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Results 21–40 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

Business of the House (25 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: In response to my question last week, the Leader of the House kindly agreed to arrange for the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to publish a list of land owned by the Forestry Commission in each constituency. We now have that list, and it shows that more than 170 constituencies will be affected by the fire sale of our national assets. In view of the widespread...

Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (24 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: On the question of Governments using devices to avoid the will of the House, does my hon. Friend agree that it is vitally important that the House approves amendment 36, which has been proposed by the Select Committee? It is designed to make sure that the Government cannot use their prerogative as a device to prorogue the House to avoid complying with its will.

Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (24 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: On the point about providing clarity, does my hon. Friend agree that it is vital that amendment 37 is passed? Without that, it is not clear what would happen as a result of a vote of no confidence. Amendment 37 makes it clear what follows from that and provides that necessary clarity in what might otherwise be a very uncertain period.

Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (24 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: With the amendment's proposers having been at the receiving end of the Minister's criticism, I hope he will acknowledge that it was tabled by members of the Select Committee to enable the matter properly to be debated, particularly in the light of our concern about the lack of proper time being accorded to pre-legislative scrutiny. We wanted to ensure that this Committee could debate the...

Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (24 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: I commend the hon. Lady for the excellent job that she is doing in putting forward an amendment with which she is not in entire agreement. As she told the House, she is making it on behalf of the Select Committee, of which I am also a member, and it expresses the concern that we heard from the Clerk about the way in which the Government's proposals might be subject to challenge in the courts,...

Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Early parliamentary general elections (24 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: On pre-legislative scrutiny and the point made by the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr Shepherd), does the hon. Lady agree that the fundamental problem with the amendment is that it was tabled in the absence of time for adequate pre-legislative scrutiny, and that it is very much a second-best? The point about the preference of the Clerk for the matter to be dealt with in the Standing...

Business of the House (18 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: In view of the discussions about the future of our national forestry taking place in the other place as part of the Public Bodies Bill, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been asked to produce a list of Forestry Commission land by constituency. She has so far failed to provide that list. Hon. Members have a right to know which land in their constituencies will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Natural England (4 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Natural England is the nation's principle conservation agency and our champion of biodiversity. In the name of reform, the Government are leaving it with no choice but to hand over 140 national nature reserves to anyone who will take them on, to put our network of national trails up for grabs and to cut back on the expert support that is vital to delivering the environmental stewardship...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Community Support Officers (1 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: What estimate she has made of the likely effect on the number of police community support officers in post of implementation of the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Community Support Officers (1 Nov 2010)

Peter Soulsby: In recent years community support officers have become a vital part of the policing team, particularly in the delivery of crime prevention and genuine community policing. There can be nothing more front-line than that. It is inconceivable that the Department has not made an estimate of the number of these posts that will be lost. The House deserves to know what that number is, and the public...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Thirty.

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Peter Soulsby: On the point about the opportunities open to local authorities under the existing legislation, as the Minister will be aware, non-metropolitan districts, and unitaries that were non-metropolitan districts, will be required to make a choice between a strong leader or an elected mayor before the end of this calendar year. Will the Minister go a little further than he has done and encourage them...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Peter Soulsby: On boundaries, can the Minister take this opportunity to confirm that the proposals that are likely to come forward for the 12 cities are likely to be based on the existing boundaries of those cities? There have been rumours that there may be extensive extensions of some areas. I do not expect that to be the Minister's intention, but I would like to give him the opportunity to confirm that it...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Does my hon. Friend accept that one of the problems with the scrutiny function in many local authorities is that, frankly, it has not been separately resourced? I am not suggesting that it is easy for local authorities to find resources for anything at the moment, let alone their internal functions. Does he agree that if scrutiny is to be meaningful in local authorities, as it is meaningful...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Peter Soulsby: I congratulate the hon. Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson) on securing this debate on a subject that, as he rightly says, has been below the radar so far, but has the potential to make a profound difference to local government. As I listened to his thoughtful and well-reasoned contribution, I found myself in almost complete agreement with every word. As he may or may not know, I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Audit Commission (7 Sep 2010)

Peter Soulsby: May I remind the Secretary of State that the auditor for Westminster was appointed and supported by the Audit Commission? What assurance can he give us that the rigour that was shown by that auditor will be repeated in future when auditors are appointed and chosen by local authorities themselves, inevitably leading to cosy relationships?

Delegated Legislation: Backbench Business — [1st Allotted Day-First Half] — Information for Backbenchers on Statements (20 Jul 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is important that the Procedure Committee deals with leaks as well as with statements? That is a very small point, but the motion before us refers specifically to "statements". Does he agree that it is important that we also have the opportunity to ask the Procedure Committee to look at leaks as well?

Delegated Legislation: Backbench Business — [1st Allotted Day-First Half] — Information for Backbenchers on Statements (20 Jul 2010)

Peter Soulsby: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is important that Ministers take responsibility not only for the overt statements that they make themselves, but for the covert leaks made on their behalf?

Delegated Legislation: Backbench Business — [1st Allotted Day-First Half] — Information for Backbenchers on Statements (20 Jul 2010)

Peter Soulsby: I had the pleasure of serving with the hon. Gentleman on both the Modernisation Committee and the Procedure Committee, and I share his frustration that the latter has not yet been established. Given the importance of the matter before us, does he agree that it is vital that that Committee be established, and up and running, before the summer recess?


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