Results 261–280 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

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

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that British Petroleum has effectively been in public ownership for over six months and that the Government have been prevented from exercising any control over that company because of the division of ownership between the Government and the Bank of England? Before the Bank of England is permitted to dispose of the former Burmah shares on the open market,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: TUC General Council (24 Jun 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his most recent meeting with the TUC General Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: TUC General Council (24 Jun 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that many trade union leaders have already expressed their readiness to co-operate with the Government in policies aimed at stemming the rate of inflation? Does he accept that the good will which the trade union movement is showing towards the Government stems in large measure from the consistent manner in which the Government have carried out their side of the...

New Clause 1: Validity of the Total Vote (24 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman accepted the words of his former leader, the right hon. Member for Sidcup (Mr. Heath), when he said that Britian should be a member of the Community only with the wholehearted consent of the people. Although that does not override parliamentary sovereignty in quite the same way as the referendum, it is an aceptance that Parliament should pay attention to the...

New Clause 1: Validity of the Total Vote (24 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: It is.

New Clause 1: Validity of the Total Vote (24 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: An item of policy that fails to obtain a two-thirds' majority at a Labour Party conference does not become party policy: but we do not then put the minority viewpoint in the manifesto—which is what my hon. Friend is proposing. He says that if we do not get a two-thirds majority, the pro-Marketeers have won. We do not take that view at Labour Party conferences.

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (24 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Has the hon. Gentleman forgotten that the Government are to send a mini-version of their White Paper to everyone? Whatever is included on the ballot paper will not influence a person until he actually gets to the polling station. The hon. Gentleman must admit that he is attempting to influence people at the last possible moment. If that is what he wants he should tell us. He is entitled to try.

Clause 2: Conduct of Referendum (23 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend accept that the real reason why we could not hold a General Election on the issue is that the leaderships of all three parties have lined up on the same side, so that a General Election would be an utter nonsense?

New Clause 11: Entitlement to Campaign Activity Expenditure (23 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

New Clause 11: Entitlement to Campaign Activity Expenditure (23 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: It is not my intention to detain the Committee for long at this hour of the night. It was nearly my good fortune to start my brief remarks 15 minutes ago, but as that did not happen I shall be even briefer than I should otherwise have been. The object of the clause is clear. It is an attempt, clumsy though it may be, to restrict expenditure on the campaign. It has been an underlying theme of...

New Clause 11: Entitlement to Campaign Activity Expenditure (23 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for his assurances as far as they go, but will he ensure that the message he conveys to the Lord President is not just that there is concern here that we want passed on to the campaign organisations? We want him to look seriously at the idea of bringing in machinery to control expenditure. We want an assurance that the Government have not ruled out entirely...

New Clause 11: Entitlement to Campaign Activity Expenditure (23 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: On a point of order, Mr. Williams. I thought that the Minister was to reply.

Clause 1: Holding of Referendum (22 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I suggest that the motives for working abroad are not completely altruistic and patriotic, and that as a by-product of working abroad there is a certain financial reward, which is sometimes greater than that for working in this country. Not all those working abroad are assisting this country's export performance. Some are working for our foreign competitors and undermining our economic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: County Courts (21 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the progress of the discussions being held by the Lord Chancellor's Department concerning the restructuring of county courts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: County Courts (21 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for that answer. W ill he give an assurance that he will use his influence to resist any proposals from the circuit administrators which will make the county courts more remote and access to them more difficult? Does he agree that any action on those lines would tend to destroy the good work done to make access to the county courts easier for most...

Orders of the Day — European Community Membership) (8 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: He was not talking about the Treaty of Rome.

Orders of the Day — European Community Membership) (8 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: They are extra.

Orders of the Day — European Community Membership) (8 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I do not want to give my hon. Friend the wrong impression. I was not smiling about that. I intended to point out to him the supporters of Socialism on the Opposition benches who were expressing their support.

European Community (Membership) (7 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Under conditions.

European Community (Membership) (7 Apr 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: is my hon. Friend aware that any refund that we may obtain from the EEC is dependent on this country having a continued per capita gross domestic product of only 85 per cent. of the Community average? Is he implying that this country has to stay in a permanent state of relative poverty in order to avoid paying an unfair proportion of the Community budget? It follows from the agreement which...


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