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Wind Turbines (Dorset) (29 Oct 2003)

Robert Walter: I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the debate on wind turbines in Dorset, and in particular in my constituency. I am grateful to the Speaker's Office for making this time available. I found out only yesterday that I had secured this slot because somebody else dropped out. The topic is important, but when I speak about it, I am often accused of being a nimby. There are...

Wind Turbines (Dorset) (29 Oct 2003)

Robert Walter: I agree with the sentiments the hon. Gentleman expresses. He is absolutely right to say that local people should have a say in the matter, and the process should not just be negative. Some positive strategy should come either directly from central Government or through the regional offices. Sadly, that seems to be lacking at present. Finally, can the Minister tell me how wind turbines are...

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Incentives (14 Oct 2003)

Robert Walter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to implement tax incentives for companies who allow members of staff to work from home; and what assessment he has made of the impact this would have on traffic congestion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Private Members' Clubs (18 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: What plans she has to introduce legislation to provide for equality of membership rights in private members' clubs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Private Members' Clubs (18 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: I think that many Members will be disappointed by that answer, as I am not sure that the Government have supported private Members' legislation. On three occasions, I have introduced legislation in the House, and the hon. Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda) introduced a Bill in this Session that made no progress because of lack of Government support. In the other place, legislation completed...

EU Constitution (16 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

EU Constitution (16 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister for giving way and for his references to centuries of parliamentary democracy, but perhaps he can tell the House what the point was of the referendum in 1975, proposed by a Labour Government who had renegotiated the treaty. They were not proposing to leave the EU; they were seeking affirmation of their renegotiation.

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: The debate is important and it is appropriate that we should have it after our two-month recess during which the situation in Iraq has deteriorated and we have seen the circumstances surrounding the outbreak of the conflict exposed in the Hutton inquiry. I congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) and for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on not exposing, or gloating about,...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his early intervention. Perhaps he would care to listen to the rest of my speech and make a judgment on that. I want to say a few words about the role that our troops have played in the conflict. I congratulate them on their efforts, skill and courage. I have spoken to many of my constituents who have come back from Iraq—I have a substantial Ministry of...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: Whatever the tactics adopted by various troops, every occupying power has a duty to respect the human rights of those whom they are present to protect. There have been instances when United States troops have done things that I would frankly not wish to defend, but that is beyond the scope of the debate, which is about the military situation in Iraq as it affects this Government and our...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: I would not wish to speculate too much on that, but the conflict has not improved the terrorist situation. As we have seen on the ground in Iraq and in other parts of the world, the situation has deteriorated. The Hutton inquiry has shown that the Government massaged some of the flimsy evidence on Saddam's capabilities. The evidence of the UN weapons inspectors was that they could find no...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman is right, but the background to the current military situation is that the UN weapons inspectors could find no weapons of mass destruction. There were no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, yet the Prime Minister told the House that Saddam Hussein had them and they could be deployed in 45 minutes. That is the longest 45 minutes in history.

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: The British people were taken in by dodgy dossiers and other things. I think that Hans Blix was too convincing in the view that he presented to the UN and that the military situation was precipitated by the possible disappearance of a window of opportunity, but that is all history, as hon. Members have said. We need to consider how we deal with the awful situation in Iraq now. From those whom...

EU-Igc (9 Sep 2003)

Robert Walter: In 1975, at the time of the last referendum, we had already been a member of the European Union for two and a half years. The question put to the British people was whether they approved of Harold Wilson's renegotiation. The consequences of their not approving would have been that we either left or sought some other arrangement. The consequences of a no vote in a referendum on this...

A350 (Dorset) (15 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: I was perturbed by the figure that the Minister gave for the number of vehicles using the road, because even the Government office for the south-west acknowledges that the figure is in excess of 9,000 vehicles a day. That was what its representatives said when I had a meeting with them two weeks ago. Perhaps the Minister has picked a particular stretch to mention, but there are two roads, the...

A350 (Dorset) (15 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: This debate is about the misery of the thousands of my poor blighted constituents who live along the A350 in Dorset. I wish to express my thanks to Dorset county council, the North Dorset Roads Action Group and various parish and town councils for helping me to prepare for this debate. I also wish to thank officials at the Government office for the south-west, who were always courteous but...

Convention on the Future of Europe (9 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: This has been an excellent debate in which arguments have been put forcefully on both sides of the House. I should like to start by trying to bury the myth that my party is somehow the anti-European party that wants to leave the European Union, whereas the Government party is the one that is full of enthusiasts for it. It is evident that the Labour Benches are not packed this afternoon with...

Convention on the Future of Europe (9 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: I thank the hon. Gentleman. The European Union is a continually evolving structure. We have been a member for only 30 of those 47 years. We have reached the point where we need such a reassessment: we need to sit down and put on to one sheet of paper exactly what we are about in this relationship with our partners and neighbours on the continent. We also said that we wanted the Convention to...

Convention on the Future of Europe (9 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: Would the hon. Gentleman therefore disagree strongly with the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, who has said that he is not in favour of QMV in that area of policy, as it is not in Germany's national interest? Are we talking only about the UK's national interest?

Convention on the Future of Europe (9 Jul 2003)

Robert Walter: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for referring to the turnout at various electoral contests. Does he acknowledge that the last time that we had a referendum on the European Union, the turnout was well over 70 per cent., and in some areas of the country it is was over 80 per cent?


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