Results 81–100 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

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

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend agree that that very small saving hardly justifies the hardship which the price increase has imposed on family budgets and the deprivation which it has caused to the many children who have been forced to give up school meals? In view of that, will she give the House an assurance that the Government have no intention of introducing further increases in the price of school...

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

Mr John Ovenden: What action will my right hon. Friend take to stop authorities such as Kent taking account of political considerations when deciding on the suitability of parent governors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate Support Grant (11 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my right hon. Friend agree that we might avoid this annual and rather pointless ritual of arguing about the effect of the rate support grant on individual areas if we set up a Select Committee to study the alternative methods of determining rate support grant and to consider the respective merits? Would he recommend such an idea to his right hon. Friend the Leader of the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Overlapping Benefits Rule (10 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will review the working of the overlapping benefits rule and, in particular, its effect on working widows.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Overlapping Benefits Rule (10 Jan 1978)

Mr John Ovenden: Does my hon. Friend accept that working widows have as much need and as much right as anybody else to protect their incomes in times of sickness, unemployment and industrial injury? Will he not, therefore, at least set up an inquiry into a rule which effectively removes working widows from the benefits of the national insurance system?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Policy (White Paper) (14 Dec 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: In the White Paper, the Government accept that steep fare increases cause great hardship to commuters and should be phased. Is that not even more true at a time of Government-imposed wage restraint, and could the Government do something to ameliorate the 16 per cent. increase in fares in the South—if necessary by increasing the subsidy to British Rail?

Disabled Persons (Mobility) (6 Dec 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend agree that the parents of disabled children have benefited from the mobility scheme to an enormous extent, even though they received very little from the old vehicle supply scheme? Will he confirm that Motability, set up for the leasing of cars, will apply to the parents of disabled children?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Disabled Housewife Allowance (22 Nov 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Further to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ashley), how does my hon. Friend justify a situation where the wife of a disabled man can earn up to £35 a week before her husband's entitlement to invalidity benefit is affected whereas a couple who are both disabled have to face a situation where the husband's invalidity benefit is reduced because his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Fuel Bills (14 Nov 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he has given to extending the scheme for assistance for certain consumers with electricity bills to cover other types of fuel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Fuel Bills (14 Nov 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend accept that, whilst the continuation of the electricity scheme and the improvements that he has made are extremely welcome, many of our poorest families and poorest pensioners are dependent upon solid fuel heating rather than upon electricity? They get very little out of this scheme. Will my hon. Friend, therefore, look at it again and try to overcome these administrative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (14 Jul 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Has my hon. Friend seen a leaflet published by an organisation calling itself the Anglo-Asian Conservative Association, which commits the Conservative Party to a recognition of the right of dependants to enter this country? Does she not find the attitude of Opposition Members in this House and in recent by-elections somewhat at variance with the commitment that they are giving the Asian...

Business of the House (Finance Bill) (14 Jul 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not seek to challenge your selection of amendments and I appreciate your difficulties. It would be helpful if we could have some guidance as to what criteria are used in the selection of amendments. It is difficult for those of us who are trying to draw the attention of the House to the problems of disadvantaged groups and to persuade the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Fuel Bills (Low-Income Consumers) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he proposes to re- introduce the scheme for selective assist ance to electricity consumers next winter; and if he will consider extending the scheme to cover other types of fuel and amend the qualifications so as to increase the number of beneficiaries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Fuel Bills (Low-Income Consumers) (4 Jul 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend accept that there is growing concern about the delay in announcing the Government's intentions about assistance towards fuel costs next winter? If he goes ahead with a scheme, as I very much hope he will, will he take account of the criticisms made of last winter's scheme in view of the fact that it did not help those who are dependent upon coal or gas for the majority...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Disabled Drivers (21 Jun 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: In view of the amount of public money invested in British Leyland and Chrysler, does not my right hon. Friend feel that we have a right to ask either or both of them to co-operate with the Government in the production of a purpose-built replacement for the tricycle?

Clause 2: Price Commission Bill (21 Jun 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: It would be 3 million if the hon. Gentleman's party were in power.

Orders of the Day — Housing (England and Wales) (20 Jun 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: It is not my intention to follow the points made by the hon. Member for Wolver-hampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen), but I think that his remark concerning the sale of council houses, and encouraging people to leave the public housing sector, revealed the sort of confusion that has remained on the Conservative Benches on this issue. I fail entirely to see how offering people council houses at 20...

Orders of the Day — Immigration Rules (24 May 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Mr. John Ovenden (Gravesend) rose—

Clause 21: Child Benefit and Other Benefits in Respect of Children (10 May 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my hon. Friend aware that widows are the one category of people who are no better off as a result of child benefit and that while two-parent families, where the husband is paying the standard rate of income tax, are 30p a week beter off as a result of child benefit, widows do not have a net gain? Is that a fair situation?

Clause 21: Child Benefit and Other Benefits in Respect of Children (10 May 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I repeat the question that I asked in a previous intervention. Is there any justification for making two-parent families on the standard rate of tax better off and widows no better off? Why should they not be 30p a week better off like two-parent families?


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