Results 1–20 of 595 for speaker:Ms Julia Drown

Adjournment (Easter) (24 Mar 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: This is my last opportunity to address this Parliament. I am proud to represent both rural and urban communities and I must say that I see no great distinction as I move from one to the other. There are different flavours and different policy aspects and it is important that policy be rural-proofed, but I am pleased that on so many of the issues that I have raised on behalf of my constituents...

Julia and William Pemberton (16 Mar 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I rise to raise the case of the murders in November 2003 of Julia and William Pemberton by Alan Pemberton. After shooting his wife and 17-year-old son, Alan Pemberton took his own life. Those deaths followed a history of domestic violence to which the police were alerted 15 months before the tragedy. A number of the family and friends of Julia and William Pemberton are my constituents. I...

Julia and William Pemberton (16 Mar 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that intervention, and I hope that the Minister can clarify that point for us. The other lessons may also need to be referred to the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and I hope that the Minister will do so. In July 2003, Julia returned to the Reading court to have an injunction with a power of arrest renewed. In addition to her original affidavit,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: G7 Presidency (10 Mar 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: Will one of the economic priorities include trade justice? Does the Chancellor think that he can use his position to consider agricultural subsidies, both from America and the common agricultural policy, so that we can get serious reform? At the moment, subsidised exports are being dumped on the poorest people in the world, and they cannot afford that to continue.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Fair Trade ( 9 Mar 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: There are serious concerns for developing countries that economic partnership agreements are being negotiated, forcing developing countries to liberalise their markets in a way that will put real pressure on the poorest people and the poorest farms in those countries. What is my hon. Friend doing to ensure that the voice of poor countries is heard properly and that poverty is given the...

Business of the House (24 Feb 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: May we have a debate on local government so that I can raise my constituents' concerns about Swindon borough council's Conservative budget? This week, the council put through £10 million of cuts, which included breaking a pledge to the voluntary sector by taking £250,000 from it? It has also raised day care charges from 65p to a massive £10 a day. Should we not have a debate to show that...

Business of the House ( 3 Feb 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: Despite all the ceasefire agreements, violence in Sudan continues, with the African Union reporting that the Sudanese air force bombed a village a few days ago killing 100 villagers. Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on Darfur and the violence in Sudan so that we can call for more action, to ensure that those people receive not only the humanitarian aid but the protection that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: G8 Presidency ( 3 Feb 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: During our presidency, will the Chancellor tackle global poverty by raising the issue of looted assets. The United Nations estimates that $11 billion has been looted by corrupt people from Kenya and Nigeria. Much of that money is in western banks in the developed world. There has been an initiative to try to tackle money laundering for terrorism and drugs. Could that be extended so that money...

Written Answers — Treasury: Stolen Assets ( 3 Feb 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is planning to ensure that assets stolen from poor countries, held in bank accounts abroad, are returned.

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: On the business of visiting websites, I extend an invitation to the Minister—and anyone else—to visit a demonstration house in west Swindon that has sprinklers in it. A fire can be lit within it without the sprinklers operating, and with the sprinklers. It is remarkable. If anyone has any doubts about the effects of sprinklers, they are most welcome to visit it.

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: Does my hon. Friend think it strange that people might consider spending £1,000 extra on carpets for their new-build home but they would not consider spending that on sprinklers? This is part of the challenge that we need to address. There may be a case for piloting different schemes and perhaps having sprinklers only in the key at-risk rooms. Will my hon. Friend join me in pressing the...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's point. We want to make things as easy as possible for people who are charged with making establishments safe. Does he appreciate the point that people look to further guidance on these issues; otherwise, we have people up and down the country reinventing the wheel because they do not know exactly what some of the terms mean? Sometimes, that additional...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that this sends out a message that not everything could be done? Fleur Lombard was a firefighter who died in the Avon area, in a large single-storey premises. It was as a result of that fire that regulations were introduced to ensure that there were sprinklers in large retail premises. That will save firefighters' lives. They are worthy of us doing...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: My hon. Friend is emphasising, I believe, the need for further guidance on some of these issues. An issue that has been raised with me is large, single-storey premises. New premises of that sort have to have sprinklers, but existing ones do not, and the responsible person might have to make a judgment about that. Guidance to encourage the use of sprinklers in those large buildings would be...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I appreciate the Minister's point and am keen to avoid such tragedies. Given that kitchens are often a source of fire, does he not want to promote smoke alarms for kitchens with hush buttons, so that, if someone sees the toast burning, they can press the hush button and carry on? They can keep their smoke alarm and keep themselves protected without having the annoyance of the alarm going off...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I would be grateful if the Minister told me whether that funding can also be used for fire suppression methods. If that is the case, what is the Government's view on some of the newer methods, such as water mist systems and sprinklers? I ask because the Wiltshire fire service was one of the services that introduced sprinklers into social housing, and a recent fire in one such house—it had...

Fire Safety (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: On the issue of schools, it has been interesting to get feedback from the fire service in Wiltshire. When it approaches schools that are being built under the private finance initiative in the county and asks, "What are your responsibilities if part or all of the school burns down? You need to replace the school, or parts of it, don't you?", the debate quickly moves on to sprinklers. Straight...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Alcohol Misuse (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for meeting me and one of the leading consultants from the Great Western hospital who deals with the results of alcohol misuse and sees patients dying on our wards each day because of alcohol misuse. Does my hon. Friend support the measures that doctors are pushing for—alcohol warnings on bottles so that people know how much alcohol they are consuming;...

Environmental Crime (13 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: The Minister mentioned some of the priorities of our constituents. Does he accept that noise, which the Environmental Audit Committee also looked at, is a priority as well? I am pleased that, in Swindon, we have an out-of-hours service, but some of our neighbouring boroughs and districts do not. Could he think about trying to co-ordinate with DEFRA, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health...

Environmental Crime (13 Jan 2005)

Ms Julia Drown: One issue that has arisen during meetings that I have had locally about matters such as fly-tipping is that they are not a top priority for the police. That is also the case with noise and some other issues that are of great concern to our constituents. I understand that such problems cannot be a top priority for the police who must deal with murder and violent crime, but they could have...

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