Results 181–200 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: My hon. Friend has validated my assertion that I would not give way on this issue any further, and I have not and will not—not out of discourtesy to the House, but because there are others who wish to speak. I have no time limit and could go on and make the rest of my speech indefinitely. I have made the points I wish to make. If any members of the Conservative Front Bench feel that those...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman can go on bobbing up and down like a jack-in-the-box from now until the rising of the House, but I do not intend to give way. I wish to turn away from the series of somewhat frivolous interventions—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The right hon. Gentleman says that the interventions were not frivolous. Questions asking me to assess the amount of petrol that will be consumed after the tax compared with what would have been consumed before the tax, I regard as frivolous.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: It is perfectly plain that hon. Members opposite do not want to hear the rest of my speech. I do not blame them, but I am afraid that they will have to hear it, because I have a duty to make it. In his Budget the Chancellor's central problem, and one that is afflicting the whole of the world was the problem of inflation and recession, or lack of growth. It is quite plain, though one would...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: As we have a rate of inflation which is not much more than half that of two years ago, it cannot be said—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I shall have to re-phrase the question to read "unemployment". Certainly this is a grave and threatening problem. However, the fact that we have not been able yet to achieve its solution does not mean that we must immediately espouse some alternative solution without any conviction as to its consequences. A monetarist is entitled to believe that there would ultimately be less unemployment if...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The right hon. Gentleman says that we are applying monetarism. We are paying attention to monetary aggregates, which is not quite the same thing. If the right hon. Gentleman is satisfied that we are applying monetarism, he should be very happy because he has preached it and its fruits should be rich and rewarding. We are not applying monetarism. We are rightly taking into account monetary...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: We have a firm control of the money supply. That is different from relying on the money supply to accomplish tasks greater than it is feasible to rely upon it to accomplish. The former right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West, now the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell), is always preaching that once one has the monetary disciplines one does not need to care any more what...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman seemed to ignore the fact that inflation is not a static condition in our society, but a dynamic process. When he advocated that ideally we should have zero growth, he ignored the fact that at any given time there is a huge weight of inflation already in the pipeline. The effect of a zero growth in wages would be not merely that one would ask for an immediate and probably...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I see no contradiction in my right hon. Friend's figures. My right hon. Friend says that we are coming to the end of the period of reduction in real living standards. He says that we shall have an increasing growth. Although I am liable to be irreverently critical of Treasury forecasts, I think that this forecast will, on balance, prove to be pessimistic rather than to overstate the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Is the hon. Gentleman really trying to prove to a serious audience that money is being collected in petrol tax because we could not otherwise provide the finance required for work in the North Sea?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The right hon. Gentleman must except me too. He started perfectly correctly by saying that it was widely accepted that a monetary supply defect was a necessary condition of inflation. He has slid into saying that we have accepted it as the cause of inflation. That is quite different.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I never said that the Germans' export success was not related to export price competitiveness. That is not what I said. My hon. Friend has not listened. I said that the German mark became undervalued because of their steadily increased productivity compared with that of their rival nations, and that they continued in that way, and that we had had the opportunity of having an undervalued...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I did not say that I would want to.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Spurious.

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Apart from my duties in this House, I have meetings today with ministerial colleagues and others.

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I do not know whether the hon. Member was expressing curiosity about British Leyland or whether he was anxious to emit a stream of well-prepared sarcasms. I shall assume that he is curious to have my views about British Leyland. Like all Government Ministers I am greatly concerned about Leyland's problems, but I have nothing whatever to add to what has been said on this subject by my right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I do not know whether my hon. Friend is describing himself or me as a financial expert or whether he was referring to both of us. His question implies that he is dissatisfied with the operations of the Bank of England and the joint stock banks under the lifeboat scheme. In fact the scheme was organised by the Bank of England, and its most valuable and important effect has been to stabilise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I will convey those views to the Secretary of State for Industry. The hon. Member will not expect exhaustive comments from me at the moment, and I hope that he will not be disappointed if his suggestions do not strike the Secretary of State with the shock of novelty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (14 Mar 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: This matter and any other matter will receive very careful, earnest and impartial consideration. None of these problems is ever shelved.


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