Results 41–60 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

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

Mr John Ovenden: The sale of council houses will never involve a recognition of housing need. Those with money and the ability to buy will benefit and those who do not have the ability to buy will suffer. However, the rest of the council tenants will also suffer from this policy as they have to meet the financial burdens outlined by my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden (Mr. Douglas-Mann). I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Voucher Schemes (20 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what requests she has received from local education authorities for permission to introduce experimental education voucher schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Voucher Schemes (20 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: My right hon. Friend is aware of the decision by the Kent education committee to go ahead with this ludicrous waste of educational resources. Does she not regard it as a strange sense of priorities that an authority with one of the worst teacher-pupil ratios in the country and an abysmal record in nursery education, and an authority which cannot afford to reintroduce free school milk in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Northfleet (20 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will pay an official visit to Northfleet.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Northfleet (20 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that if he could find time to visit my constituents in the coming months he would soon find how much they welcome the Government's success in bringing down inflation to the lowest level for five years? Would he not find it refreshing if, just for once, the Leader of the Opposition would stop carping and would give a similar welcome to the country's success in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rented Accommodation (14 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the real problem with the Rent Act is not its harshness but its inadequacy to protect tenants and their right to security of tenure? Does he agree that the recent judgment in Somma v. Hazelhurst, together with the growth of agencies dedicated to the evasion of the Rent Act, makes amending legislation to protect tenants far too important to await the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Hospital Waiting Lists (13 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend accept that the delay in obtaining orthopaedic appointments is one of the biggest single causes of unnecessary suffering, among young people particularly? Why has my right hon. Friend's Department placed a bar on the appointment of further registrars in orthopaedics?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (Chairman) (7 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he next intends to meet the chairman of British Railways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (Chairman) (7 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend share the concern expressed by Sir Peter Parker in British Rail's annual report about how the views of the Price Commission on the fares of South-Eastern commuters can be reconciled with the financial objectives placed by the Government on the British Railways Board? When my right hon. Friend next meets Sir Peter Parker, what view will he express to the chairman...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel (7 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Whatever my right hon. Friend says about the desirability of a Channel Tunnel, will he make it clear that he will have nothing to do with the idea of a roll-on-roll-off motorway which was involved in the last project and which would have caused immense environmental damage in Kent?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what measures he intends to take to reduce unemployment amongst disabled young people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend accept that, although we all welcome the special provision being made within the youth opportunities scheme for disabled young people, their employment opportunities can be significantly improved only if the Manpower Services Commission adopts a much more urgent attitude towards the implementation and enforcement of the disabled employment quota? Will he impress on the MSC...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Prime Minister (Engagements) (6 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 6th June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Prime Minister (Engagements) (6 Jun 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend give some priority to considering what action the Government can take to avert an increase in building society mortgage rates? Does he accept that such an increase would be very damaging to family budgets? Will the Government tell the building societies quite clearly that a rise in interest rates, at a time when they are holding very large reserves and when they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Pay (15 May 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a further statement on the progress made towards reintroducing pay research into Civil Service pay determination.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Pay (15 May 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: In view of recent reports which show that the pay of the Armed Forces, the doctors and the dentists has fallen behind general pay increases, will my right hon. Friend not be surprised if the Pay Research Unit reaches a similar conclusion on Civil Service pay? If it does, will he give an assurance that the Government will face their obligation to give public sector employees a fair deal and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: One Parent Families (9 May 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the latest number of children in one-parent families whose parents are dependent on supplementary benefit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: One Parent Families (9 May 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the parents that he has mentioned, who are indisputably those in the greatest need, receive the full benefit of the child benefit increases announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement? Does he accept that it would be disgraceful if the fact that child benefit levels are soon to be above supplementary benefit rates were to be used...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (12 Apr 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of housing completions and starts in the public sector for 1978.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (12 Apr 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many Labour Members regard with some degree of pride the contribution that the Government have made to tackling the housing problem, especially the fact that 130,000 more houses have been completed in the public sector in the past three years than were completed during the last three years for which the Conservative Government were responsible? However, in...


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