Results 81–100 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

Orders of the Day — Members of the House of Commons (Conditions of Service) Bill (4 Dec 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I beg to move. That the Bill be now read a Second time. I suppose that one who draws a place in the Ballot as low as fifteenth can count himself fortunate to get even a short debate as early as this. This has proved possible only through the valuable help of the Officers of the Public Bill Office, to whom I wish to express my gratitude for the splendid and speedy help they gave me in the...

Orders of the Day — Members of the House of Commons (Conditions of Service) Bill (4 Dec 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I warmly thank the Leader of the House for the statement he has made. For once in a way, may I ask him to convey to his colleagues in the Government our appreciation of what he has been authorised to do this afternoon. I am sure that his assurances are very definite; and we accept them for what they are intended to be—a genuine attempt to deal with this matter in reasonable time in an...

Clause 1: Pensions for or in Respect of Persons over Pensionable Age 5TH July, 1948 (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Before the Minister's indignation gets the better of him, may I be allowed to say that we had to put the Amendments in this way in order to get any debate at all on the amount. The Money Resolution specified the amounts in the Bill, which left us no room to put down Amendments on the Bill as it stood. Fortunately, this device of shifting the whole of the expenditure from the Exchequer to the...

Clause 4: Attendance Allowance (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: We are grateful to the hon. Gentleman for what he has said, although we are not completely reassured about the review of the amount of this allowance. Reference has been made to Treasury Ministers. We have not seen much of them in these debates. We should bear in mind that what we are discussing under this group of Amendments is a charge upon the Exchequer and not a National Insurance...

Clause 4: Attendance Allowance (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I had it in mind that family allowances, which are another benefit not in the National Insurance scheme, got left for 11 years without improvement when National Insurance benefits were being reviewed approximately every 2 years. We have this little anxiety about the review of this benefit. The Committee is showing that there is growing interest in the...

Clause 4: Attendance Allowance (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: No.

New Clause 1: Eligibility of Pension by Virtue of Section 1 (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I beg to move, That the Clause be read a Second time. The Clause would provide a death grant of £15 in respect of any person who becomes eligible for a pension under Clause 1. I say straight away that I am aware that in the mammoth Bill of the former Administration there was express exclusion of persons over pension age in July 1948 from the benefit of a death grant. That, I think, must...

New Clause 2: Invalidity Pension (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is the first Bill of the new Parliament and the new Administration. We on this side of the House thought that it would be ungracious to allow the Third Reading to pass without a few words of appreciation of what is contained in the Bill. It will be welcomed by those who will receive benefit from it, and certain sections of the community who have not received benefit before and whose...

National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Bill (15 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: As I was saying, we on this side of the House welcome the improvements in the Bill. We thank the Secretary of State and his Under-Secretaries of State for the help and patience they have shown. The persuasive manner of the right hon. Gentleman and his Under-Secretaries on one or two occasions almost overcame our instinct for Opposition. But we overcame the temptation to give way. We welcome...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Bill (10 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I must first congratulate the new Secretary of State on his appointment. Although we would rather that he were not there, that has been decided for us, and we wish him well. I remember the right hon. Gentleman when he first came into this House in 1956. He will recall that we were both very interested in the social services at that time, and we had many conversations about the emerging...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Bill (10 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I think that we were perhaps a little slow in getting going on some of these reforms, but of course we were passing through very serious economic circumstances at the time, and a great deal of preparation had to go into a complete reform of the social services. I think it is reasonable to suppose that when there are a number of things upon which one wishes to bring about improvements it is...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Bill (10 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I did not say that they were in breach of their pledge. What I am saying is that they are too mean fully to implement their intentions to bring about a pension as of right for this group of persons. It is a matter of opinion. I do not want to be ungenerous to the right hon. Gentleman, it is not in my nature, but I feel that if they are going to do something they should do it properly and...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) Bill (10 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Since most of this Bill is scissors and paste, the hon. Gentleman must not claim too much credit for introducing it so quickly.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance (Old Persons' and Widows' Pensions and Attendance Allowance) [Money] (10 Jul 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Are we not to hear from the Minister of State on the question why the Resolution restricts the scope for amendment of the amounts of certain benefits? May we have some explanation of that?

Construction Industry Contracts Bill (27 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is substantially an anti-evasion Measure—evasion of income tax, of selective employment tax, of social security payments and of conditions of work. From an income tax point of view, this Bill is years overdue but I imagine that the Government have not felt able to erect this rather elaborate anti-evasion apparatus until the need for it went quite beyond the stopping of income tax...

Construction Industry Contracts Bill (27 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: They are forbidden to pass information on to any other civil servant. There is no inter-communication of this kind at all. The fact that each of them may be within the restraints of the Official Secrets Act, or, in the case of the Inland Revenue, a declaration of secrecy, does not give them any licence to disclose information elsewhere. I have made the point and it will have to be justified....

Construction Industry Contracts Bill (27 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I should have said "avoidance ".

Construction Industry Contracts Bill (27 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If a worker has been evading his tax liability under this system and leaves the industry and goes somewhere else, if he becomes an employed worker then clearly the Inland Revenue will ask him where he last worked. He will not have a P 45 to present and therefore the catching up process begins. He can keep out of the clutches of the Inland Revenue only if he continues being self-employed...

Construction Industry Contracts Bill (27 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Why should a charge be made for the cost of administration when that administration is 98 per cent. for the benefit of the tax-gatherer? We might just as well charge the taxpayer the administrative cost of sending in his tax return.


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