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Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (6 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: As the new Member for Scarborough and Whitby, I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech on a subject of key importance to many of my constituents who, like me, live and work on the land. Before I do so, however, I shall respond to the comments of the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) with regard to trail riding. As we heard, trail riding is often illegal and certainly...

NHS Dentistry (7 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: I do not know whether this problem is particularly associated with seaside constituencies. Is my hon. Friend aware of the situation that has arisen in Scarborough since the one that he referred to, and which was exposed last month by the Yorkshire Post? Polish dentists on full pay are not being effectively deployed because there is a shortage of chairs for them to work in. Is that not yet...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 2 - General purpose (21 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: May I first draw attention to my entry in the as yet unpublished Register of Members’ Interests? It will indicate that I am engaged in agriculture and have been involved in many of the schemes that this and earlier Governments have put in place to promote rural conservation. I look forward to filling in my form for the entry-level scheme. I do not agree with the hon. Member for Sherwood...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 9 - Information services etc. (21 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: That was precisely the point that I was going to make about information on the payments made to farmers. It is not just a case of people being embarrassed when it is generally known in the pub how much they are getting from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It is the fact that landlords would often have a figure written on a piece of paper, and that would be the opening...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 12 - Power to bring criminal proceedings (21 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: Mention is made of cases being brought in the magistrates court. I wondered if the Minister envisaged Natural England participating in a   case with the European Commission in the European Court of Justice where the British Government are in infringement of European environmental legislation.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 17 - Commission for Rural Communities (23 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: If the people in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency are from Estonia, presumably, as European Union citizens, they are eligible to vote in local and European elections. If they take the trouble to go on the electoral register, they can participate in local decision making.

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 43 - Possession of pesticides harmful to wildlife (28 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: First, I will establish my Sheffield credentials. As a candidate in the 1998 South Yorkshire European by-election, I had much experience of the rural parts of South Yorkshire in particular—we could not find too many Conservative voters in the urban parts. Happily, 12 months later, I was elected to represent the entire region, including Sheffield, in the European Parliament. I am pleased  ...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 62 - Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way (30 Jun 2005)

Robert Goodwill: I am sure that we have all been guilty at some time of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but if someone gives two years’ notice of when the door is likely to be closed, there is unlikely to be a single horse left in the stable. There are plenty of precedents for retrospective legislation, including the end-of-life vehicle directive—I was involved in the drafting of...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Clause 74 - Maximum duration of agreement (5 Jul 2005)

Robert Goodwill: Surely in those circumstances, if a local wildlife trust, for example, were to enter into an agreement, the fact that the agreement would be renewed regularly would give the trust an added incentive to deliver on it. I suggest to the Minister that a long agreement is less likely to provide that incentive. It is interesting that in his remarks on previous clauses, he talked about the...

Public Bill Committee: Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: Schedule 11 - Minor and consequential amendments (5 Jul 2005)

Robert Goodwill: My hon. Friend makes a valid point, but I would not restrict recreational activity to shooting. We have activities such as coarse and game fishing, ferreting, hunting using birds of prey and—this is dear to my heart—motor cycle trials. It could be argued that any ingress on to a nature reserve compromises that nature reserve. If I were a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of...

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: New Clause 11 — Traffic Regulation on Byways Etc. in National Parks in England and Wales (11 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: While I recognise the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Liddell-Grainger) about farmers or gamekeepers gaining access to national parks, I realise that national parks will treat such use sympathetically. Similarly, I am critical of the use in national parks of trail bikes and other vehicles that can cause damage. However, can the Minister allay my concerns about...

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill: New Clause 11 — Traffic Regulation on Byways Etc. in National Parks in England and Wales (11 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: To help the Minister, the point I made was about legal motor sport in national parks. I referred to uses that would almost invariably be treated sympathetically by national park committees, such as use by farmers, but there are a number of such activities; for example, in my constituency, the Colonial trial—a national motorbike trial event—is held with the landowner's permission and is a...

Tackling Climate Change (12 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: Is the Secretary of State aware that the Chinese have also just completed two new nuclear power stations? Does she think that the UK can continue to meet its global warming commitments without new nuclear build?

Tackling Climate Change (12 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: The fact remains, however, that 25 per cent. of our energy is produced using nuclear power and that, by 2020, only Sizewell B will not have been decommissioned. How can we have a cohesive energy production policy within the line of Kyoto if we do not replace that nuclear capacity? Although I am pleased that the Government are objectively considering new nuclear build, the Liberal Democrats...

Written Answers — International Development: Sudan (12 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

Licensing Laws (24 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: The lifeblood of the economy in Scarborough and Whitby is the tourist trade. There can be no doubt that, if our town centres are full of rowdy drunks, it will be difficult to continue with the excellent progress that has been made in attracting families and the all-important conference trade to the east coast of Yorkshire. The changes to the licensing laws are all about making it easier for...

Licensing Laws (24 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: That is puerile, and I shall deal with it later. The Grosmont House hotel in Grosmont sleeps 10 and is situated next to the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors railway, famous as the Hogwarts express in the Harry Potter films. Many people, having seen the film or Yorkshire Television's "Heartbeat" series, come to stay at that small family hotel, which is renowned for its local lobster. Some...

Licensing Laws (24 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: I appreciate that this is a nationwide problem. Where can people have a quiet drink once many small guest houses give up their licences? If they have children asleep upstairs, they cannot do so. If they want to go out, they run the risk of coming across the groups of people whose drinking the Government seem keen to encourage. This afternoon, I spoke to Boleyns nightclub on St. Thomas's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Oct 2005)

Robert Goodwill: Jamie Oliver has led the crusade for healthy food in our schools, but one does not have to look too far to see that schools are not the only place where obesity is a problem. Does the Leader of the House think that we should practise what we preach and encourage Members of Parliament to take more exercise and eat more sensibly?


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