Results 181–200 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: British Broadcasting Corporation (24 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: When my right hon. Friend has the opportunity of meeting the Chairman or Director-General of the BBC, will he make it abundantly plain to either of those gentlemen that the Government have no intention of approving any increase in licence fees this or next year, and that when the British people are being asked to accept wage restraint they feel affronted by the rumours and stories being put...

Oral Answers to Questions — TUC (24 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will list the subjects on which he has received representations from the TUC since the beginning of May.

Oral Answers to Questions — TUC (24 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that in discussions with the TUC on child benefits it was not the TUC which took the initiative in suggesting the abandonment of the scheme? Will he think again about proceeding with the scheme in view of the opinions of the TUC and Labour Back Benchers? Is he aware that those who are urging him to reconsider are doing so because they believe it is important...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Rents (23 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that some local authorities intend to save most of their alleged overspending by cutting the rate contribution to the housing revenue account? Is he further aware that this will place the whole burden of sacrifice on one section of the community? Will he give some guidance to local authorities to prevent their acting in this manner?

Business of the House (17 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that, whatever the Cabinet is reported to have been told about the opinions of Labour Back Benchers, the majority of Labour Back Benchers have shown by their support for Early-Day Motion No. 408 that they wish the Government to proceed with their commitment on child benefit? [That this House calls upon Her Majesty's Government to honour its commitment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Baor (15 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of the cost in foreign exchange in 1976 of maintaining British troops in West Germany.

Oral Answers to Questions — Baor (15 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: What is the estimated benefit to this country from the offset agreement we have with the West German Government, and what efforts is my right hon. Friend making to increase that contribution which, over recent years, has been derisory compared with the cost of maintaining British forces in Germany?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Isle of Grain (8 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will pay an official visit to the Isle of Grain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Isle of Grain (8 Jun 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: is the Prime Minister aware of my disappointment that he will be unable to visit the area where the first shipment of British North Sea oil was landed, thereby missing an appropriate opportunity to make a statement about the Government's oil policy? Will he take the opportunity today to tell the House whether he is satisfied with the progress being made towards achieving the Labour Party...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council Houses (Sale) (26 May 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that we are relieved to hear that he is still committed to the terms of Circular 70/74? Is he further aware that many Conservative-controlled local authorities are determined to ignore the advice of that circular and to sell council houses, showing a total disregard of their obligations to provide a proper pool of rented housing? Does he intend to sit back and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Disregard (One-Parent Families) (25 May 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I welcome my right hon. Friend's announcement. However, will he look again at the idea of introducing a supplementary benefit disregard that takes account of the number of children included in one-parent families, rather than a flat rate disregard throughout the whole range.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (3 May 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Perhaps the right hon. and learned Gentleman could clear up one point about the Conservative Party's stand on subsidies. Would he approve the complete phasing out of subsidies on commuter rail travel? We should like to know where the Opposition stand on that issue.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (3 May 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (3 May 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: The debate so far has concentrated upon the Chancellor's economic strategy, but I shall not entirely follow that line, because I believe that the occasion of the Budget should be an opportunity not only to review or revise our economic strategy but also to look carefully at the anomalies and injustices in our tax system itself and try to correct them. I regret that the Chancellor has not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Maternity Services (27 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Is not some of the increase in cost due to the higher incidence of induced births, many of which are done not because of the wish of the mother, or for medical reasons, but solely for the convenience of the obstetricians concerned? Could that be contributing in some way to the extra costs per birth?

Orders of the Day — Health Services Bill (27 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: The right hon. Gentleman is becoming very erratic in his arguments. He has said twice within the past two or three minutes that legislation is a matter for Parliament, yet only five minutes ago he was saying that Parliament should not concern itself with this legislation and that we should await the Royal Commission. Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman will make up his mind.

Orders of the Day — Health Services Bill (27 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: My hon. Friend said that this system ensures maximum efficiency for doctors and ensures that they are available. I draw his attention to the evidence given to the Select Committee which pointed to the absence of consultants from ward rounds, from clinics and from operating sessions because they were tending to the needs of private patients. The picture is not as rosy as he tries to paint it.

Orders of the Day — Health Services Bill (27 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I should like to see the same sort of improvements in the quality of service in the National Health Service as the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Crouch) but I suspect that they will be difficult to achieve in the light of the public expenditure review and totally impossible in the light of the Conservative Party's dedication to massive cuts in public expenditure. I want to get back to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper Imports (26 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Trade when he expects to commence discussions with the Scandinavian Governments on the review of the duty-free quota system for the import of paper products.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper Imports (26 Apr 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. May I have an assurance that these negotiations about the long-term future of quotas will be completed before the 1977 figures are due to be negotiated? Will my hon. Friend also assure me that in these negotiations he will endeavour to produce a system which more closely reflects reductions in home demand and affects imports accordingly?


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