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Orders of the Day — Adoption and Children Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 1 — Considerations applying to the exercise of powers (16 May 2002)

Robert Walter: I welcome the amendment and the new clause. I congratulate the hon. Member for Luton, South (Margaret Moran) on all the work that she has put in on the subject. I have been pleased to be associated with her in tabling amendments in Committee and new clause 10, which we have now dropped. These are important amendments. That fact was brought home to me within the past month in my constituency...

Business of the House (16 May 2002)

Robert Walter: I should like to follow up on that subject. The Leader of the House will be aware that my Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill is listed for Second Reading on Friday 21 June—alas, it is No. 6 and will not be reached. However, an identical Bill was introduced in the Lords on 13 March, when it had its Second Reading. It has completed its Committee stage and will complete Report and Third...

Post Office Closures (15 May 2002)

Robert Walter: I am sorry to have to speak in the debate, but although all rural Members are used to the occasional pub or filling station closure in their constituency, the closure of local sub-post offices in villages in my constituency happens too often. On 27 March, the post office at Bryanston, just outside Blandford, closed. On 12 April, I received a letter headed "'an essential part of everyday...

Post Office Closures (15 May 2002)

Robert Walter: No. The result will be the closure of more vital village post offices. Too often have I received letters from the Post Office informing me of the closure of yet another post office and giving alternatives up to five miles away. Post office facilities affect the elderly and their closure is a disaster for the many in those villages who have no public transport and is usually soon followed by...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Deer (15 May 2002)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to amend Schedule 2 of the Deer Act 1991 to permit the use of a rifle of a calibre less than .240 inches for the safe and humane killing of static injured deer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (16 Apr 2002)

Robert Walter: What recent discussions he has had with Spain on Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (16 Apr 2002)

Robert Walter: The House and the people of Gibraltar would like to know what is the Government's bottom line in these discussions? What will be the future status of the citizens of Gibraltar? Will they be British subjects or Spanish nationals?

Adoption and Children Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (20 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: I hesitate to delay the House on a measure that has considerable cross-party support, but I have two points. First, the Special Standing Committee was an example of how the House should consider legislation and take evidence from interested parties. On several occasions, the overwhelming weight of the evidence and opinion in the Committee was at one, and the only people who were out of step...

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: I am delighted to participate in the debate. I shall deal briefly with two issues that are covered by legislation that the House has been or will be considering this Session. These issues are the selection of election candidates and the situation in private members' clubs. Currently, Britain has one of the lowest levels of political representation of women in Europe. It has been argued that...

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful and supportive intervention. In December last year, I reintroduced my original Bill under the ten-minute rule. It is due to be considered on Second Reading tomorrow, but alas, it lies at No. 5 on the Order Paper, and I fear that it is unlikely to make progress. I was therefore delighted when Lord Faulkner of Worcester introduced the identical Bill in...

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: I do not want to delay the House, but I will happily satisfy the hon. Lady. I repeat what I just said. The hon. Lady did not, as the letter in The Daily Telegraph said, suggest to me that if I withdrew my Bill, the Government would support the Lord's measure, which I think is the crux of what she asked me to say. What I said, and what I repeated, is that I will withdraw my Bill if the...

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: Perhaps we can discuss that on another occasion. The Government must bite the bullet. Conservative Members may be embarrassed by one club—the Carlton—but Labour clubs have an appalling record on this issue. The Clubs and Institutes Union, to which Labour clubs are affiliated, has 2,700 member institutions, eight of which are single sex, 1,080, 40 per cent., offer full membership rights to...

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: They are clubs in the CIU, which is the union to which all Labour clubs are affiliated. I think that that is clear. These are Labour social clubs, sometimes called working men's clubs.

Women and Equality (14 Mar 2002)

Robert Walter: In the same way, there are Conservative clubs that are associated to the Association of Conservative Clubs. I have no doubt of hon. Members abhorrence of that situation, even if some are in denial. Right hon. and hon. Members would abhor the practice, and I have no doubt that they support the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill. But I am looking for a clear commitment that time will be made...

Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2002)

Robert Walter: I am making a guest appearance at the Dispatch Box tonight—perhaps I could use the phrase "famous for 12 and a half minutes". It is a delight to be back at the Dispatch Box at a time when Wales is doing better. That is nothing to do with the Secretary of State or the Government, because I am not talking about the Welsh economy, the health service, tourism or agriculture—not even a video...

Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2002)

Robert Walter: Unfortunately, the hon. Gentleman has got the better of me, but I should point out that I am still waiting for the bottle of champagne that I should have been awarded in the Adoption and Children Bill Standing Committee for the best pronunciation of his constituency by an Opposition Member. I was delighted to hear from the hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Caton) that we have yet another Gower...

Written Answers — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Ordnance Survey (30 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on service level agreements between Ordnance Survey and local authorities.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New clause 4 - Extension of the Convention to (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I thank the Minister for correcting me. Obviously, I had been acting on information that was out of date, and I am reassured that Northern Ireland has passed the necessary legislation. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the new clause. Motion and clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New clause 4 - Extension of the Convention to (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. This new clause may be technical, but it is important. It relates to our earlier deliberations about intercountry adoptions and our references to the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999, which the House rightly passed to implement the Hague convention. I was delighted when the Minister told us that the United Kingdom plans to ratify...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 135 - Short title (17 Jan 2002)

Robert Walter: I shall speak exceedingly briefly. I hope that the Minister will reassure us that the Government will table an amendment to the clause on Report because its short title is the Adoption and Children Act 2001, but time has moved on.

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