Results 1–20 of 2357 for speaker:Captain Sir Peter Macdonald

Central Africa (22 Jul 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Would the right hon. Member say how many members there are in the Opposition party?

Air Estimates, 1959–60: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (5 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Sir Peter Macdonald (Isle of Wight) indicated assent.

Air Estimates, 1959–60: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (5 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I do not propose to comment on the speech of the hon. Member for Barnsley (Mr. Mason), except to say that I do not share his optimism or faith in the static nuclear deterrent which he expressed when discussing the rôle of the Royal Air Force for the future. At the end of the war it was generally believed by leaders of all Services that in any future war the Royal Air Force would be the first...

Air Estimates, 1959–60: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (5 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Is it not a fact that my right hon. Friend has said that if, and only if, they are proved satisfactory they will be adopted? That is the answer. They have not been accepted until proved, and until they have been proved they will not be taken.

Nyasaland (State of Emergency) (3 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: The hon. Member forgets that the India Constitution was based on the Report of a Royal Commission which sat for several months before India obtained her freedom and that on that Commission all parties were represented, including the Conservative Party.

Nyasaland (State of Emergency) (3 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: This is a very sad occasion for me. It is over thirty years since, as a young Member of this House, I first visited Central Africa. I remember that when I returned I had a definite idea of what should be the future of Central Africa. I felt that it should be a federation of both the Rhodesias and Nyasaland. Several hon. Members and I—including one or two Members of the Liberal Party, which...

Nyasaland (State of Emergency) (3 Mar 1959)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: If the hon. Member had read or listened to Sir Roy Welensky's speeches over the years, he would know what he has in his mind as regards the future of Central Africa. All the time he has said that what they want is partnership in Central Africa with the Africans.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (11 Jun 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: The Amendment to which I shall address myself is the one standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Hastings (Mr. Cooper-Key), to which my own name is also attached. It is an Amendment which deals with something which some of us have been raising for a great many years, but we are very hopeful that on this occasion we shall get some favourable response from my right hon. Friend the...

Aircraft Industry (Government Support) (13 May 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: To ask the Minister of Supply whether he is now in a position to make a statement regarding the Government's future policy for research and development in the aeronautical industry.

Aircraft Industry (Government Support) (13 May 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Arising out of that very important statement, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he can say what are the intentions of the Government with regard to a supersonic civil aircraft? Does his statement mean that the Government are to contribute towards the development of supersonic civil aircraft in the future? May I also ask what is to be the future of the Royal Aircraft Establishment,...

Aircraft Industry (Government Support) (13 May 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: In view of the vitally important statement that he has made, would my right hon. Friend consider issuing a White Paper explaining what these proposals are? May I ask the Leader of the House, who is now leaving the Chamber, for an opportunity for a debate on this subject, which will affect not only the aircraft industry but the engineering industry as a whole?

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply: Aircraft Research and Development (5 May 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: asked the Minister of Supply if he is now in a position to make a statement regarding the Government's future policy for research and development in the aeronautical industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply: Aircraft Research and Development (5 May 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Is it not only about a year since the White Paper on Defence was published? Curtailment of military aircraft was envisaged in it. Does that not make it all the more vital that we should have a policy of research and development in the aircraft industry? We have been promised a statement for a long time; when does the Minister think he will be able to tell the House the policy of the Government?

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I can well understand the Opposition's elation at finding themselves in a majority in a Division—a snap Division. [Interruption.] In spite of what the right hon. Member for South Shields (Mr. Ede) said——

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I can well understand the elation of hon. Members opposite that, for the first time since 1951, or before that, the Opposition have achieved what we achieved on a number of occasions—a defeat of the Government on a minor issue. I was about to deal with the right hon. Member for South Shields (Mr. Ede) who said that this was not a snap Division. It had all the semblance of being one, even...

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I can never follow the hon. Member for Ladywood (Mr. V. Yates).

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I was present when the hon. Member spoke, but, as usual, I could not understand what he was talking about. Quite seriously, I can well understand the elation of hon. Members opposite in having defeated the Government on a Division—I will withdraw the expression snap Division"—which had all the semblance of being a snap Division. On second thoughts, I wonder whether it was a snap...

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: I had to be in a Committee room upstairs. The fact remains that we had under discussion a Bill of which I examined every Clause and in which I could find nothing controversial. The Bill has reached its Report stage without controversy and, until a new. Clause was introduced, was about to go through without Division. It is quite obvious that we did not expect the Clause to be read a Second...

New Clause. — (Discharge of Committal Orders by Magistrates' Courts.) (12 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: The fact remains that it is a proposed new Clause. It is nothing to do with the Bill. The Bill is non-controversial, and it is not surprising that hon. Members on this side, and quite a number of hon. Members opposite, were caught unawares and were not present when the Second Reading of the Clause was moved. It is also obvious that some consideration should be given to such a Clause. The...

Air Estimates, 1958–59: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (10 Mar 1958)

Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: Did the hon. Member hear the speech of his hon. Friend the Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg) on the record of his own party?


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