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Orders of the Day — Supply. (16 Jul 1925)

...them. I should like the Government to take note of the married officers' allowance.. I am sorry that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has gone, because I am perfectly certain that he is the nigger in the woodpile. That is an expression used in Virginia. I feel quite satisfied that in this case the right hon. Gentleman is the nigger. I should ask him just to remember where we as a party...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Shipbuilding, Repairs, Maintenance, etc. — Personnal. (21 Jul 1930)

Commander Sir Archibald Southby: ...of 1936, but when we come down here it boils down to 1940. Does not that prove that right hon. and hon. Gentlemen on this side of the House were perfectly right when they said they saw "the nigger in the woodpile" in the Treaty? Where does the British Empire come in? Everybody else is to have an up-to-date Navy by 1936 except the British Empire. First we are told we are going to be...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Pensions. (26 Feb 1931)

Mr Campbell Stephen: ...to consider it—both the present Minister and his predecessors. They have agreed with me, generally, about these cases, but there always seemed to be some doctor in the background, like the nigger in the woodpile, who discovered that the man's disability could not have arisen out of his War service. A case occurs to my mind of a man whose record in connection with National Health...

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

Mr Thomas Johnston: ...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 Amendment...

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

Mr Richard Stokes: ...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 blotter, and not produced at all until the order was safely placed away with...

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

Mr John Davidson: ...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 for the Government has recently been appointed by the...

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

Mr William Snadden: ...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 because he fears...

Orders of the Day — Housing (15 Mar 1944)

Mr Adam M'Kinlay: ...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 reduced? By...

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

Flight Lieut Wavell Wakefield: ...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 assessed in pounds,...

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 workman. I find...

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

Mr Edward Smith: ..., 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 the...

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: ...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 other matter to which I addressed myself is...

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

Mr Ernest Davies: ...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, "Good luck" to...

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

Mr Ralph Morley: ...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. Whitney Straight does not like...

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 city is...


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