Results 101–120 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: One of the reasons why the White Paper has taken time is that we have genuinely worked on it across Departments, and I hope that it will result in what the hon. Gentleman and I desire: a real difference in rural communities. We are looking not just at transport, education and health, but at jobs. We want to work with the private sector on regeneration. We have already put a lot of money into...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: The work that has been done on protecting the future of rural post offices will be seen to do exactly what my hon. Friend wants. The performance and innovation unit report, which we are implementing and which the relevant Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry has agreed to, will make, I hope, a big difference. Again, let us be clear. We are working to protect and to keep the post...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: At least we are not going to privatise the post offices. The benefits are not being taken away completely. Some are being taken away because that will lead to greater efficiency and a more effective service for the people whom we are all here trying to serve, but people who want to continue to collect their benefits from the post office can continue to do so. It is not true that the DTI has...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: We are working to help farmers to diversify. Part of the job of the regional development agencies will be to do what they can. Some of the work is already taking place. For example, the £70 million extra that was given to organic farming will make a difference to farmers who want to make the change. PPG7 and PPG13 are being reviewed by another committee, which is looking at planning across...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: In order to expand treatment capacity, the Government recently ran a major national advertising campaign to recruit drug workers and counsellors. The response was exceptional, with more than 20,000 expressions of interest received. Drug action teams are now working on matching applications to vacancies. The Government's 10-year strategy to tackle drugs is designed to combat drug misuse in all...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: I cannot tell the hon. Lady what the rural White Paper will contain, because I do not know. Although I am working on the White Paper, I do not know what it will finally contain. However, I reassure her that Macclesfield, which is the area covering her constituency of Congleton, will have some of the £70 million that we have just provided to central treatment agencies to increase treatment,...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am most willing to congratulate the voluntary sector on the work that it does in educating particularly very young people on the dangers of drugs. I hope that we can do further work in partnership with the voluntary sector on what we call positive futures. We are working with the voluntary sector and particularly with various sports groups, whether football clubs or basketball groups. We...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: I cannot give the hon. Gentleman a direct answer now, but if he would like to tell me the specific areas that he is referring to, I shall talk to the Department with responsibility for youth services and see what it can do.

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: That is exactly what we are in the process of doing. We have just advertised for drug counsellors, and we are beginning training, so that staff are available to work in the centres. We are also putting £70 million extra into drug treatment. As we realise that it is no good starting the centres if we do not have the workers, we are working through the matter logically, ensuring that we have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drug Addiction (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Drug misuse costs Britain more than £4 billion each year in crime, sickness and absenteeism. The Government are fully committed to tackling this problem. That is why we pledged an additional £217 million as part of the 1998 comprehensive spending review for anti-drugs activities. We are currently finalising the spending for the next three years and will announce details of future funding in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drug Addiction (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: On the first part of my hon. Friend's question, more than £70 million of the sum that I mentioned was allocated to health and local authorities to fund new treatment services. We fundamentally believe that treatment works; we have the research and the figures to show it. A further £133 million was allocated to the criminal justice system to help to break the links between drug misuse and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drug Addiction (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: There are signs that we are making progress slowly. We have a 10-year strategy because, as we have frequently said, we shall not be able to deal with the problem overnight. Referrals in the prison system for offences and some of the figures—the figures in different reports often contradict each other—show that, overall, the trend is that we are making progress in dealing with the problems...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I chair the ministerial rural affairs group, which co-ordinates Government policy on rural issues. I have no direct responsibility for any specific area of rural policy, but my Committee co-ordinates the work of other Departments to ensure that the policy is fully implemented.

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Many of the topics covered in the Prime Minister's speech inevitably affect rural areas. There are no separate policies for rural and urban areas: all our policies, including the minimum wage and the working families tax credit, are for urban and rural areas. I therefore deny the hon. Lady's point. She asked for more work to be done on rural areas. A rural White Paper is being drawn up and is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for the work that he is doing with his Back-Bench committee on rural affairs. Its members have brought a number of specific best practices from their constituencies that we as a Government have considered. I hope that they will see many of the results that they are looking for in the rural White Paper. We are making an effort to join up Government Department's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The comments made by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment yesterday were a straightforward, clear statement of the nature of the risk and how it operates. I fully concur with those comments. As for organic farming, we inherited a difficult situation. It is all very well for Opposition Members to say what we should be doing. It would have been much easier if we had inherited...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I cannot give my hon. Friend a specific date, but I can assure him that, alongside what my hon. Friend the Minister for Competitiveness has done, we will look carefully at the PIU report. In view of previous reports, I hope that some constructive suggestions and lateral thinking will come out of it to help post offices. We are determined to do all that we can in addition to the 50 per cent....

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: As I said, we are more than willing to work alongside Ministers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman realises that it is a two-way street.

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I pledge today that we will work as hard as we are doing—not, as the hon. Gentleman's party suggested, to privatise post offices, but to support them. We have already given them 50 per cent. rate relief. We are committed to protecting the rural network, even though, as I readily acknowledge, some sub-post offices have closed. We regret every one that closes because that limits the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rural Affairs (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Burns report did exactly that. The facts are there; we hope that hon. Members read them. There will be a free vote so that hon. Members on both sides of the House may vote the way that they want.


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