Results 1–20 of 38 for speaker:Mr Cecil Walker

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireiand: Organised Crime ( 9 May 2001)

Mr Cecil Walker: The Minister must be aware that the RUC is now seriously under strength in terms of both experience and manpower. Given the high level of interest in the recruitment programme, will he consider increasing the number of people to be recruited, which is 240 at present?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Violent Crime (28 Mar 2001)

Mr Cecil Walker: Is the Secretary of State aware of the current unacceptable violence in north Belfast? It reflects a lack of policing on the ground. Does he realise that some of the Patten recommendations have had an adverse effect on police morale, which has resulted in a high incidence of stress-related absenteeism? What are the Government's intentions for redressing the imbalance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Energy Conservation (20 Apr 1994)

Mr Cecil Walker: Can the Minister explain why he is stopping the application of the Energy Conservation Bill to Northern Ireland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Housing ( 1 Feb 1990)

Mr Cecil Walker: The Minister must be aware of the swingeing cuts in the Housing Executive's budget over the past three years, which has resulted in a 30 per cent. decrease in new house building. I am sure that he is also aware that repairs in the rehabilitation sector have been drastically reduced and that enveloping schemes are now being discontinued. We welcome extra resources, but will the Minister please...

Northern Ireland (Security) ( 6 May 1987)

Mr Cecil Walker: Right hon. and hon. Members should be aware that at the present time in Northern Ireland there is a great state of crisis. We have a daily round of death and destruction. It is a matter of the gravest concern that the IRA has been able to carry out its current murder campaign as easily as it has. However, the long-suffering people of the Province, although they are completely disillusioned,...

Anglo-Irish Agreement (18 Nov 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: Is the Prime Minister aware that Unionist Members of Parliament were only given a copy of the document some hours after its release to the press? Does the Prime Minister expect the Unionist people to believe that the ambiguities and contradictions that are framed in the document will not be accepted? Does she also realise that the various articles enshrined in the agreement suggest a...

Energy (Alternative Sources) (25 Oct 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: It is patently obvious in Northern Ireland that we do not have a clearly defined energy policy. At the planning stage of our new Kilroot power station there was a question of whether it should have coal, oil or multi-fuel firing. Many felt that, from the security point of view, it should have been designed as a multi-fuel station. Others felt the need for an interconnector to Scotland so...

Prayers: Gas (Northern Ireland) (19 Jul 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I feel that I must commiserate with the Minister of State in his unenviable task of steering the order through the House. With his customary flair and dedication, he has pursued the task with vigour and determination. It has not been his fault that he has had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is now saddled with the job of making the case for killing off our...

Prayers: Gas (Northern Ireland) (19 Jul 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I agree wholeheartedly with the hon. Gentleman. I am sure that he agrees with me that compensation ought to be provided for the inevitable redecoration because of the changeover from gas to an alternative form of fuel. Elderly people face difficulty in redecorating their homes. It is only right that money should be provided to enable redecoration to be carried out. A full consultative and...

Orders of the Day — Credit Unions (Northern Ireland) ( 3 Jul 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I welcome the order, which is necessary to put credit unions on a legitimate and legal footing which will have the approval of everyone in the movement. I support the concept of credit unions, which provide a means of saving and a much better way of buying articles than hire purchase or other high interest schemes. In the past, some credit unions were run on an ad hoc basis and, as a result,...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Northern Ireland) ( 3 Jul 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I support the order because it proposes to strengthen the powers of councils. Some of the proposals might appear to be a trifle mundane, but the order is welcome because it is an attempt by the Government to give a little more credibility to district councils and so enable them to justify their existence by accepting more responsibility in their civic duties. Some of us would say that such...

Orders of the Day — Historic Churches (Northern Ireland) (11 Jun 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I welcome the order because it brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom. The explanatory document says that the order will bring historic churches within the system of listed building control, but that is already the case in practice. Part III of the explanatory document says that the order will not lead to an increase in overall public expenditure. Having regard...

RAF (Basic Trainer Aircraft) (21 Mar 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: The Secretary of State has mentioned price in the decision to give the order to Shorts. Will he accept that he will be getting an aircraft of exceptional quality, based on 50 years' experience by Shorts in the industry, during which time that company produced the wonderful and famous Stirling and Sunderland aircraft which contributed so greatly to our victory in the last war?

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) ( 7 Mar 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: In speaking to the Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, I once again acknowledge the Government's efforts in financing activities in the Province and the dedication of their various Northern Ireland Ministers to their respective portfolios, in spite of the sometimes unreasonable criticisms to which they are subjected from time to time. The subjects in the order are wide and varied....

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) ( 7 Mar 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I quite agree with my right hon. Friend. It is the cowboys who are not able to cope with the trade who create such situations. I note that the Housing Executive proposes new controls to govern the employment of subcontractors, to try to ensure higher standards of workmanship. If the new rules were extended to include builders involved in grant work, there would be more protection both for...

Royal Air Force (21 Feb 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: My hon. Friend has referred to a smokescreen. Could that be due in part to the fact that the new Garrett engine that is expected to be fitted to the Tucano is equal, if not better in terms of speed and rate of climb, to the PC9?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (District Electoral Areas) (21 Jan 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I support my right hon. Friend the Member for South Down (Mr. Powell) in his approach to the order, especially in regard to the parliamentary boundaries. I had thought that in this review an opportunity would be taken to rationalise the boundaries anomaly and bring the position into line with what is generally accepted and expected in any other part of the United Kingdom. It is stated that...

Nature Conservation (Northern Ireland) (16 Jan 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I have studied the order, and I commend the Government on their efforts in support of the principles of conservation and provisions for Northern Ireland. Some aspects of the order concern me. As that concern might be due to my ignorance, I should be pleased if the Minister could clarify one or two matters. I am interested in marine nature reserves, so I was happy to read in article 21 (2)...

Wildlife (Northern Ireland) (16 Jan 1985)

Mr Cecil Walker: I am a dedicated conservationist, especially with regard to the protection of all forms of wildlife, whether indigenous or visiting during migration. In my younger days I was interested in sport shooting. I have given it up, not because I am a bit long in the tooth to by lying in wet ditches in the middle of winter or out in the mud flats of Strangford lough waiting for the morning flight,...

Bills Presented: Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (20 Dec 1984)

Mr Cecil Walker: I join the Secretary of State and others in paying sincere tribute to the late Sir George Baker and to the meticulous way in which he prepared and submitted his report. It was enlightening to read in paragraph 21 that during his many visits to the Province to get the 'feel' of the overall situation Sir George found that for the most part Northern Ireland is a peaceful and pleasant land in...

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