Results 21–40 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government are undertaking research to develop a better understanding of the dynamics of the UK and international drugs market, which will improve our intelligence on the class A drugs threat assessment. The national treatment agency and pooled treatment budgets will come into effect on 1 April 2001. We announced in the Budget significant additional investment for targeted action at local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government are researching the issue to which the hon. Lady refers. That is the best way of tackling the question of driving under the influence of drugs, legal or illegal, and of providing ways to help the police enforce existing legislation more effectively. It is now being developed alongside other initiatives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (21 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government implemented a large number of the Runciman recommendations. The few that we rejected included one on cannabis. Our approach is clear: the scientific evidence is insufficient to convince us that the law should be changed. However, that does not prevent discussion and debate. If the scientific evidence changes, we will reconsider the matter.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman knows that this country has one of the lowest levels of regulation in Europe. During my visit to Brussels. I worked to achieve a clear level playing field on regulation—that is what is important in Europe—and I have done so since. Our businesses suffer because others treat regulation differently.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I repeat that the figure used by the hon. Gentleman adds the administrative costs of regulation to the cost of the policies themselves. The cost of the minimum wage and the working, families tax credit combined means that the figure is enormous, but the real regulatory burden is much smaller.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Let me take the right hon. Gentleman back to the nature of the Bill. He spoke about lack of consultation, but there has been unprecedented pre-legislative scrutiny. The draft Bill was published last October and was the subject of extensive consultation. He said that it was a last-minute measure, but that is patently incorrect. He suggested that the provisions had not been costed, but they...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: If we are considering issues of which folk are aware, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is aware of the Small Business Service, which we set up. It specifically focuses its work on assisting small businesses with regulations. We have extended the periods in which regulations are implemented and we have given audit exemptions by raising the threshold from £350,000 to £1 million, which has...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The hon. Gentleman should get his facts right. Small businesses employing fewer than 20 people are exempt from legislation on trade union recognition. The job of the Small Business Service, which he quickly dismissed, is to consult small businesses, and each regulation is considered to ensure that small businesses do not suffer.

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I wish the hon. Gentleman would stay in the real world. We have not exaggerated benefits. We have independent business people working alongside us on the regulatory impact assessments and in the taskforce. If, like the hon. Gentleman, they felt that we had done such a terrible job and had failed, they would tell us. As I acknowledged earlier, Chris Haskins criticised one or two measures....

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: rose—

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: rose—

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The hon. Gentleman suggests that every change will lead to more regulation, but some changes will decrease it. The Bill will not allow Ministers to do exactly what they want. They will have to consult the scrutiny Committees, which have a strong record of having an independent voice on deregulation. If there is any doubt, the issue can be discussed in Parliament. The hon. Gentleman tries to...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: rose—

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: rose—

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: At last we have heard from the hon. Gentleman some of the proposals that the Opposition would introduce in place of the Bill. He suggested an independent deregulatory commission. The House would be interested to know whether that would be more costly and bureaucratic than the regulatory impact assessments that we have now. He also suggested regulatory budgets. How would he prevent that...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. All Governments regulate to protect consumers, the environment, employers, employees, and society as a whole. The Government were elected on principles of fairness, justice and equality of opportunity, and those are the principles that we have put into practice in introducing fair and effective regulation. That is not about red tape or...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We are not here to discuss the details of the minimum wage; we are here to discuss regulation and its reduction. The Tories always claim that they would reduce regulation, but the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Mrs. Browning), a Minister in the previous Government who tried to reduce regulation, said: We would be the first to say that we did not do very well".— [Official Report, 19...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for her contribution; the minimum wage helped poor women, but Conservative Members keep trying to use the figures to inflate the cost of regulation. They and their supporters have quoted figures amounting to anything from £5 billion to £13 billion, but those figures include the administrative costs and the actual costs of the policies. Including the cost of paying the...

Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I was focusing on the 1 million extra jobs that have been created. That is the important point for people who have no employment, and now many more people have jobs. When people have been out of work, getting a job snakes all the difference. The Bill is another tool to help the Government simplify and improve the quality of regulation. I welcome the support given to the Bill from all...


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