Results 1–20 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Pay (26 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Minister for the Civil Service when he plans next to meet representatives of the Civil Service trade unions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Pay (26 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the offer made to civil servants today was totally unrealistic in the light of other settlements made in the public and private sectors? Does he further agree that the offer that further phasing must wait until next year is inconsistent with the Government's commitment to pay research and with the statements which his right hon. Friends, including the...

Prevention of Terrorism Debate (MR. Speaker's Ruling) (21 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: I welcome any steps for the review of these orders, but does the Home Secretary accept that he has implied that the Government intend to keep this Act on the statute book as long-term legislation and that that is why he is talking about a three-year period?

Prevention of Terrorism Debate (MR. Speaker's Ruling) (21 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: I am sure that my hon. Friend would wish to be fair to Lord Shackleton and place the responsibility for the legislation where it properly rests. We should consider the terms of reference of the Shackleton inquiry. Lord Shackleton was instructed to carry out his inquiry accepting the continued need for legislation against terrorism. We should argue about the legislation and its continued need...

Prevention of Terrorism Debate (MR. Speaker's Ruling) (21 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act was first introduced in the aftermath of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. Unlike most of my hon. Friends who have spoken, I voted for the Act on the basis that it was an emergency piece of legislation, justified by the extreme situation which the country faced at that time. I believe that it was on that basis that the majority of hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (20 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. and learned Gentleman will recall that last week my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Cook), on a question about the Opposition's attitude to pay research, asked whether the Opposition supported the full implementation of the Pay Research Unit's report of 1 April of this year. The hon. and learned Member said that he was sorry that he could not help him on that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (20 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. and learned Member complimented me on my patience in listening to him. I did not need complimenting, because it was no hardship. I have a sense of humour and I always enjoy his speeches. However, he promised my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) that he would reply to the point regarding the right of public sector workers to go on strike and to my point about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Nursery Education (13 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware of the educational disadvantages suffered by children born in the late spring and early summer, who normally enjoy only two years in infant schools? Apart from the expansion in nursery education, would it not be helpful to have a more liberal policy on the admission of rising-fives to school? When will my hon. Friend relax the guidelines issued on employing staff to...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: Questions to Ministers (13 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: My right hon. Friend was talking about the operative date for the settlements. Will he tell the House what happens to the operative date if no agreement is reached by 1 April? In an agreement is not reached until the end of April or later, from when does that settlement date?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: Questions to Ministers (13 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: It is with trepidation that any English Member of Parliament ventures into a debate such as this. I do not agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Cook) that this is simply a Scottish issue. It has wider implications, in the light of the dispute in the Civil Service. I declare my interest as an adviser to the Society of Civil and Public Servants, which is one of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pensions (6 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the administrative cost of making a cash payment to all pensioners to cover the annual amount by which the November 1978 pension increase falls short of the increase in average earnings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Retirement Pensions (6 Mar 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend reconsider that answer? Does he not accept that some action should be taken to recompense pensioners for the lower than justified pension increase that they received in November due to the miscalculations of his Department? Does he accept that the higher than expected increase in earnings has boosted the national insurance funds and that some way ought to be found to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (Screening Procedures) (22 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the criteria on which the immigration officials reach decisions concerning the admission of fiancées of British residents and the advice issued by his Department on what methods may be used to obtain the necessary information on which to base decisions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (Screening Procedures) (22 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a widespread feeling among the minority communities in the country that the immigration procedures, adopted particularly at Heathrow, are discriminatory either in principle or in application? Does he accept that the only way to allow a proper and informed discussion on this matter is to publish the regulations that have been issued to immigration...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service (Industrial Dispute) (22 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: As we all approve of trade union democracy, will the Prime Minister confirm that his recent statement was not an invitation to trade unionists to defy the agreed policies of their trade unions by going to work on Friday? Will he also confirm that he has been unable to give the trade unions involved any assurance that the Government will this year implement in full the proposals of the Pay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways Board (21 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend find it strange that hon. Members opposite, such as the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mr. Goodhart), should criticise the increase in prices on British Rail while at the same time calling for cuts in public expenditure and, necessarily, for cuts in subsidies? By what amount have the Government increased subsidies to British Rail and what would have been the effect on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Wage Settlements (20 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers are affected by wage settlements agreed within the 5 per cent. guidelines; and what proportion of these will still be earning less than £60 per week after the settlements take effect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Wage Settlements (20 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, despite the £3·50 limit, the low-paid are still faring quite badly under this phase of pay policy, as indeed they have done under every phase of pay policy, with the possible exception of the £6 provision, and as they did under the free-for-all? Will the Government make the elimination of low pay one of their top priorities, through the introduction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Trade Unions (12 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Although my right hon. Friend needs more time to process the reports, is he not in a position to say what broad level of pay increases is represented by the PRU findings? Will he give us an assurance that he will accept the findings and not try to tie the Civil Service to a 5 per cent. limit, which would be totally out of line with the findings of the PRU?

Business of the House (8 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend find time for an urgent debate on the economy, particularly about today's decision to raise the minimum lending rate? If he cannot arrange that, will he ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to come to the House soon to make a statement? Is he aware that, although we do not adopt the bogus alternatives advocated by the Opposition, many of us on this side of the House...


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