Results 221–240 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

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

Mr Gordon Oakes: The reply continues: It will not, however, permit the national ceiling on the aggregate of local authority capital expenditure to be increased."—[Official Report, 6 November 1980; Vol. 991 c. 685.] Where are we in view of that reply to my right hon. Friend who is obviously vitally concerned about the great and important Manchester airport in his constituency? My right hon. Friend the...

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

Mr Gordon Oakes: I cannot accept that. First, I thought that at least the Minister of State would have made it clear to local authority associations and local authorities that the spirit of what the noble Lords decided would be carried out. I am not happy that the Minister has even done that, bearing in mind the written reply to my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) and the...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Domestic Rate Relief (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: What the Minister has said left a query in my mind. I regret the fact that the good Anglo-Saxon word "dwelling-house" has been replaced in the clause by "domestic hereditament". I could have understood the Minister allowing domestic relief on a garage that was within the curtilage of a dwelling-house, or on a garage that was separated, as in the case of a flat dweller, from the actual...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Exemption from Requirement to Keep Separate Accounts Under Section 8 (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I appreciate that correction by the hon. Gentleman. He has a great deal of local Government knowledge, particularly in county councils, and he gives the benefit of that knowledge to the House and to his hon. Friends. I only wish that his hon. Friends on the Front Bench would take notice of what he said. We do not propose to oppose the amendment because it would be nonsense to oppose a...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Rating Exemption for Fish Farms (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: What is the present position in England and Scotland with regard to fish farms? Presumably they are now rated. What is now happening is that another category of derating is taking place. We have had agricultural aerating for some time, and many hon. Members worry about its effect. Is this the thin end of the wedge, and will another industry, which could become a large industry, escape rates?

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Exemption from Requirement to Keep Separate Accounts Under Section 8 (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is said that one should be grateful for small mercies, it is, indeed, a small mercy that the Government have provided. When the Under-Secretary says "de minimis", he really means it when he is talking about 30 employees. I think he will agree that primarily it is a matter for district councils; it does not apply to county councils or metropolitan districts. How many district councils would...

Orders of the Day — LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING AND LAND (No. 2) BILL: Exemption from Requirement to Keep Separate Accounts Under Section 8 (11 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: With the leave of the House, I should like to reply to two Freudian slips which indicate the Government's thinking. The hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Morrison) said that he could well understand why the Government did not want the figure of 50. The words that he used—remarkable, coming from him—were that they would allow too much freedom for local authorities. But, according to the Bill's...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My constituency includes the sort of high-risk industries to which the hon. Member for Woking (Mr. Onslow) referred, namely, the chemical, agrichemical and pharmaceutical industries. They are most perturbed about many of the provisions of the draft directive. I may be the only Oppositon Member to do so, but I congratulate the Minister on including the state of the art defence. She said that...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That leaves the pharmacist in a difficult position. The injured party may decide to proceed not against the manufacturer but against the pharmacist. Considerable record-keeping will be necessary for pharmacists so that they can prove their point if an action is taken by a customer. A further point to consider is the question of primary products. As usual in EEC legislation, primary...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 11: Further Planning Amendments (15 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 290, in page 139, line 42, at end insert— 'In section 250 of that Act (grants for development) the following paragraph shall be inserted after subsection (1)(b):— "(1)(A) For the purpose of the previous subsection 'redevelopment' shall include the renewal or refurbishment of any building on land which is situated within a designated conservation area where such...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 11: Further Planning Amendments (15 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I regret what the Minister has said, because the amendment deals with a matter that is important to Chesterfield. However, in order to save the time of the House, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Orders of the Day — Schedule 9: Prescribed Expenditure Under Part Viii (15 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 230, in page 129, line 5, at end insert: 3.—(1) Expenditure in connection with a trading undertaking of an authority to which this Part applies is not prescribed expenditure for the purposes of this Part of this Act if it is financed from the proceeds of that undertaking.(2) In sub-paragraph (1) above "trading undertaking" means— (a) any railway, light railway,...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 9: Prescribed Expenditure Under Part Viii (15 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I shall be brief. However, that does not diminish the importance of the amendment. I hope that my brevity will be rewarded by some concessions from the Government. All three local government associations strongly support the amendment. Under part VIII of the Bill any capital that is gained by an authority, whether under a trading undertaking or not, counts as part of the capital allocation...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 9: Prescribed Expenditure Under Part Viii (15 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful to the Minister for what he said. Although I used the word "profits", I was seeking to establish that the trading undertaking should be treated separately from the other authority duties. It is a commercial undertaking, which may not necessarily involve profits. An authority may need to borrow to extend a runway. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned airports. But I believe that...

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I did not say that I do not believe that the Government intend to do what they proclaim. My point is that I cannot believe that it can possibly work. I cited an example relating to schools and roads. If this virement starts to operate, we shall soon see the chaos and the cat fights that will result between different Departments. It was suggested that this is a wrecking amendment to allow a...

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 137, in page 47, line 18, leave out 'for each year' and insert 'for a period of three years. The Minister may subsequently vary the allocations made for the second and third years by an amount but may not reduce the provisional allocations made for the second and third years by more than 20 per cent.'. We have now reached part VIII of the Bill, which deals with the...

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Although I accept that the Minister means what he says—that the Government will give the best indications that they can—I do not think that that is acceptable or could be acceptable to the local authorities. First, I shall deal with the Minister's analogy of the locally determined sector when he said that the Government of which I was a member found themselves in this difficulty year...

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Again the Minister has quoted the anonymous gentleman who says that he cannot believe that the Government would give local authorities so much power. Many other people do not believe it. The Conservative-controlled Merseyside county council and the Conservative-controlled Cheshire county council do not believe it. They have written to me on the matter. I take the Minister's point about...

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move amendment No. 139, in page 47, line 36, leave out from 'receipts' to end of line 37.

Clause 59: Expenditure Which Authorities May Make (8 Jul 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Member for Caernarvon (Mr. Wigley) will agree that his amendment No. 140 does not go into as much detail as amendment No. 141. We touched on this problem when discussing the previous amendment. It involves the inability of local authorities under part VIII to spend money from revenue on capital projects. If they spend such money, it is taken off the capital spending for the area....


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