Results 1–20 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: As chair of the ministerial rural affairs group, I have been closely involved with the preparation and implementation of the rural White Paper. Urban policy is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, but we work closely together.

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Policies on, for example, drugs and rough sleeping were already co-ordinated across Departments. There is joined-up government on many policies. Urban and rural areas experience problems with health, education and jobs. We have recently worked closely with local authorities and providers on neighbourhood regeneration schemes. Whatever the policy proposals, the same people are often involved...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: As my hon. Friend knows, we have invested £6 million in advertising tourism, and we hope that tourists will return to urban and rural areas throughout the country. He mentioned rate benefits for shops, pubs, garages and small businesses in villages. They were drawn up according to specific criteria, which will be reviewed. I am sure that his point will be noted.

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much. I shall come with the rest of my team, and we shall have an enjoyable day out. I assure the right hon. Gentleman that we have been doing as much as we can to increase tourism and encourage people to visit rural areas. Ministers have visited different places, and we have spent an additional £6 million advertising the fact that rural areas are open....

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I do not know whether this is my last Question Time. The hon. Gentleman obviously knows more than I do about that, but I thank him for his comments. I assure the hon. Gentleman that the rural affairs group continues to work on the co-ordination of rural policy. We are working hard on aspects of the rural White Paper and we have rural proofing in place. Under the ministerial code, we do not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural-Urban Policy Co-ordination (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I withdraw my generous offer of consideration of the policy that the hon. Gentleman mentioned earlier, only because it occurred to me that I have no idea how much it would cost. I would hate to make any indication that such a commitment would be given without some idea of the finance involved. In relation to co-ordination in the rural affairs group and the Cabinet Office, we co-ordinate on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for her question and the acknowledgement that the £52 million that has gone into Donny will make a big difference, as such funding has in other cities, in terms of the important project to which a locality chooses to allocate the money. Drug rehabilitation was chosen in Doncaster; other areas will choose closed circuit television to try to halt crime. It is up to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We have allocated more money, because of the difficulty caused by young people getting involved with drugs. We have put an additional £152 million into education recently and there are programmes in most schools—we are up to 96 per cent. of secondaries and 76 per cent. of primaries—to ensure that that education is of a quality that makes a difference. We have also put more funding into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The first part of my hon. Friend's question relates to alcohol. We are considering what we can do to co-ordinate alcohol and drug policy, because there is clearly a discordance between drugs, alcohol and how they are treated. We are fully committed to taking action on alcohol. I come from an alcoholic family, so I know the difficulties that alcohol creates and I assure him that work is under...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (2 May 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We share the hon. Lady's concern—as do most people in this country—about the increasing number of very young people who are experimenting with drugs. The situation is unhealthy and appalling. We have tried sending messages in the past, but "Just say no" had no effect, or at most a very limited effect. Now, with "positive futures", we are working towards better educational programmes, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Ministerial Visit (Iran) (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: My visit to Iran, at the invitation of the former Iranian ambassador in London, was to help to build partnerships for better co-operation between our countries to halt the flow of heroin from Afghanistan through Iran into Europe. That causes social problems on the way. This co-operation will benefit both the UK and Iran. While I was there, I signed a memorandum of understanding between Iran...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Ministerial Visit (Iran) (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I consulted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before I left. The issue was raised with me and I explained what had been done. We, as a Government, are opposed to capital punishment and the kind of human rights violations that take place in Iran. However, if we are to make progress, it is better to work with countries for change; talking to people makes change a possibility. If we just...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Ministerial Visit (Iran) (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: General Mohammad Fallah resigned and then took up his job again. I think the explanation of why he left now becomes a secondary issue. The money allocated from this country goes with that from other countries to the United Nations, and the UN drugs team uses the money. I saw it being used to improve the systems for night vision on the border and to assist customs and excise. It is used to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Ministerial Visit (Iran) (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The United Nations drugs unit has a policy of co-operation between European countries to feed into the UN's efforts in Afghanistan. The Taliban are in discussion with the Iranians, so there is some communication between them on policy. My hon. Friend's suggestion that European Union countries should be involved is valid. We have just managed to do that elsewhere, and Spain is taking that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Regulation (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I chair the panel for regulatory accountability that looks at new regulations in the pipeline. We have also appointed a regulatory reform Minister in each Department; and on Monday, the Regulatory Reform Bill, which was introduced in December, had its Second Reading in the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Regulation (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am not sure that that has anything to do with the nature of the questions being asked today, and it shows how panicked the Conservative party is by the prospect of an election. It is trying to hide the previous Government's record of sleaze.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Regulation (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: That is a central aim of the Government, but we will not achieve it in the unbalanced way the Conservatives did. The Regulatory Reform Bill is an example of balance in legislation. It aims to ensure that basic rights—unlike the Tories, we will not apologise for them or portray them as excessive and costly—are upheld. I am not going to apologise for the minimum wage, for improving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Regulation (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We are working not only across Departments but with the Commission, the European Parliament and other member states to improve and simplify the European regulatory environment. As part of that we participate in the Mandelkern group on better regulation, which has produced a very good report on specific, practical recommendations. Last week, I talked to the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Regulation (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I was as surprised and disappointed as my hon. Friend by Conservative Members' reaction to the Bill, given that the Opposition in another place supported it in principle. The Conservative party has a very poor record of regulatory reform in government, having introduced no fewer than 13 times as many regulations as were repealed under the deregulation initiative between 1994 and 1997....


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