Results 181–200 of 1838 for speaker:Mr Arthur Skeffington

Land Commission (27 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Then I will not weary the House with details. Perhaps my office was wrongly informed but I was informed that this was one of the cases he wanted me to deal with tonight.

Land Commission (27 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I have been into the case. There was some dispute as to whether levy was due and, as I have explained, levy becomes due if there is a difference between existing use value and the value of the property with a planning permission. This was the sort of case where the seller did not get planning permission but someone else did, and the price of sale was equal to the market price with planning...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Countryside (Long-distance Routes) (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Proposals for ten long-distance routes have been approved involving a total of 1,273 miles, of which rights over approximately 1,200 miles are already established. The Pennine Way was completed in 1965; the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors Path (widely known as the Cleveland Way) is very nearly complete and will be opened in May. Good progress is being made with the walks round the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Countryside (Long-distance Routes) (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am glad to say that very few remaining miles of rights of way have still to be negotiated—I think four or five miles in one or two cases. We hope that this will soon be complete. The Commission has already submitted a report on the North Downs Way, which will cover a distance of 141 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent. The Commission is also actively considering proposals for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Countryside (Long-distance Routes) (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: We will certainly give the information as soon as we can. The Commission now has some extra staff—still not enough, but more than it had before. Local authorities are taking on some of the burden of acquiring rights of way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Eight, Sir, including one in Wales. The Commission hopes to designate three of them—Dedham Vale, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths, and the Wye Valley—this year, and perhaps a fourth, the North Wessex Downs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This is a somewhat lengthy process, because it is necessary to carry out very wide consultations. The Countryside Commission has adopted the new procedure of going direct to the county councils and getting them to fix the boundary. This is apparently leading to some speed-up in the cases mentioned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am well aware of that, but that is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Since October, 1964, eight areas of outstanding natural beauty (including one in Wales) have been confirmed with a total area of 1,924 square miles. This compares with five areas, totalling 666 square miles, confirmed during the previous four years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Country Parks (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The Commission has so far decided to recommend grant in respect of seven country parks and six picnic sites. In some of these cases further details are awaited before the formal recommendation can be put to my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Wailes Dove Limited, Pelaw-on-Tyne (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I understand that the discussions are still proceeding. The local planning authority is, of course, aware of the urgency of the matter, but I cannot say how long it will be before a decision is reached.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: Wailes Dove Limited, Pelaw-on-Tyne (25 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I realise that there has been a very long delay, but I do not think it would be profitable at this stage to say whose fault it is. We have tried to get a solution by agreement, and I think this is likely to be achieved.

Orders of the Day — Clause 14: Notice Requiring Owner of Disused Tip to Carry Out Remedial Operations (11 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move. That the House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This is an Amendment to add words at the end of line 30 on page 12. Very briefly, the point is that the hon. Member for Honiton (Mr. Emery) and other hon. Members moved in Committee that in circumstances where the owner of the tip is required to do the work, it ought to be possible for Government grants to be...

Orders of the Day — European Conservation Year 1970 (10 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: It is often a conventional cliché at this hour of the night to say that one is grateful to an hon. Member for raising a particular subject when in fact we all want to get home to bed. But I thank my hon. Friend very sincerely for raising this important subject, because we are approaching a year—1970—which may have important consequences for the future of the countryside in Europe by the...

Town and Country Planning (4 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: My Hon. Friend has raised a serious matter. It is suggested that the local authority's employees misled the occupier or his wife. Will my hon. Friend send me particulars of the case? I think he did send me an outline of the case in general, but I do not remember this allegation being made. This is something which the local authorities should watch very carefully.

Town and Country Planning (4 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The Hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) very rightly said that all these Orders and Regulations, if taken together, would form a substantial Act of Parliament. I agree, and I hope the House will realise that whoever has to reply to such a considerable batch of regulations has a somewhat difficult task. The hon. Gentleman made a formidable speech, dealing only with the points which...

Town and Country Planning (4 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The hon. Gentleman can always be relied upon to bowl a few googlies or Chinamen. I am not quite sure of the answer to that one. As the hon. Gentleman knew, the Registrar has some discretion about what is registered. But Grade III is not an official listing and is outside our legislation. I think it is wrong to list it. But I should like to take further advice on the point before giving a...

Town and Country Planning (4 Mar 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: It is not quite 50 per cent., according to my figures. I thought that the hon. Gentleman had spotted a mistake in my arithmetic. The 72 transferred work out at about 47 per cent., or nearly half. I think that this is encouraging. I was asked about the regulations dealing with trees. I know that the Statutory Instruments Committee raised the point which the hon. Gentleman first made about...

Second Reading Committee: Redundant Churches and Other Religious Buildings BDLL (26 Feb 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I take it that my hon. Friend means during the waiting period.

Second Reading Committee: Redundant Churches and Other Religious Buildings BDLL (26 Feb 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I would begin by making a half apology——


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