Results 181–200 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I admitted at the outset that there were limitations to the use of simile and metaphor, but it has some merits. I accept that the Opposition fear that what is seen as a temporary situation may be longer lasting. However, the new clause looks as though it is designed for the long term. By the time the work load of the interim House has been properly examined and reported, and the...

New Clause 9: Senior Salaries Review Board (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Can the hon. Gentleman enlighten me on how recently the conditions have become so dreadful in the other place? Why is there a sudden urgency for improvement that did not exist for a long period—18 years, perhaps? Is it just coincidence that the matter is being debated now, or has something happened since this Parliament began to change conditions there?

Clause 4: Commencement and Transitional Provision (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman possibly does not recognise that many Labour Members do not think that the present House of Lords is doing a good job. I know many Labour Members who believe that simply removing the hereditary peers will make the interim Chamber a better place that is able to do a better job than the existing House. That does not mean that we do not want a second change, but I am convinced...

Clause 4: Commencement and Transitional Provision (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I do not share the right hon. Gentleman's concern about the speed of the process. However, one of the amendments seeks to involve existing hereditary peers in the debate about what will replace them, and the other two amendments seek to resolve any kind of unforeseen delay by bringing back hereditary peers. That is the effect of the amendments. Will the hon. Gentleman explain why bringing...

Clause 4: Commencement and Transitional Provision (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Has not the hon. Gentleman missed out the entirely honourable possibility that we were elected on a manifesto commitment to abolish in a single stage the hereditary right of peers to sit in the other place? Our manifesto spelled that out as a stand-alone commitment. Is it not honourable for the Government to deliver on their manifesto—or is that news to Conservative Members?

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I shall make two points. First, I am surprised that the Committee wants to waste time now discussing business which might properly be conducted later. If we were earing complaints from the Opposition that the Government were not giving sufficient time to discuss something which was before the Committee because it had been moved as an amendment in another place, I should have considerable...

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I was not disputing your ruling, Sir Alan; I was trying to support the one that you have just made. You suggested that, if we prolonged this debate, it may prevent time from being allocated to a more appropriate debate. I was simply urging through you, Sir Alan, my right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench not to waste too much time on such a hypothetical matter. Opposition Members are...

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: My mother used to say, "Watch and see what they do, as well as what they say." Opposition Members have been in favour of reform of the other place for 80 years, but it has not happened yet. I want to ensure that it happens in this Parliament. Those who seek to delay such reform are, like their party for most of this century, seeking to protect the privileged few. This House needs to get on...

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend answers his own question. I have heard very little from Conservative Members about their great concern to reform the other place.

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend's point is valid. The driving principle behind my strong support for this measure in our manifesto is that, without reform of the other place, and from what I have seen in the short time that I have been in this place, we would get but a fraction of our business through in the final two years of this Parliament, and therefore fail to deliver on our manifesto commitments. That...

Clause 2: Removal of Disqualifications in Relation to the House of Commons (3 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: On a point of order, Sir Alan. I have become used to the idea that hon. Members must address the business of the Committee as listed on the amendment paper. Must we endure hour after hour of "what ifs", or of matters that may arise at a later date? Would you make it clear to the Committee whether hypothetical questions such as those being put by the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans)...

Opposition Day: Burdens on Schools (2 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Burdens on Schools (2 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: When £56 million is provided for extra teachers, I am trying to understand the logic of it being inevitable that a reduction in class sizes implies a doubling elsewhere. It sounds like Conservative logic to me—having to cut class sizes without any extra money to do so. The Government have committed themselves to providing the necessary funding to reduce class sizes for five, six and...

Opposition Day: Burdens on Schools (2 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman made it clear that he believed that we should be considering the evidence, but at the moment he is examining hearsay. If he is to do what he said he would do, surely he must tell us which of the Government initiatives he believes should not have been taken into the classroom. Will he quickly move on to that before he so firmly nails his colours to the Tory mast?

Opposition Day: Burdens on Schools (2 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman seems to be losing sight of the big picture. I spent years on an education committee watching the backlog of building work grow. The schools in my patch have welcomed the opportunity to make their case to have their school buildings renovated, improved and added to. They want to be able to bid, because they do not want bureaucrats in Whitehall telling them where their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Hospitality and Tourism Industries (1 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend agree that, apart from accommodation, what British tourism needs more than anything else is better training for staff? Will she therefore congratulate Searles of Hunstanton on being leaders in introducing a national vocational qualification in running caravan parks? Will she do all that she can to encourage all those involved in tourism to ensure that staff are trained...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (23 Feb 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman attacks the Government's proposals on means-testing. Is he committing his party to removing that arrangement if it ever gets the opportunity? If he is attacking means-testing, how is that consistent with his other attack on Labour for being profligate in government?

Stephen Lawrence Report (Injunction) (22 Feb 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend share my sadness at the reaction of our press? Does he believe that the currency of the freedom of the press, which the House unanimously believes is important, has been devalued by today's press? The newspapers appear to be interested in protecting not the interests of the British public, but their own circulation and pecuniary interests. Does my right hon. Friend...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill: Exclusion of Hereditary Peers (16 Feb 1999)

Dr George Turner: A fellow Norfolk Member, the right hon. Member for South Norfolk (Mr. MacGregor), seemed puzzled that Labour Back Benchers might be happy to vote against the amendment today, but might be willing further to consider the position later. In the many years before I came to the House, I learned not to trust the Conservative party. My goodness, I and other Back Benchers have found good reason not...

Business of the House (11 Feb 1999)

Dr George Turner: Can my right hon. Friend arrange a debate on the progress, or lack of it, in digital television? For more than a decade, my constituents have had to put up with second and third-grade reception of analogue television. They are extremely annoyed that the technical opportunities offered by the roll-out of digital television to give them decent reception have not been seized. People from Norfolk...


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