Results 321–340 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (11 Oct 2005)

Robert Walter: The outcome of this process will be watched with considerable interest by my constituents, who live on the South West Trains line west of Salisbury. It suffers from severe capacity problems because it is sealed track for much of its length, which means that we cannot run any more trains despite the demand. When I raised the matter with Network Rail earlier this year, it said that it could not...

Council Tax (20 Jul 2005)

Robert Walter: I shall put what I want to say in a little context. If my local authority, North Dorset district council, had been permitted to make its proposed council tax increase, it would have moved from being the local authority with the seventh lowest council tax in Britain to that with the 12th lowest. Before the hon. Member for Brent, East (Sarah Teather) leaves the Chamber, let me say that I am...

Council Tax (20 Jul 2005)

Robert Walter: Will the Minister give way?

Council Tax (20 Jul 2005)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman referred to "excessive" spending and said that spending must be in the context of the area in question. Perhaps he can therefore explain why in my authority, a band D council tax increase of £98 is considered excessive, whereas in the neighbouring constituency—it was retained by his colleague, the hon. Member for South Dorset (Jim Knight)—Weymouth and Portland borough...

Licensing Act 2003 (12 Jul 2005)

Robert Walter: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. For about half an hour this evening, Members and Peers were prevented from entering the building while the House was sitting. If the sitting had been suspended or the building had been evacuated, that would have been a legitimate reason for refusing entry. However, if it is the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who, in contravention of the Sessional...

Business of the House (7 Jul 2005)

Robert Walter: The Leader of the House has announced that the House will consider the Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 2005. Can he assure us that there will be adequate time to debate the eight local authorities involved? I say that with some passion, because his former ministerial colleague, the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Mr. Raynsford), invited hon. Members and...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Robert Walter: A treaty may not be necessary to address the transparency of the Council, on which I intervened on the Minister, and the role of member states' Parliaments, because such decisions could be taken in the Council. Perhaps the Government will adopt my proposal, because the UK will have the presidency in just a few weeks' time.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Robert Walter: The Minister referred to the decisions that he hopes will be taken under the British presidency. One provision of the constitution that no doubt he would have promoted in a referendum is that the Council of Ministers should take its decisions in public. That does not require a treaty or any legislation. Will the British presidency meet in public?

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (6 Jun 2005)

Robert Walter: I congratulate all who have delivered their maiden speeches this evening. They were excellent and those Members bring great qualities to the House. Before referring specifically to the Bill, I must declare an interest. It is included in the old Register of Members' Interests, but we have no register yet for the new Session. I own land in a national park and am a commoner in the Dartmoor...

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (6 Jun 2005)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman will recall that in the last Session I introduced a ten-minute Bill on this very subject. Does he agree with me that many drivers of off-road vehicles, whether quad bikes or other vehicles, get most enjoyment from their so-called sport by going when the lane is at its muddiest, and that they utterly destroy wildlife and the enjoyment of others who might want to use the lane...

Foreign Affairs and Defence (18 May 2005)

Robert Walter: We have had a very good debate this afternoon. We have heard four excellent maiden speeches so far, including those by the hon. Members for Leicester, South (Sir Peter Soulsby) and for North Cornwall (Mr. Rogerson) and by my hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth (David T.C. Davies). We then heard an excellent maiden speech by the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson), who represents one...

Written Answers — Wales: Inward Investment (6 Apr 2005)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government regarding inward investment into Wales.

MR. Giles Carlyle-Clarke (24 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: I shall speak about just one gentleman, my constituent Mr. Giles Carlyle-Clarke, and about his impending extradition to the United States. I know that the Minister had reservations about this debate, because she feels that she may have been operating in a quasi-judicial role, but I believe that she is responsible to Parliament for the decisions that have been made, and that it is therefore...

European Council (24 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: The Prime Minister referred to the relaxation of the growth and stability pact. When he agreed to that at the European Council meeting, had he taken the advice of the Governor of the Bank of England? When the Governor appeared before the Treasury Committee this morning, he was critical of that decision and said that if you want monetary stability you have to have a set of rules and stick to them.

Council Tax Capping (23 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: North Dorset district council has a council tax level of £79.50 for a band D taxpayer. The average for all districts across the country is £140. North Dorset's neighbouring local authority of Weymouth and Portland, in the Labour-held South Dorset constituency, has a council tax of £210. North Dorset is a well run authority, but it has to cope with the new burdens that have been imposed on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Police Service (23 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: The 50:50 policy is about restoring trust and understanding between the two communities in Northern Ireland. Three years ago, the two Governments signed the international agreement on policing co-operation, allowing for exchanges and secondment. Will the Minister please tell me, three years on, how many members of the Garda Siochana have served in Northern Ireland and how many Northern...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: To some extent, this has been a sad debate, because we have heard the final speeches of my right hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard) and my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir Sydney Chapman). As always, they made very good, well informed and witty speeches, and we shall miss them. My hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet and I have become very...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. There are many measures that the Government could implement to encourage those who need to get on the property ladder. I am always reluctant to suggest that we should introduce measures to restrain prices, but I can say that all Dorset's local authorities have moved to a 90 per cent. council tax on second homes, the proceeds of which will be...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: I wonder whether my hon. Friend noticed an item in the Financial Times this morning referring to a Library study about regulations. The Chancellor has stated that 50 per cent. of regulations come from Europe, whereas the Minister for Europe, citing the House of Commons study, said only 9 per cent. come from Europe, which would mean that 91 per cent. emanate from the Government themselves and...

Support For Members Who Have Chosen Not To Take Their Seats (10 Mar 2005)

Robert Walter: It was suggested a moment ago that this was some form of punishment, and the word "sanction" has been used. Privileges and benefits above and beyond the rights of Members who do not take their seats were granted to these Members. Surely it is wrong to call this a punishment; we are simply withdrawing a benefit.

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