Results 301–320 of 2112 for speaker:Paddy Tipping

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Early-day Motions (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: My hon. Friend is right to stress the value of the currency of both early-day motions and questions. There is concern in the House about the number of questions tabled. Another Committee of the House, the Modernisation Committee, is examining the use of non-legislative time, and among the issues that it is considering are early-day motions and the number of signatures to them. I understand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Early-day Motions (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: I agree. That is precisely why the Procedure Committee is examining the matter, and I understand that its report is fairly imminent. As the right hon. Gentleman says, it is important for early-day motions not to be abused and to have significance, and I hope that we shall be in a position to reinforce that in the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Early-day Motions (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: The hon. Gentleman can name the day, as long as it happens. He will not mind my saying that he gave evidence to the Modernisation Committee fairly recently, and one of the issues discussed in the session that he attended was giving effect to early-day motions. I am not sure what the Committee will recommend, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman, fairly forcefully, that we will look carefully at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Business Committee (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: As the hon. Gentleman is aware, my right hon. Friend has received regular representations about the case for a business Committee. The proposal has been raised in evidence to the Modernisation Committee's current inquiries into the role of Back Benchers and the use of non-legislative time. I think it best to let the Committee make its recommendations on the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Business Committee (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his remarks about me, and let me reciprocate by saying that he is a long-standing and influential member of the Modernisation Committee and that I am sure that he will use all his powers to ensure that the report that comes forward addresses the case he makes that the Chamber should be more relevant and that there must be greater involvement of all the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Business Committee (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: The hon. Gentleman rightly says that the late Leader of the House, my friend Robin Cook, was a great advocate of that. The simple answer to the hon. Gentleman's question is that there are different voices and views in Government. That is why I believe that the Modernisation Committee report is important. I speculate that it will say something about a business Committee although, clearly, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Business Committee (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: Well, let me agree with that last point, and say to my hon. Friend that she has been a strong supporter over many years of more motions coming before the House and of the debates being on substantive motions, not motions for the Adjournment. My right hon. Friend the Leader of the House is committed to trying to ensure that that happens further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Business Committee (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: This is a matter not just for the Government, but for the whole House. The whole process of timetabling of motions and business—I know that it has been controversial—gives the opportunity to the Opposition to highlight the important areas of concern. This is a two-way street, and I am clear that we could use the way in which we timetable our business in a more effective and efficient way...

Written Answers — Leader of the House: Public Petitions (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: My right hon. Friend has received a number of representations about public petitions and believes that this House has a valuable role to play in looking at such petitions. The Procedure Committee has been examining the subject and has been taking evidence. I understand the Committee is due to report in the near future.

Written Answers — Leader of the House: Members' Allowances (23 Apr 2007)

Paddy Tipping: Under the terms of the resolution of the House of 28 March, the Communications Allowance is subject to detailed rules and guidance determined by the Members Estimate Committee. A detailed booklet on the "Communications Allowance and the Use of House Stationery", issued by the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of the Serjeant-at-Arms, was placed on the parliamentary...

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: It is a great privilege to be able to respond to this debate. I am delighted by the very generous—perhaps over-generous—comments that hon. Members have made and thank them for doing so. There has been a lot of talk about birthdays. I was delighted to attend the 50th birthday party of my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz)—a big bash. The hon. Member for...

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has made that clear. My right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East also talked about the reorganisation of the criminal justice system. He is a distinguished member of the Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs. I shall ensure that those issues are pursued and that he gets replies to them. The hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson)...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Africa (Sustainable Forestry) (28 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: What steps he is taking to increase sustainable forestry in Africa.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Africa (Sustainable Forestry) (28 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: Does the Minister accept that one of the important steps that could be taken is for the Government and the wider public sector to buy only legal and sustainable timber? Is he confident that the central point of expertise on timber procurement is properly resourced and that its messages are widely understood across the public sector?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Democracy (27 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: While high standards and probity are important in the lives of local authorities, does the Minister accept that some of the activities of the Standards Board work against councils? Are not the long delays, and the fact that the Standards Board does not tell councillors about an initial complaint, worth investigating?

Mines Rescue Service (27 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: The Minister mentioned the important role of the coal forum, which has discussed an indicative figure for British coal of 20 million tonnes, with a rough split of 10 million tonnes for the deep-mined industry and 10 million tonnes for open-casting. There is a view that it would be helpful not just for the coal industry itself but for the Mines Rescue Service to have those figures included in...

Mines Rescue Service (27 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Willie Rennie). I hear what he said about his recent interest in the Mines Rescue Service, but he has been a powerful champion of it. My hon. Friends the Members for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) and for Houghton and Washington, East (Mr. Kemp) and I have been involved in the campaign for a longer period. My...

Mines Rescue Service (27 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: I have no doubt that the Minister, who has taken a close interest in the issue, will have listened carefully to those comments. As we have outlined, the Department can do things to help the Mines Rescue Service. I am not confident that income from the levy on production will increase. I am closely involved with UK Coal. The company may be in profit this year, but the number of collieries that...

Mines Rescue Service (27 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: The hon. Gentleman is describing the situation with UK Coal, which is clearly in decline in terms of production. The real renaissance of the coal industry is based in small collieries in south Wales, which cannot afford an increase in production costs.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Coastal Areas: Rights of Way (26 Mar 2007)

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals for greater public access to the coast; and when he plans to undertake a public consultation on the issue.


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