Results 41–60 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Because the proprietor will not say; if he does not tell the consumer that the food has been irradiated, how is the consumer to find out? The Minister admitted that there is no way to test whether food has been irradiated. He used the example of pasteurisation. Any scientist can tell whether milk has been pasteurised but no way has yet been discovered for an environmental health officer to...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: rose——

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: How many people will be on the food safety directorate? What will be the total number?

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Review Committee, Scotland (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If the Secretary of State does not listen to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) or to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes), I hope that he will heed the excellent speech of the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South (Mr. Cormack). I concur with almost everything that he said. The amendments would get the Secretary of State and the Government off the hook...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Review Committee, Scotland (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman accepts my point, and I accept his. We have not yet heard from the Secretary of State whether or not he accepts the new clause, or accepts the principle and will embody it in the Bill in another place. I am pessimistic, but one never knows. Having once been an Education Minister myself, I would welcome the establishment of such a committee to get me off the hook, and would...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Review Committee, Scotland (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friend is right. The Government do not like the truth, in education or in any other sphere. Nor do they like independent advice. Even though the new clause comes from the Opposition, it is not a wrecking amendment but is helpful to the Government, education, and students. The Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals has proposed a scheme of graduate tax, but I am not too keen on...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill: Review Committee, Scotland (15 Feb 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If 23 per cent. do not take it, then the majority do. Apart from benefiting Scottish students, a graduate tax as proposed by vice-chancellors and principals would not penalise medical students, whose courses are extremely expensive. Hospital doctors not only have to work 80 or 90 hours a week after they finish their course but get buttons for doing it. The burden of the scheme falls heavily...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like many others, I welcome many of the provisions in the Bill but, as they have said, it is extremely limited. As my hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) said, the crucial issues of global warming and acid rain are not mentioned—

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am sorry not to give way, but I am under the 10-minute rule for speeches. Perhaps the Minister who replies can deal with the matter. I am surprised that the Secretary of State said that the Bill was central to the Government's strategy for dealing with environmental pollution. Many people will be surprised at that because, as many Tory Members realise, we are talking about what will...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I should like to, but I cannot, because of the 10-minute limit. We should tackle recycling by naming the substances to be recycled—paper, plastics, bottles, cardboard and aluminium—in the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Scrap is dealt with by recycling agencies other than local authorities.

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: No. The 10-minute rule is in force and I must make my speech in that time. The Government should consider placing receptacles at all supermarkets of a certain size and at off-licences so that those shops' waste materials can be collected. The public are keen on recycling if the facilities are provided for them to do so. I wish that the Government had used the Bill to impose a duty on...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That may be so, but there is nothing about what should happen to dog owners. It is no use putting up notices about prosecutions should a dog foul a pavement—there are many loose dogs and they are notably illiterate. Unless something is done to provide a dog registration scheme, the problem will get worse. That would be the suitable answer to deal with people who turn their dogs loose on...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill (5 Dec 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I oppose this ill-conceived Bill on the grounds of principle, practicability and procedure. As the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) said in his point of order, it is an abuse of the House to present an innovation in four clauses and two schedules and rely entirely on regulations. Before you came to the Chair, Mr. Deputy Speaker, Mr. Speaker advised us to make short...

Orders of the Day — Education (Student Loans) Bill (5 Dec 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Yes, but they do not want to administer the crazy scheme on behalf of the Government, and the Government admit that. If one considers the financial effects of the Bill, which was ordered to be printed as late as 22 November, the explanatory and financial memorandum states: The administration costs of the scheme will be in the order of £10 to £20 million and will be settled when contractual...

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I intervene on the £2 billion and the report of the hon. Gentleman's Select Committee. Surely he must realise that the spending of £2 billion is not directly the result of his Committee's report. The Government fought tooth and nail against it. They lost, and that is why they are spending £2 billion.

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: When I was coming into the House on Wednesday I read a headline—I think in the Evening Standard—which struck terror in my heart. It said "Thatcher to save the world". That was the sort of hype about the speech last Wednesday. If the Prime Minister wants to save the world, why do we have a debate in the House on a Friday and not in prime time? If she wanted to save the world, why did not...

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am not a scientist, but I understand that nitrous oxide from car emissions has a catalytic effect with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which seriously increases the warming effect. Apparently the two go together. I am not a scientist, so I will not argue the point. The Government have not seriously dealt with the two factors of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. The Prime Minister might...

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is certainly not a local initiative; I think that it is national. ICI has reached agreement with a major waste and scrap firm to take off its hands anything containing CFC 12, which is the most damaging of the CFCs to the ozone layer.

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell), to my hon. Friends the Members for Motherwell, South (Dr. Bray) and for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) and to some Conservative Members whom I do not see in the Chamber for attending the meeting with ICI. The people at ICI are scientists and know the damage that could be caused to the climate and to the world. They wanted to...


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