter was gone into with the utmost care. There is a. trial called the trial of the pyx at which, every year, these coins are very carefully looked at. One in every so many is thrown into a box and examined, and the Goldsmith Company take so many coins, examine, weigh and assess them. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that British coinage will not...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 3. — (Additional powers exercisable by proclamation.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I hope we may now dispose of this Clause without much further Debate because it seems to me that the Committee is under a misapprehension. In this Bill my right hon. Friend is not taking unto himself new and extensive powers. I think we all agree that when it comes to delegated legislation Parliament should be very jealous on behalf of the citizens at large as to what powers it does give in...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 3. — (Additional powers exercisable by proclamation.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I should perhaps have explained myself further. We have under existing legislation coins composed of 50 per cent. silver and 50 per cent. an amalgam of other metals forming an alloy. So far as concerns the 50 per cent. composed of other metals the Government has complete power to take out the zinc or the copper, or to alter the percentage of copper as compared with other metals, without...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 4. — (Standard trial plates.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that when the plates cease to be useful for the purpose they are made to serve, every care is taken that they do not get into the wrong hands. I can assure him that the wording of the Clause is in common form and is in line with Section 16 of the Act of 1870, which relates to trial plates, the care of documents and all the rest of it.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 6. — (Fineness of Maundy silver coins.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: The hon. Gentleman will not be surprised when he hears me ask the Committee to reject the Amendment. In 1920, when a change was made in our silver coinage, in order to avoid extra trouble the Maundy money was made of the same alloy—that is, it contained as much (fifty per cent.) silver— as the new silver coinage. Now we are going away from silver altogther. Therefore, the question arises...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 6. — (Fineness of Maundy silver coins.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: We are going back to it.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 7. — (Further powers as to purchase of metal for coinage.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I think I can give a brief explanation which will satisfy the hon. Member for Torquay (Mr. C. Williams). He is quite right. We are here making retrospective legislation in order to modernise a word which, when used in 1870, had a certain meaning which has since narrowed down. In the 1870 Act, the word "bullion" covered not only precious metals but other metals as well. I think the hon....


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