Results 61–80 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I hear what my hon. Friend says. No doubt he will give me exact details about his question after Question Time and I shall certainly take the matter up as part of my wider discussions with Postcomm in the next few days.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Of course I can give the hon. Gentleman and the House reassurance about the way that the universal service obligation will be protected, because it is enshrined in primary legislation in the Postal Services Act 2000.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Regiments ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on a wide range of defence matters. The Scottish regiments have an important continuing role in the United Kingdom's defence plans.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Regiments ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Speaking of having a cheek, the last regiment to lose its proud name was the Gordon Highlanders, and that was disbanded in 1994 under the previous Conservative Government. I take this opportunity to pay special tribute to 45 Commando Royal Marines, based in Arbroath, who have just returned from Afghanistan. I assure the hon. Gentleman that when I was talking to Brigadier General Robert Gordon...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Regiments ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I certainly would not like to compete with my hon. Friend on issues of defence. He is correct, and the Scottish National party's catastrophic policies on the United Kingdom would not only mean a diminution in our defence capability but impact economically on tens of thousands of jobs across Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Regiments ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I listened to what the hon. Gentleman said about the royal tournament, but if he is at a loose end in August and early September, the tattoo in Edinburgh is a good substitute.

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).

Written Answers — Scotland: Cross-border Road Links ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I have regular discussions with Scottish Ministers on a variety of transport issues including cross-border road links. The Scottish Executive plan to upgrade the A1 to dual carriageway standard between Howburn and Houndwood in the Scottish Borders at a cost of nearly £5 million. Construction is due to start on 15 July and should be completed in 2003.

Written Answers — Scotland: Drug Crime (Asset Seizures) ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Strengthening the powers to confiscate illegal gains, from drug dealing and also other serious crimes, is a priority for the Government. The Proceeds of Crime Bill will put in place an enhanced and effective system for seizing assets that have resulted from criminal activity.

Written Answers — Scotland: Common Fisheries Policy ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Responsibility for fisheries policy in Scotland rests with the Scottish Executive. The European Commission has recognised that the Common Fisheries Policy is in need of reform. HM Government and the Scottish Executive are working together to ensure that the United Kingdom's and Scotland's interests are fully represented as member states discuss the Commission's reform proposals.

Written Answers — Scotland: Manufacturing ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The manufacturing sector continues to be very important to the economy of Scotland, employing around 281,000 in December 2001 and supporting a further 180,000 jobs in the Scottish economy.

Written Answers — Scotland: Financial Exclusion ( 9 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I am very aware of the importance of credit unions' role in tackling financial exclusion in Scotland and look forward to meetings with representatives. The Financial Services Authority commenced its new regulatory regime for credit unions at the beginning of July. This regime is in place to ensure that depositors are appropriately protected. The Scottish Executive have made available funding...

Written Answers — Scotland: Mental Health (11 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The standards to which NHS mental health professionals are trained are set by UK regulatory bodies. However, the training routes by which mental health professionals meet these standards are devolved and are a matter for the Scottish Executive.

Written Answers — Scotland: Government Liabilities (11 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The regulation and administration of the teachers and NHS pension schemes in Scotland is a devolved matter for the Scottish Executive.

Written Answers — Scotland: Consumer Credit Act (11 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Citizens Advice Scotland have sent the Scotland Office their briefing on this matter.

Written Answers — Scotland: Consumer Credit Act (11 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The Department of Trade and Industry is currently reviewing the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The Scotland Office is working closely with the DTI in this area and the Government will consider whether it is necessary to make any changes to the provisions on Time Orders as part of the review.

Written Answers — Scotland: Consumer Credit Act (11 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The Government will consider whether it is necessary to make any changes to the provisions on Time Orders as part of our review of the Consumer Credit Act. We will fully consult the Scottish Executive on this matter.


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