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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Estate Agency Work (4 Apr 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: On behalf of the Opposition, I join in the warm welcome to the Bill expressed from the Opposition Benches. The Bill brings together a great deal of previous legislation in an increasingly important field of interest and endeavour. It is only by search and by inquiry that we can study the wealth of our heritage, and great steps have been accomplished in recent years in that respect. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Estate Agency Work (4 Apr 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: Yes. I gave my qualified blessing to sites that are designated. I said that in that sense I thought that the terms of the Bill were quite correct. However, it is difficult to say that metal detectors should not be used elsewhere, because they have been instrumental in revealing sites that might not otherwise have come to our notice. May I add one or two personal qualifications which stem...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Town and Country Planning Association (Report) (4 Apr 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: As a member of the TCPA, I was surprised to hear the right hon. Gentleman express criticism of its report. I look forward to hearing the substance of his criticism. I recognise that he has been seeking a different mechanism to help the inner city problem. This is by way of—

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Town and Country Planning Association (Report) (4 Apr 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: I have a series of questions, Mr. Speaker. I start with my first one. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is not only resources that the inner cities need? I recognise what he has done in terms of partnership agreements Is that policy being effective? Is he satisfied with the progress being made in the London docklands? Is he looking for additional ways and means of offering help...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (4 Apr 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: The right hon. Gentleman is well known for his continuing criticisms of the Water Act and of the reorganisation of the whole of the water cycle, which followed our legislation in 1973. There is a certain inconsistency in much of what he said this afternoon. Although these are minor measures, I do not think that they constitute a significant step towards a better and more effective...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: It has been a political decision on the part of Socialist Administrations that revaluations should not be made. In fact, we have not had a revaluation at any time since the war under a Socialist Administration. It was the late Richard Crossman who disclosed that it was a political decision which he took which persuaded the Government not to have a revaluation for rating purposes when he was...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: I have recognised the general purposes of the Bill, which are to tidy up a variety of questions of rating, to bring about the more effective collection of rates, to aid the recovery of rate arrears and to assist ratepayers in need. I warmly welcome these adjustments, which will, perhaps, make the rating system more effective. I address myself to those clauses in the Bill under the heading...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: I agree with my hon. Friend. The late Richard Crossman said in his memoirs that a political decision led to his deciding to recommend to his colleagues in the Cabinet that we should not have a particular valuation. But no revaluation has taken place under a Socialist Administration in the post-war years. The Conservative Party has been in trouble about revaluation. Ministers nod about that,...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: No. I think that the hon. Gentleman has got in right. This situation is a reflection on the whole method by which rating assessments are calculated. In my experience—I am interested in rating and valuation professionally—almost invariably, if one challenges a rating valuation, whether it be a large property or, say, a shop, one can get something off it. It is a question of judging...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: I am tempted to do that. I have given a great deal of thought to the whole problem, but, as is generally known, my influence in this place is on the wane. [HON. MEMBERS:"Shame."] I shall not be here to make an effective contribution to those discussions, so I shall resist the temptation. Ways and means should be found of making economies other than a denial of fair and reasonable appeal...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: Why have the Government changed their mind?

National Land Fund (31 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I hope that you will think that this is an important matter for the House. On 15 December 1978 you were kind enough to write informing me that there was no objection to my proceeding with my Bill on the national heritage fund, which also involved the national land fund. You stated that I was not debarred from doing so by Standing Order No. 91, which prevents...

Orders of the Day — National Heritage Fund Bill (26 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Jones: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. You will be aware of Mr. Speaker's ruling on the resources of the national land fund and the question whether they are public expenditure if they are transferred or used. The cry "Object" from the Government Front Bench may well be a negation of Mr. Speaker's ruling. I hope, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that you will be able to make possible ways and means of...

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: On that point, I remind the Minister that when the recommended scale of charges was before the House it was said that the effect of doing away with the scale of charges would lead to the reverse of what the Government hoped, namely, that the scales would go down. It was said at that time that the likelihood was that the scales would go up. This shows that there is a great deal to be said for...

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockport, North (Mr. Bennett) on highlighting many of the problems which exist for owners, occupiers and would-be purchasers of residential property. Some of us have had experiences similar to his own. My own judgment is that there will not be very much cover in the Bill for any of the matters that he listed. That is why I congratulate and support him in...

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: My hon. Friend is making the point for me. It would not cost my hon. Friend very much, with his record and his equity. He might get a bond for £1 a year. It depends upon one's substance. That cannot be in question. The bonding of people in business depends upon their reputation, experience and viability in financial and other terms. Why should not everyone who is handling the public's money...

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: I hope that the hon Gentleman agrees that that arrangement would be covered by the professional bonding that I am proposing.

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: Was sex and race discrimination included in the insurance brokers measure?

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: Is there not support from the professional associations for the bonding, not in professional terms but in financial terms, of all those practicising as estate agents? The societies bond all their members. Surely they are advocating to the Government that all estate agents should be bonded. That is one of my principal aims.

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Jones: I make the point that I tried to make in my speech. Should people expect the public to trust them if they cannot be trusted by someone who is not prepared to bond them? Where does the judgment rest? The Government are saying that the public must trust an agent who cannot find someone to bond him at a reasonable price.


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