Results 81–100 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

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?

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...

Small Business (8 Mar 2000)

Dr George Turner: How many did not survive?

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...

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 — 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...

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...

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 (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...

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.

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 — 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 — 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...

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill (7 Dec 1999)

Dr George Turner: The right hon. Lady is saying that the information would be doing some harm. Will she illustrate using her own example what harm would have been done if the reports on the Prison Service that she did not publish had been published so that we all knew about the decisions that she was not taking as well as those that she was?

Rural Development (7 Dec 1999)

Dr George Turner: I welcome today's announcement, but will my right hon. Friend say a little more about the development of the countryside stewardship scheme? I know from experience in my constituency that the scheme is welcomed not only by the farming community but much more widely. It represents a partnership between the farming community and people who, in many cases, used to work on farms. Can he give us...

Business of the House (2 Dec 1999)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the extreme frustration of many of my constituents in Norfolk about the fact that they are having to watch Yorkshire and north English television regionally. Last week, the Minister responsible for broadcasting came to Norfolk. Although supportive of the need to address the problem, she had to relay the information that the next major legislation on...

Beef on the Bone (30 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the reasons the British public are eating more British beef than they did before BSE is that they now know that the Government will properly protect the consumer and will take sound medical advice, rather than play every food issue for petty party advantage?

Crime Reduction Strategy (29 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the success of his strategy will depend not only on the police, but on the partnerships in which they are being asked to engage? Historically, we have tried to secure efficiency through the inspectorate of constabulary; perhaps we need a body with wider powers if we are to eliminate the discrepancies in efficiency.

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