Results 141–160 of 323 for speaker:Mr John Ovenden

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

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the main recommendations made to him urge him to defer the introduction of these regulations and that they come not from people in industry but from the local authorities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (8 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest figures for housing completions in the public and private sectors ; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: House Building (8 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: As public sector housing starts and completions are bound to decline still further as a result of public expenditure restraint, what action does my right hon. Friend intend to take to ensure that the stock of public sector housing is preserved and made available to those in housing need? What action will he take against local authorities such as mine which insist on going hell-bent on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: National Union of Students (7 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: When my right hon. Friend meets the President of the NUS, will she give an assurance that the Government's hardship scheme for students in the short vacations will not mean that benefits will be below those for students with dependants under the social security system?

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I believe that my right hon. Friend is saying that the Post Office is taking these calculations on the basis of all present retired post office pensioners. But what is the current average level of pension for those retiring today and in the future? My right hon. Friend says that he has consulted the Post Office, but has he consulted the Union of Post Office Workers, the Post Office...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: It has been pointed out that what we are talking about is a method of saving money. It is often put to us that because this was part of the July package we must accept it without question. I want to echo what some of my hon. Friends have said already. Many Government supporters do not accept the economic strategy behind the July package and do not feel themselves bound to support a measure...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: If I have misinterpreted the hon. Gentleman's views, I apologise. However, he is one of the easiest Members of this House to misinterpret, because he is one of the most difficult to understand. I realise now that what he is advocating is a system of enforced cheap labour for the young. That is just about as commendable as the scheme proposed by the hon. Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Pardoe)...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: The hon. Member for Uxbridge does not wish to commit himself too far. There is no doubt that he is talking about a form of taxation of the sick. But I shall not go into that any further, because I wish to return to the July measures—

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I shall give way to my hon. Friend in a moment. I have given way twice already, and I have not really started yet. I was talking about the July measures, and I had pointed out that it should not be thought that we accepted any measure just because it was in that package. There are ways that the Government could save money and reduce the public sector borrowing rate, if that is what they are...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: I accept that assurance. However, I am worried that we are being asked to approve in principle a Bill which removes the entitlement to supplementary benefit and will have a drastic effect on the living standards of our students without any assurance that anything effective is being offered to help them. I am appalled that the Government are proposing a hardship scheme in place of the...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: It was graceful of them to adopt that kind of approach. However, they introduced the scheme, and they appear now to have changed their minds. Many Government supporters welcome them to our cause, bearing in mind that nothing arouses more joy in Heaven than a sinner who repents. This problem with occupational pensioners is based on popular mythology rather than on fact. Thousands of...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: There is, in no sense, a compensation payment. Occupational pensions comprise employees' own money and contributions, and money which employees have had no choice about paying. In the public service one cannot choose whether or not one is in a super-annuation scheme. Those of us who have worked in nationalised industries know that we have to accept that as a condition of employment. Those...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: But such a pensioner has also paid contributions to the National Insurance Scheme and, provided he satisfies the criteria laid down for benefit he is entitled to benefit, and it should not be offset against his occupational pension. This restriction on unemployment benefit applies only to occupational pensioners. It does not affect those who have provided for retirement through private...

Orders of the Day — Insurance Officer's Decision (2 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: My right hon. Friend has already conceded that the principle of student benefits is still open for discussion and that the principle of Clause 4 is still open for discussion. That being so, why does he not withdraw the Bill and come back after he has completed the discussion and decided on these principles?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (1 Dec 1976)

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 (1 Dec 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend try to ensure that his next meeting with the Chairman of British Rail is held before the end of the year in order to try to avert the proposed fare increases, which are due to take effect in January? Is he aware that an increase of up to 16 per cent. in rail fares will cause real hardship to rail travellers, undermine the social contract, and do long-term damage to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Central Electricity Generating Board (Chairman) (29 Nov 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next intends to meet the Chairman of the CEGB.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Central Electricity Generating Board (Chairman) (29 Nov 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my hon. Friend ask his right hon. Friend to ensure that the next time he meets the Chairman of the CEGB there is a full discussion on the plight of the boiler industry and the construction industry, which has come about as a result of the drop in electricity consumption and a reduction in the need for power stations? Will my hon. Friend try to persuade the CEGB to advance its programme...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Building (3 Nov 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the number of public sector housing starts for 1976; and what is his policy towards the level in future years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Building (3 Nov 1976)

Mr John Ovenden: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the likely level of future starts by English local authorities will be around 100,000 a year in future years? Is he aware that that figure is only three-quarters of the level achieved by the Labour Government of 1966 to 1970? Is he aware that in many quarters of the Labour Party there is concern that the Government are abandoning their commitment to...


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