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Results 321–340 of 1587 for speaker:Peter Atkinson

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

Peter Atkinson: I entirely agree. It is dangerous to be blinkered when faced with these issues, but when it comes to animals some Members are utterly blinkered. They see no reason and no scope for a compromise. As I have said, that leads to bad legislation—and ultimately, if the law is treated as an ass, the House will be brought into disrepute.

Wind Farms (Northumberland) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. The chain will be even longer than that, because it will run from the A68 to the A1. We could end up with a chain of turbines running right across some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northumberland.

Wind Farms (Northumberland) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The problem that we face in my constituency is that we have an application for one large wind farm that will be determined by the DTI and other applications for another wind farm, some of the turbines of which will be on the site of the first wind farm. How on earth does the local authority reconcile that problem?

Wild Birds (Dark Peak) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The hon. Lady will be aware of a report by the "Moors for the Future" project, which covered the entire Peak district. It was carried out in conjunction with many organisations, including English Nature, the National Trust and so on. They found that the overall population of birds of prey over the peak district were at record high levels. For instance, populations of peregrine falcons and...

Wild Birds (Dark Peak) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: There was a Land Rover parked near the lure. What explanation did the owner of the Land Rover give for the lure being there? I also want to tell the hon. Lady that gamekeepers often shoot pigeons on moors. Pigeons compete for the foodstuffs and berries that the grouse live on. It could be perfectly sensible game management to lure and shoot pigeons, which is a legal activity.

Wild Birds (Dark Peak) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Wild Birds (Dark Peak) (14 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am grateful to the Minister for making that clear; I would have made that point to the hon. Member for High Peak (Tom Levitt), had he given way, because he implied that shooting interests were somehow responsible for a decline in the localised area that we are discussing. As we know, shooting interests cover the whole Peak district, where there has been a substantial increase in numbers of...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 62 — Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way (29 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: If a claim was made for a BOAT before 20 January 2005 and it fails, can the Minister confirm that any future claims for the same right of way will be caught by the cut-off?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 62 — Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way (29 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I want to express my thanks to the Minister for listening to the representations from my constituents, who are badly affected by this. On the legacy of the 300 or 400 outstanding claims that are not caught by the new rules, does my hon. Friend agree that it is most important that the Government give advice to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service? We have discovered that if these...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: National Parks (30 Mar 2006)

Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to implement the recommendations of the Wooller report into the funding of national parks.

Orders of the Day — Commons Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: In the case of a large upland common in which most interest was from those with common rights, does the Minister envisage that those people would form a substantial majority of the association, or that they would have, for example, 50 per cent. of the vote?

Orders of the Day — Commons Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I should like to say to the hon. Member for Pudsey (Mr. Truswell) that one of the problems involved in using the town green method of trying to obstruct or prevent a development on a particular site is that more and more landowners who have allowed a certain amount of informal use of a piece of waste land will be far more reluctant to do so. One of the reasons why we have a planning process...

Orders of the Day — Commons Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says. No doubt his constituents will read about his remarks in their local paper with great interest. The Bill has proceeded through the other place, including its Committee stage there, to this House with a great deal of consensus. The Minister has been very willing to listen to all our remarks as he deals with this nightmarishly complex piece of legislation....

Orders of the Day — Commons Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: That was remiss of me. That subject could also have taken up a fair amount of time in Committee. These are much-loved common rights that date back to the Norman conquest. My hon. Friend the Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice) mentioned the first commons Act, which was passed in the reign of Edward I in 1285. That must be one of the oldest Acts of Parliament remaining on the...

Orders of the Day — Commons Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Of course he has. The official who wrote the explanatory memorandum deserves credit, as it is a clear and interesting document. It gives an example of a piece of one farm being sold off for housing development—not on common land but where the owners had rights to graze on common land—which could have ended up, had the rights been halved, with one farmer having 50 per cent. of the grazing...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill (24 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: The Chief Secretary talks about fairness, but does he think that it is fair that the Inland Revenue should surcharge farmers who fail to pay their tax bill on time because they are owed so much money by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs?

Public Bill Committee: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 17 (25 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I remind the Committee that with this we are discussing amendment No. 28, in page 12, line 40, leave out subsection (3).

Public Bill Committee: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 25 (25 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. I am reluctant to stop the hon. Gentleman, who is giving an interesting exposition of the energy situation, but can he bring his comments back to the clause, which refers to Northern Ireland?

Public Bill Committee: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 26 (25 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. I am sorry to stop the hon. Gentleman again, but I am anxious not to have a general debate on the merits of wind power versus nuclear or otherwise. The clause touches on promoting wind farms in Northern Ireland, and his comments must relate to the Northern Ireland situation.

Public Bill Committee: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Clause 26 (25 Apr 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman again, but we are again straying rather wide of the clause. As its title says, it is about financial assistance for energy purposes. I should be grateful if he related his speech to that subject.


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