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Results 141–160 of 1056 for speaker:Bob Blizzard

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trunk Roads (East Anglia) (21 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is my hon. Friend aware of the Highways Agency's proposals for repairing the lift-up bridge on the A12 trunk road in the middle of Lowestoft? It envisages closing the bridge down for whole weekends, which will bring the town to a standstill. It simply would not be able to function if that were to happen. The cost to the town would be enormous in terms of lost hours, lost production and lost...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (16 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Parents of autistic children are interested in special needs statements, as well as in what provision exists in schools. Will my hon. Friend carry out a national audit of provision for autistic children in our schools, as the situation is very patchy? Will he issue a statement on what LEAs are doing, given that some provide more than others and some provide more in some parts of their area...

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Before entering Parliament, I taught in one of the Conservative Government's independent state schools, otherwise known as grant-maintained schools. As I have said before, there is no doubt that the autonomy that we were given enabled us to achieve more, but grant-maintained schools operated within a system of inequitable admissions, which is ruled out by the Bill. Is the hon. Gentleman happy...

Gas (Supply and Demand) (14 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is not the lesson from yesterday that even in exceptional circumstances the system worked as it was designed to work? A couple of weeks ago, I asked the head of one of the largest European gas companies why his company was not trying to sell more gas to this country when our prices were higher. His answer, quite simply, was, "I am sewn up in long-term gas contracts with my customers, and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (13 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: What recent assessment he has made of take-up of pension credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (13 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Earlier this year I carried out an exercise for Anglia television, living on the minimum pensioner income of £109.45. An overwhelming majority of the pensioners whom I met felt that they were much better off with pension credit and all the other things that this Government have done for them. However, I urge my hon. Friend to continue to raise pension credit each year in line with average...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biofuels (9 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: What assessment she has made of the economic viability of using crops for biofuels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biofuels (9 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: As my hon. Friend knows, farmers have been asking for further duty reductions to make biofuels competitive with petroleum. With the tripling of the oil price, is biofuel now competitive and can we expect the bioethanol industry to take off? If so, do we have the vehicles to use bioethanol? In Brazil, they have so-called flex vehicles, which run on ethanol and petrol in the same tank.

Department of Health: PCT Mergers (7 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is my right hon. Friend aware that at the public meeting on the reconfiguration of PCTs in my constituency about 300 people were packed into a room, and that there were about 100 or 150 people outside who could not get in? When she comes to evaluate the proposals put to her by the strategic health authority, will she bear in mind the overwhelming volume of public opinion in my area that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: BBC Charter (6 Mar 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the BBC will be more likely to achieve quality if it competes on fair terms with commercial broadcasting, rather than on favoured terms? With that in mind, where are we with the proposal to require market impact assessments of proposed new BBC services, and of significant changes to existing ones?

Business of the House (9 Feb 2006)

Bob Blizzard: My right hon. Friend may have heard this morning's announcement that Unilever is to sell off its Birds Eye frozen food industry across Europe, including the factory in Lowestoft, where 800 people work—a big slice of our local economy. The Lowestoft food factory is one of the most efficient and productive in the country. It received factory of the year and manufacturer of the year awards...

Written Answers — Health: Drug Prescribing (8 Feb 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual level of prescribing of (a) carmustie implants and (b) temozolomide outside the context of clinical trials was in the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust.

NHS Reorganisation (7 Feb 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I suspect that most hon. Members will want to speak tonight about the reorganisation of the primary care trusts. I must say how good it is to have PCTs in the first place. Most hon. Members will wish to support their local PCT, and I suspect that that support is based on the fact that they are local, because that is their great strength. They are able to focus the NHS on a local area, more...

NHS Reorganisation (7 Feb 2006)

Bob Blizzard: When the right hon. Gentleman and I, and every strand of clinical opinion in our area, are in agreement, the SHA and the Secretary of State should listen. Before I was elected, the provision of resources under the Suffolk health authority did not meet the needs of my area; we merely received a share of the Suffolk average and the needs and deprivation in our part of the county were not taken...

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Honours (6 Feb 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the honours that have been awarded to players, and former players, of rugby union football since 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Usage Charges (31 Jan 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Virtually all my constituents use James Paget Healthcare NHS trust in Norfolk, and, indeed, Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS trust. Neither of those trusts has complained to me about the matter raised by the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham). However, because in terms of the NHS we look in the Norfolk direction, the natural and obvious new configuration for primary care...

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Digital Radio Stations (30 Jan 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Ofcom on the range of musical genres offered by specialist digital radio stations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: HMRC Estate (26 Jan 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Will my right hon. Friend assure me that in future the buildings and assets of the HMRC will not be used to collect the flat tax, which has been continually advocated by the Conservative party this morning?

Internet (Rogue Dialling) (19 Dec 2005)

Bob Blizzard: All that I asked for was some justice for the people who had already been victims. I fully acknowledge the tremendous work that my right hon. Friend has done to try to set the system straight, but if we cannot catch the fraudsters and hold them responsible, what is to be done for the victims of the fraud, who only had a contract with BT or some other provider? Can the Government not do...

Internet (Rogue Dialling) (19 Dec 2005)

Bob Blizzard: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on all that he has done to rectify the system, but the fact remains that the people who were ripped off in 2004 operated the internet in the customary way. They were akin to people who do not have burglar alarms. If we want to stop burglars, there are burglar alarms, but many people do not own them and we do not say to victims of burglary who do not possess...

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