Results 181–200 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

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

Anne McGuire: The Government are constantly looking at ways in which to improve the form-filling involved, but the message that I am giving today is that I hope that hon. Members recognise that these benefits are of great value to our constituents and that they really ought to exercise just a little leadership in going out and making people aware of what they are entitled to.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I met Allan Leighton, the chairman of Royal Mail Group, in November to discuss postal services and post offices in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: May I reassure the House that the net figure for post office closures in Scotland in 2001–02 was 26, compared with 63 in the previous year? That is a 59 per cent. reduction. I hope, therefore, that the hon. Gentleman will accept that the Government have invested a great many resources in trying to maintain the network. What we are trying to do with the new way of paying benefits is to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I could not have put it better myself.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: Speaking as someone who collected her family allowance through the post office every week on the button for many years, I have a strong commitment to the continuing service that the post offices provide. May I reassure the hon. Gentleman that, as recently as last week, I spoke to Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions to highlight some of these concerns, and sought the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: One of the aims behind the move to the new banking system is to end financial exclusion. [Interruption.] Having asked a question, the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir) ought at least to listen to the answer. The Department for Work and Pensions helpline is trying to guide people to the account that would be best for them. In some circumstances, the Post Office card account may not be the best...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Asylum Seekers (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I have regular discussions with both Scottish Executive Ministers and Home Office Ministers on asylum and refugee policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Asylum Seekers (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. I advise the House that last year, out of 85,865 applications for asylum in the UK, 14,940 were from Iraqis—more than double the number that applied in the previous year. The plans for dealing with the full range of potential consequences of armed conflict overseas are kept constantly under review. I have already indicated the number of Iraqi...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Asylum Seekers (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I am not aware of the specifics of the case to which the hon. Gentleman referred, although I would be willing to discuss it with him later. May I advise the House, however, that the Home Office has increased the number of work permits for immigrants coming into Scotland and the United Kingdom to attract those very people about whom, in general terms, he spoke? If he wants me to discuss with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Asylum Seekers (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I would hope that many Iraqis would feel safe about going home to their own country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Energy White Paper (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: There are both reserved and devolved responsibilities relevant to the delivery of the objectives set out in the White Paper "Our energy future—creating a low carbon economy". The White Paper acknowledges the continuing need for co-operation between the Government and the Scottish Executive to address the energy challenges that we face.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Energy White Paper (11 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I trust that the hon. Gentleman and his party will make their own contribution to the White Paper consultation. There have been significant developments in wind technology recently. My hon. Friend the Member for Western Isles (Mr. MacDonald) has welcomed a potential new project in his area, and I think that the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. Reid) will have welcomed the Vestas project...

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.

Written Answers — Scotland: Community Pharmacies (19 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: Since the Office of Fair Trading report was published, the Scottish Executive have been consulting key stakeholders in Scotland about the response to the report. The Scottish Executive have kept the Scotland Office informed about these consultations. Scotland Office officials have also participated in inter-departmental discussions on the report.

Written Answers — Scotland: Employers Liability Insurance (19 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Scotland Office wrote to a number of organisations in Scotland to ensure that they were aware of the current review of employers' liability compulsory insurance. Both the Scotland Office and the Scottish Executive have received representations from the business community about this issue. We are ensuring that the Department for Work and Pensions are aware of the points made. DWP are...

Written Answers — Scotland: Post Office Card Account (19 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government's policy is to ensure that customers can choose the type of account that best suits their needs following the move to direct payment of state benefits. The Post Office card account is one of three options which benefit claimants are being presented with. Regardless whether claimants use the card account, an existing bank account or open a basic bank account, they will still be...

Public Bill Committee: Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunday working: shop andbetting workers in Scotland (26 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: It is a pleasure to be on a Committee under your chairmanship, Mr. Gale. I observed how brilliant you were in the Chair during the four years that I spent as a Government Whip, when I was never allowed to say very much, so it is a real pleasure to be here. Like everybody else, I do not have a great deal to say. The Bill has been given a fair wind across the parties. However, I want to place...

Public Bill Committee: Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill: Clause 1 - Sunday working: shop andbetting workers in Scotland (26 Mar 2003)

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I always knew that some Members of the Opposition were sheer gentlemen who would rescue damsels in distress. None of my side did, not even my hon. Friend the Member for Western Isles. It is not appropriate for me to respond in any detailed way to the various points made in the debate, but I wish to reassure the hon. Gentleman that people who...


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