Results 361–380 of 1587 for speaker:Peter Atkinson

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (22 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. Before the hon. Member for Kettering continues, I must point out that he is not responsible for the National Accident Helpline. We are in danger of extending the debate too widely.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (22 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: As we are on the first group of amendments to quite a large section of the Bill, it makes more sense for the Committee to proceed as we have been doing, so if the hon. Gentleman continued I am sure that that would be to the advantage of the Committee.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 4 (22 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 25, in clause 4, page 2, line 40, leave out ‘a person' and insert ‘the Financial Services Authority'.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 (27 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. The discussion of the section of the NUM is going a little wide of the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 (27 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 (27 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Order. Reluctant as I am to stop my neighbour in full flow, now that he has made his preamble I would be grateful if he could begin to relate his speech to the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Compensation Bill [Lords]: Clause 6 (27 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 32, in clause 10, page 6, line 24, leave out subsection (6).

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: It gives me great pleasure to introduce the debate, because it gives us an opportunity to revisit the threat to the red squirrel, which is one of the most treasured features of our native wildlife. I initiated a debate on the subject almost 10 years ago to the day, but since that debate not a lot has happened to help the red squirrel and its position remains as bad as it was when I first...

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for attending the debate, because, as I well know, the Isle of Wight is an important reservoir of red squirrels. It is fortunate in being separated from the mainland by a stretch of water, which I think is why red squirrels have been saved there. The grey squirrel was introduced in the 19th century as an ornament to estate gardens. No doubt that was thought to...

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I agree with my right hon. neighbour, whose constituency, like mine, has a large number of red squirrels. In fact, the Hexham constituency contains 80 per cent. of the red squirrel population in England. There are other healthy populations on the Isle of Wight and on Brownsea island off the south coast, for many of the same reasons. There are a few in Thetford forest, at Sefton in Merseyside...

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: It is the other way round. The red squirrel likes conifers. They appear to prosper in conifers, perhaps because they are smaller than greys and are able to extract seeds from spruce trees and such, whereas the greys are bigger and perhaps more clumsy. The reds seem to do better with conifers, which is why Kielder forest, for example, is going to be a reserve.

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I am grateful to the Minister for that explanation. There is a feeling that if the red squirrel were put into the annexe, that would trigger a greater interest in Europe in its future survival. As he says, the species is not endangered at all in continental Europe, except in Italy. People campaigning for the red squirrel believe that that would be a useful thing to do, and would help to raise...

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: At the risk of a further 500 letters, I have to say that I have actually tasted grey squirrel—they eat it in America. Although there is not a lot of meat on it, to say the least, it tastes rather like chicken and is quite palatable.

Red Squirrel Population (28 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: They were not my constituents.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 1 — Vehicular Access (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I apologise to the Minister, because I have been troubling him quite a lot in the past few days, but will he clarify the situation of my constituent whose house is on the edge of a village green and who has created a driveway across the village green? Some years ago, before the CROW Act, he was in considerable difficulty, because the parish council nominally owned the green and was seeking...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 2 — Stock Proof Fences (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: That will swing it.

Orders of the Day: Clause 13 — Surrender and extinguishment (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I was baffled when we first debated the issue, because those 50 houses might not simply have the right of grazing but other rights, such as rights of turbary. Instead of one commoner having access to peat on the land, 50 of them would have access, which would substantially change the physical appearance of the common.

Orders of the Day: Clause 26 — Establishment (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I join the welcome for the change, but will the Minister give a little more explanation of amendment No. 23? It is slightly different, in the sense that it inserts the words "and in particular persons exercising rights of common". I should be interested to know—

Orders of the Day: Clause 26 — Establishment (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: I beg your pardon, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall come back to it later. Amendment agreed to. Amendments made: No. 18, in page 15, line 16, leave out 'association' and insert 'council'. No. 19, in page 15, line 17, leave out 'association' and insert 'council'. No. 20, in page 15, line 18, leave out 'association' and insert 'council'. No. 21, in page 15, line 19, leave out 'association' and...

Orders of the Day: Clause 27 — Procedure for Establishment (29 Jun 2006)

Peter Atkinson: Now that we are on the right amendment I shall ask the Minister a few questions, although my right hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (David Maclean) has shot most of my foxes. Like my right hon. Friend, I would like an idea of how the Minister or the Government will interpret this provision. I raise this particularly because in my constituency I have a large number of grazed...


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