Results 81–100 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports By Heavy Goods Vehicle (1 Nov 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware that an increasing proportion of the heavy goods vehicles that are used to improve our export trade are made in my constituency by Leyland Trucks? Does he recognise the achievement of the reformed Leyland Trucks in terms of its share of the heavy goods vehicle market, which is a direct result of the Government policies with which my hon. Friend and I have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Budget (31 Oct 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in certain parts of England, notably Chorley and South Ribble, the increase in administrative staff that has come about as a result of the opening of Chorley and South Ribble hospital, which my right hon. Friend visited recently, goes down extremely well, is extremely popular and is further evidence of the amount of money that the Government are putting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Financial Waste (24 Oct 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is my hon. Friend aware of the financial waste that would accrue both to his Department and to the British aerospace industry if the Department were to purchase F16s rather than have the mid-life update of Tornados? Is he further aware that such a decision, if it were taken, would be seen as a major blow to British industry and to many of the constituents of his hon. Friends, and as such...

Rural White Paper (17 Oct 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Is it not the case that the White Paper was produced after the most extensive consultation ever undertaken the length and breadth of England, during which the Government listened above all to those who live and work in rural areas? Is it not right that this White Paper should be produced by the real party of the countryside, in contrast to what was produced on the back of an envelope by the...

Schedule 22: General review of consents (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am extraordinarily grateful to my right hon. Friend the Member for Woking (Sir C. Onslow). A compliment from one such as he—particularly on matters relating to such a distinguished body as the Privy Council—is one to be treasured, and I do so. In relation to his amendment, my right hon. Friend was kind enough to say that he and I have tried to address this matter together—so far,...

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: We have had an interesting debate. If I may say so yet again, it has been summed up by the fact that my right hon. and hon. Friends have spoken for people who live and work in the parishes in the national parks. I do not take kindly to the hon. Member for Glanford and Scunthorpe (Mr. Morley) talking almost disparagingly about parish councils. He is on record as saying in Committee to my hon....

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I shall not give way at this point. I shall continue to make the point as strongly as I can that we believe that parish councils should be better represented on parks committees. It is necessary to give them more representation. Of course, I understand why some of the county and district councillors do not like it: it is because we are giving more attention to people who live and work in the...

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: No. I am sympathetic to the comments of hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) on direct elections. His hon. Friend the Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) will doubtless have told him that we are sympathetic to that proposal. There are problems—he glossed over them. Some parishes are not, for example, wholly in a national park area and therefore there are difficulties about electoral...

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I do not want to give way. If hon. Members will allow, we have had a good debate, we had a great debate about this subject in Committee and I do not need to persuade the House any more that my amendment is the right one.

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: We said in Committee that we were keen that the collective county associations of parish councils would choose, from their number, representatives to serve on the national park representing such councils. In those circumstances, the only difference between us is the point about whether there should be the Secretary of State's discretion.

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I shall give way, but I do not want to prolong this debate. We want to get on.

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: It is simply that that is what exists now. I did not want to be too prescriptive or over-bureaucratic. At the moment, all the county associations meet and this is just another part of that process. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not press me too far on this matter. I take the point that is being made by the hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall. I want to give...

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: That was a completely useless intervention. My hon. Friends who were members of the Committee will recall that the hon. Gentleman made disparaging remarks about parish councils. He said that they were not truly democratic representations of local people. He was quite wrong. The message that will go to all parish councils is that the Labour party does not think that they are truly democratic....

Schedule 1: The Environment Agency (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for the spirit in which she moved the amendment. Of course I listened carefully, as these are important matters. I confirm that the agency will, through secondary legislation, be designated as an administering authority for the local government pension scheme. That will allow all eligible employees to join the scheme, but we do not need the Bill to so designate...

Schedule 1: The Environment Agency (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: As the hon. Lady knows, these are highly technical matters, but no less important for that. If she would like me to spell out the details by way of correspondence, I should be more than happy to do so. I can now do no better than suggest that the hon. Lady withdraw the amendment in due course.

Clause 92: Producer Responsibility: General (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am extremely grateful for my hon. Friend's support, brief as it was. I assure him that we shall of course pay particular attention to what industry has to say. It is, after all, the major player, and no Government would be foolish enough to make decisions without having a pretty clear idea of what industry thought. My hon. Friend spoke on the issue in Committee and, I believe, on other...

Clause 96: Hedgerows (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Amendments (a) to (c) would revise Government amendment No. 110 in two ways. Amendment (a) recasts subsection (2A). It would enable regulations to make provisions in relation to other hedgerows but only to the extent necessary for the purpose of facilitating the protection of important hedgerows. I hope I can reassure my hon. Friend. My amendment does not simply state that regulations may...

Clause 96: Hedgerows (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: It is certainly not my intention to move into urban areas if I can possibly avoid it. There are grave concerns on both sides of the House about the implications of all that. Clearly, some exceptionally important hedgerows might have to be considered. In that sense, the hon. Gentleman may be reassured. My hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Clifton-Brown) referred to...

Clause 123: Short Title, Commencement, Extent, etc. (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I beg to move amendment No. 59, in page 146, line 24, after '77' insert ',paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 7'.


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