Results 1101–1120 of 1120 for speaker:Mr John Townend

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: The tailor was regretting that it took him four months to deliver suits to his customers. He employed one man. I asked him whether he had considered taking on anybody else. He told me that he had thought of taking on a young man to teach him the business. He explained that in the tailoring business a great many customers might order suits at a certain time and yet the tailor will find himself...

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: Would not the hon. and learned Gentleman accept that where an employer dismisses someone fairly, on good grounds, that employer can still be taken before the industrial tribunal?

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Union of Post Office Workers (23 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he expects to meet Mr. Tom Jackson, general secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Union of Post Office Workers (23 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: When the Minister next meets Mr. Jackson, will he draw to his attention the disclosures in the Daily Mirror about the Mount Pleasant post office which was described as a skivers' paradise, with fiddles on overtime and drinking and gambling on duty? Will he ask Mr. Jackson to co-operate with the management in overcoming those abuses?

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill (23 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: How is it posisble for the Government to control costs?

New Clause 12: Capital Allowance for Retail Premises (18 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: I declare that I am a director of a retail concern. I am speaking in support of the clause of my right hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mr. Page), but not on the basis that it is a necessary concession to the retail trade or on the basis of efficiency. I speak as a chartered accountant on a matter of principle. Any capital expenditure undertaken for the purpose of trade should be written...

New Clause 12: Capital Allowance for Retail Premises (18 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: I accept that. If that were accepted the cost would not be nearly as prohibitive as the cost of accepting the clause. Even if the Minister is not prepared to accept the clause, I hope that he will accept the principle that moneys and capital expenditure spent on assets for the retail trade should be able to be written off, over the lifetime of those assets, against taxation. I make that plea...

New Clause 12: Capital Allowance for Retail Premises (18 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that if the allowance were made on a straight-line basis over the lifetime of the assets—say, 2 per cent. to 3 per cent. a year—the cost would be much lower?

Regional Industrial Policy (17 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: I congratulate my right hon. Friend for making a start in doing away with the anomalies. Will he clarify the position in respect of tourist grants recently made available to intermediate areas if they lose that status and are downgraded?

Business of the House (12 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: Despite the sympathies of many hon. Members, will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the fact that a large proportion of the population is very perturbed at the thought of a substantial number of immigrants being allowed in from Vietnam?

Clause 5: Charge of Income Tax for 1979–80 ( 9 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: Those who favour investment income surcharge forget one or two points. I speak as the managing director of a private company. Investment income surcharge distorts the financial decision of private companies. Because of its incidence, it is often more advantageous for a company to declare no dividends but to take its profit out by way of directors' remuneration. That distorts what should be an...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers ( 5 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: I was intrigued by the examples given by the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) of how small firms needed the public sector. Does he imagine that a private hospital would not have to buy its supplies in the same way as a public hospital does? The hon. Gentleman also spoke of someone who wanted to manufacture dumpers but could not obtain £5,000 of equity capital. Is it any wonder that, in...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers ( 5 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: I do not think that the amount of capital required is significant. The return on the other £55,000 would have been £115. I was also intrigued by the hon. Member for York (Mr. Lyon), who showed that we can prove anything with figures. He said that one of the problems for British industry was that the average worker abroad had much more investment behind him. The implication was that we have...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers ( 5 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: A reduction in unemployment means a reduction in unemployment pay. That is the Government's strategy.

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers ( 5 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: No. We have dealt with this matter. The hon. Gentleman said that Conservatives believed that Britain was a scroungers' paradise. I would not say that. However, many people find it strange that they cannot get their letters delivered because of a shortage of postmen, when there is high unemployment. My company wanted to employ a joiner as a maintenance man. Payment for the job was based on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Staffing Ratios ( 3 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that in many areas there is considerable scope for economies in non-teaching staff—particularly among cleaners and school meals staff—which would not affect education standards?

Postal Services ( 2 Jul 1979)

Mr John Townend: In view of the shortage of staff and the fact that at the same time we have a high rate of unemployment, will my right hon. Friend discuss with his colleagues a reconsideration of the basis for paying unemployment pay when there are a large number of jobs available?

Bridlington (Development Area Status) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr John Townend: I thank the Minister for being present to hear about an important problem for my constituency—the need for development area status for Bridlington. The Bridlington employment office area covers 35 square miles. Bridlington is the main town, with 27,500 of the 32,000 population. The town is a popular seaside resort. Industry is dominated by the tourist trade. It has a correspondingly small...

Bridlington (Development Area Status) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr John Townend: I accept that. However, does my hon. Friend agree that the proportion of vacancies to unemployment in Bridlington is not dissimilar to the proportion that one would expect to find in such an area?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (12 Jun 1979)

Mr John Townend: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Eastham) on his maiden speech. I only hope that I manage to cross the hurdle as well and as satisfactorily as the hon. Gentleman. I also thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to catch your eye on Budget day. It will certainly make by birthday this year a very memorable occasion. I have been impressed with the staff of the...


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