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Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs ( 2 May 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: The hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn) gave the example of alcohol. When the Americans tried prohibition as a way of restricting alcohol use, was not the attempt a complete failure? Is it not time that we looked at the problem of drug taking more from the viewpoint of the victims—those who are attacked and robbed by drug addicts—than from that of people who are silly enough to take...

Employee Consultation Rights Bill ( 6 Apr 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 4 Apr 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Now that matron is coming back to sort out the chaos in our hospitals, will the Prime Minister consider bringing back the cane to sort out the chaos in our schools?

Business of the House (29 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Can the Leader of the House explain why when there is an exhibition in the Upper Gallery of bronzes of long defunct—but all male—servants of this House, we have no comparable memorials in this place to any of the women who have served the House? I acknowledge that one cannot have such a memento until one is past this life. Will she explain two things? What happened to the plaque of Lady...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: When one hears the sums involved in social security fraud— £7 billion has been mentioned—and realises how many people may need some form of financial assistance, one could easily get the impression that just about half the households in the country are involved in benefit fraud. It is a massive problem, as everyone acknowledges. Ever since I can remember, people in my circle would say...

Standards and Privileges (Independent Appeals Body) (20 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to implement the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life The Committee on Standards in Public Life, at the time in question, was chaired by Lord Neill, and the report reviews the first five years working of the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. The report has been gathering...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his unfailing courtesy in giving way. On impact assessment, does he agree that each new regulation creates a crime, and almost every regulation creates a penalty, which often includes imprisonment for failing to carry out that regulation? Is not that an important reason for us to assess what regulations will do to small firms, to say nothing of the massive bills...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: The tea bag tax?

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I thank the hon. Gentleman once more. Does he recall the days when VAT was introduced? VAT inspectors went into Chinese restaurants and counted the grains of rice in a portion, to discover whether the restaurant owners were putting in enough tax returns to cover the amount of VAT that they should have charged on portions of rice?

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: On protection at work, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is aware that all small firms—in fact, anyone who employs anybody—have to have public liability insurance that covers people against injury at work. A small firm could not legally exist without such insurance.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I acknowledge that the hon. Gentleman genuinely wants to help the small business sector. However, the Conservative Administration established similar organisations, such as the group on small business deregulation, and they simply do not work. We have to take small firms out of regulation and trust them. By covering themselves with insurance, should anything sadly happen to an employee or...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I appreciate that my hon. Friend has read the legislation in great detail, so I put to him an example from Italy. To relieve burdens, industrial concerns employing fewer than 15 people and agricultural concerns employing fewer than five are automatically exempt from much of the onerous employment legislation that causes them great difficulty there. Does he agree that the Government would...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Me, too.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: My hon. Friend will be aware that the flush toilet system that he is talking about was invented by one of our own early pioneers—Mr. Thomas Crapper; his invention set that industry going. Does my hon. Friend think that, in the present climate—of regulatory organisations and legislation on employment, health and safety and the rest—people such as Mr. Crapper, with his excellent...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Is my hon. Friend aware that the local schools in my constituency are unable to undertake the repairs now available to them under Government funds for education because of the dearth of small building firms? When I investigated the problem, I found that the Health and Safety Executive now demands contracts that measure something like an inch thick and specify the safety requirements for...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Is my hon. Friend aware that the care homes industry, which is very extensive, has said that care homes will have to be closed because the minimum wage has increased, but there has been no increase in the payments that they receive for taking care of elderly people? The elderly people will be shunted around like packages, looking for somewhere that can squeeze enough care from the system....

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice and Police Bill: Weights and Measures (14 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: The Government inspectors have insisted that people print their packets of food, and shopkeepers weigh their commodities, using a foreign system of measurement. Tonight we are debating the fact that anyone who does not do that will be prosecuted. I am trying to touch the heart that I hope the Minister has, in support of people whose daily lives involve having to handle commodities in what...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice and Police Bill: Weights and Measures (14 Mar 2001)

Mrs Teresa Gorman: I quite agree with my hon. Friend. It does us all a power of good if, for a change, we take into consideration the concerns of the people whom we represent here. It has been said more than once this evening that the great majority of them would prefer to keep the forms of measurement with which they are familiar and in which they have been educated. If younger people feel comfortable with men...


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