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Results 101–120 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

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Peter Soulsby: I am delighted that my hon. Friend has reminded the House how infinitely better Network Rail is than its predecessor, Railtrack. Notwithstanding the enormous improvement that we have seen in the performance of Network Rail, does she agree that there is a fundamental problem with the way in which it is governed, and its accountability? There is a desperate need for an improvement in the...

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

Peter Soulsby: As one of the hon. Gentleman's colleagues on the Modernisation Committee, I too heard the evidence that was given to us. Does he recall that the overwhelming majority of that evidence was firmly in favour of the establishment of proper scrutiny at a regional level, and that the amount of money that he is talking about is very small compared with the £2.3 billion spent every year by regional...

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

Peter Soulsby: May I recommend to the hon. Gentleman an excellent Library note on the issue of PPSs serving on Select Committees? I came across it by chance recently. Although the hon. Gentleman is making much of the issue, if he reads the Library note he will discover that it is not a new issue but one with which the House has wrestled many times over the years, and that PPSs have sat on Select Committees...

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

Peter Soulsby: As the Deputy Leader of the House indicated earlier, in the event of such a circumstance arising, it would be easy for the particular PPS to withdraw and not to take part in the business. The overwhelming argument for having regional Select Committees is to scrutinise the work of regional development agencies, where PPSs would not be directly involved, would not have such a conflict of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Midland Main Line (27 Jan 2009)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome the Secretary of State's commitment to electrification. Does he accept that the electrification of the midland main line will bring by far the best cost-benefits of any electrification scheme, and does he also agree that it will bring enormous benefits to the east midlands region, particularly to Leicester—and to Nottingham and stations further north?

Deferred Division: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Even in this era of bank bail-outs, the £2.3 billion spent every year by regional development agencies is a very substantial sum. In addition to the money that they have spent in the past on economic development and regeneration, the Government are rightly giving RDAs responsibility for spatial planning, to give better co-ordination at regional level to that work. In addition to the RDAs, on...

Deferred Division: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: No, I am sorry but I do not have time to give way. I must press on. The Modernisation Committee had five evidence sessions. In all those sessions, we heard overwhelming evidence about the accountability gap to which the Government are responding in their proposals. Nobody doubted that. It was probably the regional development agencies and other regional bodies that said most strongly that...

Deferred Division: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I would like to, but I have a few more points to make. I will make them, and then see whether I can give way. The Government have wisely brought forward proposals for both regional Select Committees, which I favour, and regional Grand Committees. The Grand Committees may prove a more effective way of holding regional Ministers to account, but both types of Committee may have ongoing value. I...

Business of the House: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I thank my fellow member of the Modernisation Committee for giving way. Does he not accept that the strength and credibility of Select Committees are enormously enhanced by the fact that when they are critical of the Government, as they often are, either directly or indirectly, that happens despite them having a Government majority? [ Interruption. ] I am making a serious point. Does he not...

Business of the House: Regional Accountability (12 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: The right hon. Lady refers to some of the evidence that the Select Committee heard, but does she recall the considerable volume of evidence that called for the establishment of regional Select Committees, not least from the regional development agencies? They felt that they were not being held adequately to account and that regional Committees were needed for their good governance as much as...

Business of the House (6 Nov 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome my right hon. and learned Friend's announcement that next week the Government intend to bring forward proposals to amend temporarily Standing Orders to enable the establishment of regional Select Committees and regional Grand Committees. Does she agree that in responding to the Modernisation Committee, the Government are recognising the overwhelming weight of evidence that that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Midland Main Line (21 Oct 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome the Secretary of State's positive response to the question, and I know that he knows the line very well. Does he agree that the most significant improvements to it can be achieved only as a result of electrification? Does he share his predecessor's commitment to a study of electrification, and does he recognise that, uniquely among main lines, this one has a very positive cost...

Leicester City Council (Market Charter) (8 Oct 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I shall certainly take the opportunity to make a few brief remarks. As the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan) acknowledged, the market at the heart of Leicester has been an essential part of the city for many generations, and continues to play a vital part in its life and commerce today. The fact that it is able to do so strongly reflects the fact that over generations the town...

Leicester City Council (Market Charter) (8 Oct 2008)

Peter Soulsby: The market's area of influence of six and a half miles, or whatever it may be, has been long established and reflects the fact that the city is at the heart of the county and is part of the greater Leicester area. The geographic boundaries of the administrative area of the city itself are only a small part of the area that is affected by the city and that would be affected were markets to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Troops (Telephone Packages) (21 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: What recent changes have been made to the telephone package offered to troops serving overseas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Troops (Telephone Packages) (21 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I thank my hon. Friend for that very positive response and for the allowance increases that have been announced. He will be aware of their importance, not only to the troops, but to their families and friends back here in the United Kingdom. May I encourage him to assure us that he will continue to keep this matter under review? He will be aware of the importance of communication, be it...

Business of the House (17 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome the announcement by the Leader of the House that she intends to publish a Command Paper next Monday responding speedily to the Modernisation Committee's report on regional accountability. She will know that members of the Committee heard overwhelming evidence of the need for proper accountability for the £2.3 billion a year spent by regional development agencies, and a proper...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Non-native Species (17 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: What steps his Department is taking against non-native invasive species.


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