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Results 1041–1056 of 1056 for speaker:Bob Blizzard

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (6 Nov 1997)

Bob Blizzard: When considering the effects of European policy on British agriculture, farmers in my constituency are rather keen on the single European currency. Was not the Chancellor's statement on the euro last week in the best interests of British agriculture, while the stance taken by the Leader of the Opposition does a disservice to farmers and shows that the Opposition are completely out of touch...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Beer Imports (30 Oct 1997)

Bob Blizzard: What steps he will take to recover revenue lost from bootleg imports of beer. [12662]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Beer Imports (30 Oct 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Brewers in my constituency will welcome the deployment of extra staff and the review of the matter. Does my hon. Friend agree, however, that the scale of bootlegging is so large that French beer occupies about 5 per cent. of the British market and 70 per cent. of it is smuggled beer? That represents a huge loss to the public purse and a huge threat to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Regional Development Strategy (29 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: May I say how much businesses and local authorities in East Anglia are looking forward to the establishment of a regional development agency? When my right hon. Friend considers the siting of the agency's headquarters, will he consider the economic impact that it could have, and consider siting it in the less prosperous parts of the region rather than in parts which always seem to be used...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Claimants (Improved Services) (28 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I welcome my right hon. Friend's drive to reduce paperwork in the benefits system. Will she also consider the needs of disabled people who, under the benefit integrity programme introduced by the previous Government, are required to fill in a 33-page questionnaire? If they do not, a home visit can then be followed up by a tribunal. Will my right hon. Friend consider whether that is really...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I should like to say how much people in my constituency will welcome this morning's announcement on the reintroduction of fairness to the national health service. Will my right hon. Friend comment on the importance of efficiency and the effective use of resources in the national health service, particularly in the light of comments that were made to me yesterday by a most senior consultant...

Prayers: Middleton, Norfolk (Bypass) (9 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I admit that some of the thundering lorries that pass through Middleton are on their way to or from the port of Lowestoft, in my constituency. It is disappointing that not one Opposition Member has deigned to attend the debate and listen to discussion of an important issue in an important part of the country—

Prayers: Middleton, Norfolk (Bypass) (9 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: Thank you. Mr. Deputy Speaker. I just wanted to emphasise the strategic importance of the A47 to my constituency, which suffers from extremely high unemployment. The only possible reason why its unemployment is double or treble that in other parts of the region is the isolation resulting from the lack of adequate road and transport links.

Prayers: Fishing Fleet (9 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I thank the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) for providing this opportunity to debate quota hopping, which is a major issue in Lowestoft, in my constituency. Fishermen undoubtedly want those lost quotas returned and feel that they have suffered from the effects of multi-annual guidance programme IV before it has even been introduced. There is also no doubt that, during the...

Prayers: Fishing Fleet (9 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: There may be a distinction. I believe, however, that—because of the history of the previous Government's attitude to Europe and the almost total breakdown in our relationship with our European partners—the type of obstruction that was considered would have had serious consequences for our membership of the EU and for progress in other policy spheres. The new Government have made the best...

Prayers: Fishing Fleet (9 Jul 1997)

Bob Blizzard: In Lowestoft, there is a trawler—which is a Lowestoft trawler with a Lowestoft company—that, purely and simply, is a quota hopper. It does not land any fish in the port of Lowestoft, although it is registered there. Proper enforcement of the agreement reached in those letters will require that that ship lands a significant proportion of its catch in the United Kingdom. It therefore seems...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Job Security (26 Jun 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I am sure that my hon. Friend will be aware that people who are recovering from mental illness often have great difficulty obtaining employment. Will such people be able to benefit from the Government's welfare-to-work programme so that they can enjoy job security?

Transport (Waveney) (19 Jun 1997)

Bob Blizzard: I am extremely grateful that my topic has been selected for debate this evening. It means a great deal to the people of Waveney, which is, of course, Britain's easternmost constituency. I should also like to congratulate my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on her appointment. One of the key elements of transport policy has come to be...

Common Fisheries Policy (18 Jun 1997)

Bob Blizzard: Is not the truly remarkable thing about quota hopping the fact that, of all the European countries, the only fleet that has suffered significantly is Britain's? When I ask fishermen in Lowestoft, "Why don't you hop on another country's quota," they say, "You just try. You can't do that." Therefore, is not the real significance of today's announcement the fact that, for the first time, we...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals) Bill (17 Jun 1997)

Bob Blizzard: Why does the hon. Gentleman see the situation as an either/or option? The council that I led over the past six months took both routes. We worked with the private sector and housing associations, but sought to improve our own stock. Of the 6,000 homes that are still council run, half of them have no central heating and only a fifth have double glazing. For every £1 million released under the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Power of Local Authority to Continue to Assist Pupils (10 Jun 1997)

Bob Blizzard: As the newly elected Member for Waveney, I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech on a subject that is dear to my heart and to follow the right hon. Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard), in whose county I have taught for the past 11 years. Waveney is distinguished by being the most easterly constituency in the United Kingdom and I have the honour of being the...


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