Results 21–40 of 434 for speaker:Wing Commander Archibald James

Orders of the Day — Supply (24 May 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: Before we landed in Italy? The hon. Member's timing is wrong. Could the Italians have broken away before we landed? Certainly they could not. That is the comparison to make. I submit that the declaration to which I have referred was an unfortunate one which plays into Goebbels' hands. Do let us keep in the front of our minds that the enemy is Germany first, last and all the time, and that...

Orders of the Day — Supply (24 May 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The hon. Member has completely mis-quoted me. I said that drastic punishment of evildoers and leaders must come first, and then there would be a chance of leading these people in a better way.

Orders of the Day — Education of Naval Personnel ( 7 Mar 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: When my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hertford (Sir M. Sueter) was speaking, I thought that he was going to save me the trouble—and save the time of the House—of intervening, by following through his remarks when he had expressed regret that airtime did not count as sea-time for promotion in the Navy. Rather an illuminating point was brought out in a recent answer in this House...

Government Contracts (Trade Union Officials) (26 Jan 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The point I wish to raise is a narrow one and concerns the employment on big contracts, on sites under the aegis of the Ministry of Works, of trade union officials who are being paid not by union funds but indirectly by the Government. I want to make it perfectly clear that there is in my remarks no implied criticism whatever of trade union practice. We, on this side of the House, regard...

Government Contracts (Trade Union Officials) (26 Jan 1944)

Wing Commander Archibald James: What my hon. Friend has said is entirely apart from my point. I was concerned only with the principle of their payment and not with the work that they did.

War Situation and Foreign Affairs (14 Dec 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: In foreign affairs in general, and in international conferences in particular, the experience of these last 25 years, has been so unfortunate that I think both the House and the country are inclined to examine very critically announcements made on the subject of foreign affairs. I do not think that the Foreign Secretary will find that the public and the House are to-day in the frame of mind...

War Situation and Foreign Affairs (14 Dec 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: No, Sir, I was not hoping for one. As I said, I am saying this for future record. I do not want to leave the point quite as loose as it stands. The trouble of course, the fundamental problem, is the rank fetish. In the Navy the position of an extra ring or half ring has an effect on a more junior officer not understandable in the Army or the Air Force. There is only one qualification for...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I should like to put a question on one point that has just been mentioned. The hon. Gentleman has spoken of 53,000 huts produced by his Ministry. Does he mean produced directly by the Department or by means of other firms?

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I hope I shall not engender as much heat in my remarks as did the hon. Member who has just sat down, but for a long time this Ministry has carried on in the absence of healthy criticism, and that is not good in a democracy. If I should appear to be somewhat controversial, I hope hon. Members will consider I am justified. The speech made by the Minister was certainly the weakest I have heard...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: It included the connections to the house but, of course, not the public road. I also observe that these houses took 20 weeks and 2 days to build. I shall compare these figures with the figures given in this House on 18th July by the Minister of Health, in reply to the hon. Member for Llanelly (Mr. J. Griffiths), about building costs. The Minister said that tenders had been received for rural...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: That is a point to which I shall address myself when I come to deal with the Minister of Labour in collusion with the Minister of Works. I will quote as little as possible during my speech, but I should very much like to read one paragraph from a letter on the centre page of "The Times" on 6th July this year. I would ask the Minister to make a direct reply to this letter, because he has not...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: One factor in this high rate of earnings was that grossly excessive hours were being worked, in many cases over 60. I did not intend to leave that factor out, but I had intended to refer to it later. In this connection also at the present time one of the reasons for excessive building costs is the 60 hours per week mentioned by the Minister himself being worked in many cases. What does that...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I never interrupt the hon. Member, and I shall be obliged if he will allow me to make my point without interruption. Another reason why it was desirable that on this aerodrome surface work these hours should not have been worked—this is a defensive point for the Minister—is that the quality of labour was so much less good, that much of it was unskilled. Surely that was all the more reason...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: Legislation finds it difficult to do that, but I was considering honest people at the moment, and what would be said if we had profiteering by capital comparable to that which you now have in sheltered trades by labour? Do not forget that the cost of living to which those earnings are supposed to be related as set out in the Government's White Paper policy for avoiding inflation of 1940 was...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I would be very pleased if anyone would do that. But it does not come under this Vote.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I should be delighted if something were done about it. If the hon. Member is suggesting that I benefit from the increase in land values—

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: The hon. Member seemed rather to suggest that.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I am much obliged to the hon. Member. At any rate, it is not germane to the argument, but it would be very helpful if the hon. Member or his party would put down that matter for discussion on a Supply Day. The Parliamentary Secretary referred to a post-war building committee. I do not like the sound of that. Will he tell us, when he replies, what that sentence meant? Like a great deal of his...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I never used the word "slackness" in the whole of my speech, nor was it in my mind.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Works: Building Costs (23 Jul 1943)

Wing Commander Archibald James: I never said, or ever. suggested, such a thing. The hon. Member cannot possibly translate what I said into an accusation of slackness on the part of the workers. It was not in my mind.


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