Results 81–100 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Written Answers — Health: Medical/Dental Education (15 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: holding answer 13 June 2002 I have been asked to reply. Both the Government and the Scottish Executive want to see good training in this area. On 25 June this year, the Executive made available £100,000 to promote and enhance undergraduate teaching in Scottish Medical Schools of issues relating to anti-microbial resistance.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 — Making of order (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 — Making of order (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Will the hon. Lady please explain the inconsistency in her argument given that the Scottish Parliament gave the power under the Sewel motion to legislate in this area? As far as I and, I am sure, every Member of the House is aware, it has not asked for that Bill to be sent back. It must be happy with what is happening.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 7 — Time for making order (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 7 — Time for making order (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: This group of Government amendments on the subject of postponement has two basic purposes, and I trust that we can move forward on the basis of consensus. First, the amendments take account of the criticism of the original version of clause 7 that was made in Committee. Clause 7 originally stated that a confiscation order must be made before sentence. Although the clause was qualified by the...

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 — Defendant's benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 — Defendant's benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: This is a mixed group of Government amendments. Some of them are fine tuning, but as a whole they are important to the operation of the Bill. Amendments Nos. 6 to 8, 10, 45, 46, 48, 75 to 77 and 79 deal with a technical problem affecting certain cases where a previous confiscation order has been made against the defendant. That will ensure that any benefit taken into account for the purposes...

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 — Defendant's benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. Although we have criticisms of the Opposition, much of the discussion in Committee was constructive and I am grateful to him for recognising that we responded to that. I confirm that the provision on hearsay does not constitute the thin end of any wedge. It does not change the procedure and is simply a consequence of moving restraint from the High...

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 22 — Order made: reconsideration of benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 22 — Order made: reconsideration of benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: The amendments tackle concerns about the reconsideration provisions that the Opposition expressed at an earlier stage in our proceedings. As hon. Members may recall, two of the three reconsideration clauses allow the prosecutor and the director to apply for an increase in the confiscation order only when they have new evidence of the defendant's benefit. However, clauses 22, 108 and 174,...

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 22 — Order made: reconsideration of benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The effect that I described was not our intention, and the amendments would therefore make it clear in the clauses that multiple re-evaluations of earlier confiscation orders are possible. A similar argument—that multiple re-evaluations are not possible—could be used about clauses 23, 109 and 175, which apply when further realisable property comes to light....

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 22 — Order made: reconsideration of benefit (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I can give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. Lords amendment agreed to. Lords amendments Nos. 19 to 29 agreed to. Lords amendment No. 30 disagreed to. Lords amendments Nos. 31 to 37 agreed to.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 75 — Criminal lifestyle (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: I beg to move, That the House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 75 — Criminal lifestyle (18 Jul 2002)

Anne McGuire: It has probably taken you longer to say that, Mr. Deputy Speaker, than it will take me to explain it. The amendments respond to concerns expressed in the House that the offences attracting the criminal lifestyle regime were not set out in the Bill. As hon. Members will see, new schedules 2, 4 and 5 now set out a detailed list of such offences. We have approached the list by identifying...

Written Answers — Scotland: Minimum Wage (17 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: The information is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, Inland Revenue has specialist enforcement teams based 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...

Written Answers — Scotland: Electoral Register (17 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: The draft of the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2002, which contains provisions enabling the supply of free copies of the full version of the electoral register to MSPs, was laid before Parliament on 16 October. Subject to parliamentary approval by both Houses, the Order will come into force 14 days after it is made.

Written Answers — Scotland: Rail Freight Services (17 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: The Government has ensured, through close co-operation with the French authorities, that initial physical security measures at Frethun are almost complete and are proving effective. We will continue to work to ensure completion of the agreed measures later this year. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and the French Minister for the Interior met on 26 September at Calais and reaffirmed...

Written Answers — Scotland: Fuel Poverty (17 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: The Government is working in partnership with the Scottish Executive to tackle fuel poverty. Measures the Government have taken include the #200 Winter Fuel Payments for people aged 60 and over; the cold weather payments for people on Income Support and some other benefits; and reducing VAT on domestic fuel to 5 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: Claimant count unemployment in Scotland is at its lowest level since 1975 and has fallen by more than 57,000 since the spring of 1997—a reduction of 38.8 per cent.


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