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Robert Walter: I came here today because I am sympathetic to Bournemouth's problems, but I am a little concerned about the 70 or so local authorities that are in the queue to which my hon. Friend refers. Does he feel that if Bournemouth's legislation is successful, those traders will move north into my constituency, right on the edge of Bournemouth? We have Wimborne market, a big open-air market that...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North Dorset constituency in each of the last five years.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is being made available to Dorset Police Authority in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d) 2010-11 and (e) 2011-12 for security for the 2010 and 2011 Sailing World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games and their preparatory events.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of Dorset police on the security requirements for the Olympic sailing events in Dorset up to and including 2012.
Robert Walter: Will the Minister give way?
Robert Walter: Absolutely. Will the Minister tell me why a combined fire authority, such as Dorset, gets a much lower percentage increase settlement that one such as his own in Gloucestershire, which is a county authority?
Robert Walter: I am pleased that the Minister mentioned the Audit Commission's report, because it said that Dorset fire and rescue service "has the highest percentage of indicators in the top quartile nationally". It was also the commission's No. 1 case study for high performance and good customer satisfaction. Is that not worth something?
Robert Walter: I share the Foreign Secretary's views about institutional reform, but he has not mentioned one of the disasters of the past couple of months: the failure to put together the EU force to go to Chad. If that will not be discussed, as he appears to imply, what will be the future for the European security and defence policy, given the embarrassment caused in connection with it by through European...
Robert Walter: The A303 is the major east-west artery through my constituency, so I welcome the Minister's suggestion that the consequences of this issue will be considered by local politicians. However, I remind him that the Government ignored the South West regional assembly on the A303 improvements west of Ilminster. More importantly, will the Minister confirm that the A344 closure will merely make the...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to allocating resources to the provision of new techniques for assessing hearing deterioration among former military personnel.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will (a) initiate a review of and (b) publish the evidence his Department uses when considering hearing tribunals for former military personnel.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Veterinary Laboratories Agency experiments have been conducted on cows fed with BSE infected material in the last 20 years; and what the results were.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Veterinary Laboratories Agency experiments concerning inbreeding have been carried out on sheep in the last 20 years; and what the results were.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in North Dorset in each year since 1997; and how many of them (a) admitted new adult patients to their list and (b) treated NHS patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years in each of those years.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) 18 to 65 and (b) under 18-year-olds were registered for NHS dentist treatment in North Dorset in each year since 1997.
Robert Walter: My hon. Friend has struck on an important point. Will he tease out from the Secretary of State whether the EU's battle groups, which were heralded as the answer to such a crisis in Bosnia, could be deployed to meet any crisis that arises? Otherwise, the battle groups are of no possible worth whatever.
Robert Walter: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stockton, North (Frank Cook), who I know has done a tremendous amount of work on Afghanistan, which I shall deal with in a moment. He and I have discussed the matter before and I fear that he might not agree with everything that I have to say. I want to start off by dealing with two defence matters that relate specifically to my constituency,...
Robert Walter: The hon. Gentleman helps my point. We would then provide an alternative livelihood to the Afghan poppy farmer that he would not have if we simply destroyed his crop or tried to persuade him with a packet of seeds to grow some alternative crop for which there is no market mechanism. We have to work constructively first, to ensure that we preserve the livelihood of Afghan farmers and their...
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the level of compensation payable for organic or pedigree organic animals slaughtered because they are either infected with or suspected of having bovine tuberculosis, BSE, brucellosis and enzootic bovine leukosis.
Robert Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many terminally ill people are receiving disability living allowance.