Results 1–20 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Prayers: Engineering (20 Mar 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Rathbone) on the precision of his speech, which is very apt in a debate on engineering, but most of all on raising this subject. As he said, this is Science, Engineering and Technology Week. Yet this one-and-a-half-hour debate on a Wednesday morning is the only contribution that the House is making to what should be a focus event throughout the...

Prayers: Engineering (20 Mar 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am delighted to hear it. I was not talking about what the Labour party is doing in the country as a whole; I was talking about what we are doing in the House. It is only because the hon. Member for Lewes raised the subject of science, engineering and technology that we are talking about it today. The hon. Gentleman mentioned some of our past engineering achievements. They are indeed...

Prayers: Engineering (20 Mar 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Yes, the baccalaureate idea. If a person is entering the science discipline, three of the subjects that he studies should obviously be science subjects, but two should be arts subjects—for instance, history, a language or English. Similarly, a person intending to pursue a course in the arts should take two science subjects because, to be an educated man in the present world, he must have...

Prayers: Engineering (20 Mar 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. He is right. Having been a Minister with responsibility for education, I know that, only too often, we get crazes in education. During those crazes, we are apt to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Over the past 20 years, there has been a craze against apprenticeships and for people to remain in full-time education until they graduate. With that, we threw...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Commitment to Pay Subsidy for Private Sector Student Loans Not to Be Made Before 31ST May 1997 (17 Jan 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: You and I have been in this House for a long time, Mr. Deputy Speaker. One of the advantages of the Report stage of a Bill is that it is brought back to the House. When I was Minister of State responsible for education, 17 years ago and dealing with higher education, funding students was a problem. Now, it is a far more acute problem because of the welcome increase in the number of people in...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Commitment to Pay Subsidy for Private Sector Student Loans Not to Be Made Before 31ST May 1997 (17 Jan 1996)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If the Minister tried to make that clear, it is the most nonsensical statement that I have heard. Every hon. Member, on both sides of the House, is aware of student poverty—not just poverty among working-class students, but among middle-class students and across the board. They will be the leaders of industry, the professions and academia in this country and that is the way that we treat...

Orders of the Day — South Africa Bill [Lords] (9 Mar 1995)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I contribute to this debate largely because, as the hon. Member for Leominster (Mr. Temple-Morris) said, although the Bill is technical, this debate is our first opportunity to devote ourselves exclusively to the momentous events that occurred last year in South Africa. Those events were beyond our wildest dreams. For the past three years, I have been a member of the executive committee of...

Orders of the Day — South Africa Bill [Lords] (9 Mar 1995)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I think that that is a superb idea. I would not inflict the rigours of a British winter on the new South African Parliament by inviting its members to this Chamber. I think that it is a great idea, although my hon. Friend's suggestion is made tongue in cheek. I agree with the hon. Member for Leominster, who referred to our role in Europe. We can play an important transitional or bridging...

Orders of the Day — South Africa Bill [Lords] (9 Mar 1995)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. I hope that private enterprise will take the lead—as it did in the case of Spain—and that some of the smaller companies will break the ring of airline prices by offering cheap fares and package tours. Tourism is one of the few industries today that is labour intensive. It generates many jobs of all sorts—not just high-powered ones, but jobs for...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (1 Feb 1995)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) will forgive me, I hope, if I do not follow all the points in his speech, although I wish to refer to some of them. It was refreshing to hear a voice from local government talking about the motion, because in your absence, Madam Speaker, the debate became a shambles. I have attended many of these debates. It was no fault of your deputy,...

Orders of the Day — Non-Domestic Rating Bill (12 Jan 1994)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) pointed out that this is a short Bill. It is also, probably inevitably, a technical Bill. I make no criticism of the Government for that, because it is a very important Bill for a large sector in this country. First, the Bill affects councils. I speak as a vice-president, serving in a purely honorary capacity, of the Association of County...

Prayers: Science, Engineering and Technology (18 Jun 1993)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I warmly welcome what the hon. Member for Pudsey (Sir G. Shaw) has said. I agree with almost every word, and I applaud the way in which he delivered his sentiments. Whether or not the hon. Gentleman has scientific qualifications, the Select Committee on Science and Technology is in very safe hands if speeches of that calibre emanate from its Chairman. As the hon. Gentleman said, this subject...

Prayers: Science, Engineering and Technology (18 Jun 1993)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. It was bad enough before—as my hon. Friend rightly said, it is now going in the wrong direction altogether. This subject is not a party-political one—it is too important. As I said at the outset, it is vital to the whole future of this nation. It is essential if we are to create jobs. But it is more than that. If we are to keep the jobs we have at...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry and Unemployment (9 Mar 1993)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Opposition Members and many Conservative Members—certainly those who are interested in manufacturing industry, of whom there are many on both sides of the House—will be most disappointed by the speech of the President of the Board of Trade. The first part of his speech and the end of it were nothing but rant, as my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. Boyce) said. One cannot...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry and Unemployment (9 Mar 1993)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Of course they could. They could deal with the regulations that are holding the whole process up. The industry would willingly co-operate, without any move by shareholders, in order to retain the market. I should like to refer briefly to the pharmaceutical industry, which has been a money-spinner for this country. It is one of the most successful industries we have, yet the Government have...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The right hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton (Sir G. Pattie) will forgive me if I do not follow the theme of his speech. He is absolutely right, however, to draw the attention of the House to two important points—that science is international and that tremendous reserves of highly skilled scientists exist in the Soviet Union and the other former communist countries. The defence industries...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am certain that we should.

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I think that the hon. Gentleman is right. I must decline, if I am asked, to give way further, bearing in mind Madam Speaker's comments about the number of hon. Members who wish to speak in the debate. I agree with the need to teach single subjects. We must do that with enthusiasm. How do we get out of the present situation? One difficulty is that we in this country have a poor record in...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill [Lords]: Duties of Local Government Commission (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I shall be very brief, although, like many other hon. Members, I wanted to say a good deal. We are governed by a guillotine motion and I must defer to my hon. Friends—indeed, to hon. Members on both sides of the House. We want to vote fairly quickly, if vote there be. I consider it shameful for the House to be deprived of an interesting debate on the whole future of local government by the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill [Lords]: Duties of Local Government Commission (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am sorry, but I cannot give way, because of the time constraint. In my view, all the new clauses point to county councils being the most suitable structure to deal with—for example—environment and planning matters, which must be dealt with on a wider basis. That is particularly true of new clause 13, tabled by Liberal Democrats and presented very ably by the hon. Member for Southwark...


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