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Results 1–20 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

European Union (9 Jun 1997)

Robert Walter: I am pleased to deliver my maiden speech in this important debate on the future of our country and our continent. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Mr. Blunt) and the hon. Members for Harlow (Mr. Rammell) and for Liverpool, Riverside (Ms Ellman) on their maiden speeches. They delivered excellent speeches and I am sure that we shall hear more from them. I should like to...

Business of the House (19 Jun 1997)

Robert Walter: Local education authorities have been asked by circular to submit their proposals for the organisation of nursery education in their areas by 1 July. Given that those proposals would come into effect on 1 September, may I ask when we are likely to be able to debate the Government's proposals for nursery education?

Pre-school Education (25 Jun 1997)

Robert Walter: I welcome the debate on a most important area of education. I share the concerns of my hon. Friends that not a single Government Back Bencher is present. If the statistics are correct, the education professionals who have joined the Labour Benches far outnumber those on the Conservative Benches. Moreover, the Prime Minister, when asked about his policies during the election, summed them up by...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Robert Walter: I hope that the Committee will forgive me if I rise to the challenge of the hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy), who asked what we would have the Government do. We would not have introduced a Budget at this time, so we would not be debating the Finance Bill. We would not be introducing a windfall tax or a tax on pensions and pensioners, and we would certainly not be instituting an...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Robert Walter: That is a very interesting point. It was not the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson).

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Robert Walter: Thank you, Mr. Lord. A further principle is responsibility. The previous Government sought to extend responsibility through opportunity and choice. In the White Paper "Our Future Homes", which was published in June 1995, we said that continued growth of home ownership for those who wanted and could afford it was a central principle. Home ownership has increased over the years to 68 per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Quarantine (17 Jul 1997)

Robert Walter: Does the Parliamentary Secretary agree that a significant reduction in the problem of the welfare of animals in quarantine could be brought about by reducing the necessity for animals to go into quarantine? Do the Government have any plans to introduce new rules to allow animals coming in from the European Union and other rabies-free countries with the necessary veterinary certificates not to...

Business of the House (17 Jul 1997)

Robert Walter: In the past month, the Prime Minister has negotiated the Amsterdam treaty, the President of the Commission has introduced his Agenda 2000, laying out spending proposals for well into the next century and the Commission has produced its proposals for bringing six new members into the European Union. When are we likely to be able to debate the future structure, financing and shape of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Employment Charter (28 Oct 1997)

Robert Walter: What assessment he has made of the impact on United Kingdom job creation of the United Kingdom's adoption of the employment chapter in the Amsterdam treaty. [12122]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Employment Charter (28 Oct 1997)

Robert Walter: I am still not clear from that answer how many extra jobs will be created in the United Kingdom as a result of this chapter; nor is it clear what the cost of the incentive measures talked of in the treaty will be or what the impact will be on the Community budget and on the United Kingdom taxpayer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (6 Nov 1997)

Robert Walter: The Commission's proposals for reform of the CAP are outlined in Agenda 2000, but does the Minister agree that they make little concession towards enlargement of the EU, that they are probably unacceptable to the World Trade Organisation and that the financial outcome will be that they cost the taxpayer more rather than less?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Robert Walter: I am not sure that I recognise the people's Europe or new Europe about which the hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy) was talking. I hope that I can convince him that there will be only one Conservative party voting tonight. I have always regarded myself as absolutely positive on our role in the European Union, and I believe that we should be an active member of it. During the general...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Robert Walter: I suggest that those who are unemployed on the continent of Europe would welcome the employment opportunities that exist in Britain as a result of the previous Government's policies. We are talking about a Europe that is able to compete in the modern world. I regard myself as a good European, but I have no problem in opposing the social chapter and the employment chapter that goes with it...

Orders of the Day — Poole Harbour (Bridge) (12 Nov 1997)

Robert Walter: If my hon. Friend will allow me, I wish to speak specifically about the A350, which, when it leaves Poole and heads north, linking up with Bristol, the midlands and south Wales, becomes no more than a country lane. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is essential that the A350 and the improvement schemes for bypasses are in the Dorset county structure plan as soon as possible?

BSE (3 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: The most important message that should go out from our deliberations this afternoon is that British beef is the safest in Europe. The Minister said that SEAC's experimental evidence was that the traces had shown up only in cattle over 30 months old and only in material that would not normally be consumed. Will he therefore reaffirm, for the benefit of the consumer, that no British beef that...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (3 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: On Second Reading, I made clear my opposition to the Bill for three very good reasons. One reason might be described as purely tactical: I object to the Government's failure to use the unanimity required in treaty negotiations to secure a solution to the problem of fishing quotas and the working time directive—although I suppose that the latter cause would not gain much sympathy on the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (3 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: I shall not recite the social chapter to the Chamber this evening, although I shall allow other hon. Members to do so if they wish. At the time of the Amsterdam conference, that empty box—as the social chapter has been called—contained only two specific provisions on works councils and parental leave. My question is: for how long? United Kingdom business practice does not follow the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (3 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: I have indeed, but I do not believe that either article mentions the unemployment rates in Germany, France, Italy or the United Kingdom—which is what I was referring to. I believe that the best way to help the unemployed is to improve their chances of getting a job. It is no secret that Britain's competitive position in world markets, its attractiveness to foreign investment and its low...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (3 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: With the greatest respect, I have read the social chapter. My fear is not that the British veto might not exist in such matters but that the Government would be perfectly prepared, in their enthusiasm, to allow those costs to spread across the channel. I have heard nothing in the debate so far to suggest that Labour Members would be anything but enthusiastic about that spread of European...

Orders of the Day — Petitions: Local Government Finance (Dorset) (10 Dec 1997)

Robert Walter: Will the Minister give way?


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