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Results 261–280 of 1587 for speaker:Peter Atkinson

Council Tax (2 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day — 1st Part] — Supplementary Estimates, 2004–05 — Future of the BBC (9 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To reinforce that point, according to Ofcom, the Tyne Tees area is likely to be the last area to undergo the digital switchover, and that will probably happen in 2012. As a result, more than 10,000 of my constituents in Hexham and the Tyne valley cannot receive digital terrestrial television until then, which is hugely frustrating for a large number of people. Was my hon. Friend a little...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill [Lords] (14 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: The Secretary of State says that £17.5 billion is being invested in secondary schools, so why has Northumberland county council, which has the problem of having to replace many secondary schools, been told that no more money will be available until 2014 at the earliest and 2020 at the latest?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Doctors' Services (Northumberland) (22 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: It is all very well for the Minister to push this matter back on to the local primary care trust, but one of the problems is the new general practitioners' contract, under which many GPs in Northumberland do not work on Saturdays. The consequence is that the Northern Doctors Urgent Care service gets nearly 1,000 calls on a Saturday, which is overwhelming the service. Doctors are travelling 70...

Public Bill Committee: Inquiries Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Power to establish inquiry (22 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Whether or not the hon. Member for Cambridge sticks to her guns, she has certainly done the Committee a favour by moving the amendment. I want to flag up its importance in relation to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which so badly afflicted my constituency. It started there and ended there about a year later. It caused devastation to the landscape and to many farmers’ livelihoods....

Public Bill Committee: Inquiries Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Power to establish inquiry (22 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Indeed, my hon. Friend is right. The European Parliament held an inquiry into the foot and mouth epidemic, because a lot of the money paid in compensation came from Europe and there were concerns that many farmers had been substantially overcompensated for what they had lost. That was another thing that the inquiry should have considered. There were allegations that valuers were bidding up...

Public Bill Committee: Inquiries Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Power to establish inquiry (22 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: With respect, the hon. Gentleman has not been listening to the hon. Member for Cambridge. We want Parliament to have a say. There would not be an inquiry every time someone made an allegation against a Minister because an inquiry would be triggered by Parliament, which would not agree to inquiries every time. Surely the hon. Gentleman can understand that an issue of such huge importance that...

Public Bill Committee: Inquiries Bill [Lords]: Clause 40 - Payment of inquiry expenses by Minister (24 Mar 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Surely the heart of this is the terms of reference and how they are interpreted. A situation could arise in which the chairman and the Minister disagreed on the minutiae of the terms of reference. In that sort of dispute, who would be the final arbiter?

Written Answers — Transport: North East Regional Transport Board (25 May 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Regional Transport Board for the North East of England will be set up.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 1 - “Constitution” (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I begin by drawing the attention of the Committee to my entry in the Register of Members’ Interests, which shows that I am a consultant for the Countryside Alliance. I do not think that that will be relevant to today’s affairs, but I would like to make my position clear. I would like to support my hon. Friend’s amendment, which I take as a probing, but important, one. My constituency...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 1 - “Constitution” (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: May I push the Minister a little more on this issue? In reality, it has been some time since forestry became a devolved matter. The Forestry Commission has operated on a UK basis on matters such as research and plant health perfectly happily. However, the delivery that the Minister mentioned becomes more and more different and separate. The other day, the Scottish Minister responsible for...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 2 - General purpose (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I am sure that the Minister heard that appeal. I do not see how anyone could resist such an articulate argument for the introduction of the Sandford principle into the Bill. I utterly agree with what the hon. Member for Sherwood said about there undoubtedly being occasional cases that are hard to resolve and that such a good principle should appear in the Bill. I am less confident in what the...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 4 - Advice (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I seek clarification from the Minister on Natural England’s involvement with planning applications. English Nature had a role in many planning applications whether or not it was a statutory consultee. I am interested to know what the new organisation’s role will be because it would have a wider remit than English Nature. There was one of those controversial byway-open-to-all-traffic...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 7 - Management agreements (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I shall add another example to the list; those who have common grazing rights, which are historic, and are capable of making their own agreements currently under the stewardship scheme, regardless of who is the landowner.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 8 - Experimental schemes (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I have a quick question for the Minister. Every time I see a newly created organisation that is not a Government Department, such as Natural England, being given the power of compulsory purchase, an alarm bell rings in my mind. I have always believed that such powers should not be granted to organisations such as Natural England, and I cannot envisage a situation in which it would want to...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 8 - Experimental schemes (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I apologise for intervening again on the Minister, but I remain unhappy about the compulsory powers that are contained in the clause. As the Minister said, the Countryside Agency has not used those powers in the past, so why do we need them now? On the question of the National Trust, I want to say that it does give up land. In my constituency, it had to give up some land to allow a bypass to...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 8 - Experimental schemes (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Those situations arise elsewhere, as the Minister will appreciate, and the normal way around them is simple purchase of a title insurance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Nuclear Power (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: If he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power in the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Nuclear Power (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: The whole question of our energy future is still in the long grass, and it is folly for this country to rely for its future energy sources on importing increasing amounts of gas from regions of the world that are inherently unstable. President Bush has estimated that the United States would need 100 new nuclear power stations to maintain a 20 per cent. contribution to its energy supplies. How...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 17 - Commission for Rural Communities (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: One of the great complaints that rural local authorities have is that they are underfunded in comparison with urban ones. A group of 40 of them have been campaigning for years for better funding so that they are able to deliver the type of service that people expect in urban areas. What power will the commission have to change that situation?


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