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Results 1–20 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Soulsby

Petition — Education Maintenance Allowance (15 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: A few weeks ago, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), supported by my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester West (Liz Kendall) and me, launched a city-wide petition against the Government’s proposals to abolish the education maintenance allowance. Last week my right hon. Friend presented a petition presented by those who study at Gateway college in his...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I understand the Minister’s reluctance to give the names of those who might serve on the panel, but surely he will accept that it is important that those who have spoken out so strongly on behalf of woodlands and forests have their voice heard on that panel. Will he at this stage agree to ensure that on that panel are members of the public and local campaign groups who have been speaking so...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I join other hon. Members in congratulating my right hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) on securing the debate. It is clear from the contributions that Members have made that, despite the Government’s somewhat change of approach, this is still a current issue for us. As she reminds us, the context of her request for the debate was the threat to England’s...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: That is indeed the case. As I acknowledged, we very much welcome the fact that the Forestry Commission, in the exemplary way it manages its land—promoting biodiversity, providing education, interpretation and access—offers an example to others, which some follow. Woodland managed in England is only about one third of the total woodland and forest managed by the Forestry Commission across...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: Or the lack of debates on forestry in the House over recent years. That is interesting because I think that it points not to a lack of interest in forestry, but to a belief, up until now, that the forests were in safe hands and it was not a matter about which Members needed to concern themselves. That was why it was so distressing and surprising when we heard the Government’s proposals to...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: They could mean nothing other than that. There could be a wholesale sell-off. The outcry was totally predictable to everybody other than the Minister and his colleagues. They tried to dismiss that as scaremongering, and in the run-up to the 2 February debate, they said that they were doing it for the money. Perhaps the Minister will explain some of the figures behind the proposals and say...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I will come to questions to the Minister about how independent the review will be and what its terms of reference will be in one moment. Before doing that, I will return to the concerns about the continuing threats to the Forestry Commission’s work expressed by my right hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford when she introduced the debate and later by my hon. Friend the Member for...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Forestry Commission (1 Mar 2011)

Peter Soulsby: Could it not be that their lordships’ understanding of the proposals was based on what was said to them by the Minister? He said that “we wish to proceed with…very substantial disposal of public forest estate, which could go to the extent of all of it.” That sounds very clear and it is hardly surprising that their lordships took the Minister at his word.

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — backbench business — Parliamentary Reform (3 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: Thank you, Mr Benton. It is a pleasure to reply to this debate on behalf of the Procedure Committee. As the Minister has reminded Members, I do so because of the illness of the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr Knight), who is the Chair of our Select Committee but who had all the symptoms of flu last night. For his sake and for ours, it was felt best that he retired to his bed. It is...

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — backbench business — Parliamentary Reform (3 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing the debate. May I take this opportunity to apologise for the absence of the Chairman of the Procedure Committee, the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr Knight)? As the hon. Lady may know, he had all the symptoms of flu yesterday afternoon. For his sake and for ours, he has wisely gone home, but he asked me to stand in for him. As she will have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forests (3 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I have read the consultation paper. I have also read the impact assessment, which shows that the selling of our forests and dismantling of the Forestry Commission has nothing to do with the costs or the benefits. We know that the Government are not listening to the big society or the community, because community groups are desperately worried about having to take on responsibility for their...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Public Forest Estate (England) (2 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: The Forestry Commission is a British success story. I say that deliberately, because although we are talking about England's forests, as my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Mark Lazarowicz) reminded us, the Forestry Commission operates throughout the United Kingdom, and weakening it, as the Government are doing in the measures before us, will have an impact throughout...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Public Forest Estate (England) (2 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: I do not have time, I am afraid. Those Members reflected this evening a message that we will all hear in the weeks and months to come-that these are our woods and our forests, and they are precious to us all. They must remain open to the public, protected for the public and owned by the public.

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Public Forest Estate (England) (2 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: The hon. Lady has spoken about some of the public benefits delivered by the Forestry Commission, particularly with regard to flooding in her constituency. Does she seriously think that there is any prospect at all of any private operator being prepared to give guarantees that it will deliver the same public benefits, on flooding or other matters, that the Forestry Commission currently can?

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Public Forest Estate (England) (2 Feb 2011)

Peter Soulsby: In practice, would not trusts and charitable organisations be absolutely crazy to take on the burden of the New forest, for example? How could they possibly expect to have the fundraising capacity to meet the ongoing costs of managing it appropriately, particularly given the Government's expectation, clearly stated in their consultation paper, that such gifts to those organisations should...

Business of the House (9 Dec 2010)

Peter Soulsby: In Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions, the Minister with responsibility for forestry made several references to the 1% of Forestry Commission land that has been sold off in recent years. Those routine sales are dwarfed by the fire sale of our English forests that the Public Bodies Bill, which is currently in the other place, makes possible. May we have a separate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (9 Dec 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Two hundred and fifty thousand a year sounds like a lot of trees, but not when compared with the estimated 250 million trees-1,000 times as many-owned by the Forestry Commission in England, much of which the Government are intent on selling off and putting at risk. Will the Secretary of State tell us what she will say to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who is actively campaigning against...

Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 (Amendment): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (1 Dec 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Although we may well accept that the scenarios we are talking about are unlikely, they are none the less possible, and while they remain possible would it not be desirable for the Government either to accept the Select Committee's amendments or, indeed, to bring forward some of their own to make sure that should such unlikely events occur, there is a clear road map for the sovereign to follow?

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (30 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: I referred, at the conclusion of my remarks, to the loss of staff and expertise from Natural England, the Environment Agency and local government. The Minister referred to the role of Natural England as enabling and supporting Government. Will he provide reassurance that the Department is aware if that role is to be played, Natural England needs experts to offer the support that is...

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (30 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey) on securing this timely debate on shoreline management plans. She began by telling us that hers is the only constituency with the word "coastal" in its name. The coast that she represents is wonderful and, indeed, has an excellent brewery, which some of us have often appreciated in the past. Like other hon. Members, the...


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