Results 101–120 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

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

Mr Harold Lever: I do not have those partial enthusiasms. I am certainly enthusiastic for putting money into the public sector where that is appropriate. I have never stinted where it has been useful and wise to do so. I have to tell my hon. Friend, however, that although CBI surveys may not have a track record which arouses great enthusiasm from him, they may be a more reliable source of indications for the...

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

Mr Harold Lever: I have already said, in reply to questions on this subject and earlier in my speech, that I have been giving close attention to all burdens placed by all Governments on small businesses, with a view to easing them so far as I can possibly can. It would not help me very much to go into greater detail now. I was trying to see whether we could increase the impetus in support of small...

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

Mr Harold Lever: My hon. Friend must not accuse me of wanting to produce railway arch workshops of an unhappy and insanitary character. What I want to do is reproduce up to the most modern standards the equivalent low rents that the railway arch workshops had. Whatever my hon. Friend thinks of my life—

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

Mr Harold Lever: I am not saying that every workshop, railway arch or any other, in the old days was up to the standards that he and I would like to see in force, but he must not attribute to my youth an innocence of the conditions which prevailed in industrial Lancashire where I was brought up. I have seen railway arch workshops, and they were not all centres of villainy and oppression. Some of them were...

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

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Member must not distort my remarks. What I said was that people with £10 million or £20 million are those who could most afford to live in any country, however high the tax level was.

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

Mr Harold Lever: But not performed.

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

Mr Harold Lever: Since the hon. Gentleman has referred to it, may I say that I prefer to discuss matters which are not hypothetical but which can be judged only when their context is known and when the extent and nature of the tax is known. Until then it is absurd for the hon. Gentleman to criticise a tax the amount of which is not known, the conditions of which are not known and the context of which is not known.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I frequently find myself in Duchy territory, among other reasons because my constituency lies within the Duchy. I rarely find it necessary to enter the Duchy specifically on Duchy business.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am afraid that my presence in the Duchy territory is not necessary to control the Duchy's accounts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I do not think that my hon. Friend would be gratified if I spent my time in Duchy territory rather than here to answer these questions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: In the second part of his supplementary question, my hon. Friend takes the figures which he cites as referring to Her Majesty's personal expenditure. That, of course, is not the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The number of such staff has remained unchanged at 11 in each of the years mentioned, and I shall publish details of their salary costs in the Official Report. The Duchy follows Civil Service rates of pay, and all increases in this period have been in accord with Government pay policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I am not sure that the Duchy falls within my remit as co-ordinator in relation to small businesses, and I cannot say that it is to be regarded as a family business. I think that it could rightly be seen to be a family estate related to—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Duchy of Lancaster ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: —related to the Royal Family. I like to believe that there are sermons in stones and lessons in trees, but I cannot derive great guidance in relation to small business activity from the Duchy work itself. The Duchy, I am satisfied, is very well run as a Royal estate in a manner which is pretty widely understood. As regards small businesses, I shall seek what inspiration I can from my Duchy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: Apart from my duties in this House, I have one meeting today with ministerial colleagues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I should certainly like to see an orderly system of co-operative management internationally in the parities of nations. The present disorder in the international currency markets may give great delight to the rhetoricians of freedom of markets without restriction in all circumstances. It gives no satisfaction to me or, I suspect, to the 15 million unemployed among the advanced countries of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I agree with my hon. Friend in inviting a broad and benign governmental apportionment of such part of the wealth of the country as comes within the Government's purview. I do not think that an invitation from me to the right hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Stewart) is likely to produce the kind of response which my hon. Friend has in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I think that these matters require more careful explanation than can be given even in response to an indignant supplementary question from the hon. Gentleman. It is certainly the Government's policy to seek greater stability in world currency markets than we have been seeing of late. It is the Government's view that the present anarchy in international currency markets operates to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: I think that my hon. Friend underestimates the efforts which have already been made by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in pressing for the kind of economic and monetary co-operation which he has in mind. There is no reason to believe that the processes of accommodation and international conciliation and negotiation are by any means exhausted. I suggest that my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 6 Mar 1978)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman could not have carefully considered the terms of the Question and my answer. I was referring to my official engagements for today and not at all to my duties and work in terms of correspondence, conferences and discussions that take place every day. The hon. Gentleman can put his mind at rest. There is no working day when I and my staff are not seeking further achievement...


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