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Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: May I first of all apologise to the House for the fact that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer could not remain throughout the Debate? Unfortunately he has an engagement in the provinces and has had to leave somewhat early in order to reach his destination in time.

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am very grateful to the right hon. and gallant Member for Gainsborough (Captain Crookshank) for the kind references he has made to myself. As an ex-Financial Secretary to the Treasury he knows, none better, how much I and the learned Solicitor-General, and even the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself, are indebted to the permanent officials, who, behind the scenes, assist Ministers and the...

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: Because it is not in the Bill. I might however say this. It is true that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the somewhat rarified air of Bournemouth, indicated that in his view the fear of inflation was passing, and although perhaps Bournemouth is not so bracing as Skegness, I think we have to remember the atmosphere of the place in which he said this, and read no more into it than he...

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: My hon. Friend has said that the policy of hon. and right hon. Gentlemen opposite is to reduce wages. Whether that is so or not——

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: It is not in the Bill, and I do not propose to deal with it now.

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: As quite a number of hon. Members have referred to it, may I mention the question of whether, in reaching the present stage of the Bill, we have spent too much time on it? As the right hon. Member for Gainsborough knows, this matter, amongst others, is now receiving the attention of a Select Committee upstairs. He took the view in his remarks that the amount of time spent on it had been well...

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I beg the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's pardon. What he said was that he was against discrimination, and what he says now bears out his earlier statement. It is a matter of opinion, whether we should pay these postwar credits by age stages or by yearly stages to the whole population. It is a matter of opinion and of machinery, and we decided that this was an excellent way of beginning...

Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: No. I am sorry I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman just what the answer is, but if he is interested I will undertake to pass it on to him either by letter or when I see him somewhere in the House. I have not the answer by me. Although many other points were made, I will not detain the House by trying to answer them in detail. I would like to close by saying on behalf of my right hon. Friend that...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: The House will agree, I think, that we have had an excellent Debate. I have very little time to reply, but I make no complaint about that. One goad thing about an occasion of this kind is that it gives the hon. Member for East Aberdeen (Mr. Boothby), and one or two others who feel almost as deeply and strongly as he does on this matter, an occasion to blow off steam. It was not really...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I know, but, as I said, there is no truth in it as will be shown in time. The trouble about these things is that we are working largely in the dark. I ought to make it quite plain that many of the points made by the non. Member for East Aberdeen (Mr. Boothby) cannot be refuted or proved correct this afternoon because it is all hypothetical, but we do feel beyond any doubt that he will be...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: No, not all the party, but officially the party abstained. Not-withstanding that we have now got this Loan and the first instalment of it has been drawn upon. The hon. Member for East Aberdeen asked me one or two questions and some of them were repeated again during the speeches made by those following him. He wanted to know if there were any secret understanding between His Majesty's...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I realise why my hon. Friend put it, but lots of things are said in the United States which will not bear the sunlight of examination, and if I may say so, this was one of them. I have been asked certain questions about the Canadian wheat contract. As the House know, negotiations have been proceeding between representatives of this country and representatives of the Canadian Government on...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: No final decision has been taken as to priorities or the percentage which is to be spent on petrol, newsprint, machinery, or anything else. During the last six months we have been acting—perhaps too hopefully in the mind of some, although our hopes have now been realised—on the assumption that we would get the Loan. Provisional priorities have been established. I have not time to go into...

Anglo-American Loan Agreement (19 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: It is one of the first priorities. We shall utilise some of the money for machine tools and other things, but the housewives in this country do want a little variety in their diet; for instance, one of the priorities is tinned fruit. A number of other questions were put to me during the Debate, one dealing with the Philippines, another with Imperial Preference, and another with the sterling...

Orders of the Day — Fourth Schedule. — (Purchase Tax. Chargeable processes: relevant classes of goods.) (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: The hon. Member for Torquay (Mr. C. Williams) would, I think, be the most surprised Member of the House today if I announced, on behalf of my right hon. Friend, that I was going to accept this Amendment. When we dealt with Clause 15 my right hon. Friend did meet the wishes which were then expressed in every quarter of the House, that something should be done about rabbit skins; and he met...

Orders of the Day — Fourth Schedule. — (Purchase Tax. Chargeable processes: relevant classes of goods.) (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: It may well be that the hon. Gentleman has more knowledge of these matters than I have, but it is difficult to believe that Customs and Excise officials can easily levy duty on skins according to whether they are above or below a given weight. So far as I know, skins are dealt with as skins and though it is true that when they are sold weight may enter into consideration; here, if I...

Orders of the Day — Fourth Schedule. — (Purchase Tax. Chargeable processes: relevant classes of goods.) (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: Deer skins are not included in this Amendment.

Orders of the Day — Fourth Schedule. — (Purchase Tax. Chargeable processes: relevant classes of goods.) (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: The point was made by the hon. and gallant Member for Chichester (Lieut.-Commander Joynson-Hicks). I understood that he wanted to include lamb skins, and I pointed out to him that one could not be sure that a lamb skin would always be below 3 lbs, in weight.

Orders of the Day — Double Taxation Relief (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, praying that, on the ratification by the Government of the United States of America of the Convention set out in Part I and the Protocol set out in Part II of the Schedule to the Draft of an Order entitled the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (U.S. A.) Order, 1946, a copy of which was presented on 4th July, an Order...

Orders of the Day — Double Taxation Relief (17 Jul 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am sorry it anything I said might have given to the House a contrary impression. I knew that the noble Lord was interested in the film industry, and thought he would have been aware that the British film industry did thoroughly approve of this change, and was anxious that the House should agree to it. I meant no more than that, and I hope the noble Lord will accept my assurance on that...


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