Results 1–20 of 524 for speaker:Mr Robert Banks

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Having Small-Calibre Pistol Outside Premises of Licensed Pistol Club (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Robert Banks: The hon. Gentleman mentioned public safety. Would not those who live near gun clubs feel that their safety was jeopardised by the closeness of all those weapons, which were capable of being fired and which could fall into the hands of criminals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Embankments (Landscaping) (10 Feb 1997)

Mr Robert Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to improve the landscaping of motorway and dual carriageway road embankments. [13356]

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Embankments (Landscaping) (10 Feb 1997)

Mr Robert Banks: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. Does he agree that even more should be done to improve the landscaping of embankments along our motorways and dual carriageways, and that we can learn a great deal from schemes that have been completed in other countries? Specifically, will he ensure that the embankments along the new motorway sections of the Al are imaginatively landscaped with trees,...

Bill Presented: Tourism (29 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Can my hon. Friend advise people travelling up to Scotland to stop off in Yorkshire, which has the most superb countryside that can be imagined, and offers the best entertainment and enjoyment facilities for tourists?

Bill Presented: Tourism (29 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: The right hon. Gentleman said that the Select Committee report coincided with Labour party policy. Where does he stand on the funding of the British Tourist Authority and the recommendations in the report?

Bill Presented: Tourism (29 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the conference industry is one of the most important sectors of tourism? It relies to a large extent on part-time and other workers to provide hotel and conference facilities that cater for many people arriving over a limited period of time. The working time directive and the minimum wage would have a very serious effect on that sector. I know that she has...

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

Mr Robert Banks: The hon. Gentleman must know that the Government took evidence from the Forensic Science Service to justify their criticism of Cullen's proposal of dismantling weapons as a means of solving the problem. The letter from the Forensic Science Service is in the Library. It says that the small screw that is the retaining part for the side plate of a common revolver could easily be lost or...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: There are occasions when legislation comes before the House and I am uncertain about whether it will achieve its stated objectives. On other occasions— such as this—I have a gut feeling that we are dealing with a problem in entirely the wrong way. All hon. Members are united in their grief over the tragedy at Dunblane. We also recognise that, whatever measures are implemented, no one can...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

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

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. You will be aware that the crucial argument in the debate is whether handguns should be banned or whether, as an alternative, they should be dismantled. The Cullen report came down heavily in favour of their being dismantled: one part going to the owner, the other part to a gun club. The Forensic Science Service, to which the Home Secretary referred—

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: When the Home Secretary gave his reasons for making his decision, he undertook to ensure that the evidence was available in the Library. I have just been to the Library and the evidence is not there. We are therefore undertaking a debate without the evidence relating to the core of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: The hon. Gentleman quoted some statistics about fatalities in Scotland. Can he make it clear whether those fatalities were the result of weapons that were held legally and whether those weapons were handguns, shotguns or a mixture of both? What exactly are the figures related to?

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Does not my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the forensic evidence that he has been given is in total contrast to that which Lord Cullen accepted? The report says: In the light of the evidence of Mr. Paton and Mr. Penn I am satisfied that the dismantling of self-loading pistols and revolvers would in general be practicable. Referring later to fitting barrel blocks, Lord Cullen said:...

Prayers: Latin America (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: I join in the congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesham (Mr. Arnold) on initiating the debate. I have a warm regard for his close involvement in Latin America and his great knowledge of that region. I have had the privilege of visiting Argentina and Brazil with the Trade and Industry Committee. In previous years, I visited Venezuela and, this year, I visited Colombia,...

Prayers: Latin America (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Does my hon. Friend recall that the Trade and Industry Select Committee visited Argentina and Brazil last year and submitted a report to the House pointing out the advantages for British companies in trading with both those countries and in looking more widely to the Mercosur region? There are considerable opportunities. Mercosur is a very good and expanding organisation.

Referendum (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.

Referendum (11 Jun 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: No, Madam Speaker. Although I have the same name as the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, who opposed the Bill, I was the one who voted against it.

BSE (Health) (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Has my right hon. Friend had time to read the article in The Times today, written by William Rees-Mogg? Is it not the case that BSE has probably been in cattle for the past two centuries and was previously known as the staggers? Is it not also the case that Britain has built its reputation on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding—and there is nothing wrong in that?

Prayers: Noise Bill (16 Feb 1996)

Mr Robert Banks: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the construction of so many blocks of flats and multiple occupation dwellings has not incorporated sound-proofing materials in the walls and in the floors? That area is sadly neglected by architects and developers. Should not that issue be tackled?


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