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Welfare State (25 Mar 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: Oh, get on with it.

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: New Horizon has told me that it has found difficulty in working its way through the complicated grant structure so that it can acquire sufficient funds to build high care hostels. Can my hon. Friend comment on that?

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: rose—

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: It was surely only a brief time ago that the then Secretary of State was encouraging local authorities to embark on capital expenditure programmes. Would not the exercise that we are discussing today employ people in doing the very thing that the Government are trying to do and at the same time save lives?

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leicester, South (Mr. Marshall) on this much-needed Bill. The hon. Gentleman deserves thanks for two reasons. First, the Bill would impose obligations on authorities to do various things that they already can but do not do. The bulk of the obligations are already within their power. Secondly, if the Bill does not get its Second Reading—I hope that it...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I do not wish to breach the sub judice rule and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for reminding me of it. The warning signs have been there for all to see. We have known for years that there was a problem. It has been highlighted by television documentaries, newspaper articles, statements and sensations. There have been a number of reports and recommendations, and the voluntary agencies...

Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill (25 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: The majority of those who run houses for multiple occupation are responsible landlords, but my hon. Friend must realise that substantial incomes can be earned. In one boarding house in Oxford 75 beds are occupied every night and it has been worked out that the landlord's income in £163,800 a year. Perhaps for that sum he and many other people who run high-market doss houses could spend a...

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I wish to try to put the mind of the hon. Member for Halifax (Dr. Summerskill) at rest. This is not simply because of my constituency interest. I have been privileged to go round Harwell and Culham many times and to talk to those who lead this country and, I believe, the world in nuclear expertise. I am totally satisfied that they are men of enormous responsibility. I do not say that lightly....

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I am grateful for a chance to make a brief comment. I represent Abingdon, Harwell is situated in my constituency and I have close relations with Harwell and Culham. I wish to draw attention to a letter which appeared in The Times yesterday from the director of Harwell, Dr. L. E. J Roberts in order to put the comments of the hon. Member for Halifax (Dr. Summerskill) into perspective. Dr....

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: May I finish my point before I give way? Many people are anxious about the emotive practice of nuclear waste dumping. I am anxious to stress that the committee of international scientists spent a great deal of time looking at the subject. Anyone who visits my constituency and Harwell and meets Dr. Roberts and his staff will be reassured that they are not in the least complacent about the...

Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I am sure it is right for the studies to continue. Not being a scientist of even local, never mind international, stature, I have to rely on the advice that I am given by people such as Dr. Roberts. I have every confidence in the amount of time and the reliance that lie and those who have made this careful study place on this matter. I am happy to rely on his views.

Orders of the Day — Right of Reply in the Media Bill (18 Feb 1983)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to this important debate. I am always suspicious of what I regard as Socialist-inspired legislation, because in my experience, which is the experience of anyone who is a student of what happens on the political scene, it usually has the opposite effect to what is intended. The Bill is a pious hope, which will probably do more damage than good....

War Widows (23 Dec 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise what I regard as an important topic on this last Adjournment debate in this Session of Parliament before Christmas. It is especially appropriate that I am addressing the House on the fact that war widows over the age of 80 do not qualify to receive the State old person's pension. That is a considerable injustice. That injustice arises out of the...

Opposition Day: Inequalities in Health (6 Dec 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: The debate opened in the traditional way. The Opposition gave us the impression that if only they were in power they would implement the entire Black report in a short time. I have yet to see any evidence to suggest that they could do any better than the Conservative Party, if only because of the considerable difficulty that even they would have in finding the wherewithal to do it. I wonder...

Opposition Day: Inequalities in Health (6 Dec 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I should like to get stuck in a bit more. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I get a little more into the swing of things. The Labour Party backed the strike with the same enthusiasm as it backs every strike. Perhaps when I allow the hon. Member for Stockport, North (Mr. Bennett) to intervene with his characteristic persuasiveness, he would like to tell me what strikes the...

Opposition Day: Inequalities in Health (6 Dec 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: Although I find the hon. Gentleman's intervention of considerable interest, I believe that the health workers as a group are the greatest beneficiaries of the lower levels of inflation that we are currently enjoying. I also think that if the Government's cash limits were smashed down—that is the intention of both the Labour Party and the trade union movement—the people who would suffer...

Opposition Day: Inequalities in Health (6 Dec 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I understand my hon. Friend to be saying that the fact that magistrates are not tough enough when dishing out licences bears some relation to drink abuse. How does my hon. Friend account for the fact that in Sweden, where advertising and dispensing of alcohol are more restricted, the problems of drink abuse are much worse per capita than in this country?

Orders of the Day — Oxford Textile Mills (29 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: My hon. Friend must be aware that, as I understand it from conversations tonight, Jamaica cannot make backing and must import it. Moreover, my constituents feel that changing the duty on the basis of the backing is rather like changing the duty on a car because the wheels are made of a different substance from the rest of the car. They believe that it is the fabric, not the backing, that is...

Orders of the Day — Oxford Textile Mills (29 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I am glad to have the opportunity to raise a matter of general importance, which relates to Oxford Textile Mills, a company in my constituency. It is the type of company that the Government should do everything to encourage. It employs many of my constituents and has a considerable record of entrepreneurial skill in its ability to seek out opportunities during a difficult recession and to...

Opposition Day: Disabled People (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Benyon: I, too, have been to Sweden and have seen what the hon. Member for Caernarvon (Mr. Wigley) described. One reason why the Swedish can spend more on integration facilities and other services is that their health service has saved enormous sums by the privatisation of catering and laundry services.


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