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Diabetes (11 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I extend an invitation to the Minister now.

Diabetes (11 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) for his speech. Four years and 10 days it may have been, but during that time my hon. Friend has earned himself a reputation as the terrier of the Opposition. One factor in that, which he was able to prove today, is that he is a very serious politician who has learned his trade well. As the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr....

[Mr. Speaker in the Chair] (11 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Have you been informed of any recommendation, decision or thought of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food about keeping Members and ex-Members informed about foot and mouth disease, which is still serious in certain counties? If I may, I will go fur ther than my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth), and say that the...

Business Statement (9 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Will the right hon. Lady give me the last assurance that I shall ask of any Minister? Will she assure me that, whatever position she holds in the next Parliament, she will use her experience in the Modernisation Committee—especially in the context of its last report—to try to enable Members on both sides of the House to realise the concept of ensuring that all legislation i fully debated...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Employment (8 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Would the Secretary of State—who has been boasting so much of the success of the Government's action in Scotland—like to assure my constituents in Devon that Scotland will no longer be wanting the £861-odd extra per head of population that it receives, unlike my constituents; that the levels of benefit that it receives will come down to those received by the whole of the nation; and that...

Foot and Mouth (3 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I wish to put to the Minister a question that was not asked by my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo), the shadow Minister of Agriculture, who has greatly enhanced his reputation over the past 11 weeks by his sensible handling of the problem for the Opposition. The Government, understanding that the outbreak was a national emergency, rightly introduced the funding of hardship...

Business of the House (3 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Does the right hon. Lady agree that there is no great pressure of massively important legislation next week and that therefore—if necessary after 10 o'clock—the Government should bring forward the recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body on the new level of salary for Members of Parliament? They will not affect me, but they should not be held back until after the election by...

Working Group on Provision for Former Members (2 May 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: To help the House complete the debate by 7 o'clock, I shall be brief. I have been assisting the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Ashton) with his proposal, and it should be made clear that Conservative Back-Benchers strongly support it. There is something that we can do to help the House. I understand from speaking to the Chairman of the Catering Committee that he would be delighted if former...

Magistrates Courts (Devon) (3 Apr 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Perhaps the hon. Lady will give way to me. I am sorry to interrupt her speech, but will she please point out that magistrates courts committees have to operate within the budget allocated by the Government and that there will be a 10 per cent. cut in the money available in the next three years as a matter of policy? The MCCs cannot do what they want; they must act within the framework...

Magistrates Courts (Devon) (3 Apr 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Just from the Lord Chancellor.

Magistrates Courts (Devon) (3 Apr 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I have not spoken in a debate in this Chamber since it ceased to be a hemicycle; the new layout is slightly more appropriate and lends itself more to debate. I have crossed swords with the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy), on this subject a number of times. I first raised the closure of magistrates courts in Devon...

Magistrates Courts (Devon) (3 Apr 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: The hon. Gentleman has moved on to the next piece of logic. Is it logical to ask people who live outside Axminster to get to court at 10 am or 10.30 am? They have to go the night before, or they cannot get to court on time. The Minister said in her letter to me that courts would be understanding about the timing. I have an illustration of that. The judge told one lady, "We will hear your case...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: The right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) and I have been here together for many years. Indeed, we started together at the Oxford Union way back just after the war, and the fact that we are both leaving at the next election brings back certain memories. I can think of no Member during that time who has won for himself as wide a reputation outside the House as he has done, and I pay...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: My hon. Friend makes a procedural point. As he knows, I put to his Committee certain suggestions for simple alterations to the Standing Orders governing the proceedings of the House. If, under the old system, an amendment to the original motion is carried, that becomes a substantive motion and must be put to the House immediately, so that no further amendments can be made to the already...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I have heard that argument and read it in the Committee report, but I see no proof that it is right. I see no reason why someone who wanted my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield to be Speaker could not have voted for another candidate and then returned to vote for my hon. Friend when his turn came. There is no proof that the order altered the result, as people have argued it did. Lady...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: I agree absolutely. The remarks made by the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) and the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) hark back to a Procedure Committee report that was published when I was the Chairman and the hon. Member for Walsall, North was a member of that Committee. In that report, we stated specifically that the first thing that...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Noise does not carry the day.

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Is that in the Standing Order, or is it just my hon. Friend's wish?

Business of the House (22 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: Does the right hon. Lady agree that it would be useful to let the House know that the Modernisation Committee, which she chairs and on which I serve, is concerned about programming? Without breaching any confidentiality, can she confirm that the Committee is considering that issue?

Opposition Day: Foot and Mouth Disease (21 Mar 2001)

Sir Peter Emery: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Would you be kind enough to tell the House whether this is a question and answer session or whether we are taking part in a debate in which Members of Parliament are being asked to speak only for 12 minutes? A number of people have attempted to get in two or three times.


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