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All 5 results for cuckoo speaker:Dr Oonagh McDonald

Prayers: Taxation and Benefits (1 Mar 1985)

Dr Oonagh McDonald: ...of the hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends that child benefit is the married women's pocket money, or that it is used by the wife to spend on dresses from Harrods. I do not know what kind of cloud-cuckoo-land the hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends live in, but I can understand why they are here on a Friday morning and not in their constituencies listening to mothers who can tell them how...

Business of the House: Port of London (Financial Assistance) Bill (6 May 1980)

Dr Oonagh McDonald: ...accept the conclusions of the report, to sit back and have no further inquiry or consultations and to expect the PLA suddenly to become a viable concern in the years to 1983 is to live in cloud-cuckoo-land. The PLA has much deeper and much more serious problems than those covered by that superficial report.

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (6 Nov 1979)

Dr Oonagh McDonald: ..., we may think that high taxation was a cause of the lack of investment by manufacturing industry in this country during their period of office. Anyone who thinks that must be living in cloud-cuckoo-land. The stock relief provisions introduced in 1974 cost £6 billion in terms of lost revenue to the previous Labour Government. Every conceivable incentive was given to manufacturing industry...

Orders of the Day — Price Commission (Amendment) Bill (29 Jan 1979)

Dr Oonagh McDonald: ...business efficiently. The hon. Member for Gloucester talked about the value of competition. She believes that competition is the answer to all our problems. The hon. Lady is simply living in cloud cuckoo land. Perhaps she should consult the previous chairman of the Price Commission, the noble Lord, Lord Cockfield, who was—I do not know whether he still is—a friend of the Tory Party...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (31 Mar 1977)

Dr Oonagh McDonald: ...has not improved. In 1976, after allowing for stock appreciation, company profits rose, and they rose sharply in the latter part of the year. It is time that the Treasury emerged from its cloud-cuckoo land and looked carefully and clearly at the kind of society in which we now live. In that society the status of women has changed. The number of one-parent families has increased, and...


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