Results 1–20 of 382 for speaker:Mr Joseph Dean

Unemployment (Leeds) (28 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: I listened with great interest to some of the points about youth unemployment in the previous debate. It is two years almost to the week since I raised in an Adjournment debate the problems of the dangerously accelerating unemployment rate in the Leeds travel-towork area, with all the serious social consequences that this could bring if the situation were allowed to continue or to...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: The Government appear to be saying that pensions are now pitched at the right level and that the percentage is almost immutable. Does that not mean that, as earnings increase, pensions in real terms will continue to diminish on a progressive scale? Unless something is done, many people will be buried before the increased benefits accrue.

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: I listened to most of the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes), just as I did to the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. Stallard) in an earlier debate. In the debate last week, along with other colleagues, I pointed out that the Chancellor's prediction of a 6 per cent. increase in the cost of living could well be a conservative...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill: Up-Rating Orders (20 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: I am explaining why the measure should be delayed for 12 months. The whole thing is a shambles. When I raised the matter last week the Minister did not answer it. It is not a lot to ask for a few minutes in which to make the point so that it is on record and the Government know of the difficulties their actions are causing. I do not think I am noted for delaying matters. I do not speak all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: District Health Authorities (19 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: The Minister is aware, because I have written to him recently about the problem, that in the Kirkstall area of Leeds, because of present allocations, the long-awaited building of the clinic has had to be postponed, not because of the capital costs — the authority was ready to go out to tender—but because the insignificant sum of £27,000 per year could not be found for revenue costs. Will...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill (13 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: The Bill's provisions are narrow, but some speeches today have ranged wide. The hon. Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Dickens) confused me because I thought that he suggested that family planning and birth control were being provided for old-age pensioners. The Bill is not about general benefits or about free or concessionary bus fares. It was not a Conservative Government who first allowed...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill (13 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: The hon. Gentleman is correct. The priority should be to help the elderly. People are living longer because of the advances in medical science, and that process will increase. In five or 10 years' time we shall be faced with a big increase in the numbers of elderly and retired people who will need care from society. This type of measure will act against them. Unless the Minister can give an...

Orders of the Day — Social Security and Housing Benefits Bill (13 Apr 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: The hon. Gentleman may like to know that only last weekend a local councillor in my constituency dealt with the proposed eviction of someone who had not received the money on time, as a result of which the private landlord was taking action.

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: Is it not a fact that almost every scheme during the period about which I am talking had to carry a certificate of approval from the National Building Agency? It is no good saying with hindsight that it was a mistake to approve the sanctions, because the sanctions were granted and there is ministerial responsibility.

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: May I thank the Minister for his full reply to the important and detailed debate? He is unfortunate in that he is the first Minister who has had to deal with this problem. No doubt his successors, whether from his party or from mine, for a long time to come will be grappling with the problem. The Minister referred—

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: In thanking the Minister, I must point out that this is the first special debate on this subject. Because of the immensity of the problem I hope that it will be the forerunner of many.

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: This is one of the most important aspects of the debate. If the local authorities had the funds, they would keep those houses and repair them. If the repairs were financed by the Government, the problem would be solved.

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: Without being churlish, may I correct the hon. Gentleman? Nye Bevan was not Minister of Health during the war.

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: Is it not a fact that the Governments of the day—I blame no particular party—were responsible for altering the subsidy systems to a high density subsidy which introduced maisonettes and this type of development? People were told that if they wished to stay and live in the city, which was their traditional birth place, this was the only way they could do so. Some of us maintained that...

System-built Housing (24 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: I rise to introduce the debate on the problems of housing built by industrial and semi-industrial systems, not in a spirit of outright criticism of the Government or in any attempt to blame the Government for the position in which we find ourselves. The Government's problem is one of inheritance. Moreover, I do not speak only from hindsight, because I was one of those who predicted that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Industrialised House Building Systems (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has had any further submissions made to him for financial assistance from local authorities, relating to the problems they are now encountering concerning the defects appearing in housing accommodation built by industrialised and semi-industrialised systems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Industrialised House Building Systems (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: Is the Minister aware that the answers given today on the same subject mean that there will be little or no increased help to local authorities, other than by giving them permission to raise their rates further to carry the burden of these repairs? When will he extend the help that he has given to people who bought Airey houses from local authorities to people who have bought other...

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

Mr Joseph Dean: Is my hon. Friend aware that the other local authority association, the Association of Municipal Authorities, whose member authorities can be deemed to have the largest problems outside London, expressed similar sentiments?

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

Mr Joseph Dean: Is my hon. Friend aware that the improvements which the hon. Member for Abingdon (Mr. Benyon) said were incorporated in the Housing Act 1980 were made because of the pressure that my hon. Friend and I exerted by various means such as Adjournment debates, and so on, and my Bill?

Housing (22 Feb 1983)

Mr Joseph Dean: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for people living in industrialised and semi-industrialised built housing. My purpose in introducing the Bill is to try to give justice to a section of the community who, through no fault of theirs, are in difficulty because of the accommodation they occupy and the financial burden that it imposes upon them. I am, of...


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