Results 1–20 of 813 for speaker:Mr Anthony Durant

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Film Industry (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Anthony Durant: My right hon. Friend will be well aware that the British film industry's production rate is at its highest for some time, with some 127 films going into production. Does she agree that the lottery money recently allocated to the industry will encourage it? What other steps is she taking to continue this success story?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: When my right hon. and learned Friend visits Cyprus, will he foster the idea of greater inter-community relations—for example, the opening of Nicosia airport, improved telecommunications and the opening of the border so that people may cross from one side to the other, all of which would create a better atmosphere?

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Exemption for Collectors (19 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I support the new clause. A number of people make the collection of antique guns a close hobby. Indeed, I have a constituent who does that. He collects the guns, but he has no intention of firing them. The guns are very valuable. The hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) has already raised the question of costs. Selling the guns will be expensive, as some of them are very, very old. I...

Clause 1: Extension S.5 of the Firearms Act 1968 to Prohibit Certain Small Firearms (18 Nov 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I am seriously worried about the effect that the Bill might have on our sporting chances at the Olympic and Commonwealth games. People who participate in shooting events take their sport seriously and are reasonable people. Anything we do that damages our chances in this sport should be examined. I am honoured to be taking over the southern region of the Sports Aid Foundation, which raises...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Construction Industry (15 Oct 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his Department's responsibilities in relation to the construction industry. [38352]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Construction Industry (15 Oct 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: Does my hon. Friend agree that the recovery in the construction industry is still slow? Will he encourage the private finance initiative, in co-operation with the Department of Health and the Department of Transport, and try to get it moving a little faster?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Nurses (Recruitment) (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: Does my right hon. Friend welcome the number of nurses who are now working in GP practices that are going in for primary care—a move that takes the strain off hospitals?

Local Government (Structural Change) (4 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate, on behalf of Conservative Members who represent Berkshire constituencies. Two of them—my hon. Friends the Members for Slough (Mr. Watts) and for East Berkshire (Mr. MacKay)—are Ministers, so are unable to contribute. My hon. Friend the Member for Windsor and Maidenhead (Mr. Trend) is heavily engaged in other duties, but my right...

Local Government (Structural Change) (4 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I have received the same communication from Reading district council, and we shall keep it to that pledge. Concern has been expressed about voluntary and similar bodies. Berkshire districts have established liaison committees in advance of reorganisation, to cover planning and technical services, social services, 'the voluntary sector, community cultural services, emergency planning, trading...

Local Government (Structural Change) (4 Jul 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: On transitional costs, the new unitary authorities will sell county hall. Latest estimates value it at £25 million, although it was a monster in the first place.

Orders of the Day — Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill [Lords] (7 May 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) has signalled to me requesting that I speak for only five minutes. I shall do my best. I am chairman of the all-party group on the construction industry, so I feel that I should make a few comments. I am also a personal friend of Sir Michael Latham. He and I have been involved in politics for a long time. He did an outstanding job on his...

Orders of the Day — Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill [Lords] (7 May 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I apologise. The hon. Lady must have done so during the short time I was out of the Chamber getting some nourishment. I saw her doing the same just after me. I accept that. The grants for facilities for disabled people are generous. I also welcome the grants for clearance, which are important in respect of large estates where clearance is necessary if new, smart estates are to be built. The...

Orders of the Day — Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Bill [Lords] (7 May 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: On the question of flexibility, part II of the Bill mentions contracts. When will the legislation come into effect, and what is the position regarding existing contracts, about which there is widespread concern?

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (29 Feb 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: My right hon. Friend will be aware that my Committee sat for 320 hours and 71 sittings on this important Bill. I am sure that my Committee would welcome the fact that the station at Stratford is to be built. We put in the Stratford box so that it could be built, because we supported it but did not wish to hold up the Bill. We are also delighted—I am sure that my Committee would...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I welcome the Bill as a further step forward in our housing policy. It deals with tenants, landlords and leaseholders. I listened carefully to the extraordinary speech by the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson). There are several implications to be drawn from what he said. He implied that the Labour party would bail out people with negative equity, raise mortgage tax relief,...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: That was what was implied by the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras.

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Anthony Durant: I shall not give way. I have said what I have to say on that, and I feel that there was such an implication. I welcome several of the proposals, because they have been raised by my constituents over the years. First, there is the right to buy from charities and housing associations. That has been a great grievance in my area, which has a large amount of such property. People felt that the...

Humber Bridge (Debts) Bill (20 Dec 1995)

Mr Anthony Durant: The building of the bridge represents a public scandal of the time. The losses are about £14 million a year. What contribution has been made by Hull city council? Has it paid anything?

Humber Bridge (Debts) Bill (20 Dec 1995)

Mr Anthony Durant: Who appoints the bridge board? Who are the appointees?

Business of the House (20 Dec 1995)

Mr Anthony Durant: May we have a debate after Christmas on the Crown Prosecution Service, bearing in mind press reports that the Lord Chancellor is looking at the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service?


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