Results 121–140 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Sugar and Starch (2 Dec 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I wish to confine my remarks to what the Minister and my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Mr. John) said—the importance of starch and sugar to the chemical industry. There is a market for starch and a growing market for sugar provided as my hon. Friend correctly said, the chemical industry can buy at world prices. He said that the chemical industry's sugar consumption might remain the...

Orders of the Day — Okehampton Bypass (Confirmation of Orders) Bill (19 Nov 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes) on his first speech in a transport debate in his new capacity. He deployed his case with considerable skill, agility and dexterity. He had to, because the case was so thin. I have been in that unfortunate position, speaking from Opposition and Government Dispatch Boxes. He acquitted himself well. The case for the...

Orders of the Day — Okehampton Bypass (Confirmation of Orders) Bill (19 Nov 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That was the beginning of what became a chapter of accidents. Essentially, this is not a planning matter. The planning decision was taken by the inspector and confirmed by the Secretary of State. It is purely fortuitous that, in 1984, a petition of general objection was laid against compulsory purchase orders. That is what the Committee should have considered, rather than reopening and...

Schedule: TRANSFER OF OPERATIONS OF THE Bus COMPANY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR (29 Oct 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: On most of the Bill, especially on the whole idea of privatisation, the Government have thrust upon us ideological views which we do not like, but we must accept that they have a majority. The amendments suggested by my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Stott) seek to prevent the Government using bus men and bus women and their pension funds as pawns of the Government's political will....

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Application of Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 to Agreements Between Road Passenger Transport Operators (21 May 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Dr. Marek), I also wonder, when so much thought has apparently been given to the Bill for so long, why the new clause has been introduced. Why was it not introduced in Committee or, indeed, inserted in the Bill from the start? What events, what train of thought, and what events have made the Government table the new clause now? As my hon. Friend...

Prosecution of Offences Bill [Lords] (16 Apr 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Aberavon (Mr. Morris) and the right hon. and learned Member for Warrington, South (Mr. Carlisle), I support the Bill's general principle of separating the investigative and charging function from the prosecution function. I believe that both sides of the House accept that that is a good thing. However, I have more reservations than my right...

National Health Service (18 Mar 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with the Minister's remarks about the drug companies. They have waged not only a disgraceful campaign but a most inept and counter-productive campaign. We were bombarded not with a letter a day but with several letters a day from the association as well as from individual drug companies. As the Minister stated, we received letters from doctors who did not even sign those letters but...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman says that the evidence will be produced on 19 February. That is the day on which the Select Committee meets. Will the report be available to us on that day?

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: We have heard in this debate about the effect that this Bill will have on passengers, and I think that there will be quite devastating effects, particularly in rural and suburban areas. My hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) explained, quite rightly, the effect that this Bill is going to have on road safety. I should think that in the chaos that will result from the...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: On the question of transition, will the Secretary of State look at his diary? Does he realise that 1 October 1986 is mid-week? In fact, it falls on a Wednesday so that one system will be in operation on a Tuesday and a different one on the next day. Contracts must be drawn up with operators, often on a weekly basis. Did he consider that when he chose 1 October?

Water Authorities (Return on Assets) (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) so clearly told the House, for the first time in the history of the realm the Government are imposing a tax on water — a basic commodity. That is what the orders mean. Conservative Members are as worried about that as we are. In the Minister's final words he sought to sell the concept of a tax on water on the basis that he...

Water Authorities (Return on Assets) (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Some of the water companies supply water. One part of the supply of water is involved, but not the other. That smacks of hybridity. Government Back Benchers must be puzzled at the Government's action. Last night there was a three-line Whip on the rate capping of local authorities because they are spending too much. Today Tory Members are operating on a three-line Whip to order water...

Water Authorities (Return on Assets) (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Minister give an undertaking to the House that he will introduce a rebate on the water rates of those pensioners and other poor people who currently receive rebates on their general rate and are not on supplementary benefit?

Orders of the Day — Drivers' Hours (3 Dec 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Stott) that we should register a protest against these regulations. I am a sponsored member of the Transport and General Workers Union. We as a union oppose this directive and the reasoning behind it. As my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan said, this measure means an extension of hours and a reduction in the rest periods from either those...

Orders of the Day — New Towns and Urban Development Corporations Bill (20 Nov 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mr. Hawksley), I represent a new town —Runcorn. It is a second generation new town, created in 1964. In 1981 it was merged with Warrington, which is a partnership new town. Thus some difficulties were created because of the difference in category of the two new towns. Unlike the hon. Gentleman, I do not welcome the Bill because it is a completely empty...

Orders of the Day — New Towns and Urban Development Corporations Bill (20 Nov 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with the hon. Gentleman on the macro scale, but I am talking about the individual scale —the individual tenant—and the individual has to be shaped to the policy rather than the policy shaped to the individual. The hon. Gentleman is right about the overall scheme. The development corporations have had tremendous success. The opening lines of the explanatory and financial...

Clause 5: Caravan and Tent Sites Bill (6 Jul 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mr. Hubbard-Miles) on his foresight in using his good fortune in the ballot to bring this important Bill before the House. As he rightly said, both camping and caravanning are fast-growing leisure pursuits, and the two are often interchangeable. Campers eventually grow older and become caravanners. The Caravan Club has about 250,000 members,...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Pensions etc. Bill (12 Jun 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Leader of the House was kind enough to pay tribute to the trustees of the parliamentary pension fund, of which I am one. The chairman of the trustees, my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) is away with a parliamentary delegation, otherwise he would certainly have wanted to participate in the debate. I thank the Leader of the House for the sympathetic way...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Zero-Rating (30 Apr 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Mr. Hawkins) on a courageous and knowledgeable speech. I only wish that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, before he framed these proposals for VAT on alterations, had at least consulted the industry to avoid the mess that he has created with these proposals, particularly schedule 6. I agree entirely with what my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Zero-Rating (30 Apr 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: No doubt the Minister will correct me if I am wrong, but the last paragraph of schedule 6 is ambiguous. It talks about fitted furniture other than fitted kitchens. Fitted kitchens seem to be singled out for special treatment. Ladylove Ltd. is a firm in my constituency well known in the north of England for the manufacture of good fitted kitchens. It has experienced considerable difficulties...


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