Results 301–320 of 1587 for speaker:Peter Atkinson

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Government Finance (5 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of spending by (a) Northumberland county council, (b) Tynedale district council and (c) Castle Morpeth borough council has been financedfrom council tax in each year since 16 January 1996.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: EU Funded Projects (North-east) (8 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the EU funded projects in the north-east of England which were identified by the European Court of Auditors as having (a) accounting errors and (b) inadequate documentation; and if he will make a statement.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (14 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I am grateful for the opportunity to have a short debate on what has become an important matter. After I applied for this Adjournment debate, The Mail on Sunday exposed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for selling the names and addresses of many tens of thousands of motorists, and since then the issue has moved up the political agenda considerably. From my point of view, the issue...

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (14 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: rose—

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (14 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I am sorry, but the Minister has not grasped the tenet of this issue; this is a question of principle versus practicality. However, I leave that aside. Of course I understand that Tesco is perfectly entitled to police its car park in whatever way it decides, but there are many ways of doing that other than clamping. If the Minister goes supermarket shopping in many parts of the country, he...

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (14 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: No.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (14 Dec 2005)

Peter Atkinson: I agree.

Fire Service (Northumberland) (25 Jan 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I shall take the chance that I can stay in order in this debate on the perhaps slightly tenuous ground that I represent a constituency in another part of Northumberland. However, fire appliances from Morpeth have been called to the eastern side of my constituency, so I have a peripheral interest that I hope will keep me in order. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blyth Valley (Mr....

Fire Service (Northumberland) (25 Jan 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am not sure that I would go quite as far as that, so I will stick to regionalisation at the moment. Every other emergency service has gone that way. Even now it is proposed that Northumbria police will become even bigger through its amalgamation with the police forces of Durham and Cleveland. I cannot believe that the regionalisation agenda will not be extended to include the fire service...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways (25 Jan 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the consultants' report on the review of the Northern Rail franchise; and whether he expects the results of that review to be incorporated into the 2006 timetable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Agency (27 Feb 2006)

Peter Atkinson: If he will make a statement on the future of the European Defence Agency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Agency (27 Feb 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Will he reassure the House, however, that when he meets his fellow European Ministers in a few days to fix the agency's budget, he will not accept the French Government's suggestion that there should be a common European defence budget?

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Would I be prosecuted if I went to a rescue centre and bought a dog with a docked tail that was born after the commencement of the measure?

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I will be brief—I know that many other hon. Members want to take part in this short debate—and I start by drawing the attention of the House to my entry in the Register of Members' Interests, which is relevant to the debate. The hon. Member for Sherwood (Paddy Tipping) made an extremely good case for the exemption for gun dogs. I think he is playing it wise in deciding how to vote on...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The answer to the hon. Gentleman's point is that the evidence is not conclusive on either side, which is why we should leave this to individuals. It is also why I believe that the hunting ban is wrong. People should make their own mind up on these issues. Another reason for my voting against is that we are in danger of producing bad legislation. Goodness knows, the Hunting Bill was a bad...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The point I am getting at is that it becomes difficult to legislate precisely for all those issues. This one will be the same. I have explained to the House a simple get-out clause for someone who has a dog that has been illegally docked, and they are entitled to have it. Let me make it clear that I am not an advocate of cosmetic docking— I have no particular liking for it—but the...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I agree with my hon. Friend. I do not think that legislation is needed, but I believe that show organisers and breed societies should think about the practice of tail docking, knowing how unpopular it is with many people.

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am no expert on the breeding of dogs, but if that is possible, it would certainly present a solution. Members have asked how it can be established whether a dog will become a working dog. The answer is that that cannot be established, but many people own working breeds such as spaniels which, even if they are not used for shooting or similar pursuits, may nevertheless injure their tails....

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: As my hon. Friends are saying, border collies do not tend to go down holes, and foxhounds are not in the habit of going into thick cover. That is what spaniels and terriers do. We are in danger of producing another complicated piece of animal legislation which will be difficult to enforce, will be widely abused, and will bring the House into disrepute.

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 8 — Docking of dogs' tails (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am about to end my speech, but I will give way.


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