Results 21–40 of 556 for speaker:Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid

International Exchange Rates (13 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Is my right hon. Friend aware that a decision which eventuates in more and more currencies floating simply increases the risks at which all currencies find themselves? Is my right hon. Friend turning his attention to preparing our defences against the moment, which cannot now be so very far off, when the pressures mount against sterling?

Public Expenditure ( 7 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Sheldon) started his speech in an atmosphere of great brotherly love but was able to dissolve it fairly effectively by the end of his speech. I do not complain about that, because we get better audiences for a debate of this sort if it has a political head attached to it. However, I thought that the hon. Gentleman did his side fairly well, in that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Counter-Inflation Policy ( 1 Feb 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Will my right hon. Friend make clear that whatever arrangements are made for the control of profits there will be scope for companies to maintain and to increase their own investment?

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I take the view that in a debate like this speakers with constituency interests have, and deserve to have, priority. I have not got a constituency interest, so I shall not keep the House long. Speaking in the presence of so many hon. Members on both sides who have deep personal feelings on these matters and who see the repercussions amongst their friends, and, as one hon. Member said, their...

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Gentleman rather over-rates the influence and importance of this Select Committee. I do not think that it is an important weapon in this battle. If the hon. Gentleman defines "straitjacket" differently from me, he must not blame me for putting a different interpretation upon his words. If I were in the steel industry I would look with great misgivings to Parliament and Government....

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am delighted to accept that statement. But the figure includes only 50 per cent. of new money. The rest is savings from the earnings of the steel industry and from depreciation, so it is not such a vast present as was originally considered. But I am glad to think that the money is going to steel areas. One must also bear in mind that modern plants are much less labour-intensive than old...

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1973)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: That is true, but they do not do much good with them. My hon. Friend the Minister for Industry has answered the argument about the number of unemployed to emerge. The chairman of BSC has said that redundancy, being phased over a number of years, and taking into account normal wastage, is not a major problem. These are the facts, and they are confirmed by my hon. Friend. But, of course, they...

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Borrowing) Bill (10 Nov 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The atmosphere of these debates is agreeably uncontentious, and I hope that I shall do nothing to disturb the vicarage tea party feeling. But, as one who was Chairman of the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries in the last Parliament, I believe that some comments are due on this very small Bill, which has only one effective clause but will put the sum of £2,200 million extra of public...

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Borrowing) Bill (10 Nov 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I do not want to take up the time of the House. My particular point is that the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries cannot, in the nature of things, exercise that sort of supervision over the Post Office that perhaps some hon. Members expect it to do. It can only turn its attention to the Post Office once every few years or so, perhaps once every seven or eight years. Therefore, it...

Bank Lending Policy ( 9 Aug 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: There are two questions I should like to ask my hon. Friend arising out of the questions posed by the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey). First of all, is this a directive to the clearing banks or to the banking system as a whole? My understanding is that it would be the latter, but the right hon. Member for Leeds, East referred specifically to clearing banks. Secondly, could my...

Nationalised Industries (Public Dividend Capital) ( 9 Aug 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I begin by expressing my thanks to Mr. Speaker for being good enough to select my subject for one of the Adjournment debates. May I also thank my hon. Friend the Minister for his presence? The bush telegraph has indicated to me that it is at some inconvenience to himself. I appreciate his presence and I will endeavour to put before him a problem which he will be able to resolve, I am sure, if...

Tube Investments, Walsall (Plant Closure) ( 3 Aug 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: We are grateful to the right hon. Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse) for bringing up this subject for debate. I am sure his interest will be extremely well received by his future constituents, as it is by me. But we have to remember that we are not addressing ourselves to the management of Tube Investments but to the Minister, and it is to the Minister that I wish to address my remarks....

British Railways (Finance) (27 Jul 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: My right hon. Friend said in reply to an earlier intervention that he wished that someone could give him a clue how to make the railways viable. Let me commend to him the idea that he should apply to the Treasury for a loan of public dividend capital to meet the new capital charges which are about to fall on the railways. The advantage of a public dividend capital advance is that no interest...

Orders of the Day — Pound Sterling (29 Jun 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I hope that the hon. Member for Gateshead, West (Mr. Horam) will forgive me if I do not take up the argument he was advancing, because I have a few points to make and only a few minutes in which to make them. I begin by quoting from the Economist of 10th June which says Earnings are now running six and a half per cent. above the level a year ago—a rate of increase nearly halved since the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill (28 Jun 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I know that there are some debates which are considered to be specially reserved for members of the legal profession. This would appear to be one of them. However, just as there is, I think, an assumption in law that any Indian immigrant who enters these shores with a valid passport is in full possession of the entire contents of the Statute Book, so also there is an assumption here that...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. and learned Member for Lincoln (Mr. Taverne) has endeared himself to hon. Members on both sides of the House by his lucid exposition of any argument, by his clarity of thought and by his ability normally to see both sides of the question. Were I involved in assisting the police in a serious matter I would certainly desire to have his services in pleading in mitigation because no one...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am much obliged to my right hon. Friend. It seems that our thoughts have led us both in the same direction; that is to say, that the second of these two matters is one on which a Select Committee would not be able to add much to the Government's thinking. So much for the Select Committee. I turn to one or two other matters. The first question is one of unemployment. My right hon. Friend...

Vehicle and General Insurance Company Limited (16 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Does not the Prime Minister agree that the report highlights the responsibility of the auditors to the company, who clearly have a responsibility not only to the directors and the shareholders but also to the policy holders? This surely is a matter on which legislation is necessary, so that more satisfactory information can be provided in these difficult cases?

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications: Telephone Exchange Equipment ( 9 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what request he has received from the Post Office Board for his approval to investment of £400 million in a United States system of main exchange telephone equipment; and what action he proposes to take.

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications: Telephone Exchange Equipment ( 9 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: As the Select Committee on the Nationalised Industries will in the very near future want to take a good look at this matter, may I ask my right hon. Friend to consider taking the House rather more into his confidence on this absolutely vital matter?


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