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

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Nursery Vouchers (22 May 1997)

Dr George Turner: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on his appointment and on his statement to the House today. I am sure that he will be well aware that the people of Norfolk who participated in the piloting of the nursery scheme will be highly delighted to see it abandoned. As the former chair of the education committee in Norfolk, I know that, although some good was done, the...

School Standards (7 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: I welcome the Secretary of State's confirmation of the option of having development plans not only for local education authorities, but for schools. As an ex-chairman of an education committee, I know that development plans often require resources. What does the Secretary of State have in mind to ensure that individual schools obtain the resources that they need for their development plans,...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (7 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech in the Budget debate. Budgets do much to determine the well-being of those who send us here and, rightly, strongly influence their judgment of us. Before addressing any Budget issues directly, I wish to express to the House my personal delight at being here at all. I am greatly honoured that the people of North-West Norfolk have...

Prayers: Middleton, Norfolk (Bypass) (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: I am pleased that, in this debate on an issue crucial to some of my constituents, I have been joined, for moral support, by several other Norfolk Members who share my interest in the strategic development of our roads in East Anglia. Before I talk about Middleton, I shall set the scene by saying that East Anglia is the Cinderella of our road network: a Cinderella who has been forced into...

Prayers: Middleton, Norfolk (Bypass) (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. One problem with our roads that the statistics do not show is the mix of the traffic, in which thundering lorries, caravans and vehicles driven by holidaymakers are mingled.

Prayers: Middleton, Norfolk (Bypass) (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend has made valid points. I shall now move on to the history of Middleton, and concentrate on the immediate facts that led me to seek this debate. The earliest campaign that I found recorded was mounted in 1946, when the Middleton vicar referred to the need for a bypass for the village. The reason is obvious to any visitor. The A47 cuts through the centre of the village. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on the Northern Ireland peace process. [5896]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: I am sure that the House will be delighted by the fact that my right hon. Friend is able to look beyond the marching season. Before the details are leaked to all and sundry, will she explain to the House the basis on which she is looking for the removal of illegal weapons from Northern Ireland? Is any progress being made with the parties involved? Clearly the House must look to that as the...

Bill Presented: Pensions (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: It is too complicated.

Bill Presented: Pensions (9 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: I sat here all evening waiting to hear an argument from an Opposition Member that was worthy of a speech, but I decided not to use the time to which I understood I might be limited. Will the hon. Gentleman consider the position of a pension company that owns an important manufacturing firm in my constituency? Bespak has just reported a 26 per cent. jump in profits; its dividend is up by 13...

Criminal Justice (30 Jul 1997)

Dr George Turner: May I assure my right hon. Friend that his statement will receive a warm welcome in my constituency, especially in King's Lynn? The remarks made to me since my election lead me to believe that that applies in particular to the clarity that my right hon. Friend brings to his intention to deliver on our promises to tackle the problems of disorder and anti-social behaviour. Can he reassure the...

Prayers: Sport Hunting (29 Oct 1997)

Dr George Turner: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) on his speech, which tried to get away from many of the traditions of this debate—in which people seem already to have reached their conclusions and then hunt for arguments to support them. As a new hon. Member for a very rural constituency, I know that it is a gross caricature to describe discussion and debate in my...

Prayers: Sport Hunting (29 Oct 1997)

Dr George Turner: The honest answer is that I am not completely certain. I do not have sufficient scientific evidence. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North, having been trained as a scientist, I am keen to have some facts in front of me before jumping to conclusions. I believe that, as on many occasions, we shall have to make up our minds with only part of the evidence before us. On drag hunting,...

Magistrates Courts (29 Oct 1997)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend recognise that, given the importance of the changes he is introducing and the speed with which they are being introduced, there would be considerable merit in having a moratorium on closures, particularly because financial issues often drive the closure argument? Such a moratorium could remain in place until the funding has been reviewed and these important changes are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Nov 1997)

Dr George Turner: Will my right hon. Friend recognise, on reflection. that there is a long history and deep experience of receiving money from industrial sources both national and international in the Tory party? Would it not, therefore, be appropriate that, in looking to a review of the way in which politics is funded, all parties represented in this Chamber should open their books for the past five years so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Unemployment (Rural Areas) (13 Nov 1997)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend accept that transport is an especially difficult problem when there are no buses on which to get subsidised fares; and that there is a real need to ensure that opportunities under the new deal are genuinely available in rural constituencies, such as the one I represent, and not simply theoretical possibilities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 1997)

Dr George Turner: Will the Prime Minister tell the House what response he got from the Leader of the Opposition when he called for all parties to reveal their sources of finance for the past five years? Does he agree that the Neill committee will, at worst, be crippled in its investigation of party finance unless it has full information and disclosure? In those circumstances, will my right hon. Friend...

Computers (Century Date Change) (27 Nov 1997)

Dr George Turner: As I have a background in information technology in a university environment, one aspect that disturbs me is that the millennium problem seems to be giving higher rewards to those with long memories than to those with recently trained skills. I suspect that, all too often, we are looking to botch and fix what should be replaced. One of the disadvantages of not starting early enough on a...

Orders of the Day — Bird Reserves (2 Dec 1997)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that only yesterday I opened a new visitor centre at Titchwell which already attracts about 140,000 visitors a year. As well as their international importance for wildlife, these unique places on the north Norfolk coast are also some of the jewels in our tourist industry—Titchwell is a good example. I hope that the Minister will take account of that when...

Digital Television (North-West Norfolk) (10 Dec 1997)

Dr George Turner: I wonder whether I am the only Member of Parliament who, when sitting down to watch television on the odd occasion at the weekend, consults the weather forecast before looking at the television guide. The problem of poor television reception experienced in my part of rural Norfolk is shared by many other sparsely populated areas, but it is uniquely annoying in north-west Norfolk because,...

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