Canlyniadau 81–100 o 1224 ar gyfer speaker:Mrs Sally Oppenheim

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Film Industry (Legislation) (16 Tach 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I do not believe that the present method of collecting the levy is equitable; or as equitable as it might be. In recent years, as my hon. Friend will be aware, a multitude of multi-screen cinemas have opened. As a result, the main burden of paying the levy has fallen on those least able to pay. I shall shortly be considering a new formula for collecting the levy on a much more equitable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The Director General of Fair Trading and I have been consulting interested parties on the steps to be taken following the report. There are complex issues to be considered and my right hon. Friend will announce his decision as soon as practicable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend has validly indicated some of the complexities in the problem that the Government must face in reaching that decision. He is right to say that confusion has arisen in some cases for consumers where the surcharge is not indicated, and in others where it is indicated. All those things are under consideration by the Government and by my right hon. Friend and I during the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend has made a valid point. He mentioned the great complexities in the issue, all of which the Government must consider. My right hon. Friend and I in particular must consider them in reaching a decision on the issue. It would not be fair to any of the parties concerned, most of all to the consumer, if we rushed the decision and did not consult as fully as possible before reaching...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am not sure whether that has been fully established. As I understand it—it is not particularly an issue in this case—a large majority of people using credit cards do not avail themselves of the full credit facilities, but only of the monthly facility. It is more a service that is provided to consumers than anything else at present. That is one of the things that adds to the complexity...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: Yes, Sir. But at the same time one of the things that we must consider is whether those who are giving discounts for cash are the same people who are adding a surcharge for the use of credit cards. At the moment that is one of the things that are not absolutely clear, which are clouding the issue and that are under consideration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend has illustrated well one of the facets of the situation that my right hon. Friend and I must consider. It is true that there are charges. I must make it clear mat those are more likely to be service charges than credit card charges because, as I understand it, those using those facilities can reclaim the money more or less on the same day in most cases. However, the service...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Credit Cards (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I should also make it clear to the House that the recommendations of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission will affect not only garages but the whole retail trade, as well as restaurants and hotels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: Provisional figures from the international passenger survey for up to only the end of the first quarter of 1981—the latest available—show that some 1·11 million foreign visitors—excluding those from the Irish Republic—spent at least one night in the capital compared with 1·22 million in the same period in 1980.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I welcome my hon. Friend's remark in one sense. Although the number of foreign tourists is marginally down, the number of domestic tourists to London in the first quarter of the year is very much up. Not only are the numbers higher; domestic tourists have spent more nights and substantially more money in London than last year, which is welcome to the tourist industry in London and to all who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I heartily endorse what my hon. Friend says. In moving around the area one has the feeling that in the next two days the world is coming to London in more ways than one. The face of London that is shown at the moment is very important, and I believe that it is one that the world will look on with approbation and respect and with great felicitation for those involved in what is probably the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The Government give a great deal of direct support to the BTA, the ETB and the regional boards through a substantial grant. More importantly and significantly, the tourist industry raises as much, or more, than the Government give it. It does not make great demands on the Government. It provides many jobs and is worthy of high recognition in the economic scheme of things. The Roy al wedding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to the tourist industry. It is a major provider of jobs. The service industries now employ a little more than 54 per cent. of working people in Britain. The tourist industry is a major growth area. As I said in a speech that I made the week before last, the tourist industry is a jewel in the crown of our service industries. My hon. Friend is right to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tourism (London) (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I assure the hon. Gentleman that a great deal of the grant that is available to development areas goes to that area. Last week I presented awards on behalf of the BTA One of them went to that area for the initiative that has been shown. Manchester airport has done a splendid job and is part of the important infrastructure of regional airports in Britain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: Following my announcement on 8 July, my right hon. Friend received a number of representations from right hon. and hon. Members, members of the public and British Gas Corporation employees on the Government's decision, putting forward a number of differing points of view.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: It is notable that electricity showrooms command 10 per cent. of the retail market, whereas British gas showrooms command over 90 per cent. of the retail market. Accessibility is very important. The Government, in the context of their proposals, have made it clear that no solution that did not provide convenient accessibility for consumers to pay their bills, to buy stamps and to seek...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: What is important in terms of competition is the share of the market, not the number of showrooms. The British Gas Corporation has a 90 per cent. share of the market. The number of showrooms is not important. What is important is the finding of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission that some BGC activities had harmed competition, limited choice and possibly put up prices, as well as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: I am prepared to be indulgent to the hon. Gentleman. He referred to the private sector making a profit out of the industry. I thought that the British Gas Corporation had always claimed that it made huge profits out of the retailing of appliances. That is by no means certain; indeed, it is not even likely. It is not the case in regard to a number of its activities. Wytch Farm is a matter for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: Having visited a gas showroom recently I was able to take note of the advertisements to which my hon. Friend refers. I noted also that a large majority of the people visiting the showroom and queueing up for attention were there to ask about the supply of gas and not the supply of appliances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: British Gas Corporation (27 Gor 1981)

Mrs Sally Oppenheim: The hon. Gentleman talks about ideological views. Would his party have viewed the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission as being not in the interests of consumers? Would his party put consumers' interests second to those of the British Gas Corporation? The Government had several options to consider. They considered them very carefully over a fairly long period. They are consulting...


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