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Results 1–20 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

Digital Television (24 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: Would the hon. Gentleman say that, for his constituents--and mine--free-to-air broadcasts, which can be received in any room in the house if they have a normal household aerial, are the most desirable platform?

Digital Television (24 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: I am delighted to introduce a debate on the future of digital television. Events are moving fast, in terms of both technology and commerce, and important concerns have been raised in the report of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, published last month, and the recent survey conducted by the Consumers Association. The latter has attracted much media attention because of the...

Digital Television (24 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: I certainly sympathise with the hon. Gentleman, and I well understand why he is among those who have been pushing for a solution. Let me return to the importance of regional identity. My comments illustrate a growing and serious democratic deficit--which the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Thomas) referred to nationally and I see regionally--if people cannot have access to news and...

Digital Television (24 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: I accept that. The Government have started to address the problem of confusion in the marketplace, but need to do more. With an uptake of 180,000 this year, the figures provide little support for the view that, without further intervention, total sales will be anywhere near 9 million by 2010, let alone 2006. Something must be done. The consumer has clearly found the marketplace unnecessarily...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman says that there has been no delivery. In Norfolk, the capital input from Government was £4 million in the final years of the previous Conservative Administration; it is nearly £30 million this year. Delivery is under way.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend accept that, in the long term, if the Government are to achieve their health objectives, they will have to accept a reduction in revenues from tobacco duty? Is it not therefore logical for the Government to attack the smuggling problem rather than to reduce the price of cigarettes? As we know, cigarette pricing is one of the greatest influences in encouraging people to...

Opposition Day: Foot and Mouth Disease (21 Mar 2001)

Dr George Turner: My understanding is that a vet has only to make a telephone call to obtain permission to go ahead with slaughter on clinical grounds. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that not even that call is necessary when we know that many vets in the field are fresh to this problem?

Foot and Mouth (15 Mar 2001)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will be aware that, to date, Norfolk has not suffered an outbreak of the disease. However, I was pleased to hear him state the precautionary principle, because the lessons of BSE must be learned. I understand the commercial pressures on the tourist industry, and the despair being felt in my constituency, where we rely very much on the weekend visitor. I hope that he will...

Rural Tourism (Foot and Mouth) (14 Mar 2001)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the lesson of BSE is that top priority must be given to ensuring that those parts of the rural environment, such as Norfolk, where there have been scares but, as yet, no outbreak the disease must remain disease free? Despite the commercial pressures, we must take care to balance the just demand for publicity for positive movements by people with our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Organic Farming (8 Mar 2001)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend accept that we must be sure that produce labelled "organic" is not seen to be good where produce labelled "ordinary farming" is seen to be bad? Is not it important that research concentrates on which of the organic methods of farming produce safe food and benefit the environment? Should not the Government encourage outcomes, rather than labels?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Mar 2001)

Dr George Turner: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the school in the village of Middleton is delivering improved education, despite the fact that half the pupils are in temporary or mobile accommodation and the other half are in a building that is overcrowded and needs much investment? Has the Prime Minister got a message for Middleton and the many schools like it, of which, despite our considerable efforts,...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: The short answer is yes. I accept that a debate should be held about the principle, but my problem is that the amendments strike the wrong balance. We must be careful, as we were with mink farmers, and we must consider whether people are able to diversify and reuse their materials. For example, many who argue for the banning of hunting say that it could be replaced by drag hunting. We should...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I must finish. There is a nub to the argument. That should be addressed, and I hope that the Minister will do so. The amendments are far too widely drawn and are part of the bigger battle rather than part of a careful look at whether compensation should be paid when it is clear that harm is being done and that those to whom harm is being done have no alternatives.

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I do not want to encourage the debate to be any more bad-tempered than it has become. [Interruption.] I am surprised that hon. Members are allowed to call each other pea-brained, but as my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) said, if one is pot-bellied one gets away with making such allegations in the House. I have voted for the principle of the Bill, but I want some of the...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: No, I want to make my point. My experience as a member of the Select Committee on Agriculture, limited though it is, tells me that Conservative Members should be a little more sanguine about the BSE saga, given the consequences for many in agriculture about which they now complain and which lie at their door due to their incompetent handling of the crisis. [Interruption.] Given the problems...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Given the great concern of farmers in East Anglia about the outbreak of classical swine fever and the present immense concerns about animal disease and the foot and mouth outbreak, the House and the Minister should reflect on what should happen to diseased animals in future. New clause 1 would introduce a regulated scheme under the control of the Secretary of...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: That is precisely the point that I was trying carefully to make. There is a danger that the new clause will be seen as part of some other argument and debate. The House would do well to consider it in the broader context of the impact of animal disease.

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I note that the new clause tabled by Conservative Members states that the charges should meet the cost of the scheme. This issue should be debated, because such a scheme is clearly in the national interest. Measures that would enable speedier detection of the problems to which I have referred could contribute to the safety of our agriculture industry.

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I am less certain of that than is my hon. Friend. Given that the scheme could be widely drawn, there is no reason why there should not be alternatives and there would be good arguments for tightening up on notification before disposing of fallen stock. I hope that the Minister will carefully explain why it would not be sensible to consider the new clause more carefully, subject to amendments...

New Clause 1: Disposal of Fallen Stock (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I shall develop my point before taking an intervention; I shall be happy to do so when I have made clear what I am trying to say. There is no automatic right to compensation when the House legislates to change employment or profit opportunities. On the other hand, when we took guns from people, we gave them the value of their gun. When the state takes from its citizens, there is a case for...

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