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Results 21–40 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

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Modernisation (25 Jan 2000)

Paul Clark: If she will make a statement on (a) the changes made in the House as a result of the work of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and (b) their impact on (i) hon. Members and (ii) staff of the House and of hon. Members. [104974]

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Modernisation (25 Jan 2000)

Paul Clark: I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. I am sure that hon. Members on both sides of the House are pleased to see progress, but bearing in mind the fact that the remit of the Modernisation Committee is to look at efficient and effective use of time in the House of Commons, does she agree that the recent antics by the Conservative party call for greater timetabling of legislation?...

Planning (7 Mar 2000)

Paul Clark: Most level-headed people in the Thames gateway area of north Kent will welcome my right hon. Friend's statement and recognise the opportunities that it presents. Does he agree that many brownfield sites that we want to see developed to their full potential require substantial investment on infrastructure and on opening up before major development can occur? What robust bodies and mechanisms...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. We are here to debate the Kent County Council Bill, but hon. Members will be fully aware that an identical Bill, the Medway Council Bill, relates to the Medway unitary authority. The purpose of the two Bills is to cover the administrative area of the county of Kent. Therefore, it will be for the convenience of the House if, in speaking...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I could not respond to that intervention as it was clearly a point of order for the Chair. However, as the two Bills are identical in purpose, it would not be untoward to refer to them both. The Kent County Council Bill follows a two-year period of consultation with business, commencing in 1998. The promoters have taken into account many of the comments that were received and have amended...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: The right hon. Gentleman raises an important point. The Bill contains a provision to exempt those involved in recycling processes. The promoters and those who oppose the Bill will have an opportunity to discuss such details in the Select Committee. Registered dealers will have to keep records detailing the name and address of the person from whom articles were acquired, the date of the...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: There are substantial precedents in existing private legislation—about eight Acts. The provisions of the North Yorkshire County Council Act 1991 are the closest to those of the Bill. One of the main contentions of those who oppose the Bill is that such legislation should be on a national scale and should not be specific to one area. Although the promoters may agree with the petitioners...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. The evidence suggests that such legislation would not have that effect. I can tell you that as a result of the North Yorkshire County Council Act 1991, there are 8,100 registrations on the books this year, and I can tell you that 51 per cent. of those are organisations outside the North Yorkshire county council area, so there is an almost equal...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I take note of your guidance, Mr. Deputy Speaker. My hon. Friend raises an important point. LAPADA has been involved in discussions and has referred information to the promoters of the Bill. It has not directly given support to the Bill. LAPADA's code of practice, like that of other trade associations, rightly suggests that for their own protection its members should follow good business...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: That is an important point. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that sales held for charitable reasons, for example, will be exempt from the terms of the Bill. As for people who dabble occasionally in such sales, the key question is whether they do so in the course of the conduct of a business. As I said earlier, substantial precedents exist in other legislation and its interpretation to suggest...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I had hoped that I had made it clear that the Bill would enable police and local trading standards officers to enter private properties. That would not be possible if officers could not prove to magistrates that a warrant was required.

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: I am grateful for that clarification, and recognise the importance of the business to which the right hon. Gentleman refers. I am aware that a similar problem arises with Kent pig tiles, for example. The issue is under active consideration, and further amendments to the Bill may be needed. The promoters of the Bill have sought to reach agreement on practical issues and to amend the Bill in a...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend should have sold it to them.

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: The whole reason for the Bill is to close down the market for those stolen goods. Does my hon. Friend not accept the evidence on a market reduction approach that is stacked up in the Home Office, and is available from the Kent police authority? His constituency is covered by that authority. Does he not accept that evidence that much stolen property ends up in the second-hand market? We are...

Orders of the Day — Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (17 May 2000)

Paul Clark: With the leave of the House, I should like to respond to the debate, but I shall not detain the House for longer than necessary. In my opening statement, I said that there was cross-party support for the Bills on both councils in question. I am delighted that there is also cross-party support in the Chamber. I appreciate the contributions that have been made from both sides. At one point, we...

Opposition Day: Government Planning Policy (20 Jun 2000)

Paul Clark: I am glad to be able to contribute to a debate that is important not only for people in the south-east, but for people across the country. The debate is not only about numbers; it is about people's lives. Despite the claims made by some Opposition Members, the debate is also about our children's future—their ability to live and to work where they wish. The hon. Member for Portsmouth, South...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (24 Jul 2000)

Paul Clark: How many applicants for asylum have permission to work under the terms of the employment concession. [130338]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (24 Jul 2000)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. As a new Member, I was appalled by the time that was taken before decisions were made. Many families lived their lives in suspension, being unable to make any plans. I recognise that the time taken for initial decisions has been reduced, but what further steps are being taken to increase the speed of decisions?

Opposition Day: Millennium Dome (13 Nov 2000)

Paul Clark: rose—

Opposition Day: Millennium Dome (13 Nov 2000)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman asks for an apology, but I have yet to hear him refer to the Opposition's record. I want to give him the opportunity to confirm something for the record. Will he confirm that his right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague), the Leader of the Opposition, was a member of the GEN 36 Committee, the Cabinet Sub-Committee that was involved in the planning,...


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