Results 81–100 of 2476 for speaker:Mr William Brown

New Clause. — (Appointment of Consumers' Council and Committees.) (27 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: I agree that there was a monstrous social injustice. The miners and the agricultural workers—the two most socially useful bodies—have always been at the bottom of the wages list except in times of war, and I welcome the change which has taken place. But do not forget that the price of coal is now about £5 5s. per ton instead of 16s.

New Clause. — (Appointment of Consumers' Council and Committees.) (27 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: I would be the last person to allege that there is a meticulous identity between one industry and another—of course, they are all different. What I want to tell the hon. Member, and this will be found in the insurance world, is that the attitude of the individual man or woman in the back streets dealing with an insurance agent is one thing, but when that agent is put behind a desk in a...

New Clause. — (Appointment of Consumers' Council and Committees.) (27 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: That is all very fine, but the trouble about phrases like that is that they have to be stepped down from generalisation to practical decision. The public interest includes wages, prices and the level of taxation. How can a consumers' council, constructed, on the model outlined here, deal effectively with that? If they cannot deal with it, and we cannot, what is the logical conclusion? That we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Prison Officers, Carstairs (26 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the serious delay which has occurred in dealing with representations from the Prison Officers' Association concerning the position of the staffs employed at Carstairs State Institution, including representations regarding official recognition and negotiating machinery; and whether he will take steps to expedite an immediate...

War Pensions (26 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: The hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Bowen) has had more than his fair share of interruptions. [HON. MEMBERS: "Who is interrupting now?"] He has given way to me.

War Pensions (26 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: No, Sir.

War Pensions (26 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: The hon. Member gives way to me in order that I may put a point. I wish to put that point, which is to ask him whether, in order that we may the better compare the figures for 1931 with the figures for 1949, he will give us the corresponding figures for the cost of living in those two years? That would help us to assess the adequacy of the payments.

Orders of the Day — Chairman of Ways and Means (13 Apr 1949)

Mr William Brown: I was not present on the occasion of the Debate which gave rise to the contretemps which has been discussed today, but I have read the pages of HANSARD, and the view that I formed is that although there was in my opinion an error of judgment on the part of the Chair, there was nothing that occurred then or has occurred since which justifies the imputation of want of impartiality on the part...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service Pensions (31 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: In order to avoid hereafter the necessity for asking for the supply of such figures, would the Financial Secretary undertake on the Superannuation Bill now before Parliament to get rid of the system under which temporary service does not count for pension?

Oral Answers to Questions — Town and Country Planning: Premises, Plymouth (Business Use) (29 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Arising out of that supplementary question, may I ask the Minister whether he is aware that there was not a single statement contained in the article referred to which had not been published as a news item in the "News Chronicle" of 8th March, to which there had been no correction issued by his Department; and may I ask him what his Public Relations Officer was doing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oath of Allegiance (29 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Is the Prime Minister aware that 40 yeas ago the Oath of Allegiance was even exacted from junior civil servants, the lower ranges of civil servants; and can he say why it has fallen into disuse since then? Does not he think it would be a good plan to re-impose it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oxford Prison (Closing) (24 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in order to relieve the anxieties of the prison staff at Oxford as to their future and that of their families, he will give an indication whether or not it is intended to close Oxford Prison during 1950.

Oral Answers to Questions — Police Service (Cost) (24 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the estimated total cost, namely, local expenditure and Government grant, of the Police Service of England and Wales for the year 1949–50 and the actual cost for the years 1947–48, 1946–47, 1945–46. 1939–40 and 1938–39.

Orders of the Day — Spelling Reform Bill (11 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Immortal.

Orders of the Day — Spelling Reform Bill (11 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: I begin by expressing sympathy for the position of a good number of hon. Members who are here this afternoon and who, I know, wished to get on to another Bill. So far as I and my colleagues who are associated with this Bill are concerned, we should have been very glad indeed to have seen things work out differently. I understand that it must have been trying for those Members who wanted to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies: Horsemeat Sales (9 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Otherwise he is all right?

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (9 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: The right hon. Gentleman says that it is impossible to apply the scheme universally to those men and women who have already retired. That may be so, but can he tell us why it is impossible? The whereabouts of these people are known.

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (9 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Cannot they be given the option?

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (9 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: Would the individual not be covered by the ordinary appeal machinery already existing in the public service?

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (9 Mar 1949)

Mr William Brown: No, that is too high. It should be 12½ per cent.


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