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

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Information Technology (10 Jan 2000)

Dr George Turner: What assessment he has made of the scope for improved IT in the administration of his Department and of benefits payments. [102937]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Information Technology (10 Jan 2000)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend the Minister has reminded the House that the chaos that the CSA brought to the lives of many of my constituents was amplified by the horrific computer-generated literature that it used to send en masse, with people sometimes receiving two or three five-page missives a week. It is obvious that we need to learn the lessons of the past when considering computerisation in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: CPS (13 Jan 2000)

Dr George Turner: My own visit to the local Crown Prosecution Service left me less than overwhelmed by the support provided by information technology. Will my hon. and learned Friend ensure that efficient IT, which any modernised prosecution service needs, will be available to the CPS?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Public Safety Radio Communications Project (17 Jan 2000)

Dr George Turner: In my experience, the only people who will not welcome this investment in proper technological support for the police are the criminals. If we ensure that the police have such support, they will do their job much more effectively. Does my right hon. Friend accept that, in the past 20 years, the pattern of investment in all technology has been patchy and that this Government need to address...

Oral Answers to Questions — President of the Council: Millennium Compliance (25 Jan 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that British industry as well as Government have gained two considerable benefits from the exercise? First, a whole breed of managers running British industry now realises how critical information technology in their companies is to their future. Secondly, we have probably had one of the biggest upgrades in IT, which will be beneficial to our world trade.

Business of the House (3 Feb 2000)

Dr George Turner: With more than 22,000 pensioners in my constituency, I am well aware that the Government have made a good start on helping pensioners, and particularly on dealing with poverty, which is all too common in the pensioner age group. However, does my right hon. Friend accept that the needs of elderly people are varied and that not all of those needs can be met by fiscal measures? Does she agree...

Orders of the Day — Postal Services Bill (15 Feb 2000)

Dr George Turner: My constituency, like that of the hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Baldry), is large and rural. Approximately half my constituents live in the market town of King's Lynn, and the others are divided between some 64 parishes. Much of my constituency is sparsely populated, and in many villages my constituents depend on access to the village post office. I have a long-standing interest in village...

Business of the House (17 Feb 2000)

Dr George Turner: When will we receive the performance and innovation unit report on post office access? My right hon. Friend will understand that, although the Government are going ahead with a modernisation programme for the Post Office and trying to secure the future of village post offices, sub-postmasters and the public are worried by the uncertainty before the fleshing out of the detail. My local press...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cataract Operations (29 Feb 2000)

Dr George Turner: I am clear about the need for the initiative to improve the rate at which cataract operations take place, as there are 22,000 pensioners in my constituency and I hear of sad cases of some disabled pensioners having to wait month after month after month. Deteriorating vision must make their lives much more miserable, not least because of the risk of falling. Can the Minister give us any idea...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: E-commerce (2 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: What action he is taking to ensure that changes in the price structures for high bandwidth telecommunications encourage the rapid development of e-commerce. [111534]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: E-commerce (2 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: I thank the Minister for the progress that is being made. Does she recognise that in the past, rural areas, which in many cases could benefit most from good IT communications, compensating in part for poor physical communications on occasion, have often been the last to see improvements in IT structure? Does she acknowledge that there is a strong case for the Government to put pressure on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: A10 (7 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend will know that the A10 is the road from London to my constituency. We also anticipate the de-trunking of the A17, leaving only one trunk road—the A47—through North-West Norfolk. Does he therefore understand that my constituents are impatient for work to be done on improving the last remaining trunk road? They want not only work to be carried out in studies, but to see some...

Small Business (8 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: How many did not survive?

Small Business (8 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: The majority of my constituents, like those of most Members, are employed in small or medium-sized businesses. We should put aside the party rhetoric that we expect in this place, and try to recognise the existence of a common wish—a core of intent—to seek improvement. The Government should be congratulated on their general economic management. If economic management is wrong, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Modernisation (21 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: What assessment she has made of the impact of recommendations of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on the operation of the House. [114060]

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Modernisation (21 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend agree that the extra debating time available in Westminster Hall has meant that, for the first time in many years, there have been significant opportunities to debate Select Committee reports? Does he also agree that we need to enhance further the role of Select Committees, and that careful consideration should be given to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Liaison?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: The Prime Minister has already referred to the problems that the banks are bringing to many of our communities. As the Postal Services Bill is making its way to the other place, does he believe that the other side of the coin is ensuring that the post offices can be the saviours of community banking? Will he assure the House and my constituents that the Government will do everything in their...

Business of the House (30 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: I am sad to tell the House that, for the second time within a few months, Barclays will close a branch in my constituency—this time, in Terrington St. Clement. Yesterday, the Prime Minister made it clear that the Government believe that when banks close, communities can be served by post offices. Last night's debate, in particular, made it clear that while there is uncertainty, there will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Council Tax (Second Homes) (4 Apr 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend recognise that there are many different views on the matter across the country? People in north Norfolk are often unable to buy a house because others are coming into the area and buying second homes—those incomers include Members of Parliament. Their presence contributes to the local economy, but the negative feelings of the local community would be somewhat...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Services (Electronic Delivery) (5 Apr 2000)

Dr George Turner: What role does my hon. Friend envisage for rural post offices in the delivery of Government services in the countryside? Is provision being made now to ensure that, if people increasingly want to use post offices to access Government services electronically, post offices will be able to offer such facilities? Are we putting the right technology into post offices now?


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