Results 141–160 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is always a privilege to follow a maiden speaker, as I have found in the 20 years that I have been a Member of the House. This is the third time in this Session that I have followed a maiden speaker, and it is a particular privilege to follow the hon. Member for Penrith and the Border (Mr. Maclean), a fellow northerner who represents a northern constituency. I know his constituency very...

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I justify it because it is vital that those who could be proficient farmers should be given the opportunity to come into the industry, and at present this is the only route open to them. The Bill proposes a period of five years for a tenancy rather than the 10 years proposed by Northfield. The association believes that it is between the seventh and tenth years that a person proves whether he...

Local Government (23 Jan 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop) because he made a direct, forceful and detailed speech and is not prepared to accept jam tomorrow. I hope that the right hon. Member for Cambridgeshire, South-East (Mr. Pym) will likewise reject the jam tomorrow approach. I shall try to prove to the House that they are right, especially as the Secretary of State for...

Local Government (23 Jan 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The Falkland Islands, with such a small population, would represent only a parish council—not even a district council. When Whitehall makes a mistake, that is the sort of massive mistake that it makes. A local authority may make a mistake that costs £10,000, £100,000 or even £500,000, but Whitehall makes mistakes with a vengeance. If the Ministers drove on roads in many northern...

Local Government (23 Jan 1984)

Mr Gordon Oakes: That is a good example, but I especially quoted northern authorities because the amount of snow in London bears no comparison with the north. A county or district council must provide insurance for the people of its area against unexpected events. In an excellent speech, my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald) mentioned a number of the more obvious activities—education,...

Orders of the Day — Rating and Valuation (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (5 Dec 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I have been a Member of this House for nearly 20 years. However, this is the first time that I have ever sought to intervene in a debate on Scottish affairs. That is despite the advantage that my Christian name might give me in catching your eye in such debates. As this is such a momentous occasion in my life, I hope that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West...

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is always a great privilege and pleasure to speak after a maiden speaker. However, it is very rare to follow, in effect, two maiden speakers: the hon. Member for Stevenage (Mr. Wood) and my hon. Friend the Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice). I am sure that the whole House will agree that the speech of the hon. Member for Stevenage was in the best tradition of maiden speakers. It was a...

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I suppose that it is a pure chance that all those metropolitan counties happen to be firmly Labour controlled. If some of them were Conservative controlled, the Government might have a different approach to them. As my hon. Friend the Member for Durham, North said, the local authority associations oppose the principle of the Bill. That includes the Association of County Councils, of which I...

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: But where is the partnership in an arrangement where the Secretary of State takes upon himself the power to decide educational needs and who shall receive the money? Partnership implies two people talking together. Although the Bill mentions consultation, we all know what that means in Government-local authority relationships. The Secretary of State admitted that the Bill marks a significant...

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I want to contradict what the Secretary of State said.

Orders of the Day — Education (Grants and Awards) Bill (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I refer the Secretary of State to the explanatory and financial memorandum. It says that clause 2 provides for the Secretary of State to determine this overall amount by regulations. It is not determined by primary legislation. The Secretary of State is misleading the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Greater London Council (Abolition) (6 Jul 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: As the Conservatives now desire to destroy the metropolitan councils, which were their own creation just over 10 years ago, merely because they are Labour-controlled authorities, will the right hon. Gentleman explain how he intends police authorities to operate? Will he abolish them? Will he reinstate the old borough type police forces? If he creates joint bodies, will they not be appointed...

Telecommunications Bill (29 Mar 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Member for Leominster (Mr. Temple-Morris) has rightly entered a number of caveats from the Conservative Benches about various aspects of the Bill. There is an ideological divide between the hon. Gentleman and me, but I agree that this has been a hurried and sloppy Bill. The Minister for Industry and Information Technology said that this would be the most important Bill of this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Merseyside Task Force (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Instead of hiding behind the Ford dispute, will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how much private capital has been attracted by the Merseyside task force, the success of which was the proud boast of his predecessor?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate Support Grant (23 Feb 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Secretary of State comment on the reports of his speech to the Conservative party's local government conference last weekend, when he said that he was about to scrap targets and penalties?

Bill Presented: Rate Support Grant (20 Jan 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I join my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Ardwick (Mr. Kaufman) and hon. Members on both sides of the House in sincerely and warmly congratulating the Secretary of State on his appointment. I first met the right hon. Gentleman when I was Under-Secretary of State for Energy and he was the Opposition spokesman on energy. He was a formidable opponent. I and most Members were...

Bill Presented: Rate Support Grant (20 Jan 1983)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I disagree with the hon. and learned Gentleman, because I disagree with the imposition of the criminal law on local authorities. I do not believe that civil servants at the Department of the Environment are competent to decide whether an authority is being economical. That is a decision for the ratepayers and voters. The hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Benyon) attacked the system and the...

Oral Answers to Questions: Rate Support Grant (14 Dec 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The right hon. Gentleman and I are at cross purposes. He is talking about mistakes, but I am talking about penalties that have been imposed by the Government. Therefore, in those circumstances, interest ought to be paid.

Oral Answers to Questions: Rate Support Grant (14 Dec 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Wilson), before coming to the House, I was a practising solicitor. Much of that practice I conducted in criminal courts. It is therefore apposite that I should be winding up the debate because the whole flavour of the report and the speech of the Secretary of State is that of a criminal court. The document before the House imposes...


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