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Results 301–320 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

Written Answers — Health: Dentistry (24 Apr 2006)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in North Dorset constituency have declined the NHS dentist contract; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: China (29 Mar 2006)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government about the imprisonment and treatment of house leader Xu Shuangfu.

Housing (North Dorset) (28 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: This debate concerns a serious situation in my constituency with regard to the future provision of housing. It exemplifies a conflict between existing structure plans and the yet-to-be-determined regional spatial strategy. It also exemplifies a dilemma because in the north and west of my constituency, which is part of the North Dorset district, the policies seem to be different from those in...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Clear Skies Grants (7 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the Clear Skies grants madetoprojects in Dorset since the scheme was introduced.

Defence Procurement (2 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: I welcome the opportunity to speak. I shall be unashamedly parochial, because the defence industrial strategy is key to the future employment of many hundreds, if not thousands, of my constituents. The parliamentary guidebooks describe my constituency as rolling hills, market towns, agriculture and so on, but it also contains the headquarters of two large, or medium-sized, defence and...

Defence Procurement (2 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: I will happily give way to the hon. Gentleman for some reassurance.

Defence Procurement (2 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: I am not necessarily reassured by that, and would prefer to hear it from the Minister. I am not sure that it is unlawful for a development agency to be involved in bringing jobs to its area, but I know that the RDA in the south-west does not have the money to be able to match the offer. My real question to the Minister is: can he guarantee the future of a military presence at Blandford camp,...

Defence Procurement (2 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: Does my hon. Friend agree that the French appear to be developing their replacement nuclear deterrent, and that it would be unacceptable for France to be the only nuclear power on the continent of Europe?

Defence Procurement (2 Feb 2006)

Robert Walter: rose—

Written Answers — Transport: National Safety Camera Programme (30 Jan 2006)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the locations identified by the National Safety Camera Programme where casualties on roads with speed cameras have increased; and what steps he is taking to reduce the casualty rates in these locations.

WTO Conference (Hong Kong) (20 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: Ministers are prone to adopt the rhetoric of the Trade Justice Movement and Make Poverty History. There must therefore be some disappointment, given the strong position of the United Kingdom in holding the presidency of the European Union, that more could not have been achieved in Hong Kong or in Brussels last week. We have a commitment on 5 per cent. of farm support in terms of export...

Police Restructuring (19 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: On anti-terrorism, one of the best examples is the regular Dorset police operation to police the party conferences. It is one of the smallest police authorities but it brings in resources from neighbouring authorities on a co-operative basis without the need for a regional superstructure.

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: I am interested in how the hon. Gentleman is developing his argument, as I believe that the same approach was developed by Baroness Thatcher when she was Prime Minister and was negotiating the Fontainebleau rebate. She argued that, on the basis of our gross domestic product, we were contributing too much to the European Union.

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman and I were involved some years ago in discussions about bringing on objective 1 funding for Wales. I am sure that he will remember that part of the Treasury's problem—this may or may not be helpful to him—is that the combination of the match-funding and the abatement of the rebate means that the Treasury actually meets 70 per cent. of all the EU regional aid that is...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me in what is a most important debate. I welcome my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) back to the Front Bench. He brings considerable experience and credibility to debates on foreign affairs and a great deal of knowledge of the subjects that we are discussing. He mentioned in his speech a great deal of disappointment,...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: If the hon. Gentleman does not believe that the matter is on the agenda, he does not believe in democratic accountability for the European security and defence policy. As has already been pointed out, seven more missions under the ESDP have taken place under this presidency. Surely we, as parliamentarians, should exercise democratic scrutiny of what is being done in our name and the names of...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: I was merely trying to give right hon. and hon. Members who may be unaware of their role and powers in this regard an outline of what they are. I will continue briefly to develop that point. It is important that we have scrutiny of European intergovernmental activities because that scrutiny cannot be exercised elsewhere. It must be exercised either through individual national parliaments or...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman spent the first eight minutes of his speech talking about various European security and defence policy operations. Does he think that the enthusiasm of some countries for the 14 missions is connected to the fact that those missions are second-pillar operations and are intergovernmental in nature? The European Commission is not involved in any of them and the European...

European Affairs (14 Dec 2005)

Robert Walter: I share the hon. Gentleman's passion for CAP reform—he and I both served on the International Development Committee for a number of years—and he has made an eloquent case for reducing the tariff barriers, but does he share the concern of those who suggest that the subsidies could be paid by national Governments rather than by the EU? Would that not just simply compound the problem? We are...

Petitions — IsItFair Campaign (14 Nov 2005)

Robert Walter: I wish to present a petition on behalf of the IsItFair council tax protest campaign in my constituency. I want to refer particularly to the lead signatory of the petition, Mr. Brian Jaye, one of the leading activists in this campaign nationally, who told me today that he sees this as a human rights issue, which he is prepared to take to the European Court of Human Rights. The petition...

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