Results 181–200 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I should like to ask the Minister two questions about part III. He talked of "substantial complaints". Those words do not appear in the legislation. Might it be so amended? Secondly, I ask him for the precedents of local Acts that contain that provison. Will he tell us how many there are and where they are?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: We have had an unusual, interesting, varied, and certainly long debate on a miscellaneous provisions Bill. As the Minister of State said in opening, miscellaneous provisions Bills of this kind arise from the 1972 Act, which provided that until 1984—I understand that it is now extended until 1986—this House can look at private Bills put forward by local authorities and consolidate them for...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: No, but the Committee of Selection might consider the ingenuity with which some Conservative Members came into the Chamber, picked up the Bill and spoke learnedly on it. They are obviously invaluable to a Committee. Some of those hon. Members who spoke earlier in the debate might be too controversial for the Government Whips, because the Committee would continue for ever and a day. Those hon....

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I should leave the decision about whether a sex shop should be allowed to the discretion of the electorate and their elected councillors. Representations could be made by the people who wanted to open such shops but the local council would have some control. Great anger is caused when a sex shop is opened on a main street in an area where there has never been such a shop before. Small...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It can be done partly under planning legislation and conditions imposed when the consent is given, or it can be done if a clause replacing clause 3 meets my hon Friend's legitimate point, although not in such a draconian way. The Government must be aware that many thousands of people, including humble proprietors of fish and chip shops, will deplore the legislation. They will not hesitate to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I apologise. I may have heard only part of the hon. Gentleman's speech. I am delighted that the south has united with the north to oppose the way that the Government are imposing the legislation. Part IV relates to fire precautions. It is absurd by statute to require councils to consult fire authorities on fire matters. Which authorities object to doing that? Which impose requirements on...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I have been here all day.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (25 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I wonder whether the Dispatch Box is hiding my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Dr. Summerskill) and myself from the hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I thank the Minister for his explanation of the orders. It is clear from what he says that there has been considerable contention about the orders in that the Greater London Council, Tower Hamlets London borough council and a community organisation have been prepared to petition against them in another place. It is well known that the Opposition opposed the concept of the UDC. We opposed it...

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I have no proof whatsoever. These orders are coming before the House on an affirmative resolution for approval.

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is well known that river front houses sold by private enterprise command very considerable prices. I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend the Member for Bermondsey (Mr. Mellish) for his intervention, because if he or the Minister can say that there is no possibility of that sort of thing happening in regard to these river front sites, and that the people of Wapping and Tower Hamlets...

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If that will regenerate and redevelop London docklands in a way that is fair to its inhabitants, I am in agreement. There is a difference—I must say that from the Front Bench because I know the hon. Gentleman's area as he knows mine—between London docklands and the Merseyside dockland. There is not the same resistance by the local councils in Merseyside. Also, the areas are different....

Orders of the Day — London Docklands Development Corporation (24 Nov 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: ——and they have also been swallowed up. Will the urban development corporation work together with the housing associations so that housing association houses can be built? They may do that, but I am entitled to ask for an assurance that the Government and the urban development corporation intend to do so. The GLC order deals mainly with the Isle of Dogs. Here again we are talking about...

Orders of the Day — Regional Policy (8 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I should like to share with my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Varley) the Opposition's surprise that the Government have chosen to deal with this debate purely as an industry debate. We were debating regional policy and clearly the House wanted to debate matters other than industrial grants. Hon. Members wanted to talk about the environment, roads, rail electrification and...

Orders of the Day — Regional Policy (8 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I do not know about my ascertaining the facts. That is what the Secterary of State's hon. Friend the Member for Anglesey was asking him to do. If he has already done it, I am delighted that at least in Wales the Government's general policy for investment in capital projects is not as obtuse as it is in the rest of the country. The Government do not seem to understand that investment of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Block Grant Allocation (8 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: When the Minister meets the Association of County Councils and other associations, will he discuss the threats that his right hon. Friend made on 2 June about what he will do with local authorities in legislation in the autumn and listen to their views about the threats?

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I thank the Minister for having outlined the orders. I shall be brief in expressing from the Opposition Front Bench our opposition to the concept of the urban development corporation, and in particular to these vesting orders. I shall be brief because many of my right hon. and hon. Friends who represent Docklands constituencies wish to express their constituents' views. I hope that the...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: When one is dealing with a national park, one is dealing mainly with fields and trees. We are dealing with an urban area where many people who are accustomed to elected councillors live. That is the difference between a new town or national park and Docklands. There will be planning repercussions for the rest of the boroughs. Duplication of effort will occur between UDC officials and the...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I admit that new towns do not consist entirely of green fields, but they are not tight, compact urban areas like our capital city. [Interruption.] The noise shows that Government Members do not realise that we are talking about 50,000 people who live in the area. My hon. Friends will seek to take part in the debate later, because they will have no other means of expressing their views to a...

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That is a fatuous remark. [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."] Of course I shall answer, but I should not have thought that the question needed an answer. When planning and developing an area one must be able to get to and from that area. That has its effects on the GLC and other elected bodies. Budgets will be involved in providing infrastructure to fit in with what the UDC does. There are also...


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