Results 81–100 of 2169 for speaker:Sir Ian Fraser

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Argentine Meat (11 Nov 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to state the Government's policy in respect of the importation of Argentine meat, setting its relative advantage against the disadvantage and loss occasioned by foot-and-mouth disease.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Argentine Meat (11 Nov 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Will my hon. Friend ask the Minister and the Department to consider the obvious ideal of growing our own and to see whether, by mechanisation and fertilisation and any other means, including, if necessary, higher prices, it might not in the end pay this nation to grow a much larger amount of its own meat?

Pensions and Benefits (Increases) (6 Nov 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that the British Legion and ex-Service men's organisations generally will regard the proposals he has made as going a long way towards what they would have wished and as being generous? If the proposals are taken into account with what has been done in the last few years, they represent in many ways an even more generous provision for the old and for some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Radioactive Fall-out (Livestock) (31 Oct 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement as to the short-term or long-term effect upon animals of grazing upon pastures subject to the Windscale fall-out; and what markets are still affected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Radioactive Fall-out (Livestock) (31 Oct 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that buying and selling in Ulverston and other markets in Lonsdale can now proceed normally?

Oral Answers to Questions — Earth Satellites (29 Oct 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Prime Minister what official scientific bodies in Britain have made observations of the Russian earth satellite; how soon they began their observations after its release was announced; if he will make a statement as to the Government's policy in relation to this phenomenon; and how far it is the intention of the Government to carry out similar experiments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Earth Satellites (29 Oct 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Did the Astronomer Royal's Department take any part in these observations?

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: The hon. Member for Ince (Mr. T. Brown)has a warm heart, but when he says that the Government promised to peg the cost of living I do not think he is accurate. I will leave the Minister to deal with that. I would merely say that I have never thought the cost of living could be pegged; for many years I have not believed that to be possible. Eighty per cent. of the cost of living is represented...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: I feel it may be wholly irrelevant, but I am glad of the opportunity to answer that point briefly if Mr. Speaker will allow me to do so. I am sometimes asked by members of the British Legion and by members of old-age pensioners societies "Will you support a free vote on war pensions and old-age pensions in the House?" I have replied, "No, I will not."

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Because no person who has a sense of responsibility, and certainly no one who has sat on a Front Bench—[Interruption.]—

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: I am grateful for the help of my hon. Friend the Member for Burton (Mr. Jennings), but I would rather deal with this myself. With regard to the free vote, it is very important that the situation should be known and publicised. No responsible person, certainly no one sitting on either Front Bench—I challenge right hon. Gentlemen opposite as well as the occupants of the Government Front Bench...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: That is quite irrelevant. The advocacy of bigger pensions has nothing to do with the free vote. The hon. Gentleman had better think again.

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: I cannot spend too long on this because time is limited. Let it be clearly understood that no Government in this country—I challenge any Privy Councillor, not any hon. Member, because there are one or two most foolish ones opposite, to get up and deny what I am saying—can possibly allow a free vote. All must be subject to the discipline of the Chancellor's Budget. That is a matter of...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: No, it is not. If the hon. and learned Gentleman will listen he will hear what my argument is. He is quite wrong; it is nothing like that. I did not say that, and it is not anything like that. I was saying that the pension is now 67s. 6d. and that the British Legion ten years ago calculated that it should be 90s. A good many people then said that it was a wild-cat figure. One Minister called...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: I have, but I will not say— —

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Undoubtedly, before the next Election, or, putting it in another way, within the lifetime of this Parliament. So as not to miss the point, I want to say that both sides may take credit for having brought in marriage and children's allowances, and for having increased the rates payable to the most severely disabled men. That has been done, step by step, over the last 20 years. The ex-Service...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: No, it is not a bogy; it is a fact, and if the hon. Member will only listen, he will hear that I am not deploring the fact. An amount of £900 million was injected into the economy by way of wages and extra profits last year. That caused inflation, but as all the wage earning classes got richer so, progressively, did the old, the sick and the dependent get poorer, because the money entering...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: Profits were only 10 per cent. of that sum, and even if we washed them out altogether we would still have a problem of the same magnitude to deal with. The problem is not profits, but the fact that the amount of money available to buy the goods is greater than the goods available. So it is that I say that it would not be right for the community to say to the old, the sick and the dependent,...

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: I do not know—

Retirement Pensions (1 Aug 1957)

Sir Ian Fraser: No. To go into the Lobby with the party opposite would make matters infinitely worse. The effects of the economics of hon. Members opposite—many of whom, I think, have very good hearts—is so appalling a prospect for this country and for my friends that I ant, and remain, a Tory. I do not know what the solution is, and I am not called upon to give one. I only say that the one thing that...


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