Results 201–220 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

London Docklands Development Corporation (1 Jul 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman asks "Why not?" I want my capital city to be inhabited by people who live and work there, and form part of the community, and not become merely an inland commuter belt. I want the area to form part of the cohesive whole that we knew as the East London area. I fear that the vesting orders will deny that kind of development. I shall listen with interest to what my right hon....

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) for what he has said. Rarely have I given way to an hon. Member and heard such a favourable response. This matter was debated in Committee for a short time, in what I think the Minister will agree was a friendly Committee. Hon. Members did not have much to disagree about. After all is said and done, the Bill has been kicked about by...

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree that there is nothing wrong with that. When I was a member of the Committee considering the Bill I, too, received many representations, some of which I put forward on behalf of the National Coal Board, the Stone Federation, and a number of other people who were involved with this measure. I was concerned basically with employment prospects—as Conservative Members probably are in...

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Of course I should not want that to happen, but time and again, when amendments are raised, even official Opposition amendments, on what has been debated in Committee, they are rightly not accepted by the Chair, because the Chair says that the matter has been debated upstairs and the decision has been made.

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I want to make it clear that I am in no way attacking the Chair. I am merely saying that the matter was debated in Committee. However, I agree that we should leave the point. The purpose of the amendment in Committee was to deal particularly with the position of forestry and where, as the hon. Member for Truro said tonight, within a five-year period something could go wrong and at the end of...

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should like to make clear my view that there is nothing wrong with a lobby. I was merely saying to the House that there are two sides to every question. There is the environmental aspect, and there is the industry aspect. The Minister, in his very fair summing up, made that clear. He said that the period, whether it be 10 years, as agreed by...

Clause 10: Orders Prohibiting Resumption of Operations and Orders Relating to Suspension of Operations. (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 13, in page 11, line 37 after 'land', insert 'on or after the appointed day; but'. The amendment brings us back to a debate in Committee arising from the National Coal Board's concern that the present wording would render it liable for what was done by its predecessors a long time ago. I understand from the CBI that certain member industries feel similar concern...

Clause 10: Orders Prohibiting Resumption of Operations and Orders Relating to Suspension of Operations. (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I ask for the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to make a further contribution. The Minister's answer was somewhat similar to the one that he gave in Committee. That answer did not satisfy the NCB. Industry likes a degree of certainty. It does not like loopholes. It does not like the possibility of a malevolent county and a malevolent Minister putting a burden on it for something that...

Clause 5: Imposition of Aftercare Conditions on Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Haynes) that this is an astonishing debate. It is astonishing to see so many Conservative Members here. They are clearly representing a lobby on behalf of the industry and not necessarily on behalf of their constituents who have to live with the results of the industry. Your predecessor in the Chair, Mr. Deputy Speaker, said that,...

Clause 21: Notification of Applications for Planning Permission (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I had not intended to speak on Third Reading, but I should like to thank the Minister for his kind words. In turn, I pay tribute to him for the way in which he piloted the Bill both in Committee and in the House. The Bill will have an enormously good effect on the environment of many of our people. It has had a long gestation period. In the Second Reading Committee we paid tribute to the...

Clause 16: Mineral Compensation Mofifications (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I did not want to mislead the House in any way. What I had hoped I said—I may not have done so at this late hour—was that the assumption in the other place from the consultation document was a 20 per cent. figure. I agree with the Minister that there was no provision for a figure in the Bill at that time.

Clause 16: Mineral Compensation Mofifications (17 Jun 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 23, line 41, leave out '10' and insert '20'. This is a rather more important amendment than some that we have discussed. It relates to the multiplier for the compensation that the industry pays for damage that it has done to the environment. In the other place it was generally accepted that the top figure would be 20 per cent. On the last day in...

Orders of the Day — Merseyside Development Corporation (19 Mar 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The House is grateful to the Minister for the full way in which he introduced the order, which is of great importance to the whole of Merseyside and the North-West of England. I can assure him that the Opposition have no intention of voting against the order. We would never vote against anything that brought desperately needed money to the Merseyside area. There are, however, aspects of the...

Orders of the Day — Merseyside Development Corporation (19 Mar 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Minister says that he meant both. He is not asking for housing authority powers, and no order is coming before the House in that respect, so presumably the existing district housing authority will be the housing authority. I am glad to see that the Minister agrees. The Minister mentioned commercial developments in the area and dock-related development. What sort of development does he...

Orders of the Day — Merseyside Development Corporation (19 Mar 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman is saying that Conservative and Labour Governments have failed Liverpool and I agree with him. The order is regarded as a desperate last fling. If it fails there will be utter despondency in the Merseyside area. If nothing results there will be bleak despair in the area. The Minister hopes that a small staff will be involved and that the corporation will buy in from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Domestic Rating System (4 Feb 1981)

Mr Gordon Oakes: While the Secretary of State is looking at the review of this system and at injustices, will he look at the injustice of his rate support grant and explain to the House, particularly to his right hon. and hon. Friends, why those authorities which have followed his precepts and tried to be prudent and those which have tried to sell council houses have come out worse? If he intends to devise an...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: You have indicated, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that we may discuss the following manuscript amendments to Lords amendment No. 67: In page 56, line 8, leave out "and (d)" and insert "(d) and (e)". In page 58, line 44, leave out "and (d)"and insert "(d) and (e)". The amendments have been tabled by the Opposition to get the Government out of a hole that they dug for themselves. In essence the...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman has the advantage over me, because I do not have in front of me the Official Report of the debate in the other place, but I understood that, no matter how sympathetic Lord Bellwin may have been to the amendment, the Whips in the other place tried to vote it down, but lost. Because they lost, the Government are now constrained to accept the amendment. I think that the...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That is because the Government were beaten in the other place. It is not that they accepted the amendment there. They cannot vote the amendment down in this Chamber, because they dare not, for fear of the Bill's returning to the Lords. The amendment seems to embody self-evident truth. It is supported by all the local authority organisations, because it is a common-sense amendment with wide...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is the function—indeed, the duty—of Parliament to pass legislation that is operable, and not to fear the consequences of the Opposition's manuscript amendment having to return to the other place for it to reconsider the matter. That is our bounden duty as hon. Members. All that my amendment seeks to do is to get the Government out of the hole that they have dug for themselves by their...


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