Results 61–80 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

Business of the House (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: May I ask the Leader of the House to state the business for next week?

Business of the House (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for meeting the convenience of the House by stating the business right up to Christmas. I have four points about which I should like to question the right hon. Gentleman. The first is about possible statements next week. Is the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary likely to make a statement on the grave events in the conflict between India and Pakistan?...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I apologise for having been absent from the debate for one-and-a-half hours this evening, but we had an unusually long meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Had the proceedings of the House of Commons been televised, I wonder what the viewers would have made of the last two days. They would probably have blamed hon. Members for not being here, but the criticism could perhaps more...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The right hon. Gentleman, the Chancellor, should not deceive himself. I have just been round the House to see who is here and the right hon. Gentleman could not muster his forces at present. The idea was that we should put down a nice firm Amendment to the Government Motion, that I should wind up with a robust, political speech, rollocking the party opposite and exciting the enthusiasm of my...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Very well. The political irony will not be lost on those who have been heavily engaged, for and against, in public debate over the past 12 months about such issues as school meal charges, free school milk, museum charges, and fair 'rents for council housing. I will read on yet further: For better or worse it was all for nothing so far as making room for reductions in taxation and increased...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The right hon. Gentleman really must take it.

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure (9 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am in a much better position to say what another Labour Government would have done than is the right hon. Gentleman. [Interruption.] Whatever else we may or may not have done, we would not have got our priorities so wickedly wrong as to snatch the milk from the very mouths of the children simply to reduce taxation. This is where the essential difference lies between the political philosophy...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Constituents' Visits (8 Dec 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I am dismayed by the complacency of his replies on this matter? Does he recall my evidence to the Services Committee, when I made serious criticisms of the arrangements for the reception of visitors and suggested that other Parliaments elsewhere treated their visitors, their constituents, as honoured guests, not as persons coming to this place are often...

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (19 Nov 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: It is a pity that all the Government's good Bills come on a Friday and the bad Bills during the rest of the week. This welcome Bill deserves the attention of more hon. Members than are present to give it a blessing today. I have especial pleasure in speaking on the Bill because I have been associated with this matter for so many years, and I am glad that, at last, what I have advocated for...

Orders of the Day — Superannuation Bill (19 Nov 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I appreciate that. It would be no part of this Bill, but obviously there may be room for some argument about that in the appropriate place.

Experiments on Animals (11 Jun 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I must first apologise for being absent during the earlier part of the debate. I was engaged on parliamentary duties outside this House. However, I heard the beginning of the speech of the Under-Secretary, and I shall refer to it in a moment. The fact that we are having this debate today is an indication that Britain is becoming a little more civilised. The Littlewood Report has been before...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (3 May 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Did the right hon. Gentleman give supplementary benefit to the junior widows?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (1 Apr 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Before the distribution of prizes finishes, may I ask the hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that I put up a scheme for this amalgamation to the Radcliffe Commission in 1953?

Experiments on Living Animals (31 Mar 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I apologise to my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Lomas) for not having been here when he began his speech. The debate came on a little sooner than I expected. May I also explain that although I am speaking from the Dispatch Box I am not speaking on behalf of my right hon. and hon. Friends; I simply did not know where else to speak from. I want to add a personal word of...

Petition: Industrial Relations Bill (24 Mar 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Mr. Speaker, I ask leave to present a Petition on behalf of the Trades Union Congress—[HON. MEMBERS:, "Hear, hear!"]—signed by all members of the General Council and over 500,000 workers throughout the land, all of whom are making a contribution to the economic strength and welfare of this country. The Petition sheweth That the Industrial Relations Bill will disrupt the orderly workings...

Petition: Industrial Relations Bill (24 Mar 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: —which there is still time to do. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill (24 Mar 1971)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that hon. and right hon. Gentlemen opposite must be relieved that their last hour has come. I have no special claim to be assigned the honour given to me this evening, because the last speech that I made on the Bill was in the Second Reading debate, on 15th December last year, which seems many, many nights ago. In the intervening stages of the Bill my principal occupation seems to...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill (15 Dec 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In his speech the Prime Minister has ignored some of the important aspects of the conditions and circumstances in which the party opposite is introducing the Bill. We know that trade unions are within the law already. What the Prime Minister has to justify is the extension of the law into trade union activity and industrial relations, and to show that this is the best way of achieving a...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Relations Bill (15 Dec 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am among the dwindling number of survivors of the historic meeting at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, when the General Strike was declared in April, 1926, and I shall say something of the consequences of that experience a little later. As the Prime Minister said, or implied, although we spent a good deal of time yesterday on the detail of the Bill, the general principles and objects...

Orders of the Day — Inland Revenue Department (Report of Estimates Committee) (7 Dec 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I understand that there is a Standing Order that certain Supply Days are given up by the Opposition expressly for the discussion of reports of the Estimates Committee. This is one of those days.


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