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Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill. (2 Jul 1936)

Mr Thomas Johnston: ... happened upstairs was that, immediately the Under-Secretary had finished, her Grace tamely, meekly and humbly said, "After that speech I have no more to say," and sat down. I thought there was a nigger in the woodpile somewhere. I thought there was something wrong, and here it is. They got rid of the Noble Lady in the Committee stage and now at the last moment they come forward with an...

Orders of the Day — Government Contracts (Major Reid-Kellett). (2 May 1940)

Mr Richard Stokes: ...were to get the order, but another firm, who were friends of the contractors and who had been shown the order, under-quoted to the tune of £10, and the order was given to them for £410. I know that this sort of thing happens sometimes, but the nigger in the woodpile is that another very reputable firm, named Blackstone, had quoted £344. That tender was kept under the...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, 1941. (10 Jul 1941)

Mr John Davidson: ...even the opportunity of tendering, while another firm can go to the North or South of Scotland, the North or South of England or to South Wales, and can be given millions of pounds' worth of Government work to do. I want to know who is the bigger in the woodpile. Who is backing the other organisation? The chairman of the organisation which is carrying out £ 40,000,000 worth of work...

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Food (13 May 1943)

Mr William Snadden: ...Minister himself is unsympathetic to this business. In fact, I am sure he is not. Our own Secretary of State has publicly supported it, and I think he feels this irritation very acutely indeed. Who is the nigger in the woodpile? In my view it is the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Why does he prevent the Minister of Food from achieving harmonious working with the dairy industry? The reason is...

Orders of the Day — Housing (15 Mar 1944)

Mr Adam M'Kinlay: ...the right hon. Gentleman cannot get agreement with the six Ministers responsible, he will go into conference with his Under-Secretary and agree to apply it to Scotland. I am satisfied that the "nigger in the woodpile" is going to be the same old nigger who was always in the woodpile—the Treasury. Everyone is agreed that building trade costs must be reduced. How are they to be...

Orders of the Day — Air Training Corps (6 Mar 1945)

Flight Lieut Wavell Wakefield: ...importance to the future of the Corps? Does it really come back to the Treasury? Is it a fact that some financial clerk, who has probably never heard of the Air Training Corps, puts a stop on this? Where is "the nigger in the woodpile" who is stopping these things being done? The value of the general educational training in character building, as well as the technical advantages, cannot be...

Prayers: Agriculture (Government Policy) (15 Feb 1946)

Mr Robert Hudson: .... Over and above the disability to which I have just referred—the fact that the private individual can get only£15 a year for 40 years instead of£28 a year for 60 years—there is another nigger in the woodpile in the last Section of that Act. I am advised that that Section will result in no subsidy being payable to a farmer who wishes to build a cottage for his own...

Orders of the Day — Cocoa Prices Order (14 May 1947)

Mr Edward Smith: .... I hope that the House will annul this Order on its merits, unless we are about to get some very much more satisfactory reply than we have had hitherto received not merely from the Minister of Food, but from the Colonial Office, which is the real nigger in the woodpile.

Government Policy (28 Oct 1947)

Mr Ronald Mackay: The hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Hollis) has continued the Debate this afternoon by suggesting that the nigger in the woodpile is the Chancellor of the Exchequer because the American Loan has been mishandled—because we have not spent it in the way we should and because there has not been proper coordination of affairs by the Chancellor; that that is the cause of our troubles today and...

Palestine (11 Dec 1947)

Mr Thomas Reid: What the hon. and learned Gentleman says is quite true, but I did point out that America was "the nigger in the woodpile" most of the time, preventing the Foreign Secretary effecting settlements he might otherwise have reached.

Orders of the Day — National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill (31 Mar 1949)

Mr Herbert Hughes: ...like equal terms against the various other Government Departments. I part company from the senior Burgess when he seems to think that public enterprise or public industries are the worst niggers in the woodpile. I would remind him that, for example, in the Hope Valley case we have a cement factory which is a private concern. It carried the day because it had behind it the weight of the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Agriculture) (30 Jun 1949)

Mr David Robertson: ...were willing to pay half if the State would pay the other half. Unfortunately, this proposi- tion was never seriously considered. As in so many other things, the Minister of Food was the nigger in the woodpile. The right hon. Gentleman wants lambs for slaughter; he does not want them to go up on to the hills for breeding. The farmers there characterised his action as being like cutting...

Petrol Rationing (19 May 1950)

Mr Geoffrey Lloyd: ...problems. I dealt, first, with the basic ration, and I challenge the Government to justify the precise allocation which they were making at that time. I got a dusty answer from the Parliamentary Secretary, who said that I was the nigger in the woodpile. Within a matter of days, the Chancellor of the Exchequer tacitly admitted the strength of our case and doubled the basic ration. The...

Orders of the Day — Building Industry (22 May 1950)

Mr Ernest Davies: ...the Government upon the work they have done, in terms of planning and in the provision of houses, in a time of difficulty. I do not attribute to them blame for the shortages which we find. The real niggers in the woodpile are those people who were responsible for decades and who presented us with this legacy. After generations, we have to remove these festering, stinking hovels. I say,...

Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation (6 Jul 1950)

Mr Ralph Morley: ...expense on their part of constructing bases for land planes. As far as I can make out, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken no notice of what I should have thought were the very acceptable offers of those two gentlemen. The nigger in the woodpile, as far as I can see, is a gentleman called Mr. Whitney Straight, Deputy-Chairman of British Overseas Airways Corporation. Apparently, Mr....

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Fowl Pest, Norfolk (30 Nov 1950)

Captain James Duncan: Can the Minister say what is the reason for this latest outbreak and whether his right hon. Friend the Minister of Food is the nigger in the woodpile?

Scotland (Whiteinch — Linthouse Tunnel) (5 Mar 1951)

Mr Jon Rankin: ...to the utmost. I understand that the Minister of Transport is entirely sympathetic to the claim which we in Glasgow have presented and which I voice tonight, but I am led to believe that the nigger in the woodpile is the Chancellor of the Exchequer. That being so, I want to present to him the demand—or request, perhaps, I should say—that he will consider the position that the...

Orders of the Day — Utility Apparel (3 Apr 1951)

Mr James Hutchison: ...be added by the distributors, that is to say, the wholesalers and the retailers. In addition, Order No. 216 refers to what are known as "Related Schedules." These Schedules have turned out to be the nigger in the woodpile the whole way through, because the Related Schedules applicable to a variety of goods, though not all the goods covered by Order No. 216, lay down selling prices. Taken...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (8 May 1951)

Mr Selwyn Lloyd: ...of tax. It is directly inflationary in some respects, diminishes effort, damages the will to save and does nothing to increase production. It does nothing to help and a lot to hinder. Though we have some degree of admiration for the Chancellor for having stood up to the nigger in the woodpile in the shape of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan), and for the...

Air Estimates, 1952–53, and Air Supplementary Estimate, 1951–52 (18 Mar 1952)

Mr Jon Rankin: ...the hon. Member will contain himself he will discover the reason why I am raising the question. I understand, and it is up to the hon. Member if he is to reply to clear up the point, that the nigger in the woodpile here is the Air Ministry. It is their action which is keeping back the development of civil air services to the Western Isles. Again let me recount a bit of history in order to...


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