Results 61–80 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

Oral Answers to Questions — Engagements (24 Feb 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement last week of much needed investment in inland waterways? Will my right hon. Friend give every encouragement to the Deputy Prime Minister's Department to bridge the last gap in the canal link between Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Rochdale area, which will benefit not only the environment and jobs but tourism in the...

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my right hon. Friend see it as a testament to the Government's record on putting policies into practice that the Treasury, the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Employment, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and the Foreign Office are all represented on the Treasury Bench, but that only seven Members are here to represent all the Opposition...

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does the hon. Lady accept Labour Members' incredulity at being lectured on the importance of food safety by representatives of a party that presided over the biggest disasters in food health and food safety that any Government in living memory have presided over?

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

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

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way a second time. Does she understand that there is some confusion, certainly among Labour Members, about the line that the Conservative party is taking? Given that the Conservative party talks so much about choice, surely the hon. Lady accepts that the increase of £17 a week that families in receipt of family credit will receive as a result of the...

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: If the hon. Lady is saying that greater financial independence has given women the ability to have their own motor car, I expect her to join me in welcoming the increase in women's incomes as a result of the national minimum wage and the working families tax credit.

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I warmly welcome the second opportunity that I have had in my 20 months as a Member of Parliament to speak in a women's debate, celebrating not only international women's day, but our Government's record on delivering for women. As yet, we are the only party that has given such days for debate, following our practice when we were allowed to choose subjects for Opposition days. That shows our...

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: We are on a tight timetable and I must go on. Other hon. Members have waited a long time to speak. I want to put the working families tax credit into context. The lie must be nailed that it is anything other than brilliant news for working women. On the doorsteps in Rochdale before the general election and in every other election in which I have travelled around with a mobile surgery, I saw...

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Would the right hon. Lady support any moves towards a more civilised balance of hours— which, I believe, is what the hon. Member for Taunton (Jackie Ballard) was suggesting—rather than a reduction? Does she realise that we are not doing fewer hours because of what I hope is the permanent modification of Thursdays? We have reordered Thursdays to achieve a more civilised working environment.

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating the countless civic societies that work tirelessly with the Ramblers Association, often with little resources? They also seek to keep public footpaths and rights of way open.

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that what he is saying would have far more impact and resonance if it were not for the attitude of landowners, who have brushed aside any attempt to achieve co-operative agreement and have forced people who want access to the countryside, who love the countryside and who share the hon. Gentleman's enjoyment of it, to seek more formal arrangements?

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: There are farmers in my constituency who are honest enough to admit their hypocrisy. Some of them avidly support fox hunting, but are passionately opposed to allowing ramblers on their land on the grounds that they will cause damage. At least they are honest enough to admit that a huge train of hounds and horses passing through their land creates thousands of pounds worth of damage—far more...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: The hon. Gentleman is making a plea for reasonableness, and for people to be able to share the countryside that he has the honour of representing. No doubt, his area is very beautiful—I happen to live in an area of great beauty as well—but his argument does not hold water. The problem could have been solved at any time over the past 18 years or more. If those who had the ability to...

Teenage Pregnancies (23 Jun 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: First, may I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate? Does she agree that when we talk about hostels, it is important to point out that the report specifically refers to independent supported accommodation for under-18-year-old single parents? Does she agree that, as politicians, we must act responsibly and be specific, because the media have not?

Orders of the Day — Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [Lords]: Referral of Young Offenders to Youth Offender Panels (8 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Is my hon. Friend aware of a cutting-edge young offenders programme that is being operated at Buckley Hall prison by the prisoners themselves? The programme—which is receiving accreditation—is being operated just as my hon. Friend has described, by talking about people who have thrown away their lives by using cars to do things that they have come to regret. Additionally, the programme is...

Orders of the Day — Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [Lords]: Witnesses Eligible for Assistance on Grounds of Fear or Distress About Testifying (8 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I wish to put on record how important this amendment is and how welcome the Government's new approach has been, in particular that of the Minister and his ministerial team. He has been open to people like myself with no legal background whatever and has helped us understand the problems in other bits of the law that we, as interested parties, face—specifically in the application of special...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kashmir (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the problems is the Indian Government's refusal to accept a United Nations role? Although it begrudgingly acknowledges that there are monitors on the ceasefire line, the Indian high commission does not agree with the resolution that India took jointly to the United Nations Security Council. Will my right hon. Friend therefore use all his powers to...

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: May I offer the hon. Gentleman an opportunity to praise the rich contribution made in my constituency by overseas doctors, who invest in our health care and in saving lives, as well as contributing economically to our communities? Will the hon. Gentleman say that they are welcome, and that they would be mistaken if they heard any racist overtone in what he has said? I merely offer him an...

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

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

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way, as this matter involves my constituency?


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