Results 1–20 of 369 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Austin

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Local Government Finances (8 Dec 2009)

John Austin: On that point, I have here a publication from the Bexley Conservatives. In claiming the credits of their council, it points to two new academies built, four schools rebuilt and nine new children's centres, all achieved by the wonderful Bexley Conservative council. How does the Secretary of State contrast that with their spending plans if we were to have the misfortune of a Conservative Government?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Local Government Finances (8 Dec 2009)

John Austin: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Local Government Finances (8 Dec 2009)

John Austin: The hon. Gentleman referred to the Mayor of London. Is he aware that the Mayor has placed the biggest financial increase in fares on the poorest people in London? Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that Bromley, the council for the area that he represents, was the one that took the Greater London Council to court over the "Fares Fair" campaign to challenge the idea of a fair fare policy for London?

Bill Presented — Personal Care At Home Bill: Home Office and Work and Pensions (25 Nov 2009)

John Austin: Has the hon. Gentleman had any discussions about that proposal with the Mayor of London, who chairs the Metropolitan Police Authority? Has he asked what the justification for it is?

Bill Presented — Personal Care At Home Bill: Home Office and Work and Pensions (25 Nov 2009)

John Austin: The hon. Gentleman will know that the UK Government's ratification of the convention on human trafficking was delayed in part by arguments from the UK Border Agency that there was a pull factor in adopting a victim-based approach to trafficking. Does he share my view that the Border Agency is not the place to locate the trafficking unit?

Bill Presented — Personal Care At Home Bill: Home Office and Work and Pensions (25 Nov 2009)

John Austin: Today marks the 10th anniversary of the formal proclamation by the United Nations of 25 November as international day for the elimination of violence against women. Violence against women and girls takes many forms and affects all our communities. I acknowledge that the Government have done much to raise awareness and to protect victims of domestic violence, and much in the area of...

Bill Presented — Personal Care At Home Bill: Home Office and Work and Pensions (25 Nov 2009)

John Austin: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Gentleman anticipated my comments. There is substantial evidence to suggest that hundreds of girls and young women are taken from this country every year for such abuse to be carried out elsewhere. The Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Claire Ward) told the House that there have been no prosecutions or...

Business of the House (15 Oct 2009)

John Austin: Mr. Speaker, you will be aware that 25 November is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. This year is the 10th anniversary of the formal proclamation by the United Nations. I hope that the Leader of the House is also aware of the Council of Europe's campaign on violence against women, and of the desire of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

John Austin: When the Transport Bill was going through Parliament, the hon. Member for Thurrock and I were assured by the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which was responsible, that although this was a congestion charge the revenue that arose from it would be used for investment in local transport infrastructure. We heard earlier that some investment went to Dartford and some went to Thurrock,...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

John Austin: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

John Austin: The hon. Gentleman will know that many of my constituents live much closer to the Dartford crossing than many of the residents of Thurrock or Dartford. Is he aware that until recently, when the discount scheme was introduced, Dartford was receiving, through Kent county council, £1 million a year, and Thurrock was receiving £750,000 a year from the tolls for local transport? Would not it...

Health Care (Bexley) (16 Oct 2008)

John Austin: In his speech, the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Evennett) often used the word "downgrading." Does my hon. Friend share my view that there is a powerful and arguable case for the separation of elective care from trauma services? Is he aware that the proposals for Queen Mary's Sidcup mean that it will become a centre of excellence for elective care, including cancer services,...

Health Care (Bexley) (16 Oct 2008)

John Austin: The hon. Gentleman has referred to accident and emergency departments, but he will know that the plans under "A Picture of Health" provide for a 24-hour urgent care centre to cover all but the major emergency, blue-light casualty services. In the unfortunate event that he were to suffer a stroke or have a cardiac arrest, would he rather go to the hospital that is nearest, or to the one with...

Business of the House: International Women's Day (6 Mar 2008)

John Austin: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: International Women's Day (6 Mar 2008)

John Austin: I would like to comment on a couple of points raised by the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson). First, she referred to her favourite spots in touring the House, mentioning Earl Falkland's statue and the broken sword. When I take constituents around the House, my favourite part is the broom cupboard in the crypt chapel, where Emily Wilding Davison spent census night in 1911. A...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Quality and Outcomes Framework (5 Feb 2008)

John Austin: What progress has been made in agreeing the GP quality and outcomes framework.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Quality and Outcomes Framework (5 Feb 2008)

John Austin: I wonder whether the Secretary of State has seen the recent evidence showing that only one in 10 women who have suffered a fragility fracture have been referred for a bone scan to discover whether they have osteoporosis. The figure for men is one in 50. I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware of the cost-effectiveness of early diagnosis of osteoporosis. Will he therefore ensure at an...

Opposition Day — [6th allotted day]: Human Trafficking (16 Jan 2008)

John Austin: I start my speech where the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) finished his by drawing that comparison between the current horrendous slavery that we face today and that of the past. According to the International Labour Organisation, the estimated minimum number of persons exploited as a result of trafficking at a given time is approaching 2.5 million—an estimate made in 2005—but many...

Opposition Day — [6th allotted day]: Human Trafficking (16 Jan 2008)

John Austin: The hon. Gentleman has made the point that it is necessary to have the measures in place in order to ratify. He criticised the Government for not having ratified when 12 other states have done so. Is he confident that those states have the necessary mechanisms on their statute books to be able to implement the convention?

Queen Mary's Hospital (Sidcup) (19 Oct 2007)

John Austin: The hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Derek Conway) has highlighted the anxiety felt by his constituents and those of other Members present. People are attached to their local hospitals for very good reasons, and he has identified some of the reasons why so many people are attached to Queen Mary's, Sidcup. We need an assurance from the Minister that there will continue to be four...


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