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Orders of the Day — Motor Industry (11 Feb 1970)

Mr Donald Chapman: What does the right hon. Gentleman mean by "received wisdom"? Received from whom?

Orders of the Day — Motor Industry (11 Feb 1970)

Mr Donald Chapman: I hope that my right hon. Friend will not be inflexible. Indeed, I hope that he will give a pledge of flexibility on the idea of a concordat. After all, the philosophy in industry which my right hon. Friend is trying to develop is one of partnership between his Ministry and the industry. Can we not take that partnership into the phase of understanding with an industry like this?

Business of the House (27 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: Will the promised second debate on procedure take place before Christmas?

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: The hon. Member for Barkston Ash (Mr. Alison) does himself no justice at all by that kind of speech. To pretend that economic analyses are as simple, as straightforward and as easy as he has been making out is little short of puerile. The first part of his argument was that as there was slow growth in the national gross product during this period one should expect the sort of slowing down of...

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: The hon. Gentleman was making it clear that he was having a number of second thoughts about the simplified approach of his hon. Friend. But if he wishes to opt out of the argument, I do not need to call him in aid. The hon. Member for Barkston Ash seems mesmerised by the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer some time ago that the import deposits scheme would lead to a cut in...

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: We have to take the whole context of the speech, which dealt with the national problem of a general, steady and never ending growth in our import bill. I would say that any Chancellor who ever said that he expected a small Measure like this to lead to a fall in the volume, and hence a fall in the total value of imports, was off his head, and whatever else my right hon. Friend may be he is...

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: One of the three.

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I am sure that it is right, but why does not the hon. Gentleman tell this to the hon. Member for Barkston Ash (Mr. Alison), who thinks that at the moment imports should be automatically going down because there is not such a good growth in the gross national product? The hon. Gentleman is now telling the hon. Member for Barkston Ash about all the complicating factors which go to the make-up...

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: What the hon. Member for St. Ives (Mr. Nott) said was that nobody denied that the scheme had had an effect on reducing imports in the short term. Those were almost his exact words.

Clause 1: Amendments of Customs (Import Deposits) Act 1968 (26 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: The point that the hon. Member does not seem to realise when he talks about our foreign competitors and our friends in Europe is that they too want to experiment with more sophisticated weapons in controlling the balance of payments problem. All the countries in Europe are not prepared to have "stop-go" cycles that amount to recessions and drastic cuts in international trade through the old...

Orders of the Day — Customs (Import Deposits) Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I apologise for having been away for some time. I have been attending some Committees. What I have wanted to do all day, and have now succeeded in doing, is to read some of the speeches made last year in precisely similar circumstances.

Orders of the Day — Customs (Import Deposits) Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I am not sure that it is a good thing to forget them. I am not accustomed to repeating my speeches, and I shall not do so tonight, but I was one of about three Members who supported last year's Act. Everybody else was sceptical, and I was one of the few who pointed to exactly what it would probably do if we gave it a chance. I also pointed out then some of the extraordinary remarks made by...

Orders of the Day — Customs (Import Deposits) Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: The hon. Gentleman is right, but perhaps he did not hear what I said. Having reflected on the matter, I put down an Amendment in Committee saying that we would do much better to keep it permanently as part of our armoury. It is an entirely proper method to use. I do a certain amount of work on the Economic Committee of the Council of Europe, where I mix with my Scandinavian and E.F.T.A....

Orders of the Day — Customs (Import Deposits) Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: Does the hon. Gentleman really think that our colleagues in the E.F.T.A. countries are saying these things? They are not. They are saying that they are glad to see that we have had a package of measures which has brought us a balance of payments surplus which looks like totalling £500 million. They are not sharing the hon. Gentleman's ideas. They do not go around Europe saying what he says.

Orders of the Day — Customs (Import Deposits) Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: The hon. Gentleman does not know the answer. [Interruption.]

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: Will the review which my right hon. Friend has in mind be completed in time for him to announce the Government's views in the debate which he has promised at the beginning of next Session?

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I wish to deal with a most important issue, that of the Committee system, which is worrying a number of my hon. Friends. Before I do so, I should like, as Chairman of the Select Committee on Procedure, to thank my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House for the kind words which he has said about our report and for bringing it so quickly before the House—after all, this has been...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: Coming to the burden of the report, I do not want to deal with the broad suggestions—I agree with what the right hon. and learned Member for the Wirral has said—relating to the new form of the Vote on Account in the Chamber, the new form of the annual Vote, the whole necessity of discussing these matters in a rolling programme and adjusting our approach to the matters of scrutiny...

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I know at what my right hon. Friend is hinting, but he will appreciate that the sort of Committees about which I am speaking would be considering expenditure and applying a systematic eye to the expenditure of each Department, saying, "We want to examine the purposes of the expenditure". If some policy probing becomes necessary in that process, then that must happen. That cannot be avoided....

STANDING ORDER No. 18 (BUSINESS OF SUPPLY) (21 Oct 1969)

Mr Donald Chapman: I would think that my hon. Friend is right. These Committees would learn as they went along how far they should go. However, we must recognise, even though I am doing my best to allay it, the fear which some hon. Members may have about the danger inherent in the point my hon. Friend has made. These Committees must be run with common sense to avoid them going too far and ventilating to too...


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