Results 21–40 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: It is a particular pleasure for me to have the opportunity to make a modest speech on this Bill. I crave the indulgence of the House for a moment because I suspect—I am open to correction from any hon. Member if I am not right—that I am the only qualified radio and television service engineer who is a Member of this House. I am not advertising any services in saying that, Mr. Deputy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Demand (16 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is fair to say that without the 16 or 18 per cent. of our electricity that is supplied by nuclear energy the extraordinarily high demand over the recent winter would not have been met and could have led to either a reduction in the power of electricity or, indeed, a cut?

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: It is a strange coincidence that I have a particular interest in two Bills that we are considering today. I hope that the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson), who ably introduced the Bill, was not suggesting that we should not have had a proper and adequate discussion on the measure which preceded his Bill. Although there is wide agreement on that Bill, it is an extremely important...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Member may say that, but if I did sit down the House would not be giving adequate consideration to this important measure. With the hon. Gentleman's wide experience of housing matters, I hope that he appreciates that any legislation of this kind deserves the fullest consideration by all hon. Members, whatever their opinion. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will not wish to deny the...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend is right to raise such an important question. I intended to pay attention to that matter, so perhaps I should refer to it now. Clause 28 is one of the briefest clauses i:n a complicated Bill, but it mentions very little indeed. There are severe financial implications for local authorities, for the Government and for the owners of such property, but little or no mention is...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I made that point briefly earlier on when I said that we are all concerned about standards of accommodation, whether it be bed and breakfast, bedsit, or any dwelling. As I understand it, allowances are not paid by the DHSS to landlords. The DHSS makes the payment to the tenant of the accommodation and the tenant then transfers the amount to the landlord. I am sure that in the majority of...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: That is a valid point. I have often referred to the rate implications for the local authorities. I agree with the hon. Gentleman's point and I hope that he will agree with mine. There are financial implications for both the local authority and the owner of the property. Where a local authority or fire authority rightly and properly insists on certain work being done, that would impose a...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I agree with my hon. Friend. I have said that, while the hon. Member for Swansea, East was succinct in introducing his Bill, he did not explain properly the point that my hon. Friend makes.

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I think that it is important, even on Second Reading, that the financial effect of any legislation is spelt out to the House. In that way we can judge the merits or otherwise of proposed legislation. It is irresponsible if the financial effects on the Government, local authorities or individuals are not explained. I believe that any legislation should have a financial tag. I am not saying...

Orders of the Day — Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I commend the Bill and the way in which my hon. Friend the Member for Davyhulme (Mr. Churchill) presented it so succinctly. I hope that the sympathy expressed by hon. Members will be shared by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, who has always displayed a sympathetic attitude to such matters. Recently I brought a matter to his notice and, although that case will not be covered by the...

Orders of the Day — Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: We all need solicitors and legal advice at some stage. The law might not give us the proper advice that we need if we are disparaging about lawyers. Most people are genuine and act in a responsible manner in such matters. I hope that retrospection will be considered in more detail in Committee. My inclination, and it is only that, is that retrospective legislation has always been found to...

Orders of the Day — Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: He would say that, wouldn't he?

Orders of the Day — Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (13 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend said that a guesstimate had been made. Can he say whether it is in tens, fifties, or hundreds?

Housing and Homelessness (10 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: My right hon. Friend makes a valid point about the social changes that have taken place. Does he agree with the view that I have formed over the past five to 10 years, that one of the problems is that we are a long way from making the most efficient use of our housing stock, in both the owner-occupied sector and in the public rented sector? In some cases one or two people occupy...

Special Branch Activities (3 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: They had a duty.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Personal Debt (29 Jan 1987)

Mr John Powley: If it is right that we should be concerned at the accumulated level of personal debt, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is absolutely right to be extremely concerned at the level of accumulated debt by local authorities in London and the level of debt incurred by this country in public spending?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Surplus (22 Jan 1987)

Mr John Powley: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further action is being taken to reduce surpluses of food in Europe, beyond that announced on 17 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Surplus (22 Jan 1987)

Mr John Powley: Will my right hon. Friend accept the congratulations of the whole House on the settlement that he recently achieved in distributing surpluses of butter, beef, milk and sugar? Does he agree that this is a practical demonstration of a caring Government? Will he tell the House how he intends to achieve the distribution of the food surpluses and when that distribution will take place? Will he...

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr John Powley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Free Television Licences for Pensioners Bill (16 Jan 1987)

Mr John Powley: I do not doubt the hon. Gentleman's sincerity, and the concession that he mentions was introduced in 1978, but why did the then Labour Government not introduce free licences for all pensioners when they had an opportunity to do so?


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