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Results 81–100 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

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — British Business (China) (15 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Olner) on securing the debate. As so many people wish to speak, I shall dump most of my speech and talk about suits, ties and watches on another occasion. I congratulate the Industry and Parliament Trust on this initiative. The hon. Gentleman is the chairman of the group, and the delegation was ably led by him and the hon. Member for Wirral,...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — British Business (China) (15 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman makes the point better than I would be able to, and I agree with everything he said. We are not making as much as we could of existing possibilities. Enforcement issues, consistent implementation of intellectual property rights, market access, red tape and subsidies to domestic companies all continue to feature among the barriers to doing business in the market. Such...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Unemployment (20 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Given the effect of economic turbulence on the value of pension funds, will the Government consider suspending the present rules, which force people to lock themselves into long-term pension arrangements on their retirement age or on the occasion of their 75th birthday?

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — South-East Plan (22 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Order. The winding-up speeches will begin at 10.30 am. I would like to call everyone who wants to speak, so I appeal to hon. Members to bear that deadline in mind when making their contributions. An excellent example has already been set by the hon. Member for Guildford (Anne Milton).

Banking Services (Small Businesses) (22 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Order. The debate runs until 4 o'clock, so hon. Members have plenty of time.

Gypsies and Travellers (Epping Forest) (22 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Order. I am very reluctant to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but it is clear that if he is to be in order, he has to talk about Epping Forest, not his own circumstances in Bedford. I am afraid that this is a very narrow debate.

Gypsies and Travellers (Epping Forest) (22 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: Order. I am very sorry, but I am being strongly advised that we cannot have specific points about Bedford. They can be about only Epping Forest.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day — Second Part]: Olympic Legacy (29 Oct 2008)

Sir David Amess: I had the honour of chairing the Committee stage of the London Olympics Act 2006, when the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn) was a sports Minister. I congratulate all those responsible on bringing the Olympic games to this country, and I very much hope that we will all be alive in 2012 to enjoy them. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Surrey...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Occupational Therapy Services (4 Nov 2008)

Sir David Amess: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS occupational therapy services; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Occupational Therapy Services (4 Nov 2008)

Sir David Amess: Let us deal now with 2008 issues, for which the Government are responsible. Earlier this year, my mother broke her hip while in hospital and I observed at close hand the wonderful work of occupational therapists. However, the Minister knows that, in adult social services, occupational therapists form 2 per cent. of the work force, yet deal with 35 per cent. of referrals. With health and...

Topical Debate: Combating Obesity (13 Nov 2008)

Sir David Amess: I listened carefully to the Minister of State, and I suppose that there was very little that I, or indeed anyone in the House, could disagree with. However, I am disappointed by the degree of seriousness that the Government attach to the subject. Those of us who become Members of Parliament do not, presumably, come here just to time-serve but to try to achieve something. For instance, when I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (24 Nov 2008)

Sir David Amess: Given that this is warm homes week, are the Government aware that a growing number of people are complaining that they are not eligible for grants because they have part-time jobs, small savings or small pensions, and are not on benefit? Will the Government look carefully at the situation, and ensure that there are discussions with the appropriate Department? Many of the people applying for...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: The background to this year's Gracious Speech is different from that of last year's; it is as if we live in a different country and a different world. Earlier today, I spent time with a former great parliamentarian, Sir Albert McQuarrie, who is now 90, and his wife Lady McQuarrie. We were discussing the state of the British economy. He felt that the British people had not realised how serious...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: I am not going to revisit the argument about what we should have done. The Leader of the Opposition made clear what we would have done, but the reality is that if there had been a Conservative Government, we would not be in this mess now. We would not have taken the power away from the Bank of England.

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: My right hon. Friend is not here to defend himself. I have the greatest admiration for the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), and I am sorry that he is not standing at the next election. However, he will not tempt me to fall out with a colleague for whom I have the highest regard. The Gracious Speech also stated that the Government would "bring forward legislation to...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: I am afraid that I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman says. For what it is worth, I was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department concerned when all those negotiations were going on, and my recollection of those decisions is completely different from his. However, I will not be tempted to go further down that road. Next, the Gracious Speech tells us: "A Bill will be brought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: The Warmer Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000, which I had the honour of introducing, places a duty on the Government to pursue a strategy to eliminate fuel poverty for vulnerable people by 2010 and for everyone by 2016. Given that the current strategy is clearly failing, with 5.4 million people now in fuel poverty, will the Prime Minister tear up the present strategy, listen to his own...

Royal Assent: Christmas Adjournment (18 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: Before the House adjourns for the Christmas recess, I wish to raise many issues. I do not expect the Minister to reply to any of them this afternoon, given the time, but if the appropriate Department could respond by Easter, that would be appreciated. The debate takes place against the grimmest background that I have ever known. The country is in a mess; the world is in a mess. The British...

Petition — Immigration and Citizenship (18 Dec 2008)

Sir David Amess: I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of 100 families concerning their views on the Green Paper "The Path to Citizenship: Next Steps in Reforming the Immigration System". It states: The Humble Petition of the Malayalee community of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Sheweth: that the proposal in the Home Office's Green Paper 'The Path to Citizenship' to increase the minimum period of...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (10 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: I assume that all Members of Parliament wish to live in a clean environment and a pleasant neighbourhood. If they do not, they are not representing their constituents because that is what each and every one of our constituents wants. The question is, and I have listened to the criticism of the Conservative party opposing the Bill: will this Bill achieve that which our constituents want? I...

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