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Results 1–20 of 919 for speaker:Miss Mervyn Pike

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Miss Mervyn Pike: I shall be as brief as possible. I wish to draw the Minister's attention to Part 24 of the schedule dealing with the county of Leicestershire. On the whole, the revised recommendation for the county resulted in an almost ideal pattern. After the consultations on the May recommendations we were left with a pattern which gave us the best possible form of democratic Government. We have an ideal...

Orders of the Day — Family Income Supplements Bill: Recovery of Cost in Certain Cases (18 Nov 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: I wish to oppose the Clause and to try to persuade the Secretary of State to withdraw it from the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Family Income Supplements Bill: Recovery of Cost in Certain Cases (18 Nov 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: Like many hon. Members on both sides of the Committee, I have not sought to delay the proceedings this evening by repeating arguments which have already been ably put. I want to be as brief and clear as possible in persuading the Minister to withdraw the Clause. The Clause applies to the Bill the provisions of Sections 23 and 24 of the Ministry of Social Security Act, 1966, which enable the...

National Health Service (Pharmacists) (12 Nov 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: My purpose in raising this subject is to draw attention to the assertions made in a recent television broadcast by the B.B.C.'s "Twenty-four Hours", on 23rd October, a programme which I did not have the opportunity to see in full, and in the Sunday Times Magazine of 26th October, 1970. These assertions concern the substitution of drugs under the National Health Service. My anxieties in this...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: I am sure that the whole House enjoyed the speech of the hon. Member for Woolwich, East (Mr. Mayhew). I hope that the hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I do not follow him, much as I should like to do so. I started my social work nearly 20 years ago in mental hospitals, and my voluntary work outside the House is concerned with mental health, but I do not wish to pursue that subject too...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: One reason why I have absented myself from debates during the past months is the fact that, like many others, I have been concerned that in our social service and welfare debates in the House we have been warm hearted and well intentioned but we have not raised the level of the debates to the level that most of us would wish them to attain. I think that debates on this subject should achieve...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: By getting more and more resources into the Service. I have no doubt, for instance, that any hon. Member here will have first-class service as against, in some cases, second-class service outside. We must get away from that. I believe that bringing more and more volunteers into the Service and making certain that more and more people see the kind of treatment that the ordinary patient, who...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: I agree that it certainly is not simple. I only wish that this were a debate on volunteers because I could then speak at length on the subject. The volunteer cannot go into the path. lab., of course, but there is no reason why someone working there should not also work as a volunteer in a different part of the hospital. I do not say that we can put volunteers into technical and specialised...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: It is very easy for the hon. Member to construe my words in that way. It is, after all, the basis of all our political arguments. I do not want to see two classes, but I am sure that if the hon. Member, unhappily, were taken ill in the Chamber, he would have provision made for him which the ordinary person outside would not get. I believe that people who can pay should be required to pay. I...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: The right hon. Gentleman and I have had many arguments on this, and we understand each other very well indeed. I have stupidly allowed myself to be drawn into this argument—

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: Yes, and I want to see the Health Service maintained and expanded. I have always fought hard for that. What I am saying is that I am not ideologically opposed to any form of private payment in it. I want to see the Service expanded—hon. Members know that I do. They know, that I am one of its great supporters. At the same time, I am not opposed to bringing in private provision where I think...

Orders of the Day — National Health and Social Services (13 Jul 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: I did not advocate a two-tier Health Service, one for those who pay and one for those who do not. All I said was that I was not against private provision being brought into our health and welfare service. I do not believe we can ever get enough money without some form of private provision being brought in.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: German Measles (Mass Immunisation) (13 Apr 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will introduce a programme of mass immunisation against German measles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: German Measles (Mass Immunisation) (13 Apr 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: Can the Minister tell us the number of children born deaf or blind or deformed as a result of their mothers' contracting German measles in early pregnancy? Will he also confirm that mass immunisation would wipe out German measles in a generation? Having regard to the recent American experience in this regard, will the Minister also devote his attention to the possibilities of tax evasion in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Nurses (Training) (13 Apr 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the number of trainee nurses who failed to complete their training during the last financial year; and what proportion this was of those who qualified.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Nurses (Training) (13 Apr 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: In future, will the Minister read the newspapers so that he knows what happens in space? That is another question. Is it not time to adopt a new approach to the training and career possibilities of people in the nursing profession? The Minister's figures will surely bear out the fact that there has been a lamentable drop-out in the early stages of training.

Orders of the Day — Beagle Aircraft Company (10 Mar 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: Will the right hon. Gentleman give the figures for Rearsby as well as Shoreham?

Orders of the Day — EQUAL PAY (No. 2) BILL (9 Feb 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: It is usual to declare an interest, and I must do so in that I am probably the only woman Member of Parliament at present employing women in industry. I am a director of a large company with interests both here and overseas. I share some childhood memories with the right hon. Lady. We went to the same school and we share the same industrial background. In many respects, we probably have the...

Orders of the Day — EQUAL PAY (No. 2) BILL (9 Feb 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: The hon. Gentleman is making my speech. This is the point that I was coming to. There are a variety of reasons why women go out to work and why, perhaps, their attendance is more haphazard and their period at work is more interrupted, and why perhaps they are not willing to do overtime or able to do it. They are not always at work purely for the maximum gain in their wage packet, because they...

Orders of the Day — EQUAL PAY (No. 2) BILL (9 Feb 1970)

Miss Mervyn Pike: No.


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