Results 41–60 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

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

Mr Douglas Houghton: I do not remember anything of that, but I was a member of the Select Committee and I remember having wasted a lot of my time, along with a lot of other Members, including my right hon. Friend the Member for Vauxhall (Mr. Strauss). It was four years before the Government of the day had the nerve to put to the House proposals on Members' salaries. We all realised that this was no sort of way...

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

Mr Douglas Houghton: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) for his co-operation in facilitating the business of the Committee today. I am sure that the Committee appreciates it. It seems to be very much his day, and if it were not that we do not like commercials in this place I would say "Why go to Lewis's when you can come to the House of Commons?" I hope it is not...

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

Mr Douglas Houghton: My own view and that of a large number of hon. Members I stated on Second Reading. The Minister is being saved by the bell. His principles are strong but his brief is weak. We cannot pursue this matter further this afternoon. It is a pity we have not more time, because this is a very important principle. I think we shall have this out when next we come to the wider issues in the National...

Parliamentary and Other Pensions Bill (22 May 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This must be one of the few occasions on which Ministers are happy in their work. After a day in which most of the happiness has been on the Opposition benches and the discomfiture on the Government benches, this is a suitable climax to the day's proceedings. The reason why so many hon. Members are absent is not solely that the hour is late but that many hon. Members feel that it would be...

Orders of the Day — Civil List Bill: Further Provision for Members of the Royal Family (19 Jan 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Despite what has been said by the hon. and gallant Member for Carshalton (Captain W. Elliot), I think it can be said that every debate on this subject deepens the dissatisfaction felt by some of us about the way the whole process is conducted. I believe that this feeling will grow and that something on the lines of what I put to the Select Committee—a proposal which was adopted by the...

Orders of the Day — Civil List Bill: Further Provision for Members of the Royal Family (19 Jan 1972)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The moment one mentions any particular aspect one sees how controversy begins in these matters since there are many opinions on this subject. I would draw my hon. Friend's attention to the fact that I am talking about the children of the Monarch, not about the husbands of children of the Monarch. I am talking of those who are members of the Royal Family. There is a distinction. We make...

Orders of the Day — Civil List Bill (21 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In order to get the record straight, may I point out that the certification of the amount of the income to be admitted as tax exemption is made by the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, not by the Inland Revenue?

Pensions and Benefits (Annual Review) (16 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he or one of his hon. Friends can remove any possible misconception about that part of his statement affecting public service pensioners? I rather think that the right hon. Gentleman's answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin (Mrs. Shirley Williams) may have left a wrong impression. In his statement, the right hon. Gentleman said: At the same...

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill: Superannuation of Persons Employed in Local Government Service, etc. (16 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: No Minister could have been at greater pains than the hon. Gentleman to satisfy us on this important but in many ways small point of difference. We had a good go at the matter in Committee. The Minister has enlarged on the reasons which still lead him to believe that the Government's version of the bodies to be consulted is better than ours. When the principle of consultation is placed as an...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: rose—

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: What is the contribution from those other Governments to the support of the Monarchy? Do we receive a financial contribution from them?

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is a somewhat unusual debate, since the Chancellor of the Exchequer has replied to my proposals before I have put them to the House. Another curiosity about the debate is that I must refrain from moving my Amendment lest it restricts the scope of the debate. I must leave it to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Stechford (Mr. Roy Jenkins) at the end of the day. However, I...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am not quoting from anything that I have read. I am saying what people have told me about this matter. It is common knowledge that these things are being talked about. Our Monarchy is better suited to our history and traditions. We might all agree right now to retain the Monarchy and consider how we should finance it. What sort of Monarch should we have? Should we have a Monarch who goes...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I do not think that is very helpful. I was dealing with what is offensive now. The House knows that hidden in the appendices of the Select Committee Report are many of the true facts of the matter. I agree with the Chancellor of the Exchequer that it is a good thing, though unique, to publish the whole of the evidence. Very little has been left out under what is known as the sidelining...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I do not accept that judgment of the matter. Indeed, it would come to be regarded as a normal part of the provision of expenditure for public purposes. There are many things which appear in our Estimates which, if dealt with by this method, would attract adverse publicity—which does not happen in present circumstances. The more one allows people to have frequent access to facts and the more...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I do not think that that is a material point. In the circumstances, I think that we should find that authority for administration would rest where it rests now, in the hands of Palace officials. The ultimate control of expenditure would rest with the Commissioners of the Crown. I do not think that we in this House are conscious of having the Commissioners of the House of Commons looming and...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: No, I shall not give way again. I must finish my speech, because a large number of hon. Members wish to speak. I was about to comment that I do not attach importance to the status of "servant" to the Monarch. In any case, I see little distinction between service to the Monarch and service in the Civil Service. Both are service to the Crown. There are other items of expenditure with which we...

Civil List (14 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Perhaps a Government led by my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton). I believe these to be groundless fears. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh!"] If my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West ever became Prime Minister, I am sure that he would make a good one. I am sure, too, that he would soon be an Establishment figure and as devoted a Monarchist as many of the rest of us. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Means Test (Co-Ordination) (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Is the Prime Minister aware that at one time P.A.Y.E. was thought by the Inland Revenue to be impossible? Does not he agree that where there is a will on this matter a way can be found?


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