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House of Commons debates

Monday, 13 April 1970

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services

    • Pensions (Retirement Age)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to extend to men entitled to pension under the National Insurance system the option to retire at the age of 60 years with...

    • Private Pensions Schemes (Transferability)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has made of the annual cost to employers in the private sector of granting preservation of pension rights to employees changing...

      Area Health Authorities

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what machinery he envisages under his Green Paper proposals for communication between area health authorities and his Department.

      Supplementary Benefits

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now take steps to increase the scale of supplementary benefits.

      German Measles (Mass Immunisation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will introduce a programme of mass immunisation against German measles.

      Nurses (Training)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of trainee nurses who failed to complete their training during the last financial year; and what proportion this was of those...

      Dentists

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many dentists, within the past 12 months, have informed his Department that they are unable to accept new patients, apart from children, on...

      Mentally-Handicapped Unemployed Persons

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now take steps to revoke the rule that mentally-handicapped unemployed persons must pay 15s. 9d. per week for an insurance stamp.

      Elderly Persons (Telephones)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now consider introducing a scheme whereby elderly persons living alone may be assisted with the installation cost of a telephone.

      Disabled Persons (Aids Advice Centre)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to encourage the formation of a centre for advice on and assessment of aids for the disabled.

      Disabled Persons (Vehicles)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the inquiry into vehicles for the disabled to be completed.

      Vasectomy

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now permit the operation of vasectomy to be freely available under the National Health Service as a safe means of contraception.

      Medical Education

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he now proposes to take on the recommendations of the Todd Report.

      Abortions

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services on the basis of what statistics he estimates that abortions frustrated 20,000 illegitimate births last year; and, having regard to deaths during...

      Anthrax

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases, where and when, of anthrax, afflicting humans were notified to him since the beginning of 1969; whether these arose from imports...

      Census (Questions on Sexual Behaviour)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services on what authority questions are included in the Census Returns relating to intimate personal matters of sexual behaviour.

      Carcinogenic Ortho-tolidine

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what study he had made of the evidence supplied to him by the hon. Member for South Bedfordshire of the sale of carcinogenic ortho-tolidine to the...

      Retirement Areas

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will commission an investigation into the problems arising within his sphere of responsibility of those who move to the seaside areas for...

      Contraceptive Advice and Supplies

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will undertake an investigation into the relative cost of providing free contraceptive advice and supplies under the National Health Service...

      Severely Disabled People (Constant Attendance Allowance)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the constant attendance allowance for very severely disabled people proposed in the National...

      Widows' Pensions

      4 speeches

      Tapsell: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the improvement in young widows' pensions proposed in the National Superannuation...

      Hospital Beds

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take fresh steps to deal with the difficulty of finding hospital beds for patients urgently needing them, as evidenced in the letter...

      Occupational Pensioners

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the cost to the national insurance funds in a full year of giving credits for flat rate contributions to all occupational...

      National Superannuation Pensions and Contributions

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations he has now received urging him to defer the operation of the pensions and contributions provisions of the National...

      Apprentices (National Insurance Contributions)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why an apprentice earning less than £4 a week can now be classified under his regulations as being self-employed and responsible for payment...

      Spectacle Lenses (Children Under 10)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to enable children under 10 years of age, in the same way as children over 10 years of age and adults, to have free...

      Abortion Act

      25 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in view of recent developments, he will now make a statement of policy of Her Majesty's Government on the working of the Abortion Act.

      Illegitimate Children

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the policy of his Department towards the matter of illegitimate children.

      Wellingborough (Maternity Beds)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the future provision of maternity beds for the area of which Wellingborough is a part; whether he is satisfied that...

      Graduated Pension Scheme (Leaflet)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why his leaflet for the Graduated National Insurance Contribution (GR 20A) states that after this issue the general issue of statements will be...

      Social Benefits and Taxation

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if his attention has been drawn to the Institute of Economic Affairs' publication, "Social Benefits and Tax Rates", by Professor A. R. Prest, a...

      Scottish Transport Strikes (Supplementary Benefit Payments)

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the total cost to public funds of supplementary benefits paid to the families of persons involved in the Scottish transport strikes...

      Sight-Testing and Optical Appliances (Cost)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total cost of sight-testing and optical appliances per annum, to the nearest convenient date; how much of this came from public funds;...

      Family Planning

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will introduce legislation to clarify the powers of his proposed area health authorities in the field of family planning; and if he...

  • Business of the House

    Ordered,That the Proceedings on the Motion relating to Sea Fisheries may be entered upon and proceeded with at this day's Sitting at any hour, though opposed, for a period of one and a half hours...

    • Adjournment

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Armstrong.]

  • Middle East

    133 speeches

    In this debate there are no fewer than 32 hon. and right hon. Members who wish to speak.

  • Eggs

    11 speeches

    10.0 p.m.

  • White Fish Authority (General Levy)

    18 speeches

    10.17 p.m.

  • Convicted Teachers (Employment)

    4 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Armstrong.]

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