Results 581–600 of 823 for speaker:Robert Walter

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: I have a great deal of sympathy with all the points that have been made. However, do you believe—I am playing devil's advocate—that a compromise might be reached whereby people have access to that information on condition that they do not make contact, as one agency suggested in evidence to us?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: So you think that people would bypass and circumvent the system anyway?

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill [Lords] (7 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: I welcome the opportunity to participate in the debate. I have tended to agree with most of what everybody has said. I agreed with the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Thomas) until he mentioned the Tobin tax, but as he did not elaborate on it, I did not intervene on him. The debate and the Bill highlight the issues at the forefront of many people's minds with regard to Britain's tradition of...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill [Lords] (7 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: And, indeed, in Japan, as the Secretary of State has just pointed out. We had better not get into a debate on how the rice market affects Japan. The real opportunity for much of the developing world lies in agricultural production. Developing countries need to be able to market their produce globally without being subject to the protectionism erected by the industrialised world where other...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill [Lords] (7 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: The Secretary of State corrects me. I will take her word for that. Of course the CDC's £1 billion should not be spent just on poverty alleviation, but poverty alleviation seems to be far distant from its objectives now. I see it as a publicly funded commercial enterprise that seeks returns with no demonstrable impact on poverty. That is uncomfortable. Many CDC offices are being closed. The...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill [Lords] (7 Nov 2001)

Robert Walter: In earlier times, we might have considered some of the tasks the Secretary of State has described to be the responsibility of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. Does she see any future role for the CDC, or can we now write it off as a private sector bank?

Orders of the Day — Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill (24 Oct 2001)

Robert Walter: I am delighted that there are two women on our Front Bench to represent the Opposition view—not two token women but two of the most effective women in Parliament. As well as speaking on women's issues, they hold key shadow Cabinet portfolios. The Bill marks another milestone in the slow progress in western democracies towards political equality between men and women. The measure should be...

Bowman Contract (19 Jul 2001)

Robert Walter: The Secretary of State will be aware that the headquarters of the Signals and the Royal School of Signals are located at Blandford in my constituency. He mentioned the creation of 1,600 jobs. There has been considerable speculation in the Blandford area about the three bidders and how many jobs will be based there. Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an idea of the establishment which the...

Written Answers — International Development: Zimbabwe (4 Jul 2001)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with other European states regarding the future of aid to Zimbabwe.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: South West Regional Development Agency (3 Jul 2001)

Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the impact of the South West Regional Development Agency on the economy of north Dorset.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Job Losses (27 Jun 2001)

Robert Walter: As has been mentioned, it is a great sadness that the last strip of steel was rolled at Llanwern yesterday. It is also of concern to the Secretary of State's friends in the trade union movement. Mr. Bill Morris of the Transport and General Workers Union in Cardiff yesterday said that unless the decline in manufacturing is reversed, the economy will become more and more dependent on financial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jun 2001)

Robert Walter: During the election campaign, the Deputy Prime Minister talked about introducing regional government in England, which he also mentioned in the previous campaign. Ministers in the other place referred to it in the past week, but the Queen's Speech was silent on it. I cannot find any support in my constituency for a regional government in Bristol, which is seen as remote and unnecessary. Will...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: I draw the House's attention to my entry in the Register of Members' Interests—not that I think that the Bill will make any difference, although my right hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack) had some interesting proposals, which would have made a slight difference. Alas, he is no longer a Treasury Minister. Introducing the Bill, the Chief Secretary spoke of a balanced approach, and...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman rightly points out that the problem is not particularly new. I referred to what was happening five years ago because that was the example given to me by the publican. The revenues on tobacco duty that the Treasury is receiving are at best static, and fell dramatically in the last full financial year—1999–2000—as a result of smuggling.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Let me return for a moment to beer duty. Figures for which I asked the House of Commons Library show that, in real terms, the Treasury take from beer duty has not really moved in the past 10 years, although consumption of beer, wines and spirits has increased significantly. As my hon. Friend has pointed out, the Treasury take from tobacco duty has fallen,...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: Illegal imports into Spain and Italy, especially of counterfeit tobacco products, are another problem and the subject of another debate. It has taken the Chancellor almost two years to take steps to attempt significantly to curb tobacco smuggling. His steps have been too little and too late. Over about three years, the extra financial resources made available to Customs and Excise have...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (9 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: The reports that I have of the contents of Martin Taylor's report—I do not know whether I quote accurately because we have not seen the report—suggest that it would not be possible to halt tobacco smuggling into the United Kingdom without cuts in the high level of UK tobacco taxation. In his pre-Budget statement in 1999, the Chancellor stated that he would form his Budget judgments on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Manufacturing Industry (4 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: For some time, Conservative Members have been highlighting the damage being done to the competitiveness of the Welsh economy by the high value of the pound against the euro, by over-regulation, by stealth taxes and by the climate change levy. If the thousands of job losses at Corns were not enough, month by month there is a stream of other job losses: 65 to go at Chubb Fire in the Rhondda;...

Oral Answers to Questions — Manufacturing Industry (4 Apr 2001)

Robert Walter: Are the Government doing anything about this, or are they abdicating responsibility to the National Assembly and the Liberal Democrat leader in Cardiff?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rural Affairs (7 Mar 2001)

Robert Walter: Is not it intriguing, Mr. Speaker, that, despite the Secretary of State's protestations about Labour representing rural Wales, the only Labour Member to catch your eye on this question has been the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Jones)? I wonder where those rural Members are. The House is acutely aware of the terrible problems facing farming in Wales as a result of foot and mouth...


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