Results 1–20 of 186 for speaker:Mr Philip Hocking

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Will the hon. Gentleman say whether the figures that he has given are for the whole of the brick-making industry? In other words, do they cover all classes of bricks, or has he referred only to those which are in short supply, such as the cheaper makes? It is possible at present quite easily at a high price to get hold of supplies of bricks in some of the areas which he has mentioned where...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: The party opposite never has been up to date.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Will the hon. Gentleman give us the period over which these rises took place?

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Is the hon. Gentleman absolutely sure, and can he say categorically, that the sale of this asset by the Rover Motor Company will not appear in the company's accounts? If it does, then surely it will be subject to tax.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Mr. Hockingindicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I know this land fairly well. I looked at it at the time of the sale. In the course of his remarks, the hon. Member said that the small parcel of land was incapable of development. The then owners were told that it was incapable of development. It is true that this land was incapable of development on its own. It could be developed—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—it is no good hon. Members saying...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Is the hon. Member including council houses?

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Try polishing it.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: The hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. A. Lewis) made a sparkling and scintillating speech. At the beginning I thought that we were in the midst of a cost-of-living debate of the sort that we had a few days ago. One thing struck me about his speech; he was unable to make a single point which would help to remedy the situation. It was the most negative speech that I have ever heard. As he...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I could quote figures which would quickly refute that argument. The trouble with the philosophy of the hon. Member is that he believes that everybody is a road-sweeper or a postman and is living on the minimum wage. I have made inquiries about postmen's pay. I know that the basic rate is £11 a week, but I know many who take home much more than that, and the hon. Member knows it. All through...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: No, I cannot give way to the hon. Gentleman; time is short and I have several points which I wish to make. If hon. Gentlemen opposite would get rid of this feeling about landlords; if they would look at the matter realistically and accept the fact that it is possible for there to be good landlords, and that there are good landlords, people would be encouraged to provide houses to rent. One...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I am always doubtful with regard to policies put forward by hon. Members opposite. I see no reason why I should join with them in that sort of thing. I believe that hon. Members opposite should think seriously about this question of landlords to see whether they cannot reorientate their views to bring themselves up to date in the midst of this century and realise that there are good...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: If the hon. Gentleman will listen for a little longer, he will find that I shall come to the question of what I believe should be done about land. I wish to emphasise that there is no virtue in the proposals of hon. Members opposite about land purchase. If their proposals were put into effect, the cost of housing would be considerably increased for a large number of people. The hon. Member...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: That is for a limited period of five years. I would extend it further. My right hon. Friend has put forward suggestions about advance purchase of land for new towns. This may be an excellent idea, but I am very much concerned about whether the freehold would go. I want to see the freehold principle kept because it is very important. I should like to know whether when these areas of land are...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I have given way several times and other hon. Members wish to speak. Another aspect of what should be done, and done quickly, is for the Government to give encouragement to private landlords to build to let.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I have not forgotten that and I shall come to it in a moment. Hon. Members say that private landlords are not at present being encouraged to build to let, but this is being done although it is mainly done by insurance companies. In the Midlands large blocks of fiats are built and let at 50s. or 60s. a week. That is a modest rent in the Midlands, bearing in mind the high wages paid there....

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: No doubt my hon. Friend the the Member for Kidderminster (Sir G. Nabarro) will tell us where the carpet came from. I remember that he made some pronouncement about his constituency when this new carpet was put down some time ago. We must get our values into proper perspective. If a carpet is worth £40,000 an acre, I am sure that building land, which is permanent and exists for all time, is...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: There would be no point in buying more, because one would know the demand and the number of houses required over the next 20 years. It is possible to make that assessment. If land were made available in large quantities, the scarcity value would to a certain extent be removed. I hope that both parties will look at this problem of land to see whether it is possible to adopt a realistic...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: Mr. Hockingindicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Rents (28 Jul 1964)

Mr Philip Hocking: I seem to remember that at the last General Election hon. Members opposite stood on the ticket of municipalising all privately-owned property. What is that but discouragement?


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