Results 141–160 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: National Minimum Wage ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: If I recollect the Liberal Democrats' position on the national minimum wage correctly, they were not particularly in favour of it at the time. I welcome their conversion. On younger workers, as the hon. Gentleman is aware, there is a clear direction that they should be looking at training and educational opportunities. We have gone along with the widely held view that to introduce an adult...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: National Minimum Wage ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: I thank my hon. Friend for making that particularly important point. He is quite right—no worker should feel threatened and intimidated either going to work or while at work. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I will seek to raise the matter when we next meet the Scottish Trades Union Congress and employers' organisations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Cross-Border Economic Issues ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: In conjunction with the Treasury, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently held a seminar involving the main Scottish business organisations and the Scottish Trades Union Congress to discuss the macro-economic policy directions set out in the Chancellor's pre-Budget report. My right hon. Friend plans to hold another seminar with those organisations and other key stakeholders in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Cross-Border Economic Issues ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: I recognise the picture that my hon. Friend paints. He will be aware that the Government aim to promote the productivity agenda in Scotland. Key to that promotion is the fact that we work together hand in hand, as both a UK Government and a Scottish Executive, to deliver improvements for the communities that have suffered historic weaknesses in terms of economic development.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Cross-Border Economic Issues ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: I am pleased to advise the hon. Lady that the Scottish people are happy to recognise that we have the highest recorded level of employment in Scotland, and the lowest unemployment count, for 27 years. That stands in stark contrast with some of the issues that we had to deal with during 18 years under her party's Government.

Written Answers — Scotland: Employment ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: Scotland is well placed to take advantage of the new opportunities which enlargement of the European Union will create.

Written Answers — Scotland: Business Insolvency (North-East Scotland) ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Scotland Office does not routinely compile insolvency data. The latest official figures on company liquidations in Scotland were released by the Department of Trade and Industry on 1 November 2002. The data is not published on a regional basis within Scotland.

Written Answers — Scotland: Broadband ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend and I meet regularly with the small business representative organisations in Scotland. Our discussions cover a wide range of concerns, including the development of broadband services. The small business community will be taking an interest in the outcome of the Scottish Executive programme to roll out pilot projects in the Highlands and Islands and Dumfries and Galloway areas.

Written Answers — Scotland: Postcomm ( 7 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 166W.

Public Bill Committee: Communications Bill: Clause 203 - The Gaelic Media Service (16 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: Thank you, Mr. Gale. I am delighted that we have at last reached this part of the Bill, and that is not only because I thought that I had given up the vow of silence when I left the Whips Office. I offer my sincere congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Western Isles, who has dedicated himself to ensuring that the clauses would be as helpful as possible to the development of Gaelic...

Public Bill Committee: Communications Bill: Clause 204 - Membership of the Service (16 Jan 2003)

Anne McGuire: I shall deal with amendments Nos. 387 and 389 first. In our opinion, they would negate the Government's basic aim of increasing the broadcasting expertise of the Gaelic Media Service board for the benefit and oversight of the service. In essence, they would remove from the Bill any obligation on the part of Ofcom to seek and secure representation on the board of the Gaelic Media Service from...

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

Anne McGuire: I hosted an informal discussion yesterday on how best to deliver in Scotland the targets laid down under the revitalising health and safety programme. The Scotland Office will shortly write to employers, trade unions and other bodies about tackling violence at work.

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

Anne McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive is well aware of some of the difficulties in the construction industry, and has targeted a priority programme on that sector. The Government are keen to ensure that we reach the targets that we identified under the revitalising health and safety programme, which will cut the rate of deaths and major injuries by 10 per cent., reduce the rate of work-related ill...

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...

Written Answers — Scotland: Employment Policy ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: My right hon. Friend last met with representatives of the STUC on 2 December to discuss a wide range of issues.

Written Answers — Scotland: Broadband ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government aim to stimulate broadband connectivity and take-up across the UK. Access to broadband services in rural communities and the remote areas of Scotland is a strategic priority for the Scottish Executive. The Executive represents Scottish interests on the UK Broadband Taskforce and has already announced a £24 million economic development initiative to accelerate and extend the...

Written Answers — Scotland: Rural Communities ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government are committed to ensuring the rural dimension is taken into account when developing policy and sets specific targets to measure progress on rural issues. Policy on rural development in Scotland is a devolved responsibility.

Written Answers — Scotland: Pensioners ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: This Government is spending around £6 billion extra in real terms on pensioners in 2002/03 as a result of policies introduced since 1997. We have introduced the Minimum Income Guarantee for poorer pensioners; Winter Fuel Payments for people aged 60 and over; free TV licences for the over 75s; and are introducing the new Pension Credit later this year, rewarding pensioners who save.


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