Results 3401–3419 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Cocoa Producers (13 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I thank the right hon. Lady for the sympathy that she has expressed, but may I suggest a proposal which she might consider under the circumstances, namely, the abolition of the 15 per cent. Purchase Tax on chocolates? Is she aware that the import of cocoa beans has been falling steadily, and that it is quite indefensible to finance our Budget deficit at the expense of Ghana?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Aid (Co-ordination) (13 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: asked the Minister of Overseas Development what steps she has taken to co-ordinate British aid with other donor countries through the Development Assistance Committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Aid (Co-ordination) (13 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: Since this is clearly within the purview of the right hon. Lady's Department, will she undertake, within the D.A.C., to initiate fiscal reforms inside member countries to facilitate and encourage a greater increase in the volume of cocoa bean imports to the 12 countries concerned?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (12 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Blyth (Mr. Milne) has spoken about what he described as the social purposes of the Budget. He referred to words used by my right hon. Friend the Member for Bexley (Mr. Heath) in connection particularly with the Capital Gains Tax and Corporation Tax and said that the purpose was to secure a redistribution of income. I think that was a correct quotation and a correct...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (12 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I asked that we should spare a thought for the poor suffering consumer of beer.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 8 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: Will the hon. Gentleman give way to me?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 8 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I shall not keep him a moment. I am trying to follow the logic of the argument that the question of confidence was not the cause of the run on sterling but that the cause was the growing deficit on the balance of payments. Will the hon. Gentleman recognise that the serious deficit in our visible balance of trade mainly occurred in the early months of 1964...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power: Contractors (Employees' Wages) ( 6 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: asked the Minister of Power if he will issue a general direction to the Central Electricity Generating Board requiring that they only employ contractors for new power stations who pay their work-force at rates which, including overtime, are broadly in line with average earnings in the locality.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power: Contractors (Employees' Wages) ( 6 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: Is the Minister aware that in disavowing responsibility in this field he has disavowed the Government's income policy in terms? Is he aware that there is an auction for local labour in the Selby area because of the construction of the Eggborough power station and that the Minister's agents are the highest bidders? Would he take steps to see that rates are kept in line with local earnings?

Foreign Affairs ( 1 Apr 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman's reference to the legitimacy of what he calls friendly criticism which it is proper to make as between friends. As it is clear that the Government have not dissociated themselves from the use by the Americans of napalm and gas, may we take it that the Motion to which the hon. Gentleman has referred is explicit, friendly, and constructive criticism of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Bilateral Aid (23 Feb 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: asked the Minister of Overseas Development what proportion of bilateral United Kingdom Government aid granted in the last two accounting years has been taken up and spent by the developing countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Bilateral Aid (23 Feb 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I thank the right hon. Lady for that Answer. May I inquire whether the shortfall is due to a lack of goods and services for export from the United Kingdom or to the shortcomings of what might be described as the digestive system of the beneficiary countries? On the future, in the light of the recent announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of public expenditure for the coming year and...

Bill Presented: Sunday Observance (15 Feb 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: I think that most people would feel that there has been general agreement—perhaps with the notable exception of the hon. Member for the Western Isles (Mr. Malcolm MacMillan)—first, with the raison d'etre of Lord Crathorne's Committee's Report, namely, that the Sunday observance laws need to be overhauled or at least refurbished and, secondly, on the broad principles which it suggested...

Bill Presented: Sunday Observance (15 Feb 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: This is certainly true, though I would still adhere to my general view that the centres of great metropoli die a natural death on a Sunday and that this is a good thing. The practice of people taking their cars out purely for leisure or pleasure purposes may or may not last as a form of entertainment which people find attractive as a practical form of leisure and enjoyment. I believe that, in...

Bill Presented: Sunday Observance (15 Feb 1965)

Mr Michael Alison: The distinction is that the cinemas in the West End of London are providing merely a duplicate service which in many cases already exists locally, so that little would be gained by going to a West End cinema. There would be no point in going to a city centre to see what could be seen locally, or on television.

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: Company (Sales Methods) (17 Dec 1964)

Mr Michael Alison: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will institute an inquiry into the sales promotion practices of the organisation with a head office in London and branches in many parts of the country, including the West Riding of Yorkshire, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Barkston Ash.

Bill Presented: Foreign Affairs (17 Dec 1964)

Mr Michael Alison: Like the hon. Member for Stepney (Mr. Shore), I ask for the forbearance of the House for a few minutes as a maiden speaker. I should like to take as my theme an idea which has had a good deal of currency in recent weeks and months, particularly before the General Election, and indeed in speeches that we have heard more recently, namely, that the crucial factor in Britain's position in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: United Nations (Special Fund and Technical Assistance) (15 Dec 1964)

Mr Michael Alison: asked the Minister of Overseas Development what will be the amount of the British contribution next year to the United Nations Special Fund and Expanded Programme for Technical Assistance; and what percentage change this represents on the present British contributions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: United Nations (Special Fund and Technical Assistance) (15 Dec 1964)

Mr Michael Alison: In thanking the right hon. Lady for that Answer, may I inquire whether, in the light of the very large number of British nationals—and, I assume from her Answer, an even larger number of British nationals—who are working for the expanded programmes, she thinks that there might be an informal link or tie-up between the pre-investment exploration work which they do and subsequent...


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