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Results 101–120 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

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (10 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: I doubt that very much. I think that Her Majesty's loyal Opposition are increasingly disgusted by the way in which Parliament is treated by the Government. There were a couple of major news articles in the national newspapers commenting on the Bill. One said: "Only yesterday, there were two more additions to the depressingly long list of ways in which we must now expect to be policed or...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (10 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: I assure the Minister that I was not dragooned into the Chamber—no Whip would try to do that. I wanted to speak in the debate simply because I think that the Bill is absolutely hopeless.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Maldives (25 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: What recent discussions he has had with the British high commissioner of the Maldives on the political situation in the Maldives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Maldives (25 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: Does the Minister have concerns about the allegations of irregularities regarding those elections? It seems a little strange not to allow political parties. Will our Government do everything they can to assist the incoming Government with reconstruction, particularly as regards the tourism industry?

Obesity (Young People) (25 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on securing the debate. Seldom have I heard him speak with such passion and enthusiasm. He was entirely right to choose the subject of obesity in young people. I was initially concerned when he seemed to concentrate most of his remarks on physical activity, but he more than redressed the balance in the latter part of his...

Obesity (Young People) (25 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend has guessed the next point that I was going to make. It is entirely a matter for the governing bodies of those schools to determine priorities and to ensure that healthy eating and tackling obesity are at the top of the agenda. As far as the Government are concerned, guidance is advisable. I cannot see any reason why the Government should not let it be known that they hope that...

Obesity (Young People) (25 Jan 2005)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend already gave notice of that question. I will write to him on the issue after I have discussed it with the people who supply avocados. I am delighted to say that Southend-on-Sea borough council has a successful walking buses initiative. I hope that other local authorities will copy that. In Southend, in March, there will be a launch—I hope that it will attract some national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phone Use (1 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary regarding the use of mobile phones by people in charge of motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phone Use (1 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: I am delighted that the two Departments are chatting about this problem, but when the Minister next talks to Home Office colleagues will he ask them when the law will be enforced? I was told yesterday that police officers welcomed the introduction of this offence and that they did not need extra officers to enforce it, so why does the whole of the British population—although not me, because...

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: Will the Minister give way?

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: A year ago I initiated an Adjournment debate entitled "Southend Borough Council (Financial Settlement)", to which the Under-Secretary replied. Sadly, many of the points that I made then are still pertinent this evening. Southend borough council is an extremely well run local authority, and I pay tribute to all the women and men who work for it, but unless the Government do something to help...

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: It is not. I will come to the Minister's remark in a moment. When I first arrived in Southend, the authority had decided to become unitary. At first that worked extremely well financially, but unfortunately—as the Minister of State knows only too well—it has recently not been to the authority's financial advantage. In Southend we had many brilliant leaders of our council. Norman Harris...

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: The Minister of State is wrong. I am the only Member to whom he did not give way. All I wanted to ask was, would he please meet a delegation from Southend to discuss issues relating to the census? In the 22 years for which I have been a Member of Parliament—I have listened to many of his speeches—it has always been common courtesy to see delegations led by Members of Parliament. I think...

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: It certainly is the case that the Minister of State has not listened, because he is pre-judging the meeting that would take place. During his opening remarks, he agreed to meet one of his hon. Friends on a specific issue. I ask him to reconsider his decision not to meet a delegation from Southend, because the impact of having 20,000 fewer people on the census than there actually are is tragic...

Local Government Finance (2 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: It is no good the Minister of State shaking his head. I have been overwhelmed by the number of local residents who have made telephone calls. There has been a rally. I have received umpteen letters. Misery is being piled on the good residents of Southend because the Government will not listen to the points that the local authority is making about the census. I ask the Minister of State not to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Voter Registration (7 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: If he will ensure that every member of the armed forces is provided with a service electoral registration form before the end of February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Voter Registration (7 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: Following on from an exchange with the Prime Minister, given that it is an offence with a fine of up to £1,000 for a member of the public not to enrol on the electoral register after being contacted by an electoral registration officer, what action have the Government taken to remind our wonderful service personnel of their duty to re-register?

Obesity (10 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: Since I first became a Member of Parliament, the power, influence and importance of Select Committees has grown tremendously. I note that the second paragraph of the Government's response to the Health Committee's report on obesity says: "We welcome the Committee's thorough and comprehensive investigation of the issues surrounding the growing problem of obesity. It complemented and directly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Truancy (24 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: How much her Department has spent on anti-truancy initiatives since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Truancy (24 Feb 2005)

Sir David Amess: A lot of money has been spent on these initiatives, for example sending parents to prison if their children play truant or giving secondary schools disincentives to retain truanting children, but I am not at all sure how successful they have been. Must not the Government now accept that an all-out concerted effort is needed to recruit and retain, and to encourage the women and men with the...


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