Results 3221–3236 of 3236 for speaker:Mr Nicholas Budgen

Orders of the Day — Housing Rents and Subsidies Bill (18 Nov 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Certainly not if they wished to do so. No doubt if ratepayers and taxpayers continue to have to give a vast subsidy to council tenants many more people will want to enjoy that subsidy. I now turn to the proposals by which local authorities are to be encouraged to buy houses which have been completed on private estates. I believe that is wrong because of the way that it is proposed to be...

Orders of the Day — Social Policy ( 1 Nov 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: It is with great pleasure that I rise to compliment the hon. Member for Gloucestershire, West (Mr. Watkinson) on his maiden speech. He spoke with sincerity, with passion and, as I know well, as a result of deep thought and contemplation. I feel that I have perhaps failed in the past in making the Tory beliefs known to him when I find that he considers that the proposals for the...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Appropriation Order) (29 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I believe that the consideration of Schedule B, Class I, allows me to raise the important matter of the status of the Chairman of the Constitutional Convention. In raising that matter, I draw upon some remarks made this weekend by one of those politicians whom I most admire in this House—the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Stechford (Mr. Jenkins). Bearing in mind that I am a most junior...

Economic Situation (23 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: In my fill-in rôle I cannot say very much, but I take great pleasure in taking part in a debate in which the right hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Fernyhough) has spoken, for I believe that he exemplifies the primary consideration which has ruled the British economy since 1944. In representing Jarrow he represents the commitment to full, and sometimes over-full employment. I dare say that the...

Northern Ireland Constitution ( 9 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I welcome the White Paper because it is based on two sound and enduring principles—first, the principle of a power-sharing Executive and, secondly the belief that any sort of arrangement must be worked out by the people of Ulster themselves. I believe that it was wise to concentrate on those two principles and to forget or discard many of the principles which, unhappily, were added to the...

Northern Ireland Constitution ( 9 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I hope that it is nonsense. We have always believed that what happened in the Weimar Republic could never happen here. We have always believed that we could not have a 25 per cent. inflation rate. I hope that all these things are purely hypothetical. All I am saying is that I hope that the very unpleasant alternatives of either independence or integration never come about, and I hope with...

Northern Ireland Constitution ( 9 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I must make it clear that my gloomy projection of what might happen if we took the Army out of Northern Ireland was not based on evidence. I have not spoken to people in the Army. I merely projected the view that a Weimar-type situation could happen in this country with a total breakdown of the economic system. I am not suggesting that I know an individual officer who has put himself forward...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I support what my hon. Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) said about the position of the self-employed under the Bill. In doing so, I have to declare an interest since, as a barrister, I am self-employed. The Bill makes a considerable attack upon the position of the self-employed person, particularly the self-employed person earning about £3,600 per year. I suspect that the...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am not defending the excesses of "the lump". I believe that in certain instances it is right to examine the way in which some people avoid or evade tax, but the Bill tries to put at risk the very existence of the self-employed. I suspect that another reason for the attack is the realisation that many self- employed people have a great strength in relation to the State, for they are...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: —on the Government benches. I give an example of the ingenuity of those who are self-employed. On Saturday night in Wolverhampton I met a hairdresser in a pub. As I fingered my rather long and greasy locks, which would have been such an affront to my sergeant major 15 years ago, I said to the hairdresser "I expect you are having a difficult time." I imagined that he would be reporting to...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I though that my hairdresser friend was a fine example of the ingenuity and responsiveness of the self-employed man, but I suspect that the Government will not be responsive to the argument that the self-employed show independence and ingenuity in responding to the market economy. Is this the right moment to take a doctrinaire swipe at the self-employed? Let us consider for a moment the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am sure that when the Secretary of State for Employment winds up the debate he will enchant the Committee with one of his historic analogies. I expect that three quarters of his speech will be an enchanting story about Cromwell or perhaps Plymouth. [An hon. Member: "There is nothing wrong with that."]. I agree. Indeed, I am about to follow his example, albeit without his eloquence. I...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: A Liberal administration, no doubt supported by the father of the present Secretary of State for Employment, introduced death duties. Until recently death duties were an entirely voluntary tax. Many families, who were later slaughtered by that tax, refused to avoid taxation for political reasons. Rather than avoid death duties, they preferred to come to the House of Commons to complain about...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: On a point of order, Mr. Murton. I was not saying that. I was saying—

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Trade Unions (19 Jun 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: On a point of interjection, I was saying that I believe that no political party should be ruled by the interest group that pays it.

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1974)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am most grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to catch your eye, and I appreciate that it is, most of all, a compliment to my distinguished predecessor at Wolverhampton, South-West, Mr. Enoch Powell. It is, indeed, appropriate that I should be able to pay tribute to him on the occasion of the Budget debate. I have had a unique relationship with Mr. Enoch...


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