Results 1–20 of 300 for speaker:David Lepper

Common Agricultural Policy (19 Jun 1997)

David Lepper: Mr. Deputy Speaker, thank you for allowing me—as another hon. Member representing a largely urban constituency—to make my maiden speech in today's debate. Unlike my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Stevenson), however, I have one farm in my constituency. I know that the issues of the quality of the food that we eat and of the countryside are of great interest to my...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

David Lepper: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this debate. I also thank the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) and my hon. Friend the Member for Amber Valley (Judy Mallaber) for their concise speeches, which have permitted me to participate. We have heard much about the attitude of employers—particularly small businesses—to the minimum wage. I am glad to have this...

Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill (30 Jan 1998)

David Lepper: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill (30 Jan 1998)

David Lepper: rose—

Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill (30 Jan 1998)

David Lepper: I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Dafis), to all the Bill's supporters and to Friends of the Earth, which has done a great deal of work in preparing the Bill. By the time that we reach the millennium, I shall be one of those odd people who will have survived the second half of this century not only without owning a car, but without even being able to drive. That...

Orders of the Day — Petition: Sewage Treatment (South Coast) (31 Mar 1998)

David Lepper: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in towns such as Brighton, which he and I represent, where tourism is a vital part of the local economy, it is essential that residents and visitors should have every confidence that sea water is of the highest quality that modern technology can provide? In view of the figures that he and my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) have mentioned,...

Far East Prisoners of War (29 Apr 1998)

David Lepper: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, East (Jane Griffiths) on securing this debate, and on the knowledge and sensitivity that informed her speech. I wish that we did not have to have this debate; the issue should have been settled years ago, in so far as it can be settled by words and money. As the generation that came after the second world war—looking around...

Far East Prisoners of War (29 Apr 1998)

David Lepper: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I agree with that point and use it to emphasise a message that I hope the Minister will take back to his colleagues in other Departments: we want them to examine these issues seriously. I am sure that we all welcome the steps that have been taken—which have been described by my hon. Friends the Members for Reading, East and for Blackpool,...

Criminal Justice (21 Jul 1998)

David Lepper: I am sure that my right hon. Friend is aware of the concern expressed by many of my constituents last year following the release from prison of Robert Oliver and the additional burdens that his release placed on the local probation service, the police and social services. Will my right hon. Friend join me in placing on record thanks for the sensitive way in which those agencies dealt with...

Mutual Societies (22 Jul 1998)

David Lepper: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edmonton (Mr. Love) on securing the debate at such an appropriate time. Although we are discussing the future of mutuality, let me briefly remind the House that my constituency is the birthplace of one of its strands. In 1820, Dr. William King, Elizabeth Fry, Lady Byron and others set up the Brighton co-operative society and the Brighton provident...

European Structural Funds (22 Oct 1998)

David Lepper: I am grateful for the opportunity to supplement the arguments already advanced by my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Dr. Turner) about the particular needs of the Brighton and Hove area. Before I do so, I welcome the comments about simplifying the bureaucracy involved in bidding for European funds, especially in their delivery. As my hon. Friend said, Brighton does not yet...

Prayers: Newhaven Port ( 4 Nov 1998)

David Lepper: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that some of us gave our reluctant support to the limited merger between P and O and Stena last year only on the understanding that that would secure substantial new investment in that vital ferry service, and that those of us who did so feel betrayed to some extent by the company?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Safety (12 Nov 1998)

David Lepper: I welcome my hon. Friend's comments about the progress of the Food Standards Agency. Will he take this opportunity to deny press speculation that the Government have abandoned that project because of pressure from food manufacturers?

Prayers: South Downs (25 Nov 1998)

David Lepper: Does my hon. Friend share my view that the recommendations from the Countryside Commission are flawed on three counts—first, the inadequate nature of the consultation process; secondly, the commission's failure to report accurately the response to that consultation process; and thirdly, the sheer lack of understanding of the criteria for national park status and the legal framework, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Public Transport ( 9 Feb 1999)

David Lepper: Does my right hon. Friend agree that a coherent, local and integrated transport policy, including good-quality public transport, is needed in Sussex and Kent if those parts of the south-east are to benefit properly from the economic potential made possible by the channel tunnel? Will he join me in welcoming the initiative taken by Brighton and Hove council, East Sussex county council, West...

British Film Industry ( 3 Mar 1999)

David Lepper: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Coatbridge and Chryston (Mr. Clarke) on securing the debate and, as other hon. Members have done, on the work that he has done over the years to develop policy to support and encourage the British film industry. I am sure that his all-embracing and trenchant analysis this morning will be taken to heart far beyond the rather small audience in...

Petition: South Downs ( 4 Mar 1999)

David Lepper: I am pleased to have the opportunity to present a petition initiated by Friends of the Earth, south-east office, which is based in my constituency. The petition has 21,000 signatures. The petition states: To the House of Commons.The Petition of Friends of the Earth (South East Office) and othersDeclares that they are concerned about the sustainable long-term future of the South Downs.The...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

David Lepper: I add my congratulations to those that we have already extended to my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice). I thank him for asking me to sponsor the Bill, something that I was pleased to do. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett), I should declare a form of interest: I am president of the Sussex right to roam group, but I derive no pecuniary interest...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

David Lepper: I certainly associate myself with those sentiments. My hon. Friend has served to emphasise the failure of statutory authorities in many parts of the country to maintain footpaths without prompting from organisations such as the Ramblers Association and civic societies. I want to draw attention to the failure of the countryside stewardship scheme. So far, £0.5 million has gone into the 41...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

David Lepper: I agree. I believe that the CLA tried to make the voluntary agreements work, and that it has been let down by the landowners.

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