Results 281–300 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Social Security (Abolition of Wage Stop Rule) (19 Mar 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to abolish the wage stop rule in relation to the payment of social security benefits. The wage stop rule is the rule contained in paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 of the Supplementary Benefit Act 1966.

Social Security (Abolition of Wage Stop Rule) (19 Mar 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The rule applies to all men who have to register for work as a condition of receiving supplementary benefit. The rule demands that unless there are exceptional circumstances the amount of supplementary benefit payable shall not exceed what would be the individual's net weekly earnings if he were engaged in full-time work in his occupation. I am asking leave to introduce the Bill firstly...

Eec Membership (Referendum) (11 Mar 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Taking up that suggestion, how would the hon. Lady interpret a vote by the British people in which 40 per cent. of the votes were cast against continued membership, 35 per cent. for continued British membership, and the remainder said that the matter should be left to British Members of Parliament? How would she interpret such a result?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Taxation (Widows) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the National Association of Widows concerning tax allowances; and what reply he has sent.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Taxation (Widows) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I am grateful for that reply, and I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for meeting the deputation. Will he be more forthcoming? Does he accept that it is a basic injustice that a widow seeking to earn a family income should be more harshly treated by the tax system than a married woman who seeks to do the same? Is it not an injustice that a married couple with one child qualify for a tax...

Eec Budget (Contributions) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: My right hon. Friend has told the House of the disparity between our share of the GNP and our share of the Community's budget. Could he give us an estimate of what actual sum we shall be paying, expressed as a percentage of what we would pay, based on GDP? We need to know that before we know how much we shall receive from the correcting mechanism.

Eec Budget (Contributions) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I shall attempt to be brief because my task has been made easier by the lucid manner in which my right hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) has put most of the points that I wished to make. I am not surprised that some hon. Members find the document or our membership of the Common Market acceptable even without this corrective mechanism. We are fully aware that right hon....

Eec Budget (Contributions) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Lady has completely misunderstood the document, if she has read it. What the document lays down I shall come to later and I am sure that she will agree she is entirely wrong. These proposals take no account of the income which member States receive from the Community budget. My hon. Friend the Member for Oxford referred to this matter when he said that in our manifesto we insisted...

Eec Budget (Contributions) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I shall be coming to the hon. Lady's first point shortly. The proposals to help us in times of hardship are far from generous. To satisfy the conditions for receiving some rebate on our contributions we must satisfy the three criteria laid down in the document. That means that we must have a relatively low standard of living, a low rate of economic growth and a balance of pyments difficulty....

Eec Budget (Contributions) (27 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Petroleum (24 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any proposals to acquire a majority shareholding in British Petroleum; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Petroleum (24 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that an assurance has been given to the Chairman of British Petroleum that whilst 20 per cent. of the BP shares formerly owned by Burmah Oil are held by the Bank of England the Government will not attempt to exercise any extra control of BP that a 70 per cent. holding would give them? Does my right hon. Friend accept that it is a fundamental principle of this...

Proceedings of the House (Broadcasting) (24 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I shall try to obey Mr. Speaker's injunction to be brief. I fully support both motions. No new arguments which were not put forward in previous debates have been put forward tonight against televising Parliament. The real issue that we must consider is not whether it is to our convenience, whether we can afford to allow this process if it would disrupt our lives or upset our traditions, or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Manufactured Goods (EEC Countries) (17 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will show the average level of tariffs imposed on United Kingdom imports of manufactured goods from EEC countries at the present time and prior to United Kingdom membership of the EEC, the corresponding figures for United Kingdom exports to EEC countries and the present value of the trade involved in each direction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Manufactured Goods (EEC Countries) (17 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the figures he has given, together with the figures he gave earlier this afternoon, demonstrate once more that the balance of advantage in this arrangement has accrued to the EEC countries and not to us? Will he therefore confirm my view that if Britain should decide to withdraw from the Common Market it is most unlikely that the EEC countries would act...

Orders of the Day — Equality of Opportunity (13 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The situation relating to resident landlords is taken care of in the Rent Act, as the hon. and gallant Gentleman would know if he had taken the trouble to read it. I suggest that he is trying to mislead the House and the country in the way that many of his right hon. and hon. Friends have done about the true meaning of the Rent Act.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (6 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Before the hon. Gentleman leaves the proud record of the Conservative Party in Government, will he enlighten us as to how the more than doubling of house prices in three years, and the rise in mortgage rates from 8½ per cent. to 11 per cent., assisted first-time buyers?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (6 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: I am sure that the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Steen) will forgive me if I do not take up his points one by one, but I would point out to him, and I am sure he will agree, that the defects in estates of which he has spoken are not peculiar to council estates. I could take him to some very soulless, soul-destroying private estates. I sympathise with his problems in the numbering...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (6 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: The simple answer is that tenancies are as limited as life itself, and houses become available as a result of natural factors if they are retained in the ownership of the local authority. Many council tenants choose to take houses in the private sector. Every local authority that has gone through the process of selling council houses is finding that fewer houses now become available as voids...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (6 Feb 1975)

Mr John Ovenden: Selectively.


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