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Results 1–20 of 120 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Warburton

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Economy and Society: Contribution of Music (21 Jan 2020)

David Warburton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh, and to have another opportunity to talk on a subject that is close to my heart. I thank the hon. Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn) for securing this debate and for his record of championing the interests of music and musicians in this place. I echo his tribute to the outgoing chief executive of UK Music, Michael Dugher,...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Economy and Society: Contribution of Music (21 Jan 2020)

David Warburton: Absolutely; my hon. Friend is entirely right. There is some superb work going on around the country, particularly with music hubs, although it can vary from one place to another. The music hubs alone have enabled more than 700,000 children from state-funded schools to learn a musical instrument. Many challenges faced by the music industry are also a demonstration of its enormous success. As...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

David Warburton: It is a pleasure to speak on a subject that I hope transcends party politics, to some extent, and on which a consensus, at least on the underlying principles, can be assumed. There can be no doubt about the severity of the crisis that the planet faces. At a time when political divisions undoubtedly seem to be hardening somewhat, it is worth repeating that there is no challenge more universal,...

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

David Warburton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir George, and to take part in this debate. We have heard so many eloquent and passionate speeches, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Bury North (James Frith) on bringing us to this place and allowing us to enjoy talking about such an important topic. I, too, have to declare an interest. I was lucky enough to have an extensive...

Defence Spending — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)

David Warburton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I join with others in paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Anne-Marie Trevelyan) not only for securing this debate but for her consistent championing of our armed forces. It is worth putting the debate in the context of our international alliances. This year, NATO celebrated its 70th birthday. Despite...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Energy: Somerset (16 Jul 2019)

David Warburton: What steps his Department has taken to develop sustainable energy in rural communities in Somerset.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sustainable Energy: Somerset (16 Jul 2019)

David Warburton: I met a large group of people from Somerset the other day at the Time Is Now rally in Westminster. It is clear that people from every walk of life are keen for the Government to lead the way in environmental sustainability, yet reductions in feed-in tariffs, a lack of incentives to use brownfield resources and a lack of obligations on new build houses make the going tough. How will the...

Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services (18 Jun 2019)

David Warburton: What steps he is taking to ensure the long-term provision of adequate mental health services.

Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services (18 Jun 2019)

David Warburton: I recently met representatives from Somerset’s NHS trust and its child and adolescent mental health services to look at young people’s mental health services and I heard some worrying stories of bed allocation. This has led to teenagers with mental health problems being moved out of the county, sometimes a huge distance from home, or sharing wards with very young children. So what is the...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

David Warburton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I join others in congratulating the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Sir Edward Davey) for his efforts to bring this important debate to the House. I found his five points interesting and inviting. The question we are looking at today might seem divorced from the emergency that Parliament has rightly declared in...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: With the leave of the House, I should like to say that I am enormously grateful for the support that I have received for the Bill from across the House. I am grateful to the Minister and the shadow Minister, and to Opposition Members and hon. Friends who are in the House today. It was great to hear the sensible observations of my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley South (Mike Wood), and it is...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: I beg to move, that the Bill be now read the Third time. Before I talk about the Bill, I would like to associate myself with the comments from across the House about the appalling events in New Zealand, which cast a shadow over us all today. I have no words that are truly sufficient. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) and my right hon....

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: Yes, there was a pun there. I thank all those who have made this possible, particularly those who joined in the Committee stage, and I am grateful for the cross-party consensus and support, which has been very important and valuable. My Bill covers the important topic of water management, particularly flooding. The House has debated flooding many times, and not just in respect of this Bill,...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: I am grateful for that important intervention. It is important to note that, while the Bill nominally allows for new rivers authorities to be set up, with local support and after consultation, anywhere in the country, there is no particular desire or need for that at the moment, as far as I am aware. That said, the measure is there.

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: I am very glad to hear it. As we experienced just this week with Storm Gareth, which brought high winds and heavy rainfall, we are powerless to control the weather, but that is not so with flooding. Things can be done to reduce the likelihood and the impact of floods. We can and we do help our communities to better manage the risk of flooding of their homes and businesses by constantly...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: I am no expert on water tables or the flooding of cellars, but that is exactly the kind of work that our internal drainage boards and other risk management authorities manage daily. The purpose of the Bill is to bring the work of those bodies together and add to their weaponry, so that they can work to help us all. To help to deliver that, my Bill will specifically provide opportunities for...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (15 Mar 2019)

David Warburton: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, because it is important to clarify this. The Somerset Rivers Authority is already paid for by local council tax payers, to the tune of £2.5 million a year. That money comes in the form of a voluntary payment from the local authority to the rivers authority, which means that it has no security for the future. The rivers authority cannot...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (8 Feb 2019)

David Warburton: I thank the Minister for his support and indeed for remembering his wet visit to Somerset four years ago. I also thank the Government and the shadow Minister for their support. It was lovely to hear from so many hon. Members. It was interesting to hear the reflections of my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) about the winter of 2015-16. We also heard about trouble at...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (8 Feb 2019)

David Warburton: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am delighted to speak to a Bill on a topic that, unfortunately, can be close to us all, and sadly can have a devastating and dramatic effect on our constituents and many of us—flooding. The sad reality is that many of our constituencies have at some point experienced flooding, and some, such as mine, face the risk regularly. Flooding...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill (8 Feb 2019)

David Warburton: My hon. Friend is right that the Bill refers to England alone. It does not cover the separate competency that the Scottish Parliament will have. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will explain more about that. After the devastation of the 2014 floods came grief and blame, and finally—thankfully—a desire to take action. I am sure that these...


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