Results 161–180 of 5000 for speaker:Anne McGuire

Written Answers — Scotland: Winter Fuel Payments ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: For winter 2001–02, around 996,000 people in Scotland received Winter Fuel Payments, producing a total payout of £152 million.

Written Answers — Scotland: Citizens Advice Scotland ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I met Citizens Advice Scotland yesterday. The Government greatly values the work they and individual Citizens Advice Bureaux carry out in major areas such as debt, welfare rights and employment.

Written Answers — Scotland: Rural Post Offices (Scotland) ( 4 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government has emphasised its commitment to the UK rural post office network by making 450 million available to Post Office Ltd over the next three years. The funding will directly support rural post offices and give the company freedom to pilot new and innovative ways of providing rural services. Post Office Ltd will administer the fund within guidelines and parameters set by the...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: May I reassure the hon. Gentleman? In Scotland, Easter Monday is not a national holiday. It is catered for under the local holiday provision. Easter Monday may be a holiday in Glasgow, but people who live there can still go to garden centres in Edinburgh, Falkirk or Stirling.

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: indicated dissent.

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I feel that we have been round the houses this morning. I had not realised how much I had not missed the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) until he spoke for 34 minutes today. I wonder whether, when he was a child in Lossiemouth, anyone ever asked him if he would just haud his wheesht for a while. I will translate that later for those who do not know the expression. I am also aware...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: No. Let me get into my flow, please. I remember going round on a Sunday to collect some messages from my mother. On one occasion, I had to get some bleach. While we did not have tennis courts, we always managed to buy bleach for the toilets on a Sunday. I remember spilling the bleach on my new Sunday shoes, and I found out that my mother believed not only in Sunday trading but in corporal...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I accept that, but I would mention that the hon. Lady raised the issue of who votes where and then decided to complicate matters by mentioning that ours was a United Kingdom Parliament. Let us leave that aside, however. I especially congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Greenock and Inverclyde on introducing a Bill that is short but that will bring considerable benefit to workers in...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: I accept my hon. Friend's point, but the reality is that Argos identified a gap in the law. It took a decision for its own best reasons, and although I do not accept them, it was Argos's decision and it had the right to take it. In that sense, we need to be at least halfway generous towards Argos. I should say that I have no axe to grind so far as Argos is concerned. I have a couple of sofas...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: [Interruption.] I am delighted to see that my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson), who is the Minister with responsibility for aviation, has arrived. I want to deal with a couple of specific issues that were raised about the consultation, particularly by the hon. Member for Beckenham. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland launched the consultation...

Sunday Trading (Scotland) Bill ( 7 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: That is the current scheduling as I understand it, but as a former Whip the hon. Lady will recognise that sometimes such dates are moveable feasts. To reassure her, what I am trying to explain to the House is that we are confident that the results will be in the hands of Members before the Bill goes through its various processes in this House. I welcome this opportunity to inform the House...

Written Answers — Scotland: Child Poverty (13 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: The Government are taking a number of measures to tackle poverty in Scotland, including the National Minimum Wage; the New Deal and the new Tax Credits. We are committed to abolishing child poverty in a generation and to halving it by 2010. The action taken by the Government to tackle poverty and social exclusion is outlined in our fourth "Opportunity for All" report. Progress is monitored...

Written Answers — Scotland: Poverty (13 Feb 2003)

Anne McGuire: Poverty is a complex multi-dimensional problem. "Opportunity for All" sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents the latest information on the indicators used to monitor progress. The Scottish Executive's strategy is contained in their Social Justice Annual Report. The data sources which the Government and the Executive use for income analysis...

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

Anne McGuire: Both the Government and the Scottish Executive are committed to the fight against poverty. Publication of the index and other indicators reflects our determination to measure the impact of our policies and the progress achieved.

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

Anne McGuire: There is a great deal of collective working in Glasgow through social inclusion partnerships and the better neighbourhood services fund. UK Departments contribute to, and are involved in, some aspects of that work. The Scottish Executive have certainly contributed to a city growth fund of £40 million for better neighbourhood services in Glasgow and, as I said, the social inclusion...

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

Anne McGuire: That is rather a myopic question. The hon. Lady has failed to take into account the impact on poverty of the national minimum wage, the working families tax credit and children's credits. Before she bandies figures around in the House, she would do well to look at the actual figures on the proportion of Scottish children in low-income households which, using the absolute measure, fell by 21...

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

Anne McGuire: I share the hon. Gentleman's views on the importance of take-up. It is Government policy to try to encourage people to take up tax credits, and I encourage hon. Members to promote those tax credits, as they have access to local media and community groups, which could do much to promote the beneficial aspects of Government policy on which most of us in the House agree.

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

Anne McGuire: I agree that partnership working is important, and I am pleased that my hon. Friend also recognised the importance of the drop in unemployment and, by implication, all the measures that we put in place to alleviate poverty. In view of the fact that two of my colleagues from Glasgow have highlighted specific issues relating to the city, I would be delighted to meet them and discuss some of...

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

Anne McGuire: As a Member from a rural area, I offer to meet myself and any other rural Members who wish to meet me, in both capacities.


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