Results 41–60 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

Oral Answers to Questions — Family-friendly Working Arrangements (8 Jun 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I thank the Minister for that reply. As I understand it, the Belfast summit issued a communiqué. As a result of the listening to women exercise, the Ministers for Women identified as a priority the fact that some of the good policies that were identified at Belfast and mentioned in the communiqué were not mainstreamed at a United Kingdom level. Does the Minister agree, therefore, that if...

New clause 5: New Arrangements for Giving Financial Support to Students (8 Jun 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I speak in this debate as the first person from my family to enter higher education and as one who spent a long time representing students in post-16 and post-graduate education. I praise the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Mr. Rammell), who encapsulated the lessons that I learnt the hard way by representing students and the real politics that faced us when we gained office...

New clause 5: New Arrangements for Giving Financial Support to Students (8 Jun 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but the passion carries me away. Under the previous Administration, the student grant was whittled down to such a small amount that debt was a way of life for the majority of students. Therefore, I think that it is fickle for the Opposition to talk about student debt in relation to the maintenance grant. They had plenty of time to address the problem of debt...

New clause 5: New Arrangements for Giving Financial Support to Students (8 Jun 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No, I will not; I have limited time. With limited money and with the crisis that we inherited, we had to ensure that there was no barrier to access for those poor students who, we believed, would have been more disfranchised by having to pay a tuition fee. That is where we put our subsidy. We are putting our policies and principles into practice. I am sad that some of my colleagues cannot...

New clause 5: New Arrangements for Giving Financial Support to Students (8 Jun 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No; I have limited time and I am trying to let more hon. Members speak. In an imperfect world, it is necessary to prioritise. We have prioritised, ensuring that poor students do not have to pay fees. If there is one message that must go out of the Chamber to the students of the future, it is: "If you come from a low-income background, you will not have to pay a fee under the present...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Part-time Workers Directive (6 Jul 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my hon. Friend agree that the part-time workers directive is part of the Government's acknowledgement that family-friendly employment is essential to create stable environments at home and at work? We must ensure that women can continue to play a vital role in employment—there has been an explosion in the number of women in part-time work—and that they can work secure in the...

National Health Service (9 Jul 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: My right hon. Friend does himself a disservice and hides his talent under a bushel. He forgot one very important development. I had the honour to cut the first sod of my hospital in Rochdale, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NHS. Would my right hon. Friend like to take this opportunity to rectify his mistake and add Rochdale to his list?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I was surprised at the opening remarks from both Front-Bench spokesmen for the main Opposition parties because I thought that the one thing they would acknowledge—the Liberal Democrat spokesman, in particular—was that it is better to make work pay if one is trying to help families and children in poverty. All the evidence shows that in-work benefits alleviate poverty. That must be...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: You make great play of the internet, Mr. Worldwide Webb—I am glad you have such an interesting moniker. The Inland Revenue website, which is available in the Vote Office, gives all the details of how the scheme will be implemented. It says that there are three ways in which people can elect to have the money paid. One is by girocheque. The woman can choose. The money does not have to go...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I know that it is a terrible habit. It is just that I am getting into my stride and enjoying the debate. You will be aware, given that you have been a Member of Parliament for some time, that, of the 767,000 recipients of family credit in 1998, just over 300,000 women could possibly fit into these circumstances. It is known that a third of those already elect...

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: My right hon. Friend is being very co-operative in giving way to all those who want to intervene. Does he share my incredulity at the Conservative party, which claims to be the party of the family, but which, after 20 years of trade union legislation, has successfully undermined everything that was solid about the family? I welcome the fact that families can now plan and have some stability...

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Is my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.] I nearly got into hot water then. Is the right hon. Gentleman saying that the current exploitation, misery and blight on family life are a price worth paying?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his gallantry. Is he aware of the direct correlation between the greatest incidence of time off and stress created by bad employment circumstances? As numerous employment studies have shown, good employment relations mean a healthy and loyal work force, greater productivity and less time off.

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: rose—

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: The hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown) argues, with amazingly scant regard for the facts and figures associated with the Administration whom he supported, that the Bill will cause a catastrophic rise in unemployment. Two thirds of manufacturing capacity was destroyed by the previous Government, and one business went bust every three minutes. Like many other hon. Members, I shall...


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