Results 161–180 of 3528 for speaker:Mr Harold Lever

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

Mr Harold Lever: I was aware of the premise on which the hon. Member's question was based, but I had not, I confess, regarded these as areas of my specialist expertise on which to tender advice to the Government.

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

Mr Harold Lever: My hon. Friend refers to a massive groundswell of disillusionment. That comes mainly from those who were never illusioned in the first place.

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

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Member is right to say that we shall all benefit if we can increase the amount of economic and financial convergence in our activities. I should give the advice that they should learn from the past. It is no good setting unrealistic targets for advance. But I should tell them that they should not despair of advancing in a commonsense, constructive way. I should tell them that one of...

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

Mr Harold Lever: I certainly take part in discussions about the way in which we can achieve greater security for the world on commodity prices. This question is being dealt with in many different places such as the United Nations, the CIEC and the Common Market. In so far as my hon. Friend is seeking to relate this matter to the Community, I believe that the Community has a constructive part to play in...

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

Mr Harold Lever: I know of no advantage that would be gained by such a statement.

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

Mr Harold Lever: I readily accept that my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) will not be content as long as we remain inside the Common Market. What is more open to discussion is whether he would be content even if we came out. In the long list of cumulative woe which my hon. Friend has enumerated, he has omitted the recent increase in wet weather and cold as late as mid-June. On a more...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The party excitements which we have just witnessed remind me of the time when I left the Treasury after a political discomfiture some eight years ago. I took with me the crystal ball which used to be the most prominent object on my desk and which I kept as a warning about the insecurity of prediction and the inadequacy of the instruments we have with which to make predictions. I also took a...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: Of all people the hon. Member should know that that is not a useful question. I am sure that he does not wish to engage me in the kind of charlatanry in which he himself indulges and predict mathematically the consequences of the imposition of the petrol tax. The hon. Gentleman must know that the imposition of this tax makes it rather dearer than it would otherwise be, and presumably rather...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I have not come to devote the whole of my remarks to the petrol tax. I should press on, but I shall give way once.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman also realises that the point he raises is a spurious one. He knows that in order for the tax to be collected the assent of the House is required and was given. He knows that one cannot announce increases in duties of this kind in advance. In those circumstances, the point that he seeks to raise is a bad one.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I will not give away again on this point. No doubt the hon. Gentleman will catch your eye at some point, Mr. Speaker. He will then be able to devote the whole or such part of his speech as he requires to this issue.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I will not give way on this issue. Energy-saving must occur here, too, to save the energy of Members. I have given way several times. I must make some progress. I want to go on with the real point that I have to make. In a few weeks' time we shall come to the Committee stage of the Finance Bill. The House will then have ample opportunity to consider the problem of petrol tax in detail.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: It is no good the hon. Gentleman jumping up and down. I have given way to him. He has had the opportunity to express himself. I cannot turn my speech into a dialogue with him on one minor issue.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I have warned hon. Members that they are wasting their energy and the time of the House if they keep jumping up on this point, beause they will not be heard. Hon. Members have had ample opportunity to intervene and I have given way amply. I shall not allow a continuous barrage of intervention on this one point, which can be dealt with by Opposition spokesmen at leisure.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: It has always been the habit of those with weak cases to raise bogus points of order, without advantage to the proceedings of the House. In a few weeks' time we shall be able to discuss the petrol tax. We shall be able to discuss it with sharper focus because it will not be linked with other aspects. We shall be able to discuss all the details and to express opinions in our customary way. In...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I am not being discourteous, but if any of those hon. Members to whom I cannot give way on this point would care to wait outside afterwards. I shall be glad to see them. I now turn to the central purpose and strategy of the Budget.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The hon. Gentleman does not seem to think that I am a man of my word. I told the House that I had no intention of giving way on this point. No doubt the hon. Gentleman will regale the House with his wisdom upon it in due time.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman will not necessarily carry everyone in the House with him by suggesting that any Minister who does not give way to him is a bully. It is conceivable that it would be more courteous if he retained his seat, observed the rules of order, and allowed me to get on with the business with which I have to deal.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: The right hon. Gentleman is attempting to score unworthy points. I hope that I am never discourteous to the House. I have given way copiously on this point, but it is not the major burden of my speech. The main theme is on the Budget itself and the question of the Budget Resolution will be best dealt with in Committee.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 4 Apr 1977)

Mr Harold Lever: I do not hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying.


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