Results 21–40 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

New Clause 1: Joint Committees of Council and Boards (7 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: I do not often agree with the hon. Member for Gillingham (Mr. Burden). This is probably the strangest event that has occurred in Kent for a long time. The House is in unanimity on this occasion. Although I prefer more controversy and excitement, perhaps today's mood on this issue is more constructive. I want to hear what the Minister says in reply to the strong case that was put to him...

New Clause 1: Joint Committees of Council and Boards (7 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend accept that one of the problems of the negative procedure is that, despite the feelings of hon. Members who may be annoyed about the issue, it is up to the Government to provide time for a debate? Will my right hon. Friend cast his mind back to the arguments raised over the past two months about non-contributory invalidity pension, when prayers were tabled but the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Educational Maintenance Allowances (6 Feb 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend accept that the most serious problem about educational maintenance awards is the variation between those authorities that face up to their responsibilities and those, such as my own in Kent, which do not? Will not his proposals make that situation far worse?

Oral Answers to Questions: House Building (Starts and Completions) (31 Jan 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest figures for housing starts and completions in the public and private sectors.

Oral Answers to Questions: House Building (Starts and Completions) (31 Jan 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Now that the combination of Treasury controls on house building and the indifference of Tory local authorities to their housing responsibilities have succeeded in reducing the public sector starts to the disastrous level of 1973, what action does my right hon. Friend intend to take to reverse the trend?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Benefits (30 Jan 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend accept that a number of social security benefits have declined in real value over the years? In this International Year of the Child, will he pay particular attention to uprating the maternity benefits, which have fallen way behind other benefits? Does he accept that that would make a major contribution to the quality of infant care in this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: National Association of Widows (18 Jan 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: When my right hon. Friend meets the widows, will he tell them how he justifies singling out widows' allowance as the only short-term social security benefit which is taxed?

Orders of the Day — The Civil Service (15 Jan 1979)

Mr John Ovenden: I declare an interest in that I am an adviser to a Civil Service union. That is well known to most of my colleagues and it is declared in the Register of Members' Interests, but as that document seems to have bitten the dust, I must put it on the record tonight. I wish to speak exclusively on the section of the Select Committee report which deals with Civil Service pay and particularly with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North Sea Oil (Refining) (4 Dec 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his latest estimate of the proportion of North Sea oil from United Kingdom fields which will be refined in United Kingdom refineries in 1978.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North Sea Oil (Refining) (4 Dec 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: In view of the under-utilisation of United Kingdom oil refineries, what action will my right hon. Friend take to improve that figure even more? Will he assure us that he will resist any EEC interference with this country's right to insist on the landing of North Sea oil in Britain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Television (X Certificate Films) (30 Nov 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend resist any suggestion that what we can watch on television should be geared to the needs of 12-year-olds? Will she make it clear that the Government will not force all of us to watch"Blue Peter " all night just because some people do not send their kids to bed at the right time?

Orders of the Day — Port Health Regulations (23 Nov 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I am very grateful for the opportunity to raise an issue that I believe should be of serious concern to all hon. Members and to the country as a whole. I can assure my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security that it causes great concern in my constituency. I refer to the changes in the port health regulations in April this year, which many of us believe have...

Rail Dispute (Southern Region) (22 Nov 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is no monopoly of concern about this issue on the Opposition Benches and that many Government supporters who represent commuter constituencies are extremely concerned about the discomfort and inconvenience caused to our constituents this morning? However, does my right hon. Friend accept that attacks from the Opposition Benches imputing strange motives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Teachers (Unemployment) (18 Jul 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her latest estimate of the number of teachers who will be unemployed after the commencement of the autumn 1978 school term.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Teachers (Unemployment) (18 Jul 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the level of teacher unemployment could be substantially reduced if authorities with higher than average pupil-teacher ratios devoted their resources to employing teachers and improving their educational services rather than frittering their money away on irrelevancies such as voucher schemes? Is she aware, for instance, that Kent county council intends to...

Finance Bill: Earnings from Work Done Abroad (11 Jul 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I support the new clause. I declare an interest as adviser to the Society of Civil and Public Servants. The intention of the new clause is not to place civil servants in a privileged category for taxation purposes. It is intended to place them on the same level as everybody else and to give them the advantage of the tax concessions which already apply to people in private industry. It is not...

Pharmacists (29 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: At the beginning of this Session I tabled Early-Day Motion No. 16 on the need for a comprehensive pharmaceutical service. The motion called attention to the importance to the community of retail chemists, expressed concern about the rate of closures and called upon the Government to make available sufficient funds to ensure a comprehensive pharmaceutical service. In five lines, the motion...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (21 Jun 1978)

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

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (21 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Member has referred on a number of occasions to people buying the houses in which they live. He must know that a lot of Conservative authorities south of the border do not exactly apply that rule. They tend to transfer tenants into other council accommodation so that they can buy that accommodation. This means that a lot of tenants who are waiting in high-rise blocks for a transfer...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Housing (21 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: There are two points in the remarks of the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Benyon) with which I agree. I share his scepticism about any statistics advanced by the hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) and I agree with him that both the public and private sectors have a part to play in solving our housing problems. Having heard the speech of the hon. Member for Henley and the echo of its...


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