Results 101–120 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

Business of the House (18 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am sorry to have to tell the House that the Barclays bank branch in Heacham will close tomorrow. This is one of many bank closures in rural areas of England, and I am sure that it results from general market failure. None of the banks seems able to justify a presence in our larger villages. There are 5,000 people in Heacham, and Barclays is the last bank there. Will the Government recognise...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill: New Clause (10 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: We should not pass the evening without noting the hypocrisy of Opposition Members, who, for 18 years, managed to hide their principled objection to patronage, and supported a system under which they already held a Conservative majority of 3:1 over other parties. Under the system of patronage that they supported, their Prime Minister even vetoed proposals from other political parties. It ill...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill: New Clause (10 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: Specifically, no. It was a feature of the past 18 years that the patronage of the Prime Minister was complete in that respect. Conservative Members did not complain then. There is a goodly element of hypocrisy in the case that they bring tonight. After 365 life peers were appointed, of whom 173 were Tories, even though they had an overwhelming majority in the other House, it ill becomes the...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill: New Clause (10 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: The point has already been made that what we are being asked to add in by statute addresses but a tiny portion of the problem. We do not know what will be the constitution of the new House that we want to establish in the second phase; nor do we know what its functions and role will be. When we know the purpose of the new House and from what sections of society its Members come, we shall know...

Business of the House (4 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: I was slightly surprised that my right hon. Friend's business statement did not refer to the ping-pong match which, I understand from the media, we are going to play with the other House next week. Have the Government any contingency plans to ensure that, if such a match takes place, the democratic will of this Chamber will win and that we shall not see demob unhappy hereditary peers trying...

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Earnings of Workers Supplied by Service Companies etc. (3 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: Having worked closely with many in the IT industry over a long period, I can assure Ministers that they are right to look at a long-running scandal—the abuse that can be made of one-person companies to the detriment of the taxpayer and the general public. There has been a complete lack of intent in terms of looking at the way in which people have abused that privilege. 11 pm Will my hon....

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: New Clause (3 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: I shall be brief. I am willing to accept that this may not be the moment, but at some point we must take a positive attitude to try to find a way round the difficulties that seem to have prevented natural justice from being done for constituents who have written to me. Many Labour Members cannot support the attitudes, particularly to young women, that we have inherited. People should not be...

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: New Clause (3 Nov 1999)

Dr George Turner: I understand that the review is already behind schedule, as is common with such matters. If cases arise between the time when the review was launched and the decisions it makes, will the Minister consider any difficult individual cases, or will that be within the ambit of the review body?

Prayers: Broadcasting (29 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: It is interesting that, in a debate on new technology, it is almost as if pride is taken in ignorance of that technology. If we are to make the right political and commercial decisions, we have to take care to understand what the technology makes possible. I have an engineering background, and I find that the pace of change in jargon is off-putting. The convergence to which my right hon....

Prayers: Broadcasting (29 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman has made much of the issue of financing for the BBC and few people would not wish to encourage efficiency and cutting bureaucracy. The issue is what the finance is for, and I hope that he will explain the Opposition's view of the BBC's role in the future. Only if we know that can we judge its financial requirements.

Prayers: Broadcasting (29 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's courtesy in giving way again. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Government face the issue of funding next spring. What is the view of the Opposition on what should be funded? What role does the hon. Gentleman envisage for the BBC in the digital era? Should money come from somewhere else, or is the Secretary of State charged with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 27 October.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: When it comes to dealing with the beef row, will the Prime Minister heed the advice of the National Farmers Union, which is strongly opposed to a tit-for-tat ban on French meat? Will he take advice from the UK scientists who are responsible for public health issues? Will the Government act with reason and within the law and ignore the Conservatives, who would have us sacrifice the true...

Rural Crime (19 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: I understand the problems my right hon. Friend faces. The voice from the past that neglected policing in Norfolk is now at the forefront of making the case for police resources and, in some ways, stirring trouble. Does he accept that, for those living in isolated areas, even if the crime rates are relatively low, the very isolation makes the problems worse? In addition, there is a real need...

Rural Crime (19 Oct 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does the right hon. Lady accept that the accuracy of reporting when the press gets involved in such events is illustrated by the fact that the incident to which she is referring happened in Marshland St. James, which is in my constituency? That shows that the press do not get the facts right. The truth is that Norfolk policing is where it is because of the decisions that she and her right...

Political Parties (Funding) (27 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: Can my right hon. Friend say more about what will happen with shareholders? Many shareholders are pension funds that hold their power on behalf of others. Many of us do not want our pension funds to do what many have done in past and fund the Tory party on the false premise that it is good for the economy. This Government have shown that the Labour party is good for the economy. Surely our...

Consumer White Paper (22 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: I warmly welcome the fact that we are to tackle the problem of cowboy builders and tradesmen, who are the real despair of many pensioners, especially in my constituency. Does my right hon. Friend recognise that the real rip-off in our pubs and clubs nowadays is the price of soft drinks? If we compare the prices in the supermarkets with what we are charged in pubs and clubs, it is clear that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Genetically Modified Foods (21 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: Further to the exchanges that have just taken place, does my right hon. Friend recognise that some of the acts of vandalism, which are completely deplorable, are being carried out in the name of national and otherwise reputable organisations such as Greenpeace? They purport to be advancing arguments that are based on rational and scientific debate, but if, in their name, people are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: The House will want to welcome today's good news on the lifting of the beef ban. My rural constituents will certainly breathe a sigh of relief. Step by step, this Government are putting right what the previous Government got wrong. For the next step, will my right hon. Friend assure me that the rural White Paper to be published this autumn will pay particular attention to planning and...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Suspension of Devolved Government (13 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: May I ask the Minister for clarification about the Government's position on when the Good Friday agreement is not being kept to? I entirely understand the difficulty that we are in, which arises from the fact that the agreement defines the end date for the process—a process that most of us know cannot be done in 24 hours—but does not contain a start date for the process of...

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