Results 1–20 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Inward Investment (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of the reasons why Isuzu decided to invest in a joint manufacturing operation with Leyland Trucks in my constituency, employing many of my constituents and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Dover), were the reasons that he just enunciated—a low-cost economy that is successful as a direct result of Conservative policies, which must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (Manchester) (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will not waiting lists in Manchester, at hospitals such as the Christie, be considerably helped by the building of the £5.8 million cancer unit at the Royal Preston, which will do a great deal to provide facilities for people in Preston? That will avoid their having to go to the Christie in Manchester, thereby improving the situation of patients both in Manchester and in Preston.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurofighter (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: What does my right hon. Friend think will be the painful consequences for Eurofighter, British Aerospace, Leyland Trucks and anyone else who provides defence equipment to our armed forces of a defence review as suggested by the Labour party?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend accept that settlements for many areas, and especially Lancashire, have been more than generous for items such as education, largely as the result of pressure from Conservative Members of Parliament, in the face of opposition from incompetent county councils? Where does he think that the money that is being asked for by leaders of Lancashire county council will come from,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: European Airbus (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is not Airbus one of the smartest companies in the aerospace operation, and producing some of the best turned out aircraft, which sell around the world? Does my right hon. Friend recognise the importance of Airbus not only to the country, but to Lancashire in particular, in relation to British Aerospace, Lucas and Rolls-Royce, complemented by the Rolls-Royce factories in and around his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Education Funding (Lancashire) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what recent representations she has received from Lancashire county council about education funding. [11731]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Education Funding (Lancashire) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is it the case that Lancashire county council received a 3·8 per cent. increase this year on top of a 5·5 per cent. increase last year and earlier increases, largely as a result of pressure from the county's Conservative Members of Parliament? Does not the Labour county councillors' whingeing for more money fly in the face of the oft-repeated statements by the Leader of the Opposition and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Boeing-McDonnell Douglas Merger (22 Jan 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Has my right hon. Friend considered the implications of the proposals of the right hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown) for the military and civil projects of the British aerospace industry, which the Government have supported through thick and thin? They would be prejudiced, if not terminated, if there were a Labour Government.

Sustainable Waste Management (15 Jan 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Normanton (Mr. O'Brien) for allowing me to participate briefly in his debate. I do not want to delay my hon. Friend the Minister's reply. The hon. Gentleman spoke with the authority that I came to expect when I was the Minister taking through the Bill to which he referred, which became the Environment Act 1995. He was always an authority on the Committee,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Contracts (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend recognise the importance to jobs in Lancashire of British Aerospace, Leyland Trucks, Rolls-Royce, Royal Ordnance and many other firms? Does he also recognise the enormous effort that is made by Lancashire Conservative Members to represent and fight for the interests of those companies? Is he aware that the electorate in Lancashire do not take kindly to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (17 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will my right hon. Friend be sure not to listen to any representations from Lancashire county council, especially if they contradict the representations that he has had from Lancashire Conservative Members? He listened to our representations and deferred the area cost adjustment, which was being pressed by the Labour party and would have cost Lancashire some £20 million. Does he recognise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Privatised Utilities (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Has my hon. Friend had conversations with the Director General of Telecommunications about the increasing problems of the cloning of digital telephones, which causes immense inconvenience to many people, not least some of my constituents, particularly when they realise that the machines and devices used for the cloning of their telephones can be bought in the average store? That equipment...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situations: Amendment of the Law (26 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Labour authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Arms Exports (26 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will my hon. Friend join me in ensuring that his advice to the Department of Trade and Industry is to congratulate companies such as British Aerospace, which is closing substantial deals with Indonesia, Qatar and Australia? That is evidence of the efforts of that great company, which is represented by so many of our hon. Friends, who were working a jolly sight harder for British Aerospace...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my right hon. Friend recall that the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) was reported to have said on the wireless that she would be prepared to include in a windfall tax the British Airports Authority and British Airways? Does he think that that inclusion could be extended to successful, semi-monopoly companies such as British Aerospace, which he and I know well? What...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: rose—

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Your predecessor ruled a moment ago on a similar point of order that was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre (Mr. Mans). This debate, about social services in Lancashire, is at the behest of my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Hawkins). The debate is being widened well in excess of the subject that he raised and, as a result,...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: This is an abuse.

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Did not the Leader of the Opposition and the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer make it clear, as my hon. Friends will recall, that, if there were to be a Labour Government, there would be no extra funds for local government? Why therefore are Labour Members saying that more money should be spent when, if they were to form a Government, they would not be making such provision? It therefore...


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