Results 141–160 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

National Superannuation (White Paper) (4 Dec 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Mr. Houghton rose—

National Superannuation Scheme (Partial Contracting-Out) (5 Nov 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Would my right hon. Friend say whether his proposals this afternoon involve any revision of the estimates of income and outgo which were published in the original White Paper? In particular. will it be necessary to increase contributions earlier than was originally expected to cover the loss of contribution revenue involved in the increase in the remission to 1·3 per cent.?

Orders of the Day — Dentures and Spectacles (Charges) (7 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The House will wish me to congratulate the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Chataway) on his first speech since his re-election. On personal grounds we welcome him back. We have missed him for the last couple of years or so, because he is a man of progressive views on many questions about which his lion. Friends tend to be reactionary. I am sure that he will contribute some constructive...

Orders of the Day — Dentures and Spectacles (Charges) (7 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I have no desire to suggest that the noble Lord was absent without reason—or, indeed, absent without leave. I am just commenting that on that important day when we were discussing the financing of the National Health Service, for which he is shadow Minister, he was not present. I make the comment, and that is enough. On that day we had a very constructive debate on the financing of the...

Orders of the Day — Dentures and Spectacles (Charges) (7 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I so rarely reckon the hon. Member for Cheadle (Dr. Winstanley) and his hon. Friends as among the Opposition that I was not taking them into account.

Orders of the Day — Dentures and Spectacles (Charges) (7 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Now we have competing claims for the honour of having moved the Prayer and dividing the House. At least, the noble Lord does not make a claim on his own behalf. He knows well that he played no part in the Division on the Regulations that time. I suppose that we must have a few constructive and serious thoughts in this debate; otherwise, it will be a completely empty occasion. As to the...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: All that the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Mawby) has done is pour scorn on the settlement reached with the Trades Union Congress, and doubt its effectiveness in practice. I do not think that his is very safe testimony to the sincerity and power of the T.U.C. Nevertheless, when he entered the House, he was a member of the E.T.U. and he may still be a member, so anything he says about the ballot...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I will not give way. I have only just begun.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: If the hon. and learned Member for Southport (Mr. Percival) is correct, it seems strange that his right hon. Friend had to repeat it. But I do not want to make a lot of that. It was never the Government's intention originally to introduce comprehensive legislation on industrial relations this Session. The White Paper of January was for discussion in the House, in the trade union movement and...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: This I must hear.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that that is a classic example. I asked for one and I got one. Torquay is obviously somewhat different from the general run of cases. Much more recently the Trades Union Congress amended the now well-known Rule 11 to enable the General Council to intervene in any dispute in which other bodies of workpeople might be involved or their employment imperilled. That was a very big step...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Industrial Relations (3 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am not denying the sense of injustice which led them to take the action they took. Indeed, I say that the sense of injustice did that and they felt deeply emotional about it. Prices and incomes policy should positively encourage a review of parities as a damper on explosive material. I say, give these men a chance. I think that the statement of 19th June enables them to take it. In...

National Health Service (Financing) (1 Jul 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: My hon. Friend may be entitled to surgical shoes, in which case he would pay a charge comparable to that which he pays for his spectacles, and justice would be done.

Industrial Relations (19 Jun 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In view of the display of political bias and ignorance that we have had from the benches opposite this afternoon, will my right hon. Friend now cease to treat the Opposition seriously in this matter? Has he not noticed that hon. Members opposite can scarcely conceal their fury because the Parliamentary Labour Party is not going to tear itself apart to provide a Roman holiday for the enemies...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) is a politician with whom one must be careful not to agree. I came within hailing distance of him once or twice, but on reflection, as he was speaking, I had to remember that this was only part of his philosophy. This is his economic thinking, and it is linked with his social thinking. I believe that the solution of our economic...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: My right hon. Friend did his best in the circumstances. But the charge was made against him personally. I am not denying that there may be grounds for disappointment that my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary was not able to give us the figures for contributions. It is an important missing link in our economic thinking.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: However, I will leave it there, because I have a number of points to make and I want to delay the House for only a short time. I add only a sentence or two to the general congratulations which have been given to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor on the skill, perception and compassion of many of the proposals contained in his Budget Statement. Within the framework of the economic aim which...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Apr 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I will tell the hon. Gentleman what he actually did say: We devoted some thought to this, and we have by no means necessarily rejected the idea in perpetuity. Is that a promise? He went on: I hope that nobody will infer from that that there is some immediate-choice equity scheme in prospect."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 16th April, 1969; Vol. 781, c. 1272.] No, we had not suspected that. I do not...

Earnings-Related Social Security (6 Mar 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I apologise to the House and to my right hon. Friend the Member for Lanarkshire, North (Miss Herbison) for having been away from the Chamber for about an hour. I did not hear the concluding part of the speech of the hon. Member for Hertford (Lord Balniel) and I also missed part of my right hon. Friend's speech. My right hon. Friend the Member for Lanarkshire, North and I collaborated for more...

Orders of the Day — Disabled Persons' Pensions and Miscellaneous Provisions BDLL (21 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that the whole House will share the sorrow and sympathy expressed by the hon. Member for Lowestoft (Mr. Prior) at the death of Mr. Stephen Swingler. The House has suffered a grievous loss, and so have the Government. So have we all. It is particularly melancholy to think that we should have seen him on the Front Bench this morning, dealing with this Bill. We remember his work for...


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