Results 41–60 of 556 for speaker:Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. William Price) has given us exactly eight minutes to answer his moving speech. First, I pay tribute to his consistency, for, so long as I have been in the House, he has been involved in the various moves to have hare coursing stopped. This has now become a highly emotive subject, far removed from the actual sport with which we are concerned. All decent people...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Let me continue. I have little time, and I did not interrupt the hon. Gentleman. As the hon. Member for Rugby was the first to say, only very few people take part in this pursuit. I do not for a moment say that cruelty is any less reprehensible if few people practise it, but, equally, I say that it is ridiculous to label this as a class pursuit of one sort or another. The figures collected...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: These figures relate to three years ago, when they were busy. Then there are three brewery workers—

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: —two dentists, one inspector of taxes, four printers, a tripe dresser and so on. I will not go through the whole list. But, clearly, this is by no means a pursuit which is confined to one class. It is widespread over the community. The hon. Gentleman may feel that such people are behaving in a dishonourable manner, or in a manner of which he disapproves. I make no comment about that. I...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: No. I cannot give way. I have only five minutes. It is not my fault that I have so little time.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: As for the number of hares killed, my information is that the number killed in one coursing season was 599. I agree that they should not be killed cruelly—

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill ( 4 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Any hon. Members who are familiar with hare shoots will know that the numbers killed are greatly exceeded when hares are shot. In support of what I say, I wish to quote part of the Report of the Scott Henderson Commission, which, after all, was a Royal Commission set up to inquire into these matters. Among the Commission's findings, one reads: Our conclusion about coursing is that it...

Orders of the Day — Horserace Totalisator and Betting Levy Boards Bill ( 3 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Not for the first time the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) finds himself in a minority of one. All previous speakers have shown the same desire to see the Bill on the Statute Book, albeit in an amended form, but the hon. Gentleman is opposed to it. I honour him for his opposition, although I find it difficult to go along with the grounds for his objection. The hon....

Orders of the Day — Horserace Totalisator and Betting Levy Boards Bill ( 3 Feb 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Gentleman may or may not know that bookmaking interests have made an offer for the tote, so he is not using a very strong argument.

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (27 Jan 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The right hon. Member for Manchester, Cheetham (Mr. Harold Lever) has made, in his characteristic style, one of those orations with which we were more familiar when he sat on the back benches. Then, certainly, the question arose on our side of the House whether he would ever sit down. This, I am afraid, since he was dealing with a Measure with which he is seemingly in full agreement, he...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill (27 Jan 1972)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I count that as a virtue in the right hon. Gentleman. Although this paper, Command 514, was released on 19th October, it was seen by the officials of the Ministry concerned a good deal earlier. That was due to the intervention of the recess. The object was so that they could take into account the Committee's conclusions in drafting their own legislations. When we agreed to make this paper...

Group of Ten (Monetary Agreement) (20 Dec 1971)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Is my hon. Friend aware that this news has been received with a great sigh of relief and that this is about the first international meeting of the Ten Powers from which sterling and the British nation's interest have emerged unscathed? Will he convey to his right hon. Friend the thanks of all who are interested in international trade for the vital part which he and the Governor of the Bank...

Orders of the Day — Committee of Public Accounts (Reports) ( 2 Dec 1971)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way to me, particularly as I was not sufficiently fortunate to be a member of his Committee. On the Rolls-Royce issue, I am surprised that someone of considerable commercial experience should be talking with all the arrogance of a legal simpleton. The point about Rolls-Royce is that people just do not know what the position is. The...

Ministerial Statements: Gas Industry (Structure) ( 5 Aug 1971)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Is my hon. Friend aware that strengthening the consumer side by the creation of a National Consultative Council will be generally welcome to consumers throughout the country? This is a matter which has been looked at by the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries, which will shortly be reporting on it. The Select Committee has many times had the opportunity of hearing Sir Henry Jones...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 5 Apr 1971)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I hope that the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) will forgive me if I do not follow him down the enticing paths of monetary theory in which he wandered so beguiling, making so many attractive suggestions, because I am bearing in mind Mr. Speaker's request to us to be brief, and I want to be very brief indeed. I want to talk only of two things—the Chancellor who...

Bill Presented: Rolls-Royce Limited ( 8 Feb 1971)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I hope the right hon. Lady the Member for Lanark (Mrs. Hart) will take it as no discourtesy if in the interests of other hon. Members who wish to speak in this debate I do not follow her in her remarks. Not that I was not as intensely interested in them as any hon. Member with a direct constituency interest. I think I can say, like my right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West...

Orders of the Day — Committee of Public Accounts (Reports) (16 Nov 1970)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Not having been a member of the Public Accounts Committee, I scarcely dare to intrude on this occasion, any more than I should intrude in a Scottish debate, but I wish to follow the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Sheldon) in one or two of the points which he raised. First, I join the hon. Gentleman in paying my tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Committee of Public Accounts (Reports) (16 Nov 1970)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: If I heard the hon. Member aright, he referred to the change-over from investment grants to investment allowances as freeing 1,000 civil servants. I suggest that it will free at least as many people in industry whose job it was to prepare information for those civil servants to look at. So the hon. Gentleman's explanation does not challenge my conclusion in any way. There is one point about...

House of Commons (Select Committees) (12 Nov 1970)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: It is a special pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) because, unwittingly, he once did me a very good turn. I was chairman of a sub-committee of the Estimates Committee in 1964, and we reported on the Forestry Commission. The right hon. Gentleman found himself in the Ministry of Agriculture, and the first thing that he did was to legislate on the lines...

House of Commons (Select Committees) (12 Nov 1970)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I had the pleasure of serving with the hon. Gentleman and I know how valuable his services were. There are over 20 subjects in the terms of reference of the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries. They range wide and I commend him to the Appendix to the Report of the Committee on Procedure, in which they are detailed. I do not think a member of the Nationalised Industries Committee would...


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