Results 181–200 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The right hon. Member is frightened of the comparison. This is entirely a question of degree, and I do not need to bring in examples to show that the increase of contributions introduced by this Bill is so slight that there is very small danger indeed of any difference being made in costs in the shops or in wage rates. If I need to do without an example of the dangers of inflation from any...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am very grateful to the hon. Member. That is the next point in my notes. I come now to the fourth objective of the Government. After relieving those who earn least, after withdrawing the subsidy from those who do not need it, and after avoiding inflation, the objective is not to discourage occupational schemes. We are always told that occupational schemes may be inflationary too and, in...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: That is the point that I am making. I am making, also, the point, with which I think the hon. Lady will probably agree, that there is still an extraordinary number of people who, despite all the difficulties, which I readily acknowledge, did manage to save. We are living in a transitional age because these are the people who are now growing old. Their children will have spent their working...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman will realise that 4¾ million of the 7 million are women, many in part-time jobs, and that of the other 2¼ million the large majority are young men beginning to earn. This picture of 7 million people earning £9 a week or less is not a fair one of the adult insured worker. I would maintain—I think the hon. Gentleman will see the point in a moment—that if it is true...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: I said that the 4¾ million were married women.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: Many of them are part-time.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: Just to get the proportions right, does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the amount extra to be contributed by the individual earning, say, £14 or £15 a week will be between 2s. and 3s. and that such people are numerically far in excess of those earning more than £15 a week? We are dealing with about 14 million people within the band to which the hon. Gentleman refers compared with under...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: High relief is the exact corollary of high taxation.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (9 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: Under the scheme the hon. Member for Coventry, East (Mr. Crossman) is postulating, would there still be freedom for anybody to opt out into occupational schemes?

National Assistance (15 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: In congratulating my right hon. Friend on this most welcome decision, may I ask two questions? First, will he clear up the assumption made by the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough, East (Mr. Marquand) that this sum will go almost entirely to the elderly? Surely, by right hon. Friend stated that some of it will go to people who are unemployed, the chronic sick and those in other forms of...

National Assistance (24 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Member is a serious speaker on this subject. How does he reconcile with what he is saying the fact that the Tories have spent in real terms 50 per cent. more on education, 30 per cent. more on pensions and 10 per cent. more on health?

National Assistance (24 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: In real terms.

National Assistance (24 Jun 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: That is a different argument. The hon. Member was maintaining that we were depriving the bulk in order to concentrate on the few. In fact, we are helping the bulk and concentrating as well on the few who are the poorest.

National Health Service (15 Jul 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East (Mr. Blenkinsop) who has delivered a well-informed speech, but I suggest that in two respects he has omitted to mention some of the hopeful elements. He talked of the hospital building programme. I should think that every hon. Member would like the capital programme to be even larger than it is today, but we must...

National Health Service (15 Jul 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: No. I admit readily that the quantities seem to have grown with the present form of prescription charge; but my right hon. and learned Friend has said clearly that he is having consultations with a view to meeting the recommendations of the Hinchliffe Committee on this point. Turning to the general subject of the debate, I will start by saying that the Committee as a whole should welcome the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Clean Air Act, 1956 (10 Nov 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Clean Air Act is now fully operative. The effectiveness of the various measures taken under it will be cumulative. The powers given to local authorities to create smoke control areas are adequate, but my right hon. Friend would like them even more widely used. In England and Wales 104 smoke control orders were in operation at the end of October, 69 others had been confirmed, and a further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Clean Air Act, 1956 (10 Nov 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his personal courtesy to me. Many local authorities have achieved what can only be described as satisfactory progress, bearing in mind that the Beaver Committee spoke of probably ten to fifteen years being needed to achieve clean air throughout the black areas. There are many problems in achieving clean air. Some local authorities dispute that they are in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Clean Air Act, 1956 (10 Nov 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: My right hon. Friend is extremely keen on making this country free from air pollution as quickly as possible. In my short time in the Department I have found universal keenness to help to achieve this end, but local authorities have the main responsibility in this field. The hon. Gentleman will know from experience in his own area that there is much to be done by local authorities in many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: International Clean Air Conference (10 Nov 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The full proceedings are not available yet, but my right hon. Friend is bringing to the notice of the Clean Air Council the papers presented to the Conference. Many local authorities were represented at the conference, but he will consider, with the Council, whether there is any information which might with advantage be circulated to all authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Diesel Exhaust Fumes (10 Nov 1959)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Council still has this question under consideration.


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