Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Campbell

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill (2 Jun 1997)

Alan Campbell: I commend the hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on an excellently delivered maiden speech. I also pay a belated tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr. Foster). Their speeches were indicative of the major contributions that they will make to the work of the House. I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech in such an important debate. I do so in the...

Public Accounts (20 Nov 1997)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a brief contribution to the debate, albeit as a new member of the Public Accounts Committee commenting on reports of a previous Committee. Before I do that, I, too, pay tribute to the role of Sir John Bourn and his staff in providing support to Committee members. New members in particular benefited from that support. I also thank the Clerk to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electronic Service Delivery (4 Mar 1998)

Alan Campbell: What representations he has received on the potential use of smartcards to deliver Government services. [30872]

Oral Answers to Questions — Electronic Service Delivery (4 Mar 1998)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful for that answer. Is my right hon. Friend aware of the excellent work being done by Siemens in my Tynemouth constituency to develop new smartcard technology? Does he agree that there is great potential for the use of such technology to deliver public services in a cost-effective and user-friendly way?

Electoral System (2 Jun 1998)

Alan Campbell: I shall try to be brief. I welcome the progress that the Government have already made in setting up the Jenkins commission. I am surprised that its mere establishment seems to have thrown the Conservative party into panic. I am pleased that the Government have resisted the temptation simply to accept the system that delivered them so much power, and have been prepared not only to consider...

Criminal Justice (21 Jul 1998)

Alan Campbell: Does my right hon. Friend share the concerns expressed in the recent Public Accounts Committee report on the Metropolitan police? The Committee found that, on a typical day such as today, 1,500 officers will be on sick leave, which means the loss of about 400,000 days each year at a cost to the taxpayer of £122 million. Does my right hon. Friend agree that there must be scope for savings...

Seaside Towns (2 Dec 1998)

Alan Campbell: Is my hon. Friend aware that, according to House of Commons Library figures, less than 5 per cent. of the money allocated by the previous Government in SRB rounds 1 to 3 went into coastal towns, and less than 3 per cent. in round 4? Does he agree that that says a great deal about the previous Government's lack of support for coastal towns, and that it would be helpful if the Government were...

Orders of the Day — Royal Assent (14 Jan 1999)

Alan Campbell: I am pleased to be able to speak in this debate and pleased, too, that this year we are dealing with our own reports rather than with reports inherited from the previous Committee—although I suppose the Minister may not share my sense of familiarity with them. I associate myself with the comments made about the work of the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, the Clerks and the...

Orders of the Day — Royal Assent (14 Jan 1999)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that comment. It is precisely the point that there appears to have been some miraculous change in market conditions, and I shall return to that matter in due course. I should like to move on to the Committee's 48th report, dealing with the sale of the MOD married quarters estate. Although it is easy to see how rolling stock might deteriorate over...

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (17 Mar 1999)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate, not least because Tyne-Tees coastguard station—due for closure—is in my constituency. I am grateful for the work of the Select Committee, and I welcome the broad conclusions in its report. I wish to refer to two matters that have been covered in detail this morning: first, the importance of local knowledge in local stations; and,...

Opposition Day: Industry and Employment (29 Apr 1999)

Alan Campbell: Siemens is in my constituency. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the company decided, last summer, to withdraw from north Tyneside because of its failure to develop a joint venture, as most microchip plants around the world have done, to guarantee a market for that product? Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that, in a statement last summer, Siemens explained that its decision to...

Opposition Day: Vaux Brewery (29 Apr 1999)

Alan Campbell: On short-termism and regional assistance, I know that my right hon. Friend shares my concern about today's decision by Siemens to invest in a plant in France rather than on north Tyneside. Quite apart from the fact that the French factory will not be making the same product as the north Tyneside one, that suggests an appalling lack of commitment by Siemens to finding a secure future for the...

Opposition Day: European Union Fraud (19 May 1999)

Alan Campbell: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate. The Chamber reminds me of a Public Accounts Committee meeting, but it is the stronger for that. Tackling fraud in the European Union is an important matter. It is too important to be kicked around by the Opposition during a European election campaign. I associate myself with the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for City of...

Opposition Day: European Union Fraud (19 May 1999)

Alan Campbell: I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, Central (Mr. Davies) will want to make his own case. I am not sure whether the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr. Davis) expects me to answer that question. The issue is where we start from in this debate: whether we can agree as to what can be achieved and whether we can engage in debate constructively and positively. I...

Salmon Fishing (10 Nov 1999)

Alan Campbell: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wansbeck (Mr. Murphy) on securing the debate. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a brief contribution. I represent a number of salmon netsmen in my constituency, including those operating mainly out of Cullercoats. They are among the 180 or so fishermen and 75 boats from the north-east that were affected by the Environment Agency's decision...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Oct 2000)

Alan Campbell: Do the Government have any plans to introduce into the national curriculum the geography of north-east England, given that the Tory party website puts Tyne Bridge in Sunderland, and Cleveland in Durham above Northumberland? Does not that show the Conservative party's contempt for the north-east as a region?

Defence Procurement (26 Oct 2000)

Alan Campbell: I hoped to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to raise some issues about naval procurement, but I now have the opportunity to respond to what the Secretary of State said earlier. I speak as someone who has a constituency interest in the defence and maritime industries, but also as the chair of the north-east maritime and offshore cluster—a role for which I receive no remuneration. I...

Defence Procurement (26 Oct 2000)

Alan Campbell: In the early 1990s. The failure of the previous Government to put work into Swan Hunter and Tyneside led to the collapse of Swan Hunter. It is only due to the faith of the new owner and his investment that Swan Hunter is the success that it is today. The decision on landing ships, which I welcome, is about value for money. It is in the interests of taxpayers, as it should be, but it is also...

Points of Order: Fisheries (25 Jan 2001)

Alan Campbell: It is pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) and my hon. Friend the Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr. Quinn). I make no apology for echoing some of the points that they raised. I want to speak briefly on behalf of the fishing community in my constituency, principally in North Shields and Cullercoats. North Shields is an important fishing port in terms of...

Points of Order: Fisheries (25 Jan 2001)

Alan Campbell: Let me give the hon. Gentleman an example. In a month's time, Atmel will reopen the Siemens factory in my constituency, creating 1,000 jobs in the short term, and we hope that the figure will double over the next few months. Atmel came largely because we are a member of the European Union. My point is that we must do what we can for the fishing community but, at the same time, there must be...


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