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Results 61–80 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 — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (2 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: With £4.6 billion of benefits going unclaimed every year, Age Concern's excellent report, "Just what the doctor ordered", has suggested that health care settings are an excellent way to publicise benefits. As the architect of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000, I am concerned that the Government will not meet their target of eliminating fuel poverty by 2010, so will they accept...

Southend Driving Test Centre (3 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) on securing this Adjournment debate. All that needs to be said has been said, but in spite of that, I want the Minister to hear directly from me—another voice. In speaking, I join my hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois), and it also good to see my hon. Friend the Member for...

Southend Driving Test Centre (3 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend has got to the heart of the matter, which saves me from enlarging on that point, and I hope that the Minister will respond to it. We should stand up to this ridiculous directive. I have nothing against motorcyclists, but why should motorists in Southend suffer as a result of the directive? So far, four of my five children have passed their driving tests, and their father has,...

Southend Driving Test Centre (3 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: As my hon. Friend said, the 3,000 signatures are not from Disraeli or Queen Victoria; they are the genuine signatures of people who will be badly affected by this proposal. The position of the local community has been clear throughout the 12 weeks of the consultation process and it is no exaggeration to say that the DSA has been bombarded with objections. It refused requests from the...

Southend Driving Test Centre (3 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) and I might have misheard the Minister, but we thought that he referred to planned development either side of the existing centre. This is news to us. I do not understand where he has got that from.

Points of Order: Topical Debates — Dangerous Dogs (12 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: I know that my hon. Friend might be a little anxious as this is his debut at the Dispatch Box, but I thought it was usual for hon. Members to declare their interest. Will my hon. Friend now declare his interest?

Points of Order: Topical Debates — Dangerous Dogs (12 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: I am listening to my hon. Friend's proposals very carefully, and I hope to be lucky enough to catch Mr. Deputy Speaker's eye later, as I want to say something about the 1991 Act. Where does the support for the Conservative party's proposals on these matters come from? Where has my hon. Friend sought advice, and how does he think the proposals would work in practice? I agree very much with...

Points of Order: Topical Debates — Dangerous Dogs (12 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on his debut at the Dispatch Box. In every sense, he was a howling success. We are supposed to be a nation of animal lovers. It can be argued that, in comparison with some other countries, we treat our animals in a civilised way. Perhaps hon. Members will correct me, but we do not eat dogs in this country—I have never...

Points of Order: Topical Debates — Dangerous Dogs (12 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend is right to remind the House of his love for dogs and the situation of Rottweilers. It is a difficult conversation to pursue, because we all have favourite dogs. I can understand why there is perhaps a slight impression that a Rottweiler is quite a powerful dog—with which, I think, my hon. Friend would agree—and in the ownership of the wrong sort of person might display...

Points of Order: Topical Debates — Dangerous Dogs (12 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, who makes an excellent point. I hope that something comes out of the debate, because, as he said, the danger posed by dogs whose physical and mental well-being is not cared for by their owners is seriously underestimated. As someone who takes dogs for a walk—it is the most gregarious activity that I know of—I am appalled by those owners who let their dogs...

Olympics: Target Pistol Shooting (23 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: What facilities she plans to provide for target pistol shooting at the 2012 London Olympics.

Olympics: Target Pistol Shooting (23 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: As an enthusiastic supporter of the Olympic games coming to London, I am increasingly worried about the state of the British economy. Will the Minister now explain how she can justify having this competition in a temporary building in Woolwich at a cost of £28 million, which is against the Olympic charter of a lasting legacy, when the competition could easily be held at the headquarters in...

Orders of the Day: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (23 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) described the Minister's speech as gracious. I assume that he was being sarcastic, because it was certainly nothing of the sort. It was a disgraceful and churlish speech. When the House considers this terrible matter, it is clear that the Government have behaved appallingly with the Foreign Office saying one thing and the Home...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Defined-benefit Pensions (7 Jul 2008)

Sir David Amess: What estimate he has made of the number of defined-benefit pension schemes which are open to new members.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Defined-benefit Pensions (7 Jul 2008)

Sir David Amess: Given the Prime Minister's disastrous decision in his first Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997 to raid pension funds to the tune of £5 billion, does the Minister share my concern that the take-up in defined-benefit pension schemes has dropped by 1 million in the past year and that, as I understand it, about 4,000 schemes have closed? If the Minister shares my concern, what are the...

Orders of the Day: Post Office Closures (Essex) (21 Jul 2008)

Sir David Amess: Like other hon. Members, I am presenting a petition against the closure of a post office. I have the honour of presenting one that has been signed by more than 1,000 residents of Southend, West. It has been organised by the Chalkwell residents association and the Westborough residents association. Given that the constituency has the greatest concentration of senior citizens in the country, if...

Points of Order: Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2008)

Sir David Amess: Before the House adjourns for the summer recess, I wish to raise a number of points, but I promise colleagues I shall do so briefly. I would not describe the Government as being in a state of disarray; I actually think they have disintegrated, and I am worried that if this drift continues until 2010, when we must have a general election, the situation will be very serious. My first point is...

Regeneration (Southend) (6 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: It might seem like only yesterday, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that we had the summer Adjournment debate, but it was actually quite a long time ago and an awful lot has happened since then. I want immediately to congratulate the Minister on his elevation to membership of the Privy Council. It is an honour that is well deserved, and I wish him well with his deliberations as a Privy Councillor. This...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Serious Fraud (9 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: What steps the Government plan to take to increase the effectiveness of their efforts in the detection and prosecution of people who have committed serious fraud; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Serious Fraud (9 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Notwithstanding what the Solicitor-General has just said, following the departure at the start of the summer of director Robert Wardle, I understand that more than a third of senior management at the Serious Fraud Office have left. The general public know that a huge amount of public money has been spent on trials with no outcome at all. Is the Solicitor-General really happy with what is...


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