Results 161–180 of 2174 for speaker:Mr Robert Atkins

New clause 4: Greater London Regional Advisory Committee (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: indicated assent.

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: That spells rats.

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I am grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Duncan) and for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans), especially the latter, because he is my next-door neighbour and the other hon. Member for Ribble. There is a danger that, with the constant mention of rats at the Dispatch Box, I may begin to get a bit of a complex—but I know that this time RATS is an organisation that has...

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I have made it clear on this occasion and on previous occasions, and I shall continue to do so, that HMIP operates trials to standards that would suggest that if something were not at least as, good as what we have now, the trials would be stopped. That is the meaning of the phrase "net adverse environmental effect". If the hon. Lady cannot understand that, there is not much point in pursuing...

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point. The economic background is what provoked the cement companies to look into this matter. Equally, however, the fuel's make-up, how and whether it should be used, and all the other issues, including the fair question the hon. Gentleman asked, must be considered. HMIP will look independently at a wide range of environmental improvements that could follow...

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: There is no great difference across the Floor of the House about the appreciation of the importance of this issue. That is why I said that the Select Committee—an all-party Committee—has done wise work in examining this issue. However, the point which I get slightly aerated about is the implication that HMIP is not doing its job properly.

New clause 7: Emissions from Furnaces (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I do not suggest that the hon. Gentleman said that, but it has been implied. If I am being obtuse, I may have misunderstood that to be the case. In any case, HMIP carries out its task to the best of its ability, which is a pretty high ability. As a non-scientific person in this regard, I am content to take its advice, as I must as the Minister responsible. All the considerations that have...

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

Mr Robert Atkins: I shall probably quote it again.

New clause 3: Guidance on Costs and Benefits (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: It became apparent during consideration of the Bill in Committee that two members of the Committee had made significant contributions to our debates. One of them was my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Sir K. Carlisle), who spoke with great authority on many issues. I listened most carefully, therefore, to his interventions in Committee. Secondly, the hon. Member for Normanton (Mr....

New clause 3: Guidance on Costs and Benefits (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: By Opposition Members as much as anyone else. Bearing in mind the comments that have been made, one might be forgiven for thinking that clause 38 represents a radical attack on environmental protection, including an attempt to replace environmental analysis and the precautionary principle as a basis for setting standards, with cost-benefit analysis to demonstrate that the short-term value,...

New clause 1: Relevant Authorities to Define Requirements of Environmental Protection (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I said that nothing in this world is perfect. There might be areas of weakness that we need to deal with, and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for drawing the House's attention to an area that might need more pressure than it has had to date. I shall convey that message to my colleagues who are responsible for planning matters in the Department, although I am sure that my hon. Friend the...

New clause 22: Disclosure of Information (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

New clause 22: Disclosure of Information (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: The new clause puts beyond doubt the ability of Ministers, the new agencies and local enforcing authorities to exchange information that will help them in carrying out their environmental functions. They will be able to disclose such information to each other without risk of civil or criminal liability. Amendments Nos. 88, 98, 99, 104 and 106 are consequential to the new clause; they amend...

New clause 22: Disclosure of Information (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I should have addressed my congratulations to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, before speaking to the amendments today. I am tempted to ask you whether I should call you Sir Deputy Speaker, or merely Mr. Deputy Speaker. Whichever it is, it is most appropriate that the congratulations of the whole House be given to you.

New clause 22: Disclosure of Information (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: I shall accept your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) asked me about the timings, and I was grateful for her earlier words about my fulfilling an obligation which I had agreed to earlier. The hon. Lady posed a question about whether there was somehow a point of difference between "may be" and "shall be" in the wording of the measure. She will...

New clause 22: Disclosure of Information (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: In Committee, the hon. Gentleman made it clear that he also was a reasonable man as regards most of his amendments and new clauses, and I am not in the business of making life difficult at this late stage. I will consider the matter. As it is a constituency issue, he need only write to me about it for me to deal with it as a matter of course. In that sense, I am prepared to listen to what he...

New clause 1: Relevant Authorities to Define Requirements of Environmental Protection (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: It will hardly come as a surprise to the Opposition that I must ask the House to reject new clauses 1, 19 and 27. I should be happy to cover our record in detail, but perhaps at this stage in our intended discussions hon. Members would not want me to, and it would probably be unwise to do so. However, our record amply demonstrates our commitment to make progress on environmental integration...

New clause 1: Relevant Authorities to Define Requirements of Environmental Protection (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: We have met twice this year and we shall meet again in July. Unlike the Labour party, which has an obsession with meeting and planning behind closed doors, we meet daily as and when matters affect our respective Departments. It is nonsense to suggest that the fact that we have had only two meetings during the year demonstrates a lack of commitment. Whenever issues related to environmental...

New clause 1: Relevant Authorities to Define Requirements of Environmental Protection (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Lady must not be mischievous.

New clause 1: Relevant Authorities to Define Requirements of Environmental Protection (27 Jun 1995)

Mr Robert Atkins: Our meetings are held on a regular basis in the course of the process of government. That does not necessarily require a full turnout of every green Minister every time. The hon. Lady asked about Brent Spar. As she well knows, that is a matter for the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the President of the Board of Trade. It is clear that they are the Departments whence the...


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