Results 14561–14580 of 14630 for speaker:John Healey

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: On-line Government Services (10 Feb 1999)

John Healey: If he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the target of making 25 per cent. of government services available on-line by 2001. [68643]

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: On-line Government Services (10 Feb 1999)

John Healey: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and the encouraging news of future publication of departmental performance. Does he acknowledge that many services that people use are delivered by local government and local national health service facilities, rather than directly by central Government agencies? What targets have he and his ministerial colleagues agreed on the contribution that local...

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

John Healey: What view does the right hon. Gentleman take of the survey produced by the Institute of Management last autumn, which showed that 54 per cent. of British managers agreed that, if a majority of employees wanted union recognition, that should be allowed and the employer should be obliged by law to negotiate with the union? Before the right hon. Gentleman dismisses that survey, does he agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Feb 1999)

John Healey: My right hon. Friend will recall the meningitis outbreaks across the country over Christmas, and may know that in Rotherham we had seven cases in nine days, including two tragic deaths of students at Wath comprehensive school. Is he aware that three quarters of the cases in Rotherham in the past year have been of meningitis type C, for which there is a vaccine? Given that this local pattern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Firms (21 Jan 1999)

John Healey: An important part of the Government's policies to support small firms is help with start-ups—especially in areas such as Rotherham, where the ratio between employers and population is only about half the national average. We welcome the Government's commitment to supporting 10,000 new start-ups in the high-tech sector this year, but what steps is the Department taking to support start-ups...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

John Healey: One of the experiences from the pilots of the new deal for lone parents is that new deal advisers build up a special relationship with customers, and that has not happened before. On Monday, a new deal adviser for lone parents told me that her colleagues do not know whether it is a personal call or a customer on the line, because they all ask for Lorraine.

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

John Healey: Is he wearing his hat?

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

John Healey: I welcome this debate. The new deal programme is important to every Member of Parliament, because every constituency contains groups of the long-term unemployed who will benefit from it. I am therefore disappointed that not one Back Bencher from either of the main Opposition parties is present in the Chamber. In areas such as Rotherham and South Yorkshire—and the constituency of my hon....

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

John Healey: I have to say that it is one of the leading areas, not least as a tribute to all the work done to develop the new deal by my hon. Friend the Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Ms Atherton). I sat in on a discussion with local employers—small employers, in the main—signed up to the new deal. They said that the local economy was all right and that they were doing relatively well. They were...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

John Healey: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry, Education and Employment (25 Nov 1998)

John Healey: There are seven.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: New Deal (26 Oct 1998)

John Healey: What steps his Department is taking (a) to recruit young unemployed people under the new deal and (b) to encourage agencies for which the Department is responsible and suppliers to the Department to do the same. [53517]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: New Deal (26 Oct 1998)

John Healey: The formal new deal commitment is encouraging, as is the advertising of specific vacancies on the Floor of the House. I look forward to the near future when the Department will take on new deal recruits. Does my hon. Friend agree that the opportunity to work can be crucial in helping youngsters to break out of a life of crime? What steps is the Department taking to ensure that such young...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Subsidised Employment (New Deal) (22 Oct 1998)

John Healey: If he will make a statement on the progress of the subsidised employment option of the new deal. [55090]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Subsidised Employment (New Deal) (22 Oct 1998)

John Healey: I welcome that response. What assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the use of the new deal job option in Wales to create 70 new classroom assistants, and in the NHS in Scotland to create 270 new health service jobs, and what plans does he have to encourage similar initiatives in England?

Prayers: Steel Industry (21 Oct 1998)

John Healey: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) on securing the debate, and on arguing his case so powerfully. He brings a worldwide view to the subject. I cannot compete with that, so I shall not try. Instead, I want to examine the local scene and make a plea to the Minister for practical help in dealing with some of the fallout of the problems that my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Support Agency (19 Oct 1998)

John Healey: What plans he has under the proposals for reform of the Child Support Agency to ensure that maintenance payments from absent parents who are self-employed are enforced. [53489]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Support Agency (19 Oct 1998)

John Healey: I was glad to hear from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State earlier that the Government are considering the use of the tax system in the long term to clamp down on such absent parents. What would my hon. Friend say to a constituent from Rawmarsh who contacted me last week, whose husband left her with two kids and six months pregnant? He had a £25,000-a-year job, but within weeks went...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (28 Jul 1998)

John Healey: What steps he is taking to improve access to general practitioners, with particular reference to areas with a low number of general practitioners per 1,000 population. [50976]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (28 Jul 1998)

John Healey: I thank the Minister for his response, which was encouraging. However, is he aware that simply to bring our patient waiting list sizes down to the national average, we have to increase the number of GPs by one third in Rotherham, by one quarter in Barnsley and by one fifth in Doncaster? Is he aware that increasing GP numbers is one of the central objectives of the health action zone in the...


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