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

Orders of the Day — Agriculture and Prices (14 Mar 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: My constituency has often been said to be the most typical political barometer in the country. In deference to certain hon. Members opposite, perhaps I should say "In these countries". It might be said that Gravesend is an opinion pollster's dream. Over the last 51 years, that constituency has regularly elected a Member to serve upon the Government benches. At the risk of sounding somewhat...

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Gentleman is making a case more for the inadequacy of the companies' refining capacity in the South-East than a case that the overall capacity in the South-East is inadequate. The Secretary of State's statement was based upon the overall refining capacity in the South-East and not on the capacity of the two companies concerned here.

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Is the hon. Member aware that the inspector, in his report on this planning application, was critical of the applicants for not having investigated locations outside the Thamesside area?

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State for the Environment said that he realises that the refinery could not operate on a permanent basis without the movement of products by road?

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Speaking as the Member for Gravesend, in which constituency these powers are sought, I ask hon. Members to reject the Bill. The hon. Member for Bedford (Mr. Skeet) based his case entirely upon the refinery, but that is not the issue. Whether the refinery will be built is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. We are now considering the provisions for...

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: One of the arguments that could be used is that used by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he spoke about increases in fuel tax, but we should perhaps be considering more ways of economising in the use of petroleum products in this country. The figures given in the report from the inquiry referred to 1975 estimates of demand and refining capacity. Those were figures...

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: The references in the report are to common land. We are discussing common land. We are not here to discuss whether it should have been registered. It is a fact that this land has been so registered and is therefore common. Existing legislation lays down procedures which the applicants can follow for the deregistration of commons. Legislation lays down that commons cannot be enclosed except by...

BURMAH-TOTAL REFINERIES TRUST BILL (By Order) (2 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: I hope later to come to some of the points raised by the hon. Gentleman. As I said, the onus to prove that they need the powers within the Bill is upon the promoters of the Bill and not upon us. Clause 21 demands sweeping powers to deregister common land. It provides: Notwithstanding the provisions of the Commons Registration Act 1965, the registration as common land under that Act of the...

State of the Nation (5 Apr 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Would the hon. Gentleman include in his wide-ranging description of militants the leaders of local authority employees and the leaders of ambulance men and firemen who were forced to take industrial action during the period of the former Government in an almost unprecedented fashion? If he would, can he name the militants within those trade unions?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Mr. John Ovenden (Gravesend) rose—

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: We have heard today some tremendous examples of humbug. We are faced with a motion which is a supreme example of political opportunism. We on the Labour benches have not spent the past few months bemoaning the inheritance willed to us by the former Government, because that inheritance was probably no worse than that which we should have expected. It is not fair that my right hon. and hon....

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: I understand that the hon. Lady supported her party when in Government. This is another example of the political humbug of which I spoke earlier. She did not oppose the actions taken by her party. However, I was about to move away from this rather sterile debate about the rating position this year and look at local government finance generally. The harsh, unpalatable fact of local government...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: I am sure that there are many other instances of such action. Those who believe that they can send the bill to central Government and maintain control could not be further from the truth. If we are to provide the services needed in local government—and we all know that, although we get letters protesting about the rates we get an almost equal number demanding improvements in services—then...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: That is the supreme example of illogicality. Those individuals bear their own fair share of national income tax but pay only a quarter of the rates, which is totally unfair. The system which I want to see adopted would be based on income. There is no panacea which will solve the problems of local government finance overnight. Many questions on local income tax remain to be answered. For...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Rates (27 Jun 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: I should like the hon. Gentleman to tell the House the rate in his area last year and what it is this year so that we can compare that figure with the burden placed on some of the cities and towns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Live Animals (Export for Slaughter) (4 Jul 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon Friend give an assurance that, in view of the appalling cruelties involved in this practice in the past, such trade will not be resumed unless there are not only adequate safeguards but adequate methods of enforcing such safeguards?

Orders of the Day — Housing Rents and Subsidies Bill (18 Nov 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: Will the lion. Gentleman carry that argument a little further and oppose the present system of tax relief on mortgage interest, which gives relief based upon the price of the house and is in no way related to the means of the buyer?

Orders of the Day — Housing Rents and Subsidies Bill (18 Nov 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: This has been an illuminating debate because of the different attitudes on housing that have been exposed from both sides of the Chamber. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Silverman) said that at least the Opposition had not returned to putting forward the Housing Finance Act. It seems to me, listening to the Opposition's contributions this afternoon, that that is...

Orders of the Day — Housing Rents and Subsidies Bill (18 Nov 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Gentleman appears to have the facts slightly wrong. My understanding of the Housing Finance Act is that the surplus was to be paid to the Secretary of State and that any such sum … shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund. There were provisions later for a refund of part of that to the local authority, but there was no guarantee that the local authority would use that money for...

Orders of the Day — Housing Rents and Subsidies Bill (18 Nov 1974)

Mr John Ovenden: rose—


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