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Results 281–300 of 4683 for speaker:Mr Jack Diamond

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: With respect, 2½ per cent. for the immediate year is a gross over-statement, unless we are going to incur a lot of waste. We can stop expenditure in mid-stream if it is said, for example, with regard to a hospital on which a roof is about to be placed, "Leave it without the roof." We can do that, but I do not suppose that anyone would recommend it as a sensible way of proceeding. So I am...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I understand that, and that is why I refer to my evidence to the Committee, because this specific question was put to me. More than one question related to it, and I gave my answer then, and, having refreshed my memory, I can say that the words are what I then believed and still believe—namely, that one cannot produce an economic forecast which one does not have and that one should not try...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I am grateful for those remarks. I will see if such an opportunity can be taken. My standard is not that we should merely keep up-to-date with others. We have a respon- sibility, in appropriate spheres, to lead the way. We are trying to give effect to that view, which we hold strongly. Indeed, I am grateful to all those in the various Departments for the work that they have done in this...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: It is my intention to try to meet the Committee on this point; in other words, that hon. Members should be able to obtain this one document, to read it and, using their own experience, intelligence and natural ability, to be able to form a judgment and contribute to a debate on the exercise of priorities within the sphere of public expenditure. Having said that, however, I must point out that...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: Of course. My right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council—no doubt, my hon. Friend was not able to be present—made it perfectly clear that he is in process of consulting the Chairmen of all the Committees. The views which have been expressed on behalf of the Committee on Science and Technology have been interesting and forceful. Nobody could fail to pay due regard to them. Nor...

Government Publications (Supply) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House. I wish to make a statement about the supply of Government publications to Parliament and members of the public. Owing to unofficial industrial action in the London presses and binderies of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, there is interference with the supply of parliamentary and other papers. HANSARD cannot be printed, but it is...

Government Publications (Supply) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for recognising that this dispute stems from a different set of causes. The answer to his first question is that with the exception of HANSARD all papers necessary for parliamentary business during the remainder of this Session will, I think, be made available. The answer to the right hon. Gentleman's further question is that as far as I am aware...

Government Publications (Supply) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I cannot say that, for the simple reason that there are two unions involved, one of which is working, and the other is not, and the same rates of pay are available to both.

Government Publications (Supply) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will draw that to the attention of his right hon. Friend the Member for Barnet (Mr. Maudling), who asked an entirely different question.

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on public sector purchasing. As the House will recall, in May 1967 the Government published a White Paper—Cmnd 3291—on Public Purchasing and Industrial Efficiency. Among the objectives outlined were the use of public sector purchasing to promote standardisation, including the improvement of British standards and their...

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: The right hon. Gentleman asked, first, about the fathering of the scheme, and where responsibility now lies. He is correct in his recollection that the White Paper was put forward in the names of my right hon. Friend the then First Secretary and my right hon. Friend the then Chancellor of the Exchequer. Responsibility for the policy of co-ordination of purchasing throughout the Government has...

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: As my hon. Friend will be aware, the main purpose of the statement is to announce the machinery being set up to encourage co-ordination. The word "intervention" is a term that I would not wish to use lest it should be misunderstood. To get co-operation between local authorities, the Government and nationalised industries requires good will and understanding on all sides, and is not helped by...

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I am happy to be able to say "Yes" fully to the hon. Gentleman. Rather than giving detailed specifications to manufacturers and asking them to manufacture to those specifications the new policy has been to invite a number of manufacturers to say how certain requirements could be satisfied within their own specifications, particularly having regard to their own sales and export prospects. This...

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: That is something which will be very much in all our minds.

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: Of course it will do so, and it will be anxious to hear suggestions made by them.

Public Sector Purchasing (15 Oct 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: That has been given very, very careful consideration. We must set against the advantages of a centralised purchasing agency the disadvantages of, first, the cost of providing for a large number of co-ordinators, and, secondly, the fact that no individual can have sufficient knowledge of the whole field. Government purchases, excluding special cases like trunk roads, run to about £1,100...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Disallowance of Trading Losses (17 Jul 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I beg to move Amendment No. 144, in page 126, line 40, after decide ', insert— `for the purposes of paragraph 1(b) or (c) above '.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Disallowance of Trading Losses (17 Jul 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I hope that it may be convenient to take, at the same time, the three other Government Amendments, Nos. 145, 146 and 147.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Disallowance of Trading Losses (17 Jul 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: The Government Amendments are consequential, but they are consequential upon a promise which I gave in Committee to have regard to the point made in an Amendment then moved by the Opposition relating to the loss-buying provisions and, in particular, relating to the effect of the loss-buying provisions on inter-group share transactions. I made it clear that the Amendment then being discussed...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Sale by Individual of Income Derived from His Personal, Activities (17 Jul 1969)

Mr Jack Diamond: I beg to move Amendment No. 204, in page 28, line 39, at end insert: `and(c) the main object, or one of the main objects, of the transactions or arrangements was the avoidance or reduction of liability to income tax '.


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