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Results 381–400 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

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

Robert Walter: My hon. Friend makes an important point. It is not really for me to answer to it. When the Solicitor-General responds, she might say that ''local authorities'' covers social services. However, the point is made that there are bodies that ought specifically to be included in the reviews. As I said, despite the reservations that I have expressed, I support the clause.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Wind Farms (30 Apr 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the installed capacity and location of wind turbines granted planning permission was in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1990; how many wind farms were awaiting planning permission at 31 March; and what the generating capacity is in each case.

Written Answers — Transport: Road Schemes (South-West) (29 Apr 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been committed to date by the Government Office for the south west for the Bristol/Bath to South Coast Roads Study.

Restricted Byways (24 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make new provision about establishing the existence of byways open to all traffic. I want to make it clear at the outset that the Bill is not about banning things but about clarification of the law. Many in the House relish the countryside and its beauty. I have two areas of outstanding natural beauty in my constituency: the Dorset AONB...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: The Secretary of State for Health opened the debate with his endless good news story, but some of my constituents would treat his remarks with incredulity. When I first became a Member of Parliament in 1997, I could proudly say that my constituency came top of all lists in respect of health. We had the shortest waiting lists and the shortest waiting times, and so on. There was anecdotal...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I am interested in the theory that the hon. Gentleman is expounding, but I wonder whether he will remind the House of what happened in the tobacco market when duties were increased. At one stage, 90 per cent. of the hand-rolled tobacco in this country was illegally imported because duty was so high.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Wind Turbines (12 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will investigate how far away wind turbines are required to be sited from houses in (a) Denmark, (b) Germany and (c) the United States to avoid the risk of ill effects on their inhabitants, and then report to Parliament the implications for the United Kingdom.

Written Answers — Health: Wind Turbines (Noise Emissions) (12 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out into the health effects of low frequency noise emitted from wind turbines.

Written Answers — Transport: Council Tax (DVLA) (11 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency supplies local authorities with the vehicle registration numbers of people who are in arrears with their council tax payments.

Trade Justice for the Developing World (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I should like to join other colleagues in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on introducing this debate on fair trade. Following what the hon. Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies) said, I can tell the House that my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham will be joining me for a Fairtrade tea in my constituency in a week or so. I had the honour to serve on...

Trade Justice for the Developing World (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I agree, to some extent, with the frustration that underlies the hon. Gentleman's question. This is one of the reasons why we must be firm in our united resolve, on both sides of the House, to get the point across to all our European partners that this situation cannot go on. I shall develop that argument just a little more, if I may. This is not just about export subsidies. The United States...

Trade Justice for the Developing World (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I agree absolutely. I was about to quote from Agra Europe, a well-known research body on this side of the Atlantic, which reported: "Overall, the new legislation is expected to increase spending on US farm support by an additional 70 per cent. or $73 billion, over the next ten years." Its specific criticisms of those subsidies were as follows. "They guarantee the US farmer a given level of...

Trade Justice for the Developing World (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Trade Justice for the Developing World (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: I have studied the Prime Minister's amendment closely and it uses the words, "urges the European Union to make further progress on reforming the Common Agriculture Policy regimes for cotton, sugar, tobacco and olive oil". Does that mean that the Government have given up on any further reforms to the common agricultural policy and that we are going to be stuck with European farmers being...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Belize (3 Mar 2004)

Robert Walter: Four years ago, the Government blocked more than £12.5 million of debt relief to Belize. I am pleased to hear from the Minister that some £3 million has been paid to date, but will he tell us when, under the Commonwealth debt initiative, Belize will receive the rest of the relief that it is due?

Lord Hutton's Report (4 Feb 2004)

Robert Walter: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Written Answers — Treasury: Trade Deficits (29 Jan 2004)

Robert Walter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the long term effect on the UK economy of continuing trade deficits.

Potato Ring Rot (Wales) (17 Nov 2003)

Robert Walter: I want to take issue with the Minister's last remarks, because restrictions in regard to ring rot are in place. If he looks at the DEFRA website, he will see that there are restrictions on potato imports from Germany. That site also says that ring rot is prevalent in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands, but we have had no restrictions on potatoes coming from...

Written Answers — International Development: Palestine (12 Nov 2003)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK aid to the occupied Palestinian territories.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel (11 Nov 2003)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel regarding the erection of the fence on the West Bank.


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