Results 21–40 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

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

Dr George Turner: That is precisely the point that I was seeking to make, and the Minister has added directly to it.

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

Dr George Turner: At this distance, I do not remember the details of the compensation and I do not like to make up an answer, but, as the Minister pointed out, there is a distinction between paying for guns that were taken and compensating manufacturers who could no longer make them or dealers who could no longer sell them. My problem with supporting the amendments is that they are much closer to the latter....

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I wonder whether the right hon. Gentleman is ignoring the £19.2 million--almost two and a half times the allocation for previous years--for capital investment in Norfolk's highways? Should not that be taken into account when assessing the moneys available for improving roads in Norfolk?

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) on securing this debate. I served on Norfolk county council for more than two decades and was chairman of its education committee prior to the 1997 election. I therefore especially welcome the opportunity to contribute to this morning's debate. The hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk has provided a mixture of facts and--as often...

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I shall come to the hon. Gentleman's point. To be fair, we should compare what has been happening with the track record of the previous Government on council tax and what pensioners received. First, I want to refer to the information provided by the finance director of Norfolk county council on changes to budgets during the past four years. Local government finance is notoriously difficult....

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Dr George Turner: I am not taking interventions for the moment, because I want to put the figures on the record. The figure for 2000-01 is plus £8 million, for 1999-2000 it was plus £9 million and for 1998-99 it was minus £7 million, giving a total for the four years of increased net growth to the council of plus £37 million. I also have the figures for the previous four years, determined by the capping...

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

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

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend well knows, because he led the work, that the rural group of Labour MPs published an audit of rural problems and a manifesto before publication of the White Paper. The manifesto was broadly endorsed by the Countryside Alliance and a range of other bodies that represent rural interests. Is he aware of any such work being undertaken by the Conservatives, who boasted earlier about...

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: If we give a parish council £10,000 for a transport initiative, is not that money much more likely to be used wisely if it is spent in consultation with the county council, which has so many more resources? Is not partnership essential?

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: I listened attentively to the hon. Member for Ashford (Mr. Green) and was surprised that he made no apology for what the Conservative party did when it had the opportunity not just to talk about what it would do in rural areas, but to take action; I intend to emphasise rural issues because I represent a rural constituency. For 18 years, the Conservatives had the chance not just to preach,...

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: My grandparents ran a rural post office. My mother—who, regrettably, is long deceased—and the other nine children of that family all knew how to run a post office. Until a few years ago, if any of them had walked into a post office, they would have been able to take over and run it. The tragedy of the years of the Conservative Government was their long failure to invest in and modernise...

Prayers: Rural and Urban White Papers (26 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: Before the hon. Gentleman leaves his complaint about a lack of overview, could he remind hon. Members of the occasions when the Consevative Government published the equivalent of the rural White Paper? It was only in the fag-end of their tenure, when they knew that they were about to go to the electorate and be defeated, that they produced a White Paper after their many years in office.

Business of the House (25 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will know that the Conservative party plans to scrap the winter fuel allowance, and also the free television licence for those aged 75 and over. She may not know, however, that I agree with a number of pensioners in my constituency that we should do the opposite in regard to the TV licence, and extend it to more pensioners. We should encourage pensioners to take up the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Nursery Education (11 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: What progress he has made in increasing the number of nursery places since May 1997. [143457]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Nursery Education (11 Jan 2001)

Dr George Turner: I congratulate my right hon. Friend not only on being the first Secretary of State to recognise the key role of early-years education as the foundation for educational success, but on delivering investment in it. Having been on Norfolk education committee and served as its chairman, I know that the Conservatives singularly failed to do that, either in government or in local government. Does...

Inherited SERPS (29 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: I congratulate the Secretary of State on his announcement, which the 23,000 pensioners in Norfolk will applaud even if they will not personally benefit from it. Will he pass on to the Chancellor of the Exchequer our recognition of the fact that the economy that the Government are delivering allows us to make decisions, including this one, in an atmosphere in which public services are being...

Message from the Queen: Rural White Paper (28 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will know that, with 67 parishes, mine is a truly rural constituency. I can tell him from my surveys of parish councils that 70 per cent. of them will welcome the proposals in the White Paper, and the continuing attention paid to the many deprived rural areas that developed during the 18 years of Conservative government. I especially welcome the proposal to evaluate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Sierra Leone (27 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: Will my hon. Friend say a little more about the tangible benefits of the training and explain whether the capability to deal with rebels is being significantly changed? Furthermore, does the training programme have a defined schedule and time scale to which we are working?

Business of the House (23 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: Do the Government accept that if they are to deliver the urban regeneration referred to in the White Paper, they will have to address—probably by legislation—the balance of power that exists between developers and the communities for whom they are developing? I raise that issue because of the intense anger and frustration in my constituency at the latest breakdown between the lead...


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