Results 121–140 of 530 for speaker:Mr William Taylor

Air Estimates, 1961–62: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (8 Mar 1961)

Mr William Taylor: It is customary for the Under-Secretary of State, when winding up this debate, to reply to the questions put to him during the course of it. A great number of questions have been put to my right hon. Friend and myself by hon. Members on both sides of the Committee. It must be obvious to the Committee that I shall not have time to reply to every question put to me. I apologise in advance to...

Air Estimates, 1961–62: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (8 Mar 1961)

Mr William Taylor: I hope that the hon. Member will allow me to make my speech in my own way. He and his hon. Friends have had a field day and have allowed the debate to range widely over defence matters which got a long way from Vote A of these Estimates. I will talk now about the men and women, working in this great Service, who are looking to this Committee for something to be said about their conditions,...

Air Estimates, 1961–62: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (8 Mar 1961)

Mr William Taylor: I do not take exception——

Air Estimates, 1961–62: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (8 Mar 1961)

Mr William Taylor: Thank you, Sir William. I hope that the hon. Member for Govan and his hon. Friends do not take exception to what I have said. I do not take exception to what they say. I was merely putting my point of view. After all, I have been sitting here eight hours listening to their points of view. I want now to refer to the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield about apprentices...

Air Estimates, 1961–62: Vote a. Number for Air Force Service (8 Mar 1961)

Mr William Taylor: I have not got that figure, but I will let my hon. Friend know. The situation in Aden has very much improved since I was there just over a year ago. I am glad to report to the Committee that two new schools have been opened this day at Aden to accommodate 950 children. They are first-class schools and are air-conditioned. We are going on with Service clubs and amenities generally. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Meteorological Office: Rain (Forecasting) (21 Dec 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The exceptional amount of rain in recent months has been the subject of careful study in the Meteorological Office, but there is still no reliable method of undertaking the necessary long-range forecasting. Research continues and is not without promise, but the problems involved are extremely complicated.

Oral Answers to Questions — Meteorological Office: Rain (Forecasting) (21 Dec 1960)

Mr William Taylor: It would indeed be a great help to people in the West Country, and in the rest of the country, to have more accurate, or probably longer-range, meteorological forecasts. The problem will be solved ultimately, we think, but it will probably take years of research to do so. The whole world must be studied and more observations are needed from many parts, especially the tropics and the southern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Air-Trooping Contract (21 Dec 1960)

Mr William Taylor: Government policy in this matter has been explained to the House on many occasions. That policy, broadly, is that apart from a small number of ad hoc movements which have been undertaken, and apart from carriage of individual passengers on scheduled civil airlines, the independent civil operators carry out the air movement tasks and the national Corporations are asked to concentrate on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Air-Trooping Contract (21 Dec 1960)

Mr William Taylor: Not at all; the air Corporations have a very important task, and an expanding task. I think that they have their work cut out to keep up to the progress required in that direction.

Air Force Act (Continuation) (25 Nov 1960)

Mr William Taylor: Thank heavens.

Air Force Act (Continuation) (25 Nov 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The hon. Member for Lincoln (Mr. de Freitas) made one or two main points, and I hope that the House will forgive me if my reply is rather brief. I shall try to cover the main points which he raised. I wish to deal with the shortage of apprentices first. As my right hon. Friend said, our apprentice intakes have been very disappointing. We need many more apprentices of the right calibre than we...

Air Force Act (Continuation) (25 Nov 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The hon. Member for Lincoln mentioned the Women's Royal Air Force, with particular reference to Lincoln and surrounding areas where there are many airfields. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State expressed some anxiety about the rate of recruitment to the Women's Royal Air Force and I repeat that we are taking this matter very seriously. Certain changes are being made in the recruiting...

Air Force Act (Continuation) (25 Nov 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The Ministry of Aviation is represented on the Board to which I referred. I can assure the hon. Member, as the Under-Secretary who has to make these replies, that the right of a member of the Air Force to write to his Member of Parliament is freely exercised. I am glad that it is not exercised quite as freely as when the hon. Member was in my chair, but in the Air Ministry—I have the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Royal Observer Corps (26 Oct 1960)

Mr William Taylor: About seven hundred and fifty underground posts and seven protected group headquarters are now complete. The cost to date is about £1¾million.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Royal Observer Corps (26 Oct 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The task of this organisation is to co-ordinate information from its posts and from other groups and pass it through the sector operation centre to the civil defence authorities and also to the Services and other organisations. The kind of co-ordination which the hon. Gentleman envisages and recommends is indeed provided for in the present organisation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Royal Observer Corps (26 Oct 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The posts are designed to give the maximum protection to the personnel of this organisation who will be working there, but no shelter can be claimed to be nuclear bomb-proof. These shelters are designed to give a reasonable degree of protection.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Victor Mark 2 Aircraft (26 Oct 1960)

Mr William Taylor: We decided that we could maintain the effectiveness of the deterrent with rather fewer aircraft.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Victor Mark 2 Aircraft (26 Oct 1960)

Mr William Taylor: I cannot disclose the exact number of aircraft cancelled, but I can say that there is still a substantial number on order. Several factors affected the decision. I cannot disclose them all here, but I can say that the decision was not taken on the basis that the Victor could not carry Skybolt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Canteen, Nicosia (Complaint) (27 Jul 1960)

Mr William Taylor: The building in question is a temporary one which we hope to give up early next year. It is not ideal, but I cannot agree that the food or the conditions are bad. I am writing to the hon. Member about the detailed complaints in his letter.


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