Results 181–200 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The issue of supply is crucial to solving the problem. The police and Customs and Excise are working hard and I commend the actions that are taking place. It is crucial that the work is done. The money that has come in from Customs and Excise will be recycled and used to fight the problem. That is extremely helpful. In addition, we are addressing the question of how drugs come into the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Permanent Secretaries (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I have no plans to do so but, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister explained in his answer to a parliamentary question today, the permanent secretary heads of Department are themselves driving forward a radical programme of civil service reform. That will involve them adopting a corporate leadership role and participating in a management board for the civil service under the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Permanent Secretaries (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: My hon. Friend referred to Sir Humphrey. I had my trouble when I started working with the civil service and I did not find it easy. However, over the years of working with members of it, I have come to respect the work that they do and the impartiality and propriety that they bring to the job. I am not sure that my hon. Friend's initial comments are in any way helpful or constructive. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Permanent Secretaries (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I get the gist of the point that the hon. Gentleman is making but the nature of the report is for the civil service. It is implementing it and it is in consultation over it. I am sure that those responsible have heard the hon. Gentleman's point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Permanent Secretaries (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Obviously, I cannot give such a guarantee, but I can say that the appointments will be open and transparent. One of the objects of the report is to encourage greater exchange between the public and private sectors, and between the voluntary sector and both, so that best practice and good experience are shared. The process will be open and transparent. There will be some secondees—there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Permanent Secretaries (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: To deal with the final point first, unfounded accusations are not helpful to either party in government. I could stand at the Dispatch Box and list appointments under the previous Government, such as that of the then Mr. Burns, but that would get us nowhere. We do not make political appointments to civil service posts. The political advisers are a valuable asset because they provide a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Modernisation (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Our commitment to modernising the civil service includes our targets to double the representation of women and ethnic minorities in the senior civil service within the next five years. Having more women and ethnic minorities in the civil service will improve our equality programme and how we deliver it for everyone, particularly through the duty on all public authorities to promote equality...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Modernisation (15 Dec 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: In the Cabinet Office, we are looking into how we can prioritise the mainstreaming of the equality issue. We do that by working across Departments. My hon. Friend asked whether it is better to bring those units together. Our present view is that it is not, because if equality is central to every policy, it is better that the units are in the Departments to ensure that that policy is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Under the terms of the ministerial code, Cabinet Ministers may each appoint up to two special advisers. All appointments require the prior written approval of the Prime Minister.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his welcome. I have obviously looked carefully at that issue, because this is not the first time that he has raised it. No. 10 has never hidden the number of advisers it has or the amount of money that they get paid. We made it very clear, in opposition through to taking office, that we wanted advisers in No. 10, together with Ministers, to drive policy forward....

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for his welcome. I agree that our advisers are more effective and I find the two who work with me very useful. They do not spin, as the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) said, but do what they did for us in opposition—work on the political aspects of policy, which is not the job of many of the civil servants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his opening remarks. I am sure that my present job will be as absorbing as my previous one; it may even be as dangerous, in some ways, as I try to work across Departments and get Ministers to co-operate. I shall certainly look at the guidelines again but, having read carefully through the code and considered what special advisers have done, I do not necessarily...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: There is no doubt that many of us are kept in touch when we go home to our constituencies, and kept in touch by our constituency offices. There is also no doubt that the more people we talk to and mix with who are of different political persuasions, or from different backgrounds, the better: that can only be of use.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Accusations of cronyism should be viewed in the light of what happened when the hon. Gentleman's party was in government. I merely say that people in glass houses should not throw enormousgreat boulders. I believe that a couple of Departments have more than two advisers. The rules permit that if it is okayed by the Prime Minister, and that has happened. I understand that the Cabinet...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Misuse (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I hold regular discussions with the anti-drugs co-ordinator on all aspects of our anti-drugs policy, including the use of harm reduction programmes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Misuse (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am aware of the case of Leah Lawson—an appalling tragedy: the loss of another young life owing to drugs—and of the pain that losing her when she was so young will have caused her family and friends. Clinical guidelines were drawn up in April for doctors dealing with drug misuse, which recommend more supervised consumption. As for my hon. Friend's specific point about small amounts and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Misuse (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: It surely comes as no surprise that six out of 26 questions should be about drugs. The issue worries every Member who notes the increase in drug use and misuse of, particularly, cocaine and heroin, which destroy lives, families and communities. No one denies that it is important. My friend Keith Hellawell, the anti-drugs co-ordinator, who does a lot of work on drugs for the Government, last...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Misuse (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: During my first visit to Lancaster in the early new year I look forward to meeting my hon. Friend and his colleagues, as well as others in the Duchy. I add my congratulations to the nurses on the award that they received. It is in the police stations that the problems first come to people's notice. We have to be sure that, when young people come out of jail, there are suitable alternatives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Misuse (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I was not in post when the proposal was first considered; whether my predecessor was consulted, I cannot say. [Interruption.] I am sorry, but it had already been proposed because, when I read all the papers that had been given to me, it was already in them. Therefore, I was not consulted, but I am sure that my predecessor was. The drug treatment and testing order is important. As I said...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Civil Service (10 Nov 1999)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government are committed to maintaining a permanent and impartial civil service and to upholding the principles of integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity set out in the civil service code. That commitment is reinforced in the ministerial code.


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