Results 161–180 of 2879 for speaker:Mr Douglas Houghton

New Clause 1: Review (17 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I really do not think that this matter is worth a lot of powder and shot. It is true, as the hon. Member for Burton (Mr. Jennings) has said, that this is the first time that we have had a Government pledge to review at the end of a specified period. In all the years that we tried to get that out of the Conservative Government on Pensions (Increase) Bills we failed. I mention this as a matter...

New Clause 1: Review (17 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I was not suggesting that. Whatever happens to the Civil Service pensions scheme, which is non-contributory, it will have to be part of the occupational scheme of the Civil Service in the same way as those of teachers and local government employees and the rest and not brought within the scope of the State scheme.

Schedule 1: Pensions Qualifying for Increase Under Section 1; Table of Percentage Increases. (17 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Patrick Jenkin) on the splendid work that he has done on the Bill. I occupied his position for many years on pensions increase Bills, and I should be satisfied to have equalled his performance in Committee and on the Floor of the House. He has done a great deal of work on the Bill, and although I have not always agreed...

Schedule 1: Pensions Qualifying for Increase Under Section 1; Table of Percentage Increases. (17 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Horses are always difficult things to quote in any context. Nevertheless, these various criteria have to be weighted. Furthermore, the overriding cost cannot be set aside entirely, especially when there is to be a firm limitation on the rise in public expenditure and the curb has to fall over a wide field and probably come down on some very deserving elements in the community. One thing...

Schedule 1: Pensions Qualifying for Increase Under Section 1; Table of Percentage Increases. (17 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Mr. Speaker, I am trying to relate my remarks to the escalator which we find in the Amendment. I think that the percentages in the Schedule have been written down to take account of the National Insurance pension. The Amendment ignores the National Insurance retirement pension and includes percentages which it is proposed to relate to the facts of Civil Service superannuation. That is how I...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am sure that the whole House will congratulate the hon. Member for Farnham (Mr. Maurice Macmillan) on the good fortune he had in the Ballot and the opportunity he has taken of bringing this matter before the House again. He argued his case closely and well, although I thought that the note of reproach which ran through his speech was inappropriate to the occasion. A little penitence would...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Each of us can have our point of view about that, but, having regard to the fact that the Conservative Party was in office for a long period while this problem was with us and the Labour Government have been in office several years and we still have this problem, I thought it would be appropriate for an attempt to be made—which I undertook entirely on my own responsibility—to see whether...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am afraid not, and I apologise if I have failed to observe the courtesies of the House, but I have not revealed anything that they said to me. What I have said is that I approached them with a view to getting an official Opposition point of view on this problem. I do not think there is anything terribly wrong in that.

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I have not mentioned the hon. Member's name. I am sorry, but I cannot give way to him now. I want to get on to the merits of this matter, and to look at what I conceive to be the grievance which this group has. If one goes back to the beginning of the 1946 scheme, one sees how vaguely the various publications dealt with the position of those who would be over pension age at the introduction...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I shall develop that in a moment. I do not regard myself as having at any stage made an authoritative statement on this matter, but I have discovered that I wrote a booklet called, "The Family Circle", to which the then Prime Minister, Mr. Attlee, wrote an introduction. I said then: The non-contributory (' over-70') pension will remain in being for people who are too old to begin paying into...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am not dealing at the moment with the qualification for pension, any more than we are dealing with similar considerations for the contributory pensioner. I want to put these people on the same footing as the contributory pensioner for the remainder of their lives. The next question is, where should the money come from? Here, the Bill makes another mistake, although I realise that there is...

National Insurance (Further Provisions) Bill (7 Feb 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I hope that I will not be pursued any further on this. I listened to the hon. Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins) and did not seek to intervene. I apologised at the time if I showed any discourtesy, but I mentioned the names of three hon. Members—first, the hon. Member for Worthing, who is here and heard what I said, second, the noble Lord the hon. Member for Hertford (Lord Balniel) who is...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (28 Jan 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: In the early part of his wide-range speech the hon. Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Patrick Jenkin) presented the House with the familiar spectacle of Satan rebuking sin. This is what harms politics, because many people think that the trouble with politicians is that the truth is not in them. The hon. Gentleman had no right to reproach the Government for failing to find a complete and...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (28 Jan 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I am saying that the basis of an occupational pension, along with the State pension, should be adjusted from time to time during retirement to take account of changing social and economic circumstances in the country at large. There are undoubtedly flaws in the Bill. The effective date should have been earlier. It is not enough to say, as my right hon. Friend did, that we are not as bad as...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (28 Jan 1969)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I do not know exactly how it would work out in particular cases, whether one would have to take grade by grade, or zones of employment, or a public service factor as a whole. Various alternatives would have to be considered. A good deal of research and calculation would be necessary before finding what might be the acceptable criterion. This is what the Financial Secretary of the previous...

Orders of the Day — NATIONAL INSURANCE &c. BILL (19 Dec 1968)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I had not intended to intervene in the debate until I heard the hon. Member for Chelsea (Mr. Worsley) try to launch a political attack on the Government on the slender foundations of the Bill. I respectfully suggest to him that it is too near Christmas and that he does not have the necessary streak of malice or aggression to mount such a political attack at this time on this subject. The...

Orders of the Day — NATIONAL INSURANCE &c. BILL (19 Dec 1968)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I will not give way at the moment. The Christmas spirit has not yet come over me. I am still refuting the hon. Member for Chelsea, because I think he deserves it. The noble Lord is not in it at the moment. He has not spoken a word. Later, he will no doubt say what he wishes to say, but at the moment I am dealing with his hon. Friend—and I hope I have disposed of him. In the rest of the...

Orders of the Day — NATIONAL INSURANCE &c. BILL (19 Dec 1968)

Mr Douglas Houghton: The hon. Member for Chelsea said that if any such proposal had been made the Opposition would have opposed it.

Orders of the Day — NATIONAL INSURANCE &c. BILL (19 Dec 1968)

Mr Douglas Houghton: I suppose the hon. Gentleman has not overlooked the fact that the taxpayer can go back six years to claim back tax paid in excess of his true liability. It works both ways.

New Clause 2: Description of Candidate in Nomination Paper and on Ballot Paper (18 Dec 1968)

Mr Douglas Houghton: Every speech made on this proposal reveals the fundamental weakness of the idea. I think that Mr. Speakers Conference was wiser, after all. I am glad that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has abandoned the original proposals, which erected a fantastic apparatus to ensure that simple information was given to the electorate which could be given by other means. This proposal is certainly...


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