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Animal Husbandry (Welfare Standards) (11 Oct 2006)

David Drew: It is a privilege to follow such doughty fighters as the hon. Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) and my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), as well as my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Gwyn Prosser), who made an intervention. They have established a reputation in the House on this important issue, and much though we might not be great in numbers here...

Charitable and Community Events (11 Jul 2006)

Anthony Steen: I am most grateful to my hon. and learned Friend for attending the debate. If he catches your eye, Mr. Hood, I feel sure that he will be able to develop that point. The whole House would welcome hearing from him, as it always does. He highlights no more than an anxiety throughout Devon and Cornwall. The police have suddenly discovered that they have the powers, which are nothing new, as they...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis (4 Jul 2006)

Ann Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total land area of England was under an (a) annual, (b) two yearly, (c) three yearly and (d) four yearly bovine tuberculosis testing regime in 2005.

[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Gurkhas (7 Jun 2006)

Tom Watson: ...securing the debate. He had kind words for me on my first run-out in the Chamber a few weeks ago, but I suspect that he will not be as happy with my response this morning. However, I hope that I can give him some reassurances on the points that he raised. He will know that although I am new to this job, I am not new to Gurkha policy; he and I have often sat in on Adjournment debates on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Commission (5 Jun 2006)

David Drew: The hon. Gentleman will know that, under the previous Government, the Widdecombe commission looked at restricting the political activity of people in particular positions. Will he examine that when considering into what the Speaker's Committee can make inquiries, because many of my friends believe that that places an undue burden on their right to pursue a passive interest in the political...

Points of Order: Sunday Trading Act 1994 (Amendment) (24 May 2006)

Richard Younger-Ross: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Sunday Trading Act 1994 to limit the hours of opening of large shops on Sundays and other specified days. I am pleased to have the opportunity to present to the House a Bill that will limit the hours in which large supermarkets and other stores trade on a Sunday at present. I do so because I believe that every politician in...

Business of the House: Conventions (Joint Committee) (10 May 2006)

Jack Straw: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will not because, although I love him to bits, I know that he has an unrivalled ability to keep the House for a long time, which does not necessarily lead to the approbation of his colleagues. I thank the right hon. Member for Maidstone—[ Interruption.] I am sorry, I meant the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May). The right hon. Member for...

36 Engineer Regiment (Maidstone) (22 Mar 2006)

Adam Ingram: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on securing this debate and providing me with the opportunity to speak on the issue. I did not know that in the past an attempt was made to close the barracks. I was not advised of that, but it is now received wisdom. We are now attending to the reorganisation and better definition of our armed forces because...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill: New Clause 2 — Sale of Animals on the Internet (14 Mar 2006)

Shona McIsaac: I am trying to answer the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink). What I am trying to say is, "Let's have it based on evidence." A circus owner would have to show that an animal's welfare needs were being met. I am confident, as are many organisations, that they will not be met. Therefore, the Secretary of State would have the power to prohibit those animals being kept in circuses. I heard...

Orders of the Day — Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Encouragement of Terrorism (15 Feb 2006)

Ann Widdecombe: I admit that I have been in a dilemma during much of the passage of the Bill and, at times, I believed that the Government had got it right. For example, I believe that they were probably right about 90 days, and I would certainly have voted—had I had the opportunity—for 60 days. Therefore, I looked very carefully at this issue before deciding the appropriate course of action. If my hon....

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (31 Jan 2006)

Michael Gove: It is a great privilege to be called to speak after my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) and the hon. Member for Cannock Chase (Dr. Wright). In their speeches, both were tremendous advertisements for independence of mind. It is independence of mind that is under assault in the Bill before the House this evening. If the Government get their way and...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Angela Smith: I welcome the debate that the amendments have triggered, although I make my contribution in the hope that they will be withdrawn because, as the Minister pointed out, this is an enabling Bill; it is the statutory instruments that seem to be the real basis for the discussion. However, I ask the Minister to give further clarity on how the statutory instrument will be chosen. He has cited the...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 4 - Unnecessary suffering (17 Jan 2006)

Paddy Tipping: My hon. Friend the Member for Stroud asked me to make the case for his amendment No. 191, but I think that he made the case well himself, and I just want to reinforce it and remind the Minister that the point was raised on Second Reading. The right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) raised it, supported by her hon.   Friend the Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry), so the...

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

Ben Bradshaw: I thank Members on both sides of the House for what has been an excellent debate. It was at all times educative, sometimes serious and sometimes entertaining. I have learned a lot, and Members have given me plenty of food for thought to take away to Committee, in which I hope that the debate between the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) and her hon. Friend...

Fireworks (Amendment) (20 Dec 2005)

Sir David Amess: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a bill to amend the Fireworks Act 2003; and for connected purposes. At this time of good will, I do not wish to be seen as some sort of party-pooper; nor do I wish the House to think that I bear deep resentment towards Guy Fawkes. I think it right for the voice of animals to be heard at this time, however. Let me begin by acknowledging the...

Bovine TB (6 Dec 2005)

Owen Paterson: It is a great pleasure, Miss Widdecombe, to serve under your chairmanship. I heartily congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr. Cox) not only on securing this debate, but on his splendid and robust speech. I should declare my interests as set out in the register, namely my agricultural rent. I should declare another interest: I am probably the only MP who has...

Flood Prevention (London) (22 Nov 2005)

Elliot Morley: I congratulate the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) on his comprehensive little run-around on London's potential flood risks. There is no doubt that any major city with a tidal river and several waterways running into it is at risk. The Government's job is to work with local authorities and the Environment Agency to find ways of reducing that risk. I am happy to...

Enterprise (Wakefield) (22 Nov 2005)

Alun Michael: I think that this is the first time, Miss Widdecombe, that I have had the pleasure of serving under your eagle eye in Westminster Hall. I shall behave myself. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Normanton (Ed Balls) for initiating this debate. What we heard from him and from my hon. Friends the Members for Wakefield (Mary Creagh) and for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett) demonstrates that Wakefield...

Ardmore Peninsula, Sutherland (Mail Deliveries) (22 Nov 2005)

Barry Gardiner: I am tempted to begin by saying that we must stop meeting like this, Miss Widdecombe. I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship and all the more so because I know of your keen interest in the rural post service. I congratulate the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (John Thurso) on doing exactly what a constituency MP should do: representing the needs and concerns of...

Rehabilitation of Prisoners (17 Nov 2005)

James Clappison: I am delighted that we have this opportunity to debate the report. It is an important report, and I support all its conclusions, and the gist of what its Chairman, the right hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham), has been saying. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the impetus that my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) gave to the Committee...


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