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Results 121–140 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Capital Expenditure (Rochdale) (8 Mar 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital funding has been spent on education in the Rochdale constituency since 1997; which schools benefited from additional capital investment in each year; how much funding each received; and how the funding has been spent.

Deferred Division (3 Mar 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: My constituents, who suffered for 18 years under the Conservative party, will take the Conservatives' crocodile tears for what they are, given the criminal underfunding of child and adolescent mental health services in the north-west. Where was the money? The Conservatives took it away from the north to subsidise the south. They did not care about our children—the most vulnerable children...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Education Funding (2 Mar 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital funding has been received by Rochdale Council Education Department since 1996; which schools benefited from additional capital investment in each year; how much funding each school received; and how the funding has been spent.

Family Court Cases (24 Feb 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman would not want to misrepresent what I said. Having dealt with child protection issues for a considerable time and in considerable depth as a Member of Parliament, he will agree that he is talking about the minority of cases. I was trying to put on record the belief that we must not, as a result of such cases, go against the huge amount of sterling work that...

Family Court Cases (24 Feb 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I rise to speak warily, as there are so many people with expert knowledge in the Chamber, such as my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Redcar (Vera Baird), my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport (Ms Coffey), who has a professional background in child safety, and the hon. Members for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) and for Salisbury (Mr. Key), who have direct knowledge of this matter from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: School Building (12 Feb 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Rochdale has been one of the many net beneficiaries of the huge investment in education, both primary and secondary—since 1997, primary schools have received an increase of more than 40 per cent. In furthering that commitment, will my hon. Friend ensure that the new buildings will be built in line with agreed policy on enhancing schools for the future, and reward authorities such as...

Local Taxation (10 Feb 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: It is not good enough for the hon. Gentleman to say that the details are on a website. This is a debate that his party asked for on the Floor of the House. I should like to know which of my constituents will have to pay more tax, when the hon. Gentleman says that other people will have to pay less. Who?

Lord Hutton's Report (28 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: In the Prime Minister's statement he referred to page 19 of Lord Hutton's report, which specifically refers to the editorial systems needed to ensure that what we believe to be in the best interests of a democracy—that is, not impugning anyone's integrity, especially that of our Government and the Prime Minister—are in place. What does the Prime Minister believe that the governors of the...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: It is interesting to be a member of a rare species in the House of Commons—an ex-president of the National Union of Students. It is even more interesting that Opposition Members claim to know what I used to stand for. It is amusing sport because all six ex-presidents stand firmly in the Government's camp on the proposals—[Interruption.] I used to spar with the hon. Member for...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No, the hon. Gentleman sought to tell us about the policy of getting rid of the binary divide. Most people outside will not have a clue that the binary divide was the notional divide between the old universities and red brick universities and polytechnics. I was the president of the NUS who happened to think that I was the luckiest girl alive when the binary divide went and we naively thought...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I will not; I will continue. One of the things that I certainly wanted, and still want, from a Government—sadly, we did not get it in the 18 years of the Conservative party being in power—is a Government who are big enough to say, "Sorry, we made a mistake." The most dangerous thing in politics is someone who knows that they made a mistake, regardless of the rights and wrongs, and is not...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Because our top priority was the reintroduction of maintenance grants, which is what the Bill will do. The Conservative Government presided over a massacre of the student grant. They introduced the Student Loans Company, which was so costly in its administration that it was cheaper to give students the money. I do not support any offering from the Conservative party that says that it has any...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Absolutely and utterly, and I had the debts when I left university to prove it—£4,500. The bottom line in those days was that we had to have three jobs to make ends meet. I come from a background where both of my parents were unemployed for long periods in their lives, and to claim that there was any panacea or great thing in the past is to rewrite history, as the hon. Gentleman suggests....

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No, I will not; I have given way enough. The proposals will also get rid of the historic discrepancy between part-time students, FE students, mature students and overseas students, whereby they have always experienced variable fees. We will now ensure that there is a level playing field. For once and for all, we realise that those in the protected group of three-year undergraduates are not...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: After being named, I had given up hope. As one of, in fact, six former presidents of the NUS present in the Chamber, all of whom support the Government's proposals, I can safely say that I am on record as supporting a graduate tax when I was president.

Higher Education (Student Support) (8 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I represent Rochdale, where a majority of my constituents still do not go on to higher education, partly because we have not been lucky enough to have one of the education maintenance allowance pilots, although we are going to have them rolled out. Will my right hon. Friend accept it from me, as the representative of such a constituency, that the debate about choice and variability is...

Correctional Services Review (6 Jan 2004)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I very much welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, especially the creation of the National Offender Management Service. Everyone who has a prison in their constituency, as I do in Rochdale, knows that a seamless service makes common sense for the provision of care before, during and after imprisonment. From our direct experience at Buckley Hall, which has been in the public and private...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Dec 2003)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming today's lobby with the National Union of Students? Speaking as an ex-president of that august body, will he take some gently given advice? The biggest barrier to access for people from my community is not debt but the absence of the aspiration to go into higher education, because even when we had the full grant, only 20 per cent. of people from...

Sittings of the House (20 Nov 2003)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will my right hon. Friend assure my constituents and me that he will not be bowed by the outrageous coalition in the House of Lords? When the Opposition campaign in our constituencies they say that they are trying to fight crime, yet they are doing exactly the opposite in the House of Lords.

Children's Play (4 Nov 2003)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my hon. Friend accept that there is a world of difference between behaviour that is rightly described as antisocial, and that plagues communities and mostly makes victims of young people, and the behaviour of the vast majority of young people who are bored and looking for something to do? We must stop criminalising children and realise that we must provide something constructive for them...


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