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Budget Proposals and Economic Situation (11 Apr 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In rising to address the Committee for the first time, I have no doubt that the kindness which the Committee usually shows to new and nervous Members will be shown to me. As I stood at the Bar of the House a few days ago waiting to take my seat, I remarked to one of my hon. Friends that being elected to Parliament appeared to be one ordeal after another. But perhaps I have the consolation...

Civil Service (Conditions) (6 May 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If I may say so, I think my hon. Friend the Member for West Middlesbrough (Mr. Cooper) has spoiled his case by recounting to the House a lot of irresponsible and unsubstantiated tittle-tattle. I cannot really believe that much of what he has brought before us represents the evidence of responsible people of the Civil Service. If it does, then the proper place for these allegations is where...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (18 May 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am glad that the Liberal benches are almost fully occupied again, because I want to say to the hon. Member for Buckrose (Mr. Wadsworth) that one of the most encouraging features about British political life is the cheerfulness and optimism of the Liberal Party. His buoyant speech was in striking contrast to those to which I have listened during the last four hours from the hon. and gloomy...

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (31 May 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Hollis) chided my hon. Friend the Member for Heston and Isleworth (Mr. W. R. Williams) and said he was not wooing hon. Members on the other side towards the case that we have espoused. But I do not think some of the speeches from hon. Members opposite have been designed to woo the Chancellor of the Exchequer who, after all, holds the key to this situation.

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (31 May 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I agree at once that the House holds the key to the situation, but the Chancellor has a very special responsibility to this House as custodian of the nation's finances. With regard to the speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for South Nottingham (Mr. Norman Smith), I submit that civil servants are the servants of this House. We are the employers of civil servants and when civil servants...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 14. — (Charge of Income Tax for 1949–50.) (23 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Is the hon. and gallant Member suggesting that people would rather live in sin than pay tax under the present system?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 14. — (Charge of Income Tax for 1949–50.) (23 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The hon. and gallant Member suggested that the present system was having a prejudicial effect on morals.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 14. — (Charge of Income Tax for 1949–50.) (23 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: What the hon. and gallant Member has been saying relates to the wife's unearned income. Under existing arrangements, earned income relief and differential rates of tax apply to a married woman with earned income, as they do to an unmarried woman with earned income.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 20. — (AMENDMENT OF FINANCE ACT, 1946, s. 27.) (23 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I feel a good deal of sympathy with the Amendment moved by the hon. Member for Mile End (Mr. Piratin), although I need scarcely say that I have no political sympathy with the source from which the Amendment comes. But since the hon. Member is without the support of the other half of the Communist Party at this moment, I will presume to take its place. In the speech which I made on the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (28 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I wonder whether I might venture to give the Committee a few reasons why I submit there will be difficulty in accepting this new Clause. In the first place, it introduces an entirely new principle into the payment of tax in that it is proposed to cancel arrears of tax by reference to a limit on amount and by reference to military service during the war, and without regard to the circumstances...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (28 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I accept that, but the new Clause does not distinguish between tax arrears on Service pay and tax arrears held in suspense.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (28 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am not quite wrong. I am secretary of a large body of Income Tax officials and I am very close to this problem. I know that during the war, for a variety of reasons, tax which was due on pre-war earnings was held in suspense while a person was in the Forces. I can assure the Committee that instructions were issued to collectors of taxes that no pressure was to be brought on a person in the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (28 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Generally a time limit is observed in the recovery of arrears, which is longer by a year or two than the period which has so far elapsed between the arrears and the demand for payment. We all regret the circumstances in which these arrears are now demanded, and the inconvenience created—and indeed, the possible hardship created—in many cases where payment of these arrears is being...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (28 Jun 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If I may say so, that is indeed an invidious choice.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Tax Arrears (Interest) (5 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount collected for the year to 5th April, 1949, in interest paid on unpaid Income Tax, Profits Tax, and Excess Profits Tax, under the provisions of Section 8 of the Finance Act (No. 2) 1947; and whether he can make any estimate of the administrative costs of levying this interest charge.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Business Expenses (5 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will ensure that the Income Tax aspects of the growing commercial practice of charging entertainment as a business expense will receive the attention of the Committee on the Taxation of Profits, recently appointed.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Assessment of Profits for Income Tax, etc., Purposes.) (6 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The pension then payable was payable for life.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Amendment of Finance Act, 1946.) (6 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." This is a very simple Clause and has a very simple purpose. Before the operation of the Finance Act, 1946, the contributory pensions of wives, who earned their pensions under the Widows' and Orphans' Contributory Pensions Act by reason of their own contributions, were allowed to be reckoned as their own earned income, and that gave...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (6 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If hon. Members go on talking like this they will imperil this concession [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"] If hon. Members will be quiet a moment I will tell them why. The Chancellor has made a very courageous decision. He has taken a decision to remit arrears of tax for a very large number of ex-Service people without any regard to their willingness or ability to pay. He is going to remit that tax on...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause. — (Income Tax Arrears Cancellation.) (6 Jul 1949)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I was about to conclude, Mr. Speaker, by giving hon. Gentlemen opposite a word of advice. The hon. and gallant Member for Holderness (Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite) referred to me in facetious terms. I shall always hinder hon. Gentlemen opposite from exploiting public sentiment in favour of ex-Service men and disregarding other members of the community. If the concession of the Chancellor is...


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