Results 141–160 of 1315 for speaker:Dr Mo Mowlam

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: Yes is the short answer. We are not just considering planning issues, but, when we consulted in rural areas, planning came top of the list for many people. We are considering how we can simplify the planning system and make it a quicker process so that it does not hold-up developments. However, as with any other policy, we have to make a judgment. We have to do what we can to speed up and...

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

Dr Mo Mowlam: Such structural change would be carried out by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. With the Food Standards Agency, we have set up an independent body that is not a part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The people to whom I have spoken want an independent body that is made up of experts from across the board. There is no scientific agreement on many issues, genetic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Abuse (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Young people are the main focus of the Government's anti-drugs strategy. One of our four key objectives is to reduce by 50 per cent. the incidence of drug misuse among the under-25s by 2008. We are working with all relevant Departments to ensure that young people receive the help and advice that they need to resist drug misuse.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Abuse (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The Government have made clear their position on the recommendations of the Police Foundation report: we do not support the recommendations in respect of cannabis and Ecstasy. I have met Leah Betts' parents; I recognise the pain and suffering that they have experienced and acknowledge their work to stop other young people from suffering their daughter's fate. I hope that that work, together...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Abuse (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: That is a helpful contribution. It is important for people to understand that drug abuse cannot be broken overnight. It takes years to break the cycle. We are working hard with those in education to make sure that preventive measures are put in place to stop young people getting addicted in the first place. We are also working on treatment and on trying to stop the drugs coming in. Last...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Drug Abuse (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The hon. Gentleman asks two questions. The Government have made clear their position on the recommendations in the Police Foundation's report on cannabis and Ecstasy: we do not agree with the recommendations. There are, however, many recommendations in the report which we welcome. Like my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, I look forward to an open and frank debate. On working in schools,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Since I was appointed chair of the ministerial network in December 1999, I have held one meeting, in January, at which I agreed with ministerial colleagues a future work programme to chase progress on the implementation of previous social exclusion reports. I plan to hold three further meetings in May and June to follow up implementation on school exclusions, truancy, rough sleeping and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I join my hon. Friend in acknowledging the contribution of organisations such as Homestart, which work in partnership with the Government and use some of the £60 million that we have put in to try to meet our target of ensuring that the number of teenage pregnancies is halved in 10 years. We have one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Europe. We hope that, by working with local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The hon. Gentleman should consider the seriousness of the matter. He tries to score political points by counting councils; Conservative Members have few to count. We do our best to work with all councils—Labour, Liberal or Conservative—on housing. As my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister made clear in the housing package that he announced yesterday, money will be available for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Social Exclusion (5 Apr 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I thank my hon. Friend for his contribution. I agree that a strategy for Departments to join up to consider young people's interests is a positive step, which will make a difference to many young people. Again, the suggestion of doing the same locally has a lot to offer. However, I add a footnote and a warning. We must ensure that we do not tell people in our communities how best to implement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business and Civil Service Secondments (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The "Modernising Government" White Paper and Sir Richard Wilson's recent report to the Prime Minister on civil service reform made it clear that the Government are keen to promote the exchange of people and good practice between the civil service and other organisations. Such opportunities can take many forms, ranging from temporary secondments, to short-term attachments, to job sharing and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business and Civil Service Secondments (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: The scheme has been running since the 1970s and recently we have done what we can to expand it because there is no doubt about the advantages that it brings in terms of the exchange of ideas, creativity and a learning process from which all can benefit. We have recently tried to expand it beyond the business community, which has been the focus of the scheme since the 1970s, to include all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business and Civil Service Secondments (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: There is no doubt that manufacturing industry did an enormous amount for this country in the 1970s and we owe it a great debt. We will benefit from exchanges in the manufacturing, retail and voluntary sectors, because only through the exchange of ideas is progress made. The numbers are increasing in business and the voluntary sector, and trade unions have made an important contribution, with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business and Civil Service Secondments (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I am not sure what that has to do with secondments, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that public resources are not used for political purposes, as has been made clear time and again from the Dispatch Box.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business and Civil Service Secondments (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: All the work done in that unit will be put on the net so there will be no question of work being done that even the hon. Gentleman will not see. Whatever individuals' past may be, and whatever political party or business they may have been involved in, we will work by the recruitment procedures outlined in the Civil Service Commissioner's recruitment code: for secondments of more than 12...

Oral Answers to Questions — Performance and Innovation Unit (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: Action is being taken on the report, "Wiring it up: Accountability and Incentives for Joined-up Government", and implementation will be monitored by the modernising government project board, chaired by the permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office. My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and I will report on progress across the whole broad front early next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Performance and Innovation Unit (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: No, I disagree, for the simple reason that the Government have succeeded in doing more, faster, than any other in terms of giving aid to Mozambique, getting real help to the people there. The most important thing was to get the most help possible to the people who needed it quickly. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development made it clear from the start that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Performance and Innovation Unit (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: It was an enjoyable visit to Lancaster, not least because it showed that when a community buys into the changes that have been proposed—I met people from the business community and the voluntary sector, local politicians and trade unionists to see how best the policies could be implemented—it has a real chance of succeeding.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Exclusion (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I can confirm that good progress is being made towards achieving the Government's targets on the four reports that have been published by the social exclusion unit. Those reports were "School Truancy and Exclusion", published in May 1998, "Rough Sleeping", published in July 1998, "Teenage Pregnancy", published in June 1999, and "Bridging the Gap", published in July 1999. A draft report for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Exclusion (8 Mar 2000)

Dr Mo Mowlam: I agree very much with my hon. Friend. Change is effective only when people have ownership of it. That is why the new deal for communities is a key element in neighbourhood renewal. It will provide £800 million over the next three years to ensure that the pathfinder projects are in place. If communities buy into those projects, we will have a much better chance of achieving good success.


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