Results 1–20 of 1838 for speaker:Mr Arthur Skeffington

Orders of the Day — Peak District National Park (10 Feb 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I should like to begin by saying that my hon. Friend the Member for the High Peak (Mr. Peter M. Jackson) and other hon. Members have been extremely patient about the length of time that the matter of the extension of the Peak District National Park has been under consideration. I must admit that it has taken far too long, and I shall certainly not attempt to justify the time. I hope that I...

Orders of the Day — Peak District National Park (10 Feb 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I can assure my hon. Friend that having gone through all the informal consultations, having gone through our departmental structure, the Countryside Commission and so forth, the next stage with the other Departments should not take long. We are almost in a position, if the Minister desires to act in this way, to go ahead. In the meantime my hon. Friend will be glad to know that, while at one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Derelict Sites (Bishop Auckland) (3 Feb 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: A site was reclaimed with grant aid in 1968 and another in 1969, costing £4,023 and £8,441 respectively. Approvals allowing work to start have been given for three other sites at a total estimated cost of £20,000. Two further schemes have received outline approval.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Derelict Sites (Bishop Auckland) (3 Feb 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I assure my hon. Friend that we are anxious to help. He will be pleased to know that more money than ever before has been allocated for this purpose in nearly all the areas of the North-East, where the grant is 85 per cent. About 50 more acres have been cleared, without grant. My Department will be glad to help in any way it can.

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 1 in page 1, line 5, at beginning insert: Subject to the provisions of this section,'. It would, Mr. Deputy Speaker, be convenient to take Government Amendment No. 2, in page 1, line 6, at end insert: 'all or any of the following purposes, that is to say—'. No. 3, in page 1, line 16, leave out 'and'. and No. 9, in page 2, line 38, at end add: (6) An order under...

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) would like to make the power mandatory in connection with direct sales to the public. I resisted this proposal before, and I resist it now on two grounds. First, there may be an enormous number of variations of agreements. An organisation which is already by definition not capable of being a "public body" has to be prescribed in an Order which...

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am sure that that is right in principle. My understanding is that any public body performing public functions under the Bill will be exempted, and, therefore, the point is covered. I shall, however, consider this again, because I should not want to mislead the House.

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 7, in page 2, leave out lines 18 and 19.

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Both are drafting Amendments. We thought that the words "works of maintenance" were a better form of drafting than "maintenance".

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supply of Goods and Services by Local Authorities (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: We investigated whether we could define "minor" further, but it is impossible. To impose financial limits would be absurd, and it cannot be done by size. We have to leave it to ordinary, reasonable common sense.

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supplemental (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move, Amendment No. 11, in page 2, line 41, at end insert: This covers an important point which in Committee I undertook to bring before the House on Report, largely as a result of some very interesting and constructive proposals by the hon. Member for Honiton (Mr. Emery). What he and other Members of the Committee were seeking at that stage to do were three things: first, to ensure...

Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill: Supplemental (20 Jan 1970)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: My hon. Friend the Minister of State and I greatly appreciate what the hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) has just said. We welcome the help which has been given to us. Nearly all the proposals have been constructive. The Bill is a better Bill as a result. I thank hon. Members opposite for all the work they have done and for the manner in which they have done it. I am sure that the hon....

Housing (19 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Let me begin by saying that all of us realise that my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, South (Mr. Winnick) has a very wide range of specialist interests, particularly in foreign affairs, but that he has never neglected or forgotten the interests of his constituents, particularly when they are faced with such very urgent human problems as housing and matters of that kind. We are all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Ground Rents and Rent Charges (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Existing legislation enables rent charges to be redeemed on application to my right hon. Friend by the rent payer. The Leasehold Reform Act, 1967, enables certain leaseholders to buy their freeholds. The Law Commission has issued provisional proposals about rent charges for comment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Ground Rents and Rent Charges (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The report is being studied. There is, I believe, general agreement that this is a complex system which can sometimes be very oppressive indeed. There are difficulties about change, but we are studying the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Ground Rents and Rent Charges (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: That is part of the proposals of the Law Commission.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Smoke Control (Appliances) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: No, Sir. Payment of grant in these circumstances might be abortive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Smoke Control (Appliances) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am saying that the payment of grants now makes a legal requirement on the recipient to burn smokeless fuel, but if the grant were paid in areas where there has been no order, there would be no guarantee that the fuel to be used in future would be smokeless fuel. The advantage to the individual who did not carry out a conversion to smokeless fuel would be very noticeable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Smoke Control (Appliances) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am aware that there are difficulties.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Smoke Control (Appliances) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: On the whole, yes. We have reviewed the matter from time to time and encourage conversion and the institution of orders wherever possible.


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