Results 21–40 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend. He is providing us with a list of the problems that he and many other Conservative Members are experiencing. Does he agree that the response that we receive from the county council social services department is not always what we would wish it to be, and that a small improvement would make the management of our constituencies and action on behalf of...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Gentleman mentioned me by name and yesterday I asked the Prime Minister a question about Preston borough council. If the hon. Gentleman has seen the independent auditor's report, he will know that the criticism was directed specifically at Preston borough council—I made no allegations against Burnley or anywhere else. Labour councillors and some officers were accused of, among...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware that some of the people mentioned in the auditor's report to which I referred yesterday are members not only of Preston borough council but of Lancashire county council?

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Conservative Members of Parliament from Lancashire are conscious of the importance of this case in raising the profile of the debate. Does my hon. Friend accept that Conservative Members who represent Lancashire constituencies each week come across instances of the council's churlishness, incompetence, downright rudeness and its failure to care about people who need attention? That is a most...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: The council's reaction to an independent charity is not confined to social services. In education, the county council has refused to accept the existence of dyslexia, and has ignored the specialist, charitable and professional advice of Conservative Members' constituents about children with dyslexia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 19 November. [3150]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the independent auditor's report, published yesterday, of the criminal and corrupt activities of Labour councillors on Labour-controlled Preston borough council who have lost or mislaid millions of pounds of Preston taxpayers' money in recent years? Does he agree that that is the real example of sleaze and corruption in public life which should be rooted out?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: State Pension (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, since it has been in government, the Conservative party has met every pledge that it made to the electorate about keeping pensions in line with inflation and about doing our best to help elderly and senior citizens? Does he also agree that that policy will continue for as long as there is a Conservative Government and that we have a proud record, which we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Policy (6 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware that the north-west region, where my constituency is, is doing extremely well in terms of the incentives that it offers to the rest of the world? That is why, for instance, that great Japanese company, Isuzu, decided to build trucks at Leyland in my constituency—it was the most profitable option on offer compared with anywhere else in the world. Does that not confirm...

Transmissible Encephalopathies (Sheep) (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the great British public are getting pretty fed up with all the scare stories affecting their staple food of one sort or another? Is he further aware that one of the largest abattoirs in the country is in my constituency? As my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) and other hon. Members have said, abattoirs are affected by such scare...

Defence Industry (North-west) (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Hot Ayr.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Higher Education Funding (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware that Lancashire county council has suggested that all funding for education, including higher education, is damaged by the area cost adjustment—which supposedly acts to the detriment of Lancashire and in favour of the south of England? Is my hon. Friend aware of any Labour-controlled council that benefits from ACA that would forgo it? Is he further aware that Labour...

Defence Industry (North-west) (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. I know that he would wish to associate his remarks with our hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack), in whose constituency Warton is located and who cannot be present for the debate due to ministerial commitments. Will my hon. Friend, the Minister and his scribe accept that it is not acceptable to delay the procurement projects that affect the...

Defence Industry (North-west) (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Leyland Trucks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Small Firms (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my right hon. Friend recognise that the horticulture industry comprises more than its fair share of small and medium-sized enterprises, and that they do a remarkable job for the food industry? Does he also recognise that the industry is concerned about the impact of some EU directives on small businesses? Will he assure me and anyone else in whose constituency the horticulture industry...

Opposition Day: Water Metering (9 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I apologise for not being present at the beginning of the hon. Gentleman's speech, although I was listening to part of it upstairs. I was unavoidably detained. I shall try not to ask my question in a polemical way. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman understands that it is difficult to do much about leakage. One can go only so far in restraining leakage. In those circumstances, and faced with...

Prayers: MV Derbyshire (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: In view of the time available, I will make a short intervention rather than a speech. I simply wish to be associated with the campaign that my hon. Friends and the right hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Dixon) and his colleagues are waging. I, too, have a constituent who lost a relative on the Derbyshire and I take a continuing interest in the matter. I wish to record my appreciation of all...

Opposition Day: Secondary Schools (Chorley) (26 Jun 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Dover) for raising this subject in the Adjournment debate and for allowing me to contribute to it. Consistently, Lancashire Conservative Members of Parliament have led the fight for the protection and development of education in the county of Lancashire, in the face of what can be described only as the inept administration of the Labour party...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Prior Options Review (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: My right hon. and learned Friend will know that I represent a substantial number of growers. Doubtless I will represent more as time goes on. They are very successful, make use of research information from Horticulture Research International and are concerned not so much about whether HRI will be privatised as about whether smaller growers—as many of them are—will have access to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefits System (Computerisation) (21 May 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects to announce the decision on equipment for the computerisation of the benefits system. [28812]


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