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Public Expenditure (7 May 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I am grateful for this opportunity to explain why the measures set out in yesterday's Queen's Speech will not benefit people in east Lewisham. First, however, let me say one or two words about my predecessors. Colin Moynihan had held Lewisham, East since 1983. For much of that time, he was a junior Minister. I sometimes wonder whether the fact that the press often dubbed him a very energetic...

Red Routes (London) (11 Jun 1992)

Bridget Prentice: Is the Minister aware that so-called priority routes give no priority to the local community, to local business or to the environment? While we welcome extra resources going to London Underground, that is not a great deal of help for my constituents in Lewisham, East. Is he aware that for residents in the Downham area, many of whom are elderly and rely on local shops, the effect of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Residential Staff (17 Jun 1992)

Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will take account of the costs of implementing the recommendations of the Howe inquiry into residential staff in relation to pay, training and development, in the revenue support grant settlement for local authorities in 1993–94.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Residential Staff (17 Jun 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I should like to be able to welcome that statement, but, unfortunately, the Minister was unable to say whether those resources will be fully met. Does he agree with me and most other people who are concerned about residential care—whether of children, the mentally disabled or the elderly—that those residents must be looked after with the highest quality of care and that that can be given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Thailand (1 Jul 1992)

Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on United Kingdom relations with Thailand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Thailand (1 Jul 1992)

Bridget Prentice: We all welcome the fact that the new Prime Minister has promised elections in the next few months and I am pleased that the Minister has condemned the atrocities that took place in May. However, does he also condemn the amnesty that has been granted to those behind the slaughter of unarmed demonstrators, and will he assure the House that the Government will do all in their power to pressurise...

Prayers: Special Educational Needs (3 Jul 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I am pleased to take part in this debate about one of the most important aspects of education. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Mrs. Campbell) for raising the issue. I want to deal specifically with the special educational needs of those with physical and mental disabilities. I accept the points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge about young people with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Trusts (14 Jul 1992)

Bridget Prentice: Does the Secretary of State agree that the Guy's and Lewisham Trust is so strapped for cash that it is moving more and more towards private medicine? What reassurances can she give Lewisham families that they will not be forced into private health care, as was the Slennet family in my constituency so that they could have their child treated in a hospital?

Prayers: Health Service (London) (23 Oct 1992)

Bridget Prentice: Would the Secretary of State like to comment on paragraph 125 of the report, which deals with St. Thomas's and the Guy's and Lewisham trust? Sir Bernard makes it quite clear that, in his view, Lewisham hospital should have a secure future. I hope that the Secretary of State agrees with that. Where does that leave Lewisham hospital if the amalgamation of St. Thomas's and Guy's goes ahead? What...

Prayers: Policing (London) (23 Oct 1992)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend has made some clear points about the role of domestic violence units, and those units are to be welcomed. It is excellent, for example, that in Lewisham the police work in partnership with the council to deal with racial attacks. However, is there not still a great deal of work to be done to ensure that the police realise that domestic violence is not acceptable in any culture...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Urban Development Bill (3 Nov 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I am grateful to have this opportunity to speak in the debate on a Bill which will deeply affect so many residents in east Lewisham. I shall concentrate my remarks on two aspects —the introduction of compulsory competitive tendering and the rent-to-mortgage scheme. It cannot be emphasised too much that the Government are in serious danger of tempting people, through their rent-to-mortgage...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Urban Development Bill (3 Nov 1992)

Bridget Prentice: That is certainly not the case, either in Lewisham or elsewhere. Lewisham council works closely with its tenants and has a very good record, a matter to which I shall turn in a few moments. It would have been better if the Government had introduced a Bill to release capital receipts from council house sales so that homes for rent could be built, thus enabling us to house the growing number...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (10 Nov 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I shall exercise self-discipline, although, having watched the antics of Government Front Benchers, led by the Secretary of State, the smart Alec of the third form, I know exactly where not to seek a good example. We have had numerous Secretaries of State and a multiplicity of Bills, directives and changes which have disrupted schools, burdened teachers and confused and frustrated parents....

Citizens Charter (White Paper) (25 Nov 1992)

Bridget Prentice: I have written to the Secretary of State today on behalf of a constituent who feels that, in the case of British Rail, the citizens charter is a sham. A year ago, there were six trains an hour that could take him to work; now there are three. The citizens charter, he believes, means that British Rail will devise a timetable to suit the trains rather than the trains to suit the timetable, and...

Education Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (15 Dec 1992)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman has spoken for four minutes so far, including two minutes for interventions. Will he tell the House when he last spoke for that length of time in Committee?

Education Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (15 Dec 1992)

Bridget Prentice: Despite what the hon. Gentleman said about reorganising the order of the debate, is he aware that, along the Committee Corridor, other Bills were being discussed, some of which had no more than 15 clauses? One which had 15 clauses has just completed its Committee stage today. To reach clause 15 of a long Bill such as this is good progress. [Laughter.]

Housing (15 Feb 1993)

Bridget Prentice: I was fascinated by the hon. Gentleman's definition. He mentioned transient relationships and settled families, but it has to be one or the other. I remind him that only he, or someone like him, could make such statements about women. I assure him that none of the women with young children who have come to my surgery have done so to get council housing.

Housing (15 Feb 1993)

Bridget Prentice: How does one follow the speech of the hon. Member for Basildon (Mr. Amess)'? It will be quite difficult. I shall begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller) on securing the debate on an important subject that involves one of the most dreadful problems facing any individual or family in this country: the prospect of not having a decent home in...

Housing (15 Feb 1993)

Bridget Prentice: I certainly advise those people who come to my surgery of the realities of life and the housing problems that they face under the Conservative Government. I advise them to seek housing association nominations. Lewisham council and its local housing associations work closely together, and the council nominates people to housing association lists. I advise people to seek accommodation in the...

Housing (15 Feb 1993)

Bridget Prentice: Having delivered his polemic, the hon. Gentleman has indeed disappeared from the debate. The Government have made no plans to deal with the problems of homelessness in London. They have not even conducted a survey of London's housing needs. Instead, we have been showered with publicity about two initiatives which do no more than recycle existing public spending. I agree that they have been...


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