Results 41–60 of 1539 for speaker:Mrs Barbara Roche

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: As a former Treasury Minister, I have the greatest respect for Treasury officials. I am sure that, when we see the detail of the legislation, the modelling will have been done and the measures will have been drafted to ensure that they help the children whom the policy is primarily designed to help. We know that the path that many children follow in the first 22 months of life is, through no...

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point that hon. Members of all parties made in another place when the subject was debated there a little more than a year ago. I understand his comments. Not only the Government but other European Governments have considered the matter. Several European Governments and countries as well as states in the United States of America and in Canada have civil...

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I agree. I wrote an article that used a similar phrase. I thank the hon. Gentleman and I do not think that it will embarrass him if I say that he and I had several discussions about the matter. There is great sympathy for the proposals in all parties and I am grateful for the support of hon. Members who have contributed to today's announcement in the Gracious Speech. I want to consider a...

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I forgot about estate agents. As many Members will know—some distinguished members of the legal profession are present—during the first six months of apprenticeship, or pupillage, trainee barristers earn no money. Things may have changed slightly, as there are a few more bursaries now. During the second six months, they are allowed to earn some money. During my second six months I was...

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I agree absolutely, and I am happy to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman's mother, as well as volunteers up and down the country. Volunteering is a mark of our country, as is the number of people who volunteer in all sorts of ways, giving up their family time to assist others. That is tremendous. I spent some time earlier this year going around refuges up and down the country, and I was...

Debate on the Address — [First Day] (26 Nov 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the right hon. Gentleman's point. I listened carefully to his thoughtful speech. I did not agree with him, but I understood his train of thought. The situation in the United States is interesting. It is not just the poor children who do not get to Ivy League universities, but those from lower-middle-class income families. It has been strongly argued that Ivy League universities...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Banking Services (11 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit examined the issue of access to financial services in deprived areas in Policy Action Team 14 (led by Her Majesty's Treasury), within the framework of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal. Much of the current work across Government on areas such as credit unions, basic bank accounts and universal banking services results from this work. Within the National...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Homeless People (11 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Estimates of the type of homeless household in bed and breakfast accommodation have only been made from 31 March 2001. The available estimates for the number of single homeless women and men in bed and breakfast accommodation in England is shown in the following table: Estimate of number of single homeless women and men in bed and breakfast accommodation in England Women Men ...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Homeless People (11 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Castle Point borough council has been allocated £25,000 in 200304 specifically to help the authority reduce the number of homeless families with children in Bed and Breakfast hotels (B&B). This is in addition to the £20,000 allocated to the authority by the Homelessness Directorate to assist the council deliver an effective homelessness service including meeting the national commitment of...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Street Wardens (9 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Government funding for Warden Schemes was awarded on a short-term basis, and it was clear from the start that this financial support would only be for a limited period. Additionally, local authorities have requested that we stop area-based initiatives, in order that they have more flexibility in how they spend their own funds. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister already has examples of...

Sub-Plot Land Sales (5 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Let me say at the beginning that I fully understand why the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley) has brought the subject of the debate before the House. I congratulate him on securing the debate. I entirely share his view that this is an important issue for his constituency with wider ramifications throughout the south-east. He may be aware of the previous debate...

Sub-Plot Land Sales (5 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I want to choose my words carefully here. We will look very openly at all the representations that are made to us. The right hon. Gentleman has raised a number of serious issues, which deserve thorough examination. We will certainly look at them. I hope that he will forgive me for being unable to give any firmer commitment, because, of course, a number of representations have already been...

Sub-Plot Land Sales (5 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I am grateful for that information. I will write to my hon. Friend to ensure that he is apprised of these matters. I am sure that he is, as there will have been discussions between him and the right hon. Gentleman. The land is a site of nature conservation interest. It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty and a special landscape area. The Deputy Prime Minister has also recently...

Sub-Plot Land Sales (5 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I do not want to raise the right hon. Gentleman's hopes. I am not sure whether that is allowed by the timetable for the review. However, other matters relating to planning are still under consideration, so there may be other opportunities in the future. We want to act to support local planning authorities when a real and specific threat has been shown to exist, even if it is posed by...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Review of Area Based Initiatives (5 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I am today announcing the publication of the Review of Area Based Initiatives progress report. Significant progress has been made in giving local people more freedom to deliver, following on from the launch of the Review of Area Based Initiatives some six months ago. A number of changes have been made following the Regional Co-ordination Unit's recommendations, which have resulted in a marked...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation (4 Jun 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Latest information reported on the number of homeless households being accommodated by local authorities in bed and breakfast hotels, including annexes where main facilities are shared is shown in the following table. These are expressed as a rate per thousand of all households as identified in the 2001 Census. Homeless households housed by local authorities in Bed and Breakfast accommodation...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion and Urban Policy Units (22 May 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The figures for full time equivalent staff in the Urban Policy Unit are: When established (2001)—40 and May 2002—110. The figures for full time equivalent staff in the Social Exclusion Unit are: When established (1997)—12 and May 2003—57.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion and Urban Policy Units (16 May 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The numbers of research projects commissioned is as follows: 2002–03 2003–04(11) Social Exclusion Unit 13 3 Urban Policy 26 1 (11) to date The criteria for selecting projects for inclusion in the Office's research programmes is that they meet policy requirements. All of the Office's programmes of research are agreed by Ministers.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion and Urban Policy Units (16 May 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit was formally established in December 1997. The Urban Policy Unit was formally established in January 2001.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing Renewal Pathfinders (14 May 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: We have invested £2.66 million in each scheme so that long-term, robust plans to revitalise communities can develop. The first tranche of £4 million funding is available for radical action to begin this year, and more for those moving ahead with completed plans.


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