Results 121–140 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I welcome you to the Chair, Mr. Pike. I am delighted to see you, as I was having a little trouble just before we adjourned. I am sure that, with your fingertip control, all will go smoothly from now on. If I remember correctly, I was saying that the Government made a big mistake in not agreeing with the scrutiny Committee's advice on a more coherent pattern of guidance to the regions. I...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman is going to tell us about his rowdy experiences in the local casino.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman has obviously seen exactly what I am going to say next, because I have a little note that says ''50–50''. He is absolutely right that, going on the experience in America, the new super-casinos—whether they are called resort or destination casinos is by the by—will take their revenue with an almost 50–50 split. Some 50 per cent. of revenue will come from gaming, and...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I have no objection to what the hon. Gentleman says. Dredging my memory banks, I do not think that I have said anything to the contrary that should make him leap to his feet. Casino staff are trained; they are not the average lad, with no training in how to deal with drunks and rowdiness, who has been asked to serve behind the bar at the Pig and Whistle for half an hour on a Saturday evening....

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I happen to know the string of wine bars and pubs in Guildford to which my hon. Friend refers, and I can only agree that they cause enormous trouble, particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. A great deal of police time is occupied in trying to sort out a very young clientele who are behaving in a perfectly disgraceful fashion. I beg your indulgence, Mr. Pike, because I am about to move...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I shall be back in 30 seconds. The answer to my hon. Friend is that the granting of a licence is not a simple process. Permission must be granted by the gambling commission and then various uses must be granted by the local authority. If I was on the local authority and I saw that the area was causing nothing but riots and chaos every Friday or Saturday night, I would be disinclined to give...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: As my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford said, the hon. Member for West Ham and I served on the scrutiny Committee. I am in a little difficulty at the moment, because having listened to what the hon. Member for West Ham said, I find myself to the left of him politically. That will put me into an extremely difficult position, but I shall try to overcome those problems. As...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: If I were to respond to that completely irrelevant and erroneous intervention, I would have your wrath come upon me, Mr. Gale. As the Committee has some days to go, I wish to catch your eye frequently and not right at the tail-end Charlie, which seems to have been the case in this instance. [Hon. Members: ''Oh!''] My experience tells me that, although I know that the Chairman is really quite...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Oh dear. I was hoping to be number one next time. To return seriously to the matter, the advice to the regional bodies must be comprehensive and clear. We have already seen the problems that are being raised. What happens when two regions put forward their various candidates and the towns and cities are close to each other on the border between the two regions? The one thing that was agreed...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 1 - The licensing objectives (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman refers to Victorian values. If I remember rightly, there were gin shops in the Victorian era, which caused huge misery and problems for women and children. Is he saying that that sort of responsibility should be abrogated?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Is not one of the key facets of the Bill the role of the gambling commission in monitoring and overseeing this whole brave, new venture? Much of the legislation that the hon. Gentleman refers to will be introduced as a result of the advice that the commission will give the Government. It is vital that the commission's remit is clearly defined in the Bill. We do not need to worry too much...

Members' Allowances (3 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I wish to speak in support of amendment (g). The Leader of the House and my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) can relax, as I do not propose to speak to amendment (h) or press it to a vote. I am exceedingly grateful to right hon. and hon. Members who have supported amendment (g). Like the right hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith), I belong...

Members' Allowances (3 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My right hon. Friend, who had the wit and wisdom to support my amendment, makes a valid point. We must return to a clearer and simpler system, so that we avoid those difficulties. One or two hon. Members have said that the SSRB should stop trying to engineer accommodation in the House and stick to its overall task.

Members' Allowances (3 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: One of the advantages of speaking so late in a debate about one's own amendment is that it will have been trawled and trampled over, and generally explained to everybody to the nth degree. In fact, I wonder why I am speaking to amendment (g) at all. Apart from the Leader of the House, who got himself into such a muddle trying to answer questions about these matters, everybody agrees that the...

Members' Allowances (3 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am not responsible for who gets or does not get any of these so-called special allowances. I believe that there should be an overall, even amount for Members of Parliament, and that it is for them alone to decide how that money is spent. In short, Members have widely different responsibilities and constituents' needs, and the allowance should give maximum flexibility in office arrangements....

Orders of the Day — Gambling Bill (1 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: In my office, there are two piles of paper. One is approaching 2 ft high; the other has just gone past the 1 ft barrier. I have not had any matter brought before me in my capacity as a Member of Parliament over the years that has generated so much paper and so much enthusiasm as this legislation and the work that has flowed from it. I am not a fan of this Government. In fact, I do not trust...

New Clause 1 — Amendment of Companies Act 1985: limit on auditor's liability (No.1): Clause 21 — Power to require documents and information (19 Oct 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I did not intend to speak, but I was provoked by what my right hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer) said about what amounted, in my view, to the number of angels that could dance on the head of a pin. As one with a degree of experience of running small businesses and knowing exactly what goes on, I think that we are deluding ourselves. Whether the Secretary of State...

Written Answers — Health: Hepatitis C (15 Oct 2004)

Mr Richard Page: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assess the prevalence of hepatitis C in the UK population.

Orders of the Day — Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill: Abolition of levy (14 Oct 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I echo the words of the Minister and of my hon. Friend the Member for Faversham and Mid-Kent (Hugh Robertson). The Committee proceedings were conducted with a conviviality that is not usual in political affairs; the whole Committee came together in a single drive to ensure that, in particular, the Tote was returned to a racing trust. I was surprised and delighted by that atmosphere and only...

Orders of the Day — Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill: Abolition of levy (14 Oct 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am very disappointed that the hon. Gentleman endeavours to bring friction where there was peace and unanimity. However, bearing in mind the political party he comes from, that situation can be taken as the norm. My noble Friend was simply trying to tease out further the Government's commitment to a sale to a racing trust. He in no way wanted to scupper the Bill or see it destroyed; he did...


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