Results 101–120 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

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

Anne McGuire: I am always fascinated when colleagues who represent parts of the United Kingdom other than Scotland seek to talk Scotland down. Data for the past two quarters have, of course, been disappointing, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman will acknowledge that the glitch is temporary and is nothing like the downturns that we saw over the previous 20 years. Underpinning the Scottish economy there is...

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

Anne McGuire: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The area that he represents suffered terribly from foot and mouth disease. I know that he has been leading the campaign to reinvigorate the agricultural industry in his constituency, and I am delighted to hear that there has been a reduction in unemployment. Interestingly, the figures that he highlighted reflect the reduction in unemployment throughout...

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

Anne McGuire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. We must be careful about the figures that have been bandied around about job losses in the North sea. There are job gains—in the new Ardmore field, for example. The hon. Gentleman knows that there is ongoing consultation. A report will be made available soon.

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

Anne McGuire: My hon. Friend is correct. The new deal has been one of the Government's success stories. Wherever Members go, they will come across people who have been long-term unemployed, who were thrown on the scrapheap because they have disabilities or because they are lone parents. It was rich of the Conservatives to say at their conference that the war on lone parents has been ended. The reality is...

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

Anne McGuire: My hon. Friend is right, and, knowing that he represents Grangemouth, I bow to his superior knowledge of the petrochemicals industry. I recently held discussions with senior oil industry people and I know that they are extremely optimistic about what can still be produced from the North sea by introducing new technology and finding different ways of accessing North sea resources. Like my hon....

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

Anne McGuire: That is not a matter for the Government; it is a matter for the Labour party. The hon. Lady should not have gone down that path at a Question Time that is intended to highlight the issues that affect Scotland—jobs, education and employment, in which the Government are scoring a great success.

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

Anne McGuire: We are consulting on a major overhaul of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to provide better safeguards for individuals taking on borrowing commitments. We are determined to tackle abuses by unscrupulous lenders head on.

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

Anne McGuire: Like my hon. Friend, I am a great admirer of the work of citizens advice bureaux, and I was especially pleased to be able to speak at their annual conference in Scotland in August. In addition, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was a volunteer in a citizens advice bureau during a recent volunteers week. CABs do significant and valuable work on debt and with people who find...

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

Anne McGuire: I agree about credit unions' valuable work. The credit union in the Raploch area of Stirling provides a very valuable resource. However, we have to recognise that if credit unions in Scotland are to come of age, they need robust financial regulation around them. Work is being done with the FSA and volunteers and staff at credit unions to make sure that they have a robust regime that has the...

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

Anne McGuire: My hon. Friend is correct. I know that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State helped launch the Dalmuir credit union a few months ago. Yes, both the Government and the Scottish Executive have shown their support for credit unions. They are coming of age. All of us in the House have a duty not just to highlight the advantages of credit unions to some of our more disadvantaged areas, but...

Written Answers — Scotland: Meat Imports (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: I have regular discussions with the Scottish Executive and DEFRA on a wide range of issues. The French Government announced on 2 October that it had decided to lift the ban on British beef imports. Implementation of the decision is expected soon.

Written Answers — Scotland: Defence Jobs (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: 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 9.2per cent. of UK defence personnel deployment.

Written Answers — Scotland: Benefits (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: We are determined to improve take up. The Department for Work and Pensions have established their new Pension Service; we have revised and shortened the claim form for the Minimum Income Guarantee; and we are working with pensioner organisations and local authorities on a range of initiatives.

Written Answers — Scotland: Pensions (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend and I have frequent meetings with business and trade union interests. The Government will publish a pensions Green Paper later this year which will initiate a wide-ranging consultation process.

Written Answers — Scotland: Universal Bank (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a wide range of matters.

Written Answers — Scotland: Universal Bank (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a wide range of matters.

Written Answers — Scotland: Drugs (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend has regular discussions with the Home Secretary on a range of issues. The classification of drugs is a reserved matter and is governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which applies across the United Kingdom. Any changes in classification will therefore apply in Scotland.

Written Answers — Scotland: Drugs (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: We are continuing to work with Home Office and Scottish Executive colleagues to stress the anti-drugs message and highlight drug control initiatives. The new Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 extends to Scotland and will put in place an enhanced and effective system for seizing assets from drug related crime and other criminal activity.

Written Answers — Scotland: National Minimum Wage (22 Oct 2002)

Anne McGuire: 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 to identify employers for enquiry. Since April 1999, the teams have conducted 1,910 inspections and recovered of...


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