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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: Is my right hon. Friend aware that when I entered the House, 1,500 young people under the age of 25 were queuing up at jobcentres in my constituency for the right to work? Now, unemployment in my constituency is right down to 2 per cent., 1,000 of those young people have been helped into work through the new deal, and the major steel manufacturing unit is producing a record output of...

Orders of the Day — Equality Bill (5 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: It gives me great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce). I especially appreciated his important reference to deafness, which made the point that the political will to move strongly on equality makes a difference to every form of discrimination on the ground of disability. It also gives me great pleasure to contribute to the debate on the day that the general election...

Orders of the Day — Equality Bill (5 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: In light of the current circumstances and the detailed examination that the Conservatives have given to their spending plans if they were to form a Government, have they earmarked expenditure for these provisions and will they support and push for them, or will they be among the £35 billion of cuts?

Orders of the Day — Equality Bill (5 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and her team on this important Bill, but does she agree that, in this context, another lesson can be drawn from Northern Ireland? The very deep religious and cultural differences there meant that the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland played a crucial role in the Good Friday agreement. Its recognition of the differences was an essential element in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (5 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is encouraging the EU to take to further the middle east peace process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Older Workers (4 Apr 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: Most people can look forward to spending a third of their adult life over the age of 65, and therefore as pensioners. Is it not important that each and every one of them should have some dignity and financial security in their working life, so that they can work, receive a pension and undertake voluntary work and a range of other activities in that important one third of their adult life that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Police Service (23 Mar 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: May I take the opportunity to welcome the increased numbers of individuals from the nationalist communities who are seeking to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland? May I suggest to the Minister that the courageous and brave approach of some women in those republican communities might help to boost the number of Catholics joining the PSNI and help to achieve normality in that area?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Africa (Multinational Aid) (9 Mar 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I commend my right hon. Friend for the work that he and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have done to promote the international finance facility, and particularly for the fact that it is gaining ground in the European Community. Does he agree that it is the duty of every party in the United Kingdom to come in behind the international finance facility, so that every party and every country in...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Steel Industry (3 Mar 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on prospects for the steel industry.

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill (23 Feb 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: My right hon. Friend described well the international nature of the terrorist threat posed by al-Qaeda and others. I agree that it is distinctly different from the domestic threat, particularly against Westminster, from the IRA in the past. What international endorsement has he sought and received from Europe or further afield for the particular proposals that he is asking us to endorse over...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (23 Feb 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the prospects for restoring devolved Government in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland (22 Feb 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: May I welcome in particular the part of my right hon. Friend's statement that sets out further strengthening of the Garda in the Republic and of the Northern Ireland police, especially as this phase can be brought to an end only when the perpetrators of the Northern bank robbery, and indeed of the recent murder in west Belfast, are identified, brought to trial and put behind bars? As the...

Modernisation of the House of Commons (26 Jan 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Modernisation of the House of Commons (26 Jan 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: rose—

Modernisation of the House of Commons (26 Jan 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend, with whom I have discussed this issue on many occasions. Does he agree that many of the hon. Members who will vote to revert to the old hours on Tuesday—particularly Opposition Members perhaps, but also many Labour Members—would never have supported the setting up of the Modernisation Committee to instigate the many reforms that it has instigated in...

Modernisation of the House of Commons (26 Jan 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: Is not the main issue that Members of Parliament now have increased resources to manage their constituency and parliamentary business, with secretaries in their offices to answer the telephone and pagers to receive those telephone messages, and what they are asking for is the choice to manage their parliamentary and constituency life successfully within normal working hours, so that they have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (19 Jan 2005)

Mrs Helen Jackson: The Secretary of State is right to see this appalling crime in the context of the wider future for Northern Ireland and its potential devolution. Does he agree, however, that Sinn Fein should take that crime as its opportunity to make a clean break with the criminal and IRA elements in the communities that it is supposed to be representing politically?

Crown Green Bowling (13 Dec 2004)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I can assure the Minister that Robert Jackson is listening to our debate at this very minute.

Crown Green Bowling (13 Dec 2004)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I am glad that my right hon. Friend recognises that, because is it not the case that the only reason for there being five bowls associations is that flat green bowls has not modernised and consolidated its clubs in the same way as crown green?

Crown Green Bowling (13 Dec 2004)

Mrs Helen Jackson: I believe that this is the first time that we have debated the popular sport of crown green bowling in this House. I asked the House of Commons Library to check the point. It examined the records as far back as 1897 and does not think that crown green bowling has been debated in this or the previous century. I am delighted to debate the matter with my right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport...


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