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Results 101–120 of 1056 for speaker:Bob Blizzard

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Battery Cages (30 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent developments there have been in the EU Agriculture Council on the timetable for the ban on battery cages.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Biofuels (26 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: In East Anglia a new bioethanol plant will shortly come on-stream, and of course we have many acres of sugar beet that can be processed into bioethanol. However, not many vehicles can use bioethanol. What discussions is my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary having with motor manufacturers to make sure that full-flex vehicles, such as those in Brazil that can run off both traditional petrol...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Child Obesity (24 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: What role she expects food retailers to play in the strategy to tackle child obesity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Child Obesity (24 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I recently presented IT equipment to schools in my constituency as part of the Tesco computers for schools initiative, and it occurred to me that much of the money that families spend to obtain the vouchers goes on crisps, sweets and chocolate, which make children obese. I suggested to Tesco that it should amend its scheme by excluding such products from the eligible spend for the vouchers or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Gas Industry (19 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is not the real problem faced by the gas industry the failure of the market in mainland Europe to deliver gas to this country through the pipelines at times when prices here have suggested that it should? What progress is being made in the EU to ensure that all member states actually deliver what they signed up to on energy market liberalisation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (16 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: If he will make a statement on the take-up of pension credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (16 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Because pension credit rises each year in line with average earnings, more and more people are becoming eligible for it. What I find locally is that people do not complain about being caught in a web of means-testing; they are just very pleased to be receiving extra pension. Some previously unsuccessful applicants, however, are not aware that they may now be eligible. What is my hon. Friend...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: One of our greatest human failings is our lack of memory. I fear that today and in the weeks ahead the Conservatives will try to play on that by hoping that people will forget what the national health service was like in 1997. I would like to remind the House of what it was like in my area. Like everywhere else, we had long waits for elective treatment—18 months was the norm and, as we have...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: If we want to understand the future, we have to understand the past. We thought of going to the then Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson), because he had already intervened in the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust, which habitually failed to achieve its target response times. That trust delivered last year the fastest response times in...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: If the rumours are being spread by Conservative Members, they will be very disappointed—

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: No; I have given way twice. I am absolutely confident that our hospital will remain a first-class district general, and I will not accept scare stories spread in this House. The hospital is high quality because it has met every target set for it ahead of time: 100 per cent. of people do not wait six months or more; 100 per cent. of cancer patients are seen in two weeks; 100 per cent. of those...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: No. I have taken two interventions and I get no more extra time. The purpose of my telling the House about the hospital is that the James Paget hospital shows that a well run NHS hospital can operate within the finances available to it, meet all its targets and deliver quality services without any deficits. I do not have time to go into so much detail on primary care and community services,...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: NHS Workforce and Service Development (11 Oct 2006)

Bob Blizzard: There is one Opposition policy of which we are aware—their wish, as they say, to share the proceeds of growth between investment in public services and tax cuts. Can the hon. Gentleman tell us how much money will be removed from the NHS budget as a result?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Local Environment Quality (20 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: The Local Government Act 2003 provided that local authorities employing litter wardens to enforce the litter laws could use the proceeds from fixed-penalty fines to pay them. Some authorities use those powers with great success, but many—including my own—do not use them at all. As a result, streets remain dirtier than they need be, or council tax payers have to pay enormous amounts of...

Business of the House: Home Office: Reform Action Plan (19 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: While my right hon. Friend is reforming his Department, can we give some thought and appreciation to the people on the ground who are fighting crime, particularly crime reduction officers and community support officers? Will he join me in congratulating Crime Reduction Officer Steve Barrett in my constituency on coming up with the simple idea of producing a key fob with the picture of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: GP Lists (18 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Is my hon. Friend aware that general practices sometimes strike mental health out-patients off their lists because they can become verbally or physically abusive? One can understand that reaction, but sometimes such patients are then allocated another practice 30 or 40 miles away, which is no use to them at all and will not help them to recover their mental health. Will my hon. Friend look...

Written Answers — Health: Community Hospitals (18 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contribution she expects community hospitals to make to the provision of patient care closer to where they live.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Cocaine Smuggling (13 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: Until April there were two drug liaison officers in Peru, and then SOCA moved them to Colombia. Peru is the second largest cocaine-producing country in the world, cocaine production is on the increase and crop eradication and substitution programmes are not working. Intelligence-led intervention in trafficking will make the biggest difference to this country. Will my hon. Friend increase...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (10 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: I received a letter from my hon. Friend's Department last week, informing me that pathways to work would start in my constituency next year. Based on the pilots that we have had so far, what impact can I expect that to have on the number of people on incapacity benefit in my constituency?

Written Answers — Health: Speech and Language Therapy (5 Jul 2006)

Bob Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many speech and language therapists were employed by each primary care trust in 2005-06; and what the ratio of speech and language therapists to the population was.


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