Results 1–20 of 205 for speaker:Mr Thomas Williams

House of Commons (Procedure) (31 Oct 1979)

Mr Thomas Williams: May I first thank the Leader of the House for his kind references to me. The House must feel indebted to him both for the open-mindedness of the response he has given to the recommendations of the Select Committee on procedure and for his forthrightness in accepting some of them and presenting them to the House for approval even though rejecting others. I noted and heard with interest the...

House of Commons (Procedure) (31 Oct 1979)

Mr Thomas Williams: It is clear that the Leader of the House has set his mind against changes which he believes should be given further consideration, including the setting up of a new form of Standing Committee. For that reason I did not raise the issue. Few hon. Members will not be aware, whether or not they admit it, that the opportunities given to us by our procedures, even for the redress of grievances,...

House of Commons (Procedure) (31 Oct 1979)

Mr Thomas Williams: Supply days have long since lost the purpose either of controlling the Government or redressing grievances. They are often used by the Opposition merely to table a motion on almost any topic, often totally unrelated to Supply. The hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop) may find it useful to read what is said in the report about Supply days. In comparison with these weighty matters,...

Select Committees (25 Jun 1979)

Mr Thomas Williams: Perhaps you will allow me, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to express at the outset my thanks to the Leader of the House and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Rees) for the kind things that they have said about me. I add my congratulations to those my right hon. Friend has received already on his new appointment. Perhaps it would be appropriate for me to express my thanks also to...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (10 Feb 1978)

Mr Thomas Williams: I intervene for three reasons. In the interests of the welfare of the rest of the House, I shall make a short speech and abandon much of the eloquence that I would otherwise have indulged in. I congratulate the hon. Member for Bexleyheath (Mr. Townsend). In general, as I have told him in correspondence, I support the Bill. In common with the hon. Member for Barkston Ash (Mr. Alison), it...

Orders of the Day — Unemployment (North-West) ( 3 Feb 1977)

Mr Thomas Williams: No one who has listened to the debate can feel anything but sympathy for the problems that the Government face or any other Government would face in the conflict between unemployment and inflation. Yet the debate, despite the intesting things that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State told us about what is being done, for which tribute is properly to be paid to the Government, will...

Orders of the Day — Unemployment (North-West) ( 3 Feb 1977)

Mr Thomas Williams: The simple reason is that for many years the steel industry in particular, which is the largest industry in my area, has been consistently running down. The right hon. Member for Sidcup (Mr. Heath) once said that he had made every attempt to ensure that the industry was encouraged to develop and invest—by encouraging investment which did not take place for all his encouragement after his...

Orders of the Day — Unemployment (North-West) ( 3 Feb 1977)

Mr Thomas Williams: I agree that it is more important that they should do something rather than nothing, but it is even more important that the something should be something that gives them hope for the future, for their future and the future of our country. What we need supremely for young people is some kind of national apprenticeship scheme so that their abilities may be used and they may look forward to the...

Orders of the Day — New Towns (Amendment) Bill: Preparation and Contents of Transfer Schemes ( 2 Nov 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: I understand that the Opposition are suggesting that authorities should induce new town corporations to sell houses if they wish to do so. That is a different proposition from what is contained in the Lords amendment. The amendment seeks to insert New Clause A, providing that a scheme shall include the statutory right for a tenant of a dwelling house to purchase". If all the Opposition are...

Council and New Town Houses (Sale) (18 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: (Warrington) rose—

Council and New Town Houses (Sale) (18 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: The hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Raison) is taking great pride in the number of New Town houses which have been sold. Will he acquaint the House with how vast was the increase as a result in the number of weeks people had to remain on New Town waiting lists? As a result of that policy many people were asked to wait as long as 65 weeks.

Council and New Town Houses (Sale) (18 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: What I have to say I will try to say shortly. Over the last 20 years a good deal of research has gone into the problems of housing and, particularly and acutely in more recent years, into problems related to council housing. As long ago as 1962 Baroness Sharp summed up the then position as being one in which private enterprise no longer had any part to play in building for letting and that...

Council and New Town Houses (Sale) (18 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: I promised to finish within 10 minutes. I am willing to talk to the hon. Gentleman about this matter at any other time, but not now. I address no longer the Conservative Party, which seems in this context to be doing something purely political and totally irrelevant to the real problems facing us, but the Minister. If it is the Minister's wish, and if it is to be part of Government policy in...

Clause 26: Alteration of Personal Reliefs (13 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: With this we are to discuss the following amendments:

Clause 27: Retirement Annuities. (13 May 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: With this amendment we will take Amendment No. 66, in page 15, line 23, leave out "£2,250" and insert "£5,000".


Mr Thomas Williams: Those who have proposed the Bill have done so in most moderate terms. I welcome many of the provisions that are concerned with improvement of life and of local government in the West Midlands. It is this that makes it very difficult for me to understand upon what principle it has been thought right to introduce the provisions contained in Part II. Criticism has mainly been...

Orders of the Day — School Leavers (Warrington) (15 Jan 1976)

Mr Thomas Williams: I raise the subject of unemployment among young people in the Warrington area because it is a matter of some consequence and concern within my own area and serves to depict the situation becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the country. I shall deal with the position in Warrington. The employment situation of school leavers in the autumn of 1975 was as follows. In the summer of 1975...

Orders of the Day — POLICYHOLDERS PROTECTION BILL [Lords] (18 Jul 1975)

Mr Thomas Williams: My right hon. Friend speaks of the powers that he has. Will he say whether any of these powers would have prevented the activity indulged in by Nation Life and London Indemnity? Was there any power by which he could have prevented that tragedy happening? My understanding is that there was not.

Orders of the Day — POLICYHOLDERS PROTECTION BILL [Lords] (18 Jul 1975)

Mr Thomas Williams: My right hon. Friend, with great respect, is now getting up an Aunt Sally to which no one who has been party to the reasoned amendment has ever subscribed No one is arguing that when companies like Nation Life go bust, ordinary, simple, humble people are affected by it. What we are saying is that the procedure which the Government will adopt will not meet that situation, because it will not...

Orders of the Day — POLICYHOLDERS PROTECTION BILL [Lords] (18 Jul 1975)

Mr Thomas Williams: I beg to move, to leave out from "House" to the end of the Question and to add instead thereof, declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill which discriminates against the policyholders of reputable life assurance companies and societies and consequently against small savers, does not deal with a major source of distress in an insurance company failure, namely the cumbersome and costly...

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