Results 1–20 of 1666 for speaker:Sir John Foster

Orders of the Day — Rehabilitation of Offenders Bill (25 Jan 1974)

Sir John Foster: As has been said, there are technicalities to be ironed out in Committee, including some which were raised in the article in Justice of the Peace. I entirely disagree with the general conclusion of that article, that the Bill goes too far, that it is an inept measure, and should be rejected. It will be noted that the author of the article does not suggest any remedies of his own, although as...

European Community Secondary Legislation (24 Jan 1974)

Sir John Foster: I do not accept the tributes paid to me about the unanimity of the Committee. Those members of the Committee who are now present will agree that we were unanimous throughout in the sense that we discussed matters on which some members through one way and some another, but at the end of the discussion the Committee was unanimous. This resulted because all members of the Committee were good...

European Community Secondary Legislation (24 Jan 1974)

Sir John Foster: My right hon. Friend says that the logic is probably unexceptional. I am glad that the Government have accepted that there should be a sifting committee and that there should be more parliamentary time allocated to Community matters. That is why the right hon. Member for Stepney had generally a favourable reaction to the speech of the Lord President of the Council. I am guessing but I do not...

European Community Secondary Legislation (24 Jan 1974)

Sir John Foster: There is the possibility of a compromise on those lines. There are a number of proponents of the Queen's Advocate on rather the same lines, but of course that involves a separate legal Minister. However it may be solved, I hope that the Government will look with great care at the proposition that the statement of the legal alterations necessary should be the responsibility of a legal...

Southern Rhodesia (Government Stocks) (17 Oct 1973)

Sir John Foster: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree with the Solicitor-General that the Government have no control of or responsibility for the Reserve Bank in view of his sentence at the beginning of his speech that the previous Government tried to collect all the money of the Reserve Bank?

Southern Rhodesia (Government Stocks) (17 Oct 1973)

Sir John Foster: First, I should like to deal with the question of costs. It seems to me that the Reserve Bank owes a relationship to the lawful Government of Rhodesia, which is the United Kingdom Government. The Reserve Bank is not acting for the unlawful Government of Rhodesia. It would be wrong if it were. The right hon. and learned Member for West Ham, South (Sir Elwyn Jones) pointed out that the then...

Southern Rhodesia (Government Stocks) (17 Oct 1973)

Sir John Foster: Does not my hon. and learned Friend see the difference between admitting the other bondholders pari passu with Mr. Franklin because they all have a right of action? Does he not see the difference between that and admitting Government creditors who have no right of action?

European Community (Secondary Legislation) (13 Mar 1973)

Sir John Foster: I thank my right hon. Friend for his thanks to the committee. I am sure that he realises that this is only an interim report. I am sure that the Select Committee will wish to see how the procedure proposed by the Government works. It is a useful addition to the debate which is going on between the two Front Benches about the nature and number of statements which there should be. Considerable...

Orders of the Day — Value Added Tax (Children's Clothing) (14 Feb 1973)

Sir John Foster: There are often very strong arguments on both sides of the House for the Chancellor to consider representations about children's clothing and footwear. I submit that it would be entirely wrong to accept the Opposition motion. Let us assume that the terms of the Opposition motion were that the House considers that the personal allowance of a single person should be raised to a certain level....

Orders of the Day — Value Added Tax (Children's Clothing) (14 Feb 1973)

Sir John Foster: The arguments remain that the Chancellor must weigh one thing against another. There is obviously a very strong argument for exempting charities from VAT. I have written to my right hon. Friend about this matter, but I do not expect him to agree with my argument without taking into account that he must weigh charities against children's clothing and many other matters—theatres, sports and...

Orders of the Day — Value Added Tax (Children's Clothing) (14 Feb 1973)

Sir John Foster: The House of Commons is entitled to put forward strong arguments for not applying VAT to children's clothing. However, it would be unconstitutional and wrong to make the Chancellor agree. I have not had the opportunity—indeed, I should be out of order—to press the claim of charities against that of children's clothing. I cannot do it in this debate. I cannot put the case about sport, with...

Orders of the Day — Value Added Tax (Children's Clothing) (14 Feb 1973)

Sir John Foster: But it would be wrong, without the arguments being put forward about all the other things, for the House to require the Government to do it today.

Orders of the Day — Value Added Tax (Children's Clothing) (14 Feb 1973)

Sir John Foster: I advise the Minister, when he replies, to say that he will consider the representations that have been made in the debate because of the strong arguments from both sides. However, he cannot say that the Chancellor will agree to the motion. That is the whole difference between the two sides of the House. The Government amendment states in terms that the Chancellor will give full...

Compensation for Personal Injury (19 Dec 1972)

Sir John Foster: Bearing in mind the fact that the tragedy of the road accident victims can be dealt with and isolated even before the Royal Commission reports by adopting the principle of "no fault "insurance, has my right hon. Friend read the very powerful article recommending this published last Saturday week by the hon. and learned Member for Northwich (Sir J. Foster)?

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: As the hon. Gentleman is reading from a brief, would he read five or six lines above, about the square footage?

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: No, the county council.

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: Sir J. Foster rose—

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: I intervened during the speech of the hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Alfred Morris), when, speaking about the shopping advantages or otherwise as between Wilmslow and Manchester, he quoted a sentence from the county council's observations on this question. The hon. Gentleman took up the reference in that document to the specialist shopping importance of Wilmslow, but, as he was...

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: They have had a late conversion. It would have been absurd to say to St. Paul, "You took the other view not long ago, so you ought now to be consistent and leave the Christian faith". The hon. Member would have said to St. Paul, "Look what you said only a fortnight before when you denied the divinity of Christ, and now you are admitting that divinity. You must be consistent."

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (23 Oct 1972)

Sir John Foster: This is a side issue and I do not wish to get involved in an ecclesiastical debate, especially with my hon. Friend. Let us look at the arguments on their merits—I suppose that the hon. Member for Wythenshawe would say that St. Paul should have made his name Saul again, too. He took the point about shopping. I should have thought that was a finely divided argument, but to my mind it goes...


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