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Results 1–20 of 2395 for speaker:Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Early Intervention (Finance) (13 Jan 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. As he knows, I have been lobbing things in the air and at the Treasury about this for some time. The evidence produced by him and the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) is similar to work that I did in the Cabinet Office. We now understand more about the development of the brain and how it works. We did...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Social Mobility (14 Jan 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: In congratulating my right hon. Friend on the delivery of yesterday's White Paper, may I urge him to ensure that during the deliberations that take place in the next few months, people work throughout government to ensure that early intervention works effectively for those children who need it most and who are most vulnerable, so that we can say in the next decade that those who start with...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: I really am shocked to hear what the hon. Gentleman says. He clearly has not investigated the database effectively. He and the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) have strongly argued that there needs to be a level of knowledge across the Departments and agencies working with children, so that they can intervene early with the most vulnerable. Without a...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Child Protection (3 Feb 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: Too much of our child protection policy has been constructed following tragic cases. I am afraid that I can go back a lot further than the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton). At the beginning of my time in this House, I served on the Committee considering the Bill that was introduced after three very tragic cases during the mid-1980s and the Cleveland child abuse case....

Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 — £50,000 cap on donations (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 — £50,000 cap on donations (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: No, my intervention is not on that point, although I should like to debate it with the hon. Gentleman at some stage. He started off by saying that the main thrust of the new clause came from the wish to change the public's perception of political giving and raising money for political parties. Has he any evidence that his proposed cap would have any effect on public perception?

Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 — £50,000 cap on donations (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: I intervened on the hon. Member for Cambridge (David Howarth) precisely because his new clause would create such diffusion and lack of clarity about who had given a donation that, far from public confidence being improved, public cynicism would be increased.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Arts: Government Assistance (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards meeting each of the objectives of the creative economy programme.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Arts: Government Assistance (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial support his Department is making available to small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative industries which are in difficulties during the economic slowdown.

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits: Africa (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses from each country in Africa in each of the last 15 years.

Written Answers — Home Department: Work Permits: Guyana (2 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses from Guyana in each of the last 15 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: HIV/AIDS (25 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: My hon. Friend knows that HIV/AIDS particularly affects women and children in the poorest countries. What are he and the Government doing to work with other countries to make sure that at a time when the economic situation is giving such difficulty, particularly to the poorest countries, the international community none the less keeps up its commitment to supporting the poorest in tackling...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: rose—

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: The hon. Gentleman knows that I always chunter. He talks about "African-led solutions", and we have to do a lot more on those, particularly in helping people in civil society to be active across the board. Perhaps he will join me in congratulating VSO Jitolee—the Kenyan independent Voluntary Services Overseas organisation—which is organising the work of internal volunteers. People from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Prisons and Probation (27 Apr 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, especially his commitment to dealing more sensitively than through the normal Prison Service with vulnerable women, and to addressing mental health issues. Far too many of our prisoners have a difficult background and end up with mental health issues. I particularly want to ask my right hon. Friend about community payback. The public need to know...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Zimbabwe (13 May 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: In the midst of the turmoil in Zimbabwe, what assurance can my hon. Friend give the House about opportunities for children to get education? That will be the way in which the country can rebuild and give people real hope for the future.

[Mr. Gary Streeter in the Chair] — Regional Aviation Policy (17 Jun 2009)

Hilary Armstrong: Does my hon. Friend accept that there is little prospect of high-speed rail in areas such as the north-east, or even Scotland, in the medium term? Does my hon. Friend also accept that one of the main economic factors, which links to the environment, is the fact that we are a global nation and we need to develop relationships with companies from the other side of the world? We in the...


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