Results 41–60 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I think that everybody on the Committee would admit—even the Minister himself, if he were to be candid and open, which seems to be the policy of some Ministers these days when discussing various actions inside the Government—that substituting one and one third pages of legislation, part of pages 118 and 119—

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My research assistant has been doing the work for me and has come up with the necessary figure. It is a frightening situation. I am certain that the scrutiny Committee would have loved to have examined the relevant clauses and, if necessary, taken evidence on them to know how to proceed. I have again registered my concerns sufficiently on the problem. Knowing this Government, I have...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I would like to pick up and run with my hon. Friend's comments; he is right. I have expressed concern about the way in which we seem to be making legislation on the hoof rather than taking a long and considered look at it. My hon. Friend referred to the scrutiny Committee, which was able to take evidence on parts of the Bill and make recommendations. I have a difficulty and other hon. Members...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Perhaps my hon. Friend the Member for Hertford and Stortford was advancing a parallel that could best be described with an examination of   employment law. There is a code of practice for the dismissal of staff, and if one does not follow it, one will find great difficulty in making that dismissal stick; whereas, if one follows the code and goes through its various phases as recommended,...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 263 - Application of sections 264 to 268 (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I, too, endorse the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Cambridgeshire. I wish to emphasise one small point, and I hope that the Minister will accept our arguments. Pubs are commercial operations. If they do not make a profit, the game is over. I am concerned that pub operators who want gaming machines will install them to the detriment of the positive, family-friendly...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 260 - Bingo (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On a point of order, Mr. Gale. I am confused. The Minister, in his summing up, said that he would go away and think about the figure, but he has now committed himself to £2,000, the figure that he just asked the Committee to reject. I really am completely and utterly at a loss.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 260 - Bingo (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: If I could slide in between the hon. Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) on the left and the hon. Member for West Ham (Mr. Banks) on the right wing, we would have a political spectrum of unity on this matter. I declare at once the life membership that was given to me by Workington Conservative club—for a short time, Workington saw the light and had a Conservative Member of...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 255 - Section 254: supplementary (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: May I assure the hon. Gentleman that one condition of joining a Conservative club is being a Conservative? If he has the names of anybody who enters those clubs who is not a Conservative, I would like to have them, because I would make sure that they were immediately barred.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Schedule 8 - Family Entertainment CentreGaming Machine Permits (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On a point of order, Mr. Pike. During my brief contribution earlier, I referred to a licensing authority and that it ''shall'' prepare a statement of principle. I might have referred to the licensing of casinos when I meant the licensing of gaming machine permits. I did not mean casinos and I might have misled the Committee.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Schedule 8 - Family Entertainment CentreGaming Machine Permits (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: You may recall, Mr. Pike, that during our last sitting I spent a little time going through all the ''mays'' that would allow the Secretary of State to introduce regulations. I said at the time: ''I do not know why we are even bothering to debate the Bill. Why does the Bill not simply say, 'The Secretary of State may, by regulation, determine what is going to happen'? Then we could all go...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 231 - Family entertainment centre gaming machine permit (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I was hoping to intervene on the hon. Member for Bath, but he has obviously got tunnel vision these days and was avoiding me. We all want youngsters to be protected from gambling that will lead to problems. However, what evidence has the Minister got that machines in places such as fish and chip shops are causing a problem for youngsters? I am not a great visitor of fish and chip shops,...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 231 - Family entertainment centre gaming machine permit (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The Minister is right. We discussed the matter at some length in the scrutiny Committee, but I did not see any conclusive evidence that pointed to the danger. I simply asked him what evidence he had that such matters were a danger for youngsters? I was not criticising the pre-legislative scrutiny Committee. Matters concerning motorway service stations took up a great deal of time in our...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 225 - Supply, &c. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill. (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am conscious that I will now be partially arguing against what I said earlier; I would like to get that in before anyone else does. As I understand it, my hon. Friend is making the point that a business could be going about ''the supply, installation, adaptation, maintenance or repair of a gaming machine'', quite legitimately, as it thinks, and then suddenly discover, through no fault of...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Perhaps I can follow in my hon. Friend's footprints, because I have expressed concern about the regulations and the power that the Bill will put into the hands of the Secretary of State. As my hon. Friend said, clauses 224 and 225 are another example of such a power. I shall not read a comprehensive list from the Bill. If I were filibustering, I could read all the clauses bit by bit, up to...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman tempts me.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I know where the power lies in this Committee and I will not upset the Chairman, Mr. Pike. Clause 4 is a ''may'' clause; clause 7 is a ''may or shall'' clause; then it goes a bit quiet until clauses 35, 36, 44, 52, 56, 74, 84, 88, 96 and 120.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Not when I play bingo. ''May'' or ''shall'', or both, then appear in clauses 105, 116, 121, 125—I am nearly up to clause 224, Mr. Pike—147, 151, 157, 159, 163, 169, 186, 220, and so on. Those of us who have been in the House for a number of years have seen all this before. I vividly remember that everybody voted for the legislation establishing the Child Support Agency because it is...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The Minister may say that. I hope that the Minister will explain how the Government intend to deal with the matter. Will there be one statutory instrument, 50, or one per clause? How is it going to happen?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 224 - Use of Machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I thank the Minister, but he has not understood a single word I said. I am not asking for everything to be placed rigidly in the Bill. The use of regulation has become excessive, and it is all Secretary of State, Secretary of State, Secretary of State. The Minister may trust the Secretary of State now and for ever, but I am slightly sceptical. If the Bill included the words ''with reference...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The Minister has now got me thoroughly confused. Does that mean that, if the gambling commission recommends something that the Secretary of State likes in the six-year period, that recommendation can be implemented in less than six years, but the prevalence studies cannot be implemented in that six-year period? I am muddled of South-West Hertfordshire.


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