Results 121–140 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

[Mr Philip Davies in the Chair] — Controls on Legal Highs (9 Sep 2010)

Alan Campbell: I cannot give the hon. Gentleman the assurance he seeks because he is sending me along a route he knows I cannot go down. There is a great deal of evidence that if we both studied this issue, he would reach one conclusion and I would reach another. The Government are looking around for all sorts of ideas from elsewhere-they are not the first Government to do that; all Governments do it. We...

[Mr Philip Davies in the Chair] — Controls on Legal Highs (9 Sep 2010)

Alan Campbell: Politicians always think that they back the public because they hope the public will back them. The hon. Gentleman misses my point-perhaps I am not explaining it sufficiently to him. We can take the evidence, but we must also take into account what the public think about such matters. There is an argument to say that scientific evidence alone can be collected on the harm that a drug would do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Licensing (6 Sep 2010)

Alan Campbell: What plans does the Home Secretary have to ensure that licensed premises apply effective age verification procedures?

Building Schools for the Future — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (21 Jul 2010)

Alan Campbell: In 2009, North Tyneside elected a Conservative mayor with a Conservative cabinet, and one of the first things that they did was to review the BSF programme because they were concerned about bureaucracy, consultants and value for money. Is the hon. Gentleman surprised that they confirmed that they would continue with the programme in my constituency without any change whatever?

Coastal Towns (Government Policy) (20 Jul 2010)

Alan Campbell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) on securing an important debate so early in the new Parliament. I have represented a coastal seat in the north-east since 1997 and I am pleased to find what genuine understanding new Members have. Let me warn them, however, that their predecessors also understood the problems of seaside towns, but without action to...

DNA and CCTV (Crime Prevention) (6 Jul 2010)

Alan Campbell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess. I congratulate the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) on securing the debate. It was a pleasure to listen to his argument, although we will have to wait to see whether the Minister shared that pleasure. At times, it felt a bit like we were witnessing a domestic dispute, although I am not sure whether it was about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: National DNA Database (28 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his post. Why does he believe that the Scottish police support the current English model, rather than the Scottish model, for DNA retention? Is that because the English model is based on evidence, whereas the Scottish model is not?

Cumbrian Shootings — [Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (23 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: It is customary on such occasions to congratulate the Member who secured the debate, but I know that on this occasion my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Mr Reed), like me, wishes that we were not here and that the events had not happened-but they did. He spoke movingly and with great dignity and bravery. I want to place on the record the high regard in which I hold him, as a result of...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: I identified £116 million of back-office savings that police forces were instructed to make. That is £116 million of cuts, is it not?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: It is not for us to tell police forces where they should make cuts. It is for us to set the police budget, but police forces are operationally independent, and it is for police authorities to make those decisions. The Government do not tell them how to do that.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: I welcome you to your new post, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am not sure about the Aladdin analogy. I am, however, convinced that with the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, we are now in the age of the brothers Grimm. Before I get to that, however, may I congratulate everyone who made their maiden speech today? They spoke with passion, commitment and humour, and all bring something...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: I have news for the hon. Gentleman: he is sitting on the Government Benches. It is up to the Government to bring their proposals to this House, and it is for this House to make judgments on them. As my right hon. Friend made clear-

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: One at a time! As my right hon. Friend made clear, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills identified £900 million-worth of cuts before the election. Before the election, I was in the Home Office, where we had identified £500 million-worth of savings. It is simply wrong to say that the previous Government did not identify savings, but if the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: I would first mention the battle for savings that every police force has to deliver while protecting front-line services. However, I do not necessarily want to talk about that-I want to talk about the money that was in the budgets under the previous Government for a very good reason. This debate is not only about BIS but about the whole of Government. I hope that the Minister will have a word...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: No. The hon. Gentleman has had his chance. One NorthEast has been a leading player in the New and Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth and along the north bank of the Tyne, in low-carbon vehicles at Nissan on Wearside, and in the Printable Electronics Technology Centre in County Durham. Every one of those developments had at their heart a level of operation between private investors and the...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Industry (Government Support) (16 Jun 2010)

Alan Campbell: Not at the minute. I will if I have time later. The Government need to accept, as the Opposition accept, that although deficit reduction is important, so too is economic growth. If we do not have the latter, we cannot have a better-balanced economy, including in respect of the regions and London. The north-east remains hopeful, but not expectant, because the Prime Minister said in that...

Business of the House: Dangerous Drugs (7 Apr 2010)

Alan Campbell: In the short time available to me, I wish to comment, in reverse order, on the main points that have been raised. The hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) made a number of serious allegations. The first was that the ACMD was not properly constituted when it came to this decision; we reject that view. He said that evidence was not properly considered; we reject that view. He...

Business of the House: Dangerous Drugs (7 Apr 2010)

Alan Campbell: I beg to move, That the draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 30 March, be approved. If the order is approved, it will bring mephedrone and other cathinone derivatives-a group of so-called legal highs-under the control of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, as class B drugs, from 16 April 2010. As required by the Act, the Advisory Council on...

Business of the House: Dangerous Drugs (7 Apr 2010)

Alan Campbell: As ever, my right hon. Friend speaks wise words. Of course Ministers ultimately decide and advisers advise, but there is a strong relationship between the Home Secretary and the council and its new chair, and we value the advice that is given.

Business of the House: Dangerous Drugs (7 Apr 2010)

Alan Campbell: One just has to look at the order, the agreement between the council and the Home Secretary, and what I hope is the widespread opinion in the House and throughout the country to see that when the relationship works well, it works very well indeed. I will not go down the path on which the hon. Gentleman tries to lead me, but if he catches your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I will listen carefully...


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