Results 141–160 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: —but I am bound to tell him that his request would be better directed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Without going into the details of the arithmetical documentation offered by my hon. Friend, I would say that he can rest assured that every member of the Government regards unemployment at its present level not only as economic waste on a vast scale but as morally and ethically repulsive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Any such inference would be wholly misguided and unjustified. The fact that I shall not be seeing their representatives today does not mean that work will not be continuing in that area today and, indeed, every day from now on. I shall be seeing representatives of small business firms on more than one occasion this week. Certainly, I shall be very happy to deal at Question Time with any of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman will be glad to know that I am not seeing Lord Northfield today, or next week, but that I saw him last week. I had a full and fruitful discussion with him, and I shall certainly give close attention to all possibilities of encouraging and enlarging the exceedingly valuable work over which he presides.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: On the latter part of the question, I assure my hon. Friend that I am looking at all possibilities not merely of increasing the funds available to COSIRA but of giving it any aid and encouragement that I possibly can in the exceedingly valuable achievements in that area that it has already shown. My hon. Friend is mistaken if he supposes that a comprehensive report is impending. What is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman, who is forbidden to quote at Question Time, is erring even more in misquoting. I merely said earlier that I was not able to give the hon. Gentleman concerned the assurance in the terms that he sought. The Chancellor of the Exchequer will be sending another Letter of Intent to the IMF in the not-too-distant future fully setting out the Government's purposes...

Questions to Ministers ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I was seeking to convey that, with the traditional ingenuity of hon. Members on both sides of the House, there was no reason why they should not ask me Questions relating to the work of small businesses in the manner in which they seem to be able to ask me Questions over a whole range of unforeseen and unforeseeable subjects.

Questions to Ministers ( 5 Dec 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: May I say that that question is not for me to decide. But I will bear in mind—and I am sure that everybody concerned will bear in mind—the questions that hon. Members have asked on this subject today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I had no meetings with EEC colleagues at the end of June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Any educational activity that I might have been tempted to pursue in relation to the size of public expenditure I should have focused where it was most clearly needed—namely, on the Opposition Benches. Public expenditure in this country is not at all out of line with the level of public expenditure in other countries of the European Community. Public expendture is not ex hypothesi a bad...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I do not regard it as my function specifically to assert the right direction that any of my right hon. Friends embraces. Other members of the Community have recognised that there is a genuine difference of opinion on both sides of this House about the wisdom and attractions of being members of the Community. They recognise that and also recognise that the overwhelming majority of Members on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Yes, Sir. I think that it is of great importance for the general prosperity of the world and the fuller recovery of the world from the present recession that we should advance our co-operative thinking in precisely those areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: There is a very natural reticence on this side of the House, especially in my case, to emphasise those areas —whether it be the weather or proportions of public expenditure—which in the case of my Government resemble what happened under the Conservative Government. When I said "my Government" it was intended as shorthand to mean the Government of which I have the privilege to be a member....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I am very much opposed to any indiscriminate cutting of public expenditure. It is not necessary to discuss this with my EEC colleagues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community Economics Ministers (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I was not aware until the hon. Gentleman mentioned it that Commissioner Jenkins—or President Jenkins—had any specially sensitive portions of his anatomy that I should avoid. I shall always support my colleagues in constructive and useful contributions to the EEC.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (25 Jul 1977)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements) (25 Jul 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I have not had the advantage that my hon. Friend has obviously had of being privy to these secret and valuable discussions. I assure him that I shall react to them on their merits. I shall give them such support as they deserve.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community (Economic Ministers) (20 Jun 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I meet Economic Ministers from the Governments of other EEC countries from time to time. I hope that I shall have the opportunity to meet informally any who are visiting London for the European Council at the end of this month.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community (Economic Ministers) (20 Jun 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I welcome the constructive achievements of the EEC, including the particular financial one to which the hon. Member referred. My Government are certainly not—[HON. MEMBERS: "My Government?"] The Government of which I have the privilege of being a member are certainly not divided on the question of retaining membership of the European Community. The expressions "bitterly" and "openly" are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: European Community (Economic Ministers) (20 Jun 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Unemployment is a world problem. The question that all of us in Europe have to ask ourselves is whether we would be better off in a state of anarchic, unilateral rat-racing than in a co-operative attempt to solve these problems. I welcome my hon. Friend's concern that we should tackle these problems co-operatively as a responsible member of the European Community.


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