Results 1–20 of 117 for speaker:Mr Harold Roberts

Orders of the Day — Housing, Birmingham (30 Mar 1950)

Mr Harold Roberts: The hon. Gentleman, in a long speech, has attacked the City Council and the builders.

Orders of the Day — Housing, Birmingham (30 Mar 1950)

Mr Harold Roberts: I am glad of that intervention from the hon. Member for Sparkbrook (Mr. Shurmer); I will deal with him in a moment. No-one would suppose that after a smashing victory at the polls in 1945 the electors of Birmingham were exhorted to give Labour complete control of the City Council. They did it, and Labour retained it.

Orders of the Day — Housing, Birmingham (30 Mar 1950)

Mr Harold Roberts: I will give some figures. In 1946, Unionists 66, on active service 2: Socialists 67; Independents 3. Chairmanship of the Public Works Committee was in the hands of the Socialists. In 1946–1947 they had complete control. From 1947 to 1949 as before. In May, 1949, we regained control. At the time they were in undisputed control, the hon. Member for Sparkbrook said that more was being done in...

Orders of the Day — Diplomatic Privileges (Extension) Bill (17 Mar 1950)

Mr Harold Roberts: I shall not trouble the House by speaking at great length because many people are interested, but I would say, in general, that I suppose that down to about 1944 the law of privilege and immunity had been pretty well worked out by a series of statutes and cases. One then had to deal with the new problem of bodies which are not State bodies but which require some protection. Attempts to do...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel Bill (16 Nov 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: One must always have some sympathy with a man who sighs for the better days that have gone. I feel that sympathy for the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) in his desire that "The Red Flag" should be sung. Those things were very appropriate to the mass hysteria of 1945, but are quite inappropriate to the disillusion of 1949. The utterances of the hon. Member cannot always be very...

Orders of the Day — Sehedule. — (AMENDMENTS OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF 23 AND 24 GEO. 5. c. 51.) ( 9 Nov 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: This Debate is a foretaste of what will await the Minister. I defy the right hon. Gentleman or any Minister to create a policy which would command general acceptance. It is not for me to "make a book" or to try to predict on which side the Minister will come down tonight. But whether he accepts the Amendment or rejects it, the result cannot be very satisfactory, because by accepting the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Boundary Commission (Dissolution) Bill ( 2 Nov 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: I find myself in hearty agreement with very much of what was said by the hon. Member for Cambridge (Mr. Symonds). I hesitate to make a suggestion to any Member as to his duty, but might I say this to him in a friendly way—that perhaps, as a preliminary to raising the points which he has put before the House, and which are really suggestions to the Minister for action when the Bill has been...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Boundary Commission (Dissolution) Bill ( 2 Nov 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: If the hon. Member fails to do that, then the other courses which he mentioned are still open to him. The hon. Member for Cambridge has spoken of the work of smaller local authorities, but it has been my good fortune to spend many years in the city council of the largest county borough in this country so that I can perhaps look at this matter with some degree of detachment. The Government...

Orders of the Day — Royal Commission on the Press (Report) (28 Jul 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: Will the Leader of the House tell us the date on which he received the deputation?

Orders of the Day — Royal Commission on the Press (Report) (28 Jul 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: May I refresh the right hon. Gentleman's memory and suggest that it was not until July?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 7. — (Matches.) (22 Jun 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: This Debate has been a most disquieting revelation of the state of the finances of this country. To think that the Government find it necessary to resort to this expedient for a small amount is an indication of the great gravity of our general situation. The Debate has been one of the most remarkable that I have heard. Of many points of interest, perhaps the most interesting was the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 10. — (Pool Betting Duty.) (22 Jun 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: I heard with great interest the letter that was read by the hon. Member for Walton (Mr. Haworth) from a young lady, but he dropped his voice a little at the end, and I think he said the letter was unsigned. Am I right?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 10. — (Pool Betting Duty.) (22 Jun 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: Thank you. I did not want to proceed on a wrong assumption. This is typical of the spirit surrounding this discussion. The hon. Member, arguing whether we should or should not agree to this impost, reads to us allegations by this girl, whose identity is concealed and whose letter was not signed. We are to base our discussion on an anonymous letter. It is followed by charges of extreme gravity...

Orders of the Day — Lands Tribunal Bill: Clause 1. — (Establishment and Jurisdiction of Lands Tribunal.) (25 May 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: I have seen this afternoon what many of us have seen over the years, that is, a case coming to a certain point in the hands of solicitors and perhaps of junior counsel, and then, when it comes to the great man himself, the leader, one learns that all the argumentative merits which one had so keenly studied will not do. The leader says, "I cannot hope to run that case that way. This is the...

Orders of the Day — New Clause. — (AMENDMENT OF 9 & 10 GEO. 6. c. 34.) (24 May 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: This Amendment applies to flats, and I assume flats chiefly in the London area. There seems to be no reason at all why, if the cost of services has gone up, the landlord should not be recompensed by a proportionate increase. That has been the policy under the Rent Restrictions Acts with regard to water charges, rates, and so forth, since 1920, and on merits there is no reason why it should...

Profits and Capital Issues ( 9 May 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: The hon. Member for Norwood (Mr. Chamberlain) appeared to be afraid that he would get the cane from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. His fears were groundless because, in effect, he only said what the Economic Secretary himself said in discussing Death Duties. The real complaint of both these hon. Gentlemen is that some people have the hardihood and presumption to make some money...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (16 Mar 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: There may be a certain number of Members in the House who are not connected with local government. If there should be such Members I will tell them something which they have not heard. A London County Council election is to take place shortly, and also a number of local government elections up and down the country. That may account for some of the speeches we have heard. May I first...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (16 Mar 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: I am relating the facts and it may be more to the point for me to continue to do so rather than to comment on "why?" The electorate, I say, thought otherwise. A town's poll was taken, and out of a very large electorate about 8,000 voted for the Clause and about 43,000 voted against it.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (16 Mar 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: I am relating the facts, and not referring to the propaganda, or to whether it was right or whether it was a good or bad thing. The Unionist Party took no part whatever in the propaganda with regard to that poll. The Labour Party went all out to get people to it in support of the Clause. The significant thing was not that 40,000 voted against the Clause, but that with all that Labour...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (16 Mar 1949)

Mr Harold Roberts: According to the Minister that is the set-up. What is the housing position in Birmingham at the present time? It is difficult and obscure. A few days ago the hon. Member for Sparkbrook (Mr. Shurmer) asked whether more people in Birmingham could be employed on housing. He suggested that somewhere about 1,400 are so employed. He was thoroughly snubbed and set down, and told that he was...


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