Results 121–140 of 1539 for speaker:Mrs Barbara Roche

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

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have some sympathy with the sentiments that lie behind that point, and I will address it as I develop my arguments. The neighbourhood renewal fund brings an extra £5.5 million to the districts of Penwith and Kerrier. The fund aims to improve core public services and narrow the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest. A new NRF-supported minor injuries unit at the Camborne Redruth...

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

Mrs Barbara Roche: But that is exactly what we have done with the establishment of the local strategic partnerships, which are here to stay. We have given them direct control over the neighbourhood renewal funding. That is a real partnership between community groups, the local statutory bodies that deliver the services and the local authority. We are keen to develop more local flexibility. Much good work is...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Transport and Social Exclusion (26 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit has today published Making the Connections, its final report on Transport and Social Exclusion. Copies have been placed in the Library. This report sets out a new strategy to help people on low incomes get to work and key services like jobs, schools and hospitals. The report includes a package of measures across government to improve transport links and to support...

Council Housing (25 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (Mr. Hurst) on raising this very important subject and on the extremely eloquent way in which he has done so. It is right to say that we do not discuss issues of housing and affordability as much as we should in this House, so I am very grateful to him for giving me the chance to air them in the Chamber. He was right to set the...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Deprivation (25 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received parts of the Greater London Enterprise Report on Developing New Approaches to the Measurement of Deprivation as part of the consultation exercise on updating the Indices of Deprivation 2000. This report is currently being considered as part of the updating process.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (25 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Details of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) allocations made to Leeds city council are in the following table. The purpose of the NRF is to support the improvement of mainstream service delivery in deprived areas, contributing to the achievement of the Government's floor targets in the five neighbourhood renewal themes of education, health, worklessness, crime reduction, and housing and...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Looked-After Children (24 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Social Exclusion Unit will publish its report on raising the educational attainment of children in care in the spring 2003.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: New Deal for Communities (24 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The following table is New Deal for Communities provision for each government region. Round 1 partnerships started their implementation phase in 2000–01 and Round 2 partnerships in 2001–02. Prior to this, expenditure was limited to setting up the partnerships, preparing a delivery plan and a small number of 'quick win' projects. NDC provision budgeted for each Government Office Region --...

Written Answers — Home Department: Neighbourhood Wardens (24 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have been asked to reply. Since 2000, 207 Neighbourhood Warden schemes have become active. We are currently bringing forward a further 38 schemes. Employment figures for these schemes stand at a total of 1,464 wardens. There are 245 wardens schemes distributed across the following regions: East of England 17 East Midlands 12 North-West 49 London 43 West Midlands 29...

Written Answers — Home Department: Neighbourhood Wardens (24 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have been asked to reply. The research of the Neighbourhood Warden schemes funded by my department began in 2001 and involves a series of national and local quantitative surveys as well as in-depth qualitative investigations into case study areas. The evaluation of Neighbourhood Wardens is ongoing. Evaluation of the Street Warden programme, is in its early stages and interim reports are not...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Rough Sleepers (13 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Guidance was first published in 1996 on counting methodology developed in partnership with charities and voluntary organisations helping people sleeping rough. Independent evaluation has confirmed that the methodology remains the most robust method for measuring relative levels of rough sleeping and of change over time. Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that the counts are...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Transport and Social Exclusion Report (10 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The unit published an interim report on transport and social exclusion in May 2002. The unit's final report will be published shortly.

Beechwood Lodge, Basingstoke (5 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I start by saying to the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Hunter) that I understand his great anxiety about the issue and the individual cases. I know that his concerns are deeply held and have been for some time. I thank him for giving me prior notice of some of the issues that he wanted to raise today. I also understand that when the hon. Gentleman speaks about the matters, he is...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Deprivation (3 Feb 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Neighbourhood Renewal Funding is allocated using the Indices of Deprivation 2000 (ID 2000). In moving to a new instrument the Government recognised that some authorities that would have benefited on the old basis for allocations would not have done so under the new one. Transitional arrangements were therefore set up to make allowance for authorities that had been among the most deprived...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Neighbourhood Renewal (31 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The development of the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy was influenced by the Adult and Community Learning Fund in that Department for Education and Skills officials provided the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit with the findings of the independent ACLF evaluations and impact studies as the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy was being devised.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Deprivation Indices (30 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently engaged in a project to consider options for updating the Indices of Deprivation 2000 (ID 2000). As part of this project, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is investigating the potential for constructing a Crime and Social Order domain, which would measure the deprivation people face as a result of crime or as a result of living in an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Bed Blocking (29 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Ministers and officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regularly discuss matters of mutual interest with their colleagues in the Department of Health.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Bed Blocking (29 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I must tell the hon. Gentleman that we are introducing the system in our own way. He is right that this is a very important matter. In his area, the discharge rate for the Merton and Sutton primary care trust is above the national average. He will know what an issue that is for the 5,000 delayed discharges that we have every day. We are confident that the measures that we have taken, plus the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Bed Blocking (29 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I absolutely agree with the important points that my hon. Friend makes. From my own experience as a constituency Member, I know that what she says about people's preferences is true. That is why we have made available to local authorities an extra £100 million for each full year that the new scheme is in operation. I shall certainly make sure that the Department have the discussions that my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Bed Blocking (29 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I have not had a chance to read that report, but I shall make sure that I do. Real issues have arisen to do with the different roles and responsibilities of acute hospital trusts and local authorities. We believe that the new arrangements, in addition to the new resources that we have put in, will deal with the matter. Taken together with the better working relationships between local...


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