Results 261–280 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Agriculture and Pollution (31 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Unlike the hon. Member for Dorset, South (Viscount Cranborne), I am not an expert on agriculture. What he said may apply to one individual, but there are circumstances in which too much chemical can be sprayed on the crop, with unforeseen results for the environment. That is the central point that the report tried to make in an attempt to persuade farmers not to waste their own money....

Agriculture and Pollution (31 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If, when the hon. Member for Grantham (Mr. Hogg) mentions the private sector, he means the agrochemical industry. I agree that a great deal of research is done by that industry, but more needs to be done by others. There must be some public expenditure, whether by the Department of Education and Science, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of the Environment or all...

Agriculture and Pollution (31 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Both the hon. Member for Grantham and the hon. Member for Norfolk, South-West (Mr. Hawkins) have great knowledge of farming. I fully appreciate that there are places where the most economic way to apply pesticides is by aerial spraying, especially where it is desirable not to have a heavy vehicle running over the land, making it heavier still. On the other hand—this may be...

Agriculture and Pollution (31 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I should love to comment, but I shall leave such matters to my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, East and the Minister. Quite frankly, it is an agricultural question that I am not competent responsibly to answer. The Minister slightly glided over a point of controversy, and that is perhaps understandable. There is the controversial recommendation at paragraph 8.20 that intensive factory...

Agriculture and Pollution (31 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I take the right hon. Gentleman's point, but he is hoping to produce the consultation paper on the order within the next few weeks. Nevertheless, perhaps in the next Session measures can be introduced to deal with the exclusion of factory farms from the exemption provisions that agriculture generally enjoys. I accept that there is a problem of definition, but I believe that the report is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Councillors (Financial Interests) (30 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Is the Minister aware that that is not generally known and that there is great confusion and anger among councillors? Will he make it absolutely clear that any councillor with children at school, or who may have children at school, will have the right to vote on these issues? Will he say that from the Dispatch Box and not refer us to something in the Library?


Mr Gordon Oakes: I shall speak briefly. A number of my hon. Friends, especially those from Scotland, where this Bill also applies, have not yet had an opportunity to speak. On all sides of the House, it is recognised that there are occasions when a Government need to bring in a guillotine for reasons of speed, national importance or the majority that they possess, or because the end of the Session, or the end...


Mr Gordon Oakes: I thank my hon. Friend. It is shameful that, after the possibility of change was there at a much earlier stage, the right hon. and learned Gentleman should come before the House and ask for a guillotine, to deprive not only the Opposition but his hon. Friends of the chance to debate the Bill. Government Ministers should have been much more forthcoming earlier in regard to school meals. It is...

Rate Support Grant (16 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Without doubt, this is the most important and by far the most damaging rate support grant ever to come before the House. I am surprised that, although the level and quality of the contributions to the debate have been high, so few hon. Members—both sides of the House are equally to blame—seek to participate. Many hon. Members, certainly myself, came into Government via local government....

Rate Support Grant (16 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I tried to persuade local authorities not to waste money and not to cut into essential services as this Government have done. At that time, in 1975–76, we suffered because a massive number of new local authorities had been created by the Conservative Party in 1972. Those authorties were far-away places with strange-sounding names and they cropped up all over the country. Expenditure ran...

Rate Support Grant (16 Jan 1980)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Quite the reverse of that is that the Government have postponed the 1981 revaluation, which will make the position the worst it has been for years.

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, in a felicitous phrase, referred to Matthew Arnold and the sweetness and light that the debate has engendered in the Chamber. The debate may be one of the last occasions this year when we have such a measure of unanimity and agreement. Every hon. Member who has spoken has praised and welcomed the Bill, including my hon. Friend the Member for Warley,...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is delightful that we should be able to discuss the Bill, but not at a time when a major Bill, involving not merely £15 million but many thousands of millions of pounds and of major constitutional significance to the workings of government and the relationship between local government and central Government, is being debated in a House which is a non-democratic Chamber. In this Bill we...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I was echoing the censure of the House. The right hon. Gentleman is providing himself with indemnities and insurance way beyond the third part of the Bill in ensuring that he keeps well in with Treasury Ministers and officials. That point will be examined in Committee. An important question was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Caer- philly (Mr. Hudson Davies), namely, that the...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If that is so, some of the environmental interests, scenic interests, the rights of the public and the Ramblers Association might be excluded by that sort of approach. Certainly, many questions remain open about the appointment of trustees. We come to the vexed question of the amount of the allocation. We have heard frank speeches about this from several hon. Members. I came into the House...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Indeed. What will the mechanism be? My hon. Friend has raised a perfectly valid point. With regard to the expenditure from the fund, we are talking about £15.5 million initially. I thought I heard the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster mention at some point the figure of £12 million and not £15.5 million. Perhaps there is an explanation of that difference. I had thought that at least in...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Bill (3 Dec 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I hope that the hon. Gentleman does not misunderstand me. I am with him 100 per cent. in his attempt to retain the estate, which is unique, I think, in Europe. But surely he is not seriously suggesting that the Ministry of Agriculture should sell off the land and then use hard-pressed resources to buy it back again. That would be double-dealing of the worst order.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Urban Areas (Private Assistance) (14 Nov 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Secretary of State heed the wise words of his hon. Friend the Member for Faversham (Mr. Moate) and resist the siren calls from some of his less responsible hon. Friends who are trying to create administrative no-go areas in English cities? Will he discuss with his right hon. Friend the Home Secretary the inner city area fire at Woolworth's in Manchester which was a holocaust. Is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating Revaluation (27 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Labour Government postponed revaluation before it began? Is it not correct to say that over £5 million of public money has been wasted so far by the Government? Will he say what replies he has received from the local authority associations following this decision? What will happen to the valuation staff? Is it not grossly unfair on people who have...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As I have previously said, although the Secretary of State and I are in many respects bitterly opposed in our political views, we are, and always have been, good constituency neighbours. I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for what he said about my appointment to the Privy Council. I am proud and honoured to be a member of the Privy Council and in this season of maiden speeches, Mr....

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