Results 101–120 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that the House has watched with interest the endeavours of the right hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale (Mr. Barber) to work his passage back as a credible spokesman for the Opposition. We sympathise with the task that he has set himself. He began as a lecturer in economics and finished as one of the last of the line of soap-box orators. He was trying to persuade the British people...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am quite convinced that the Prime Minister made that statement in good faith, believing at the time in what he was saying, but, again, Prime Ministers are not immune to changing political, industrial and social conditions. It is not the first time that Governments have had to adjust themselves to influences and opinions which they must respect if they are to carry the good will, not only of...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: A pre-election Budget is not necessarily one in which one does not put up taxes: it may be a Budget in which one ought to have put them up more. Again, it is all a question of what is the right budgetary judgment at that particular time. If Governments distribute too much in a pre-election Budget, that may be an error, but if they do not take enough in a pre-election Budget that may be an...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: No, I must get on. I have given way a number of times. The main complaint seems to be that my right hon. Friend has been unduly cautious, but I do not think that there is any justification for releasing more spending power merely for the sake of it, because the combination of social policy and economic aims is the only sound budgetary policy when we are just emerging from a long period of...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Do not tell me about income tax, for heaven's sake! There is a lot of work in deciding whether or not people are exempt, whether or not they are married, whether or not the children belong to them. All these factors come into deciding what a taxpayer's code is. It is his code, in conjunction with his earnings, which decides whether or not he pays tax. The re-coding that must now be started...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This is the difficulty. How far is one going to discriminate, how far is it possible to discriminate, in a system of taxation, if to remove one grievance probably creates some sense of unfairness in other directions? The Chancellor can only use his overall judgment of the situation. I am sure, however, that there are far more people at work being caught by the system I have described than are...

Family Planning (19 Mar 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: can scarcely hope to convince hon. Gentlemen opposite of my point of view. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh"] Since not one is present, that must be an accurate statement. This is a three Clause Bill. Clause I votes more than £200 million of extra supply for the current financial year, Clause 2 votes more than £800 million for services ending in 1971, and Clause 3 says: This Act may be cited as the...

Orders of the Day — YORKSHIRE DERWENT WATER BILL (By Order) (10 Mar 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This may be a suitable moment for a word of doubt about the Bill o be uttered. The trouble with water is that one never knows whom to believe. When the Calderdale Water Bill was before the House on 29th January, hon. Members were told that there was no alternative to the Overwood scheme. We were told that all other alternatives had been carefully examined and that, for overwhelming reasons,...

Orders of the Day — YORKSHIRE DERWENT WATER BILL (By Order) (10 Mar 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am coming to the point referred to by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Eddie Griffiths) when he said that the opponents of the Calderdale Water Bill should be relieved that that water board had found alternative sources to supply its needs. I want to tell my hon. Friend straight away that I cannot change sides merely because my constituency, unexpectedly, has a...

Orders of the Day — Yorkshire Derwent Water Bill (10 Mar 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I hope that the right hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton) will not press this Motion. I am sure that the hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Sir H. Legge-Bourke) is right. This is a complicated matter and it is far better to let it go to the Select Committee. There are three phases, there are complexities of capital expenditure, problems of identifying beneficiaries. Those of us who...

Local Authority Social Services Bill (26 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I must apologise to the House for being taken away for two hours during this debate, to attend a meeting elsewhere in the House, but I heard the speeches of my right hon. Friend and the noble Lord who opened for the Opposition. I want to take this opportunity of paying my respects to the work of the Seebohm Committee and the outcome in this Bill. Since I was the Minister originally...

Local Authority Social Services Bill (26 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The hon. Gentleman admitted that this was a machinery Bill. Why is he now complaining that it does not do everything else as well?

Orders of the Day — Abortion Law (Reform) Bill (13 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: It is many years since I spoke in a debate on abortion. Throughout that time, however, I have been a strong supporter of a change in the cruel Offences Against the Person Act of 1861. The hon. Member for Rye (Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine) seemed to be unaware of the full implications of what he was doing. The House knows him, and we all know that he would never have any intention of introducing a...

Orders of the Day — Abortion Law (Reform) Bill (13 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Yet these are the thousands of cases—

Orders of the Day — Abortion Law (Reform) Bill (13 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sorry. I have only two minutes before four o'clock. We get all the publicity about alleged wealthy foreigners and distressed girls arriving from other countries. We hear a lot about the touting going on and the package deals. May I utter one warning in this connection. A good deal of this is propaganda in other countries to secure a change in their own abortion laws. They are suggesting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (2 Feb 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether statements made recently in Gibraltar by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army represent Government policy, and also why naval exercises are being held near Gibraltar at present?

CALDERDALE WATER BILL (By Order) (29 Jan 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am obliged to my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Dr. Summerskill) for the temperate and fair-minded way in which she ha s moved the Second Reading of the Bill. Nevertheless, it is an unusual experience for any hon. Member to hear another hon. Member discuss in intimate terms the contours, beauty and amenities of one's own constituency. My hon. Friend carried out her duty in a very...

CALDERDALE WATER BILL (By Order) (29 Jan 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The photograph was one of those included in the evidence to the Select Committee in another place. My advice is that the dam would cross in the middle of the photograph.

CALDERDALE WATER BILL (By Order) (29 Jan 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Sanction was given after the agitation on this reservoir began.

Orders of the Day — National Superannuation and Social Insurance Bill (19 Jan 1970)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The first thing I want to do is to welcome my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services back to the House in full health and form. The second thing I want to do is to congratulate him on the content, the skill, the imagination and the compassion of the proposals in the Bill. I think that, on this side of the House at any rate, we are indebted to his colleagues and his...


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