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Results 181–200 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sir David Amess

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (10 Jan 2006)

Sir David Amess: The House has listened very carefully to what the Foreign Secretary said, and I, for one, am encouraged by his words. In light of the Iranian regime's breach of two agreements with EU 3 in October 2003 and November 2004, and in light of what the right hon. Gentleman has just said about Tehran resuming nuclear activities at Natanz, surely the time has come to refer Iran's nuclear file to the...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Sir David Amess: I am absolutely delighted that all the animal welfare issues that I and other hon. Members have campaigned on over the years come together in this Bill. I simply say to the Minister that I much regret that Tony Banks is not here with us. I have always enjoyed people who have a sense of humour. He certainly had a sense of humour—how else can one describe someone who represented West Ham,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Lottery Funds (30 Jan 2006)

Sir David Amess: What steps she will take to ensure that lottery funds are distributed to the four original good causes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Lottery Funds (30 Jan 2006)

Sir David Amess: That is splendid news. In the light of the Minister's answer, will he confirm that the National Lottery Bill will not erode the traditional independence of the way in which the lottery spends its money, that there will be no political interference, and that the Big Lottery Fund represents additional funding entirely based on the core principles on which the lottery was founded?

Iran (Nuclear Programme) (1 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: You have taken me by surprise, Mr. Martlew. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Hertfordshire (Mr. Gauke) on the splendid debate. I concur with all the speeches, but I take a different opinion on many things that the Minister said. A lot of hon. Members are defence experts and could put the case more eloquently than I can. Unlike some people who purport to be Churchillian...

Iran (Nuclear Programme) (1 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: That would be very useful. Many hon. Members and I are in favour of jaw-jaw rather than war-war, but we are angry because there has been too much seduction of the present regime. I listened carefully to the state of union address last night—what a sad figure I am, I stayed up for it—

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: We live in an unjust country. The Government are unjust and I blame local government's powerless state on the Labour leader. Since he took power in 1997, he has shown little or no interest in local government. What is the point of anyone becoming a councillor nowadays? The centralising Government tell local authorities everything that they should to do. They tell them how much to spend and...

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: There we are; I was exactly right when I said we live in a very unjust country. We have a serious situation in Southend, with 20,000 people left off the census. We cannot wait until 2011 for that to be addressed. The Minister also knows that Southend pier has been burnt for the third time, that we are suffering cliff slippage and that Southend, West—the constituency I am proud to...

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: They certainly are good Conservatives. All that brings huge financial difficulties. At the meeting with the Minister's colleague, we brought to his attention the fact that Southend had received a 2 per cent. increase while the average across the country was 3 per cent. We also brought to his attention the fact that if the local authority increased local council tax by more than 5 per cent.,...

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: The Minister shakes his head, but as a result of our deputation—my hon. Friends must bear this in mind, until we enter office—we have actually had our grant cut by £34,000. That really is taking the mickey. I am desperately disappointed with what the Government have done.

Sexual Health (HIV/AIDS) (9 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: As the new Chairman of the Health Committee, the right hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron), said already, he was not the Chairman at the time when we prepared the report. Indeed, there are very few of us left who contributed to it. Some of our colleagues unfortunately lost their seats. One of them died. One reappointed colleague, the hon. Member for Bristol, North-West (Dr....

Sexual Health (HIV/AIDS) (9 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. When we first saw the advertisement—I think it involved tombstones—we were all shocked by them, but gradually attitudes changed. I hope that the Minister will reflect on the Committee's discussions on the effects of advertising. With a 20 per cent. annual increase—53,000 new cases annually in the UK—preventive measures must be taken...

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: I welcome this opportunity to debate human rights in China in the House. I fully understand that the Minister has a difficult card to play, but I hope that I and other hon. Members who might contribute will encourage him to tell the House clearly and firmly how the Government feel about human rights as they exist in China at the moment. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly set forth...

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman has not seen my speech, but he has certainly read my mind, as I am about to deal with that point. I certainly agree that Chinese society is freer than when Chairman Mao ran the regime, but, like the hon. Gentleman, I am very concerned about the oppression of intellectuals and their freedom to express themselves in writing and conversation. The Chinese Government's...

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: I was getting carried away there, Mr. Deputy Speaker, not realising that 7 o'clock had arrived. As I was saying, such affiliation and practice does exist, but at the risk even of submission to mental institutions. In a report on religious freedom, Christian Solidarity Worldwide lists the plethora of cases against Protestants and Catholics in China. Next Wednesday, I will lead a delegation to...

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is entirely right, and it is a shame that that point is entirely missed. I am delighted that he has taken this opportunity to remind the House and the Chinese Government of it.

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: I agree entirely. I am sure that the Minister has listened very carefully to what the hon. Gentleman said, and I hope that he will respond to that point when he winds up. The pastor's visit was deeply moving and we were all shocked by what he had to tell us. Page after page of the CSW report lists cases involving the beating, torture and arrest of church patrons, Bible students, pastors and...

China (Human Rights) (15 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: I welcome the opportunity to join the hon. Gentleman in paying tribute to those brave people in this country who are fighting for what they believe in. I salute what they are doing, and I hope that the Minister will find time to comment on the Government's approach to what they are trying to do. Tibetan Buddhists continue to face persecution as the Chinese Government attempt to diminish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy Prices (16 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: If he will make a statement on recent increases in energy prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy Prices (16 Feb 2006)

Sir David Amess: As the sponsor of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill, now enacted, which committed the Government to eliminating fuel poverty within a set period, does the Secretary of State share my concern that gas prices have increased by 38 per cent. and electricity prices by 30 per cent. since October 2003, pushing another 200,000 people into fuel poverty? What does he intend to do to address...


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