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Orders of the Day — Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Bill (17 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Conservative Members are very ready to quote my hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field). Has the hon. Gentleman read the latest Durham lecture by my hon. Friend, which points out that income distribution is back to the same level as in 1886? So the Government have taken us even further back in history than 1909.

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Bill (17 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Does my hon. Friend agree that wages councils were set up in 1909 deliberately to deal with the dynamic effects of a free market in labour'? If pay is undercut, wages can carry on going down potentially to zero. In a free labour market the competitive effects of a systematic reduction hi wages lead to the impoverishment of large numbers of the work force. Surely everybody but the most...

Orders of the Day — Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Bill (17 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Is the Secretary of State saying that it is acceptable for the state to subsidise employers who pay poverty wages instead of deploying some minimal protection to ensure that workers-often vulnerable workers—are not exploited by bad employers? Is it right that the taxpayer should pick up the tab for that sort of behaviour?

New clause 3: Report to Parliament on Pay and Working Conditions (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: It is interesting to note that so far every Conservative Member has supported the new clause—which I, too, support—and opposed the Government's move to abolish wages councils. Unfortunately, we were not much enlightened in Committee: after some six hours of argument against abolition, the Minister dismissed what had been said in one and a half sentences. I hope that we shall now...

New clause 3: Report to Parliament on Pay and Working Conditions (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: I agree with the sentiments expressed by my hon. Friend. The abolition of wages councils will affect women more than any other group of workers, because 80 per cent., or thereabouts, of wages council workers are women. The labour market is so segmented at the moment that women generally tend to find themselves in the lower echelons of job grades and, therefore, on lower pay. As my hon....

New clause 5: Paternity Rights (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: I shall spend a short time on some of the history of the new rights established in the Bill. Clearly, the Opposition welcome any conversion of the Government to improving employment rights, albeit in a grudging and technical way. They have reacted to being dragged kicking and screaming by the European Commission into making at least some concession to the needs of women in the work force....

New clause 3: Report to Parliament on Pay and Working Conditions (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Will my hon. Friend comment on the fact that the wages council inspectorate's decisions for the north-west in 1991 revealed that 1,083 establishments were underpaying and that there was only one prosecution that year? Will he also comment on the fact that our legislation providing protection against unfair dismissal is now so weak and inadequate, thanks to the Government's dismantling of that...

New clause 6: Confidentiality of Trade Union's Register of Members' (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: The Minister is smiling.

New clause 6: Confidentiality of Trade Union's Register of Members' (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: I am intrigued at the Minister's use of the most recent example of a successful union ballot—UNISON—as when I worked for the Confederation of Health Service Employees, I was involved in the beginnings of that long and arduous process. Will the Minister confirm that he said that there have been three complaints from Members of Parliament responding to their constituents' concerns?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Job Clubs (16 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: How useful can job clubs be, when unemployment in Wallasey is now 5,964 and at the last count there were only 75 vacancies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Residential and Nursing Care (15 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations his Department has had from care providers regarding the costs of residential and nursing care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Residential and Nursing Care (15 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Is the Minister aware that the cost of a weekly place in a residential or nursing care home as calculated by his Department falls up to £50 short of the real cost? Can he comment on the fact that the Government's hope that the cost-care gap will be made up by charitable donations is pie in the sky, given both the scale and length of the recession and the fact that the National Lotteries...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: UN Security Council (10 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy on the future structure of the United Nations Security Council; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: UN Security Council (10 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that the momentum gathering for Britain to lose its permanent place on the United Nations Security Council would not have built up if the Government had not delivered such a disastrous economic performance? Is it not the case that a third-rate economic performance means that we are now increasingly being regarded as third rate in the world at large?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 4 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Is the Prime Minister aware that this week sees the 75th anniversary of the occasion of women's gaining the vote? Is it not an insult that his Government have decided to celebrate this great anniversary by abolishing wages councils, thereby adversely affecting the earnings of 2 million women?

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Judges and Magistrates (Election) (1 Feb 1993)

Angela Eagle: Does the Minister feel that if judges were elected, we might end up with a more representative sample of society serving on the bench, including more women, remembering that at present there is a disgracefully low level of women sitting on the bench? Is he aware that that leads to people taking perverse views of the roll of women in society and to some comments that are unfortunate, to say...

Orders of the Day — Freedom and Responsibility of the Press Bill (29 Jan 1993)

Angela Eagle: My interpretation of the Bill is that there is no chance of fines unless the newspaper responsible refuses to print a correction. As most editors say that they are in favour of prompt corrections, I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman is exaggerating what the effect of the Bill will be. I have been listening to him refer to the problems with the Bill. Everyone recognises that there have...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Lottery (25 Jan 1993)

Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a national lottery on the pools industry in Merseyside; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Lottery (25 Jan 1993)

Angela Eagle: I am surprised by the Minister's response. He did not acknowledge the report that his Department received, which estimates that the national lottery will lead to 1,000 job losses on Merseyside. Does he accept that many in Merseyside fear that up to 6,000 jobs will be lost? What is his comment on that?


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