Results 21–40 of 1838 for speaker:Mr Arthur Skeffington

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Greater London (Road Proposals) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: As the House was informed on 10th December, some 20,000 objections to the Greater London Development Plan have been received. A large number of the objections relate to the triple-ringway road system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Greater London (Road Proposals) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: My right hon. Friend announced a special form of inquiry with an independent chairman, independent members and an independent panel of assessors, together with other expert opinion. All matters concerning the road routing will have to be closely inquired into. The subject matter of my hon. Friend's supplementary question will obviously be covered in considerable detail.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Greater London (Road Proposals) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The Greater London Council primary road proposals, including Ringways 1 and 2, will come within the scope of the public inquiry into the Greater London Development Plan. This is unlikely to begin before July of next year. Decisions on roads will be taken only on schemes which are necessary, are viable on their own, and are independent of other proposals in the plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Greater London (Road Proposals) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Yes, Sir. That is why my right hon. Friend did not think that it would be possible to have the inquiry before July next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Sheffield (Broomhall Area) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Structure and local plans under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1968, do not yet apply to Sheffield as Part I of the Act is being introduced gradually. Any planning application for a school at Broomhall will be treated as a departure from the approved development plan, and would be advertised by the local authority. My right hon. Friend has not been notified of any approval by the local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Sheffield (Broomhall Area) (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This is a complex situation but I do not think it arises under the new Act. What happened in relation to the school was that the local authority thought that sufficient notice to land owners had not been given about this, and consequently at that stage it refused the application. The matter has now been considered again and I hope that there will be no difficulties of that kind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Development Plans (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This is one of the basic things that planning is about and local planning authorities can, therefore, be expected to take account of it in their work, but Part I of the 1968 Act with its supporting regulations and circulars will provide them with a better framework in which to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government: Development Plans (16 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This is a very important point. I hope that the new structure plan, usually covering very wide areas, will be able to take account of the kind of designation referred to.

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: It might be convenient if I try to answer some of the points raised in the debate and to put the regulations, and their impact, into rather more rational perspective than they have sometimes been during the debate. I have enjoyed the debate, but I have not always been enthralled to that degree which from time to time I am and which the hon. Member for Worcester (Mr. Peter 'Walker) thinks I...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This now allows something like 12 sq. ft. and in all these cases, an authority in applying a discontinuance notice or taking any other action is most carefully bound by the precise wording of Regulation 16 in relation to the fact that it has to make its proposals in the light of safety or amenity considerations. That is carefully defined and will be open to challenge, not merely on appeal,...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am surprised at the hon. Member's question, because he knows the way in which these restrictions have been interpreted by local authorities and it is only in a case where there is a serious threat to amenity or to safety that the regulations are invoked. There is no suggestion by local authority associations or by the public or in any representations we have had that, taken as a whole, the...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: If the hon. Gentleman gives me a few more minutes, he will see that it is not bureaucratic nonsense, and that what is proposed is, on the whole reasonable, and has been discussed with all interests, a large number of whom we have consulted, including one advertising body which the hon. Member for Worcester himself mentioned, although he rather discredited its status—perhaps because it...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: That has not prevented it from intervening in our debates on this and other subjects in the past. A large number of professional bodies have expressed themselves reasonably satisfied with the regulations as they have emerged, including the Confederation of British Industry, which, at one time, thought that the figure for advertisements on forecourts was too small, but which, when it was...

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I will not give way again. It is unfair to other hon. Members.

Control of Advertisements (10 Dec 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Perhaps I have given way too often. There is nothing in the regulations which prejudices any advertisement or advertiser. In the case of clutter and of some categories which are mentioned, the authority can serve a discontinuance notice. It has power under Regulation 16(5) to withdraw that, and, meanwhile, negotiations can go on, and not to reimpose it if it so wishes. But even if it does...

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. It has been my fortune for five years to be associated with rather massive Bills whose length has been equalled only by their complexity, but this Session I have had rather greater fortune in that it has been my task to introduce several short but modest, and I hope equally useful, Bills. I now bring forward this Bill, which is, in that...

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: This is not the first time that a Bill of this type has been before the House. A similar measure was introduced two years ago by my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green (Mr. Hilton), who, I am glad to see, is here today. On that occasion the House failed to reach a decision largely, I think, because there was some misunderstanding about some parts of the Bill. I recall in our debates...

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The matter is entirely one to be arranged between one authority and another. From our discussions we imagine that the terms will normally cover the cost of providing replacements, and so on. It will certainly be possible for this to be done if an authority so desires it. Indeed, I very much hope that this will be the case. The fourth provision, in Clause 1(1)(d), will enable one authority to...

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would read the report in this connection. I confirm that what is intended by extensions is the sort of thing which may now be done within the competence of the smaller maintenance units. It is certainly not new building in the usually accepted sense of the term. We shall make that clear in the guidance which we shall issue in due course to the authorities concerned....

Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Bill (24 Nov 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I am glad that my hon. Friend has emphasised that. I have already said that the powers of the Greater London Council are precisely the same in this and in most other respects as in the Bill. To allay any other fears, I should add that this is not a greater charter for the extension of municipal trading. I should not mind making the case for that again on an appropriate Measure, but all...


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