Results 61–80 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Cabinet Office: Drug Arrest Referral Schemes (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: That is a matter for the Home Office. It is important that when people are in prison we give them help to ensure that they come off drugs. Whatever the reason for them being in prison—whether they are dealers or people caught using drugs—the best course is to get them off drugs so that when they get out, they do not continue with the same behaviour.

Cabinet Office: Drug Arrest Referral Schemes (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Let me assure my hon. Friend that that is not the case. In areas where demand is high or fluctuating, adequate treatment—whether inside or outside the judicial system—is not always available. The national treatment agency that will be set up with £145 million will provide the additional treatment needed. That is being rolled out at present. Local drug teams are putting in their requests,...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I chair the ministerial rural affairs group, which provides a forum for discussions with colleagues on rural development and other issues.

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The ministerial rural affairs group is co-ordinating rural policy and rural proofing to ensure that Departments consider the impact of their policies on rural areas, that the policies work as effectively as possible to support rural life, and that a joined-up approach is taken to tackle the problems faced by rural communities. The hon. Gentleman refers specifically to small farms. We have put...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The additional funding for local authorities will help co-ordination and delivery in rural and urban areas and is a welcome development, so efforts are already being made in relation to rural areas. We have put an extra £239 million into transport, with an extra £15 million in parish funds for community-based solutions. Alongside the £37 million in extra funding for market town...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: If the hon. Gentleman's party had not neglected rural areas when in power, the anger would not be so great. We inherited one in four parishes with no transport; 3,000 schools closing; a transport system that was not working; and village schools that were closing. In comparison, we have put money into transport and given a 50 per cent. rate relief to village shops, pubs and garages—which are...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I have talked about rate relief for village shops and the money for transport and schools, but, at the same time, we are encouraging housebuilding on brownfield sites, which is terribly important if we are to have a sustainable policy to keep the green belt alive. We have saved a lot of green belt with our emphasis on building on brownfield sites. We have an area of greenbelt land the size...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: It is common practice not to discuss the detail of a Cabinet Committee's discussions, but I assure the hon. Gentleman that we cover the whole waterfront in terms of rural policy. Since 1997, we have provided an extra £1 billion to help the farming industry through difficult times and, now, an additional £1.6 billion for the English rural development programme will provide vital support to...

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I do not think that it does. I assure the hon. Gentleman that, in relation to Europe, we are working hard to maximise the benefits for industry, including agriculture, in this country. That cannot be said of the Conservative party.

Cabinet Office: Rural Development (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Farmers know that we have been helpful since 1997 and should compare our record with what happened before. In Europe, we are doing all that we can to help farmers to obtain the benefits that Europe offers. The Conservatives promise that the agrimonetary payments will be claimed but, if I were a farmer, I would consider how many agrimonetary payments they obtained when they were in government....

Cabinet Office: Health Information (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: rose—

Cabinet Office: Health Information (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government's annual report was produced by the strategic communications unit in the Prime Minister's office. Chapters on each section were written in collaboration with advisers from No. 10 and the relevant Departments. [Interruption.]

Cabinet Office: Health Information (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Shall I read the answer again?

Cabinet Office: Health Information (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government's annual report was produced by the strategic communications unit in the Prime Minister's office. Chapters o r each section were written in collaboration with advisers from No. 10 and the relevant Departments.

Cabinet Office: Health Information (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: In terms of staff, the hon. Gentleman well knows that we are already recruiting more nurses and training more doctors. The situation is improving day by day. If he listened to the facts, he would not have to ask the question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Next Steps Agencies (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Next steps agencies are subject to regular reviews, usually at five-yearly intervals. These examine all status options, including the positioning of the agency under review within a given Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Next Steps Agencies (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I take my hon. Friend's point, which I can assure him has not been ignored, because it is one that the Department has spent some time considering. As I said in answer to his first question, we review the agencies every five years, and they are also under constant yearly review, and the issue that he raised is included in that process. We have not changed the host Department of any agency, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Next Steps Agencies (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: From where I sit, yes. We scrutinise well, and if Parliament does not scrutinise the agencies, that is Parliament's responsibility, not mine. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we do not let the agencies go unscrutinised. They perform an important function in the delivery of programmes, and I assure him that if there is inefficiency or ineffectiveness, we will not let it grow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Next Steps Agencies (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I hear what my right hon. Friend is saying. I assure him that we do not let next steps agencies act as free agents. There is constant review and monitoring of their actions. I must add that there are more ways to achieve accountability, transparency and good delivery of public services than through Departments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Next Steps Agencies (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am afraid that I do not have those figures at my fingertips, but I shall certainly let the hon. Gentleman have them.


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