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Results 21–40 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

NHS Funding (9 Feb 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I thank my right hon. Friend for this continued investment in the increased health care provision in the health economy in Rochdale. He will know that Rochdale has one of the most profoundly difficult areas in terms of poverty. The new hospital and the recent announcement of £35 million under the LIFT—local improvement finance trust—project represent much needed increased investment....

Trade Marks Act 1994 (c. 26) (7 Feb 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: It is a great privilege to speak in favour of the Bill. Nearly 20,000 of my constituents belong to the Muslim faith, and there are many more from Christian denominations. I am therefore happy to back a law that, for the first time, provides parity for Christians and Muslims, so that they can join Jewish, Sikh and other faiths, and will not fall prey to the most pernicious form of hatred...

Orders of the Day — Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill — [1st Allotted Day]: New Clause 18 — Demonstrating without authorisation in designated area (7 Feb 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Apart from what my grandmother would have said about looking scruffy for a capital city, am I not right in saying that the most senior officer in law is the first police officer at the scene of a crime who decides to apply the law as he or she sees fit? Has that not always been the case? We should be careful about saying that someone's junior rank makes him or her, in a specific instance, not...

Orders of the Day — Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill — [1st Allotted Day]: New Clause 3 — Racial and religious hatred (7 Feb 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my hon. Friend agree that we are united in the pursuit of that level playing field for more than 20,000 of my constituents, if not nearly all of them, and that the excuse that there would be an over-expectation in that regard could be used against every law that the House has ever passed?

Orders of the Day — Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill — [1st Allotted Day]: New Clause 3 — Racial and religious hatred (7 Feb 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Surely we all agree that, if somebody is preaching hatred of an individual, whether from a pulpit of any religion or no religion, they should rightfully be brought to justice, for preaching hatred.

Business of the House (27 Jan 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Has my right hon. Friend had time to glance at The Guardian this morning? If he has, he has seen a story headed "Manchester may face congestion charging". Will he confirm that at Transport questions on 21 December, in response to a question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Stringer), the Secretary of State for Transport stated categorically that, in its...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Independent Schools (Pre-registration) (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many independent schools there are in the pre-registration category; how many have had (a) one visit and (b) two allotted visits; and how many are faith schools, broken down by faith.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Spending Allocations (North-West) (21 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Further to the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham), will the Transport Secretary confirm that the unsuccessful local transport plan bid for a Rochdale interchange could be part of a successful bid to the transport innovation fund? Will my right hon. Friend remember that the Labour authorities made sure that the Oldham and Rochdale metro scheme remained a...

Future Infantry Structure (16 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the Secretary of State confirm that the eleventh-hour proposals to cut one of the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have indeed been kicked into touch? Secondly, will he join me in congratulating Brigadier Roy Wilde, the colonel of the regiment, and the Rochdale Fusiliers Association—particularly its secretary, John Rogers—on the sterling work that they did to convince...

Petitions — Rochdale Metro Link (15 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: This petition, consisting of the signatures of 6,556 of my constituents, is prompted by the Secretary of State for Transport's statement in July that the planned extension of Rochdale's metro link—known as phase 3, or the big bang—is cancelled. My constituents know that the spiralling costs had to be dealt with, but they regret the way in which the problem has been handled. However, they...

Anti-Semitic Incitement (15 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman join me in saying that, to be against anti-Semitism, and therefore in favour of supporting the freedom of religious and cultural expression of Jewish people wherever they may be, is not inimical to supporting the same rights for other religions? Will he condemn those who say that one cannot be a friend of Islam or the Muslim community in Britain if one supports the...

Business of the House (9 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: My right hon. Friend cannot help but be aware of the impending statement by the Secretary of State for Defence on the infantry review. May we have a debate on the outcome of that review? My right hon. Friend will be aware from the Adjournment debate that I was lucky enough to secure on Tuesday on the future of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers that, if the Army were to recommend cutting one of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Accident and Emergency (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: What plans he has to reduce waiting times in accident and emergency departments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Accident and Emergency (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: May I bring to my right hon. Friend's attention the spectacular turnaround in the accident and emergency department of Rochdale infirmary? Is he aware that the basic ingredients for that turnaround were already in place, although investment was gratefully received? In fact it was the team of clinicians—Don, David, Rip, Selim and Mark, who are the consultants, Ann Rhodes, who was the...

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: May I just stress and get my right hon. Friend to agree that I did not go into rose-tinted emotion about regimental history, apart from starting with some powerful quotes. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has always done the bidding of ECAB and the Army Board and has always been compliant with change. We are not arguing about tradition, but about having a strong, effective infantry.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: The Secretary of State told me.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: "Six VCs before breakfast" is an extravagant claim for any regiment to make, but the Lancashire Fusiliers won them in the landing on the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915. General Sir Ian Hamilton wrote in despatches that "it was to the complete lack of the senses of danger or of fear of this daring battalion that we owe our astonishing success". That same gallantry has characterised the...

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Indeed. However, one of the things that is incumbent on all of us as parliamentarians and passionate Fusilier supporters is to recognise that they are soldiers through and through. Throughout the various regimental histories of the Fusiliers—they amalgamated eventually into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers—they have been soldiers to their fingertips. The soldiers realise that what the Army...

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (7 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Having met my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State with a delegation of people who as parliamentarians share my passion for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the contribution that it has made, is making and should make to the future of the British infantry, I agree with the hon. Gentleman—and I am sure that the Secretary of State agrees—that it is in no one's interests for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Dec 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the huge anger and disappointment in my constituency about the eleventh-hour proposal from the director of infantry to cut the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers? My right hon. Friend knows about the huge recruiting footprints in towns such as Rochdale that the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have had. Will he assure me that the top four...


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