Results 1–20 of 181 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth

Clause 17: Increase of Rate (10 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: We should regard the debate as an extension of the debate that took place on Friday last week on the motion entitled " The Challenge of North Sea oil ", introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Gosport (Mr. Viggers), seeking on a wider basis to examine the needs of the situation. We are all grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Mr. Skeet) for submitting his reasons for a...

Clause 17: Increase of Rate (10 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I will answer that question precisely since it was a matter to which I addressed myself most carefully after advice and consultation at the time. The survey was quite properly part of my election literature. I referred to it, and to the issues I thought were important to the nation, in my election address. I told my electors that they had the chance during the campaign to send their views to...

Clause 14: Capital Allowances: Motor Vehicles (9 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I was at one time chairman of the organisation that has helped draft some of the amendments, and I believe that the Government amendments might well meet the points raised by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Cant). The object of the exercise is to maintain a balance between the provision of equipment based on loan or lease. That has been the historical perspective of repeated...

North Sea Oil (6 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: It gives me great pleasure to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lonsdale (Mr. Lennox-Boyd) on his excellent maiden speech. We all enjoyed the account of the rising tide of Conservatism in Morecambe Bay and admired greatly his ability to dodge the quicksands of Westmorland and all that might lie within them. We congratulate him on his perspicacity in recognising the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: The tenor of this debate makes clear the wide range of human emotions and concern about the effects of tax changes of any nature. The right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) made a very moving and personal appeal, drawing on his past experience, which clearly showed his deep concern. He is respected on all sides of the House for his constructive contributions on matters of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Increase of Value Added Tax (3 Jul 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I am obliged to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker). I listened to his special pleading earlier in the debate, and I congratulate him on the case that he put forward on behalf of the interest he represented. I am seeking to point out that I think that this must be done on a wider and more rational set of views rather than by individuals jostling for position between one...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (27 Jun 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of hearing the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) address himself to the nation's problems and introduce 14 Budgets. I think that his role in his present position suits him more agreeably. His role as entertainer is one that we shall continue to enjoy for some considerable time. He reflected upon the observations of those in business...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pensions (Payment by Giro) (26 Jun 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the arrangement for the payment of retirement pensions in Giro cheque form following the delay in issuing pension books.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pensions (Payment by Giro) (26 Jun 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that helpful reply. Does she accept that any delay of this nature in payments of pensions is critical to many of those involved? Furthermore, if delays occur in the issuing of pension books, with fresh increases later in the year that will increase the burden on those who are already in difficult circumstances. Will she instigate a complete inquiry into all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Unfair Dismissal Claims (Upper Age Limit) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, following the recent House of Lords judgment in the case of Miss Nothman, there appears to be considerable concern about the lack of clarity about exactly at what age retirement should commence, bearing in mind that particular contracts exist for some individuals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: UNCTAD V (Common Fund) (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: That reflects the restriction of and contraction in world shipping trade and registrations but does the hon. Gentleman accept that a number of companies are concerned about potential restrictions on their right to transfer ships abroad? Has he had the opportunity of examining the correspondence from Sea Containers Incorporated, which has 21 ships registered in this country and which says that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ambulance Services (Hertfordshire) (19 Feb 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the withdrawal of ambulance services in Hertfordshire. The matter is specific in that an instruction has been issued to members of COHSE and NUPE in Hertfordshire to cease operations of all emergency...

Orders of the Day — Employment Opportunities (Small Businesses) Bill (16 Feb 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I welcome the opportunity to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey, North-West (Mr. Grylls) on introducing this excellent and constructive proposal. It is commendable in many ways. It is often difficult for hon. Members adequately to reflect the general expressions of feelings of business people to those who are concerned with government, parliamentary and executive affairs. I...

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: In this interesting and informative debate, there has been reference to many sectors of the community. The hon. Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer) pointed out that the Bill was in the interests of all sections of the community. I should like to refer to the riding community, which has not been mentioned. It is very much affected by the Bill. I share the objections made clear by my hon. Friends...

Orders of the Day — M1 Motorway(Hertfordshire) (23 Jan 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: The Minister will recollect that among the many Adjournment debates of this type which he has had to answer, there was a debate on 12th May 1978 on the subject of the M1, introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Bedfordshire, South (Mr. Madel). My hon. Friend pointed out that it was a particularly appropriate date because, being Friday, at about four o'clock, the volume of traffic on the...

Orders of the Day — M1 Motorway(Hertfordshire) (23 Jan 1979)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: The Minister will recall that in the statement that was issued by the Department on 2 November paragraph 3.4 says: The Secretary of State decided to give interested persons a further opportunity to make representations before he made his decision. As a result of further traffic studies and representations made it was decided to revise the proposals and reopen the public inquiries. What is the...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping Bill (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: The Bill has been welcomed by hon. Members in all parts of the House. The Committee of Selection will have no difficulty in choosing, from the wide number of experts who have spoken, hon. Members to serve on the Committee. They will then have the opportunity to put their ideas into effect. The Bill covers perhaps too many good subjects—pilotage, pollution, safety and discipline. I want to...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping Bill (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: I am grateful. I shall be coming to that. I accept that there is a prohibition element in the Bill. That is the power—he called it a reserve power —that the Secretary of State seeks. At first sight, this sort of intervention is an everyday sort of Government activity. Shipping is an international activity involving national interests and we should have confidence in our own owners and...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping Bill (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: That is a surprising question. The hon. Member does not comprehend the need to distribute information across the world about a Bill of this nature. He does not comprehend that the Stationery Office has been on strike or involved in different degrees of industrial non-action since September. Over 250 statutory instruments are still on the Stationery Office shelves because they have not been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Roads (Public Inquiries) (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Geoffrey Dodsworth: asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is fully satisfied with the present operation of highways inquiries.


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