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Results 1–20 of 204 for speaker:Mr John Higgs

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing: Worcestershire Development Plan (26 Apr 1955)

Mr John Higgs: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he will be able to give his decision on the Worcestershire County Development Plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing: Worcestershire Development Plan (26 Apr 1955)

Mr John Higgs: Will my hon. Friend and his right hon. Friend bear in mind that particularly in that part of the county which is near to Birmingham, there is considerable pressure for building land and that the hand of the county council in dealing fairly with that pressure would be much strengthened if the development plan were available and approved?

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] (5 Apr 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I appreciate the difficulty of speaking about the Bill, in a debate in which a large number of hon. Members want to take part, without making a succession of Committee points. It is a difficulty which one is bound to find when dealing with a Bill which, as was said in a rather derogatory way in another place, is a Departmental Bill with a number of Clauses coming from different pigeonholes....

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] (5 Apr 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I do not propose to follow the hon. Member into an argument about driving tests for drivers, but there is in that proposal a principle which applies also to the proposal in Clause 1 for the testing of vehicles. One of the difficulties of the proposal to establish testing stations must be that they have effect over a narrow area. Vehicles would have to go to the testing station in turn. The...

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] (5 Apr 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I agree that there are limitations, but since we have not yet sufficient knowledge to go in for full-scale tests in practice, and since we need to gain more knowledge of the subject, I do not think we should start to try to set up such a series of stations as would be necessary to achieve universal testing. There is one other subject I want to say a word about. This may be a little more...

Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill: Clause 18. — (Interpretation.) (30 Mar 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I beg to move, in page 14, line 40, to leave out from the beginning to " the " and insert: a certificate of the Minister that any land being land which at.

Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill: Clause 18. — (Interpretation.) (30 Mar 1955)

Mr John Higgs: Subsection (2) of this Clause provides that the decision on a certain question of fact shall be the decision of the Minister, but it does not provide how anybody in any proceedings in court is to prove that the Minister has so decided. We thought it proper, and my right hon. Friend indicated in Committee that he agreed with us, that we should provide that when the Minister has made his...

Long Engagements (10 Mar 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I beg to move, to leave out from "That," to the end of the Question, and to add instead there of: this House urges that continued efforts should be made to increase the numbers of personnel serving on long engagements with the Royal Air Force in order to increase efficiency with economy. I am sure that the House will sympathise with me when I remind hon. Members that my constituency is...

Long Engagements (10 Mar 1955)

Mr John Higgs: In gratitude to the House and to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for his very full reply, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

BRITISH TRANSPORT COMMISSION BILL (By Order) (23 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: My hon. Friend the Member for Yarmouth (Mr. Fell) and the hon. Member for Lowestoft (Mr. Edward Evans) have dealt faithfully with the question of Haddiscoe Cut. All I want to say on that subject is that even in my constitu- ency, which is in the very middle of England, the matter has aroused some interest and I have heard something about it from my constituents. I should like to know...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: Nobody will criticise hon. Members, and particularly hon. Members on the Opposition side, for calling attention to the problems of the areas which they represent, but it is right that one should take also a broad view of the whole problem with which the Bill seeks to deal. I make no secret of the fact that the requisitioning of property is not a problem in my constituency. I live under the...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: That intervention is like all the hon. Member's interventions, a very thoughtful one, but it does not help me to find out what hon. Members opposite would do about this problem, if it is different from what we are suggesting in the Bill. If they would keep things as they are, it makes nonsense of some of the criticisms which hon. Members have made. They talk about insecurity, and about those...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I am sure that my right hon. Friend, who is to wind up the debate, will be grateful for that intervention. It does not bear much relation to the Amendment and I hope that the hon. Member will compose his differences with his right hon. Friends before his right hon. Friend winds up for the Opposition. If it is not that they seek to perpetuate the insecurity of the licensees who now occupy...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I am not saying that it is anything other than a provision in the Bill. I am only pointing out what is in the Bill. Whether the hon. Gentleman likes to say that it is incidental, I do not know, but under the Bill one can offer the owner the opportunity of having his house back and of taking on the licensee as tenant. I think that under the Housing Act, 1936, that point has already been dealt...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: A good deal has been said about the rights and interests of those who are occupying these houses at present, and a good deal has been said about what is to happen to them. I do not dissociate myself in any way at all from the interests of people who, in times of difficulty, had to accept accommodation which probably they did not want. They would probably much rather have had other...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: If it depends on the condition of the house, surely it follows that if houses are in such bad condition that even with the demand as it is no one will buy them, the local authority can acquire them very cheaply.

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: Local authorities can acquire them at the market value. They will never have to pay more than that, and they will have the best evidence in the world that the market value is exceedingly low. If housing authorities really want to acquire properties on a permanent and fair basis and make proper houses of them as part of a long-term housing plan, this Bill will provide another opportunity. One...

Orders of the Day — Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Bill (15 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: No, in many cases the houses were chosen because they happened to be empty at the time—and in many cases they were empty because the owner was serving with the Armed Forces. If we are to have property taken into public ownership—and I hope we shall hear a little more about that from hon. Members opposite—let it at least be done by some fair method and not just by accident or chance....

Orders of the Day — Clean Air Bill (4 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: There is a grave danger that, if things go on as they are, the House will find itself unanimous, and that always makes speeches monotonous, however well conceived they may be. For the benefit, perhaps, of those who may catch your eye later, Mr. Speaker, I propose to address myself to the contrary view on this problem. I am one of those who feel that there is a good deal to be said against...

Orders of the Day — Clean Air Bill (4 Feb 1955)

Mr John Higgs: I am obliged to my hon. Friend. I had observed the reference to that name in the text of the Bill, and I was only speculating as to how anybody who proposed to enforce the provisions of the Bill would obtain the necessary evidence in order to apply the Ringelmann test. I do not know precisely how that test is applied, but I am sure it cannot be applied from the footpath outside a house to the...


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