Results 161–180 of 338 for speaker:Dr George Turner

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

Dr George Turner: I wonder whether my right hon. Friend is as unhappy as I am with that response. Until we can quantify what we are trying to do, we will not get real about the problem. I understand that targets cannot be plucked out of a hat. We must ensure that the numerical targets that are set are realistic and that we have the means to deliver them, but when will figures be added to what are widely...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I assure the hon. Gentleman that the vast majority of Labour Members will go with joy through the Lobby to see the Bill reach the statute book, and that the vast majority of us will be delighted if it does so without amendment by the Lords.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend accept that we will not know what the Conservative party and many Members of the House of Lords really think until the Bill is enacted? The argument over the Bill has been bedevilled by bluff and double bluff, by arguments designed to raise cohorts of opposition rather than to get down to the nitty gritty of what we really want. The advantage of proceeding as the...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Can my hon. Friend think of any example when a Conservative Government were defeated only by the votes of hereditary peers? Conservative Governments have suffered a modicum of defeats in the other place but, on every occasion that I can recall from my interest in politics, they were defeated also by the Cross Benchers.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am not certain whether the hon. Gentleman is talking about what the Bill will produce or what he imagines will happen after the Bill goes to the Lords. I should have thought that, unless we changed the nominations to make them annually renewable, once people were appointed to the House they would have an independence that many an elected Member does not have.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that it is a matter not of whether, but of when we should consider those issues? If the Government had presented in the Bill a full blueprint for reform, might we not be accused of having misled the electorate in our manifesto, and of trying to make major constitutional changes that we had not presented in our manifesto to the electorate? Moreover, will we not...

Millennium Compliance (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The House heard reference to league tables. Does my right hon. Friend accept that the only league tables on this issue that will have any validity are those that will be published in the new millennium, revealing what problems we encounter? Does she further accept that there will be problems because there is not one millennium bug, but a set of problems, and it would be a waste of resources...

Crime Reduction (16 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I welcome the general measures announced by my right hon. Friend, but may I probe him beyond the distribution of cash? As he will know, my constituency, consisting of hundreds of square miles, is one of the most rural; but it has been at the forefront in using closed circuit television cameras in urban areas, which has helped the police to be more effective elsewhere. Does my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Vulnerable Witnesses (15 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: What measures he plans to introduce to protect vulnerable witnesses. [74588]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Vulnerable Witnesses (15 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: This is a problem that still figures large in my constituency, where many vulnerable witnesses remain frightened because of the criminals who live among them and the threats that they and their families make if witnesses inform on them. Does my hon. Friend agree that the measures must be followed by the spreading of good practice and that we must ensure that the police and magistrates know...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: There is much to welcome in the detail of the Budget, but I am particularly pleased about the extra commitment being made, and the earlier commitments being accentuated and continued, to education. We have heard much this afternoon to which I say, "Hear, hear" but which I will not repeat. In particular, my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones) said much with which I...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: As one who spends no more than the average amount of time on these issues, I must say that I am much less confused than some Opposition Members tell us that they are. I heard the confirmation of previous announcements. I knew that it was confirmation because I had heard the earlier announcements. I heard the Chancellor refer to confirmation of some of the detail, and have seen it in the...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: That may be the answer, although the research that I have seen suggests that it is not. I suspect that it often costs less, depending on where the fuel is imported from. Fuel can be imported in King's Lynn in my constituency. We must look at prices of other products. I do not find the same variation in the prices of bread, sugar and other commodities in Tesco. The Government could look into...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Did I mishear the hon. Gentleman? I thought that he said that there was nothing in the Budget to help transport. I distinctly heard the Chancellor mention an extra 20 per cent., especially for rural areas; will the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that? [Interruption.] Twenty per cent.—£20 million extra in the Budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: British Pork (11 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: Does my hon. Friend accept that when British consumers write to Members of Parliament on animal welfare issues, they insist that high standards should be adopted in this country? Does he accept that it is for the supermarkets and British consumers to make sure that they are consistent and that, when consumers demand high quality and welfare standards, they should be willing to give the extra...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: rose—

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: The hon. Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) sits on the Conservative Benches and I do not want to be associated with the Opposition. The hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Sir P. Cormeck) seems entirely to ignore the point that change will begat change. It is said that the graveyard is full of the bones of indispensable men. Those who are doing the work now in the House of Lords will have...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I am an engineer.

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: There are considerable dangers in the use of simile or metaphor, but my views on the new clause are best communicated by some form of simile. Our current position is like that of a family with two cars, one of which has long been neglected, has been due for replacement for several decades, has not been maintained and is, in the family's general opinion, clapped-out or in a bad state of...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 9 (4 Mar 1999)

Dr George Turner: I accept that on the way to the scrap yard is not the time to fill the tank with petrol. Of course there is a serious point. When we debate a new form for the other place, we should make sure that it is appropriately equipped to do the job. We need to know whether its Members will be part-time or full-time, whether they will be seconded from industry for fixed periods to do a technical job,...


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