Results 1–20 of 488 for speaker:Sir Harwood Harrison

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements): Inland Revenue (Discretion) (27 Mar 1979)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, and also for speaking about the TAVR. I should like him to know that, in a number of TAVR units, those who are designated on mobilisation to go to Germany straight from their fields and factories, or to take their part against the enemy, are provided with equipment at least up to the standard of the Regulars. It is those who are second in...

House of Commons (Refreshment Facilities) (26 Mar 1979)

Sir Harwood Harrison: Once again we are discussing the statement on Defence Estimates. I assume that the Minister has read it through. I read it through for the first time. In all respects, I found it rather dull and unimaginative. I am certain that all hon. Members are activated by the same motive—to preserve peace. What divides us is the way in which that should be achieved. Men and women who think that they...

Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (22 Mar 1979)

Sir Harwood Harrison: My assessment of the debate is that it is between those who think that if the Bill goes through their liberties will be curtailed and those who think it vital that the Bill should go through to save lives and money and the time of the police, nurses and doctors in doing certain jobs. We all have a number of liberties, many of which we have given up in war and at other times. We have to weigh...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: The Prime Minister and his Government have, in my view, failed in the delay that they have imposed on the Services. Perhaps it is a case of too little, too late. The Prime Minister himself comes from a Navy background, and I am sure that he must have been aware of the feelings in the Services. He saw to it that people like the police, the firemen and the miners were given their awards, and...

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I shall not follow up the speech made 30 years ago by the hon. Member for Hud-dersfield, East (Mr. Mallalieu). I am afraid that I was not a Member of the House at that time. I have now heard bits of that speech, and it sounds as though it was very good. I think that it is fair to say that this year's White Paper contain little that is new. That is not necessarily a criticism, as it is only...

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: One cannot always know the ways of Ministers and Departments. I was referring generally to one or two reports that we wish to see. There are reports on matters other than this one in particular.

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I thank the Secretary of State for coming to my aid. My Committee and I were concerned with the TAVR and very keen that the Prime Minister should lend his authority to the annual recruitment campaign by making a public statement of support for the role and importance of the TAVR. I was glad, therefore, to see such a statement made in a recent Written Answer. However, without wishing to sound...

Bill Presented: Defence (13 Mar 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I was not making a cheap jibe. I thanked the Secretary of State for coming to my rescue before, and I simply said that I thought we had not had a reply to this later report. We have also examined the implications for defence of the large commitment placed on us by the Foreign Office, which has taken us off our defence map. If I am left with anything in my mind, it is and it will always...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Expenditure (24 Jan 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: making his forecast for next year, has the Secretary of State allowed for the wages review for all our Services? He should tell that to his hon. Friends.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Expenditure (24 Jan 1978)

Sir Harwood Harrison: But hon. Members opposite are not saying it at the moment. The right hon. Gentleman might say to his hon. Friends that there is a big pay review to come and that he must allow for it.

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (27 Apr 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: Is the Minister aware of the great anger and frustration of all pig producers? Suffolk, which I have the honour to represent, is one of the biggest counties producing pigmeat. Some of the producers came here earlier this week to show their indignation and many hon. Members from both sides met them. The producers were worried—and it worries me, too—that if they continue to lose money,...

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (27 Apr 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: Well keep quiet then. I was saying to the Minister—

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (27 Apr 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: If we slaughter our breeding stock, we shall have a situation such as that described in the Press last Sunday, when imported cabbages were being sold for more than £1 each. We shall be held to ransom. This is what I am frightened about, and I want immediate action.

Orders of the Day — The Army (19 Apr 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: It would be presumptions of me to try to answer the points he mentioned or to take up what the Minister has said, but I congratulate him on what he said about recruiting. He said that it is good at the moment. I have always thought that it is much better to get a man who is in the Army already to sign on for a further period than to have any raw recruit. This information about recruiting is...

Orders of the Day — The Army (19 Apr 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I obviously misheard the Minister. I put the best possible front on it. I though that he meant by the end of 1980. I am glad that it is to be available later this year. I presume that it will go first to the Regular troops on the central front. I hope that it will then go to the TAVR units, which will have an important rôle to play if everything goes wrong and we are engaged in war. It is...

Defence (22 Mar 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: We are discussing one of the most serious aspects which come before us in the parliamentary year; that is, the adequate defence of our island. It is no good comparing defence with housing, education or roads, all of which may be very desirable in themselves. Defence is an essential first priority. It is no good having a lovely house if there is not the means in the country with which to...

Defence (22 Mar 1977)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I am glad that the Minister says Hear, hear". We will not allocate blame for that to anyone. As a Sub-Committee we have been studying the best ways of getting reinforcements to the central front and other theatres on time in a time of tension. In all the evidence given to us, it was thought that the period of tension was likely to be shorter rather than longer. We visited the port of...


Sir Harwood Harrison: I support my neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Sudbury and Woodbridge (Mr. Stainton) in his very valiant fight on behalf of his constituents about the private ownership of the very flourishing dock at Felixstowe. I consider the Bill to be unnecessary. Felixstowe is not a sick port. It is flourishing and prosperous. Many of my constituents, coming from villages 10 or 15 miles from...

Defence (31 Mar 1976)

Sir Harwood Harrison: I congratulate the Secretary of State for Defence on holding during last year the chairmanship of the Eurogroup. In doing so I am sure that he added stature to himself and brought great credit to this country. I am sorry that the right hon. Gentleman has had to leave—I know for good reasons—and I ask the Minister to be kind enough to convey my remarks to him. I know that in the Eurogroup...

Defence (31 Mar 1976)

Sir Harwood Harrison: We would like, and I believe the House would like, the Minister's assurance that it is all right. In shipbuilding, we voiced concern that the shipbuilding weapons' system was falling badly behind schedule. The first anti-submarine warfare cruiser, HMS "Invincible", being built by Vickers at Barrow, has been seriously delayed and its in-service date has slipped. The type 22 frigates planned to...

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