Results 41–60 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

Oral Answers to Questions — Student Enrolments (23 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: What is the percentage of full-time students who are having to pay fees? Some commentators suggest that 100 per cent. are having to do so. Am I right in thinking that the percentage is probably about half that? When will my right hon. Friend be in a position to assess the impact of the welcome measures to help part-time students? My experience is that mature students welcome the important...

Orders of the Day — Police (Northern Ireland) Bill: Police Support Staff (21 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does the Minister agree that Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary—in its 1999 report, 1 believe—made it very clear that some of the criticisms of the RUC could be directed at almost every police force in the United Kingdom? We should recognise that although the issue is especially important in the RUC's training, it is a national issue.

Oral Answers to Questions: Miscellaneous (21 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: I could not disagree more fundamentally with the conclusions of the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire (Sir B. Mawhinney). He made many valid points, but I shall support the timetable motion because I believe that the time has come for action and reform. It is clear to anyone who reads the Bill that it envisages major changes in the policing of Northern Ireland. I was privileged...

Far East Prisoners of War (Ex Gratia Payment) (7 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend the Minister will probably be aware that people from Norfolk were disproportionately represented among those imprisoned in Japan. I probably have met, know and represent disproportionately more former prisoners of war than any other Member. I therefore thank my hon. Friend wholeheartedly for this decision. However, given that the one thing that will be said almost universally...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Regional Television (6 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: What plans he has to address regional anomalies in television reception where viewers cannot receive appropriate regional variations of free-to-air broadcasts. [135342]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Regional Television (6 Nov 2000)

Dr George Turner: I thank my hon. Friend for the interest that she has shown in the matter, and especially for coming to my constituency, where she heard how irritating it is to be interested in the news of Norfolk but to have to watch news that is targeted at Yorkshire. Under the previous Government, when digital services, which provide new possibilities for dealing with the problems, were introduced, my...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2000)

Dr George Turner: In recent correspondence with me, the planning inspectorate admitted that one of its inspectors misdirected himself in ruling on an appeal from my constituents, the Dale family, in relation to building a bungalow. However, the only redress that the inspectorate is offering my constituents is judicial review, the cost of which is beyond the reasonable means of any person or family. Does my...

Adjournment (Summer) (28 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: Most of us will go back to our constituencies with a lot of good news to relate; the Chancellor's spending review has made sure of that. As we look to what it will mean locally to health and education and in terms of addressing the problems of crime, many of us will be in good heart that it is time to deliver. However, I thought that it was important to be here today to raise the concerns of...

Business of the House (27 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend announced today that we shall debate the Rural White Paper in the context of a report from the Select Committee on the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs. Although my constituents welcome much of what the Government have done, they are impatient for further action. After 18 years of Conservative Government, with the closure of schools, post offices and shops and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Sentencing Referrals (27 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: My hon. and learned Friend will be aware that it is rare to be able to talk to the victims of crime or to those who apprehend the criminals. However, they raise the problem, as they perceive it, of overly lenient sentences. I understood my hon. and learned Friend to say that action was taken only if the judge strayed outside the prescribed range of sentences. That must cover a multitude of...

Police and Criminal Justice Spending Review (19 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will be aware of my interest in rural policing and that, as well as general issues, the case of my constituent, Tony Martin, raised specific issues relating to the difficulty of policing in the fenland, where three police authorities have to co-ordinate their activities. I raised that matter in an Adjournment debate some months ago, when the Minister of State, Home...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rural Economy (11 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: What plans his Department has to encourage the economic development of rural economies. [128402]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rural Economy (11 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. He will know that the rural group of Labour MPs has recently published a manifesto. Although we acknowledge that the Government have done much and are doing much, there is a lot still to be done. Can he tell us today when my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister will be able to publish the rural White Paper, for which we are waiting? Can he...

Orders of the Day — Sea Defences (Norfolk) (4 Jul 2000)

Dr George Turner: I am privileged to represent my Norfolk constituency. It is a good place to live and it is also particularly attractive to visitors; it has much to offer them. Much of the area that is the subject of this debate is important in residential and tourism terms, with its mixture of holiday parks and permanent properties as well as expanses of open land. However, it is also of international...

Business of the House (15 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: I know that most of my constituents will have been delighted by this morning's news that the Government are to allow for the effects of sparsity in the policing of rural areas. However, is my right hon. Friend aware that there is an impatience in rural constituencies such as mine for the delivery of the Government's major programme, which I understand is to be heralded in the rural White...

Marine Aggregates (14 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Great Yarmouth (Mr. Wright) on securing the debate, and on the excellent and balanced way in which he expressed the main argument, which I will not attempt to repeat in the few minutes that he has kindly granted me, for which I thank him. I agree almost entirely with my hon. Friend's remarks. In the Wash area, there has been a marked decline in...

Clause 2: Aims of the Service (12 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: On a topical subject, might such an exclusion order apply to football grounds?

Clause 2: Aims of the Service (12 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that most people share his view that community service is what the town mayor and borough councillors do, and that the victims of crime especially, for whom the Conservative party often claims to speak, will welcome the refreshingly frank statement that we are talking about community punishment?

Clause 2: Aims of the Service (12 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that if one expects low standards, one will get them? If someone spends the first three months on an order learning that they do not have to obey it because they lead a disorderly life, they are likely to want to plead the same way over the following three months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Engagements (7 Jun 2000)

Dr George Turner: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 7 June.

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