Results 1–20 of 37 for speaker:Mrs Christine Butler

Rail Commuters (Castle Point) (27 Feb 2001)

Mrs Christine Butler: I feel that we have come on a long, wearisome and tedious journey tonight. I take the unusual step of apologising to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, who has borne it out so well. Although I know that he has visited some of the subject matter of the debate previously this year, I have about 4,500 daily reasons to be here. Those are my travelling constituents, the poor commuters...

Rail Commuters (Castle Point) (27 Feb 2001)

Mrs Christine Butler: Not only I, but very many of my constituents would have some sympathy with that view. In recent months, when they have seen the so-called new rolling stock coming toward the station platform, they have simply groaned because they know that the new trains simply do not work and would cause further delay to their journey. A young man from my constituency works the early shift in one of the...

Petition: Waste Disposal (Essex) (12 Dec 2000)

Mrs Christine Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for allowing me to intervene in his Adjournment debate. There could be further clarification, and I should like to hear that the waste strategy for Essex contains a presumption against incineration without a caveat. That is the sure way of promoting more recycling with composting, waste minimisation and re-use. I know of nothing in the Government's strategy to the...

School Transport (20 Jul 2000)

Mrs Christine Butler: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (Mr. Hurst) for allowing me to make a short speech in his debate. May I also take this opportunity formally to thank my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for his visit to my constituency some months ago? His attentiveness, his appreciation of the difficulties and his consideration of the possible solutions were much appreciated. I was delighted to...

Planning (7 Mar 2000)

Mrs Christine Butler: Which constituencies or local authorities will be in the extended Thames gateway? I thought that I heard my right hon. Friend say that he was committed to an extension of the Thames gateway area. As a person from south Essex, I would be delighted if south Essex were to be part of it.

Thames Gateway (3 Feb 2000)

Mrs Christine Butler: Previously called the East Thames corridor, the Thames gateway begins in east London, and extends from Stratford and Greenwich to Tilbury in Essex and Sittingbourne and Sheerness in Kent. Tonight, I shall argue that the Thames gateway should be further extended to include areas north of the river, just as at present it includes areas along the Kent coast to the south. That view is supported...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Learning and Work Bank (2 Dec 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: If he will make a statement on his plans for the new learning and work bank. [99340]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Learning and Work Bank (2 Dec 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. I am excited by the prospect of a one-stop shop on a website to match jobs to those without jobs and to enable employers easily to find the right recruit. I welcome the fact that that will also be linked to upskilling information. Will my right hon. Friend tell the House about the existing experiments in certain areas so that my constituents can be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Jul 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: Will my right hon. Friend congratulate nursery teachers, teachers and head teachers in my constituency on the enormous work that they have put into early-years development and numeracy and literacy hours in the primary sector? By this September, there will be fewer than 30 pupils in all classes of five, six and seven-year-olds, and there is enormous expansion in early-years education...

Post-16 Training (30 Jun 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement, which the sixth-form college in my constituency will broadly welcome. It is appropriate to warn Opposition Members that if they were listening, instead of reading the odd item in the newspaper, they would appreciate that almost every provider of post-16 education is saying, with the same affirmative voice, "Well done. This is just what we...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Regional Development Banks (12 May 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: What actions she is taking to increase the focus on poverty of the work of regional development banks. [82955]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Regional Development Banks (12 May 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: What steps is the Department taking to encourage further collaboration between the regional agencies and the international financial institutions to reduce poverty?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (26 Apr 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: If he will make a statement on the role of the voluntary sector in the implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. [80957]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (26 Apr 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: Will my hon. Friend congratulate the voluntary sector in Castle Point on its crime prevention work in the overall strategy for crime reduction in the constituency? In particular, will he send a message to bodies that represent the old, the very young, the vulnerable and the disabled, which promote the interests of those who most fear crime, encouraging them in the vital role that they play in...

Opposition Day: Roads (18 Mar 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: I sincerely thank my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport for his efforts in securing the A130 private finance initiative bid, worth £92 million for Essex. Many hon. Members, on both sides of the House, will welcome that. If I had not heard that announcement today, I would have been asking for it. My right hon. Friend's decision is right. It is the right answer to the high rate of...

Opposition Day: Roads (18 Mar 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: May I advise the right hon. Lady that one of the Jaguars of the Deputy Prime Minister is a bicycle?

Remaining Private Members' Bills: Waste Disposal (Essex) (26 Feb 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: I agree with all that my hon. Friend has said. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that London is not realistic about its waste disposal. London may be over-aspirational and under-realistic, but Essex and the surrounding counties are put under greater pressure to deal with London's waste. That is the nub of the problem. Essex has always been rich in landfill sites and, when I visit...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (12 Jan 1999)

Mrs Christine Butler: I enormously enjoyed the speech by the Opposition spokesperson, the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin), who performed a volte face by largely supporting the Bill, gave a litany of disclaimers for his party and made accusations against Labour-controlled local councils. Although he is not in his place, I shall enlighten him about what his party used to get up to in local government. I...

Eastern Region (11 Nov 1998)

Mrs Christine Butler: I am pleased to bring the important subject of the economic development of the east of England region to the notice of the House. Recent legislation will provide for nine English regions, including the east of England, and 1 shall focus on the six counties that will form the east of England region. I was surprised, and somewhat perturbed, by recent inquiries from the media and others that...

Eastern Region (11 Nov 1998)

Mrs Christine Butler: Briefly, but I encourage my hon. Friend to make her speech later. If she—


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