Results 1–20 of 1057 for speaker:Baroness King of Bow

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Youth Unemployment (22 May 1997)

Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the number of young people who have been unemployed for over six months who will be helped off welfare and into work. [202]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Youth Unemployment (22 May 1997)

Ms Oona King: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply, which is most welcome. Nowhere is that news more urgently needed than in my constituency, Bethnal Green and Bow. Is my hon. Friend aware that my constituency has the highest number of under-25s in Britain, and also one of the highest levels of youth unemployment, with more than one quarter of the unemployed being under 25? The situation is particularly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Jun 1997)

Ms Oona King: Is my right hon. Friend aware that my constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow suffers the worst problem of overcrowded housing in the country, with cases of 14 people living in two bedrooms? That represents a level of deprivation that many hon. Members on these green Benches would not imagine existed in Britain in 1997. Will my right hon. Friend outline the measures that the Government will...

International Development (1 Jul 1997)

Ms Oona King: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech. I am particularly grateful for the forbearance of colleagues who have sat through two months of maiden speeches. I wish to begin by thanking the people of Bethnal Green and Bow for the privilege and honour of electing me to represent them in the House. I am particularly honoured to follow in the...

Schools (White Paper) (18 Jul 1997)

Ms Oona King: The White Paper is an attempt to bring a more level playing field to our children. I hesitate to talk about playing fields, however, because in Tower Hamlets in my constituency, not one single school has a playing field, never mind a level one. The disparities at every level in the education system are great and must be overcome. That is what the White Paper sets out to do. My mother was a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Nov 1997)

Ms Oona King: Is the Prime Minister aware that on this day in the Chamber in 1940 the then Prime Minister commended civilians on their courage during the first years of the second world war? Subsequently, 60,000 British civilians died in that war, 30,000 of them Londoners. Does the Prime Minister agree that we should provide an adequate memorial for the civilians who died? Will he therefore call in the...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

Ms Oona King: Is it not astonishing that the amount of time wasted daily by traffic congestion on the M25 and the M3 is equivalent to 300 years' working time? I am not sure whether I believe that statistic, but would my hon. Friend care to comment on it?

London Underground (27 Jan 1998)

Ms Oona King: indicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (28 Jan 1998)

Ms Oona King: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, if we are to have a fast, reliable and efficient service, it must not be driven purely by ideological dogma? However unpalatable the fact, we must accept that, in this instance, the private sector has not delivered, and, in France, the public sector has. I worked at the European Parliament in Brussels for five years, and I had to put up with howls of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Mar 1998)

Ms Oona King: Is the Prime Minister aware that the recent genocide in Rwanda of 1 million people in three months is possibly the worst the world has seen? It is worse than, for example, the deaths of 180 million Africans in the slave trade or 6 million Jews in the second world war for one reason: the United Nations did not exist and was not there watching when those horrific genocides occurred. In the...

Prayers: Local and Other Public Authority Contracts: Restriction of Duty to Exclude Non-Commercial Considerations (27 Mar 1998)

Ms Oona King: The provisions that the right hon. Gentleman seeks to amend are fairly normal in such cases. Recent examples include section 79(4) of the Airports Act 1986, section 34(4) of the Police Act 1996 and section 87(9) of the Environment Act 1995. I shall not continue, but there are several other examples.

Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (6 Apr 1998)

Ms Oona King: Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that 70 per cent. of sterling's appreciation took place under the Conservative Government? Does he recall ever complaining about that at the time?

Hermitage War Memorial (5 May 1998)

Ms Oona King: I recognise that the subject of this debate strikes at the heart of this country's identity and values. The debate has been kept alive by the extraordinary commitment, perseverance and dedication of the Civilians Remembered campaign. Let us remember those civilians: 60,595 died in this country during the second world war and half of those—29,890—died in London. With those people in mind,...

Prayers: Leasehold Reform (10 Jun 1998)

Ms Oona King: Does my hon. Friend share the disgust of one of my constituents, who described the Conservatives' offer of the right to buy as the right to die? She thinks that her husband's death was brought on by the stress, strain and unreasonable pressures placed on them by the scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jun 1998)

Ms Oona King: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, according to the Jarman index, I represent the most deprived area in Britain? Is he also aware that Tower Hamlets suffers from the greatest overcrowding in housing in Britain—in fact, 10 times the national average? Will he join me in congratulating the council on reducing the housing waiting list by 10 per cent. over the past year? Will he give us further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jun 1998)

Ms Oona King: Is my right hon. Friend aware that members of the Ku Klux Klan are currently operating in my constituency? In light of this week's 50th anniversary of the Windrush-the first boat bringing Afro-Caribbeans to this country-will he urge the country to recognise that ethnic minorities do not represent a threat, but that we represent an opportunity? While this country has no need of pointed white...

Orders of the Day — Remaining Private Members' Bills: Local Authority Tenders Bill (3 Jul 1998)

Ms Oona King: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In the light of the history of the Bill, which was previously objected to accidentally by the right hon. Members for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) and for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean), who were gracious enough to acknowledge the fact, and given that the former put it in Hansard that I had gone to extraordinary lengths to deal with the...

EU Structural Funds (London) (8 Jul 1998)

Ms Oona King: It is important to stress that 70 per cent. of Britain's most deprived wards are in the capital, which people often do not realise. Although my constituency has been fortunate to receive funding, in some wards unemployment is now rising. In addition, no structural funding money hit the ground until 1996, whereas every other British ERDF area has had funding over a much longer period. It is...

Orders of the Day — Landmines Bill: Prohibited Conduct (10 Jul 1998)

Ms Oona King: Clause 5(2)(d) provides a defence for British military personnel whose conduct is related to the laying of anti-personnel mines". If the defence is that laying an anti-personnel mine requires the other prerequisites given for the transfer or transport of landmines, how widely can the net be thrown? It is obvious that we need a defence for British personnel, but British forces will not be...


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