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Results 1–20 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lembit Öpik

Business of the House: Clause 1 — General duties of OFCOM (7 Apr 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I understand what the Minister is saying about the nature of the process. Is he aware that in Montgomeryshire, which has many "not spots", there is a general nervousness that the Government have not sought to legislate to guarantee good access to fast broadband across the country? How does his action on this clause interrelate with my efforts to try to get Montgomeryshire on to the...

Business of the House: Clause 1 — General duties of OFCOM (7 Apr 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Am I therefore right to understand that the action that the Minister is taking on this clause does not represent a change of policy from the Government on guaranteeing 2 megabits per second to rural seats? Can I go back to Montgomeryshire and say that despite the fact that he will not press this clause, he will still give an absolute assurance that all the communities and homes in...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duties (7 Apr 2010)

Lembit Öpik: The Minister will no doubt be aware that the cause of the closure of many pubs is not necessarily taxation, but the behaviour of the pubcos. One thing that his Government could do to reassure the pubs-

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I apologise for not having been here for the entire debate. Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me that the change in holiday lettings taxation could not only seriously disrupt the potentially lucrative holiday lettings sector in areas where, for example, farmers are seeking to diversify, but force that business abroad? That would be utterly counter-productive, not only for the British economy...

Amendment of the Law (30 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: The Secretary of State has been talking about 16-to-19 funding, and he may or may not be aware that in my constituency, the local authority is seeking to merge the sixth forms of the six high schools in an effort to save money. Does he have a view on the dangers of ripping out sixth forms to save money, potentially at the cost of education in those rural communities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (24 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I applaud my hon. Friend for his erudite and insightful observations. Does he agree that the injustice is compounded by the fact that fuel is cheaper in cities than in rural areas? That means that the people who need private transport the most pay the most for it.

Petitions: Wind Farms (Mid Wales) (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: This petition is on a serious issue relating to the development of wind farms. The question of the merits of wind farms is for another time, but through the petition I seek to draw the House's attention to the transportation of thousands of loads by heavy good vehicles through rural mid-Wales, which has not been thought out and will cause all kinds of upset, disruption and perhaps even...

Delegated Legislation: Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill (Ways and Means) (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Delegated Legislation: Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill (Ways and Means) (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for indulging my enthusiasm for standing up for the constituency that I love-Montgomeryshire. On this occasion, I simply ask whether he agrees that this small sum provided through the Ways and Means arrangement would not be necessary had the supermarkets taken a more considerate, conciliatory approach towards suppliers, whom they are virtually squeezing out...

Delegated Legislation: Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill (Ways and Means) (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a most important Bill for rural constituencies? My constituents who are involved in agriculture are absolutely desperate for a fairer deal when they supply the large supermarkets, and this Bill can enable that. For that, the Ways and Means arrangements in the motion are vital.

Delegated Legislation: Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill (Money) (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the inevitable inference from what the Conservatives who oppose the Bill say is that economic difficulties should be unloaded on to small grocery stores? In other words, those Members' solution to the recession is to carry on subjugating the people who will be least able to afford to continue running their businesses.

Physics Research (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that we have only to look at the long-term impact of the Apollo space programme in the United States to see how what could be regarded as pure research or the pursuit of scientific goals directly impacts on the capability of the economic sector to make profit for the industry? Indeed, the United States is still benefiting from the investment that it made in...

Physics Research (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Does he agree that astronomy, which is the area of greatest interest to me, is financially beleaguered because, despite our having world-class resources and facilities, such as those in Armagh, those concerned are always fighting for what feels like a very tight fund? The Government commissioned a report on near-Earth objects, which made...

Physics Research (23 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I am grateful once again to my hon. Friend for giving way. Does he agree that the Minister needs to understand that such questions are important because increased and reduced budgets cannot be easily accommodated in the long-term planning of physics and astronomy? In other words, an increase or a decrease in budget can be catastrophic to long-term initiatives of benefit to the country. We...

Intelligence and Security Committee (18 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is a contradiction in the Government's behaviour in regard to intelligence security? Oftentimes they press us to make very fast decisions-in my judgment, badly thought-out decisions-here on the Floor of the House when we introduce legislation in the name of national security, yet when they have an independent-minded and authoritative Committee...

Bill Presented — Dementia Strategy Bill: Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [ Lords] (17 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: If the hon. Gentleman is getting the briefings, they might be described as unexploded briefs. On a more serious note, does the Minister agree that if cluster munitions were used in first-world countries rather than distant and impoverished third-world countries with weak international voices, there would be an outcry? We would never dream of allowing such munitions to be deployed here or in...

Bill Presented — Dementia Strategy Bill: Organ and Tissue Donation (Mandated Choice) (17 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: I listened with great interest to the proposal for a mandated choice approach as outlined by the hon. Member for South Ribble (Mr. Borrow). I happen very much to agree with organ donation, and when I pass on, if there are any bits that are still usable, the state is perfectly welcome to them- [ Interruption. ] I will not be drawn by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Rob...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Devolution Settlement (17 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Before the House rises for the election, will the Secretary of State be willing to share a date for a referendum on further devolution of powers?

Opposition Day — [6(th) Allotted Day]: Equitable Life (16 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: Stepping back from all this, does the hon. Gentleman agree that we all know what the common-sense answers are? The obfuscation does not disguise them at all and if we are to see justice, the Government need to prove that they are not trying to save money by waiting for more people to die. Instead, they need to accept the clear guidance that we have already seen, which the hon. Gentleman is...

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill: Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill [ Lords] (11 Mar 2010)

Lembit Öpik: From my Back-Bench position, may I reciprocate by offering my praise to the Government for what is probably their most successful Department? Twelve or 13 years ago, many people did not think that it was possible to secure a lasting peace, but I am sure the Minister would agree that the transfer of policing powers pretty much guarantees that we will never go back to the dark days of the troubles.


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