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Results 1–20 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sir David Amess

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (20 Jan 2009)

Sir David Amess: The last national census resulted in 20,000 people being left off the register in Southend, with dire financial consequences. Will the Government ensure that houses in multiple occupation are properly identified and registered, and will they encourage ethnic minorities, particularly from eastern Europe, to have no fear whatever in returning the forms?

2011 Census (Southend) (3 Feb 2009)

Sir David Amess: All Members of Parliament, regardless of their party affiliations, want to do the best they can for their constituents. All we ask is fairness and fair treatment for our constituents. Sadly, however, the last census served the constituents of Southend extremely poorly and the repercussions were so serious that my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) and I...

Scientific Procedures on Animals (Statistics) (24 Feb 2009)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Bill Etherington) on his excellent speech, which I agree with entirely. I have the honour of being the chairman of the all-party group on the fund for the replacement of animals in medical experiments, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The group is grateful for the advice that we get from Professor Michael Balls and Gerard Duvé,...

Scientific Procedures on Animals (Statistics) (24 Feb 2009)

Sir David Amess: I do not think that that had been in the spotlight to quite the degree that it was later. I recall clearly that the Committee focused on extreme examples such as cosmetic testing. The 1986 Act achieved a great deal, but as the hon. Member for Sunderland, North said, time moves on, and FRAME feels strongly about some of the matters related to our closer integration with the European Community....

Scientific Procedures on Animals (Statistics) (24 Feb 2009)

Sir David Amess: With some trepidation.

Scientific Procedures on Animals (Statistics) (24 Feb 2009)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman is trying to tempt me down another road. I do not regard his point as relevant to this debate, which is on a response to Lord Davidson's report and how we will proceed with our European partners. Another example of superficial thinking relates to the use of green apes—sorry, great apes. [Laughter.] A Freudian slip. My TV needs tuning, I think. The use of great apes would...

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — Latin America (3 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: Order. The winding-up speeches start in 21 minutes' time, so to be able to call all hon. Members who wish to speak, I ask for their co-operation in sharing out the time.

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — Latin America (3 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: Certainly two other hon. Members wish to speak, and there are just 13 minutes left until the winding-up speeches.

Primary School Places (London) (3 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: Before we begin the next debate on primary school places in London, let me say that, because this is specifically a local debate, the wind-ups will begin at 12.15 rather than at 12 o'clock to allow as many hon. Members as possible to participate.

Primary School Places (London) (3 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: Two hon. Members have given good reasons for arriving late to this debate. It is still my intention to call everyone, but it is understood that I will call all Members according to when they arrived for this debate.

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] (10 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: I have to advise Mr. Browne that a valid point has been made. I ask him to stick much more closely to the terms of the debate.

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] (10 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: The intervention must be specifically about the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the levy on building societies.

[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] (10 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: I ask the hon. Gentleman to resist responding to it, because I cannot quite see its relevance to the debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Warship Construction Programme (30 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: What recent progress has been made on the warship construction programme; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Warship Construction Programme (30 Mar 2009)

Sir David Amess: I am not sure what progress has been made, because the Government's 1998 strategic defence review stated that the Royal Navy needed 32 frigates and destroyers to meet our national security objectives. Astonishingly, there are only 22. Will the Minister explain to the House what has happened to the overall objectives of that review? Have they been abandoned? If not, how will the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Surface Water Charges (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: What progress he has made in his consideration of options for mitigating the effects on water customers of increases in surface water charges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Surface Water Charges (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: I am sort of reassured. I have the honour of being joint chairman of the all-party Scout Association group, and the information that the Scouts have given me is a little different from what the Minister has said. They and other charities have clearly made the point that surface water charges in such difficult economic times have damaging effects on voluntary organisations. They have also...

Business of the House: Easter Adjournment (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on his speech, and I certainly agree with many of the points that he made. I shall say more about that in a moment, and I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak for a little longer than was originally allotted, but I shall not speak for too long as I do not want to be penalised in future. This is likely to be the last...

Business of the House: Easter Adjournment (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: Yes. Bill Tynan introduced a Bill on fireworks. Despite prohibition of the supply of excessively loud category 3 fireworks, it is clear that fireworks are still readily available that create noise levels in excess of 100 dB at 15 m, well beyond the loudest noises in normal domestic settings. We need to look at what can be done to promote desensitisation programmes for domestic pets and to...

Business of the House: Easter Adjournment (2 Apr 2009)

Sir David Amess: I agree with the hon. Lady. I have heard her speak on these matters before, and her support is welcome.


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