Results 21–40 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance: Retirement Pensioners (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what proportion of men now getting retirement pensions receive them at increased rates because of postponed retirement; what is the average amount of such increases; and what proportion of men currently qualifying for retirement pensions are getting such increments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance: Retirement Pensioners (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: While welcoming the very satisfactory state of affairs disclosed by my right hon. Friend's answer, may I ask whether it is the intention of part of the Bill which was recently tabled by him to increase even more the proportion of those who on final retirement will have earned increments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance: Reciprocal Agreements (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance with how many, and with which, countries reciprocal agreements in the field of social security have now been negotiated on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I fully take the point that the hon. Member makes about the proper concern of the House over the increase in numbers, but the hon. Member will see from page 44 of the Report of the National Assistance Board for the year ended 31st December, 1955, that the proportion of pensioners forced, obliged or wishing to turn to the Board has fallen significantly. In 1954 it was 27 per cent., but by...

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I wish to cover rather quickly the common ground which I think exists between both sides on this very important and sympathetic subject. We are all agreed that some pensioners, obviously, are in hardship, and it is entirely understandable that on behalf of all pensioners, because of these relatively few, there should be pressure for an increase. I hope, however, that the House will think of...

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I quite agree with the hon. Member that the absolute numbers are increasing, but the number of pensioners is increasing much faster, and the proportion of pensioners having recourse to the Board has fallen by one-sixth. If he will look at page 44, Appendix 3, of the Board's Report, he will find that 24 months ago more than a quarter of all retirement pensioners applied for and received...

National Insurance Benefits (25 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I quite agree with the hon. Lady. That is why I helped to found the club some years ago, but for the purpose of shortening my speech I took such matters for granted. Secondly, we must concern ourselves with the retirement pensioners of the future—those people who are working today. Before dealing further with this, I should like to try to correct one misapprehension in the speech of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: National Product and Taxation (26 Feb 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the approximate rates of Income Tax and company tax which would produce the same yields in real terms as now if the gross national product were, also in real terms, 5 per cent., 10 per cent. and 20 per cent., respectively, greater than in 1955.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Vote 4. Prisons, England and Wales (13 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am grateful to the bon. Member for Deptford (Sir L. Plummer) for giving way. The problem which he has just mentioned is even worse, because modern treatment in mental hospitals says that it is major therapy to do simple, unskilled work. There are many institutions run by churches which are also seeking similar work for itinerant people, casual labourers. The problem is therefore even worse.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Vote 4. Prisons, England and Wales (13 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I wish to apologise to hon. Members on both sides of the Committee for my unavoidable absence during the first part of the debate. I have already apologised to my right hon. Friend for my absence. I understand that he gave a constructive and inspiring opening to the debate. It is, therefore, unlikely that the few points I wish to make will be new, but I wish to touch briefly on three main...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: Can the right hon. Lady clarify past history? Can she say whether there were any increases in the price of school meals during the previous Labour Administration?

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: It was also raised to 7d. in that period.

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is a pleasure to me to follow the hon. Lady the Member for Leeds, South-East (Miss Bacon) in her remarks because I have the honour of sharing with her the representation of part of Leeds in the House. She is known as sincere and expert on her subject and, although I shall have cause to cross swords with her later on certain matters, there were points in her speech which were worthy...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: Only too gladly, because that is a subject to which I want to return later. We define them by a subsistence scale judged by an independent body, the National Assistance Board. I want to make further reference to the right hon. Lady's speech. No one would judge from it that a Government which she represented never touched family allowances from the date when they were introduced by an...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I stand corrected. It was a Tory Government.

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: In fact, it was a Tory Government that introduced family allowances.

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: It was brought in by a Coalition Government. No one would judge from the right hon. Lady's speech that if the Socialist Party were in power rents would have to be increased to solve the housing problem, just as they are to be increased by the Tory Government. The right hon. Lady had difficulty in finding substance for her speech and, therefore, she had to return to her hobby-horse—the cost...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: I took the trouble to visit chemists in my constituency and ask about the effect of the raising of the prescription charges. I was told that there was one part of the community which was being injured by it. I think that the hon. Member for Sparkbrook (Mr. Shurmer) touched on the same subject to which I should like to return. It is abundantly clear that the right hon. Lady the Member for...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is only natural that the right hon. Lady should concentrate on health, because she wanted us to forget that she was for several years the Minister in charge of pensions and that she was the cause, more than anyone else, of the sort of burdens of which she now accuses the present Government. We will not let the right hon. Lady forget it, and her behaviour then was a fair example of...

Orders of the Day — Government's Social Policy (19 Mar 1957)

Sir Keith Joseph: If the right hon. Lady thinks that makes any difference in substance, she is welcome to the correction. The hon. Lady the Member for Leeds, South-East tried to explain the substantial increase in the real resources devoted to the National Health Service and to education by saying that we have had an increase in population since 1951. Of course we have had a million extra. It is now 52...


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