Results 121–140 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

Oral Answers to Questions — Gravesend (24 Mar 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: If my right hon. Friend is unable to visit my constituency, will he consider suggesting to the Leader of the Opposition that she pays yet another visit? Is he aware that in Gravesend we have a large immigrant population and a successful community relations council which is supported by all parties? Is my right hon. Friend aware that Conservative supporters in my constituency are concerned...

Oral Answers to Questions — Pension Schemes (Comparability) (28 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend try to correct some of the misrepresentations by Opposition Members in this one-sided campaign against the Civil Service? Will he ask the PRU also to examine the perks paid to workers in private industries and compare those workers with their counterparts in the public service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Subsidies (9 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the majority of commuters come into London to work not by choice but because of the economic structure of the South-East Region? Is he aware that unless his Department is prepared to give proper financial support to the London commuter rail system it will have to shell out more money in tackling the road congestion caused in London and on the outskirts?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Car Parks (Licensing) (9 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend explain how he can help local councils that want to ban heavy lorry parking in their areas but are deterred because of the expense of signposting?

Orders of the Day — Child Benefit Scheme (9 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I welcome this debate, although I fear that, as usual, it was initiated for the wrong reasons. However, the debate gives us the opportunity of discussing the problem of family support and what we as a nation should do about that issue. Recently I asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what we were doing and what we had been doing in recent years by way of giving support to families through...

Orders of the Day — Child Benefit Scheme (9 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I agree with my hon. Friend for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes). A realistic level of child benefit will go a long way towards tackling the problems of family poverty. The present system of means-tested benefits is a nightmare for everyone. It is a nightmare for hon. Members who are expected to understand the system and explain it to their constituents. It is a tangle for people who have to...

Orders of the Day — Child Benefit Scheme (9 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: As my hon. Friend says, with the pay policy. I was about to give the example of the Common Market referendum. When the Government wanted to brainwash electors into supporting their stand the leaflets were made available at far greater cost than these would have involved, and very quickly as well. It would have been far more satisfactory if we had been able to produce a new leaflet. It would...

Business of the House (3 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Has my right hon. Friend seen the Prayer against the Government's proposals on import restrictions in respect of paper products, Early-Day Motion No. 74, now signed by 42 hon. Members from all parties, all of whom have important paper interests in their constituencies?

Orders of the Day — Unemployment Benefits (Isle of Grain) (3 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I am grateful to you Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to raise the problem of the hardship caused to my constituents in this dispute. I am grateful to the House for giving me the opportunity of raising the issue at a relatively civilised hour; I have fared much better than have many of my hon. Friends in recent weeks. It is my intention to try to demonstrate how the unemployment benefit...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Prime Minister (Engagements) (1 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 1st February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Prime Minister (Engagements) (1 Feb 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend hold discussions with the Leader of the House about the Scotland and Wales Bill? If he does, will he arrange for a statement to be made afterwards clarifying the Government's position on the question of representation of Wales and Scotland in this House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (19 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the number of housing starts in the public sector for 1977.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (19 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, even though he has not given us the figures for 1977 public sector starts. Will he indicate what proportion of the public sector starts for 1977 will be in so-called stress areas, and how many will be left over for the less favoured areas? Is he aware that in many so-called non-stress areas there are very long housing waiting lists, which include...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Act 1944 (Ministerial Powers) (18 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what communications she has sent to local education authorities since the beginning of December in connection with her powers under the Education Act 1976.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Act 1944 (Ministerial Powers) (18 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. I assure her that those of us who are interested in seeing comprehensive education become a reality throughout the country will welcome her action in imposing a strict time limit. Will she make clear to the local authorities concerned that if they default upon that time limit she will not hesitate to use her powers under the Education Act to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (12 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the Chairman of British Railways; and if he will make a statement on this meeting.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Unemployed Persons (Supplementary Benefit) (11 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Does the Minister agree that far too many unemployed people are receiving only supplementary benefit for their children and dependants because of intolerable delays in settling their appeals against disqualification from benefit? This has caused hardship to hundreds of workers in my constituency who were formerly employed on the Isle of Grain power station site and who find that they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper Imports (EFTA Countries) (10 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will introduce a licensing system in respect of individual imports of paper products entering the United Kingdom from the United Kingdom's former EFTA partners under the duty-free quota system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper Imports (EFTA Countries) (10 Jan 1977)

Mr John Ovenden: Would not my hon. Friend agree that a system which decides whether to impose duties solely by reference to the amount of imports during the year perhaps leads to a rush to import early in the year and an artificial level of imports during the year as a whole? Is it possible to have a system which determines whether a particular batch of imports is necessary or unnecessary in deciding whether...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Health and Safety (21 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received concerning his decision to defer the introduction of certain provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act; and what replies he has sent.


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