Results 61–80 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I have to refer the hon. and learned Gentleman to the five-point plan that will focus the attention of the summits at Bremen and Bonn. With respect, I cannot explain it in 10 minutes, but I shall do my best to outline it.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The correct way of achieving currency stabilisation is by co-operation between the great nations of the world to accept and finance imbalances larger in size and longer in duration on both current and capital account than we have experienced and found acceptable so far. If we fail to accept and finance these capital movements and current account imbalances with more vision than we have shown...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: We are trying to create the conditions in the world that will enable us to expand our demand, safely and securely, by providing the adequate funds to finance over a sufficient period of time the imbalances of trade which are inevitable in the kind of situation in which the world finds itself at present.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The answer is that every deficit has a surplus, and surpluses and deficits must be matched together so as not to allow surplus and deficit to injure the deficit country and, in the end, to injure the surplus country. It is no good the hon. Member for St. Ives repeating nineteenth century incantations, such as that Schmidt is right and Callaghan is wrong in seeking to improve the demand...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: That is a splendid liberal precept, but not necessarily a rewarding one. In conclusion, I want to say this about the Bonn summit and the Bremen summit. Everyone is rightly warning us against having dangerously high expectations. But there is another danger, too. That would be to have no expectations from the summit. It would be too easy a ride for all the leaders there if we did not have any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Yes, Sir, but I expect to make further progress in the months ahead.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: First, I doubt whether there are many impartial authorities who would accept the hon. Member's summary of the consequences of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's recent actions. My main reply to the hon. Member, however, is that the welfare of small businesses depends intimately on the general success of the economy. The Chancellor of the Exchequer's measures were wisely designed to achieve a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The fish processing industry has been singularly reticent in its correspondence with me. I must confess that I have had no such representations. In the light of my hon. Friend's comment, I shall certainly take this matter up with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: If the hon. Gentleman will specify more particularly what insurance cover he is talking about, I shall be very happy to look into it. We have done our best to extend the facilities for insuring certain risks with regard to exports, but we are talking of a very wide range of subjects. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that if he gives me particulars—

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman has done so. I cannot recall immediately the reply that I have given to the hon. Gentleman or whether it has yet been through the official processes so that I can look at it myself. I can promise the hon. Gentleman that I shall take up any such points that he has made, and with even greater zeal any points that he makes in the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his encouraging comments. I completely share the view that he has expressed. I shall certainly do my best to encourage further achievement by the Commission.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am encyclopaedically interested in the problems of small firms. I must confess that I am not encyclopaedically erudite in the area which the hon. Gentleman mentioned. I shall certainly look into this to see whether I can give any useful help to these gentlemen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: In general, representatives of small businesses have warmly welcomed the measures in my right hon. Friend's Budget. But most feel that we have not reached the limit of what can be done to help small firms through the tax system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman will not expect me to comment upon the timing of replies. Unless he had a prophetic prescience not given to me, I took his Question to be referring to my right hon. Friend's Budget and not to the recent financial measures that were taken. That Budget was replete with very important concessions for small businesses. It was very warmly welcomed by most responsible people in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: —but the hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the recent measures, which were mainly directed to monetary achievement, would result in a considerable accretion of revenue from indirect sources, namely, the national insurance contribution, in the next financial year. The hon. Gentleman may rest assured that the Chancellor has by no means come to the end of the consideration of reasonable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: With regard to the latter part of my hon. Friend's question, he will appreciate that I am not departmentally concerned with it. But I can assure him that I have been in close touch with developments in the inner cities with a view to ensuring that that problem receives adequate emphasis, namely, the provision of premises to smaller firms which are liable to be squeezed out in much modern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I continue to receive representations on this matter from a variety of sources and I continue to bear them in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: No. This is a question of timing—the proper time, the proper place and the proper amount.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministerial Overseas Visits (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I have made one official visit abroad in the past 12 months, at a cost to public funds of £250. The cash value of the benefits derived from this visit is inestimable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministerial Overseas Visits (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I have no difficulty whatever in confirming the wisdom of those remarks and the accuracy with which the hon. Gentleman has quoted them.


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