Results 101–120 of 556 for speaker:Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid

Orders of the Day — Post Office (26 Mar 1969)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Perhaps my hon. Friend did not, but he did not register his objection in the Lobby. But the Conservative Party officially welcomes the Giro, since anything which makes for convenient circulation of money without bank notes having always to be bandied about is an advantage. Equally, as the Financial Times article says: The planner's original projection was obtaining … a target of 1·2...

Nationalised Industries (Select Committee) (11 Feb 1969)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The speech of the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Dickens) had this in common with all those which preceded it—that he was, I understood, in favour of the Amendment. But it had little else in common with them, because all others who have spoken have had experience of Select Committee work, which, I believe, has, up to now, been denied the hon. Gentleman. One of the features of Select...

Clause 15: Non-Resident and Property Qualifications in Local Government (10 Dec 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am aghast at this most reactionary proposal. It is a reaction to the days long before the invention of the motor car, to the days of the horse and buggy. It is a reaction to the time when the businessman lived above his business premises. My experience of local government is no doubt less than that of many hon. Gentleman opposite, but I have had the experience of canvassing in local...

Clause 15: Representation of the People Bill (10 Dec 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I want to stress the case of the Midlands where, over the last 20 years, there has been a massive emigration from the towns. Some of it no doubt is due to slum clearance, but there has been a general move from towns to suburbs. It is being encouraged by successive Governments while, at the same time, the administration of those towns has become more intricate. It seems to be complete folly...

Chancellor of the Exchequer (Visit to Bonn) (20 Nov 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: As the right hon. Gentleman is already aware, the French, who are the main sufferers at the moment, have decided to close their markets until Monday. Does this not suggest that we are a long way away from the quick solution which the flying visit of the Chancellor to Bonn may have hinted at? Would the right hon. Gentleman agree that we are faced with a major upheaval, and should we not now,...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Bill (11 Nov 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Perhaps I may draw my hon. Friend's attention to the article in the Sunday Times yesterday, which said: In another surprise move Stonehouse is appointing Douglas Howell, a Sunday Mirror journalist, as his personal assistant on a nine-month's secondment. Howell's job will be to produce reports on various aspects of the Post Office's business, intended to help the Board in its decision...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation ( 5 Nov 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I think it is almost exactly four years since on this same occasion of the debate on the Address I had the honour of following the hon. Member for Hey-wood and Royton (Mr. Barnett) who then made his maiden speech. I believe I congratulated him on an agreeable speech, as it was, and said that I looked forward to hearing him again. Time has gone on and I do not think I would have praised it...

Sterling (B.I.S. Discussions) ( 8 Jul 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Is the Chancellor aware that, despite the comment of his hon. Friend the Member for Heywood and Royton (Mr. Barnett) we all, on both sides of the House, wish him well in these difficult negotiations? Having said that, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the successful outcome of these negotiations will only have the effect that the sterling balances will pass from creditors over whom we...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 77 ( 3 Jul 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I beg to move, That the Clause be read a Second time. I should perhaps begin by expressing my sincere gratitude to Mr. Speaker for selecting this small new Clause, and also to hon. Gentlemen on both sides of the House for their patience in devoting themselves to a matter which involves only a small number of people. It is an honourable tradition that these matters are given the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 25 ( 2 Jul 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: My hon. Friend the Member for Worcestershire, South (Sir G. Nabarro) began his memorable remarks with the information that he had already torn up his speech, so presumably his notes were thrust into his hands during that moment when he absented himself after the Chancellor of the Exchequer had spoken. I am glad that his research department worked with such skill and speed. It was, perhaps,...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 33 ( 2 Jul 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am rather sad about the Minister of State, because, although he has not been long in the Treasury, he seems to have picked up all the jargon. For them, almost any action is action of tax avoidance and if any of us fell down dead, we should, in the eyes of the Treasury, have been indulging in tax avoidance. We are sad to see the Minister of State with his arm in a sling, but if he were so...

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: This is an agreeable little debate in that we have in front of us what is virtually a one-line Bill which invites us only to adopt the White Paper Cmnd. 3662, and has given a peg on which to hang some very interesting remarks. It does not interest many of our colleagues, but I cannot blame them for that. It is agreeable to see so many hon. Members of both sides of the House who took part in...

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: As my right hon. Friend suggested, things might be better than they are at the moment. They would be better for two classes of people. They would be better for the people who own gold, and for the people who mine gold. Those two classes would be better off because they would get a much larger share of the world's market.

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman for that valuable contribution, which I must say never occurred to me. It has, therefore, become a sort of creed that it is simply an act of obstinacy by the United States that prevents this world panacea from being put into practice, and that is something which we in the House ought to disabuse ourselves of. Our gold reserves, as the Financial...

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I do not wish to go into waivers of the gold clauses. I made the simple statement that a rise in the price of gold is not in our national interest, and I have given some modest study to this matter.

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: My right hon. Friend refers to the sterling area. It would certainly help Ghana, which is now an external currency country. The impact on Ghana would certainly be important and would improve the purchasing power of the Ghanaians. I do not think that the improvement in the purchasing power of South Africa would have a direct effect on this country, because for many years now South Africa has...

Orders of the Day — International Monetary Fund Bill (28 Jun 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I think that it is a little unkind of my right hon. Friend to indulge in this continuous barracking. I do not want to take up the time of the House any further. This debate in these terms could be prolonged indefinitely, but many hon. Members wish to contribute. Clearly, we have here a useful piece of machinery. Let us all hope that we live long enough to see it put to the use for which it...

International Monetary System (18 Mar 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, despite the optimism of his statement, this is indeed the moment of truth for the dollar and for sterling and that, by the tenor of our affairs, which he will deploy tomorrow, and by the conduct of American affairs, those currencies will be judged, and that the judgment will be taken by those who seek only security and not national advantage?

Clause 1.: (the National Loans Fund.) (19 Feb 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: I intervene briefly to support the Amendments put forward by my right hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton). Having lived a long Parliamentary time with the Bill, I realise that it is, as the Financial Secretary described it, an accountancy Measure, and that, much as we should like to get into the Bill the sort of reforms that my right hon. Friend has so eloquently...

Orders of the Day — Growth of Bureaucracy (29 Jan 1968)

Major Sir Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid: The hon. Gentleman is being too clever. Why has this matter come up? It is because the number of forms we have had to complete has increased so much in the last two or three years that we have had to engage extra men in our statistical departments. I am not talking about the competence of the Government. I do not think that they even get the information, quite apart from whether they act upon...


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