Results 41–60 of 5264 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Written Answers — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I have no immediate plans to meet with representatives from Consignia. However, I am in touch on a regular basis with a wide range of individuals and organisations in relation to postal services in Scotland.

Written Answers — Scotland: Military Bases (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend has regular contact with the Ministry of Defence to discuss a wide range of issues, including military bases in Scotland. In 2000 (the latest year for which figures are available) the total deployment of defence personnel in Scotland was 24,400 of whom 15,100 were service personnel and 9,300 were civilian employees. This represents around 9.2 per cent. of UK defence...

Written Answers — Scotland: Pensioner Income (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I will be speaking at the Scottish Pensioners' Forum annual conference on 18 June in Dundee.

Written Answers — Scotland: Aggregates Tax (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: The levy came into effect on 1 April 2002. It has been introduced to address the environmental impacts of the extraction and transportation of aggregates, including noise, dust, vibration, visual intrusion, loss of biodiversity and amenity. The levy will result in prices for primary aggregates which better reflect these environmental costs, and so encourage both the use of recycled...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: The operation of postal services in Scotland is a matter for the board of Consignia, subject to the conditions determined by the postal regulator, Postcomm.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I was worried that when I rose to speak today the House would empty, given that I normally move the Adjournment. I crave the indulgence of the House for a second to put on record my sincere thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) for the generosity of his comments during the transfer of his portfolio,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I welcome the change from Postcomm and a great deal of credit for that has to go to hon. Members across the House, and in particular my hon. Friend the Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, who met Postcomm and the trade unions. I share the philosophy of my hon. Friend the Member for Dumfries (Mr. Brown) about the importance of the universal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his generous comments. Postwatch has identified some of the exclusions that are currently in place. To avoid spreading panic across rural Scotland, let me identify clearly what those exclusions relate to, which is normally relative inaccessibility by road—for example, difficulties with transport; non- existence of daily ferry services; and second home owners...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind remarks. In the interests of health, I should say that Capstan Full Strength do not do one any good, and my father paid a penalty for smoking them over a long period. I know that he is sitting on a cloud somewhere laughing at that comment. On the one-stop shop, there have been pilots in Leicestershire and Rutland, which are currently being evaluated. I hope...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his opening comments. I trust that he is talking about Lord Ewing when he refers to predecessors in the Scotland Office. I assure him that I am not seeking to emulate the fate of my immediate predecessor in the constituency. It is incumbent on Members of Parliament, regardless of their political persuasion, not to scaremonger about what is happening to the rural...

Written Answers — Scotland: Young People (18 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: Although the Scotland Office has meetings with a wide range of representative bodies, my right hon. Friend rarely has need to consult formally. However, she launched an exercise in December last year seeking views on the size of the Scottish Parliament. Youthlink Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament were among the bodies consulted.

Written Answers — Scotland: Scottish Older People's Consultative Forum (27 Jun 2002)

Anne McGuire: The Scottish Older People's Consultative Forum is chaired by the Scottish Executive and considers devolved matters. Therefore, any questions about its composition are for the Scottish Parliament.

Air Services (Scotland) ( 2 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Why not have it at Stirling?

Air Services (Scotland) ( 2 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: First, I offer my congratulations on your new honour, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I feel as though I should curtsey, as well as showing you the usual due deference. I associate myself with the comments made about yesterday's air crash. Those of us who remember Lockerbie feel for the inhabitants of that village in Germany, who did not know what was coming out of the sky. When such things happen, those...

Air Services (Scotland) ( 2 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Usually on everything. In a previous existence, the hon. Lady compiled a review on Scottish airports in the fog. I assure her that the fog lifted on 1 May 1997 and that the sky got even brighter on 7 June 2001. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Mr. Marshall) on encouraging us all to be in the Chamber for half-past 9 to discuss this important issue. I...

Air Services (Scotland) ( 2 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: That is a cheap shot. The period since the tragic events of 11 September in New York and Washington has been difficult for the airline industry, and some companies have undergone a retrenchment, which has obviously affected Scotland. Progress is still being made, however, and we should not underestimate the advances that Scottish air links have made. Services, including charter services, now...

Written Answers — Scotland: National Minimum Wage ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Inland Revenue has specialist enforcement teams in Aberdeen and East Kilbride who are responsible for enforcing the national minimum wage in Scotland. The teams follow up complaints made by workers and third parties about non-compliance and use other Revenue risk based data to identify employers for inquiry. Since April 1999, the teams have issued 19 enforcement notices and 29 penalty...

Written Answers — Scotland: National Minimum Wage ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Inland Revenue enforcement teams in Aberdeen and East Kilbride are responsible for enforcing the national minimum wage in Scotland. Since April 1999, they have completed over 1,700 investigations, discovered non-compliance in 27 per cent. of cases and recovered over £620,000 in wage arrears for low paid workers.

Written Answers — Scotland: Waverley Line ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I understand that the Waverley Railway Partnership recently launched a consultation process, which will run until the end of August, in conjunction with detailed technical assessments of the route to give the people of Midlothian, the Borders and Edinburgh an opportunity to comment on the re-establishment of the line. I hope to discuss a range of issues including the proposed reopening of the...

Written Answers — Scotland: Scottish Regiments ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Newark (Patrick Mercer).


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