Results 141–160 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

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

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend said that the Bill covered the key people who would want to get at the information. I am not completely clear whether it covers all those who may have a reasonable case to ask for the information, such as insurance companies or people who have also been involved in the incident. Would they be able to request the information, or would it have to come through the police or some...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Incapacity Benefit: Restriction to Recent Contributors (20 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: While I agree with much of what is being said by those on both sides of the argument, I find that Labour Members have run into a conflict of principles. As was pointed out from the Conservative Benches early in the debate, a conflict of principles is one of the real difficulties of being in government rather than in opposition. I am pleased that there has at least been a good element of...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Incapacity Benefit: Restriction to Recent Contributors (20 May 1999)

Dr George Turner: I told the electorate that I would support the manifesto and vote for measures specified in it, and that is what I shall do.

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce this Adjournment debate on an issue of such importance to my constituents. My good fortune in securing the debate enables the House to discuss one of the major issues addressed by the Digital Television Broadcasting Bill, which I introduced last week under the ten-minute rule. I shall briefly remind the House of the specific nature of the...

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman's constituents must be even more cross than mine if they cannot even understand what they are hearing. As that intervention has shown, west Norfolk is far from alone in suffering from these problems. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport informs me that other affected communities are to be found in many parts of the country: in the Scottish borders, Fort William, all...

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: My hon. Friend will be pleased to learn that our objective can be achieved through the use of the larger number of channels available to digital terrestrial television to make simulcasting possible.

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: That is an excellent point, to which I shall refer later. Simulcasting involves a transmitter delivering more than one regional variation. If the transmitter broadcasting Yorkshire Television to my constituents also broadcast Anglia Television, viewers could choose which to watch. Alternatively, solutions in some areas might involve a different deployment of transmitters and power levels....

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: The fact is that, through the use of modern compression techniques, we already have access to some five digital channels for every analogue channel. At present—without the release of the frequencies currently allocated to analogue television—we are looking at up to 30 channels. It will be for the people to decide, through Parliament, what use they want to make of those frequencies when...

Assisted Area Status (Wisbech) (26 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Gentleman will know, although the House may not, that the western part of my constituency is similar to the description that he gives of his area. Does he agree that, although there has been some success in acquiring support, our communities are extremely precarious at present? He has realistically described the threats faced by those communities. Does he agree that this would be...

Digital Television Broadcasting (21 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a universal service obligation for the delivery of certain digital television services and with respect to the delivery of regional television services; and for related purposes. Access to television is much more important than might be suggested by television's entertainment content. Television is part of the fabric...

Digital Television Broadcasting (21 Apr 1999)

Dr George Turner: Information provided by television can help people to find jobs, to participate in community life and to learn about life's opportunities. Access to television can play an important role in preventing social exclusion. The Bill deals primarily with the important aspects of the provision of digital terrestrial television. In the analogue era of television broadcasting, the United Kingdom has...

Opposition Day: Roads (18 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The right hon. Gentleman and I come from Norfolk, and he will know that the dualling of the All is still not complete after 30 years of waiting. Similarly, improvements to the A47 have been awaited throughout that period. Given what he has said, should not we have expected action and completion during the 18 years in which he was able to deliver?

Opposition Day: Roads (18 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I hope that I do not impose on the mood of generosity that my right hon. Friend has been displaying, but he will know that my constituents were promised a flyover at the Hardwick roundabout near King's Lynn. The promise was repeated for 14 years, but the flyover was never delivered. I respect the Government's honesty, and, although the pie-in-the-sky flyover is not to appear yet, my...

Opposition Day: Roads (18 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does the change in policy that the right hon. Lady is making on the fuel escalator—which, I understood, was introduced by the Conservative Government for environmental reasons—mean that she is abandoning a commitment to achieve the environmental objectives, or does she have alternatives to suggest? Many of us who represent rural areas understand the concerns that she is raising. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: School Building Programme (18 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: If he will make a statement on measures to tackle the backlog in the school building programme. [75575]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: School Building Programme (18 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. Having seen the backlog build up in Norfolk over 20 years, I appreciate the Government's making that matter a priority. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is important that, as we enter the next millennium, our teachers should feel that their workplaces are suitable for it? The bids received by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will include...

Rural Services (17 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Problems similar to those that the hon. Gentleman describes have existed in my part of rural England for the past 20 years. Why do the Conservatives suddenly feel the need to campaign, when they could have done something about the problems during all those years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Illegal Drugs (17 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: What targets he proposes to set for reducing the illegal use of drugs. [75369]


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