Results 1961–1980 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Estate Duty (Agricultural Land) (30 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the hon. Gentleman proposing to take any action to close this major loophole in death duty avoidance? Further, is he aware that it has contributed to the high price of farmland, which has been one of the means of preventing young people who want to become farmers owning their own farms?

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I want to draw the attention of the House to the item on page 207 of the Estimates for 1970–72, Class VI, No. 8, Rate Support Grants to Local Authorities, increased provision of £2,880,000, … to take account of increased prices, costs and remuneration since the Rate Support Grant Increase Order, 1969, Statutory Instrument 1969, No. 1806. I want to mention the effect of increased prices...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: It is the further increase, the increased provision in the Table on page 207. It is £2,880,000. My point is that this will strengthen the tendency for local authorities in the Greater London area in default of any greater increase in their rate support grant to cut back on their services. Indeed, they have only two alternatives. Either they must accept the full burden on the local rates of...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Each London borough must make up its mind about the action it will take against this background of rising costs. Waltham Forest has not increased its library charges, but there have been increases in charges for certain welfare services and these have particularly hit some senior citizens and children; for example, some charges at swimming baths have gone up. The effect of the cuts to which...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Certainly, and I will not pursue this housing question further, except to reiterate that if the rate support grant is inadequate local authorities are obliged to look at all the services they provide in an endeavour to make savings. As we are speaking of less than £3 million to finalise the grant for 1970–71—this must be so at this late stage of the year—my local authority will be...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I shall bring myself back to the rate support grant, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If local government finance is to be reformed and the rate support grant is to be abolished—in which case we shall not be able to have a debate of this kind in future—the Government must bear in mind the need of boroughs like Waltham Forest for more rather than less money from the central Government. for otherwise...

Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Rate Support Grant (Greater London) (25 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: The Minister mentioned increased wages for manual workers, and he said earlier that the rate support grant under this Vote had nothing to do with housing. Are we therefore to assume that wage increases to manual workers of local authorities do not cover manual workers employed by direct labour building departments of local authorities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: European Economic Community (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does the Minister's answer to the first part of his hon. Friend's supplementary question indicate that the Government, in the context of the Common Market, would use their influence to see that producer prices were reduced rather than increased?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: European Economic Community (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why will not the Minister agree to place the arrangements for the E.E.C. review of agriculture for United Kingdom producers here on a statutory basis, which would give producers some confidence that their interests would be looked after both in Brussels and in this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Food Prices (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the effect on retail food prices of the recent Price Review determinations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Food Prices (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in addition to the £60 million-£70 million extra will fall on the housewife as a direct result of this year's Price Review determinations, there will almost certainly be extra costs as a result of the introduction of import levies on meat, and that in the event of world cereal prices falling in the coming year, which is extremely likely, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Pig Herd (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his estimate of the effect of the recent Price Review determination for pigs upon the size of the pig herd.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture: Pig Herd (23 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is it not a fact that the February determination under the flexible guarantee arrangement showed the pig herd, or estimated marketings for the year ahead, to be at the top of the mid-band of 14·7 million, and is it not, therefore, almost certain that in May there will he a cut under the mid-band, unless the Government take emergency action, which will take away from pig producers with one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent his proposal to the European Economic Community that the United Kingdom contribution to the European Economic Community Budget in the first year of a transitional period should be 3 per cent. was based on his assessment of what the United Kingdom could afford to pay.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman confident that under a Conservative Government the United Kingdom will be able to afford the 7 per cent. to 8 per cent. contribution which is likely to emerge as the compromise figure at the end of the negotiations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the European Economic Community about the United Kingdom membership of the European Development Bank; what amount the United Kingdom will have to contribute to the capital of this bank; and what amount will have to be contributed to the reserves of this bank.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman take care to avoid any further drain on the capital reserves of this country, apart from what we shall lose under the free-movement-of-capital provisions? Does he have in mind any maximum figure for our contribution?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Monnet Committee (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does the attendance of the Foreign Secretary at these meetings of the action committee for a United States of Europe indicate to our friends on the Continent that the Conservative Party, as distinct from the Government, is in favour of a United States of Europe?

Poverty (5 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is it not a fact that nursery education is needed mainly for socially deprived families and children? What, therefore, would be the purpose of trying to make them pay charges which they could not afford for nursery education?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Smoking by Schoolchildren (4 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate she has made of the rate of smoking tobacco by school children on school premises, since the publication of the recent report by the Royal College of Physcians, in preparation for her forthcoming booklet on the subject.


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