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Results 81–100 of 1056 for speaker:Bob Blizzard

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Drug Interdiction (Caribbean) (11 Dec 2006)

Bob Blizzard: If he will make a statement on the interdiction of narcotics by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Drug Interdiction (Caribbean) (11 Dec 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I congratulate the Royal Navy on that vital work. I have met a number of people involved in drug interdiction work in Latin America and the Caribbean, including our overseas drug liaison officers, who work closely with local authorities in those countries. There is no doubt that that work represents huge value in preventing drugs from arriving here. We could, however, do more. Will he urge...

Written Answers — International Development: Latin America (6 Dec 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Latin American regional assistance plan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Latin America (5 Dec 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has for the development of UK relations with Latin America.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy Reserves (30 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: What recent assessment he has made of the UK's remaining reserves of offshore oil and gas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy Reserves (30 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I welcome my hon. Friend to the energy portfolio today, and I hope that I can do so again in future. Is not the most secure source of energy our own oil and gas and, as we have just learned, there is plenty left? Most of it is in small fields, yet operators have to use the consents procedure that was devised for the large, early discoveries. Will he look at how those procedures can be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is it not nonsense to call for a crackdown on illegal immigration without investing in the necessary identity technology to tell us who is moving in and out of the country and who should and should not be here? Is not it hypocrisy to talk about greater protection from criminals and terrorists without giving our police the powers they ask for to do the job we want them to do?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Trusts (Deficits) (28 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I fully accept the need for our PCT to deal with its own deficit and get into balance by the end of the year, but it is hard when the strategic health authority comes along in mid-year, takes the money away and tells it to get into balance—and even harder when, with four months to go, the SHA comes back and takes more. Will my right hon. Friend ask the SHA to give us a bit of leeway and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefits (Overpayment) (27 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Overpayment of housing benefit also affects landlords and tenants. Because of the ongoing inefficiency of Waveney district council, most landlords there feel that they are losing out by having benefit clawed back. They are so fed up that they have started to put up signs in their letting offices that say "No DSS tenants". That means that people who need accommodation in that sector are unable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Government White Paper (7 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: May we have some basic standards laid down for local authorities to follow in their care for the elderly? Suffolk local authority's supporting people commissioning body is currently taking away funding for community alarm systems when all the indications are that these are a good value-for-money means of supporting people to follow the body's basic aim of preventing older and vulnerable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Bill (2 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I presume that any marine Bill would have to take into account the London convention and the OSPAR treaty. What progress has been made in discussions with other European countries about the compatibility of carbon capture and storage with those international agreements, because surely the lesson from Monday's Stern report is that we have to get on with carbon capture and storage?

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Private Equity Companies (2 Nov 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the European Commission Report of the Alternative Investment Group on Developing European Private Equity on private equity companies.

Written Answers — Treasury: European Private Equity (31 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the report of the European Commission's alternative investment expert group on developing European private equity.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Drug Trafficking (31 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with Latin American Governments on drug trafficking.

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I wonder whether the report to which my right hon. Friend referred was "Sea Wind East". Nobody would be happier than I if such a capacity could be generated off the coast of East Anglia, not least because of the employment prospects for my constituents. We want as big a slice of that as possible, but I do not know many people who believe that we could do that much. We could do a lot and we...

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: For the past 41 minutes I have listened extremely patiently to the hon. Member for Cambridge (David Howarth). If he were magically transported to the Labour Benches and were in government and gave that exposition as Government energy policy to an assembled group of leaders of important industries, to people who run hospitals or even to elderly people in their own homes, and that group looked...

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I completely agree. I have never seen such statements in annual reports, although I have seen lots of others, including those blaming the Government for things—but nothing about energy efficiency and costs. On that point, I looked for guidance in the local government White Paper, which includes some encouraging statements, but they need to be developed further to direct local authorities...

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: If, under the policy that the hon. Gentleman describes, the nuclear industry stepped up to the plate and could deliver carbon-free energy at a price as competitive as that of offshore wind or solar power, while oil and gas prices spiked or remained extremely high, would he tell it to go away?

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I did not mean a spike in the sense of a sudden surge, but a position in which gas prices remained permanently high.

Orders of the Day: Energy Supply (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: As the hon. Gentleman has said, about 20 per cent. of our electricity is currently generated from nuclear power, and a good number of nuclear power stations will close. Bearing in mind what the Conservative party has said in the past about not liking wind power, and given that it will take a few years until tidal and solar power are commercially developable, is it realistic for nuclear power...


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