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Results 2321–2338 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Primary Care (9 Dec 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: What proposals he has for increasing the role of primary care within the NHS. [18227]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Primary Care (9 Dec 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply. Is he aware that general practitioners in my constituency of Gravesham and in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Dr. Stoate) have recently developed a highly successful scheme of co-operation? Is he further aware that we have recently opened a minor injuries unit in Gravesend and North Kent hospital, again managed by nurses...

River Thames (Transport Safety) (5 Nov 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise a matter that will be of concern to the House and especially to those hon. Members whose constituencies, like mine, border the Thames. Hon. Members will remember that, last week, a 3,000 lb dredger known as the Sand Kite collided with the Thames barrier and sank. Thankfully, none of the 10 crew on the vessel was seriously hurt and there were no...

River Thames (Transport Safety) (5 Nov 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I have no way of knowing whether the vessel that my hon. Friend mentioned had a pilot on board when that incident occurred. Nor do we have any way of knowing whether the other incidents I mentioned would have occurred had the vessels had pilots on board. We can be certain of one thing, however: the likelihood of such an incident would not have been greater with a pilot than without. I...

River Thames (Transport Safety) (5 Nov 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I share that concern. I have had a meeting with the PLA at its headquarters in Gravesend in my constituency, but I am concerned about the extent of the consultation process. I am especially concerned about the importance that the PLA has placed on the views of its pilots and of users of the Thames. Although the PLA has had meetings with pilots, there is no evidence that real consultation has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: Is the Prime Minister aware that, only in the past few hours, the contract has been signed for the brand new £115 million hospital for Dartford and Gravesham, breaking the Tory logjam on the construction of new hospitals? It will provide the hospital for which my constituents and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Dr. Stoate) have campaigned for so long and which they richly...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Child Labour (23 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures her Department plans to take to discourage the exploitation of children in employment in developing countries. [8360]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Child Labour (23 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I thank my hon. Friend for that encouraging answer. She will be aware that there is also a major problem of illegal child employment in this country, which accounts for one third of working children throughout Europe. Would it not be the finest achievement for my right hon. Friend and her new Department to go down in history as the Wilberforce of the 21st century by helping to eradicate child...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (22 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I am sure that we can offer the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight) some radical reform in the months and years ahead. I hope that the Bill constitutes a first and important step in that direction. The hon. Member for Perth (Ms Cunningham)—who is no longer in the Chamber—suggested earlier that Labour Members who planned to vote in favour of the Bill should be ashamed of...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (22 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, especially as it is not a difficult one to get around.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill (22 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I shall do. I have long advocated and will advocate again this evening the principle of universal benefits. One of the difficulties that we face in the social security system, and one of the reasons why our system does not deliver to the people most in need and stigmatises those who have to turn to it, is that it now so heavily depends on means-tested benefits. That not only creates...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: My constituents and my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Dr. Stoate) will be emphasising the fact that they have waited for years, notwithstanding promises, for a new district hospital. It is only now that the initiative is being put into place. One of the difficulties, as my hon. Friend will accept, is that in such lengthy processes, and despite all the expenditure on consultants, we may...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (3 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: The right hon. and learned Gentleman cannot see the faces of his Front-Bench colleagues, but many of us suspect from their glum expressions that we are hearing the prepared speech that he would have given—and had hoped to give—as Leader of the Opposition yesterday. He obviously does not wish to waste it. The right hon. and learned Gentleman has told us of his concern about the big hit...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Pilotage Limits (Thames Estuary) (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the proposals put forward by the Port of London authority for a review of pilotage limits on the Thames estuary; and if he will make a statement. [4699]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Pilotage Limits (Thames Estuary) (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I thank the Minister for that answer, but is she aware that, although the pilots committee has said that the safety and environmental implications of those proposals could be immense, there has been no wider open public debate on those implications? I urge my hon. Friend to apply whatever influence she has with the Port of London authority to encourage it to engage in that necessary public debate.

Business of the House (12 Jun 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: Will my right hon. Friend find time next week for an urgent debate on the decision by the new Conservative-controlled Kent county council to freeze all capital spending, including that on schools? That will mean that children in my constituency and others in Kent will be taught in quite unsatisfactory conditions and, of course, that runs counter to the Government's intention of improving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: BBC World Service (10 Jun 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his appointment to his post and I welcome his comments about the importance of the BBC World Service, not only because of its diplomatic importance, but because of the important cultural role it performs. As my hon. Friend will be aware, until fairly recently the World Service was subject to a three-year funding programme which gave it some opportunity to plan...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (19 May 1997)

Mr Chris Pond: Seeing the packed Benches and Press Gallery earlier today, I thought that word must have slipped out that I was hoping to catch the Chair's eye to make my maiden speech this afternoon, but that misconception has since been quickly dispelled. I do not know whether it will be appropriate to congratulate the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on her speech, but I...


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