Results 1–20 of 716 for speaker:Dr Michael Winstanley

Business of the House (25 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Are we to understand from the right hon. Gentleman's statement that the Social Security Amendment Bill has met the same fate as the Hare Coursing Bill? If that is so, what is to be done about the increased contributions which were to pay for the increased benefits payable in July?

Women (Status) (23 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Is the Home Secretary aware that he could not have found a more appropriate place in which to appeal for the equal status of women than this House, in which the secretaries of hon. Members have no status and in which many are employed as labour-only subcontractors? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, further, that the disproportionately small number of women Members is eloquent testimony to...

National Health Service (Industrial Action) ( 3 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: As one who believes that many patients receive better treatment and better nursing care in general wards than they do in private accommodation, may I ask the right hon. Lady whether she is aware that in areas where the NHS flourishes—there are many—and in which the doctor-patient relationship is adequate, the hospitals are adequately staffed and the waiting lists are short, private...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I should like to respond to the invitation of the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) and comment on a number of points he made with which I agree. In the interest of brevity, I shall not do so save to confirm that the Liberal Party looks forward to a time when we can abolish "the stamp" and substitute a social services tax. My party would like to look at pensions not so much as...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I know what this debate and the next are about. They are on the same subject. The motion to be debated later and this Second Reading debate deal precisely with the situation we are in. Presently the Bill will get its Second Reading and then we shall debate the motion, which is nothing but posturing and will achieve nothing. All we can do is wait for the White Paper, although some of us in the...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: We accept what the Government have said about the inadequacy of the previous State reserve scheme. We nevertheless also accept that there is great merit in occupational schemes and we believe that where possible they should be encouraged, given the current basic pension rates and the chaos in the occupational pension sphere—caused by successive changes of policy and also perhaps in the hope...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: If you would prefer us to seek to catch your eye later, Mr. Deputy Speaker, so that we may indicate how we will vote, we will do that. Since the subject matter is the same I thought that we would follow the customary practice during a Second Reading debate and that the rules of order would be given a fairly wide interpretation.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I am grateful, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and I shall try to tread a little more carefully so as to incur neither your displeasure nor that of the hon. Member for Lancaster (Mrs. Kellett-Bowman). The Secretary of State has said that we have lost nothing by abandoning the State reserve scheme set out in the 1973 Social Security Act. She says that because she believes that the scheme was no good...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Amendment Bill ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: rose—

Orders of the Day — Pensions ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Our position has not changed. We have said that the State reserve scheme is unsatisfactory. We have said time and again that we would like it to be improved. We would like as an addition a universally available occupational pension scheme to which those who wish to have a second pension can contribute. Will the right hon. Lady tell me what possible reason there could have been for not keeping...

Orders of the Day — Pensions ( 1 Jul 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Clearly the right hon. Lady has a soft spot for me, for which I am grateful. She asks what we would be voting for and against. We have made our position clear. If the right hon. Lady reads what I have said, she will find that our policy has not changed. We say that by abandoning the 1973 scheme she has caused a great deal of trouble and uncertainty and has deprived many people of rights that...

Flixborough Inquiry (27 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: With regard to the latter part of the right hon. Gentleman's statement and his very welcome proposals to set up an organisation to monitor these hazards on a continuing basis, does he recognise that there is a great deal of anxiety, which may or may not be justified, in many parts of the country about dangers of this kind? It is, therefore, essential to establish open lines of communication...

Orders of the Day — Mental Health Act Patients (Release) (26 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I am most grateful for this opportunity to raise the difficult, worrying and distressing subject of the release from hospital of patients detained under Section 60 of the Mental Health Act. This is an area in which there is some public anxiety. It is one in which mistakes are very rare, although there have perhaps been one or two recently. If a mistake occurs, it can be very damaging to...

Orders of the Day — Mental Health Act Patients (Release) (26 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: If it is alleged that the girl, with treatment, has completely recovered from her previous condition, one must ask oneself a question. Had I committed an act of this kind in a schizophrenic episode—and that is per fectly possible; none of us should be smug about it because it could happen to anyone—and if I were cured, would I feel that it was wholly right that I should be out and at...

Orders of the Day — Mental Health Act Patients (Release) (26 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: The Minister said that this action was taken because the consultant recommended it. Was the action taken on the advice of one consultant, or was any further opinion sought before a decision was taken?

Orders of the Day — Mental Health Act Patients (Release) (26 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Before the hon. Gentleman finally concludes his remarks, may I put two matters to him? I should like to know whether, in the course of these visits, the services of the mental welfare authorities were alerted so as to assist the parents and the girl herself, and whether the same will be done on the occasion of future visits? Secondly, were conditions attached to the weekend leaves, and would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Death Certification and Coroners (Report) (20 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he intends to take with regard to the report of his Department's Committee on Death Certification and Coroners which was published in 1971; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Death Certification and Coroners (Report) (20 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: Are there not at least two urgent matters arising from the report which require action? First, is it not time that we had some clarification of the law relating to death certification in cases involving human tissue transplants? Secondly, is it not high time that we curbed the activities of certain of Her Majesty's coroners, who appear frequently to ignore the coroners' rules, often causing...

Orders of the Day — Night Storage Heating (20 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I shall be brief because this is a straightforward, simple issue and the facts are quite clear. In addition, I have a sore throat and I doubt whether I could remain audible for long. This is a much happier occasion for the House than some we have experienced this week. When I came into the House after the last election I honestly felt that we might see this minority Government situation doing...

Orders of the Day — Night Storage Heating (20 Jun 1974)

Dr Michael Winstanley: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for his confirmation. Therefore, this has been a happy occasion. It has done something to restore the power of Parliament. I hope that, as long as this place exists, Parliament will maintain that power over the occupants of the Treasury Bench, whoever they happen to be.


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