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Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Clark

Prayers: Kyoto Summit (19 Nov 1997)

Paul Clark: It gives me great pleasure to deliver my maiden speech, and I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Ms Walley) for securing this debate. It is a great pleasure because I recognise the honour bestowed on me by the electorate of Gillingham and because I am representing my home town, of which I am immensely proud. My success on 1 May was, of course, another's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 1998)

Paul Clark: I welcome the decision to abolish the nursery voucher scheme, which was bureaucratic and wasteful. We know that that will release £126 million towards implementing our pledge to provide a place for every four-year-old who wants one. Young families and those involved in that service provision in my constituency of Gillingham welcome that decision. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Special Needs (29 Jan 1998)

Paul Clark: What steps will be taken to ensure that young people with exceptional needs are able to enter the new deal early if they choose to do so. [24196]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Special Needs (29 Jan 1998)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. The scheme that is being developed to deliver the new deal in the Medway towns will ensure that those opportunities exist. Special advisers to the scheme through the gateways opportunity, including Members of Parliament who are members of the planning team, will experience some of those opportunities. That is why I cannot wait to join the Army in the...

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (4 Mar 1998)

Paul Clark: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Mr. Fitzpatrick) on securing the debate at such an opportune time. Hon. Members from all parties recognise the difficulties that face both London and Continental Railways and the Government in saving and developing something from this project—although we should not save just any old thing. As my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Youth Crime (30 Mar 1998)

Paul Clark: May I, too, refer to the tragic events on Saturday at Priestfield stadium in my constituency of Gillingham? They have stunned the people of Gillingham and the Medway towns. Of course we add our condolences to the relatives and friends of Matthew Fox who was so tragically killed. May I inform my right hon. Friend that I, too, was at that match? Both sides played excellent football; the match...

Orders of the Day — Regional Development Agencies Bill: Activities of Agencies in Rural Areas (1 Apr 1998)

Paul Clark: In light of the up-to-date figures that are now available, it is worth reiterating that even in the region from which I come, the supposedly prosperous south-east, the figures show that there has been a fall. In Committee, the Opposition, particularly the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo), argued that the up-to-date figures would show that the RDAs were not required. Perhaps the hon....

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (3 Jun 1998)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on saving an essential national asset, and on drawing something from the jaws of disaster. I should like to ask about north Kent. Obviously, I have not had an opportunity to read the memorandum, and the answer may be there. My right hon. Friend made it clear that work on the second part would start in 2001, and that it would be completed by 2007 or 2008....

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Welfare Reform (11 Jan 1999)

Paul Clark: What recent representations he has received over his proposals for welfare reform. [63182]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Welfare Reform (11 Jan 1999)

Paul Clark: I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. I draw his attention to the issue of security in retirement years. My constituents' main concern is that they have sufficient pension rights for a secure retirement. Thirty thousand of my constituents in Gillingham and the Medway towns are aged over 65 and living on means-tested benefits to help to supplement their income. What proposals does...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Paul Clark: I am confused about which principle the Conservatives are fighting on. The Conservative party's campaign guide in 1997 said: It is important to defend the hereditary principle in its own right. Conservative Members have said that they do not agree with that. What is the Tory party's position?

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Paul Clark: I shall heed your earlier comments, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and keep my contribution short. There is confusion among the Conservatives. Most of them, with the exception of those on the Front Bench, have supported clause 1. I have referred to the 1997 campaign guide, which says: It is important to defend the hereditary principle in its own right. Tory Members were asked why the Tory Government...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Paul Clark: I am coming to a part that may excite the Opposition. My constituents regard the hereditary principle as outdated and outmoded. That is why the Tory party's Battle for Britain campaign, launched by the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox), is doomed to failure. It is a smokescreen, used throughout this debate and the whole campaign, to hide internal divisions in the Conservative party. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Consultation (17 Mar 1999)

Paul Clark: What mechanisms are available for consulting the public about specific Government initiatives. [75360]

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Consultation (17 Mar 1999)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. I have always believed that good government requires good listening skills. My constituents appreciate the opportunities to discuss and be consulted on Government initiatives. Will my hon. Friend take the opportunity to explain what the Government will do with the results of the consultation exercise and how that feeds into policy deliberations? Does...

North Kent (23 Jun 1999)

Paul Clark: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Mr. Shaw) on securing this important debate. Other colleagues will no doubt make the case for the bids that have been submitted, all of which are for the Thames gateway area, which is a Government priority for regeneration. The Thames gateway has the ability to deliver the opportunities, priorities and policies that...

Class III: Transport (12 Jul 1999)

Paul Clark: Will the hon. Member give way?

Class III: Transport (12 Jul 1999)

Paul Clark: I agree with my hon. Friend. A new bypass has been developed for the Medway towns, and rightly so. Does he agree that, because of the opportunities afforded by the Government to make sure that regional transport plans are developed, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take advantage of these bypasses?

Crime Reduction Strategy (29 Nov 1999)

Paul Clark: I welcome the strategy. My right hon. Friend has already referred to his successful visit to Medway this morning with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to learn about the success of Kent county constabulary, particularly the police force in Medway, on Operation Radium, which has targeted car crime and domestic burglary. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the success was achieved...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (20 Dec 1999)

Paul Clark: Does my hon. Friend agree that the important thing about local transport plans and the options given on congestion charging or using of roads in a different way is that local people and organisations can decide the best solutions for their areas?

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