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Results 1–20 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bob Blizzard

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day — First Part]: Bullying in Schools (17 Oct 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Defence Policy (16 Oct 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Point of Order: Summer Adjournment (26 Jul 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn .

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Trust Deficits (26 Jun 2007)

Bob Blizzard: The East of England strategic health authority figures show that even though Cambridgeshire PCT has the highest funding allocation per head, it was the biggest overspender in the eastern region. My own PCT has successfully managed down its own modest deficit, but the strategic health authority took some of our money to bail out Cambridgeshire. Will my hon. Friend tell me when we will get it back?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inflation Rate (14 Jun 2007)

Bob Blizzard: What I remember about the first quarter of 1997 is that there was no Monetary Policy Committee and the Chancellor at that time artificially held down interest rates in a desperate and fruitless attempt to win the 1997 election. Did that not distort the economy, and does it not make the comparison asked for in the question meaningless? Is not the only real comparison the fact that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Arrest Statistics (11 Jun 2007)

Bob Blizzard: With reference to burglary, the Crimestoppers page in last week's Lowestoft Journal showed that there were no burglaries at all in Lowestoft the previous week, in line with the trend. We still have a problem with criminal damage, but recently one of our safer neighbourhood teams, with the local council, blitzed an area of town, clearing away piles of fly-tipped rubbish, returning 16 children...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK/Brazil Economic and Trade Committee (5 Jun 2007)

Bob Blizzard: If she will make a statement on the progress of the joint economic and trade committee with Brazil.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK/Brazil Economic and Trade Committee (5 Jun 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. I welcome the establishment of the Jetco because Brazil is one of the world's four really big emerging economies and probably the one on which we have focused less than the other three. I am advised that there are real opportunities for British companies in Brazil's high-quality expanding aerospace industry and in its programme of developing...

Opposition Day — [12th allotted day]: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (23 May 2007)

Bob Blizzard: The Secretary of State has already initiated an independent inquiry into this matter. Does not the Conservative party's choice of the subject of the Scottish elections have more to do with wishing to avoid its war about education and grammar schools, the issue of the patient's passport, which is set to be ditched, and the issue of the economy? The only thing that the hon. Gentleman's side...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Energy White Paper (23 May 2007)

Bob Blizzard: Britain is the windiest country in Europe. My right hon. Friend's Department has identified many sites around our coasts for offshore wind farms, which can make a major contribution towards achieving the 20 per cent. target in respect of renewable energy, but too many such developments are bogged down in the long and tedious consent process and some are facing real obstacles. What is there in...

Nice: Local Involvement Networks (22 May 2007)

Bob Blizzard: In my area we have a group of very dedicated people who were involved in community health councils, who then became involved in the various patient and public involvement organisations and who want to be involved in the LINKs. However, they are conscious that we are not reaching out to a wider electorate of people who want to get involved in such work. How can we spread the word and get new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Music Copyright (21 May 2007)

Bob Blizzard: Does my hon. Friend agree that the position under current law is unfair and illogical? The people involved in creating a recording—composers, sleeve note designers, even those who write the sleeve notes—benefit from a term of life plus 70, while the musicians benefit from a term of only 50 years. That cannot be justified. If my hon. Friend agrees, will he take discussions forward with the...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Armed Conflict (Parliamentary Approval) (15 May 2007)

Bob Blizzard: Is not one important difference between the motion and the amendment the fact that concern is expressed in the Government's amendment about the security of our armed forces, in the context of the overall point that we are debating? That is missing from the right hon. Gentleman's motion.

Point of Order: Broads Authority Bill (By Order) (25 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: As the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) said, a large part of the broads navigation network lies in his constituency. However, the Bill is also important to my constituency because a large part of the southern broads system is in it, most notably Oulton broad and the River Waveney, which gives its name to my constituency. That is all in Suffolk, which is why there is a Broads...

Point of Order: Broads Authority Bill (By Order) (25 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I would not expect anything less from the Broads Authority. That is the way in which it usually works. It must be empowered to take such action, because if a reluctant or unreasonable landlord is involved, the interests of many other people will be adversely affected. The hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk is right: there was great concern about the ending of the separate financial account for...

Point of Order: Broads Authority Bill (By Order) (25 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I have been through this matter with constituents and with the Broads Authority in my office. We were given assurances—and it is stipulated in the Bill—that expenditure on navigation must be at least equal to or greater than the income from navigation. That provides a lot of comfort to those navigation interests, ensuring that the whole accounting procedure across the authority is much...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (23 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: How many pensioners in Waveney constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (23 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Has he estimated how much extra money per annum those figures amount to in terms of what comes into the Waveney constituency? It strikes me that it is not just good news for pensioners, but good news for the local economy in which my constituents spend their money. They remember the time when there was no such thing as pension credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fishing Quotas (19 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: My hon. Friend knows that the by-catch regulations for skate and dogfish, which were rushed through the Fisheries Council last December, are completely unworkable for the under-10 m fleet. I welcome what he said about trying to get those regulations changed, but will he tell the House the likely time scale and what prospects there are of securing change? While he is thinking about reforming...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Bob Blizzard: A constituent of mine was one of the 15 members of our armed forces captured by Iran. May I say to my right hon. Friend that the overwhelming feeling in my community is one of relief and joy that the safe recovery of those brave people was secured? My constituent chose to say very little to the press, but of all the other commentators who have piled in on the issue, both inside and outside...


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