Results 1–20 of 2261 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Viggers

Petitions: Badman Report (Gosport) (16 Mar 2010)

Peter Viggers: I am grateful to have the opportunity to present a public petition signed by a considerable number of constituents in the Gosport constituency who are supportive of home education and concerned about the recommendations in the Badman report. The petition was collected by my constituent Tracy Weaver and her husband Dr. John Weaver, who, together with their children Abigail, Rebecca, Charlotte...

IBM Pension Scheme (13 Jan 2010)

Peter Viggers: One thing this Government have done is greatly to increase the responsibilities of trustees, one of which is to ensure fairness between the different members of the pension scheme. Will the Minister join me in encouraging the trustees to think carefully about their responsibilities in this field?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (2 Nov 2009)

Peter Viggers: What his most recent assessment is of the adequacy of training facilities for the reserve forces; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (2 Nov 2009)

Peter Viggers: When I asked a written question last week about the future of the Browndown training facility in my constituency, I was told that there was a review of operations and several rationalisation measures had been identified. If rationalisation means the closure or restricted use of training facilities, it would have a devastating effect on cadet and reserve activity. What future can we look to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Reforming Financial Markets (8 Jul 2009)

Peter Viggers: Does the Chancellor agree that there are two distinct roles to be carried out, one being the detailed supervision of the rules, best carried out by the FSA, and the other the overall financial strategic control of banks? If the latter role is to be carried out by the Bank of England, will he ensure that the Bank is properly resourced?

Bill Presented: Marine and Coastal Access Bill [ Lords] (23 Jun 2009)

Peter Viggers: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the chance to follow the hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Caton), whose speech was steeped in the beauty of his lovely constituency. The Bill carries with it a great deal of hope. It is rare for me to receive as many messages from constituents asking me to support a Bill and press for it to be brought forward as I have on this one, beginning some years...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Tribute to Mr. Speaker (17 Jun 2009)

Peter Viggers: I did not expect this to be a reunion of the panel that was chosen to select your malt whisky, Mr. Speaker, but it is. I was also a member of that committee. The right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman) made passing reference to the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which has been one of your important roles. It has been given specific tasks in relation to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Training (New Equipment) (1 Jun 2009)

Peter Viggers: When short-term gaps in equipment emerge, they are met by urgent operational requirements—UORs—which can mean that although equipment is put in place, which is welcome, troops do not have the proper training on working with that equipment. Would not a better long-term plan be a strategic review to assess more accurately equipment needs against operational requirements?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Polling Day (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it has not issued such guidance to returning officers. Any change to the date of a polling day would require legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Polling Day (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: My hon. Friend is on to a potentially important point. The commission advises me that it is in regular contact with the Ministry of Justice on this issue and will keep the situation under review. The commission will consider issuing guidance, possibly in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, if and when appropriate. Moreover, the commission has issued general guidance to returning...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Registration (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that its public awareness campaign for the June 2009 elections includes online, radio and press advertising targeted specifically at EU nationals, explaining who is eligible to register to vote and how to register.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Registration (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: Indeed, the Electoral Commission seeks to encourage registration. The hon. Gentleman will know that there are two phases: the first is registration for local elections, and the second requires a statement that the individual will not vote elsewhere in the European Union if he or she wishes to vote here. The hon. Gentleman may also be interested to know that the Electoral Commission does not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Registration (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: Electoral registration officers have no specific statutory duty to seek out such citizens for this purpose. However, the commission informs me that it has recently issued guidance to administrators, suggesting that they send a European Parliament registration and declaration form to those citizens registered for local elections.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Registration (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: Almost by definition, the Electoral Commission does not possess such numbers, but in view of my hon. Friend's question, I will raise it with the Electoral Commission and write to him with the answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: In addition to its routine analysis, the commission wrote to all accounting units in March 2009, reminding them of their responsibilities regarding the filing of annual statements of accounts under the 2000 Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (7 May 2009)

Peter Viggers: That specific point will, of course, be drawn to the Electoral Commission's attention. Generally, the commission will review the statement of accounts submitted at the end of April 2009, and will assess which accounting unit should be contacted to confirm compliance with the reporting requirement for 2008. Its general philosophy has been to allow accounting units to learn how the system...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Reserves (Review) (28 Apr 2009)

Peter Viggers: Is the Minister aware that his statement this afternoon was deeply unreassuring? I fear for the future of General Cottam's careful report. The Minister made many references to using reserves to fill gaps in the armed forces; he made no reference at all to formed units, which are absolutely essential if we are to continue to develop leadership and have the structure around which our armed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Shareholdings (28 Apr 2009)

Peter Viggers: How much financial obligation the Government have undertaken as a consequence of taking shareholdings in banks and building societies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Shareholdings (28 Apr 2009)

Peter Viggers: If the Prime Minister can express anger that the Royal Bank of Scotland should make an acquisition without fully understanding the extent of the commitments that it was taking on, how much more angry should we be that the Government have taken on commitments and made investments in banks without knowing, even now, the full extent on the taxpayer's behalf?

Royal Assent: G20 Summit (2 Apr 2009)

Peter Viggers: Although the steps announced by the Chancellor are broadly to be welcomed, does he agree that they all have a tendency to be inflationary and that the situation could change quite quickly, especially as the amounts of money borrowed by this and other Governments are so large that Governments may tolerate inflation, because that will help them to reduce their debt burden? Will he promise never...


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