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Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Rate Support Grant (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has raised this matter. I did not hear the earlier part of his speech. I served on valuation committees in days when the hon. Gentleman was not a Member of this House. When I reminded the late lamented Minister at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Mr. Henry Brooke, as he then was, on a famous occasion in Committee that if revaluation took place...

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Rate Support Grant (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: To put the matter in perspective, the hon. Gentleman should also state that although police recruiting was unsatisfactory under the Labour Government, there is now high unemployment and there is always better recruitment to the Army and the police when there is mass unemployment in industry.

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The time allowed for this debate, which started at 11.30 is insufficient to allow all those who wish to take part in the debate to do so. I make no complaint about that now. Do I understand that the debate is open-ended, or is it limited to an hour and a half? If the latter, ought not the Minister to be a little lenient with the House and allow those...

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I strongly echo the sentiments expressed by the hon. Member for Saffron Walden (Mr. Kirk). To expect the House of Commons to conduct a serious debate on a matter like this at 11.30 p.m. on the eve of Christmas is not only an outrage; it is to treat the House with complete contempt. I do not want to exaggerate anything or to waste time, but I with other hon. Members interested in this matter...

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I accept that. With respect to the right hon. Gentleman, I served for three years as a member of the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, so I speak with some authority and knowledge of these matters. The Minister is quite right. The negative procedure requires 40 days. But even the affirmative procedure does not allow any Executive to take it for granted that at any time they like, by...

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: With great respect to your ruling, Mr. Deputy Speaker, which of course I accept, is it not the case that to announce the business for the next day less than 24 hours before that sitting is entirely out of order and is ultra vires the Standing Orders?

Procedure (18 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: Before the right hon. Gentleman leaves the point about liberalising this section of the rules and procedures will he say whether his advice to the House covers the situation where a Minister who has been having a thin time scatters a few bits of bait around the House by getting Members to sponsor Questions which will produce answers which show him up in a favourable light? I am not making a...

Procedure (18 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I have spent a great deal of time performing in a modest capacity in Select Committees. May I ask my right hon. Friend to reflect on this, not being dogmatic at all about it myself? There are in Select Committee many occasions when many of us, as working Members of a Committee, feel that it would be desirable not only to admit Members but to make the Committee open to the Press as well. The...

Orders of the Day — Fair Trading Bill (13 Dec 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: The hon. Member's argument is fascinating. It makes me glad that I came into the House by accident tonight. But the hon. Member has not mentioned the most important reason for takeovers by the conglomerate financial institutions—that is for the purpose of stripping the assets of businesses. Often the assets are in land, the most valuable asset of all. I can testify that in the North of...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: As I also sat through all the Committee sessions on that Bill—

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: —I am not speaking without practical experience of this situation. The Secretary of State knows of my lifelong interest in this matter. It is not something that I cooked up yesterday or last week. We rejected this principle for a reason more compelling than any of the three reasons mentioned by my hon. Friend, who is so modest and self-effacing that he will not say it so bluntly. We...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: The hon. Gentleman must realise that what we are discussing is a Social Security Bill resting upon an insurance contract. These other aspects of social security, admirable though they may be, are quite another matter. I would be the last to suppose that we could bring them in under this umbrella. We seem to be in danger of forgetting that this is an insurance Bill conferring rights in return...

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman, with his great financial wisdom and expertise, should present such an illogical argument to the House. If the Government become the controllers of this very large fund, what is the difference in principle between the Government as custodian of the money of the contributors who have built up the fund investing the money in accordance with their wisdom...

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: The hon. Gentleman is now being a little more controversial. I make no objection to that. I take his general point. However, would he be so cruel in this situation as to place on this Government, of all Governments, with all their pledges still to redeem, the duty of selecting the people who should take the franchises for all these extremely profitable operations? There is a great range of...

Orders of the Day — Land Compensation Bill (27 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give me some enlightenment as to what will happen when the original owner or tenant is displaced as the result of a replacement of a road by a new road, for example? Undeveloped land may be worth £100 an acre but with development in sight it can overnight become worth £15,000 an acre, or some such fantastic amount. Will that situation be catered for?...

Immigration Rules (22 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: Before my hon. and learned Friend leaves the question of the law and embarks upon the politics of the matter, may I take up one point? He has mentioned the British Nationality Act, 1948. That Act has given me considerable trouble in a recent matter about which I have been trying to knock some sense into the Foreign Office. Is he aware that under that Act it is sometimes difficult for a...

Immigration Rules (22 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I would have been brief and I would have finished by now if it had not been for the rude interjection by the Prime Minister. I put it on record that a British person who has served in both World Wars—in the Navy in the first and in the Army in the second—was denied a British passport until I took up his case with the Foreign Office.

Orders of the Day — Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Prices, Pay, Dividends and Rents (15 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: On a point of order. It arises from the explanation and very generous apology you have tendered, Sir Robert, and from the protests on both sides of the Committee about the way in which the business is being conducted. An intolerable burden has been placed on the officials of the House who have to prepare the Notice Paper, and we are faced with a situation—

Orders of the Day — Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Prices, Pay, Dividends and Rents (15 Nov 1972)

Mr Thomas Price: I do not propose to give way to a member of the Liberal Party. With respect, Sir Robert, I am making a substantial submission to you. The business has been bungled in a most disgraceful way. An impossible burden has been placed on the officials of the House—


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