Results 361–380 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

Wind Farms (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman said earlier that the Liberal Democrats supported wind turbine applications where they considered them appropriate. Which applications have they supported in constituencies that are represented by Liberal Democrat Members?

Ryan Franklin (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: Baby Ryan Franklin died at the hands of his father in May 2002, aged two. His body lay in a mortuary for a further 18 months, awaiting a second post mortem, which never took place—until a trial resulted in his father, Lee Khair, being convicted of his manslaughter. The child's mother, my constituent, Cathy Franklin, of Blandford, was outraged that she could not lay her baby to rest and has...

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: Some of my right hon. and hon. Friends may be a little surprised by what I say in the next 10 minutes. However, they will not be surprised by my reasons for saying it, because they are the same as those that I advanced in favour of a referendum on the constitution. I have been a great supporter of our membership of the European Union ever since we joined, but I am seriously concerned that in...

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: Of course I have read and noted article 9 as well as all the other articles in the treaty. The problem is that it contains so many articles that it provides no clarification of what the EU can and cannot do. It complicates the decision-making processes between the institutions of the Union and the member states. The treaty should be crystal clear about countries' retention of the veto in key...

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will add to the list.

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: It need not abide by those rules, but when it comes to access to the single market—the most important aspect of the EU—it must comply with the rules and regulations laid down in Brussels. I consider one option suggested for the United Kingdom, whereby we would take a step back and adopt the same status as Norway or Switzerland, to be totally unacceptable. Both Norway and Switzerland,...

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has a different copy of the treaty, but mine has 164 pages.

European Constitution (9 Sep 2004)

Robert Walter: If, as the Foreign Secretary says, the charter applies only to the relationship between the EU and its member states, and if, as the treaty states, the EU will accede to the convention on human rights—and all the member states are party to the convention—why do we need a separate charter of fundamental rights?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Salisbury-Exeter Rail Line (20 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: This particular line is a success story, but it has a problem with capacity. What reassurance can the Minister give my constituents, who felt at the time when the franchise was advertised that there was a definite commitment to dualling the track? Until the track is dualled, trains will just become more overcrowded and people will go back on to the roads.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: New clause 17 - Register of Orders (6 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: I support the new clause because I, too, think that it should be included in the Bill. The indications from the Government are that they are minded to create a register of the sort that is proposed, but that they do not see the necessity of putting it in the Bill. The register should feature in the Bill, because that will send a message to those who will administer it that Parliament thinks...

Written Answers — Health: Wind Turbines (6 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has collated on the health implications of infrasound emitted by wind turbines.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Schedule 7 - Minor and consequential amendments (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: Does my hon. Friend think that somebody who had paid a fixed penalty notice for speeding on one occasion and who was then stopped by the police for having a defective light would be a serious and persistent offender?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 33 - Grants for assisting victims, witnesses etc (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: I rise to support the amendment, because, unlike the hon. Gentleman, I think that it is right that it should be included in the Bill. Children are often the forgotten victims of domestic violence, and we would be doing them a disservice if we did not highlight that fact in the clause by introducing the amendment or something similar. My hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 33 - Grants for assisting victims, witnesses etc (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: I agree entirely. It is important that we make resources available. Although we are talking primarily about helping the child—the innocent observer of physical abuse and domestic violence, and in many cases the victim—as far as the other agencies are concerned, the children add an extra perspective to the assessment of the crimes committed in their homes.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 30 - Authorities within Commissioner's remit (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: I should allow the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome to speak about amendment No. 52 himself, but I think that the proposal is excellent, because it is all-embracing. One of the bodies of constables not included in the list in the Bill is the Royal Parks constabulary. Violence is quite often committed in the royal parks, so I would have expected the Royal Parks constabulary to be a relevant...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 30 - Authorities within Commissioner's remit (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: Further to that point, the Treasury is of course responsible for the Inland Revenue, which might well have evidence that is of considerable use to the commissioner in respect of domestic violence proceedings, as it would have access to the financial records of both parties in a violent situation.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 26 - General functions of Commissioner (1 Jul 2004)

Robert Walter: I shall deal specifically with the question of cost. I do not know whether the figure from the Mayor's office of £45 million, which the hon. and learned Member for Redcar cited, is accurate, but I have no reason to dispute it. That said, £45 million on one side of the equation is quite a small sum when compared to the benefits that emerge on the other side of the equation. We are trying to...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Establishment and conduct of reviews (24 Jun 2004)

Robert Walter: I am slightly confused. The Bill contains a list of the bodies that can participate in the reviews, but the Solicitor-General is saying that anybody can initiate a review. What status would the review have if it were not conducted by one of the bodies on the list?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Establishment and conduct of reviews (24 Jun 2004)

Robert Walter: This is my first contribution to this Standing Committee—unfortunately, I was not able to be present at our proceedings on Tuesday. As a result of my actions on Tuesday, or perhaps for other reasons, I think that we now have two by-elections on 15 July. I leave hon. Members to work that one out. I support the aim of the clause in principle, but I am concerned by two aspects that I hope the...


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