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Results 1–20 of 2366 for speaker:Mr Harold Davies

European Communities (26 Oct 1967)

Mr Harold Davies: He has seen the light.

Bill Presented: War Disability Pensioners (21 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I am sure that the House is grateful to the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Sir R. Cary), who opened this debate. I am grateful to him for the manner in which he raised the subject. One does not doubt the absence of ulterior motive and the absolute sincerity of the hon. Member, whose gallant record is known not only to this House, but to the country. I thank also my hon. Friend the...

Bill Presented: War Disability Pensioners (21 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: The hon. Gentleman's charm is almost overwhelming. I march shoulder to shoulder with him into battle on this issue of inflation. Let me come now to motor cars. This is not entirely the responsibility of my Ministry but to try to give a coherent answer I have the authority and help of my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health to get this clear; there is some...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: Today's debate has been one of the most interesting that I have heard during the 22 years that I have been in this House. It has been a well-informed debate, and I think that the hon. Member for Somerset, North (Mr. Dean) will agree with me when I say that both sides of the House welcome this important Measure, and agree about the kind of support which it should receive. I have listened to...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I should like to think about that. I believe it will, but I do not want to give an inaccurate reply.

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: We will do our best. Knowing the hon. Member very well, I am sure that if I give him an inaccurate reply I am liable to be shot at with all guns blazing. The proceedings of this Panel will as nearly as possible parallel those of a medical appeal tribunal. Full x-ray and clinical examinations will be carried out and claimants can be represented at hearings if they wish. We could not have done...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: It would be wiser if I gave a precise answer in writing to my hon. Friend, giving him the full details. At the moment we have set up this panel with the co-operation of the T.U.C. in order to try to avoid some of the stumbling blocks of the past, which have held up progress. Different opinions naturally mean changes in the assessment of disabilities, but I should prefer to write to the hon....

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: Let me make it crystal clear with what we are dealing today. I am replying to the Second Reading debate of my hon. Friend's Bill. Consequently, I am not prepared at this juncture to deal with very difficult medical problems concerning byssinosis or other problems outside the purposes of this small Bill. If my hon. Friends will forgive me, I would much prefer to have time to think about...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I agree. It is not a secret organisation. The information is there and it will be made public. At this point my hon. Friend the Member for Merthyr Tydvil will want to know what I think about his Bill. I will now state the Government's view. I should make it clear at the outset—and here I must be specific—that in its present form it would impose substantial new duties on my Department, at...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I am not trying to voice an opinion. I am saying, I repeat, only that hon. Members will realise that the report failed to provide any basis for special provisions for these men. I then said that I would like hon. Members to know that the matter did not rest there, although they will realise that the report constituted a severe setback to our hopes——

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I cannot help how disturbed my hon. Friend is; I want to tell him the truth. I am not arguing, but I am voicing the facts—in the same way as my hon. Friend would, with his training as a lawyer—that the Minister was confronted——

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I am not concerned with who picked the doctors. This was a distinguished, learned society of individuals representing the highest scientific research in medicine, and I do not know who personally picked them. All I know is that these people were responsible for some of the finest research which has been done in the world in certain branches of medicine. We asked them to undertake this work....

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: We have first to deal with the facts and then we consider how we can use the facts. I will repeat that statement. Doctors have always accepted in cases of severe pneumoconiosis under the Act that there was a much more intimate connection between the pneumoconiosis and any accompanying respiratory diseases in that they make disablement due to pneumoconiosis so much worse. The result, in...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: We will not bandy words about. We will not argue about semantics.

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: To do this calls for the exercise of very difficult medical judgments in each individual case. The Government have considered if it could now be arranged that all bronchitis and emphysema should be taken into account in such cases. Our medical advisers tell us that the 50 per cent. level of disablement corresponds to the point at which this severe form of pneumoconiosis begins. In addition...

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: Yes. That is exactly it. These are cases now receiving benefit aris- ing as a result of their employment before 1948, and we want to bring those in.

Petition: National Insurance Acts 1946 and 1948 (Amendment) Bill (2 Dec 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I will. I am delighted to see my right hon. Friend the Member for Llanelly (Mr. James Griffiths) in his place. He is a pioneer of the Bill and has great knowledge of this subject. The number of assessments in respect of pneumoconiosis and associated conditions current at 30th September, 1964, was 49,360, the average assessment being 26 per cent. The number of assessments of hardship...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pneumoconiosis (28 Nov 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I regret that this information is not available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pneumoconiosis (28 Nov 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: I agree in the main with the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, but I must point out that any collection of statistics about those who have been turned down would be meaningless because we do not keep account of those who may have had slight pneumoconiosis but in respect of whom no claim is made for dependants or widows.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pneumoconiosis (28 Nov 1966)

Mr Harold Davies: Certainly, and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for putting that point of view. My Answer to the next Question may help a little to make clear that we are doing our utmost in this direction.


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