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Results 341–360 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

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

Robert Walter: The Leader of the House mentioned the sanctions to be taken against Sinn Fein as a party. He knows that, when the House passed the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, we made an exception for Northern Ireland political parties on accountability and foreign funding on the ground that some were all-Ireland parties. We had Sinn Fein in mind at the time. The regulations in the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Trade (Motor Vehicles) (23 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on cross-border trade in second-hand motor vehicles.

Church Schools (Dorset) (22 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: The subject of the debate is of much interest in my constituency, particularly in the Blandford area. May I express my thanks to the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Rev. David Stancliffe, who is a member of the other place, to his director of education for Salisbury diocese, Mr. Simon Tong, and to the director of education for Dorset county council, David Goddard, for their help in preparing me...

Northern Ireland (22 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: The Secretary of State might have read the line in this morning's Irish Independent: "Perhaps the only thing the Provos do better than knee-capping, drug-dealing and gutting people from navel to sternum is wounded indignation". He mentioned his meeting yesterday with Michael McDowell, the Irish Justice Minister, who has been unequivocal in saying that Sinn Fein and the IRA are the same...

Written Answers — Health: Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority (22 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of people employed directly by the Dorset and Somerset strategic health authority.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Licensing Act (21 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in implementing the Licensing Act 2003.

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Walter: Some intriguing polls have been published in the past few days. In The Times, a Populus poll showed that 36 per cent. of people would say yes to the question whether we should approve the treaty, with 29 per cent. saying no. However, an ICM poll showed that 39 per cent. of people would respond negatively to the official question and that the same proportion—39 per cent.—would respond...

Written Answers — Home Department: Northern Ireland (Immigration Procedures) (10 Jan 2005)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effect on immigration to Northern Ireland of different admission criteria used by immigration officers in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Written Answers — Health: Dentistry (20 Dec 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are operating in North Dorset constituency; and how many of those practices are accepting new adult patients.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Defence Attache (16 Dec 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK embassies in EU capitals had a permanent defence attaché on 1 June (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004; and what plans he has to alter the levels of representation.

Northern Ireland (9 Dec 2004)

Robert Walter: We should all remind ourselves that the documents are not about the triumph of one community over another or of one political tradition over another. We hope that they are the final reconciliation of those communities and traditions. I return to a point mentioned by other Members, the photographs. Annexe D, which I accept is a draft, says that "the IRA representative has told us that the IRA...

Local Government Finance Settlement (2 Dec 2004)

Robert Walter: One of the major concerns of the two district councils in my constituency is the burden placed on them by central Government when they have to deliver certain services, but the Government do not provide them with enough money. The Minister mentioned the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of which the fee income will probably lead to a major shortfall. East Dorset district council recently raised...

Environment, Transport and Local and Devolved Government Affairs (25 Nov 2004)

Robert Walter: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate, following the valuable and informed contributions made by other hon. Members from all parties. I do not necessarily agree with all the points that have been made, but I think that they have been made with passion and wisdom. Today's debate covers several topics—environment, transport and local government and devolved government...

Environment, Transport and Local and Devolved Government Affairs (25 Nov 2004)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman tries to point me in that direction, but my real concern is that the turbines simply do not produce electricity at times of peak demand. The electricity generated may be distributed around the country and efficiencies may be thus achieved, but there are some consequent inefficiencies, such as the grid network that would need to be developed to support turbines that produce...

Environment, Transport and Local and Devolved Government Affairs (25 Nov 2004)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, but I hope that I was not making a specific point about disagreement between Members of Parliament and local councils. When I referred to the hon. Member for Lewes, I was making the point that only one Liberal Democrat Member had actually supported an onshore wind farm scheme in his constituency. I then drew a contrast with the experience in my...

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: It is unusual for a constituency Member to be able to participate in such a timely debate. It is both relevant and topical to my constituency because at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning I shall be appearing before the development control committee of the North Dorset district council, which will be considering an application to build nine wind turbines in the Winterborne valley in Dorset. Such is...

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: I am glad that my hon. Friend has made that point, because the applications that I have described are not only on local authority and constituency boundaries, but a county boundary, so two county authorities' alternative policies also come into play. The other two applications that are current in my constituency are in the Winterborne valley. At one stage, the applications were for a total of...

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: It certainly is, and I shall come to it in a moment in relation to the efficiency of these turbines. The area where it is proposed to place the turbines would be adjacent to two conservation areas in the villages of Winterborne Zelston and Mapperton. Some much valued heritage sites are very close by—the Badbury and Spetisbury rings, and Hambledon and Hod hills, which will be remembered by...

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: No; I have done so a couple of times, and I have some important points to make. Wind power is also inefficient. As we all know, the wind will not be blowing on the cold, frosty morning when everybody wants to put the cooker and the kettle on to make breakfast, turn the heating up as far as possible, and have hot water for a bath or shower. That makes wind power a very expensive alternative...

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: I can probably add to my hon. Friend's list. The hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) and I successfully campaigned against a wind farm on our respective borders.


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