Results 121–140 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

Members (Expenses and Allowances) (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that the mileage allowances proposed are not good enough. However, I am not sure whether I have a great deal of sympathy for the hon. Member for Worcester, South (Sir G. Nabarro), because not all of us are able to choose from our quartet of motor cars whether we make a profit or a loss out of our journeys home—[Interruption.] I thought that the Mini was an economical vehicle. In...

Members (Expenses and Allowances) (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I was hoping that my right hon. Friend would say something in defence or explanation of the proposals on the Order Paper, because they need some explanation. I cannot understand why the Government always do things by halves when they are dealing with matters relating to the conditions of Members of Parliament. My special criticism lies much more with the inadequacy of the provision for...

Members (Expenses and Allowances) (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Many members of the public do not understand. We are constantly having thrown at us that one of the first things that this Parliament did when it was elected in 1964 was to increase its own pay. This is because of the absurd method of combining remuneration and expenditure for hon. Members. I regard the Lawrence proposals in this respect as being quite unacceptable and based on wrong...

Members (Expenses and Allowances) (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I know that in some quarters there was a proposal to do better than this. Unhappily, wiser counsel did not prevail. When I was asked, with other hon. Members, to suggest what I thought should be done, I said that a maximum secretarial allowance of £85 a month would be a fair amount to offer, subject to certification. I should he surprised if other hon. Members put it lower. I have no...

Members (Expenses and Allowances) (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: No. I am about to finish, and others wish to speak. As Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, I presume to say that this is not satisfactory. The Government should take heed of this dissatisfaction, and in arranging their future consideration of this matter they should have regard both to the urgency of it and the desirability of dealing with it courageously and adequately, and have no...

Prices and Incomes (17 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The House has listened to three major Opposition speeches—one from the Leader of the Opposition, another from the "grey Shadow" Leader of the Opposition, the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) and one from an embryo Leader of the Opposition, the hon. Member for Birmingham, All Saints (Mr. Walden). Perhaps it will not be inappropriate for me to speak in support of...

Prices and Incomes (17 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I was referring to a comment made by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, All Saints. There are three groups of hon. and right hon. Gentlemen on this subject. There are those who have opposed this form of prices and incomes policy from the beginning and all along; there are those who supported it to begin with but who are now doubtful about renewing it even for a limited period and for...

Prices and Incomes (17 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I know all the aspects of this, but it does not make life any easier in wage regulation. In the public sector the Government have, in negotiations, increased the earnings of lower-paid workers in advance of increases given to higher-paid workers, sometimes by giving to them at a different time, sometimes by giving higher increases at the same time. I have been in public service all my life...

Prices and Incomes (17 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: It is not part of my job to get the Leader of the Opposition out of his dilemma, still less need I be fair to him in his dilemma. I can quite understand that he is in one. There is nothing in what he said this afternoon to show that he understood the particular problem with which the Government are dealing now. The two things together semed to me to provide a considerable case for going on...

Prices and Incomes (17 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: My hon. Friend has not told us what other measures could be taken. He may do if he catches your eye, Mr. Speaker. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, All Saints (Mr. Walden) said, "Use the monetary policy, which is the most effective", as if it were not being used already. It is a matter of judgment as to how far one can use one particular method of controlling the economy, how far one...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: My hon. Friend says that the Government could have steamrollered through a scheme without any contracting-out arrangements. Surely he knows that that would have been politically impossible?

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Does the noble Lord recall that the fundamental principle of the Conservative Government's scheme of 10 years ago was redistribution accomplished by levying graduated contributions mainly for the purpose of financing the flat-rate scheme?

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I must apologise for having had to leave the Chamber earlier for a little over an hour. However, I heard most of the speech of the noble lord the Member for Hertford (Lord Balniel). This is the debate for which the Opposition have been clamouring, threatening the Government with a vote of censure if they did not get it. Now look.

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Most of the debate to which I have listened has not been about this White Paper, but about the previous White Paper, on which we had a separate debate. The Bill is to be published shortly, and then we shall consider it on Second Reading. I thought that this debate was asked for to probe the detail and fairness of the proposed abatement scheme. I think that too little attention has been...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am obliged to the noble Lord. Evidently, we were at cross-purposes. The 1959 scheme was redistributive in the sense that it took away from all the graduated contributors an equal proportion of what they were paying to transfer to financial support of the flat-rate scheme. In the present proposals, the redistribution is of a graduated nature which leads at one stage to the lower-paid worker...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am obliged to the hon. Gentleman, but, if the right hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter) were here, I would challenge him to say whether his mind was fixed on the ultimate future of graduated benefits or whether he was looking in the till to see how many million pounds he had to put in to finance the flat-rate scheme.

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Yes, but his eyes were on the till. He could not afford to look into the future. However, I think that we have cleared up that difficulty. For the sake of the prestige of and confidence in national insurance I hope that we will stop talking about "the Tory swindle". It is not good for national insurance and does not happen to be true. Probably I shall quarrel with some of my hon. Friends...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I hope that they will have equal pay long before then. But the scheme has to be drafted on conditions as they are. To expect equal pay and to write it into the scheme by lifting the retirement age of women in anticipation of equal pay, would be politically presumptuous. I turn now to the effect on occupational pension schemes. There is room for a great deal of misrepresentation and...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am very interested in this, but, as the hon. Lady knows, under the existing scheme no woman can insure her own widowhood, for example. Is there any reason why women should not regard widowhood as a hazard of their lives and insure in their own right for it, and not be dependent on whether a husband pays contributions or disappears and leaves her probably with no widow's benefit when he...

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: indicated dissent.


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