Results 1–20 of 4683 for speaker:Mr Jack Diamond

Union of South Africa (Colliery Accident, Coalbrook) (8 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: In view of the extent of the disaster, could reconsideration be given to the amount of the proposed contribution of £10,000, bearing in mind, if my recollection is correct, that in a recent case five times that figure was given to one person alone who suffered damage?

Procedure (8 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: The hon. Member is making the case of the convenience of the average hon. Member. Will he deal with the argument that it is extremely convenient for the general Member to know by 3.30 p.m. what will happen later in the evening? It is very convenient for many hon. Members to come to the House at 3.30 and to leave immediately afterwards. It is also very convenient for any deliberative Chamber...

Aircraft Industry (15 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Can the right hon. Gentleman say, first, what is the likely future of the labour force of the aircraft manufacturing industry having regard to everything that he has said this afternoon? Secondly, do any of the risks which the right hon. Gentleman has in mind take the form of investing in equity shares in any of the regrouped companies?

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Is my recollection at fault if I believe that time and time again steel companies came to the market and to their own Shareholders and offered shares to be taken up by their own shareholders with fresh money, and that time and time again those offers were oversubscribed?

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Can the hon. Gentleman say over what period this fresh capital was introduced?

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Before the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) sits down—

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I am most grateful to you, Mr. Speaker, and to the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro). I wished to ask the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland, before he sat down, whether he could comment on the Government investment in British Petroleum. He has referred to the unsatisfactory nature of the control by the Government and the House, as he sees it, but would he say whether the public...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I wish to support strongly everything which has been said by my hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough (Mr. Cronin). It is remarkable value to have Whips who are both excellent in their duty as Whips and equally excellent in making valuable, accurate and constructive contributions to a debate. It is regrettable that I am unable to pay the same compliments to the Government Whips. I am...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I cannot help regarding this in the same way as I should the affairs of a client who came to me for advice about an investment of this kind. We are being asked to lend money with no security but with the possible right to call for a second debenture, and everyone knows how completely valueless is a second debenture. One cannot act on it. All one can do is to buy up the first debenture holder...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I am not responsible for any lack of protest then, nor am I responsible for any lack of a Division tonight. I am doing my best to prevail upon my own Front Bench to take the view that this is an improper transaction and should not be entered into and that it makes no difference to the provision of the strip mills.

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: But when I am outraged I go into the Division Lobby. I do not think that that action would be misunderstood. I suggest to my right hon. Friends that their action in going into the Lobby would not be misunderstood. The agreement for the provision of these strip mills was entered into a year ago, and they will be built whether we agree to accept the Bill or not. But if we sit down and agree to...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I listened to the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell (Mr. Lawson). I was most interested in and moved by it. I congratulate him upon it and I agree with everything that he said, and if this were the only means of getting the strip mill it might be a justification for not voting against Second Reading. But it is not. I want to deal with this point which my hon. Friend put to...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Much larger sums.

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: The right hon. Gentleman said that there was a possibility of risk involved in the taking of equities. This does not prevent their taking convertible debentures, where the Government can have it both ways, at the option of the lender. What is the reason for not doing that, other than what the right hon. Gentleman said, namely, that he does not believe in it? He has not said why he does not...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Financial Provisions) Bill (18 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: Many of my hon. Friends have suggested that although the principle of providing these two strip mills is acceptable, the details of the financial provisions are totally unacceptable and will have to be altered in Committee. Having regard to the agreement which has already been made, does the right hon. Gentleman say that it is not open to the House in Committee to alter the provisions in...

The Fine Arts (26 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: And Alsatian dogs.

The Fine Arts (26 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: The hon. Member for Guildford (Sir R. Nugent) was moved to talk about a small repertory theatre which he knows and which I know slightly. He has made an excellent contribution to our debate in asking for help for the living theatre. This is a happy occasion, in that we are all in agreement, except the Government Front Bench. I do not think that there is any broad dissent anywhere in the...

The Fine Arts (26 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: My hon. Friend is right in what he says about a number of hon. Members' speeches, and those who know most about the theatre and drama would make a special plea for them. It is only a little unjust because I said that I spend a good deal of my time in providing opera in London and the provinces, but added that the needs of the theatre and the orchestras are, if anything, more urgent even than...

The Fine Arts (26 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: I agree that these problems are very largely separate, and might well have been debated separately I agree also that any inquiry might cover the much-reduced field the hon. Member has spoken of, but that that would not be a topic for a Royal Commission. In fact, the Museums Association itself does not ask for a Royal Commission but for an inter-Departmental committee of inquiry, and that is...

The Fine Arts (26 Feb 1960)

Mr Jack Diamond: It is because I realise that this request would fall on fertile ground that I make it. We know, too, that the Minister of Labour is very interested in music, and the Cabinet at the moment—I do not want to make any controversial remark—contains a number of people who are interested in the arts. I am sure that the Economic Secretary himself is interested in all this. But would it not be...


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