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Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Lord Dixon-Smith: ...Homes and Communities Agency is not a body to which we object in principle. As the Minister has explained, it is an amalgamation of the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships. Of course, the nigger in the woodpile, as the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, has already pointed out, is that it still incorporates what I call the hangover of the new towns legislation. If it were not for that,...

Iraq: Post-conflict Reconstruction (12 Nov 2003)

Lord Mackie of Benshie: My Lords, it is obvious that a great deal of good work has been done and is going on. However, what has been brought out today is without a doubt the nigger in the woodpile—if such an expression is allowed any more. What has been brought out is that security is the essential point. Can the Minister give us any indication that would back up her statement that security is improving? For...

Common Fisheries Policy (22 Nov 1995)

Mr John Wilkinson: ...about that practice on page 27 of its report. The conservation regime is being circumvented by the procedure of quota-hopping, whereby the European Court, no less, has—as usual—proved to be the nigger in the woodpile. The Factortame judgment overturned British law and enabled Spanish interests to buy into British operating concerns, as my hon. Friends who represent Cornwall...

Welsh Affairs (1 Mar 1990)

Mr Gwilym Jones: ...rate increase would have been. We should then be able to see on the old basis of comparison what changes have taken place. I am afraid that my own council—Cardiff—will still be the worst nigger in the woodpile, with an increase of at least 110 per cent. There is no justification for an increase of 110 per cent. It is ludicrous. I ask my ministerial friends not just to cap but to take...

Rate Support Grant (Wales) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr Roy Hughes: ...the rate support grant settlement. Will there be additional financial assistance? parents are naturally worried about the dispute, which affects the future of their children. My belief is that the nigger in the woodpile is the Secretary of State for Education and Science. He is supported by his junior Cabinet colleague, the Secretary of State for Wales. If there was the will, the dispute...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 1982)

Mr George Thomas: Order. The hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) used the phrase that has been used many times and on which I do not wish to rule. The expression he used was "Nigger in the woodpile".

Orders of the Day — Gaming (Amendment) Bill: Amendments of the Gaming Act 1968 (7 May 1982)

Mr Marcus Kimball: ..., for circuses, or for the vast number of other things that have to be licensed. We must be fair to the Home Secretary and to his great Department of State on the subject because, as always, the nigger in the woodpile is the Treasury. The Treasury never asks about lease costs or any other costs. Rather, as with rents, the Treasury thinks it is necessary to add inflation into the cost...

European Community (18 Dec 1980)

Mr John Farr: ...footwear and knitted goods industries? My hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North is concerned about the footwear industry, and I am equally concerned about the knitted goods industry. The nigger in the woodpile is that Portugal, which is currently outside the Community, is one of our major suppliers of knitted goods. In the first six months of this year, Portugal sent us 13 million...

New Clause 2: Offences of Solvent Inhalation and Sales to Minors for that Purpose (22 Jul 1980)

Mr James Dempsey: ...?" That has been tried. We had a voluntary scheme only a few years ago, when the Coatbridge police canvassed all the shopkeepers. All except one co-operated. The one who did not co-operate was the nigger in the woodpile. He was involved in the bulk of the trade because he had no scruples about being involved in a problem affecting young people. There is always a bad apple in the box;...

Commuter Rail Service (Southern Region) (12 Dec 1978)

Sir Frederick Burden: ...aim is to be attained, British Rail will need much help from the Government. Above all, the Government should enable British Rail to be managed by its board. The Government should not act as the nigger in the woodpile by imposing instructions that will frustrate British Rail's management and cause the commuter's lot to be as bad as it is now for many years to come.

Orders of the Day — European Assembly Elections Bill: Simple Majority System (for Great Britain) with S.T.V. (for Northern Ireland). (8 Feb 1978)

Mr Robert Adley: ...during the earlier proceedings on the Bill we know that the elections to the European Parliament will be delayed. As the Foreign Secretary put it so graphically in Brussels, Britain is not the only nigger in the woodpile". I do not know how the Race Relations Board would take that comment, but that remark indicates that we are not the only country causing the elections to be delayed....

Oral Answers to Questions — Race Relations (Court Case) (23 Jan 1978)

Mr Robert Adley: ...had any reaction from them about the deplorable and disgraceful comment of the Foreign Secretary in Brussels. In relation to the European Assembly Elections Bill, he said that Britain was not the nigger in the woodpile. Is not that deplorable?

Orders of the Day — European Community (Monetary Compensatory Amounts) (23 Jun 1977)

Mr Peter Mills: nothing like they are now. It is dishonest of Labour Members to be saying that these high food prices have been caused by the Community. The Community represents only about 3 per cent. The real nigger in the woodpile are the Government, who have allowed the pound to deteriorate so much that all the problems of the MCAs have made the cost of food rise so dramatically. The Government...

Orders of the Day — Clause 1: Increase in Limit on Secretary of State's Financial Assistance to Industry (28 Oct 1976)

Mr Michael Grylls: laid fairly and squarely at the door of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is the guilty man. I shall not attack the Secretary of State when he is not here. I do not believe that he is the real nigger in the woodpile. It is the central collapse of the Government's economic policy that is responsible for what is happening. This Bill is physically rather insignificant, but financially...

Agricultural Tenancies (8 Mar 1976)

Mr Paul Hawkins: ...of ever getting a farm for himself. On balance, this measure will do more harm than good, although I appreciate the hardship cases and have had real experience of them. The real trouble, and the nigger in the woodpile—if one is allowed to use that phrase, in view of the various discrimination Acts—is taxation, as was mentioned in the superb speech of my right hon. Friend the Member...

Prayers: Rates (14 Mar 1975)

Mr Julian Ridsdale: the Redcliffe-Maud Committee, and I pressed my own Government to do something. I agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mr. Page), who has firsthand experience, that the nigger in the woodpile is not the Minister's Department but the refusal of the Treasury establishment, against whom he must fight a holding action, to realise that the system of local government finance...

Orders of the Day — Civil List (26 Feb 1975)

Mr Willie Hamilton: ...officially divided on was on the question whether or not we should create a Crown Department of State. This is the answer. I hope that the Government, and the Prime Minister particularly—he is the nigger in the woodpile in all this—will follow that vote and decide to set up such a Department. Then, all these things could be laid out, including income and expenditure; we could have...

Prayers: Local Government Finance (5 Jul 1974)

Mr Julian Ridsdale: My hon. Friend speaks with much wisdom, because the Treasury is really the nigger in the woodpile. I know this because I have sought to exert pressure on many Chancellors of the Exchequer. We have this situation in local government today because of our failure to control local government expenditure and because the Treasury people sit back in their oasis of high finance and refuse to come...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (12 Mar 1974)

Mr Robert Cant: this country and then stand back and say that it is none of their business how the companies conduct themselves? Something must be done about that. Something must be done about the real nigger in the woodpile, the Stock Exchange. How much longer must we go on with the amateurish approach to Stock Exchange supervision through takeover panels and other gentlemen's agreements? Why can we...

Economic and Energy Situation (18 Dec 1973)

Mr Alexander Eadie: walk in and take out the core. It is completely safe. I understand that Finland and Australia nearly bought it. Indeed, the Hydro-Electric Board in Scotland nearly bought it. However, the nigger in the woodpile was the CEGB. I do not know why we listen to the Chairman of the CEGB because he has been proved wrong so many times. The board's credibility has been absolutely destroyed on...

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