Results 41–60 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

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

Mr Robert Atkins: I welcome the fact that a British company, ICL, has led the Pathway consortium to winning the biggest computer contract in Europe to cope with the problems of fraud. As it is also coupled with the innovative software of companies such as Escher and De la Rue, does my right hon. Friend agree that the benefit card will go a long way to solving the problems of fraud and thereby provide...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Inward Investment (15 May 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend accept that part of that inward investment will have come from Saudi Arabia? Does he agree that Saudi Arabia is an extremely important trading and investment partner, and that the constant criticism in the media about its importance to export, investment and other trade with this country can only be damaging and ought to be stopped?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Aircraft Exports (India) (17 Apr 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Hawk 100 is one of the most successful aircraft of its type, built as it is partly in my constituency, and that, in export terms, British Aerospace is one of the most successful companies worldwide? Does he therefore agree that any attacks on the credibility of customers who want to buy such aircraft from such companies, as has been occurring recently in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Accident and Emergency Departments (16 Apr 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the Audit Commission report on accident and emergency departments of hospitals in Lancashire. [23474]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Accident and Emergency Departments (16 Apr 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will my hon. Friend confirm that the Audit Commission is independent of his Department; that its report on accident and emergency hospitals is not Government policy; and that hospitals in Chorley, Preston and Ormskirk can keep their A and E departments for as long as they want?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Jobs (2 Apr 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend recognise the importance of Saudi Arabian exports to our defence industry? Does he think it helpful to British trade abroad and major contracts, such as those with which British Aerospace and others that employ many thousands of my constituents and those of other hon. Members, are involved, when programmes such as "Panorama" are made, which merely make life difficult for...

New clause 5: Rates of Duty and Rebate (27 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I apologise to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to the House and to my hon. Friend the Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) for missing the start of my hon. Friend's brief remarks on the amendment, particularly since I added my name to the list of those supporting the amendment. I will speak but briefly, knowing largely what my hon. Friend and the hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson)...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Pollution (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend recognise that Conservative Members know only too well what the Government have achieved in environmental protection? Will he also consider pressing the Treasury to do something about reducing the rate for gas-powered vehicles? Sweden and parts of the United States and Canada have already demonstrated how such vehicles can help to control emissions and to keep the...

Petitions: Royal Ordnance (Chorley) (13 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Dover) for allowing me to make a brief contribution to the debate. He has laboured long and hard—as long as he has been a Member of Parliament—to have the site's importance recognised. We had hoped that the British Aerospace takeover of Royal Ordnance would ensure the continuation of employment on the site, but that was not to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Industry (13 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received about manufacturing industry in the north-west of England. [18690]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Industry (13 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware of the success story that is manufacturing industry in the north-west of England, with large companies such as British Aerospace and Leyland Trucks and smaller companies such as Schwan's Pizzas and Centurion Furniture doing extremely well in South Ribble? Does he agree that the cry must be "Do not let Labour ruin it"?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Industry Jobs (5 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: What does my hon. Friend believe is the likely effect on defence industry jobs in Preston and in Lancashire generally of early-day motions, such as those signed by the hon. Member for Preston (Mrs. Wise), which suggest that we should not sell the excellent products made by my constituents on behalf of British Aerospace to countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Landfill Tax (27 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the tax, an environmental initiative for which he and I both worked, is yet a further sign of the Government's commitment to environmental matters? Does he agree also that no excuses can or should be accepted from local authorities for not implementing the landfill tax as it is clear that they have the moneys to do so?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (22 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that one of the most important sources of inward investment is tourism, and that part of the essential reason why the peace process must work is that tourists can be attracted into the Province in even greater numbers than before? Will he take note of the fact that the unceasing work that is done by him and by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Primary Schools (Specialist Staff) (21 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware of an organisation calling itself the Wrist Consortium? That organisation is misleading Lancashire parents into believing that the standards of the national curriculum and general standards in primary schools are not being delivered because of savage cuts in Government funding when, in fact, the Government have provided a 5.5 per cent. increase this year. It is also...

Prayers: Red Squirrels (21 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) for allowing me a moment or two in the debate, and we are all keen to hear what my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary has to say. When I was doing the job that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary is now doing, I paid a visit to Mere Sands wood, which is adjacent to my present constituency of South Ribble and will form part of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Druridge Bay, Northumberland (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Does my hon. Friend recognise that the nuclear industry plays a significant part in the operation of our economy—not least in Lancashire, where British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. employs a large number of people, and has been so successful that it is about to provide 100 new jobs in the Lancashire area? That demonstrates yet again that our policies work, unlike those of the Labour party.

Education (Lancashire) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: May I ask the hon. Gentleman as a Front-Bench spokesman, rather than as a Lancashire Member, whether he would tell his colleagues in Labour-held seats and Labour-controlled councils in the south that they must do without the money that the area cost adjustment gives them in order to benefit Lancashire? I would be delighted, as would my constituents, if that were the case.

Education (Lancashire) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Preston (Mrs. Wise), who represents a borough that is arguably even more incompetent than the county council. I am delighted to be associated with the initiative taken by my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (Sir M. Lennox-Boyd). It demonstrates again that on education, as on social services—about which my hon. Friend the Member...

Education (Lancashire) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am not going to comment in detail on the case, except to say that I am advised that there are surplus places in certain parts of our county. Our constituents are entitled to ask why the problem of surplus places in Skelmersdale and Burnley, which happen to be controlled by Labour councils or represented by Labour Members, is not being addressed, whereas in parts of the county represented by...


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