Results 81–100 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

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

Mr Harold Lever: Although that comment is obviously courteously intended, it could be taken in more than one way. Any welcome given to my absences, or the suggestion that they should be further increased, has to be considered with great care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Money Supply (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: None, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Money Supply (12 Jun 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: As for the last financial year, since I do not attach totem precision to these figures, I would say that the outcome was reasonably satisfactory. As for the last two months, I think that it is a mistake to turn monthly, weekly or daily figures into an annual rate. It is wiser to take these figures over a reasonable period of several months and then adjudge whether we are on the right course....

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Businesses (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Hundreds of thousands of small firms will benefit from the simplification of VAT returns announced last week. The information required on the present form will be reduced by about 50 per cent. To give another example, the Business Statistics Office has this year reduced the number of forms sent to small businesses by raising thresholds from 25 employees to 50,100 or even 200. These are two...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Businesses (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I shall certainly look at that, because I recognise that every social advance made in our country involves a certain degree of friction. But the common sense and fairmindedness on which we pride ourselves normally teach us all to adjust to these advances, and in the end to welcome them. As for repentant sinners, I am very glad to hear from the Conservatives such an inviting prospect as that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Businesses (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his encouraging remarks. I am quite sure that it would not be in the interests of small businesses—and I have their interests very much at heart—if I were to encourage them to expect to enforce lower levels of obligation to their employees, whether in safety matters, health or other moral obligations, than elsewhere. It would not be in their interests,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Businesses (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The limit certainly cannot be raised beyond a certain point because of our obligations to the Community. On the other hand, I hope that we shall continue zealously to examine the amount of work involved in VAT. I do not want to score any second-rate party point, but the Conservative Government brought in the VAT compendium of questions, and we have cut it in half overnight.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Businesses (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who always seeks to enlarge the area of decisive jurisdiction within which I work. However, the questions that he has asked would be better directed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. But I am ready at once, without close examination, to admit that the ideas of any party, Liberal or other, are inferior to the ideas that emanate from the Government side.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Industries (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I continue to receive representations from a wide variety of sources urging the Government to give more help to the small firm. My right hon. Friend's Budget contained a substantial package of measures aimed particularly at encouraging small businesses. But I am actively and continuously examining further possibilities of help, and not only in the field of taxation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Industries (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am aware that it has been the habit of all Governments to place an increasing administrative burden on the small business. I am aware that in the past this House has always legislated as if the firms which were to bear the burden were firms such as ICI, GEC, and so on, which can adequately departmentalise the administrative tasks imposed on them. I assure the hon. Gentleman that I shall not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Industries (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I shall take all relevant matters into account. I am not quite clear—no doubt my hon. Friend will enlighten me—how small firms attract the attention of the asset stripper. However, in so far as they do, I should not like to see that activity encouraged.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Industries (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I welcome the focus that the hon. Gentleman has put on a very important agency for work in support of small firms in the rural areas. The Secretary of State for the Environment has increased the grant-in-aid to the Development Fund this year by 50 per cent., and I have never heard a single word of criticism so far of the work of the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas. On the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Milk Imports (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: None, Sir. But if the hon. Member wishes to forward me any such representations, I shall discuss them with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Oral Answers to Questions — Milk Imports (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I think that I can sincerely welcome the hon. Gentleman's interest in the agricultural prospects of Duchy lands and Duchy tenants. The problem that the hon. Gentleman has raised is of equal application throughout the United Kingdom, and the danger that seems to agitate him does not seem to approximate to one. Nevertheless, I am grateful to him for drawing attention to a cloud no bigger than...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: It is right that on this the last day of the Budget debate I should place special emphasis on the remarkable feature of the Budget—its dealings with small businesses and their taxation. It is right also that I should pay tribute to my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury for finding so much space for these measures in the Budget. Those...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The Minister has been doing a great deal to help small businesses. I often receive letters from those who avow themselves to be the hon. Member's political supporters. In one case I was surprised because it was such an intelligent letter. They pay great tribute to the Minister for the zeal and effort that he has put in to the needs of small businesses. The hon. Member would be wrong to...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I must confess that in a fairly wide experience of these matters and in an almost encyclopaedic range of anxieties about small businesses that have been put to me, the one that the hon. Gentleman has thought of has not yet figured once. The tax changes in the Finance Bill focused around the small business cost in all about £200 million. I am not saying that the whole of that £200 million...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am telling the House what is in the Finance Bill, which the House will have to pass, and the cost and purpose of it. Many of these provisions were announced or foreshadowed in October. They are here for the first time. Many of the provisions were not even foreshadowed or talked about until this Finance Bill. If the hon. Gentleman wants to make a puny party point out of it, I will tell him...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: That, of course, is the impact of trust law and the tax system in relation to discretionary trusts. But I can say, without any lack of sympathy for discretionary trusts, that they are discretionary. No one is obliged to have a discretionary trust. Although I have great sympathy with those who felt the need to have such provisions, I must say I much prefer a tax system which is viable without...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Apr 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I welcome my hon. Friend's hard-headed approach to the disbursal of public money. I hope that that will be the universal attitude at all times when money is put out in the expectation of employment or economic advantage resulting, or something else other than aesthetic or doctrinal advantage. But I must tell him that, as far as my judgment goes, it has been from the outset clear to me that...


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