Results 101–120 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

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

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am certain that the Secretary of State will look closely at that power. Another part of the Bill says that if the Secretary of State so desires, he can negotiate with a particular local authority in addition to local authority associations. Therefore, we are giving unprecedented powers to a Minister. The House should not do that. We are doing so in a roughshod manner, without proper...

European Community (Drivers' Hours) (15 Jul 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr. Bidwell), I am proud to be a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, which I have been for 34 years, and I am a responsible member of that union. To the hon. Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Porter), I say that I will be speaking not only for lorry drivers and coach drivers in my constituency but for 100 per cent. of my...

Opposition Day: Unemployed People (Mortgage Interest) (25 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am one of the two Opposition Members who are vice-presidents of the Building Societies Association. It is not a financial interest, but merely an honorary job, and I would have mentioned it only in passing if the Minister had not tried to cover up one of the weakest cases that I have ever heard presented to the House by making an aggressive attack on my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham,...

Opposition Day: Unemployed People (Mortgage Interest) (25 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for what he has said. He is another Member with sense on that side of the House. I hope that he and the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Mr. Beaumont-Dark) will prevail upon the Government to drop these stupid proposals. The reasons for the proposals have varied. The Green Paper "Reform of Social Security", volume 2, Cmnd. 9518, argued in paragraph...

Opposition Day: Unemployed People (Mortgage Interest) (25 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As the hon. Lady says, that is for a two-year period. A person who is taking on a mortgage and who takes out insurance usually takes out health and redundancy insurance. The insurance companies encourage people to take out health insurance as well. The hon. Lady said it costs £39 for two-year cover, but the vast majority of people do not take out such insurance and are unlikely to do it...

Opposition Day: Unemployed People (Mortgage Interest) (25 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Minister has misunderstood what I said, perhaps maliciously. Building societies are mutual institutions that are owned by their members, and the borrower is just as much a member as the investor. A different relationship exists between a building society borrower and any other sort of debtor. That is because he joined the building society when he became a borrower and is a member of that...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Competition (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I hope that the Government will resist these clauses. The hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) has presented them as measures that are in favour of competition, but they are far from that, because they seek to exclude building societies from that competition. The hon. Gentleman mentioned one society. I understand that only one society has a prohibition rule that means that the society's...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Transfer of Business to Commercial Company (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: What sort of criteria does the Minister have in mind for a future Government, in co-operation with the commission, varying that 20 per cent. to possibly a much lower figure by negative resolution of either House, which would seriously undermine what we are talking about today?

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Schemes for the Investigation of Complaints (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As a vice-president of the Building Societies Association, I must say that the building societies in no way oppose the estabishment of an ombudsman. For years the association knew that there was to be a Building Societies Bill. The Government wisely listened to the points made in Committee and inserted this clause in the Bill. It has not been forced on the Building Societies Association. The...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Transfer of Business to Commercial Company (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with what my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald) and the hon. Member for Mid-Staffordshire (Mr. Heddle) have said. The hon. Gentleman was absolutely right about the building societies. People invest their savings in building societies rather than in banks partly because, as the hon. Gentleman said, there is a mutuality of trust and understanding between the society and...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Transfer of Business to Commercial Company (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I do not know about that, but I agree with the hon. Member for Mid-Staffordshire that those who vote will do so out of loyalty to their society, and so will not want it to be turned into a limited company. Moreover, the new clause gives the Treasury power, by negative resolution of the House, to alter that 20 per cent. figure. If building societies could not get 20 per cent. of their members...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Power to Make Advances Secured on Land Overseas (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I do not wish to anticipate what the Minister might say, but I believe that the points that have been raised in relation to the Channel Islands and Gibraltar have been dealt with satisfactorily by the Government in other new clauses. I also declare an interest, although this is not a financial interest. I am also a vice-president of the Building Societies Association for which I am not paid....

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill: Schemes for the Investigation of Complaints (4 Jun 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I congratulate the Government on carrying out the express wish of both sides of the Committee. I agree that two Conservative Members suggested establishing an ombudsman for building societies, and that was fully supported by the Opposition. I have one minor query. Some societies are uneasy about new clause 14 and about paragraph 4 of the new schedule listed as amendment No. 251. At first...

Orders of the Day — Wages Bill: Payment in Cash (14 May 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I support strongly the arguments advanced by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Eastham). It is a modest new clause. The Bill—especially clause 11, which will abolish the Truck Acts—will cause heartbreak in many tens of thousands of families. In working-class households there is something almost mystical about the pay packet. The employee has worked for the week, and...

Orders of the Day — Wages Bill: Payment in Cash (14 May 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I have never suggested that the employee will be paid monthly. I do not know the hon. Gentleman's bank, but I receive a monthly statement. I am never supplied with a weekly statement. I have no doubt that I would be supplied with a weekly statement if I requested it, but it would be necessary to ask specifically for that arrangement. The banks will not want the scheme that is envisaged in the...

Orders of the Day — Wages Bill: Payment in Cash (14 May 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Yes, that is practice and experience in the real world. Unfortunately the Government do not understand the real world and what happens in it. In many areas—I have no doubt that what I am about to say will be endorsed by my hon. Friends the Members for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Pendry), for Wigan (Mr. Stott), and for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short), and by many Conservative Members—it is...

Orders of the Day — Wages Bill: Payment in Cash (14 May 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I can understand that some employers do not like paying a security firm to bring the wages in. We should take account of that, but we should also take account of the working person's right to be paid in real money. The employee should be able to choose whether to put the money in the bank. Many people dislike banks. If hon. Members do not believe me, they should consider how many families put...

Orders of the Day — Wages Bill: Payment in Cash (14 May 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Minister address himself to the new clause, which says: No worker who is currently paid in cash shall cease to be so paid without his or her consent. We are not asking for the repeal of clause 11. The new clause refers to "any worker".

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Amendment) Bill (15 Apr 1986)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I also support this useful little Bill. I should like to declare my interests, which are almost a mirror image of those of the hon. Member for Exeter (Mr. Hannam). I am an honorary vice-president of the Environmental Health Officers Association, and have been for many years, and I advise the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. It is a professional body that looks after the standards and...

Orders of the Day — Building Societies Bill (19 Dec 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like the Minister, I must begin by declaring an interest, in that I have a mortgage and a building society account. I am also an honorary—I stress the word "honorary"—vice-president of the Building Societies Association. I assure hon. Members that I get no fees and have no directorships. I attend an annual vice-presidents' dinner, but I do not think that my mind is too much swayed as a...


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