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Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Young People (Supplementary Benefit Allowances) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: Between 1,800 and 1,900 decisions to issue a short-term allowance from the outset of a claim are made each week. In addition, about 200 claimants who have already received allowances for three months have the period of any further payment limited to four weeks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Young People (Supplementary Benefit Allowances) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: Taking the second point first, that is indeed part of the policy which is being applied. On the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, I think that I can confirm that that is so. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular case in mind I should like to inquire into it. But, in the first period of the policy, of 319 appeals to appeals tribunals, 206 have failed, 87 are under...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Young People (Supplementary Benefit Allowances) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: If my hon. Friend can draw my attention to any such case I will go into it. Certainly the availability of travel facilities should be taken into account in all these cases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Pensions (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: 7·3 per cent. measured by the Index of Retail Prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Pensions (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: The hon. Gentleman will no doubt have in mind that during the period when this rise took place the supplementary benefit scales have been raised. I am referring to the period since pensions were last raised in October, 1967. This is a factor which will be taken into account in the next review during the next 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: Measured by the Index of Retail Prices, the purchasing power of the retirement pension which has been considerably improved since this Government look office has, since its last increase in 1967, diminished by rather less than 7 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: It depends upon the periods at which the reviews take place. The Prime Minister made that promise, and I would stress that the present level of the pension is still considerably above the level, in terms of its real value, in October, 1964. This change in the cost of living will be taken into account when the next review takes place.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: The hon. Gentleman will know that a further report is coming out on this subject. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for Employment and Productivity has promised to bring this out, and we: shall take this into account in assessing what shall be done about pensions in the next review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: This factor will be taken into account. It depends at what periods the pensions are reviewed. They will be reviewed again shortly. In spite of the fact that their real value today is higher than it was four years ago, they will be reviewed and this rise in the cost of living will be taken into account.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: I should make it plain that the increase of 14 per cent. is an increase in real value of the pension as left by the Tory Administration. That is the position about which we are talking. Nothing that I have said is complacent. The real value of the pension is higher. Though we recognise that the cost of living has been rising, we cannot deal with this matter from month to month. We shall deal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: This depends on various assumptions, including the interest rate assumed, and, in the case of pension for a married couple, on the age of the wife. Assuming, for example, a rate of interest of 5 per cent. the contributions paid for retirement pension over the last 20 years by a man and his employer might provide a weekly pension of £2 3s. 0d. for a single man aged 65 and £1 14s. 0d. for a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pension (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: I am not sure whether I understand the hon. Gentleman aright. The basic point is that this is a contributory scheme, and the Fund is based on contributions from employers and employees, with a supplement from the Exchequer. Those who have not been in the contributory scheme cannot draw a contributory pension. That is precisely why we have established the supplementary benefits system—in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance (Employers' Contributions) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: Employers are paying National Insurance contributions, including contributions for industrial injuries, at the rate of about £1,025 million a year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance (Employers' Contributions) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: This money is invested in a comprehensive social security scheme on behalf of the whole nation and, therefore, benefits the entire population. The arguments for this will once again be set out in the improved scheme which will be presented by my right hon. Friend tomorrow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance (Employers' Contributions) (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: I must ask my hon. Friend to wait 24 hours and to consider the propositions which will be put forward tomorrow by my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance Funds (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: The market value of the securities held by the National Insurance Reserve Fund and the National Insurance Fund, respectively, at the 31st December, 1968, were £704 million and £88 million. Comparable figures for 31st December, 1964, were £874 million and £188 million.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance Funds (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: £200 million at market value, of which £50 million was transferred in December, 1968.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance Funds (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: I said that we would have to see how the situation worked out. The transfer is not for the purpose of any special payment. When the Motion was presented, I said that the transfer was being made because the National Insurance Fund had become low, as had been occurring over a long period of time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance Funds (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: There was a deficit of £21 million in 1964–65, a surplus of £25 million in 1965–66 and a deficit of £13 million in 1966–67. It is estimated that if transfers from the National Insurance Reserve Fund are left out of account, the deficit in 1968–69 will be something over £60 million, depending on the level of sickness during this winter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: National Insurance Funds (27 Jan 1969)

Mr Stephen Swingler: As, I think, the right hon. Gentleman will know, that is a trend which, unfortunately, has been occurring over a long time, with fluctuations over a period of 20 years. During the last four years when the right hon. Gentleman was Minister, I think that there was a fall in the value of these securities of about 11 per cent.


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