Results 1–20 of 1006 for speaker:Mr William Baxter

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Improvement Grants (31 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: May I appeal to my hon. Friend to reconsider the position? As one who has practical experience as a building contractor, I know the difficulties that have been experienced in getting work carried out owing to the three-day working week and other factors. We agree that the three-day week is not the responsibility of the present Government, but it is right that we should take the matter into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Milk Production (31 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Will my hon. Friend tell the House how the beef premium will help the dairy farmer? Is he aware that the keeping of cattle in a shed ready for the fatstock market, for killing, for one or two months in order to gain the advantage of the premium means that they will be eating their heads off and making no beef? It will be a costly way of manuring the fields of Scotland.

Economic Situation (23 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Before my right hon. Friend leaves the question of the rates—

Economic Situation (23 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: My right hon. Friend mentioned it just now in describing the effect his action would have on the cost of living. Will he explain, on the basis of what he just said about the effect of reducing the cost of living in certain areas, how much his proposals will affect the cost of living in Scotland?

Economic Situation (23 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: I listened with great interest to what was said by the hon. Member for Wycombe (Sir J. Hall) and I heartily endorse much of what he said. I agree with him that the dangers which beset our country at the present time are very grave. I recall the words of the right hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. du Cann), who delivered what was in many respects a very fine speech, that the responsibility of each...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Alteration of Personal Reliefs (17 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Put the Question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: US Navy Personnel (Children's Education) (10 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: I think that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary is being a bit unfair. With due respect, a simple enough question was put to him, asking whether this has dislocated the school activities in that area. If it has, steps should be taken to see that the local inhabitants' children are given a full and adequate education. That is the purpose behind the Question, and I would not want it to go forth...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Submarines (Operating Procedure) (2 Jul 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Does not my hon. Friend agree that there should be a plebiscite in Scotland as to whether the people of Scotland agree with the view of the hon. Member for Ayr (Mr. Younger) with regard to the siting of Polaris submarines in Scotland? I have a different opinion from him on this matter, but I would like the question to be tested by a poll of the people of Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: The hon. Member will recognise that this matter will be discussed in the Scottish Grand Committee next Thursday, when Scottish Members will have the chance of putting their point of view about the Scottish rating system.

Orders of the Day — BRITISH RAILWAYS BILL (By Order): Functions of Secretary of State, and Duty of Local Authority to Publish Information (26 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: I understand what the Minister is saying, but would this provision prohibit further consultations? If someone was dissatisfied after a public meeting, he could discuss the matter further with officials. It is reasonable to encourage officials, especially in the new local government set-up, to explain problems to local people.

Orders of the Day — BRITISH RAILWAYS BILL (By Order): Local Authority May Control Occupation of Houses in Housing Action Area (26 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Will the Minister tell me whether the clause will impair the operations of the local authority? In the days of the old closing orders it was sometimes beneficial to a local authority to switch people from one condemned house to another to permit the proper development of an area. I do not object to severe penalties being imposed for a flagrant breach of regulations, but it is sometimes...

New Clause 2: Duties of Local Planning Authorities and the Commission in Respect of Plans for Construction of Certain Premises Liable to Endanger Health or Safety (18 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: Has there not existed a responsibility upon the local authorities to look after the interests of their areas? I recollect that when I was a member of Stirling County Council and interested in the port of Grangemouth a conference of port health authorities was taken around that area by the local authority representatives, and we were shown with pride and satisfaction what they had achieved in...

New Clause 2: Duties of Local Planning Authorities and the Commission in Respect of Plans for Construction of Certain Premises Liable to Endanger Health or Safety (18 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: No one would disagree about the need for this clause. What troubles me is that it seems to be implied that this terrible disaster at Flixborough arose as a result of a process taking place there which was not stipulated when planning permission was originally asked for and granted. It seemed to be a fertiliser factory. Then it moved to a new process. That appears to have been a departure...

New Clause 2: Duties of Local Planning Authorities and the Commission in Respect of Plans for Construction of Certain Premises Liable to Endanger Health or Safety (18 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: I cannot say whether there were people on the planning committee, or officers of that committee, who had sufficient knowledge and understanding of the technical processes involved. That is a matter for them. If such officials do not know what they are dealing with they have a statutory obligation to make themselves conversant with it.

New Clause 2: Duties of Local Planning Authorities and the Commission in Respect of Plans for Construction of Certain Premises Liable to Endanger Health or Safety (18 Jun 1974)

Mr William Baxter: That is quite true. But this clause does not deal with that problem. It deals with the question of obtaining planning permission for a certain process. If the process is not divulged or if it is begun in a fairly acceptable way to which no one could take exception and then changes into something which presents great danger to workers and the community at large the commission would know...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1974)

Mr William Baxter: In speaking of growth in the economy, does the right hon. Gentleman agree with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and his Conservative predecessor in that office that the proper way to get growth in a business is to put the highest rates of corporation tax on retained profits against a lower amount of tax on distributed profits?

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1974)

Mr William Baxter: But it is extremely important to keep the fine balance correct if we are to have expansion in the economy, which is desired by my right hon. Friend the present Chancellor of the Exchequer and obviously also by the right hon. Member for Carshalton (Mr. Carr). Therefore, will the right hon. Gentleman elaborate on how he proposes to achieve that objective if he does not retain profits in a...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1974)

Mr William Baxter: My right hon. Friend has mentioned a theme that I was most anxious to elaborate. I think that our export prices have been far too low, keeping in mind the basic price of the raw materials that we have to buy.

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1974)

Mr William Baxter: I get the impression from listening to the debate, reading the newspapers, listening to the wireless or watching tele- vision, that there is not the sense of urgency or seriousness that should be given to the general public concerning our economic situation. An impression is created that this is just another Budget in the scheme of things, fundamentally changing very little—a Budget...


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