Results 14461–14480 of 14569 for speaker:John Healey

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Business Service (17 Jun 1999)

John Healey: What representations he has received on his plans for setting up the Small Business Service. [86502]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Business Service (17 Jun 1999)

John Healey: Does my hon. Friend accept that there is considerable scope for the use of information and communication technology in improving access to information for small firms? What consideration is he giving to making forms, registration documents and contracts available through the SBS electronically, from day one?

Defence in the World (10 Jun 1999)

John Healey: I should first apologise to both Front-Bench teams, as election commitments in my constituency may mean that I will be unable to stay for the winding-up speeches. I cannot avoid paying tribute to the unshakeable determination of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and his colleagues in their campaign to force Milosevic to back down and to prevent the Serbian capacity committing...

Defence in the World (10 Jun 1999)

John Healey: I welcome a further initiative that the Department has introduced recently—the veterans advice unit. That will act as a single point of contact to which ex-service personnel can turn for advice or information on any matter that they wish. That is an important step, and will provide a service for ex-service personnel across the board. In that context, may I gently urge my hon. Friend to...

Business of the House (10 Jun 1999)

John Healey: Will my right hon. Friend find time for an early debate on the impact of the national minimum wage, a measure to which she gave a strong helping hand? Such a debate would allow the House to examine the emerging evidence that more than 400,000 jobs have been created since the national minimum wage was announced last year, including more than 100,000 in typically low-paid sectors. Such a debate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Single Work-focused Gateway (10 Jun 1999)

John Healey: What assessment he has made of the role of local authorities in the planning and delivery of the pilots for the single work-focused gateway. [85394]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Single Work-focused Gateway (10 Jun 1999)

John Healey: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Is he aware that the Education and Employment Select Committee recently took evidence from the Local Government Association on our inquiry into the single work-focused gateway? Is he aware that, while the LGA strongly supports the ambition of the one service, it told us of the pilots whose participants felt that they had been invited to join the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Teenage Pregnancies (8 Jun 1999)

John Healey: Before finalising his plans for reducing teenage pregnancies, would my hon. Friend encourage health authorities to consider the lessons learned in pioneering baby-doll projects run in Rawmarsh and Wath-upon-Dearne? Fourteen-year-olds are given life-like dolls to look after, and the dolls wake at night, scream, feed and much more. Half those who took part in the projects said that the age at...

Line of Route: Select Committees (Quorum) (26 May 1999)

John Healey: I welcome the motion, but regret its limitation in applying only where more than two committees or sub-committees appointed under this order meet concurrently". Two Select Committee inquiries in which Select Committees have combined forces are currently under way. The first is the joint Committee on strategic export controls—which has given rise to the motion—and the second is the joint...

Business of the House (13 May 1999)

John Healey: My right hon. Friend may recall the meningitis tragedy in Rotherham over Christmas and the new year: there were seven cases in nine days, and two students from a school in my constituency and one of their friends died from c-type meningitis. Can she find time for an early debate so that we can discuss recent reports that three new vaccines have completed their clinical trials, and the need...

Opposition Day: Industry and Employment (29 Apr 1999)

John Healey: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of how sick it makes people in such areas as South Yorkshire to hear him make accusations about Government policies causing job losses? Is he aware that 12,500 people were employed in metalworking manufacturing in Rotherham in 1979? After two recessions, and 15 years later, fewer than one in five of those jobs were left. There were 12 working pits in...

Business of the House (29 Apr 1999)

John Healey: Can my right hon. Friend find time for an early debate on the schools repair programme? Is she aware that Labour has committed £5.4 billion to the programme, which is twice the amount that the Tories would have spent? Some 10,000 schools in England have already benefited, including Wath comprehensive, Swinton comprehensive and Wickersley comprehensive in my constituency, which received a...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Restriction of Mca to Those Reaching 65 Before 2000–01 (28 Apr 1999)

John Healey: The hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh) has tabled a narrow amendment, but introduced a rather broader debate. To that extent, he has done the House and this Committee a service. Ultimately, one's assessment of the married couples allowance and the amendment proposing a year's delay before it is abolished depends on the view one takes of the fiscal and social purposes of the tax system...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Restriction of Mca to Those Reaching 65 Before 2000–01 (28 Apr 1999)

John Healey: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Restriction of Mca to Those Reaching 65 Before 2000–01 (28 Apr 1999)

John Healey: Is not the hon. Gentleman overlooking the fact that other parts of the tax system benefit married couples? MIRAS—mortgage interest relief at source—can be claimed by both partners if they are married, but not if they are unmarried—[Interruption.] Transfers between married couples are exempt from capital gains tax, whereas transfers between unmarried couples are not.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Restriction of Mca to Those Reaching 65 Before 2000–01 (28 Apr 1999)

John Healey: Will the right hon. Gentleman comment on the observations of Mr. David Brodie, the director of the charity TaxAid, who, after the Budget, said: The children's tax credit is a generous arrangement, reducing most taxpayers' liabilities by £416 a year or £8 a week, which is double the value of the married couple's allowance"?

Broadcasting (Regional Coverage) (28 Apr 1999)

John Healey: My hon. Friend makes a persuasive case for the potential of digital television to solve some of the problems of regional broadcasting. Does he agree that digital television is the medium through which Government will be able to deliver a range of public services? Should not Government be considering questions relating to regulation and incentives for the securing of that public service...

Orders of the Day — Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill (23 Apr 1999)

John Healey: I hesitate to speak because so many of my hon. Friends—and, indeed, colleagues on the other side of the House—have such distinguished and direct experience of the issues we are debating. Therefore I begin by declaring that I am not, and have never been, a social worker—at least, not until I became a Member of Parliament. I declare my interest in, and support for, this important Bill...

Orders of the Day — Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill (23 Apr 1999)

John Healey: I concede that the hon. Member for Guildford was somewhat confused and repetitious, but if he and the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Mr. Duncan) study Hansard on Monday morning, they will see that he did say that. The increase in the number of intercountry adoptions in the past two decades has left us with no proper legal framework for dealing with them. We have no legislation to allow...

Orders of the Day — Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill (23 Apr 1999)

John Healey: No, I will let them stand. I commented on remarks that the hon. Gentleman made. I shall certainly study them in Hansard on Monday as, doubtless, will he, but the import was clear: that there might be circumstances in which children could be adopted from outside this country by people who were not considered suitable or adequate adoptive parents in this country. If the hon. Gentleman sits down...


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