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Results 61–80 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 — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 2001)

Paul Clark: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the teachers and pupils at two of my local schools, Twydall infants and Parkwood infants, for their hard work and commitment, which has been recognised by the award of beacon status? Although many of the measures that we have taken have helped to raise standards, will my right hon. Friend inform the House of the steps that are being taken to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Better Regulation Task Force (11 Jul 2001)

Paul Clark: What plans he has for the future operation of the better regulation task force.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Better Regulation Task Force (11 Jul 2001)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for her response and welcome her and the Parliamentary Secretary to their new posts on the Front Bench and wish them all the best. I draw her attention particularly to regulations that impact on public services. She will know from visiting schools and the police service in her constituency the common and justifiable complaints about the burden of form filling, paperwork...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Education (Understanding the Armed Forces) (29 Oct 2001)

Paul Clark: What measures he is taking to further understanding of the armed forces in schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Education (Understanding the Armed Forces) (29 Oct 2001)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. I welcome the appointment of a schools adviser. Many, if not all, of us will know that teachers and schools are the first line, as they are the gateway to opportunities for our young people who are entering the world of work. However, can he reassure the House that this is not a one-off, isolated measure? Will he also reassure us that the Department...

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Legal Advice (11 Jun 2002)

Paul Clark: I note what my hon. Friend said about access to the right information, which is fundamentally important in ensuring that people who seek help receive reliable information. May I draw her attention to the work of the Medway community legal services partnership, which has developed in a number of ways? I draw her attention especially to the document in my hand—the referral handbook—which is...

Rail Services (North Kent) (18 Jun 2002)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Jonathan Shaw) on having secured this important debate. I thank him, you, Mr. Chidgey, and the Minister for allowing me to contribute. I bring great news from the heart of Kent. The channel tunnel rail link is on time, on schedule and on budget. Phase 1 is a sight to behold, with the North Downs tunnel, a splendid piece of...

Sustainable Communities, Housing and Planning (18 Jul 2002)

Paul Clark: I welcome the statement, which is firm and fair in terms of housing policy. Within the Medway towns alone, the council estimates that, over the next 20 years, 20,000 more homes will be required just to meet the immediate need of the indigenous population. One of the reasons for the housing crisis is that from the mid 1980s, for 10 years, the Conservative Government allowed developments of...

Second Hub Airport (South East) (16 Oct 2002)

Paul Clark: On that point, does my hon. Friend agree that the case for regeneration, which has been referred to by many hon. Members in the debate, in the east of London and the Thames gateway area—jobs, affordable housing and so on—has actually been made in a balanced way through public and private work through the area investment framework, which will deliver a far more sustainable development than...

2012 Olympic Games (26 Nov 2002)

Paul Clark: On the point about the potential success of businesses in your constituency, are you not concerned that if the stupid proposal to end the line at Abbey Wood happens, congestion in your constituency will be much greater? Would you agree—

Airports Consultation (28 Nov 2002)

Paul Clark: May I commend the Secretary of State on his clear response to the situation within 48 hours of the judgment—an action that will be warmly welcomed by the people of north Kent? Yesterday's written statement, which pointed out that he will not seek to appeal, was also warmly welcomed by the hundreds of people who lobbied Parliament against the Cliffe proposal. The Secretary of State said that...

Estates (Improvements): Social Housing (10 Apr 2003)

Paul Clark: My right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench will be well aware of the review that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is leading on the delivery of development in the Thames gateway and of his intention to make a statement in May 2003. I am especially interested to know if my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary can say whether that statement is still on target to be made in May 2003,...

Neighbourhood Renewal (Leyton) (16 Jul 2004)

Paul Clark: I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Harry Cohen) on securing this debate on what obviously is an important issue for all those who live in Leyton and in the wider borough of Waltham Forest. Before the debate, and bearing in mind my Whip's post, I took the opportunity to speak to ministerial colleagues, and I am well aware that my hon. Friend takes an...

Milton Keynes Local Plan (Interim Report) (8 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: At the outset, let me congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes, North-East (Brian White) on securing the debate. He has raised many issues and, at the heart of them, is the question of how we promote joined-up thinking and joined-up government at all levels—nationally, regionally and locally—to ensure that we deliver the communities for which he and my hon. Friend the...

Milton Keynes Local Plan (Interim Report) (8 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: Absolutely. I realise that that does not make things easy. It has become clear in Milton Keynes that in order to deliver the sustainable communities plan, we need to run the processes concurrently. Then we can achieve what I know my hon. Friend desires—joined-up thinking that will allow us to get it right for all who live there now and who will do so in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. The...

Milton Keynes Local Plan (Interim Report) (8 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: I am sorry. They will be sleeping in temporary accommodation tonight in Milton Keynes. I am aware that within the local authority stock there were only 140 voids—or there were at the end of April, according to the figures that I have—and I recognise the problems with that. I am sure that my hon. Friend, and my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes, South-West have had many cases in...

Travellers (Planning Law) (16 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) on securing this debate and raising some very important issues relating to Gypsies and unauthorised developments. I am sure that all hon. Members who have contributed will agree that Gypsies and Travellers should enjoy the same right as everyone else to establish a decent place to live, as long as they do so within the law. We...

Travellers (Planning Law) (16 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that comment. I am about to come on to the enforcement review, and the review in relation to how we move forward, as every Member who has spoken has questioned whether enough sites are available, and if not, how further sites will be made available. We have heard about the initiatives of the hon. Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron), for example, to which the hon....

Travellers (Planning Law) (16 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: As I have said, the importance of a proper quantitative assessment of need is likely to be stressed. Obviously the matter will be open to consultation, discussion and review. I am sure that Members, including those who are present today, will take the opportunity to comment and raise matters that may be of concern. Unfortunately, Gypsies often proceed to establish sites without first...

Travellers (Planning Law) (16 Sep 2004)

Paul Clark: There is a perception that human rights apply only to the few and not to the many. They apply to all of us. The Human Rights Act 1998 was about a number of issues, one of which was to make it possible for anyone in this Chamber or in the country to pursue their human rights through British courts, rather than face the expensive cost of going to Strasbourg. Human rights are relevant in...

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