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Results 121–140 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

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

Peter Soulsby: I thank my hon. Friend for her reply. I raise the issue on behalf of the tens of thousands up and down the land who weekly do battle with invasive non-native species. In my case, it is the Japanese knotweed, which until three years ago I would not even have recognised, but which has been identified as the species crowding out the other plants and wildlife at the bottom of our chapel garden. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: The Prime Minister will be aware that, following the publication of "The Governance of Britain" White Paper, the Modernisation Committee has heard overwhelming evidence confirming the urgent need for effective parliamentary scrutiny of regional development agencies and other key regional bodies. Will the Prime Minister join me in welcoming the Modernisation Committee's report and its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (14 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I very much welcome the statement and the White Paper. Does the Secretary of State agree, however, that alongside discussion of the issues in the White Paper it is important that we discuss the mechanisms that the political parties will adopt to select candidates for a reformed second Chamber? It would be most unfortunate, and certainly not the wish of this House, to substitute one form of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Communities in Control (9 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I congratulate the Secretary of State on her statement and on the White Paper, because the measures in it are probably the most important steps towards strengthening local democracy and communities for a considerable period. Does she agree that it is particularly important to strengthen and value both the work of locally elected councillors and their scrutiny role? For far too long, the role...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network (8 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the most effective ways of increasing the number of miles available for the passenger network is reopening existing freight lines for passenger transport? She will be aware of a number of such schemes nationwide, but will she look again at the considerable potential for passenger use of the heavy freight line that links Leicester and Burton? Will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Bovine TB (7 Jul 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome the Secretary of State's measured statement. It is clear that he has considered the overwhelming scientific advice and the conclusions of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report. Will he join me in regretting the statement made last week by the National Farmers Union, which described the culling of cattle as a "needless waste of productive animals"? Does he agree...

Topical Debate: Eco-towns (19 Jun 2008)

Peter Soulsby: It is a pleasure to follow my neighbour, the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier), many of whose concerns I share. Before I mention those concerns, however, I wish to say a few words of welcome for the concept of eco-towns. I am provoked to do so by the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps), who expressed again today the Tories' concern to pay lip service to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Council Tax (20 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I welcome the Government's commitment to keeping a property-based council tax at the heart of local government finance, but does the Secretary of State agree that it is important that local councils should be able to raise finance from a range of sources other than a property-based council tax? Does she agree that it is particularly important that a higher proportion of their revenue is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (20 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating Councillor Manjula Sood, who last Thursday was unanimously elected as lord mayor of Leicester, the first Asian woman lord mayor of any UK city, and in almost 800 years of the mayoralty in Leicester? Following Councillor Sood's example, will my right hon. Friend say what progress has been made to ensure the recruitment of a greater number...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Further and Higher Education (15 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Last week, I met the principal of the excellent Leicester college and was again reminded of the work that the Government have done to make available allowances and grants to enable students to participate in further and higher education. However, I was disturbed to hear that, in some sections, there was still a low level of awareness of the availability of such grants. Will the Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Topical Questions (15 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: In presenting the Government's draft Queen's Speech yesterday, the Prime Minister spoke about the importance of those who live in this country being able to speak English. I understood the point that the Secretary of State made earlier about it not being appropriate to provide English language tuition to everybody who happens to live in the UK, but there is real concern about the level of...

Business of the House (1 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I hope that the Leader of the House can confirm my understanding of her statement, which is that the House will in the near future have an opportunity to debate the Select Committee report dealing with, among other things, the funding of science research. It is important for us to have that debate, because the threat to astronomy and physics research, in particular, as a result of the inept...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Renewable Electricity Generation (1 May 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I suspect that the Secretary of State may share the disappointment felt by hon. Members on both sides of the House that the Government felt it necessary yesterday to vote against new clause 4 of the Energy Bill, which would have paved the way for the introduction of renewable energy tariffs. Will he assure the House that he will hold discussions with ministerial colleagues to find alternative...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Peter Soulsby: My hon. Friend has referred to the overwhelming evidence given to the Home Affairs Committee and others. As a member of that Committee, can he confirm that its fundamental conclusion was that no case had been made that 28 days was inadequate, and that the subsequent discussion about special circumstances is little more than an attempt to provide a fig leaf, and an inadequate one at that, to...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Eco-towns (1 Apr 2008)

Peter Soulsby: Will the Minister give an assurance that in the next phase to which she has just referred there will be an adequate opportunity for neighbouring local authorities to express their very real concerns about the potential effect of eco-towns on transport and regeneration?

Deferred Division: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Peter Soulsby: It may be that the Conservative motion is opportunistic and cynical, but I happen to agree with every word of it. In my constituency, the consultation on the closure of two post offices in Walnut street and Francis street—I do not have time to go into details of the devastation that would be caused by those closures—was a sham. Postwatch was dreadful, and the Post Office itself was...

East Midlands Trains (11 Mar 2008)

Peter Soulsby: The hon. Member for Wellingborough mentioned the small number of additional carriages that are destined for the east midlands main line. Does the Minister agree that if the service to Corby that has been mentioned is to be provided and the increased need for capacity on the main line is to be met, the Department ought to encourage the industry to revisit those projections and ensure that that...

East Midlands Trains (11 Mar 2008)

Peter Soulsby: I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on securing a debate that is important to those of us who live along the main line. In his concluding remarks, would he welcome the moves that EMT is making to bring about joint control of the track with Network Rail? Perhaps when that has been achieved, the sort of communications difficulties that obviously occurred on that particular day might be avoided.

Governance of Britain (5 Mar 2008)

Peter Soulsby: rose—

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