Results 61–80 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

Education (Lancashire) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: That confirms that it is not only the hon. Member for Peckham and Mr. Hindley who choose, and I do not decry it, to take the opportunity to send their children to the school, whatever sort it may be, of their choice. However, Labour is trying to prevent parents in my constituency, and in those of my hon. Friends, from doing the same. That is a classic example of "do as I say, not as I do"....

Prayers: Horticulture (7 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Time permits me to intervene only briefly. I do so to congratulate the Select Committee on an excellent report. I read it soon after leaving ministerial office last August and I found it interesting and extremely knowledgeable. I am interested to follow the hon. Member for West Lancashire (Mr. Pickthall). He speaks with some knowledge on horticultural matters. He represents a good chunk of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurofighter (6 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his discussions with the German Defence Minister on the workshare and purchase of Eurofighter. [12026]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurofighter (6 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I and my Lancashire Conservative colleagues thank my hon. Friend for responding to our lobbying on behalf of our constituents and for holding firm in the negotiations over workshare with his German counterpart. Can he confirm that the decision will mean many extra billions of pounds'-worth of work for my constituents and those of other hon. Members and that the production investment phase...

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Gentleman advanced that argument in debate on the Environment Bill in Committee. I asked him then—and I do so again now—how his right hon. and hon. Friends who represent seats in other parts of the country, such as the erstwhile Treasury spokesman, the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith), would feel about inviting their constituents to pay more in order to clean...

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: My right hon. Friend will recall that for a time I was the Minister responsible for water in Northern Ireland, where water is still in state ownership. One of the problems that confronted me was exactly the one that my right hon. Friend mentioned. During the 1970s there had been a moratorium on investment for some time. As a result, great sums needed to be invested, and if water was not to be...

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

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

Opposition Day: Privatised Water Companies (30 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I wish to ask the hon. Gentleman a simple question. Does he expect that the charges for water will be less under a Labour Government?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (24 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: I would just like to ask the hon. Lady one question. Is it still Labour party policy to abolish fundholding?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: School Security (24 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will my hon. Friend examine the security arrangements and ancillary matters at Lostock Hall high school in my constituency? Labour county councillors and Labour activists are seeking to frustrate the wishes of the parents in the ballot on grant-maintained status that is being held at the school this week. Such are the antics that extreme disquiet has been expressed by parents and governors...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Trade with Japan (17 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware of the contract that has just been made between Leyland Trucks Ltd. in my constituency and Isuzu of Japan to manufacture and assemble 1,000 trucks over the next few months? The two specific reasons that Japan gave for the contract were the excellence of my constituents' manufacturing ability and its belief that the British economy is the best in the western world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia (9 Jan 1996)

Mr Robert Atkins: Were not British troops chosen to perform the tasks that they are performing in Bosnia because they have some of the best equipment in the world, and are the best-trained troops in the world? Have not their presence and their activities so far justified the world's judgment in wanting them to be there?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Finance (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the removal of capping restrictions, together with the 5.5 per cent. increase in the education budget for Lancashire, means that there is no excuse whatever for the county council not to pass on that money in full to schools; and that no justification from the controlling Labour group will be accepted as an excuse if parents, Members of Parliament and others...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Additional Resources (13 Dec 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Will my right hon. Friend join me, and all the Conservative Members who represent constituencies within Lancashire county council, in pressing its education committee to pass on the full 5.5 per cent. increase that she has been able to achieve in the Budget negotiations? Does she agree with my suggestion that Lancashire county council's education committee has absolutely no excuse for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Employment (7 Dec 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Although the peace process has played a significant and welcome part in creating new jobs in Northern Ireland, should not the agencies, such as the Irish Development Board and the tourist board, be recognised for the enormous amount of effort that they have put into making the Province more attractive in many respects? In relation to tourism, does my hon. Friend agree that even greater...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Lancashire Aerospace Industry (6 Dec 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that most of my constituents and many of my colleagues representing Lancashire constituencies know only too well how much the Government have done during the past 16 years for the British aerospace industry and will continue so to do? But can he also understand that there is some concern relating to Eurofighter about the proportion of the work share, and will he,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Force Levels (28 Nov 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, if the cuts suggested by the Labour party took place, he would not be able to order next week 2,500 vehicles constructed by British companies—including Leyland Vehicles in my constituency, as well as companies in many other constituencies the length and breadth of the country—and that he might then be forced to order Mercedes vehicles, which he, like...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Nov 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the shambles that is Labour local government in Preston? Given that the chief executive has been sacked in highly dubious circumstances, the chief constable has issued writs on the councillors and the leader of the council, Valerie Wise, has even lost the confidence of her ward committee, will my right hon. Friend set up an investigation into the further abuse...

Petition: Social Services (Lancashire) (22 Nov 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: It is an Adjournment debate.

Petition: Social Services (Lancashire) (22 Nov 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware that, at the same time, the county council was prepared to close a home called Meadowcroft in my constituency which provided superb care for young women who would not otherwise get the sort of care that they needed, in favour of keeping open a home in Liverpool—outside the county council area? The closure has caused great distress to many of my constituents and many...


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