Results 221–240 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Gentleman stressed the point that the Government show preference to Giro. Will he say how successful the Government have been in transferring their own business to Giro rather than to the Paymaster-General's office? Is there any evidence of preferential treatment? I suspect that the boot is on the other foot.

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I have not heard, certainly not from this side of the House, any suggestion that the Post Office should go into the credit card business. The suggestion, as I understand it, is for cheque guarantee cards. There is no question of introducing credit cards.

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: What about vending machines?

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: It is a pleasure to follow what has probably been the most constructive speech on this subject made from the Opposition Benches today. The tone of the rest of the comments by hon. Gentlemen opposite was summed up in the immortal phrase uttered by the hon. Member for Howden (Sir P. Bryan) that Giro should not be allowed to get above itself. I agree with the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir...

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I said that the Post Office could probably recruit these people in time and I am sure that it already has people who could be trained. But it is wrong to suggest that the Post Office has never been involved in assessing creditworthiness. Giro already operates the "gold card" system, which gives certain account holders the right to cash cheques up to £30 at any post office. That system is...

Orders of the Day — Post Office (Banking Services) Bill (20 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that point. It is important to realise how much Giro has contributed to the electricity boards, the gas boards and the local councils, whose money is now collected not only more cheaply but also more promptly. Therefore, Giro contributes towards the financial viability of those bodies. Certainly it assists local authorities in reducing the amount of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Petroleum Shares (12 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has yet decided whether to acquire the British Petroleum shares which were purchased by the Bank of England from the Burmah Oil Company.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Petroleum Shares (12 Jan 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon Friend agree, as it is now nearly a yea' since the Bank of England acquired these shares, that a Government decision on this matter is long overdue? Does he not consider that it is contrary to the policy of the Government that a company like BP should be in public ownership—as it has been for the past year—without being subject to public control? Before my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper and Board (15 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that there are proposals to construct tissue mills in Spain and Greece and that unless action is taken to prevent possible dumping from those sources the jobs of many workers in the British paper industry will be in danger? Will he seek to open negotiations with our Common Market partners about action that can be taken against these two countries, should the need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Import Quotas (EFTA Countries) (15 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will seek to renegotiate the agreements between the United Kingdom and its former EFTA partners in respect of duty-free import quotas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Import Quotas (EFTA Countries) (15 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that in respect of paper products imported under this quota system the industry tends to regard the competition that it faces from Scandinavian producers as unfair because British producers have to pay about 14 per cent. more for their pulp than do their competitors in Scandinavia? Is there not a case for reviewing quotas to ensure that they reflect the state of home...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: National Bus Company (3 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will establish an inquiry into the financial structure and financial targets of the National Bus Company.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: National Bus Company (3 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that the increases in fares which have been made this year by the National Bus Company are quite out of proportion to the general rate of inflation, and that these increases have imposed great hardship on the least-well-off sections of the community, and will inevitably lead to an accelerated decline in public transport? Does my hon. Friend believe that the present...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled Persons (2 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he intends to amend the employment quota scheme for disabled workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled Persons (2 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that proposals to change the scheme will be welcomed by disabled people who have come to regard the present scheme as a cruel farce? Will he ensure that his proposals are more enforceable and effective than the present system, under which only 40 per cent. of the firms bother to meet their obligations? Will he also ensure that those firms who are in breach of the law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Paper Products (Scandinavia) (1 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the results of the negotiations over the level of duty-free imports of paper products from Scandinavia for 1976.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Paper Products (Scandinavia) (1 Dec 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend accept that although the news that there will be no general increase is slightly better news than many of us expected, it will still do very little to assist the British paper industry? Is he aware that production is currently running at about one-quarter down on that of last year, that unemployment in the industry is growing, and that short-time working is widespread? In...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Men (Injuries on Duty) (25 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will appoint a committee to review the working of the Crown Proceedings Act as it affects Service men injured on duty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Men (Injuries on Duty) (25 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that there is a case for ascertaining whether his Department is properly using an Act which was designed to uphold Service discipline, by preventing Service men making claims in respect of negligence by the Department?

Orders of the Day — Education (24 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The debate has not yet ended, so I do not know what will emerge from it, but it is evident that we shall be no clearer at the end than at the beginning about precisely where the Conservative Party stands on the principle of comprehensive education. Despite the attempts made to elicit some reply, we have had little success so far. It seems to be a case of "Wait and see what happens. We are in...


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