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Representation of the People Bill: Limits on Parliamentary Election Expenses (7 Feb 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Standing Order provides that the Third Reading shall be taken without debate unless six hon. Members put their names down to a motion to the contrary. The question is what opportunity has occurred of six Members putting down their names to take advantage of the Standing Order to have a debate on the Third Reading? Are you willing now, Mr....

Representation of the People Bill: Limits on Parliamentary Election Expenses (7 Feb 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am trying not to be a nuisance, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but under what authority is the Question, "That the Bill be now read the Third time" being put immediately after Report? The Bill was reported to you unamended by the Chairman of the Committee. You then asked "Third Reading, what day?" and a voice said "Now". What authority lies behind that call of "Now"? Has the House agreed to take the...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (29 Jan 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is a short Bill and a very important Bill, but it is hideously complex. There is hardly an intelligible clause in it. It is a good thing that we are considering this Bill late at night because only a few hon. Members on both sides of the House are present to misunderstand it. It is always a great encumbrance in our debates when a large number of hon. Members are trying to understand a...

Orders of the Day — Solicitors (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I suppose that my credentials to speak on the Bill will meet with the approval of my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, West (Mr. English). I am not a solicitor and I am not a barrister, but it was thought by my colleagues that it was desirable that a layman's point of view on the Bill should be put from the Opposition Front Bench. The two forerunners of the Bill ran into trouble. They...

Solicitors (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I come to the disciplinary tribunal. From a consumer point of view, this is perhaps the most important clause of the Bill. The Solicitor-General explained that the disciplinary committee is converted into a solicitors' disciplinary tribunal. The membership is enlarged. It extends to solicitors of not less than 10 years' standing and provides for lay members who are neither solicitors nor...

Solicitors (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1974)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Then I think that it should be extended, for all sorts of reasons. What is proposed in the Bill in that connection has a message to others. Some of us take the view that it is undesirable for a trade union, for example, to have the sole right of discipline over a member against whom misconduct or other default has been alleged when that trade union can, by exercising its disciplinary right,...

Orders of the Day — Sir Thomas George Barnett Cocks, KCB, Obe (20 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In the unavoidable absence of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition I have been asked to associate my right hon. and hon. Friends very warmly with the motion. We wish, too, Mr. Speaker, that you will convey to the Clerk of the House on his pending retirement the deep appreciation and, indeed, the affection of my right hon. and hon. Friends. There are two parts to the motion....

Adjournment (Christmas) (20 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I sought to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, after the right hon. Gentleman had spoken only because he was kind enough to mention to me earlier that he would refer to new matters affecting the House of Commons, which he did in the last few minutes of his speech. I shall detain the House for only a few minutes, because there is no point in my ranging over the whole debate or the speech of...

Animal Welfare (14 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I suppose that what makes for the vitality of debate in the House is the clash of opinion among Members of good will who have opposing points of view on the topic under discussion. My hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton) introduced the only controversial note. That was a pity. I was looking round for the hunting men to tell us their view of blood sports, for example,...

Animal Welfare (14 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I make a distinction between people who hunt for sport and those who are engaged on a more serious endeavour. But I decry killing for sport. I cannot see that there is any sport in killing. I want to mention the subject of dogs. I recall that when I was in the Labour Government we considered raising the price of the dog licence. It was a difficult matter to decide. I certainly think that the...

Animal Welfare (14 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am grateful for that information. They are certainly adding to the matters which the Minister should study. I have the greatest respect for the judgment, humanity and common sense of my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, East (Mr. Mackie). He almost convinces me about some aspects of intensive farming. I am sure he would agree that there comes a point at which we have to say that...

Animal Welfare (14 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: There is something to be said for that. It would not be in order to turn this into a debate on parliamentary procedure. But I recall what happened and how attempts at reform can be frustrated. My Bill received its Second Reading on 11th May this year. It was passed without a Division. There was little opposition to it on Second Reading, the occasion when the principle of a Bill is considered....

Animal Welfare (14 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: That is an exciting centenary to look forward to, and something should be done about it. When I was dealing with this matter earlier I was pleased to receive a letter from the Hon. Mrs. Juliet Gardner, whose grandfather, Lord Carnarvon, sought to introduce the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876. When he was about to introduce the Bill he was called away to the deathbed of his mother, and someone...

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: We are grateful that the debate, which will probably not be a long one, is taking place at a reasonable hour. When the motion was put down in October it was on an evening when it may have gone to 3 o'clock in the morning. That would not be the way to treat matters affecting the House of Commons. Had the debate on the car park come up at a reasonable hour on 30th July 1971 the House might...

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If the House wishes to be warned against the use of still water, I invite hon. Members to look at what visitors do with the water near the Old Jewel House. They throw in waste paper, they try to feed fish that are not there, and they do all sorts of funny things to the water. I am sure that using water would be risky.

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Is not the difference between demolition and dismantling that demolition is breaking up and dismantling is taking to pieces?

Government Work (Dispersal) (16 Oct 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I have listened to the whole or part of all the speeches which have been made. On my score card I have the names of 25 hon. Members who have spoken from the back benches. Hon. Members from five regions in England and hon. Members from Scotland and Wales have taken part. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Civil Service Department made kind reference to me and I thank him for that. If I may, I...

Civil Service (Executive Grades) (25 Jul 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I wish to declare an interest, solely as a former member of the Civil Service National Whitley Council and as its chairman at the time of negotiation of agreements, which are still current, regarding the principles for fixing Civil Service pay and conditions. I was also secretary of the Inland Revenue Staff Federation which has in its membership a large number of executive grades, to which my...

New Clause 1: Amendment of Section 14 of Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 (20 Jul 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If the House wills it, the Bill can pass its Report stage and Third Reading by four o'clock and I appeal to the spirit of co-operation in the House for that to happen. No superfluous word of mine or provocative comment will delay the Bill by a single minute. I say straight away that I am obliged to the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) and I will accept the new clause. I agree...

New Clause 1: Amendment of Section 14 of Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 (20 Jul 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) and the hon. Member for Norwich, South (Dr. Stuttaford) have not referred to Section 21 of the 1876 Act, which provides: A prosecution under this act against a licensed person shall not be instituted except with the assent in writing of the Secretary of State. That, I suggest, is a very full safeguard against the kind of thing to which the hon....


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