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Results 281–300 of 1587 for speaker:Peter Atkinson

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Schedule 2 - Commission for Rural Communities (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I intervene briefly to support my hon. Friend’s amendments, especially the proposal that some members of the board should have directly elected experience. Everyone should vote for an amendment that would give Members of Parliament or former Members of Parliament an extra job, particularly after the next election when one or two may be looking for activities to make up for not being in the...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Schedule 2 - Commission for Rural Communities (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: There is a difference between a parliamentary Committee, on which most of the Government Members are forced to remain silent, and a general committee on which people have a great desire to talk for ever.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 18 - Commission’s general purpose (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I want briefly to probe the Minister on the general purpose of the clause and the balance that the commission will strike in dealing with persons suffering from social disadvantage and areas suffering from economic underperformance. The hon. Member for Sherwood touched earlier on the fact that there is a considerable drift from the town to the countryside. Some of the problems in the...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Schedule 4 - Joint Nature Conservation Committee (23 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I should have intervened in the Minister’s speech, but I was not quick enough. There seems to be a rather intriguing change of phraseology about this because there has apparently been a change of emphasis. In the original document the funding bodies “must pay to the Joint Committee such sums as these bodies, with the approval of the appropriate authorities, may agree.” The new version,...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: My constituency contains the best grouse moors in England. In the remote parts of the north Pennines, the Allen valleys, they contribute about £3 million a year to the local economy, and that is a huge amount and is of huge importance.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Apologies for my late appearance in the debate, Mr. Forth, but as the Countryside Alliance was mentioned, and as I am listed as a consultant to that organisation in the Register of Members’ Interests, I thought that I would respond to the hon. Lady. The Countryside Alliance and the other organisations that were mentioned are utterly opposed to the poisoning of birds in any way. Any...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I am sorry, but I did not mean to imply that. I had moved on and was saying that a lot of the general publicity about the poisoning of birds seems to cast suspicion on moorland gamekeepers. I was trying to refute that, as the evidence does not support it. The job of moorland gamekeeper is a high-profile one—it is visible, as there are always visitors and walkers on the moors—and those who...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: The problem is, as the Minister says, that there will always be products that anyone can legally possess that could be used to poison wildlife. If   one product is prescribed under the clause, the person could get rid of it, but use something else such as slug pellets for which he could claim to have a perfectly legitimate use. He could simply replace one poison with another.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Peter Atkinson: This is a technical point. Let us suppose that someone keeps in their garden shed a chemical that is prescribed but has a use on potato crops. The person then decides not to grow potatoes for two or three years. Would keeping the chemical there be a legitimate use on the basis that they might grow a further crop of potatoes in future?

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Single Farm Payments (7 Jul 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I also support the demand for interim payments. The Under-Secretary may not be aware that, in the past few days, the price of fat stock has collapsed by 10 per cent. If that continues until the big sales in the autumn, livestock farmers, particularly upland ones, will have a serious cash flow problem. If there is a delay in the single farm payment cheques, farmers will have serious problems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Deep Coal Industry (21 Jul 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Looking forward, not back, does the Minister accept that long-term price stability is the key issue for the deep coal industry, without which investment is not possible? When the Government review the security of energy supplies, will they consider what can be done to guarantee a long-term price structure for the industry?

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: New Clause 1 — Enforcement Powers in Connection with Pesticides: Entry and Search by Force Without a Warrant (11 Oct 2005)

Peter Atkinson: We know and understand that this is a problem. Why does the hon. Lady think that the Opposition's new clauses and amendments weaken the Government's proposals?

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: New Clause 1 — Enforcement Powers in Connection with Pesticides: Entry and Search by Force Without a Warrant (11 Oct 2005)

Peter Atkinson: Will the Minister help me to clarify something? In clause 44 there is no mention of the idea that an inspector would need a warrant to enter premises. Where is the requirement that the inspector must obtain a warrant in advance? It is not in the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: New Clause 4 — Byways open to all Traffic (11 Oct 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I agree with something that the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) said, in that I hope that we will not need to push the new clause to a vote. I hope that the Minister will instead accept it, or at least accept most of its content. This is a very serious issue, and I slightly admonish my hon. Friend the Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice) for not mentioning in his list of...

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Credits (13 Oct 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of overpayment of tax credits in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Home Department: Terrorism Bill (23 Nov 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions (a) before October and (b) after 26 October on which (i) the chief constable and (ii) other senior police officers of (A) Cleveland police, (B) Northumbria police and (C) Durham police contacted hon. Members representing constituencies in the relevant police force area about the Terrorism Bill; and what form...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I apologise on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Epping Forest (Mrs. Laing), the shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. She has been involved with the Committee on the Equality Bill, so I have the privilege of taking her place. I have a great affection for the Scottish Affairs Committee because I was put on it the moment that I was elected to the House and served on it for five years;...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I agree but, globally, I predict that demand will continue to rise at a rate of 2 or 3 per cent. a year. I would like to deal with various issues that were raised. My two colleagues sounded great enthusiasm for nuclear power, as did the hon. Member for Glasgow, North-West (John Robertson). I agree; there is opposition to it, but we should explore all possibilities. Renewables will play a...


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