Results 101–120 of 1838 for speaker:Mr Arthur Skeffington

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Interpretation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: It is a matter for the authorities concerned to take action under the Act which they prefer. They can use the Public Health Act, or the 1953 Act. In rural districts they can use the provisions of the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Acts, of which there are a number. Under these Acts the cost of connecting a system from the curtilage to the drainage system ranks for grant at a rate of 35 per...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Interpretation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I do not think that there is a grant when the cost is waived. In respect of loan charges, normally all the sums are put together in a budget for a period of years, which is sanctioned by our Ministry.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Interpretation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I think that I can give a satisfactory answer to that. My local authority changes hands from time to time. I cannot remember which party was in power when the grant was made.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Interpretation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I never deliberately try to mislead the House. I thought that what I said was clear. Householders, owner-occupiers and landlords are always responsible for the drainage within their curtilages. I thought I made it clear that what was covered was the cost of connection from the curtilage to the main drainage. No one doubts that connection to main drainage is highly desirable, but what should...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Interpretation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Of course it is an improvement, but one is a drainage improvement and the other is a housing improvement, and this is a housing Bill and not a drainage Bill.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Statement of Reasons for Refusing Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 71, in page 28, line 17, leave out 'him' and insert 'the applicant'.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Statement of Reasons for Refusing Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: Amendment No. 71 illustrates the caution with which one needs to examine every Amendment moved by the hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page). In Committee, he said, "Be a devil. All my Amendment does is to leave out ten words". Forgetting my native caution for once, I could not resist his appeal, although I am glad to say that, in accepting it, I said that it might be necessary to introduce...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Statement of Reasons for Refusing Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I remind the hon. Gentleman that, in Committee, I was prepared to accept his Amendment in principle but then he said, "Be a devil and accept it as it is." I fell from grace and accepted it as it stood.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Appeal in Certain Cases Against Issue or Refusal of Qualification Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: It is always difficult to resist these appeals. The question is, which is the clearest way of drafting the subsection? As a result of discussion in Committee, we took further advice on the matter. I tested the subsection on a Gallup Poll of my own and discovered that it made little difference whether the Amendment was incorporated. The consensus of opinion was that it is easier as the Bill is...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Appeal in Certain Cases Against Issue or Refusal of Qualification Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I hope that we shall not divide the House on a point on which Division is not necessary. I have taken the advice of the parliamentary draftsman who, unlike the situation on the previous Amendment, see no snags in this Amendment. We must be careful about what we put into the Bill, but if the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. Allason) will allow me a little more time, I will arrange to make...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Appeal in Certain Cases Against Issue or Refusal of Qualification Certificate (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: We have tried all the way through to keep a fair balance between landlords and tenants. For example, in Amendments Nos. 72 and 73, we have given such extra period to the landlord or the tenant, as the court may think fit, in addition to the 28 days. This has to be taken into account in considering this matter. My hon. Friend the Joint Parliamentary Secretary said that if we accepted a more...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Orders Applying Management Code (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 93, in page 32, line 27, at end insert— (2) In subsection (4) of that section (right of appeal) for the words from 'within' to 'served' there shall be substituted the words 'within twenty-one days from the service or such longer period as the local authority may in writing allow'. This Amendment gives effect to the Minister's undertaking in response to the hon....

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Means of Escape from Fire (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 94, in page 33, line 32, after 'section' insert— 'or accepting an undertaking under subsection (2) thereof'. This is an important Amendment. There are two ways in which a part of a building in multiple occupation may be closed, either by a formal Order, or by an undertaking. If it is done by a formal Order, there are the appropriate arrangements for the fire...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Control Order Followed by Compulsory Purchase Order (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 96, in page 36, line 25, leave out from beginning to 'appeal' in line 27 and insert— 'Where a notice under the preceding subsection is served on the proprietor he may within twenty-one days of the service of the notice or such longer period as the local authority may in writing allow'. I suggest that it might be convenient, at the same time, to discuss Government...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Registers of Houses in Multiple Occupation (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 99, in page 37, line 23, leave out 'prohibiting' and insert 'preventing'. Perhaps it would be convenient to discuss, at the same time, Government Amendments Nos. 100, 101, 102, 105 and 106. The effect of these Amendments is that, under any scheme under Section 22 of the Housing Act, 1961, the responsibility and the penalty is to be placed squarely on the person...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Payments to Owner-Occupiers and Others in Respect of Unfit Houses Purchased or Demolished (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 150, in page 62, leave out line 20. This Amendment would have the effect of deleting the reference to Schedule 2 to the Land Compensation Act, 1961. This reference is unnecessary because it is already automatically provided for in the 1961 Act as part of the normal compensation code, so its appearance might be misleading as well as being unnecessary.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Payments to Owner-Occupiers and Others in Respect of Unfit Houses Purchased or Demolished (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: I beg to move Amendment No. 151, in page 62, line 33, at end insert— (5) For the purposes of this Schedule a person who on the death of another became entitled to any interest of his shall be deemed to have been entitled to that interest as from the date of the death. I should like to place on record that this Amendment in part owes its appearance to the eloquent speeches made in Committee...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Title (26 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The Amendment is consequent upon the new provisions in relation to long leases, which were not in the Bill on Second Reading. It is, therefore, necessary to tidy the matter up by referring to it in the Title.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: New Local Authority Duties (Expenditure) (24 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: The information derives from 13 Acts, and, as it is lengthy, I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the reply to both parts of the Question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government: New Local Authority Duties (Expenditure) (24 Jun 1969)

Mr Arthur Skeffington: That must be a somewhat detailed and elaborate calculation but, as the hon. Gentleman has specifically asked for the figure, I will get it for him, although I cannot give it to him now.


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