Results 1541–1548 of 1548 for speaker:Mr Tim Smith

Clause 4: Proposals to Investigate Price Increases (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: It was with some regret that I was unable to speak in the last debate on Amendments Nos. 10 and12 because I had hoped to say something about the importance of employment in the context of the Bill. I had also hoped to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hove (Mr. Sainsbury), who made a fine contribution to the debate. He referred to bacon and butter, both of which are important. His...

Clause 4: Proposals to Investigate Price Increases (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: The amendment would impose upon the Price Commission mandatory obligation to consult before instigating an investigation into a price increase. The distinction between the Government and the Opposition is that we would introduce a mandatory obligation to consult the company, or enterprise concerned. Such a company would be either a category 1 enterprise, which would have pre-notified its...

Clause 4: Proposals to Investigate Price Increases (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: I read the report of the Standing Committee on this point but I did not follow the logic of the argument. I understood the necessity for the Price Commission to maintain its independence, and the fact that this might be compromised, especially in relation to the nationalised industries. But no one is suggesting that consultation means participation. The Price Commission has to do no more than...

Clause 4: Proposals to Investigate Price Increases (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: I should like to make some brief observations about important matters that are encapsulated in these amendments. I wish to refer to an obser- vation that was made by the Secretary of State about the extent to which the previous Price Commission and the reports that it made were relevant to the proposed Price Commission and the reports that it will be making. The right hon. Gentleman said...

Clause 4: Proposals to Investigate Price Increases (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: My hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Mr. Neubert) was right to imply that a constitutional issue of some importance is at stake on this amendment. Following the Tameside and Laker Skytrain cases, it is clear that the Secretary of State's decision is not subject to review by the House of Commons. I accept that the amendment does not perhaps provide the most satisfactory way of a decision to...

Clause 7: Restrictions, Undertakings and Orders in Consequence of Reports on Investigations (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: I shall hope to help my hon. Friend, because the only reference in the amendment to subsection (5) is that part which refers to an order made under that section. It is quite clear under subsection (5)(a) that it refers to the making of an order. I do not think that my hon. Friend is in any difficulty.

Clause 7: Restrictions, Undertakings and Orders in Consequence of Reports on Investigations (21 Jun 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: I think that it is worth pointing out that although the amendment came from the Opposition side of the House the Minister of State said in Standing Committee that, In practice, the Price Commission will try to inform the firm to be investigated of its prima facie reasons for coming to the conclusion that there ought to be an investigation."—[Official Report, Standing Committee B, 12th May...

Orders of the Day — Employment (Young Persons) (24 May 1977)

Mr Tim Smith: It is a happy tradition of this House that on the occasion of his maiden speech a new Member should refer to both his predecessor and his constituency. It is a particular pleasure for me to refer to Mr. David Marquand, who represented Ashfield for 11 years. He was a most conscientious Member on behalf of his constituents. He is of course also a distinguished journalist and biographer, and his...


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