Results 161–180 of 5264 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health and Safety Executive ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on employers' liability insurance, about which there is genuine concern. The Chancellor highlighted the issue in his pre-Budget report in November. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that part of the discussions that we held yesterday with the Health and Safety Executive and other stakeholders in health and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health and Safety Executive ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive obviously has an overarching health and safety role in Scotland, and discussions with the new regime that will be established under the railways legislation are ongoing. [Interruption.] I assure the hon. Lady that the Scotland Office has regular meetings and proactive discussions with the Health and Safety Executive, and it ill behoves Opposition Front Benchers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health and Safety Executive ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend is correct to say that some areas have a worse health and safety record. That may have something to do with the as yet unproved assertion that we may have a more macho culture when it comes to health and safety. As I have said, however, a campaign is continuing with the Health and Safety Executive. Companies have been clearly targeted as having to identify health and...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: May I reassure the hon. Gentleman? In Scotland, Easter Monday is not a national holiday. It is catered for under the local holiday provision. Easter Monday may be a holiday in Glasgow, but people who live there can still go to garden centres in Edinburgh, Falkirk or Stirling.

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: indicated dissent.

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I feel that we have been round the houses this morning. I had not realised how much I had not missed the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) until he spoke for 34 minutes today. I wonder whether, when he was a child in Lossiemouth, anyone ever asked him if he would just haud his wheesht for a while. I will translate that later for those who do not know the expression. I am also aware...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: No. Let me get into my flow, please. I remember going round on a Sunday to collect some messages from my mother. On one occasion, I had to get some bleach. While we did not have tennis courts, we always managed to buy bleach for the toilets on a Sunday. I remember spilling the bleach on my new Sunday shoes, and I found out that my mother believed not only in Sunday trading but in corporal...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I accept that, but I would mention that the hon. Lady raised the issue of who votes where and then decided to complicate matters by mentioning that ours was a United Kingdom Parliament. Let us leave that aside, however. I especially congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Greenock and Inverclyde on introducing a Bill that is short but that will bring considerable benefit to workers in...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I accept my hon. Friend's point, but the reality is that Argos identified a gap in the law. It took a decision for its own best reasons, and although I do not accept them, it was Argos's decision and it had the right to take it. In that sense, we need to be at least halfway generous towards Argos. I should say that I have no axe to grind so far as Argos is concerned. I have a couple of sofas...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: [Interruption.] I am delighted to see that my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson), who is the Minister with responsibility for aviation, has arrived. I want to deal with a couple of specific issues that were raised about the consultation, particularly by the hon. Member for Beckenham. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland launched the consultation...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: That is the current scheduling as I understand it, but as a former Whip the hon. Lady will recognise that sometimes such dates are moveable feasts. To reassure her, what I am trying to explain to the House is that we are confident that the results will be in the hands of Members before the Bill goes through its various processes in this House. I welcome this opportunity to inform the House...

Written Answers — Scotland: Child Poverty (13 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government are taking a number of measures to tackle poverty in Scotland, including the National Minimum Wage; the New Deal and the new Tax Credits. We are committed to abolishing child poverty in a generation and to halving it by 2010. The action taken by the Government to tackle poverty and social exclusion is outlined in our fourth "Opportunity for All" report. Progress is monitored...

Written Answers — Scotland: Poverty (13 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: Poverty is a complex multi-dimensional problem. "Opportunity for All" sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents the latest information on the indicators used to monitor progress. The Scottish Executive's strategy is contained in their Social Justice Annual Report. The data sources which the Government and the Executive use for income analysis...

Written Answers — Scotland: A1 (Dualling) (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with Scottish Ministers on a variety of transport matters. There is dialogue between the Government, its agencies and the Scottish Executive on cross-border routes. I understand officials of the Highways Agency and the Scottish Executive were due to meet yesterday to discuss progress on current schemes and take forward detailed planning for...

Written Answers — Scotland: Broadband Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 4 February 2003, Official Report, column 131W.

Written Answers — Scotland: Sunday Working (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: Our Regulatory Impact Assessment, published on 7 February 2003, set out the likely impact, costs and benefits of the Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill on workers in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Index of Multiple Deprivation Report (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: Both the Government and the Scottish Executive are committed to the fight against poverty. Publication of the index and other indicators reflects our determination to measure the impact of our policies and the progress achieved.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Index of Multiple Deprivation Report (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: There is a great deal of collective working in Glasgow through social inclusion partnerships and the better neighbourhood services fund. UK Departments contribute to, and are involved in, some aspects of that work. The Scottish Executive have certainly contributed to a city growth fund of £40 million for better neighbourhood services in Glasgow and, as I said, the social inclusion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Index of Multiple Deprivation Report (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: That is rather a myopic question. The hon. Lady has failed to take into account the impact on poverty of the national minimum wage, the working families tax credit and children's credits. Before she bandies figures around in the House, she would do well to look at the actual figures on the proportion of Scottish children in low-income households which, using the absolute measure, fell by 21...


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