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Christopher Chope: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Last Tuesday you made an important statement about new rules for petitions, beginning today. I will have the honour later this evening to present the first such petition, organised by Cassian Horowitz on behalf of hundreds of staff against the closure of Bellamy's bar. In your statement, you said: "The right to petition Parliament is one of our oldest and...
Christopher Chope: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that one of the biggest travesties is that during the most recent general election people did not engage in a debate about Europe because they thought they would have one in a referendum? Cynically, the Government then denied the people a referendum, so does he share my hope that Europe will feature prominently in the forthcoming general election campaign?
Christopher Chope: I have always been a great supporter of my hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (Mr. Newmark) and I hope that if his speech achieves nothing else, it will gain promotion for him in an incoming Conservative Government. He has served the Conservative Front Bench's purposes well today by ensuring that the amount of time available to discuss the Lisbon Treaty (Referendum) Bill and the European...
Christopher Chope: If this is such a popular measure, why does the hon. Lady think that-apart from herself, and she is promoting the Bill today-I have been the only Back-Bench contributor to this debate?
Christopher Chope: I should just like to put on the record that I have not discussed my views on the matter with the Whips. I have made an independent judgment of what I want to do, and whether it be right or wrong, it is my independent judgment.
Christopher Chope: The Minister says that the number has fallen, but since when?
Christopher Chope: It will not have escaped the notice of hon. Members that the Minister has not put any figures whatever on her assessment of the costs of the provision. My hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds), speaking from the Front Bench, has rightly drawn attention to the figure of £88,000. It will not have escaped your notice, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that we are in an age of...
Christopher Chope: I thank the hon. Member for Manchester, Central (Tony Lloyd) for the good-humoured way in which he has dealt with these proceedings. I visited Manchester during the Conservative party conference and stayed in Salford, within easy walking distance of the conference centre, so I was aware that part of Salford was within one mile of Albert square. On a proper reading of the Bill, the hon....
Christopher Chope: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) for what he said. The Bournemouth and Manchester Bills will get their Third Readings, and will then go to the other place. I hope that those in the other place will find time for the technical consideration of the large number of amendments we have passed today, in addition to the amendment made to clause 5 by the...
Christopher Chope: My hon. Friend used the word "support", but I would prefer to be quoted as saying that I was "allowing progress".
Christopher Chope: I am.
Christopher Chope: As always, my hon. Friend is putting forward a brilliant analysis. Does he accept that in dealing with the protection of consumers, the Government -and the Opposition, for that matter-would be much better exercised if they attacked the common agricultural policy, which adds the best part of £1,000 a year to the food bill of a family of four?
Ann Winterton: As the tail-end Charlie of Chairmen and speaking on behalf of Eric Martlew and my colleague, Christopher Chope, I congratulate the Minister and other members of the Committee on proceeding with great good humour, based on a lot of hard work and good sense, and I am sure that the people of this country would be proud of the fine democratic tradition that they have followed. It is also apposite...
Christopher Chope: Order. Before I call the Minister to speak, I want to say that given the length and breadth of the debate, I do not propose that there should be a separate clause stand part debate.
Christopher Chope: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment 42, in clause 19, page 12, line 27, leave out ‘investigate’ and insert ‘take proportionate action to clarify’. Amendment 104, in clause 19, page 12, line 32, after ‘authority’, insert ‘or the Environment Agency or Welsh Ministers’.
Christopher Chope: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 10—Regular maintenance of water courses— ‘The Environment Agency must undertake a programme of regular maintenance work of major water courses on an annual basis with quarterly reports to both Houses of Parliament.’.
[Mr. Christopher Chope in the Chair] FW 14 Reigate and Banstead Borough Council FW 15 Mr. Barri Hitchin FW 16 EIC FW 17 Mr. Ewan Larcombe FW 18 English Golf Union and Golf Union of Wales
Christopher Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitor visa applications have been made from British missions in Thailand in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many of those applications have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected; and how many have been the subject of appeal.
Christopher Chope: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will extend the derogation on drivers' hours for the delivery of home heating fuels beyond 18 January 2010.
Christopher Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what response the Government has made to the offer by the President of Guyana for the Government to take responsibility for that country's rainforest; and if he will make a statement.