Results 61–80 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Government have taken an initiative by saying that there is a problem but they have done nothing to provide a solution. That was left to ICI. When the product was first developed by ICI no one knew about its effect on the ozone layer or the environment. As soon as the Government found out they reacted and tried to do something about it. The Government should take much greater initiatives...

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill: Dissolution of National Dock Labour Board (24 May 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I know nothing about the fishing industry, but I accept what my hon. Friend has said. Indeed, it seems an eminently sensible thing to do. It is unfortunate that many industries do not invest in training. Because other European countries invest in training, they will be in a better position than Britain in the mid-1990s.

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill: Dissolution of National Dock Labour Board (24 May 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friend has hit on a crucial point. The Minister appears to think that spending money on training is wrong, yet the rest of Europe thinks it right. Europe is right and Britain is wrong. The Minister may say that many of our major industries show capitalism at work, but it is good sense to invest money to obtain the best safety record and the best efficiency from the work force. Even a...

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill: Dissolution of National Dock Labour Board (24 May 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Yes. I am not attacking the port of Felixstowe. All I am asking the Government is, if the training at the port of Felixstowe is so good, why create a hiatus, which the Bill does in the Government's rush to get it through? Why do they not accept the amendment and bring every port up to the standard at Felixstowe?

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill: Dissolution of National Dock Labour Board (24 May 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friends the Members for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Strang) and for Liverpool, Garston (Mr. Loyden) were simply saying that we should not throw out the baby with the bath water. That is all that the amendment is about. It is not a wrecking amendment or one that tries to continue the dock labour scheme by some other means. It merely asks that the Government, in the hiatus that they have...

Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill: Dissolution of National Dock Labour Board (24 May 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The House needs to know exactly what will happen during the transitional period. We do not know what will happen and the Minister will not tell us.

Orders of the Day — Water Bill: General Environmental and Recreational Duties (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I wish to support my hon. Friend the Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) on amendment No. 119 in particular. I have no pecuniary interest, but I should declare an interest as a vice-president of the Association of County Councils. My hon. Friend mentioned several organisations, such as the Ramblers Association. On an all-party basis, the Association of County Councils is worried about what the...

Orders of the Day — Water Bill: General Environmental and Recreational Duties (22 Mar 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friend the Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) is absolutely right. The clear object of the Bill is to make money for the shareholders because they will face great difficulties with the European Community and the standards of water purity and sea pollution. The only way for this rip-off to take place and for shares to be sold is by selling the land. I mentioned Devon, Somerset and north...

Opposition Day: Food (Consumer Protection) (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: First, I join my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) and the Parliamentary Secretary in wishing a speedy recovery to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He is suffering from a nasty illness and we wish him well and a speedy return to the House. Having listened to a speech of utter complacency from the Parliamentary Secretary, the sooner the Minister comes back to...

Opposition Day: Food (Consumer Protection) (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I do not think that is so. I am talking about the number of reported cases, but I do not think that it is a question of people not reporting cases. I am not certain, but I think that when someone goes to a doctor for treatment for food poisoning, the doctor is under a duty to report that case to the public health inspectors. However, I am quite certain that the incidence of food poisoning in...

Opposition Day: Food (Consumer Protection) (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: In a moment. I am not sure about the Department of the Environment, because of its deplorable record on water authorities in the past few months. It also tends to be producer-oriented rather than consumer-oriented. [Laughter.] The hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Sir H. Miller) laughs, but the record of the Department of the Environment is deplorable, for example, in what it is allowing water...

Opposition Day: Food (Consumer Protection) (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Gordon Oakes: So often when one gives way one does so just when one is about to answer the question put by the hon. Member to whom one gives way. I do not think that the Department of the Environment would be suitable. To give MAFF its due, it is not the only producer-oriented Department—and this is the hon. Gentleman's point. I was a Minister at the Department of Energy which was dominated by three...

Clause 13: Relief for Students (20 Jul 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I shall be brief in this truncated debate. I rise to support fully what the lion. Member for Exeter (Mr. Hannam) has said and to support the amendment that stands in his name and mine. Since we tabled the amendment, which is in effect an amendment to the Lords amendment, Lords amendment No.33 has appeared. I hope that as we are considering it with these others the Government will be able to...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: My hon. Friend the Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) talked about chlorofluorocarbons. The Minister spoke about them, as I shall, as CFCs because it is much too late at night to try to pronounce chlorofluorocarbons. Hon. Members have talked about chemical substances, CFCs and protocols. Let us try to put the debate, late at night though it is, in perspective by defining the substances that we...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If hon. Members followed scientists and outside organisations in the hysteria that is sometimes engendered, we should be in a sorry state. Hon. Members should be sceptical of experts, whoever they are. We should apply a little common sense. My hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Williams) mentioned a member of the British Antarctic Survey, which discovered the hole over the Antarctic...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am saying that few scientists would say that there is absolute proof. Scientists say that there is circumstantial evidence, and nations have accepted that. I am not opposing the documents; I am merely advancing my view, which is that we need to have a healthy scepticism. I agree with what a great comedian said on television last Sunday; indeed, I thought that I had invented it. I cannot...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Chinese have an expression about allowing a thousand flowers to bloom. I agree with the hon. Gentleman. But I have seen the work that ICI has been doing and I know how advanced it is. I am proud of that research, and I hope that the future production of the alternative products about which we have been speaking, which will be so useful to mankind, will occur in my constituency, in the...

Legal Aid Bill [Lords] (4 May 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I shall be brief because a number of my hon. Friends want to take part in the debate. The hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Martin) used a peculiar expression at the beginning of his speech. He said that he was a lapsed barrister. Having listened to his speech and heard the advice that he gives to his constituents, I understand why he used the term "lapsed barrister". One of my great...

Farm Land and Rural Development Bill [Lords] (1 Feb 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: rose—


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