Results 121–140 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

Clause 79: National Air Quality Strategy (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Certainly not.

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Absolute nonsense.

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Of course they have.

Schedule 2C: Recovery of Expenses by Charging Order (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Mr. Pearson) is not alone in appreciating the complexities of this issue. We had some fun and games in Committee when we worked our way through the details in one form or another. I readily confess to the House that I do not pretend to be a master of them all. I am extremely grateful to the hon. Member for Dudley, West for his comments about the Prime...

Schedule 2C: Recovery of Expenses by Charging Order (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: On the contrary, it demonstrates, if ever demonstration were needed, the Prime Minister's readiness to appreciate the great issues of the day, not least when they are led by the Richardson brothers. The hon. Member for Dudley, West may know that I paid a visit, in the company of my hon. Friend the Member for Bromsgrove (Mr. Thomason) and the right hon. Member for Dudley, East (Dr. Gilbert)...

Schedule 2C: Recovery of Expenses by Charging Order (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: The requirements of the contaminated land regime will be set out in primary legislation and in regulations. Guidance will provide further advice to authorities on certain of those requirements. The normal provisions for guidance require that authorities should have "regard to" guidance. Some of the guidance under the contaminated land provisions has a stronger requirement that authorities...

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I beg to move amendment No. 193, in page 81, line 35, leave out 'quiet enjoyment and understanding' and insert 'understanding and enjoyment'.

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am tempted to congratulate you. Mr. Deputy Speaker, on racing through that lot of amendments. We just about kept up with you, one way or another. I preface my remarks on this aspect of the Bill by saying that, following the amendment that appeared in another place, which inserted the word "quiet" to give the effect of "quiet enjoyment" of national parks, we spent a considerable amount of...

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Not for the moment.

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I will give way, but not for a moment. It is also the case that many people, who understand and appreciate rallying, were concerned about the amendment passed in another place, regardless of politics. That was not a party political point. Representatives of the RAC visited me and said that they were unhappy with the implications of the definition of "quiet enjoyment". Therefore we went...

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: There is no confusion. Many people believe that "quiet" means what they think that it means——to keep noise down——and that the enjoyment of national parks means cutting down noise in one form or another. Enough people were worried about that for me to need to consider carefully whether the amendment that I was then proposing in Committee would solve the problem. I remind Opposition...

Clause 60: Purposes of National Parks (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: My hon. Friend is unusually succinct and he makes the argument extremely well. I was demonstrating that we tried extremely hard to find a way of defining "quiet" and, in the final analysis, were unable to do so. It seemed to me that, in the circumstances, the best thing to do was to revert to what was the case when the Bill was presented in another place. That is why the amendment is tabled...

Clause 7: General Environmental and Recreational Duties (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Government amendment No. 84 is a deregulatory amendment to remove an overlap which currently exists between the provisions of the Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971 and part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It would prevent the need for an operator to apply for an exemption under section 23 of the 1971 Act where certain discharges or escapes are already covered by an integrated...

Clause 2: Transfer of Functions to the Agency (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I make no apology for explaining once again the main reasons for the Government's belief that waste regulation would benefit from being transferred to the agency. The three key arguments in support of our policy are integration, consistency and expertise. First, our proposals will ensure integration of waste regulation with the agency's other pollution control functions. Secondly, the...

New clause 28: Water Abstraction Licences (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: As the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) is aware, the National Rivers Authority inspects annually more than a third of all abstraction licences as a matter of routine. In addition, a number of studies are being, or have been, carried out into potentially damaging abstractions and the number of licences involved. The NRA's approach to reviewing licences is based on a technical methodology...

New clause 28: Water Abstraction Licences (28 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Alternatively, it could be that, when the NRA checks, it finds that there are not many licences to worry about. The new clause would be counter-productive, as it would draw resources away from those areas that are known to be at risk in order to review all licences of right, although the bulk of those are likely to remain unaffected as a result of such a review. In addition, any proposals to...

New clause 13: Footpaths in National Parks (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: While I understand the intention underlying new clause 13, it is not one with which we can agree. We have endorsed the target set by the Countryside Commission in 1987, in that all rights of way should be legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised, by 1995 in the national parks and by 2000 in the wider countryside. The response to that target has been extremely positive. Much...

New clause 8: Coal Authority Responsibility in Relation to Water from Abandoned Mines (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I have been impressed by the quality of the debate. I know, as does any Member of the House, when people speak for effect and when they speak from the heart. I understand that hon. Members with mining constituencies feel strongly about that issue. I assure them that I and other Ministers and Conservative Members—as expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Sir K. Carlisle)—feel...

New clause 8: Coal Authority Responsibility in Relation to Water from Abandoned Mines (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I will not give way, because I want to proceed, but that point should be considered in the context of this debate. It will not come as a surprise that the Government do not accept the potentially sweeping proposition that they should be under a duty to prevent minewater causing pollution. I recognise that that would have great attractions for parties actually or potentially affected by an...

New clause 8: Coal Authority Responsibility in Relation to Water from Abandoned Mines (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Later, I will be reiterating commitments already made. The Coal Authority has the necessary resources to meet what is required. I was merely posing a question to the hon. Member for Hillsborough, who was demanding more money on top of other demands for money.


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