Results 81–100 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Staff Numbers (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The number of people employed in my Department, including agencies, on 1 April 2000 was 2,040 and on 1 April 1997, 2,623: a difference of 583.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Staff Numbers (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Let us start with the facts. Spending on central administration is down since 1997. The numbers of civil servants are down by 8,000 since 1997. I accept that there has been a small increase this year, and that relates to programmes that we want to put in place, such as pensions increases. We want to deal with fraud, the implementation of child support reforms and immigration cases. That is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Staff Numbers (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Yes, I can assure my hon. Friend that they have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Staff Numbers (17 Jan 2001)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I partly answered that question in reply to the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope). No, we will not. We have never denied that we want special advisers to assist us in the volume of legislation that we are putting through. The hon. Gentleman cannot have it both ways. If he does not want the civil service to be politicised, special advisers perform an important role. As the head of the...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs and Inner Cities (12 Dec 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: May I echo what other right hon. and hon. Members have said about the excellent maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Anniesland (Mr. Robertson)? It was very impressive—the content was good, it was well informed and he gave a wonderful performance. I think that the House will hear more from him in the future. We all join him in the tribute that he paid to his predecessor,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Interdepartmental Co-ordination (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government have taken a wide range of steps to improve the way in which Departments work together, including the creation of cross-cutting teams working on issues such as social exclusion. They have also set out a blueprint for co-operation in the performance and innovation unit's report "Wiring it up", and I will be reporting to the Prime Minister on progress against this early next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Interdepartmental Co-ordination (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We are working with local authorities to deal with any potential difficulties in this area. The national neighbourhood renewal strategy will help to build communities and work with services such as the voluntary, police, health and probation services to deliver services on the ground. To make sure that the situation that the hon. Gentleman describes does not come about, we have recently...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Interdepartmental Co-ordination (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: When we consider the Phillips report and the difficulties that BSE created, our first thought is with the victims and their families. We are looking hard to see what we can do in terms of compensation. In terms of the civil service, some changes will be made under the 167 recommendations in the Phillips report, which we are now considering. We will certainly tie any recommendations into the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Interdepartmental Co-ordination (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: It is in line with the Prime Minister's position, which is that we will go into Europe and accept the euro when it is in our own economic interest in terms of the five criteria. As for the NHS—that it is changing for the future can be only positive. We must never forget that the NHS is being rebuilt after the privatisation package that the Conservative Government tried to introduce. We had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Interdepartmental Co-ordination (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I do not know the agenda items for the meetings of those groups, but I know that they meet to look at a host of issues. I will report to my hon. Friend by letter as to whether the topic in which he is interested has been covered recently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The duties and responsibilities of special advisers are set out in the model contract for special advisers, a copy of which is in the Library.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We have never hidden the fact that we would use more special advisers than the previous Conservative Government. We have always been open and transparent. We publish a code of conduct for special advisers so that there can be no question as to what they do. We publish details of how much they are paid; the process is completely open and transparent. I can answer his question only by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I listened carefully to my hon. Friend, as I am sure you did too, Mr. Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Special Advisers (1 Nov 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that special advisers do have access to the knowledge network. The reports that they make to their Ministers will go on the knowledge network and will be shared across Departments, to increase efficiency and effectiveness and to ensure that Government Departments join up more—which is the nature of this question—than they do now. After that, information...

Election of Speaker (23 Oct 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Self-evidently, this is an important day for the House of Commons. As other speakers have said, Parliament is central to the democracy of this land; it is the last port of call for the voice of citizens to be heard. Over several Parliaments, we have been accused of not performing a vital task. Today, we have the chance to begin the process of restoring power to elected Members speaking for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (12 Jul 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I have held meetings with my ministerial colleagues over the past two months to ensure that the social exclusion unit's past reports are being implemented, and that progress towards the agreed targets is being made. The reports are on truancy and school exclusion, rough sleepers, teenage pregnancy and bridging the gap.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (12 Jul 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I assure my hon. Friend that we do an awful lot of that already. The social exclusion unit's reports are compiled by a committee consisting not just of civil servants but of representatives of the voluntary sector, business and trade unions. Those people have a wide range of experience. There are also a number of forums enabling us to listen to old as well as young people. When we were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (12 Jul 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am sorry to disappoint the hon. Gentleman. I do not have a date, but I know that the White Paper will be published soon. I expect it to appear within the next couple of months. I am afraid that I cannot be more specific. The national neighbourhood renewal strategy, however, has now been produced. The strategy, which was created across departments, deals with the regeneration of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Countryside (12 Jul 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Prime Minister set up a new Cabinet Committee in November 1999 to co-ordinate our policies affecting rural areas, and to help to achieve a fully cross-departmental policy for the countryside. The forthcoming rural White Paper will set out how we are developing a more integrated and effective approach to the countryside.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Countryside (12 Jul 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend. Let me in turn congratulate the teachers, parents and children who are making the school in her constituency such a success. Conservative Members were barracking while my hon. Friend asked her question. They should not forget that under the last Government 30 rural schools were closed each year. We are doing all we can, with a £40 million package, to keep rural...


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