Results 21–40 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

Orders of the Day — Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 (Amendment) Bill (11 May 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Perhaps I should preface my remarks by making it clear that this is a Private Member's Bill and that I am speaking as a private Member and not in any sense on behalf of the Opposition. Perhaps I may also be permitted to say that I have been a firm supporter of all measures to prevent cruelty and alleviate suffering among animals for...

Orders of the Day — ANTI-DISCRIMINATION (No. 2) BILL (14 Feb 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that the Government have responded to the desire of the whole House in affording us the opportunity to have this resumed debate on this Bill today. The House congratulates my hon. Friend the Member for Wood Green (Mrs. Joyce Butler) whose persistence over six years has been rewarded by having a full-dress debate on this Bill at last. We are grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for...

Orders of the Day — ANTI-DISCRIMINATION (No. 2) BILL (14 Feb 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In other words, the hon. Gentleman was imposing his judgment upon the women concerned. Women who take up careers have made their own choice. They have decided to order their own lives and to satisfy what they feel to be their rôles in life. If they elect to follow careers they are asking for equality of opportunity with men in their jobs. The Solicitor-General pointed out that the Bill...

Orders of the Day — ANTI-DISCRIMINATION (No. 2) BILL (14 Feb 1973)

Mr Douglas Houghton: That is an interesting and important suggestion. It may come within the functions of an Anti-Discrimination Board. My idea is that the Anti-Discrimination Board would have responsibility for eliminating discrimination in all the spheres covered by the Bill and its terms of reference. It could set about the elimination of discrimination and make overtures in particular areas where it exists to...

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: What the hon. Gentleman has overlooked is that the Government propose to take from each according to his means, but not to give to others according to their needs. The Government's proposed contributions for flat-rate benefits do not fit that definition.

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am obliged to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Mrs. Doris Fisher) for speaking up for women. We have heard far too little about women under the scheme, and I hope to say something pungent on the subject before I finish. I should explain to the House that I am only a temporary "Shadow" again or, in the jargon of the Bill, a "reserve Shadow". As soon as the Leader of the...

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: He will be very much bigger if the hon. Gentleman's figures turn out to be accurate. What pressures will he be under? What responsibilities to the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the day will the board have? When we were discussing the national superannuation scheme we felt that it was undesirable to have large accumulations in the hands of national insurance commissioners or similar bodies,...

Orders of the Day — Cases in Which Death Grant is Payable Under Section 30 (28 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: That means another apology is due! I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, and I will not chide him further. Our present social security scheme is, we must all agree, now socially out of date. In some respects it is little better than Beveridge thought of 30 years ago. This is a man's scheme based on conventional attitude which the younger generation now strongly question and many reject. Women...

Orders of the Day — Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am obliged to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Carter) for his courtesy in giving way to me. I apologise also for the sepulchral tone of my voice. I will, however, do my best. This is really the end of a three-day debate on the Bill. It has been under discussion ever since the Prime Minister's statement on Monday. I think that the Government have had no better time...

Orders of the Day — Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Nov 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: When a Labour Government have been as long in office as Tory Governments they will do a great many more things [Interruption.] It is all very well for right hon. and hon. Gentlemen opposite to scoff, but they know the limitations of the parliamentary process, whatever Government are in office. We know that all Governments have positive queues of changes that they wish to make for which there...

Orders of the Day — Schedule (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am without instructions in this matter but on a question of this kind what satisfies the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) probably satisfies a great many people. What passes through his close and fastidious scrutiny and meets with his approval must surely have some virtue, and, therefore, I endorse what the Leader of the House has put to us. I am old enough to...

Orders of the Day — Election of Speaker (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I should say two things at the outset. First, we all share the regret of the Leader of the House at the absence of the right hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Sir Robin Turton). We hope that there is nothing seriously wrong and that the right hon. Gentleman will be with us again shortly. We regret it the more because I am sure he would have wished to tell the House about the report of the...

Orders of the Day — Election of Speaker (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I accept what my hon. Friend says, that it was not unanimous in the sense that right from the outset everyone was in agreement, but we have recently had a report from the Select Committee on Privileges which is now a quite sincerely unanimous report but it did not start as that. We have to take the report as we get it and, looking at the proceedings, there seems to have been no serious...

Orders of the Day — Election of Speaker (8 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I fully understand that the hon. Gentleman has referred to the ancient usages of the House in quite a comprehensive way. There were aspects of the matter last time which we realise were unsatisfactory and in conflict with what had been done previously. However, the hour is late and I am sure that the House will not lightly set aside the recommendations of the Select Committee,...

Members (Expenses and Financial Interests) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: To bring my hon. Friend back to this projected visit to Japan, I see in The Times yesterday Mr. Bernard Levin says: … Mr. Hamilton tells me that if the measure goes through he is himself going to swan off to Tokyo in order to investigate the geisha system at first hand, with a view to recommending its adoption in this country in the hope that it will reduce the incidence of prostitution....

Members (Expenses and Financial Interests) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The House is in some difficulty this afternoon, because the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton) related to Motions which were on the Order Paper for today, but which are not now on the Order Paper for today. The Government decided not to move those Motions today, to reconsider the matter and, if they thought fit, to bring them forward on a subsequent...

Members (Expenses and Financial Interests) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: That is the dilemma that always confronts the House when it begins to debate itself. We have to do it in public and we can be misrepresented. What is discussed here can be grievously distorted for the sake of Press advantage, or publicity, or political prejudice, or whatever it may be. That is sad, but we are a public body doing its work in public and we have to take the consequences....

Members (Expenses and Financial Interests) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Some hon. Members have fairly regular columns in local newspapers. Are they paid for those? Are they in any way beholden to the politics of the newspapers for which they write? All these are important and difficult questions. I wish to say little more on this matter until the committee that has been appointed has had an opportunity of considering it further, but there is one thing that I can...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary and Other Pensions Bill: Clause 2 (9 Jun 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: And then he died, and presumably never drew any pension?

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary and Other Pensions Bill: Reckonable Service (9 Jun 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is a substantial Amendment compared with some of the things we were discussing earlier. What on both sides of the Committee we have to bear in mind is that this Bill is a pretty faithful reproduction of the recommendations of the Boyle Committee. When my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) and my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) were speaking...


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