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Results 1–20 of 660 for speaker:Mr Jock Stallard

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, as he has said exactly what I was trying to say. The right hon. Member for Daventry was not present when we had a short debate on an alternative retail price index. A case for one was made out by Age Concern in literature that was sent to all Members of Parliament. The case for a new retail price index is unanswerable. I am sorry that new...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: We all saw that, but I was not sure that I did not see someone behind the Secretary of State give him a wigging as well. I did not want to say where it came from.

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: The case rests. It has been aired adequately and every hon. Member will have noticed what happened. Neither the organisations nor the Opposition have objected to the return to the historic forecasting method. Age Concern says: the argument is not for the principle of the return to the historic method of calculating inflation for upratings. The British Association of Retired Persons said: We...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I have demonstrated adequately that the entire pensioners' movement and those who are involved with pensions and benefits have objected not to a return to the historic forecasting method but to the reasoning and motives behind the change. Without exception everyone has said that the change is a shabby device to claw back what the Chancellor said he intended to take back in his Autumn...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: That is different. Some Departments still use old-fashioned telephones with handles on. However, there are places where such new technology exists. I understood from a previous Secretary of State that all the information would go on computers. I shall not name him. He promised me that, when all the information was on computers, the process would be simple and there would be six-monthly...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: Had the hon. Gentleman been here—I accept that there are probably good reasons why he was not here at the beginning of the debate—he would have heard my hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes) give two quotations from two different Conservative manifestos, one of October 1974 and the other of February 1974. In both those manifestos the Tory party gave a clear commitment:...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I have followed the Minister's arguments closely and I assume from his remarks that he has conceded the case when he says that we can now shorten the period to within five or six months. Twice five is 10 and twice six is 12. Either way, it means that the Government can uprate twice a year. Has the Minister conceded the amendments and will he be supporting us in the Lobby?

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I know that we want to make progress, so I shall try to be brief. Most of the points that I would have made have been covered by my right hon. and hon. Friends. I do not intend to begin by accusing the right hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Prentice) of hypocrisy, much as I would like to, because I should be ruled out of order, as was my hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes)....

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I was speaking about the right hon. Gentleman, whose contribution provoked me. He said that some hon. Members' contributions provoked him. I remember the long debates that we had. I accept that, as he was not feeling too well, he had to disappear early in the evening in those days when the rest of us carried on through the night. He said then that the pensioners would be the first to benefit...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: No. [HON. MEMBERS: "Give way."]

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I shall think about that as I go along. I am usually a tolerant member of the Labour party. The right hon. Gentleman challenged us to justify having a 9 per cent. increase this year. I wish I had time to do so. My hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire has mentioned some of the robberies from the pensioners that have taken place in the past few years. I could give a long list. I have...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: Where is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury?

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: I was beginning to feel victimised, particularly as I have always understood that it is the normal courtesy in any Committee to give way. When the hon. Gentleman was making the point about the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I wanted to ask him if he would join us in pressing the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) at the beginning of the...

Cruise Missiles (Referendum) (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I assure you that I am not interested in what you would do if people complained in the Soviet Union. I appreciate that that is outside your jurisdiction. You will recall that on a previous occasion when some women were evicted from the Gallery there was discussion about the imprisonment of some of them in Westminster hall and the punishment meted...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Jock Stallard: On a point of order, Mr. Weatherill. I wish to object to the overall lack of time for debate on this. This Bill and social security expenditure account for at least one quarter—probably nearer one third—of total Government expenditure. To dismiss all the clauses, the important issues affecting every pensioner and beneficiary in the country and the remaining stages of the Bill in one...


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