Results 121–140 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

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

Dr George Turner: Thank you, Mr. Martin, but that was my final question. Although I certainly heed your advice, I should still like to have an answer to the question.

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

Dr George Turner: Before the right hon. Gentleman sits down, will he explain how he reconciles the fact that he seems to accept that it should be for an independent body to determine the timetable with the fact that the amendments for which he is asking us to vote contain a specific timetable imposed by the right hon. Gentleman in partnership with what will be seen outside this House as one of the protagonists...

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

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman said that a timetable was the only thing that is wanted. My suspicion is that, when the Unionists pocket such a timetable—if they ever do—they will want something else. Is the hon. Gentleman saying that a timetable is the only thing needed before he can support the initiative?

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

Dr George Turner: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I notice that the Order Paper says The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1½ hours after proceedings begin". As a new Member, I would have thought that that probably gave you some discretion. In view of the quality of the debate, I wonder whether I may be allowed to move that the Question be put?

Opposition Day: Education (Choice and Diversity) (7 Jul 1999)

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

Opposition Day: Education (Choice and Diversity) (7 Jul 1999)

Dr George Turner: Before the hon. Lady continues as the new champion of rural schools, will she say something about the 500 that her party closed when it was last responsible for the governance of schools? Will she particularly say something to those in my home county of Norfolk about the 100 schools that her party closed? The £2 million that this Government are investing to reduce class sizes is helping...

Business of the House (24 Jun 1999)

Dr George Turner: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the launch of the rural audit last week. This publication was commissioned by the many Labour Members who now represent rural or semi-rural constituencies. Will my right hon. Friend acknowledge that it would be timely for the House to have a proper debate, ahead of the autumn publication of the expected White Paper on rural affairs? The Government have...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: REGULATIONS UNDER S.45 OF ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1988. 1988 c. 52 (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I represent a rural constituency, and such protection is particularly important in a rural environment. People who live in an urban environment may have many test centres in their immediate vicinity, but people who live in villages in my constituency need the protection that the law currently offers, and we should maintain that.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Biotechnology (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: Can my right hon. Friend assure me that he recognises that—given that we have seen so much bad and selective science and muddling of the issues—the Government will have to address the knowledge of the public about the issues? The public are now very confused about the health implications of the foods that have been licensed, which seem to be muddled up with the environmental problems that...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: New clause 1 might be a helpful tool to allow us to explore the principle of freedom of information. I was elected on a manifesto that said that we, as a party, supported freedom of information. I congratulate the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter) on his Bill. I am pleased that some progress is being made in terms of the data that is collected and the use of computers to store, and to...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: Indeed; and I shall deal with that very point after developing my argument a little. I hold the prejudice that, unless large sums are involved, Government should adhere to the principle of freedom of information, and not censor information unless there is good cause to do so.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I shall, of course, take your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am essentially coming back to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) on the difference between an "inquiry" and an "enquiry". We should certainly be considering the possibility of making information available on the basis of an "enquiry". We are talking about information that should, quite reasonably,...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I understand your point, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but I am generalising from the specific point—to which I shall return. I really should be grateful if, before the new clause is withdrawn or pressed to a Division, the Minister or the hon. Member for Basingstoke would make it clear why there should be any restriction on such information, and why it could not be gained with a simple "enquiry". I...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I thank the Minister for making that point, although I am not sure that I entirely agree with it. I have absolutely no concern about some information about my life being available on computer. Although I should like some of it to be protected, that certainly does not include information about vehicles. I am simply suggesting that the information should be available on the internet—which is...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: On your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall ignore that intervention. I conclude with a straight question. If the provision involves a bureaucratic procedure, why is that necessary? If the information is stored on computer and government computers are already linked, why should the information not be available on the internet? Information that is held by the Government and is not personal is...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: May I pursue the point about who has a legitimate interest in the information? If I were a solicitor representing someone who had been involved in an accident, I would want to know some facts so that I could advise my client. The information might be available, but I assume that I would have to ask the Secretary of State for permission to have access to it. Does the Bill make it clear that it...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I appreciate that the regulations have yet to be drafted, but could the hon. Gentleman give us some idea of how he imagines that the regulations might make the information available, and to whom it would be available? I approve of the principle, but I should like to know more about the practicalities.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am not clear about whether the information to be exchanged would include information about failure of the MOT test. Two classes of people do not have MOT certificates for perhaps a week or more: some people may simply have been careless or forgetful, but the worst incidents involve people who deliberately use their vehicle even though it has failed an MOT. It is important that knowledge of...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: Will my hon. Friend clarify the meaning of the words "any inquiry" in his new clause? I am not sure whether they would have legal definition, or whether I or a member of the public could decide to inquire into something. I should have thought that he would want to be restrictive and would have used those words in a more technical sense. Can he explain to the House whether his new clause would...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Information on Accidents Involving Uncertificated Vehicles (21 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: Will the Minister clarify whether the records will contain information about failure of the test? I should have thought that, if a vehicle failed its MOT because it did not have adequate brakes, that information should be available to the police because it would be a much more significant offence than simply forgetting to get an MOT certificate. Will that information be on the computer?


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