Results 181–200 of 1306 for speaker:Nick Ainger

Mtas: Hospital Waiting Times (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: As I said earlier, no Welsh patient is waiting for care in an English hospital for more than 12 months, compared with 900 last year. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman look back at the figures for 1996-97, which were substantially higher than those for last year. No patient in Wales waits longer than eight months for in-patient care, which means that many of them actually receive care long...

Mtas: Ambulance Services (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: I have regular meetings with the Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services on a range of issues, including the provision of ambulance services.

Mtas: Ambulance Services (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: The hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr. Harper) makes a very good point. I understand that the Great Western ambulance service, which covers his constituency, has joint working arrangements with the Welsh ambulance service to deal with specific sites such as bridges and tunnels. Those working arrangements are regularly reviewed. I understand that there are closer working arrangements and...

Mtas: Ambulance Services (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: In fact, response times have improved dramatically in the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. It was formed in 1998, and for the past two months, it has exceeded its target of responding to 60 per cent. of life-threatening emergencies inside eight minutes. That is a result of substantial investment in staff and, especially, equipment. The service is meeting its targets and continues to...

Written Answers — Wales: Cockling (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with the First Minister to discuss a range of issues, including marine and environmental matters.

Written Answers — Wales: Farming: Supermarket Prices (6 Jun 2007)

Nick Ainger: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues at the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss a variety of issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regulatory Burden (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: The Government are wholeheartedly committed to cutting the regulatory burden on all businesses and are currently undertaking one of the most radical reform agendas in the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regulatory Burden (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: The Government have reduced the regulatory burden on business arising, for example, from Department of Trade and Industry regulations, by more than £1 billion. Some 900,000 companies are now exempt from audit requirements on their accounts. The hon. Gentleman refers to various surveys, and the CBI survey shows that manufacturers in Wales have received the highest surge in orders for more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regulatory Burden (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: I agree with everything that my right hon. Friend has said. I know from the hard work that he did in ensuring the passage of legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses that he is an expert in the field. The facts are clear: businesses in Wales are growing and are being created faster than ever before, and all the surveys indicate that the Government's regime is working. Of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regulatory Burden (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: Surprisingly, I agree, yet again, with my hon. Friend. What he says is true, although that success is happening not just in Newport, but in my constituency: we now have record levels of employment where we used to have record levels of unemployment. Indeed, it is true throughout Wales. Ibsen Biopharm has announced an investment of more than £39 million in a pharmaceutical plant in Wrexham,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Issues (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I regularly meet Welsh Assembly Government colleagues to discuss issues affecting Wales, including environmental issues negotiated in Europe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Issues (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: The hon. Gentleman asks an interesting question. It is true that certain species have been recorded as being in decline, whereas others are improving. Species such as the otter are now returning to many Welsh rivers in which they have not been seen for decades, so the picture is mixed. However, it is important that factors such as climate change be addressed as well, because they may well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Issues (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: Yes, indeed, my hon. Friend raises an important point. Issues relating to climate change and how we tackle it are now the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government. For example, I know their commitment to trying to achieve, by 2011, the target of all new buildings in Wales being carbon neutral. That is the sort of policy needed to tackle climate change, and we will also address it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Issues (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: The hon. Gentleman is right that emissions are not only about climate change, but about health and the quality of the atmosphere. My official cars in London and Cardiff are electric hybrids. The Government have produced a list of top tips for smarter drivers which, if all motorists followed them, would reduce emissions by 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year and save more than £2 billion in fuel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Issues (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: That policy has certainly not been dumped. The fact is that last year the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) came to north Wales, shortly before announcing that he was going to put a wind turbine on his house, and described the Gwynt y Môr development as a massive bird blender. He may have changed his view, but I can assure the hon. Lady that the First Minister has not changed his...

Written Answers — Wales: Supermarket Practices (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues at the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss a variety of issues.

Written Answers — Wales: Bilingual Juries (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: The Government have consulted on this issue and an announcement on the outcome of that consultation will be made in due course.

Written Answers — Wales: Out-patient Departure Closures (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: I regularly meet with the Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services to discuss a range of issues, including cross-border issues.

Written Answers — Wales: Health Services (2 May 2007)

Nick Ainger: I regularly meet with the Assembly Minister for Health and Social Service when we discuss a range of issues, including cross-border issues affecting health services in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Environmental Liability Directive (21 Mar 2007)

Nick Ainger: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with the First Minister and ministerial colleagues on a range of issues. The Welsh Assembly Government are currently considering responses to the consultation on options and will announce their conclusions later this year.


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