Results 21–40 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

Oral Answers to Questions — European Monetary System (22 Jan 1979)

Mr Harold Lever: Of course we are open to join the EMS. By "we" I mean the Government. The hon. Member referred to political difficulties, but they were not decisive in affecting the final outcome. I remind the House that there is more than one view on the Opposition side of the House. The Leader of the Opposition was able to voice both views within a fortnight when these discussions were taking place. When...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Who told my hon. Friend that?

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I have heard that point before in this debate. My hon. Friend must know that.

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Not the least interesting of the speeches made in the debate was that of the right hon. and learned Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon). I hope that, in view of his generosity of quotation of my own remarks, it does not sound churlish if I have some adverse as well as favourable comments to make on some of the points that he made. Most right hon. Members look in vain for a Boswell who will...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman finds my remarks clear and positive. They are intended to be clear and positive, but they are incompatible with the suggestion that our questionings and arguments are in the nature of carping from the outside. As I have said, we have made it clear from the start that we completely share the objective of achieving European currency stability by a soundly...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: It is to everybody's advantage to have us in the EMS. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for levelling the charge of naivety against me. I am unhappy to tell him that much worse accusations are more normal. We shall aim to co-operate fully with those of our partners which wish to set up and participate in these arrangements. We shall aim to participate in full in all the discussions on the...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I shall be very disappointed if my right hon. Friend reports next week that we are not at any rate joining these aspects of the European monetary system. I hope that we shall be successful in the discussions. Whatever may be the case with the intervention aspects of the EMS, I hope that nobody in Europe or this House would think it an advantage to the world if we were excluded from a role in...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Of course we have not yet had the Italian decision. The hon. Member will be surprised to learn that I do not make the Italian decision. They make it themselves. By a similar process of constitutional logic, we make our decision ourselves, and I welcome anyone making a contribution to the greater cause of European unity and European monetary stability.

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Member is talking about two different things. My Government are not seeking handouts. They are seeking the correction of anomalies which have developed in budgetary structural allocations. If the somewhat snide aspect of the hon. Gentleman's question is that I am afraid of telling those people in Lancashire whom I represent that it is reasonable and intelligent to show the vision and...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: What my hon. Friend is complaining of is the will of the House as it was expressed at that time.

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: It is sad if the hon. Member believes that he and the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) were the only Members who understood the regulations. If that were true, it would be a serious reflection on democratic proceedings.

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I shall deal with other fundamental aspects of the debate. One of the arguments was that joining the EMS will bring deflation. Stagnation has not proved to be a splendid recipe for currency stability, so I am not clear why hon. Members should have this anxiety. It has been said that the Germans thought of this scheme with malign purpose. An hon. Member said that the Germans regarded it as a...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: This is not a debate about the Sheffield steel industry, although I understand very well my hon. Friend's concern about it. But he must not attribute motives to the German Chancellor in formulating the scheme. My hon. Friend and those who subscribe to the conspiracy theory also seem to believe, as on the famous occasion of the debate when only my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, South and...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that those calculations are based upon assumptions which I would regard as wholly false—namely, that we shall be forced to have an exchange rate higher than is desirable and, as a result, will have uncompetitiveness and unemployment?

Dividends Bill: Continuation in Force of 1973 Section 10 (27 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman is curious about my whereabouts. If he will look at Hansard tomorrow he will discover my whereabouts. But I cannot so readily discover the hon. Gentleman's whereabouts when the Conservative Government brought in dividend limitation in the first place. As the hon. Gentleman was a member at one time of that Government, will he say whether he approved of dividend limitation,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment Protection (Guidance) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The Department of Employment is preparing a leaflet for employers on the individual rights provisions of the employment protection legislation. This will be published within the next few months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment Protection (Guidance) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: It is always more useful if Question Time is occupied in searching for information rather than in expressing a sort of good-natured malevolence. Any remedy for a difficult state of affairs would always meet with the first of the hon. Member's criticisms—why was it not done before? The answer is that we have heard the suggestions of the people affected, and we are trying to meet their desires.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment Protection (Guidance) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: It is the Government's intention to seek to consolidate the legislation rather as some of my hon. Friends wanted. Although I would not wish to withdraw any of the adjectives that my hon. Friend applied in his criticism of the Opposition, it is not certain that we will not be able to achieve by common consent all of the purposes that my hon. Friends seek, in the sense that the purposes of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment Protection (Guidance) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: In common with many others, the hon. Gentleman generalises about "worst excesses" and the like, and I find it difficult to have pinpointed those areas where the Act is working to threaten employment. There are difficulties in the settling in of the Act, and I have no doubt that we shall keep that under review. I have no doubt, either, that there are a great many misconceptions on the part of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment Protection (Guidance) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: My hon. Friend must bear in mind that the Employment Protection Act is an Act for the protection of the status and rights of working people, not an Act to punish recalcitrant employers or those whom my hon. Friend supposes to be recalcitrant.


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