Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 33, in clause 20, page 13, line 42, at beginning insert ‘local’. No. 34, in clause 20, page 13, line 42, at end insert ‘and (c) sector skills councils,’.
Peter Atkinson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) on securing this Adjournment debate. It has proved extremely timely and I have to say that I agree with her. One of the arguments that she has put forward against this plan applies equally to many areas in Northumberland. I represent a rural area, which will suffer from virtually no development over the period of the plan....
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government new clause 2 —Intervention: Wales. Government amendments Nos. 4 to 6 and 3.
Peter Atkinson: Order. We are having a battle of reports, and it is going rather wide of the new clause. After that little political knockabout, I should be grateful if we could get back to the subject.
Peter Atkinson: In the event of a vote in the House this afternoon, I will adjourn the Committee for a quarter of an hour, or for half an hour if there is a subsequent vote, and so on.
Peter Atkinson: Order. This intervention is extremely long and I ask the hon. Gentleman to bring it to a conclusion.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 13, in clause 29, page 19, line 42, at end add— ‘“school” means— (a) a maintained school; (b) an Academy; (c) a city technology college; (d) a city college for the technology of the arts; “young person” means a person who is— (a) in his last year of compulsory schooling; or (b) over compulsory school age...
Peter Atkinson: Order. I remind the Committee that this is about mentoring, not apprenticeships. Although we have had an enjoyable debate, we should return to the subject matter.
Peter Atkinson: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend the Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice). The change could not have happened at a worse time for the farming industry, which has gone through a funding revolution following the introduction of the single payment scheme. All sorts of new things are spinning out as a result of that. Farmers are advised to put their houses in order by farming for...
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Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 are applied to part-time members of the judiciary.
Peter Atkinson: Can the Leader of the House explain why it has been comprehensively leaked that the Government are proposing to abolish regional assemblies? Yesterday the media carried stories that the Prime Minister wished to undo the handiwork of the former Deputy Prime Minister. It is quite wrong that such important decisions are made in this way. We were promised a document or a Green Paper today, but it...
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role his private office played in organising his visit to NETpark, Sedgefield, County Durham and other destinations in the north-east; whether officials from his Department accompanied him on the visit; and what the cost was to his Department of the visit.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2007, Official Report, column 983, on employment: equality, who conducted the review; when it (a) was established and (b) reported; and if he will publish its conclusions.
Peter Atkinson: The Chancellor will accept, however, that there is widespread concern and anger in the north-east at the way in which the affair was handled. In particular, what provoked the Bank of England to announce that Northern Rock was looking for help? The European Central Bank managed to rescue—I think—two German banks and a French bank without a similar panic. I am at least grateful that the...
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review regulations that forbid trail and drag hunting and stalking in low risk foot and mouth areas such as Northumberland, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government has undertaken an impact assessment on the recommendations of the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits to reduce occupational exposure limit values for formaldehyde to 0.2 ppm for 8-hour time weighted average and to 0.4 ppm for short-term exposure limits (up to 15 minutes).
Peter Atkinson: Order. Two Members wish to catch my eye, and I propose to call the winding-up speeches at half-past 10. Will they bear that in mind?
Peter Atkinson: Order. This debate continues until half past the hour, so the Financial Secretary has the Floor until then. If the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mr. Crabb) runs, he will, taking Prayers into account, get there in time.
Peter Atkinson: Order. May I say to hon. Members present that I intend to call the wind-ups at half-past 3? Seven Members have indicated in advance that they wish to speak. If I am to get them all in, they will have to speak for approximately five or six minutes each. I ask Members to bear that in mind as it will make the debate fairer for everybody.