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Iron and Steel Bill (Allocation of Time) (25 Nov 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: I am glad that the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Pitman) is here, because he gave us plenty of enjoyment in the Committee by referring to the Bath Gas Company, of which he told us quite openly that he happened to be a director. Many times he tried to defend the shareholders and directors not only of the Bath Gas Company but of all the other gas companies of which he could possibly think. He...

Iron and Steel Bill (Allocation of Time) (25 Nov 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Of course we were outside during that night's Sitting—that 36 hours' stretch. We quite candidly agreed about that, and said, "You go into the next room and have five minutes' sleep, and we will deal with these people, and then you can come back." I say seriously that I have never been a Member of any Committee where such disgraceful tactics were adopted by the Opposition, not with the idea...

Iron and Steel Bill (Allocation of Time) (25 Nov 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: The hon. and gallant Gentleman's question is too childish to answer. The Opposition said that they would oppose the Bill to the bitter end. They were not prepared to accept any compromise in any shape or form. I hope, therefore, that this Motion will go through tonight, and I am only sorry that it was not introduced at the beginning of this Parliament.

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (1 Nov 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: What market was that?

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (28 Oct 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: What is the name of the publication?

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Can the hon. Member quote the countries?

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Australia?

Orders of the Day — King's Speech: Debate on the Address (17 Sep 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: If the hon. Member will allow me to put this to him, he can reply afterwards. No one would charge the Government of Northern Ireland with being a Socialist Government. Can the hon. Member explain why, then, in June of this year, the Government themselves introduced a Bill to nationalise all forms of transport, that is, road transport, rail and shipping?

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Before coming to this House, I often looked with envy upon those people who had had the privilege of a university education. Like many others on this side of the House, I had the privilege only of an elementary education. Rightly or wrongly, along with a former Member of this House, Mr. J. R. Clynes, I was always against what are commonly called restrictive practices. Every Member of the...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: I take the example of the hon. Member for Northwich (Mr. J. Foster). The Chairman of the Standing Committee on one occasion ruled out of Order five Amendments, but the hon. Member, by skilled legal practice, spoke for an hour and 20 minutes and referred to every one of the five Amendments. He was encouraged in that by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bournemouth (Mr. Bracken). That was...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: The hon. Member was politely told that if he referred to them he would be out of Order but, in spite of that, he took a mean advantage of the Chairman. The hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Amory) in his remarks today, and in similar remarks which he made in the Standing Committee, referred to a statement by the Lord President of the Council that those who believed in nationalisation had to prove...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: I want to give an opportunity to the other side to prove where nationalisation has failed. I have a list of the industries which have been nationalised in other parts of the Empire. It includes shipping, hotel services, passenger transport, coal mines and electricity. The right hon. and gallant Member for the Scottish Universities (Lieut.-Colonel Elliot) made a speech in one of the rooms...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Anybody who knows the history of that part of the world and knows what private enterprise had paid will understand; but let us get back to the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: I will not pursue this subject, except to add that the wages paid in the State mines in Nigeria and on the railway system, low as they were, were considerably higher than those paid by private enterprise in other industries in Nigeria.

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (16 Jun 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: That applies today. I want to make a point to which I have referred upon a previous occasion. In the Southern part of England there is a gentleman named Mr. Bennett who is chairman of 30 gas companies. The United Kingdom Gas Corporation, Ltd., is controlled by a gentleman named Colonel Carr. It controls no fewer than 74 gas companies in this country. I want to ask the Opposition whether they...

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill (22 Apr 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: The hon. Member has mentioned I.C.I. There is a well-known firm in the country, Magnesium Electron, Ltd., and by a new process they produced caustic soda. The I.C.I. paid this firm a subsidy not to produce, and they have never produced it since. The subsidy is an amount of money paid annually by I.C.I. to this firm. What is the answer to that?

Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill (22 Apr 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: I am not making this charge against the right hon. Gentleman, but I would like to know whether he is prepared to alter the system by which his own firm employed people on a bonus system and then, without the slightest hesitation, cut down the piece-work price.

Orders of the Day — Personal Incomes, Costs and Prices (12 Feb 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Why have they not done it previously?

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (11 Feb 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: Private enterprise has done that.

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (11 Feb 1948)

Mr Edward Porter: That may apply to the directors, but the workmen were sent to the employment exchanges.


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