Results 121–140 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs Action Teams (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The effectiveness of drugs action teams is measured by an annual planning and reporting process based on plans and reports submitted by each drugs action team. The analysis of this year's plans and reports is currently under way and will be published shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs Action Teams (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: As I said in answer to Question 1, we have already increased this year's spending, particularly for treatment. From the reports of the drugs action teams in my hon. Friend's constituency, it is clear that increased provision for treatment is desperately needed. That is in hand. Whether the local drugs action teams decide to have regional co-ordinators is a decision for them. What we are doing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs Action Teams (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Co-ordination in large shire counties is not always difficult. I visited two recently, and both were excellent examples. If the hon. Gentleman has identified specific problems in his own county, I am most willing to look into them. On his final point, we are co-ordinating across security, police and other groups whose task is to stop the drugs coming in. We are also co-ordinating on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (Rural Areas) (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government's 10-year strategy, "Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain", is designed to combat drug misuse in all parts of the United Kingdom, urban or rural.

Oral Answers to Questions — Drugs (Rural Areas) (14 Jun 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am well aware of the anxiety in rural areas. Again, the problem is both urban and rural. Drugs are not confined to the urban or the rural communities. We are doing our best, through the central direct treatment agency, to ensure that the need in urban and rural areas is fulfilled. We have advertised for 300 additional counsellors, whom we shall train, initially to make it possible for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I hold regular meetings with the anti-drugs co-ordinator to discuss all aspects of Government policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government have made their position clear on cannabis and ecstasy in response to the recommendations of the recent Police Foundation report: no change. However, I always believe that there is room for discussion and debate on such issues; that is part of a good, open, democratic society. We shall, of course, consider—as we are now—many of the recommendations of the Police Foundation,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: We are examining that. We have scientific research that is close to completion, and research is also being done on synthesising particular constituents of the cannabis plant to make substances available that are not cannabis. I cannot give the hon. Lady a direct answer on when, but like her, I hope that it will be soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I believe that education is an essential part of prevention in relation to drugs. We are working hard with education authorities and schools. Well over 60 per cent. of primary schools and well over 90 per cent. of secondary schools provide some education about drugs, and progress is being made. Pop stars are individuals and make their own choices in life. I am not about to start dictating to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I can reassure my hon. Friend that the drug unit and the social exclusion unit rough sleepers initiative work closely together, because many rough sleepers are exposed to drugs and some become addicts. To realise the extent of the problem, one has only to walk home from this place late at night and see the homeless being propositioned by drug pushers. On the second part of my hon. Friend's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government's anti-drugs communications strategy is co-ordinated by Keith Hellawell and his team. Resources for communications form part of the funding for the drug prevention action service and local drug action teams so that they can tailor publicity to local needs. Work is also being done nationally through the Health Education Authority. We welcome the work of the Metropolitan police...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I have not met representatives of the BBC or the ITC, but we have examined high-profile campaigning and the use of images of drug takers in the media. Our results show that while such high-profile coverage does not help, it does not hinder as much as many people believe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: As I said earlier, we made the Government's position clear in our response to the Police Foundation; I leave it to my hon. Friend to respond to Fulcrum.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I reassure the hon. Gentleman that we are doing everything we can in schools and throughout society to try to get our message on prevention across. Our research shows that the best way to reach young people is not by dictating to them, but by getting someone—for example, a footballer or a Member of Parliament—to go to schools and youth clubs to talk to them about the problem. That makes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Anti-drugs Strategy (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I hear what my hon. Friend says. I look forward to the Select Committee report and I welcome debate on the issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The targets contained in the social exclusion unit's reports on rough sleeping, school exclusion and truancy and teenage pregnancy are included in the relevant Departments' public service agreements. That means that the targets will form an integral part of the mainstream business of each Department. The framework consultation document on the national strategy for neighbourhood renewal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (10 May 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for that example. Many local authorities choose different mechanisms to deliver the policies that now exist for them to implement in their communities. We have cited Salford as an example of good practice, but other authorities use different mechanisms more suited to their communities. We are doing our best nationally to join up the policy targets as well as ensuring...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Countryside Policy (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government's countryside policy will be set out in detail in the rural White Paper to be published later this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Countryside Policy (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend. We will do exactly that. In preparation for the completion of the rural White Paper, we are trying to ensure that all Departments are signed up to the parts that they will implement. The Ministerial Committee on Rural Affairs, which I Chair, will ensure that all Departments think in terms not just of the rural White Paper, but of other legislation with a rural...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Countryside Policy (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I welcome the hon. Gentleman's contribution. Our policies, such as the new deal in rural communities, aim to find work for young and older people. Work is the first priority for young people. The hon. Gentleman made a specific point about leisure amenities. One of the advantages of the Committee that I Chair is that it receives representations across Departments. As a result, we can deal...


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