Results 1–20 of 2148 for speaker:Sir William Darling

Orders of the Day — Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (13 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: The rates of the City of Edinburgh when I was City Treasurer were 7s. 11 d, in the £.

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (9 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: The House will be agreeably pleased at the maiden speech of the hon. Member for Bilston (Mr. R. Edwards). He disclaimed any intention of being controversial. I doubt whether he wholly succeeded in that laudable desire, but I am certain that the House will look forward to hearing him on future occasions when he is admittedly controversial, because he seems to possess the equipment to be a...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (9 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: I am not referring to antiquity but to the ability of the hon. Member for Bilston. His was an interesting and challenging speech and, if I may use his own words, a non-controversial speech. I had the feeling that it had the stuff of incipient controversy in it, and I hope that in future the hon. Member will not feel himself inhibited by the fact that his views may be little shared by his hon....

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (9 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: It is quite true that the gas industry does not make stoves and that the Cannon Company and some Scottish companies do make them, but it is also true that the local authorities, when they controlled the sale of gas stoves, were able to sell them on hire purchase through their show rooms and would still be able to do so if they were in control of their gas undertakings. The reason they cannot...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (9 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: I do not think the hon. Member is seriously suggesting that the Chancellor's recent restrictions have any very limiting effect. What the restrictions did was to lay down that anyone who wanted, for example, to buy a gas stove on hire purchase must pay 15 per cent. of the purchase price. It could not be very much lower than that. It is true that one could not run away with a gas stove and...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (9 Jun 1955)

Sir William Darling: It may well be that the hon. Gentleman is right and that the Government have decided to leave the matter to private enterprise, though I think that is hardly likely because I made that offer on my own authority—and I had some backing for it—but it was declined by the Government. They would not have declined it if that had been their intention. I can well understand that the hon. Gentleman...

Northern Ireland (Employment) (5 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: Would I be wrong in saying that it was a piece of Socialist planning which moved Short's, which was doing tolerably well, into Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland (Employment) (5 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: I was merely asking if it was Socialist planning.

Northern Ireland (Employment) (5 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: While not denying that the Department concerned can do as they like in this, why put handkerchiefs in the same category as sheets?

Orders of the Day — General Elections (Postal Votes) (4 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: Mr. Gibson Jarvie.

Orders of the Day — General Elections (Postal Votes) (4 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: I was recalling the name of Mr. Gibson Jarvie.

Orders of the Day — General Elections (Postal Votes) (4 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: The hon. and learned Member was remarking that in this House we do not attack individuals who cannot defend themselves. I reminded him of the attack which was made from his side of the House on a distinguished industrialist, Mr. Gibson Jarvie. It seemed out of touch with the opinion which the hon. and learned Member has just expressed to the House.

Orders of the Day — General Elections (Postal Votes) (4 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: What about the hon. Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. W. Steward)? Is he not in the same position?

Orders of the Day — General Elections (Postal Votes) (4 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: It may be true.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Bank Loans and Hire Purchase (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: Do not the figures show that, contrary to what is frequently asserted, the banking industry is giving the fullest possible support to agriculture?

Development Areas (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: This is a very interesting debate for me because it moves along the lines on which I have been compelled to think. I share the views expressed by the Opposition that the redistribution of the population is imperative and urgent. No one from Scotland can look at the continued growth of London except with apprehension. The agglomerating of the growth of wealth and strength, power and...

Development Areas (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: Those are pertinent observations, and are supplementary to what I have said. I was remarking that in the City of Edinburgh, which was not a distressed area, so-called by Schedule, we have been hindered for many years in the legitimate development of our business. The City of Edinburgh is an attractive place, both for industry and in other respects, and we have suffered a grievous...

Development Areas (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: One of the most gratifying things, on the few occasions when I speak, is the mental stimulus which I give to the Opposition. Usually dull and unresponsive, they are sunk in the natural gloom which now oppresses them in view of the imminence of the Election. I am grateful for the opportunity of stirring them. I was remarking that the starting of new businesses is not the act of any Government...

Development Areas (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: I was putting forward a suggestion which, I thought, would help my right hon. Friend in the dilemma in which he and other Governments find themselves in trying to discover how businesses come into being. They come into being, not by any act of Government, but because persons of character and ability deliberately say, "Here I will have my business and nowhere else." Why did Ford go to...

Development Areas (2 May 1955)

Sir William Darling: It is claimed—the mention of Robert Owen's name by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne brought it to my mind—that the Cooperative Wholesale Society and the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society have behind them an idealism and purpose which is not to be found in ordinary commerce. I was remarking, I think with truth, that considering its enormous membership, considering the political...


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