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Results 1–20 of 410 for speaker:Mr Frank Cousins

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes (25 Oct 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: The debate has ranged quite widely, as was intended, I am sure, but two fairly simple basic ideas have run through much of the expression of opinion from this side of the House. The first is that the overwhelming majority of trade unionists support the idea of the freeze, and the second, which came from the Government Front Bench, is I think simply defined by saying, "There may have been...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes (25 Oct 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: As my right hon. Friend said that the Act would disappear at the end of a year, will he say under which Section that action will be taken, since a Minister made it clear last night that the Act would continue indefinitely.

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: New Clause. — (Protection for Employers Who Disregard Pay Increases in Existing Contracts at Government's Request.) (9 Aug 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: As my right hon. Friend the First Secretary said, in some long and protracted discussions in Committee we came to understand each other's points of view and the different standpoints from which we should examine the principle of the new Clause. We are also unable, in many instances, to get the answers we sought. Answers were given, but not the ones we wanted. In our debate today, I am sure...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 16. — (Terms and Conditions of Employment: Enforcement.) (9 Aug 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: Those of us who were members of Standing Committee B will have listened with interest to the speeches of my hon. Friends the Members for Poplar (Mr. Mikardo) and Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer). My hon. Friends covered much of the ground we dealt with in great detail in Committee. At least one part of the House will have been pleased to hear an endorsement of many of the arguments which were...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 25. — (General Provisions as to Operation of Part Iv.) (9 Aug 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: May I first advise the hon. Gentleman the Member for the Isle of Ely (Sir H. Legge-Bourke) that, whatever else he thought it, it certainly is not Socialism. This Bill is certainly not that. That it is is an argument which can no more be sustained than can the comparison between my right hon. Friend and Keir Hardie. I do not believe that Keir Hardie had any idea that Socialism was setting out...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 25. — (General Provisions as to Operation of Part Iv.) (9 Aug 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: That is not Socialism. It is far from it. It may be Fascism, but it is not Socialism. But if the man stops there he is told that the quid pro quo is that prices do not rise. Many large firms boast that their prices have not risen for a long time. Their efficiency has been improved and their investment has kept pace with what has had to be done, and their profits have risen tremendously. I am...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill: Clause 25. — (General Provisions as to Operation of Part Iv.) (9 Aug 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: In many ways it has improved in both. This is bound to be so. The use of new equipment has increased productivity per man-year beyond the conception of a few years ago, and will continue to do so. To take one example, electricity generation, one can see how output per man-year has increased. The Clause now before us provides that somebody else, not the trade unions and not the employers,...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill (14 Jul 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: May I, first, congratulate the three maiden speakers on their speeches? Whether they will congratulate me on mine is another matter, but I want them to understand that I am also making my maiden speech from the back benches—a somewhat unnerving experience when one has had the job of standing nearer to you, Mr. Speaker, than I am now. I have listened with care to what the three maiden...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill (14 Jul 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: No, I am sorry. I cannot give way to my hon. Friend. I am told that the Bill was not a big enough issue for me to resign on. How cynical can one become? In relation to the realities of life outside, how cynical can we become? The problem will not be resolved in this House. I am not concerned with whether the niceties of putting Amendments on the Order Paper mean that there is a problem about...

Orders of the Day — Prices and Incomes Bill (14 Jul 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: Mr. Speaker, I certainly do not intend to give it back either to you or to right hon. and lion. Gentlemen opposite. I think that a lesson ought to be understood by us all. When I was at the Ministry of Technology I went among industrial firms and I tried to get an understanding of the intricacies of some of the sophisticated and scientifically based industries. I think that I created an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: I would refer my hon. Friends to my Reply of 24th May to the hon. Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Palmer), in which I outlined the scope of my visit. I would not venture to make comparisons of the kind suggested.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: I took steps to discuss with the State Committee of Science and Technology the question of how we could co-operate and derive advantage from each other's experience, but I did not attempt to tell them that their doctrine was wrong.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: It is always extremely difficult to make the kind of comparison in which it can be said that one side has the opportunity of learning something from the other. Both sides, however, know that they have to face serious problems and the technological resources of both countries are being utilised to what they regard as the best advantage. It is quite true that in these two countries some areas...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: I not only justified it to my constituents but I will justify it to the House if hon. Members wish me to do so. I should certainly be prepared, at any time that any hon. Member wants to put down a Question, to answer it on cost, together with costs of visits which other people have made if hon. Members wish to refer back to them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: There is very close collaboration between the universities and some sections of industry in the U.S.S.R., such as. I hope that we are able to show we are developing in this country. This is one of the points in connection with which we said that closer attention needed to be given to the question of people moving from industry into the universities and in the reverse direction, too. Whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: U.S.S.R. (Minister's Visit) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: It is true that that problem has arisen and that the Russians are now attempting to reverse the process because they want to get closer together and closer in total to industry so that the effects and values of their science can be transmitted.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Machine Tool Factory (Belfast) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: I have no plans for doing this at the present time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Machine Tool Factory (Belfast) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: That supplementary question is slightly different from the original Question. Proposals for the diversification of activities of Short Bros, and Harland are under consideration by my right hon. Friend the First Secretary, to whom any Question on this subject might more properly be addressed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Machine Tool Factory (Belfast) (28 Jun 1966)

Mr Frank Cousins: I should have thought that in some cases it had been quite a happy one, too, for some of the workers in Belfast.


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