Results 21–40 of 2751 for speaker:Mr Henry Strauss

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I think it would be convenient if I gave a general account of the purpose and effect of the Order and, in the course of it, answered the questions or criticisms which have come from various quarters. I will then check from my notes of individual speeches to see whether I have omitted anything. These Orders were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24th February. The Hire-Purchase...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I do not believe that an exact calculation will be possible, but I think that the hon. Member will have no difficulty whatsover in realising that there is a great difference between having to produce 15 per cent. deposit as a condition of starting to buy furniture and being able to get it without putting down any deposit whatever.

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Provided that people can make a deposit in money, there is nothing to stop them borrowing the money in any way they like, but if they simply enter into a paper transaction where no cash is given at all—I cannot remember the case to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but there have been some cases of that sort—the transaction is hit by the Order and is illegal.

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Not at all. Whatever else the public does or does not know, it knows what is meant by borrowing from a moneylender. There is no deception about that at all. It is subject to its own laws which provide relief against unconscionable transactions and so on. As far as this Order is concerned, the essential point is the deposit and the period of payment. Its effect on furniture has been...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I did not say it was, and neither did the Chancellor. What was said by the Chancellor was that hire purchase had got out of hand and needed to be curbed, not to the extent of being done away with but by being subjected to moderate restraint. The moderate restraint to which it has been subjected is not so very different from the restraint already practised by many of the best traders in...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: For once my hon. Friend is less than fair, and he apparently did not listen to the earlier part of my speech with his usual attention or he would have noticed that I said we were very anxious to obtain this further information without an unnecessary burden on the trading community. That is why we contemplate getting voluntary representative samples by consultations with those concerned. The...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: There is no necessary connection between restrictions on the hire purchase of certain metal-using goods and some change in the gold balance. They are not necessarily connected at all. I do not know whether the right hon. Gentleman was or was not in favour of the removal of those restrictions at the time they were removed. Of course, the Government of which he was a member did not even put them on.

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Of course I am not saying that. I said precisely the opposite at the very beginning. The hon. Member for Stechford asked me one important question, which may have been asked also by another hon. Member. He asked, were not the former restrictions, before we took them off, being defeated and evaded and made useless, and will not the present Order suffer from the same defects? The answer as to...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: The hon. Gentleman nearly had a brain wave, but not quite. The reason why the Government have re-imposed these restrictions can be read distinctly in the statement of my right hon. Friend when he announced this. Although the fundamental economic position was better than it had been, my right hon. Friend was acting in time to prevent it from degenerating, which was in striking contrast to the...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Oh, yes, bicycles. There was a great deal of what the hon. Gentleman said about bicycles which was out of order, but he thought they were specially hit by the terms of the Order. I do not think that they are. He also seemed to think that people were evading the Order by having a scheme of credit sale contracts for less than nine months. Such contracts are not an evasion. My hon. Friend the...

Hire Purchase (22 Mar 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Rental agreements are not subject to the Order, and there is no reason why they should be, provided that the person well knows that he is going in for a rental agreement and will never get the property. If there is any question of misleading or fraud, there is the existing law. To sum up, the position is that the Order is a useful addition to the general restriction through the Bank Rate. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Imported Shirts (Marking) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Orders in Council—

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Imported Shirts (Marking) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: Orders in Council have been made under the Merchandise Marks Act, 1926, requiring imported women's woven outerwear and men's knitted shirts to be marked with an indication of origin. No such order has been made in respect of imported men's woven shirts because there has been no recommendation for such an order from the appropriate Standing Committee appointed under the Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Imported Shirts (Marking) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I would recommend the hon. Lady to look at the terms of Section 2 (3) of the Act. She will find that the Board of Trade has no power to refer this matter to the Committee until an application is made to it to do so. If an application is made, we shall take the necessary steps.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Imported Shirts (Marking) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I have explained that no application has been made to the Board of Trade to refer this matter to the Committee. If the right hon. Gentleman will look at the Section of the Act to which I have referred, he will see that a request has to be made. He can make as good a guess as I why no such request has been made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Exports to U.S.S.R. (Strategic List) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." On the general question, my right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Exports to U.S.S.R. (Strategic List) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: If my hon. Friend is referring to the ship which he recently mentioned in a question, I am advised that that ship was not of a kind to be subject to the embargo. Questions upon ships, however, should be addressed to the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Exports to U.S.S.R. (Strategic List) (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I do not agree with the right hon. Gentleman. I think he will see that the Question in regard to which my hon. Friend was advised to question the Board of Trade was a different one. As regards the strategic list, I have nothing to add to my original answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Price Maintenance and Conditions of Sale (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. Hamilton) on 8th February, 1955.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Price Maintenance and Conditions of Sale (15 Feb 1955)

Mr Henry Strauss: The question of registration was considered when the original Act was passed. I think that the hon. Member is well aware of the importance of the Section 15 inquiry which is now taking place into what can be described as exclusive dealing and collective boycott. I am sure that the House will be well advised to await that report, which is expected this summer, before deciding what legislation...


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