Results 81–100 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The right hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr. Heath) has said that in his opinion the Home Secretary has got the legislation right. I welcome the Bill, but I do not think that the Home Secretary has got it absolutely right. He has got it mainly right, but many amendments can, and I hope will, be made in Committee. I hope that the Home Secretary will carry out his undertaking to the...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am not certain whether that is the position, but if my hon. Friend says it is, I accept what he says. The legislation should be comprehensive. That omission would cause a glaring anomaly, if what my hon. Friend says is correct. Will the Government agree that on the certificate there should be a limitation on the number of firearms or amount of ammunition that a person can hold? I can see...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 1988)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I do not think that it is quite as bad as that, because a person will have to send with his application to the mail order firm his firearms certificate. How could the mail order firm check this? People who deal in firearms are overwhelmingly very responsible traders. If they were suspicious of a person who applied for a gun, or they believed that there was something wrong with the...

Orders of the Day — Urban Development Corporations (Financial Limits) Bill (4 Nov 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is always a great privilege to follow a maiden speaker. I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockton (Mr. Devlin), on a number of grounds. First, I have to tell him that he did not beat one of our candidates. He beat a Social Democratic party candidate, so it was easier for him to make his speech than otherwise it would have been. Secondly, he kept strictly to the traditions of this House...

Orders of the Day — Urban Development Corporations (Financial Limits) Bill (4 Nov 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: No, it is not, because I was going to congratulate him, too, on his absolute honesty. The hon. Member for Langbaurgh expressed far better than did the Minister the true intentions of this Bill. The hon. Gentleman let the cat out of the bag. He told the House exactly what the Bill is about. He gloried in the fact that the chairman of a planning committee in Langbaurgh was previously a bus...

Orders of the Day — Urban Development Corporations (Financial Limits) Bill (4 Nov 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: He is an elected representative and he is entitled to say that. He and his colleagues do not agree as to how that money should be spent. The Bill is about the erosion of democracy. The Government believe that representatives should be appointed to do things, especially in areas that are politically unfavourable to them. That is what the Bill is about and what the Government are trying to do....

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill: Advisory Committee on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I tend to agree, but for different reasons, with the hon. Member for Harborough (Sir J. Farr) when he wonders why the word "interim" has been inserted. I wonder why it has been put in, because it is purely and simply cosmetic. Would the hon. Gentleman agree that the word "temporary", although it appears in the long title of the Bill—which the word "interim" does not — is meaningless? I...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill: Advisory Committee on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: In that case, I withdraw my remarks. I find it amazing that the other place let many of these provisions through. It has a dual role as a revising Chamber and as a guardian of the nation's constitutional rights against dictatorial action. I suggest that this is dictatorial action. Today at Question Time the Prime Minister seemed to say in a reply that teachers had never had it so good. No...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill: Advisory Committee on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I think, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that I have the Floor. The unions dislike the Bill intensely, and not for some of the reasons that have been given by Conservative Members. They dislike it, not because they are squabbling among themselves, but because it is a fundamental attack by the Government on free collective bargaining. Even if the other place saw fit to let it through, I doubt whether the...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill: Advisory Committee on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman keeps talking about hon. Members' pay. We determine our pay. For the other groups, that has traditionally been a matter for negotiation. They have different types of review body. With this review body the Secretary of State has powers to appoint, dismiss and ignore. He can do anything with a report from this interim body. The hon. Member for Yeovil also said that the other...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill: Advisory Committee on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree that I am straying. I know that time is pressing and I shall return to the point. The word "interim" is purely cosmetic. This is an extremely bad Bill and I hope that by a vote later we can demonstrate our contempt for what the Secretary of State is doing to trade union negotiations.

Licensing (Amendment) Bill (30 Jan 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The House and all the people of England and Wales have cause to be grateful to the hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart), not only for the way in which he introduced the Bill, but for its terms. No man could be more altruistic than the hon. Gentleman. He has the advantages that he is now trying to confer upon the people of England, Wales and Scotland. His constituents will not gain by his...

Licensing (Amendment) Bill (30 Jan 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That matter should be covered by a separate Bill. The hon. Member for Eastwood is trying, in a moderate and modest way, to draw the support of all people within the licensing trade and many outside it. I am the vice-president of the Association of County Councils and the Association of District Councils. Both bodies warmly and strongly support the Bill. There is a terminal date in the Bill....

Clause 1: Local Government Finance Bill (19 Jan 1987)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I have not so far burdened the Committee with my views, but I want to take two minutes of the Committee's time. I entirely agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts) and the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Meadowcroft). I have two objections to the clause. One is that it is sloppy. If the Government intend to take all accounts into consideration, why do not they say so?...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with my hon. Friend. One never hears the Secretary of State for Defence talking about good soldiers or bad soldiers and one never hears the Home Secretary talking about good policemen or bad policemen. It is only the Secretary of State for Education and Science who has that divisive technique.

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I hope that the hon. Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Evennett) will forgive me if I do not take up his points about the general state of the teaching profession or even the recent pay negotiations. I wish instead to discuss the Bill that has been dragged before the House today. Like you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I have been a member of the House for over 22 years—we came in on the same day....

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As often happens, Mr. Deputy Speaker, it serves me right for giving way. I assure the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash) that I challenge not only clause 3 but many of the clauses. I assure the hon. Gentleman, in my own time, in my speech, I shall seek to answer his points. The Bill singles out teachers. I beg other local government trade unions to support teachers in their struggle against...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Indeed. Nowhere in the Bill is there any limitation on the Secretary of State's powers of appointment. Not only that let us look at the part of the Bill dealing with dismissal powers, schedule 1(4). I know that when one appoints a committee, one always has to make provision for one member going mad, another not turning up at meetings, someone being disabled, or someone going bankrupt. It is...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It has nothing to do with the Bill at all. It is a very different Secretary of State who appears in the House today from the mild, gentle pleasant man who appeared on television yesterday. What does different provision for different cases mean? Does it mean that the Secretary of State can unilaterally carry out his ideas on science or maths teachers, or another provision that he wants?...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It goes further than that. I know that the right hon. Gentleman has aspirations in that direction. If that was what he was seeking to do, he would have used the words "different local education authorities". What is an area? It could mean the south-east of England compared with the north-west. It could mean an inner city area as distinct from an area outside an inner city. In geographical...


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