Speech

Charles Walker calls for new reservoirs to relieve rivers under stress from over abstraction

Speaking in a debate on second reading of the Water Bill, Charles Walker repeats his call to construct more reservoirs in the east and south-east of England to preserve our rivers which are under great stress from over abstraction and raises his concerns about unrestricted trading in abstraction licences.

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Charles Walker moves motion to encourage better informed debate

In his role of Chairman of the Procedure Committee, Charles Walker moves a motion to permit explanatory statements to amendments to Bills, as a short explanation will enable better informed debate. [read more] about Charles Walker moves motion to encourage better informed debate

Transparency of Lobbying Bill

Speaking during a Committee Stage debate on the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Charles Walker highlights the need for charities and other organisations to engage with the main political parties in the run up to the election. He expresses his concerns that this valuable level of political engagement could be suppressed by this Bill.

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Charles Walker proposes an end to filibustering

Charles Walker presents the findings of the Procedure Committee report on Private Members' Bills. The Committee proposes the introduction of timetabling for Bills introduced by back bench MPs to prevent the tactic of filibustering - where an MP can prevent the passage of a Bill by speaking at length so that it runs out of time.

Mr Walker said the reforms are not intended to make it easier for a Private Member's Bill to become law, but to ensure that "serious legislation propositions are treated seriously".

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Charles Walker backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Speaking at the end of the debate, Charles Walker welcomes the third reading of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill.| Parliament TV [read more] about Charles Walker backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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