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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Mar 1974)

Bruce George: I understand that a new Member approaches his maiden speech with apprehension, fear and, indeed, dread. I am no exception. I represent the new constituency of Walsall, South. I pay tribute to the impartial judgment of the Boundaries Commission which made my presence here possible. I also pay tribute to the three Members of Parliament who represented part of my new constituency: first the...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (10 Apr 1974)

Bruce George: I am proud to be speaking from the Gov- ernment benches so soon after my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdare (Mr. Evans), who represents the constituency in which I spent most of my early life. I welcome him back to the House, and I assure hon. Members that, with his 11,000 majority and because he is such an able Member of Parliament, there is little prospect of his returning to hibernation...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (10 Apr 1974)

Bruce George: No. Clearly, the definition of poverty and the poverty line varies considerably. It depends how one defines it Pensioners are pleased with what has happened. It may be that the present pension proposals originated in the glint of one person's eye, but I think probably not, because at a time of economic crisis the Government realised that they had to honour the pledges that they had made to...

Canals, West Midlands (24 May 1974)

Bruce George: I shall seek to be non-controversial so as not to inflame the passions of the only Conservative Member present, the hon. Member for Epping Forest (Mr. Biggs-Davison). It is difficult to be politically controversial on a subject like canals. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Stonehouse) has said, the issue of canal safety is causing concern in the West Midlands. I do...

CONTROL OF POLLUTION BILL [Lords] (17 Jun 1974)

Bruce George: I begin with an apology. This speech is not as well researched as I would like it to have been, but the copious notes I had prepared over the last couple of months on this subject helped to pollute the environment of London at 8.20 this morning, and the desk on which I was to have written my speech, which was on the first floor, is now somewhere, in several parts, on the ground floor. I want...

Business of the House (4 Jul 1974)

Bruce George: Will my right hon. Friend consider allowing time before the end of the Session for this House to consider a very important report published last week; namely, the Finer Report on single-parent families?

Petitions: Cohabitation Rule (9 Jul 1974)

Bruce George: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to present the humble petition of the National Association of Widows, Gingerbread, the Child Poverty Action Group and others.

Orders of the Day — CONTROL OF POLLUTION BILL [Lords]: Control of Noise Caused by Motorways (19 Jul 1974)

Bruce George: Does my hon. Friend agree that this matter also involves complexities relating to the Land Compensation Act, which are perhaps of more immediate relevance? I have in mind a problem arising from the construction of a stretch of road in my constituency. People living within a certain area are eligible for compensation arising from works undertaken in building the new road, but other people in...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic Bill: Amendment Relating to Noise (26 Jul 1974)

Bruce George: There is little in the Bill which is related to noise, and the one clause that is about to be forcibly extracted. The clause was introduced in another place by the noble Lord, Lord Elton. I cannot see why it is not technically possible to introduce noise testing at testing stations. If man is capable of projecting his fellow men to other planets, surely our scientists and technologists can...

Orders of the Day — Urban Deprivation (29 Jul 1974)

Bruce George: I am delighted to have caught your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker—far more successfully than my attempts two hours earlier to catch Mr. Speaker's eye. Having remained in the Chamber until 2.30 a.m. I should like to express a few points on the subject raised by the hon. Member for Cambridge (Mr. Lane). If any Minister wants advice on how to dispose of vast resources I shall be only too pleased to...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Benefits Bill (21 Nov 1974)

Bruce George: The Bill may not be epoch making, some might even call it modest, but without doubt it will be greeted wiht a great deal of enthusiasm by many of the less fortunate sections of our population. At a time of economic crisis and budgets, we seem to be preoccupied with the state of business, which is a principal concern of government. But the Govern- ment have other major concerns. The remedy...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Benefits Bill (21 Nov 1974)

Bruce George: In the past, Governments have failed to recognise and devise a long-term strategy for eradicating poverty. Some Governments have introduced specific measures which have deliberately widened the gulf between the better-off and the less-well-off. In the Budgets of the late unlamented Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Anthony Barber, the bonanza days for the wealthy were created on...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Benefits Bill (21 Nov 1974)

Bruce George: I became a Member in March. However, I remember many other measures introduced by the Conservative Government with which the hon. Gentleman was generally sympathetic but which were looked upon by others with considerable disfavour, particularly the increase in means-testing. If stones are to be thrown, they can be thrown in other directions. The Labour Party said in Labour's Programme 1973:...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Benefits Bill (21 Nov 1974)

Bruce George: I concur with what my hon. Friend says. The Fisher Report gave little comfort to people who expected to find wide-scale abuse in the social security system. One can draw a contrast between abuse of the tax system and abuse of the social security system. It can be said of some people who abuse the social security system that they are struggling with great economic difficulties. It is hard for...

One-Parent Families (29 Nov 1974)

Bruce George: It must be reiterated that there is all-party support for the motion. There are very few matters on which the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South-West (Mr. Cormack) and I agree. If we begin to agree too often I shall need to re-examine my political philosophy. I am sure that he, too, would need to consider his position. However, on this subject we have reached near unanimity. Indeed,...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Pensions Bill (18 Mar 1975)

Bruce George: Many Government decisions are still operative after a decade or more. Some Government decisions are destined for considerably shorter lives. It is an irony that pensions legislation which is intended for future generations has a regrettably short life. The two predecessors of this legislation were rendered obsolete by the General Elections of 1970 and 1974. I wish this piece of legislation...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Pensions Bill (18 Mar 1975)

Bruce George: That was The Guardian editorial. I shall be only too pleased to show it to the hon. Gentleman at a later stage. If he prefers to go into the Library, he will, no doubt, see for himself. This scheme was, perhaps best described by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State who said that it was "designed as a pensions dustbin" for those whose employment prevented them from membership of a...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Pensions Bill (18 Mar 1975)

Bruce George: I have not read the article by Age Concern. However, the Child Poverty Action Group has given a great deal of support to this legislation. The hon. Gentleman has accused us of not catering for present pensioners. No doubt my right hon. Friend will expand on that point in detail later. The Tory scheme would have been fully implemented seemingly almost a century after it was first proposed....

Orders of the Day — Social Security Pensions Bill (18 Mar 1975)

Bruce George: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for mentioning that point. There are similarities between the two schemes, but I should like to point to some of the distinctions. One distinction is in the treatment of women. One newspaper described the Government's scheme as being "over-generous" to women. The Opposition may have made a contribution towards women's rights by selecting the right hon....

Orders of the Day — Social Security Pensions Bill (18 Mar 1975)

Bruce George: I agree with my hon. Friend about that. I commend the Bill to the House because it is relatively simple and fair. It is a consolidating measure which will simplify for the benefit of those interested in social security previous pieces of legislation. It will be more successful when the Government have solved the problem of inflation. We recognise that no party has a monopoly of concern or...


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