Results 101–120 of 1539 for speaker:Mrs Barbara Roche

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Government Initiatives (17 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Some of the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. A table with details of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Allocation by region and local authority has been placed in the Library of the House. Children's Fund This is a matter for the Department for Education and Skills. Coalfields Programme The Coalfields Programme is a national...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Neighbourhood Renewal Funds (17 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Neighbourhood renewal is about reversing the spiral of decline in our most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and raising the standard of public services in the places which need them most. It involves working with local communities to deliver economic prosperity and jobs, safer streets, good education, decent homes and better health, as well as fostering a new sense of community among residents....

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Children's Services (13 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit report on the education of children in care will need to take account of the proposals in the forthcoming Green Paper on Children at Risk. It will be published shortly after the Green Paper, which is due for publication in the spring of 2003.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Area-based Initiatives (12 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The table provides details of area-based initiatives in the region that are the responsibility of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Initiative South West Region 2000–01 Total annual Budget 2000–01 South West Region 2001–02 Total annual Budget 2001–02 South West Region 2002–03 Total annual Budget 2002–03 Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Not established Not...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Homelessness (11 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Specific information on the number of homeless people without regular shelter is not held centrally. However, in terms of people sleeping rough, as of June 2002, local authority statistics show that nationally, around 596 people are sleeping rough on any one night. This represents a reduction of 68 per cent. since 1998 when it was estimated that in England, 1,850 people were sleeping rough on...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Homelessness (11 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The March 2002 report, "More than a roof", set out the Government's approach to tackling and preventing homelessness. Specific measures included investment of £125 million in 2002–03 to support local authorities and the voluntary sector to support new approaches to preventing homelessness. Further support of £70 million is available in 2003–04. These resources will help to support the...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Homelessness (11 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Information collected relates to homeless households in temporary accommodation, including bed and breakfast, at the end of each quarter. Homeless households in B&B accommodation(inc. shared facility annexes) -- England 31 March 30 June 30 September 31 December 2001 10,830 11,340 12,290 12,110 2002 11,800 12,420 13,300 1 — Note: 1 Not yet available Since March 2002...

International Women's Day (6 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I greatly appreciated the tone and content of the speech of the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key). He has summed up our debate admirably and I will attempt to follow in his footsteps. This has been an extremely good debate—a very good day. From the beginning, I was struck by the fact that the debate lived up to its name and was truly international, with speeches from the hon. Member for...

International Women's Day (6 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Some thought is being given to that issue. More than we do at present, we have to disaggregate the figures for grievous bodily harm or actual bodily harm, for example. A great deal of work is being done. I have recently announced help to set up a national refuge helpline, and extra money is going into refuges. We are also getting people to speak out against domestic violence. My hon. Friend...

International Women's Day (6 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I am following the hon. Lady's argument closely, in particular her words about positive action. What is the Liberal Democrat party's policy on positive action in its selection of women candidates?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Looked-after Children (6 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have been asked to reply. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 261W. The report will reflect the proposals in the forthcoming Green Paper on "Children at Risk", announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 30 October 2002, also due for publication in the spring.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Low-cost Housing (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: All regions, including the south-east and the midlands, will benefit from the increased funding for affordable housing announced in "Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future", which my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister presented to the House on 5 February.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Low-cost Housing (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: As the hon. Gentleman knows full well, the purpose of the communities plan and sustainable housing is to incorporate the growth in jobs. We are looking at areas of high demand and are making sure that we have plans for the future. Let me tell the hon. Gentleman that I was delighted to announce the communities plan in the south-east with the Conservative leader of Ashford council.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Low-cost Housing (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I am extremely pleased that my hon. Friend has raised that issue. It is essential that we try to regenerate those areas, and that aim goes hand in hand with our work in growth areas, which is why we are making an additional £500 million available. My hon. Friend's constituency will certainly benefit from that.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion Unit (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister today announced two major new unit projects. The unit will work across Government to look at what more needs to be done to help people in the most deprived areas move into work, and to prevent social exclusion among adults with mental health problems.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion Unit (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: My hon. Friend raises an important point. We should certainly examine barriers to enterprise. The House will be interested to know that the rate of business start-ups is 10 times higher in the best parts of the UK than it is in the most deprived areas. Social entrepreneurs can make a magnificent contribution to neighbourhood renewal and regeneration.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Social Exclusion Unit (5 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I would be very pleased to discuss with the hon. Gentleman any problems that he is encountering in his constituency. As I am the Minister with responsibility for homelessness policy, which can sometimes, but not always, have a connection with drugs, particularly in respect of single homelessness, I have taken a keen interest in this area. I can tell him that very good progress is being made...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Community Empowerment Fund (4 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Leeds city council receives no Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) money. CEF is always provided directly to a community or voluntary sector organisation in each of the 88 most deprived local authority areas in England (which receive Neighbourhood Renewal Fund) to build the local community's capacity to engage effectively on Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs). CEF does not fund 'projects' as...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: New Deal (4 Mar 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: During the last five financial years 17 employees of New Deal Communities Partnerships have had their contracts terminated and two have been made redundant.

Area Based Initiatives (Cornwall and Scilly) (26 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I appreciate the way in which the hon. Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) has introduced and conducted this debate. He is quite right: we are speaking about serious and important issues. He and I have had long discussions about Cornwall and objective 1 during the process of negotiation. I want to speak about the policy thrust behind the area-based initiatives, and about how these...


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