Results 61–80 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Social Security Benefits (Uprating) (12 Apr 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his announcement about the doubling of the premium for single-parent families on child benefit, particularly as this is the second doubling of the premium in a relatively short period. Is he aware that all those concerned with the welfare of one-parent families will be grateful for what he has done, but would he accept that one of the problems arising from his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: South East Thames Regional Health Authority (11 Apr 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he next plans to meet the chairman of the South East Thames Regional Health Authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: South East Thames Regional Health Authority (11 Apr 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend agree that despite the small but welcome redistribution of funds to deprived areas in the region, too great a share of the region's resources are still being devoted to the London teaching hospitals? When he next meets the chairman of the regional authority, will he impress upon him the fact that the current plans for the region will still be under-funded by £24 million...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Livestock (Exports) (16 Mar 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend resist those who try to persuade him that this matter can be controlled by regulations? Does he agree that once consignments of animals have left this country we can never effectively enforce regulations? Does he accept that the only solution is to reintroduce the ban?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Sales (8 Mar 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Medway Borough Council is not only selling houses to sitting tenants but is embarking on an advertising campaign to persuade people living in flats and maisonettes who wish to buy houses to obtain transfers? Does he regard that as consistent with the policy of selling houses to sitting tenants and as fair to those who will have to continue to live for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (8 Mar 1978)

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 — Environment: House Building (8 Mar 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I congratulate the Government on the number of completions achieved in the public sector in the last three years, because it is a 50 per cent. improvement on the figure achieved by the Conservative Government in their last year of office. Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable concern on the Labour Benches about the decline in public sector starts, as is evidenced by last...

National Health Service (Kent) (3 Mar 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the subject of the allocation of National Health Service funds to Kent, particularly as I did not have the opportunity to debate it on a Private Member's Motion. The imbalance in the distribution of National Health Service resources has occupied the House and people outside on a number of occasions. However, the argument has tended to focus too much...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Renfrewshire, West (Mr. Buchan), first, on his good fortune in the high place that he won in the Ballot and, secondly, on his good sense in promoting this measure. The Bill does not go as far as many of us would wish. In a debate of this kind it is only fair to make that statement. However, it goes some way to remedying the injustice which is...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: My hon. Friend has, as always, hit the nail on the head.

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Not yet. I am answering my hon. Friend. This is a valid point. The Opposition owe us an explanation of this matter. I was inclined to be charitable to them and to believe that they had excepted Post Office workers because, like many of us, they did not realise that there was a restriction on their right to strike. But they have deliberately excluded them without saying why. As they have not...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: No, not at this stage. I am still dealing with this aspect of the matter. We deserve an explanation from the Opposition Front Bench why Post Office workers were not included in the 1971 provisions. I am sorry that the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery has left the Chamber. I think that we deserve an explanation from him on the question why the Liberal Party, feeling as it does, did not...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: At that time we were not entirely clear about the position. We could not do everything at once. If we could, presumably the country would be in a far better position today than it is.

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: My hon. Friend has pointed out, as have others in the debate, that Post Office workers are not the only people in the special position that the Opposition pretend. Many other workers are in a more powerful position, and industrial action on their part may have graver consequences than industrial action on the part of Post Office workers. We have read in the last few days of possible...

Orders of the Day — Post Office Workers (Industrial Action) Bill (17 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I have already given way to the hon. Gentleman once. He will have plenty of time to speak and to defend the causes that he usually espouses. I was saying that I see nothing morally wrong in such discrimination. It is fit and proper action for the trade union movement to take. Any decent trade unionist who faces that situation would want to respond in that way and to use his power to protect...

Business of the House (2 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Has my right hon. Friend seen Early-Day Motion No. 16, which has now been signed by 180 hon. Members, expressing concern about the continued decline of pharmaceutical services? Many of us fear that the Government's latest offer will do very little to halt the decline. Will he make time available either for a debate on this motion or on the pharmaceutical services in general, including the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (1 Feb 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend not find the attitude of some Conservative Back Benchers somewhat opportunist, in view of the speech of the Shadow Chancellor in Chatham on Friday night, when he told commuters that they could expect no hand-outs from a future Conservative Government? Many of us who represent commuter constituencies are far happier with this Government's commitment to the...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (19 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: This is a miscellaneous Bill and something of a hotchpotch. It has been referred to as an insignificant little Bill, but in comparison with many of the irrelevancies that we have been discussing in recent weeks it is of earth-shattering importance. The Bill is a welcome step forward. It is difficult to deal with in a normal Second Reading speech because it is a hotchpotch.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (19 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: I was going to suggest to the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Penhaligon) that much of the worthwhile legislation for which he was pressing might be possible if he had used his undoubted influence to get the Government to drop the Bills that we are spending so much time on at the moment. The first three clauses of the Bill deal with the development of county transport plans. I am sure that we all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Meals (17 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her latest estimate of the income from school meal charges in 1977–78 after allowing for free meals and the administrative costs of collection and how this compares with the figure for 1976–77.


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