Results 161–180 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

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

Mr Gordon Oakes: The hon. Gentleman may be right about that. However, I say with some assurance that the information before councils and finance committees is very much better than the information that is before Marsham Street and the Secretary of State. As the hon. Member for Woolwich, East said, the effect of the report is to say that Marsham Street knows best and the local authority does not have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Local Authorities (Expenditure) (8 Dec 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that my hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, South (Mr. Dobson) was right and that the right hon. Gentleman is in conflict with his own statement on the subject? Why has he changed the rule to reduce the amount of capital allocation spending to 50 per cent.? Is he aware that prudent local authorities of all political persuasions which have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: River Cleaning (Grants) (8 Dec 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Is the Secretary of State aware that while those in the North-West welcome his programme for cleaning up the Mersey, the real answer is not a conference next spring but the allocation of money and resources? Is he aware that this is a national rather than a North-West problem? Will he find time in the legislative programme to provide Government money and assistance to a hard-pressed regional...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Limitation of Rating Powers (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful for the clarification of the term "judicial review" in Lords amendment No. 4 and the information that the court would not necessarily have to quash the whole rate if only a technical matter was involved. The Minister has omitted to discuss what has been the keynote of r early every Opposition speech—retrospection. We do not like retrospective legislation. I was astonished at...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Limitation of Rating Powers (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that the instances I quoted—there were far more than I gave—are actual examples of what is happening? They are recommendations by the finance committee that are to be approved by the council today. I would still be speaking if I read out the whole list. The hon. Gentleman suggests that I was scaremongering. I was reading out a list of what is actually...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Limitation of Rating Powers (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is a travesty for the Minister to suggest that the amendments which emanate from another place are in any way in response to the confusion he caused to himself, the Government and the Committee, particularly with regard to Bedfordshire. What astonishes me is that the amendments are Lords amendments. There is a great deal of controversy about the existence and future of the other place....

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Limitation of Rating Powers (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The members of the county council thought long and hard and not only discussed the matter with their chief executive and other officers, but sought an opinion from learned counsel on whether the Bill, which even now is not an Act, would render what they were doing unlawful. Their officers and learned counsel told them that the Bill would not have that effect. It is not true to suggest that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Limitation of Rating Powers (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I cannot give the House such figures. The hon. Gentleman has quite rightly paraded several companies from his constituency before the House. However, there is always a great deal of exaggeration by the Conservative Party of the effects of rate increases on industry. Few jobs, if any, would be affected by the supplementary rate increase. If the hon. Gentleman is worried about the effects of...

Orders of the Day — New Clause E: Information for Purposes of Block Grant (30 Jun 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am grateful to the Under-Secretary of State for Wales for his short explanation, but we ought to consider the importance of the amendment first in relation to amendment No. 32. The Under-Secretary of State said that the amendment is consequential. It may be consequential, but it severely alters the long title of the Bill in an important way. I stress that, as did my right hon. Friend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rates (23 Jun 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree with the hon. Member for Liverpool, Edge Hill (Mr. Alton) that it is a question not of who is in control of a council but of that council's problems. Does the Minister agree that the rate support grant arrangements do not accord with the problems of a council, whether that council is Labour-controlled, Liberal-controlled or Conservative-controlled? That is the fault of the rate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating Reform (21 Apr 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Secretary of State tell the House how many of those 875 submissions advocated a poll tax instead of or in addition to existing rates? Will he examine carefully the suggestion of a poll tax, which could be wide open to evasion, difficult to administer and more inequitable than the existing rating system?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Special Charging Orders (5 Apr 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I have sympathy with what the hon. Member for Liverpool, Edge Hill (Mr. Alton) said. Parish councils have tended to be the Cinderella of local authorities since 1972, but they are important. When a parish council expresses an opinion to a Member of Parliament, one knows that is the opinion of elected representatives, not a pressure group. Some parish councils have been adversely affected...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Duration of Part I of Act (5 Apr 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 2 is short and would simply limit the duration of part Ito 12 months from the date on which the legislation comes into force, giving the Government an opportunity to renew part I by statutory instrument approved by the affirmative procedure of the House. There are three principal reasons why the Opposition want to discuss the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill: Duration of Part I of Act (5 Apr 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: All that the Minister has really said in reply is that in the vocabulary of Her Majesty's Ministers "interim" means "permanent" and "permanent" may mean "interim". In the words of a famous comedian, there is no answer to that. There is no point in debating the matter further. I therefore ask my right hon. and hon. Friends to divide the House on the new clause.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate Support Grant (17 Feb 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Secretary of State tell the House how many of the 50 authorities that have made representations have told him that, as a direct result of the rate support grant, they will have to increase their rates, and how many are Conservative authorities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Domestic Rates (17 Feb 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: In order to gain that good response, and in view of the earlier reply of his hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, will the Government produce the document in cartoon form and publish it inThe Guardian alongside the public opinion poll on council tenants' attitudes to rents?

Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Feb 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: It is astonishing that this debate is and has been throughout so ill-attended by hon. Members of all parties. I should tell the Secretary of State, who has not been present a great deal himself, that hon. Members on both sides have been conspicuously absent. As the right hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle) said, we are discussing one quarter of public expenditure in this...

Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Feb 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I agree. I hope that I did not misinterpret the right hon. and learned Gentleman. Inevitably, as a result of this rate support grant settlement, education, like other services, will be cut due to the reduction in the total amount of money given to local authorities and the built-in figures for inflation, which are false figures. My hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. McWilliam) and the...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Licensing of Sex Establishments (3 Feb 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I was one of those who asked on Second Reading that the matter be dealt with, but why is it being dealt with in this cumbersome way? Why not merely change the planning designation? For example, if a chip shop were established in what had been an ordinary shop it would be in a separate planning category. Why could not that have been done, instead of using this cumbersome way, which appears to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (No. 2) Bill (18 Jan 1982)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Every English and Welsh Member has a vital and important interest in the debate. Almost certainly, their district and county councils—whatever their political complexion—are opposed to what the Bill attempts to achieve. The hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Benyon) made what I am sure the House will agree was a characteristically honest and courageous speech and he stated that it was...


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