Results 241–260 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Orders of the Day — Education (24 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I cannot enter into debate about what happened in that Parliament because I was not a Member, but I assure the hon. Gentleman that no such problem will arise this time. I am sure that the vote tonight will amply demonstrate that the Government enjoy probably a very large majority support in the House on this issue. The attempts to proceed by agreement and consent have been frustrated by...

Debate on the Address: First Day (19 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Lady is taking great delight in telling us how much money this man receives. Perhaps she would also tell us how large his family is. Does she agree that the benefits this man receives are based on scale rates depending on the size of the family? Is she suggesting that large families should be penalised by not receiving the same scale rates as other families?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Comprehensive Education (11 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities have still not submitted plans for comprehensive reorganisation covering their whole areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Comprehensive Education (11 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does not that answer reveal that a considerable number of local authorities are determined to obstruct or delay the implementation of comprehensive reorganisation unless my right hon. Friend is prepared to introduce legislation forcing them to do so? Has his attention been drawn to statements by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Kent Education Committee saying that comprehensive...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Income Tax Allowance (Female Pensioners) (6 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what weekly amount the income tax allowance for a single woman retirement pensioner aged 60 years exceds the basic retirement pension; and how this compares with the November 1973 figure.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Income Tax Allowance (Female Pensioners) (6 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend agree that these figures demonstrate that many single women retiring at 60, and many widows, are facing an increased tax burden although they have only modest part-time earnings, and when many of them are living at or below the supplementary benefit level? Does he not also agree that if the National Insurance Fund accepts that there is a case for women retiring at the age...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: British Railways (5 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Will the Minister confirm that British Rail has already sent to many local trade union officials proposals to close railway stations on Sundays? Does he accept that this is the beginning of a policy that will inevitably lead to no services at all for the majority of rural areas outside peak hours? Will he, while we still have a public transport system, abandon the targets he has set?

Self-Employed Persons (4 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: They did everything wrong.

Self-Employed Persons (4 Nov 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: If the hon. Gentleman is so interested in fairness, he should examine the previous relationship between the contributions of the self-employed and the combined employee-employer contributions. Does he not accept that until the increases of last year the self-employed were not paying their fair share of the contributions?

One-Parent Families (20 Oct 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: My hon. Friend the Member for St. Helens (Mr. Spriggs) said that the problems of one-parent families are recognised in this House, and this debate has amply demonstrated that. Unfortunately, what is lacking is a sense of urgency among those who have power to act to remedy the plight of one-parent families. The families about whom we are here concerned have already waited six years while the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Family Income Supplement (5 Aug 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will reduce for lone parents the weekly number of hours of work required to qualify for family income supplement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Family Income Supplement (5 Aug 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Would my hon. Friend accept that that answer will be welcomed? Would he also accept that most people concerned with assisting one-parent families would support the Government's view that a system of child cash allowances to replace means-tested benefits is the best approach? Would he also accept, however, that the introduction of a scheme of that sort with benefits on a scale large enough to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Telephone Charges (14 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will issue a general direction to the Post Office instructing it to abolish the charge at present made to customers taking over existing apparatus and lines.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Telephone Charges (14 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Although I understand my hon. Friend's reluctance to interfere in matters of this sort, may I ask whether he accepts that this charge probably causes more resentment than any other and that in levying such a charge the Post Office is out of step with other nationalised industries? Will he ask the Post Office to examine whether it might be in the interests of good public relations, and might...

Orders of the Day — Education (10 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Will the hon. Gentleman make clear that he is proposing that the same standards should apply to every student, irrespective of whether he is in receipt of an educational maintenance allowance or not? I hope that there is no proposal that students in receipt of EMAs should be subjected to a test which is not imposed upon other students?

Orders of the Day — Education (10 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The point I was trying to make was that the hon. Gentleman was suggesting that a test should be applied to students in receipt of educational maintenance allowances, concerning their effort in school and whether they were benefiting from the educational opportunity. I was asking him to make clear that he was not proposing that a special test should be applied to those students, but to all...

Orders of the Day — Education (10 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I take this opportunity of welcoming the report of the Expenditure Committee dealing with educational maintenance allowances. In a debate such as this I shall not have the opportunity to deal with both reports so I shall concentrate on that one. I hope that the Under-Secretary will be able to give us some indication that the Government intend to take urgent action to give effect to the...

Orders of the Day — Education (10 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I am grateful for that assurance. I hope that that point will be taken into account by the Department when it brings forward the necessary measures and that there will be no discrimination of the type which I have mentioned.

Orders of the Day — Education (10 Jul 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The figures which my hon. Friend has just given do not take account of the number of people who may now be excluded from receiving allowances because the scales have not kept up with inflation. These figures relate only to people who are still eligible to receive allowances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Petroleum (30 Jun 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has yet made a decision concerning the acquisition of the British Petroleum shares at present held by the Bank of England.


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