Results 1–20 of 158 for speaker:Mr Idris Owen

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: Would my hon. Friend like to elucidate the matter of the acquisition of powers? It is a little mystifying and is causing some anxiety.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: I must declare my interest in the Bill, in that I have represented a construction company for more than 40 years. It is incumbent upon me to declare that interest. However, I have now reached the sere and yellow in construction work and am no longer particularly interested in the professional side. Notwithstanding that, I support the Bill. Any measure that can be taken on the Floor of the...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: With respect, I shall not go into that territory, which will be adequately debated on another occasion. The building industry will not fear competition from the Housing Corporation, but it will fear unfair competition. If the corporation is able compulsorily to acquire land and the private sector is not the corporation will have a distinctly unfair advantage. We must ensure that the...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: Appointments were made to deal with the problems. We had insufficient fighters and insufficient bombers, which were two essential factors for maintaining our independence in the world. There was a drive to overcome these shortages. I lived near the Hawker-Siddeley plant, where people were working night and day, and all the bottlenecks and obstacles were removed. Why cannot we recognise that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Reduction of Grants in Case of Default (23 Jan 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will reconsider what he said. He is suggesting that if the local councillors get it wrong it is they who will have to face the consequences. With great respect to the hon. Gentleman, local authorities are having to meet only approximately 20 per cent. of their expenditure, the rest of it being provided by the Treasury and by industry and commerce. Therefore,...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Reduction of Grants in Case of Default (23 Jan 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: My right hon. Friend is casting some doubt on the question whether there is evidence of over-staffing. He may be right. However, it cannot be overlooked that the largest growth industry in my constituency is local government. Is my right hon. Friend aware that not one of the urban district authorities that have been embraced within the metropolitan county district has given up its local...

Second Reading Committee: LAND REGISTRY BILL [Lords] (23 Jan 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: Can my hon. and learned Friend tell us what questions have been asked in the House about the Land Registry? I cannot recall any.

Local Government Bill: Rating Surcharge on Unused Office, etc. Property (22 Jan 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: We have been discussing penalties in the context of massive profits, assuming that they are going on ad infinitum, but we are rapidly reaching the stage of stabilisation and perhaps even de-escalation of property prices. If we are thinking in terms of penalties, the interest charges on the capital cost could be penalties in themselves. Many homes built on a speculative basis at the moment are...

Local Government Bill: Power of Rating Authority to Use Alternative Sources of Local Finance (22 Jan 1974)

Mr Idris Owen: I was not being facetious, but merely commenting that that is just the reasoning which we applied to the rent rebate scheme.

Business of the House (20 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: Will my right hon. Friend accept the statement made by my hon. Friend the Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen) and recognise that there is grave perturbation on the serious question of nuclear power? Will he assure the House that there is no evidence to suggest that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will come to the House only when the decision is made? Will he...

International Organisations (Land) Bill (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: May I ask my hon. Friend a question——

International Organisations (Land) Bill (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: I wished to intervene earlier purely on a matter of clarification. Subsequent speakers have asked nearly all the questions I had in mind to ask. I am not clear what an international organisation means. What is the qualification for an international organisation? The Mafia is an international organisation, and so is FIFA. Perhaps my hon. Friend will give a further explanation about what he...

International Organisations (Land) Bill (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: I was only being facetious.

International Organisations (Land) Bill (19 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: May I ask just one question on something that has just been said. Would the Crown have power to reacquire the property at some future date if, it having disposed of the property, the property was used for an unsuitable purpose?

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: I rise not to delay the proceedings but to add a little weight. I cannot offer any more illumination on the subject than my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Handsworth (Mr. Sydney Chapman). I am in agreement with him. I, too, am distressed and disappointed with the solution being offered by such a body as the Fine Art Commission. I am distressed and disappointed that it should be so...

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: The hon. Member for Nottingham, West (Mr. English) was concerned about that.

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: I get the impression from the Select Committee's Report that the Minister for Housing and Construction recommended the construction or the re-erection of the fountain. He appears now not to be particularly interested in that suggestion. Will my hon. Friend tell me why he has changed his mind? Will he also spare a thought for those poor people who sit and stand outside the St. Stephen's...

New Palace Yard (Landscaping) (10 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: It was the Minister's suggestion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Land (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Idris Owen: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that it is essential to reduce the price of building land by ensuring that supply considerably exceeds demand? Does he accept that we will never get the situation right unless there are far more acres chasing fewer buyers? Is he aware that local authorities are not responding as he has been encouraged to believe? Far too many local authorities are...


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