Results 1–20 of 116 for speaker:Mr Ernest Roberts

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (27 Jun 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The hon. Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Dodsworth) and the Chief Secretary put forward forthrightly and clearly a point of view on behalf of the people whom they represent. I hope to do the same in my first speech to the House. I start, however, by referring to David Weitzman who represented my constituency for 34 years. During that time, he made hundreds of speeches, many of...

Employment Protection (24 Jul 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman—

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: We have heard that the TUC would not support these variations but the employers do. That is significant enough in itself. They will serve the interests of employers, and they will certainly be against the interests of the 12 million organised workers for whom the TUC speaks. The Employment Protection Act was introduced by the Labour Government in order to defend the interests of workers...

London (2 Nov 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The hon. Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Page) spoke about his satisfaction with things as they are in London. I am disgusted by the complete indifference of the Prime Minister and her Government to the dreadful poverty of 14 million people—26 per cent. of Britain's population—as described in the book by Professor Townsend, which hon. Members can read for themselves. Many of those people...

London (2 Nov 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: I will tell the hon. Gentleman whose fault it is. Hackney needs financial help to tackle these unnecessary problems. The solution of the Tory Government and big business is to cut down even more. In the White Paper yesterday we learnt of a further cut of £3,500 million. Let us look at the cuts planned for the various local authorities. I cannot give details, because there is not time, but...

Orders of the Day — Youth and Community Bill (9 Nov 1979)

Mr Ernest Roberts: As a new Member, I should like to compliment and lend my support to those hon. Members who have tried in the past to get a Bill of this sort on to the statute book. I hope that Conservative hon. Members will be able to convince Members such as the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Morrison) to support the Bill so that it can be put on the statute book, in spite of the criticisms and...

New Clause 1 (8 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: rose—

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: Constitution and Functions of Audit Committees (26 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: Previous speakers referred to the fact that there was growing support for audit committees. The difference comes about when we discuss the composition of audit committees. The hon. Member for Kensington (Sir B. Rhys Williams) referred to the proposed provision that (a) the audit committee shall consist of such directors of the companty as the directors shall determine but shall include not...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: Liability of Holding Company for Defaulting Subsidiary (26 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: In putting forward new clauses 7, 8 and 9, my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, Central (Mr. Davis) is providing a basis of protection for small businesses. The hon. Member for Grantham (Mr. Hogg), who said that this may stop risk capital being injected into companies, must bear in mind that small companies are risking all their capital and losing it all as a result of the effects of major...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: Liability of Holding Company for Defaulting Subsidiary (26 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: In that case, does the Minister have a method in mind for solving the problems?

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: Insider Dealing on a Recognised Stock Exchange: Investigations, etc. (26 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The clause in effect gives teeth to the action against insider dealing. It is widely accepted that insider dealing is wrong and should be penalised. The size of the reports on Peachey Properties, certain investment corporations, banks and other companies shows the extent of the investigations that had to be made. The discussion in the Chamber and in Committee has shown the difficulty in...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'code of Practice (27 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: I want to question the need for two-tier boards, supervisory management boards and worker-directors. This I will do on the basis of my experience as a national trade union leader and of the views of my own union and others. I want to pose some questions and also give some answers. First, will the measures that are referred to in the new clause and the proposed schedule bring industrial...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'code of Practice (27 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: When I have finished this further quotation: Leyland bosses threaten to sack 100,000 workers. That was disclosed in the national press on 5 October 1976.

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'code of Practice (27 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: What I have disclosed makes the situation worse. Even at that lower level, the workers' representatives, who were supposed to have been sitting alongside management discussing the business and future of the company were not consulted and did not take part in discussions with the management about the running of the company. It is not conceded there and it certainly has not been conceded in...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'code of Practice (27 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: Obviously "No", as my hon. Friend said. That is because, within the agreement, British Leyland has stated that at all levels, from the board down to the workshop floor, executive responsibility rests with the management. The point is often made that a supervisory board has no right to interfere in the day-to-day running of a company. If industrial democracy means anything, it means that the...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'code of Practice (27 Feb 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The elementary democratic rights that we require as a result of making changes within industry are, first, the provision of facilities for the shop stewards to function, meet and discuss their problems and for management to provide facilities for workers. The Government could easily have given some essential democratic rights in the Bill in relation to information and disclosure. We believe...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'distribution of Profits and of Assets for Political Objects (3 Mar 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The law permits companies to spend money on political campaigns and to finance a political party out of their profits or assets. No shareholder has the right to contract out even when he disagrees violently with the political party or the organisations concerned. I concur with my hon. Friends who have described what happens in the other part of industry, the trade union movement. It is...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'distribution of Profits and of Assets for Political Objects (3 Mar 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The union concerned is the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers. If the hon. Gentleman were to bring a complaint, he would find that the principle I have outlined works. I understand that about 200,000 new members and some of the older members of the trade union movement actually contract out. That is out of a total figure of almost 12 million members belonging to unions who pay the...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'distribution of Profits and of Assets for Political Objects (3 Mar 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: The logic of the hon. Gentleman's suggestion is that a worker who does not like contributing to the political fund of a union should leave his job, get out, and find himself another job. That is palpably absurd. Unions do not operate on that sort of basis. The shareholder should have the right to say that he wishes to keep his investments within a company but that political parties or...

Orders of the Day — COMPANIES BILL [Lords]: 'distribution of Profits and of Assets for Political Objects (3 Mar 1980)

Mr Ernest Roberts: I should mention Aims of Industry, particularly, as my hon. Friend reminds me. There have also been a number of campaigns. Some important political campaigns conducted by big business are anti-Labour in content. Hon. Members will recall Mr. Cube, the campaign of the sugar industry and the money it spent for political purposes. They will also recall the campaign against the nationalisation of...


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