Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 21 March.
Mrs Marion Roe: Will my right hon. Friend take time today to study the situation in Hackney? Does she agree that if this Labour-controlled council fails to set a rate it will not be able to pay its 7,000 employees, and any claim that it is defending jobs will be seen to be sheer hypocrisy?
Mrs Marion Roe: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I am delighted that we have reached this stage of the Bill's progress because there has been pressure for such a measure for several years. I am grateful to all those who have assisted me. The purpose of the Bill is to make it clear beyond doubt that the practice of female circumcision should be illegal in Britain. Although, as the law...
Mrs Marion Roe: As my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg) has already said, this Bill is a product of its time. Ten years ago the House would not have needed to consider a measure of this sort. Since then, the nature of local government in this country, particularly in London, has changed completely. This change is exemplified nowhere more clearly than in the affairs of the...
Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 26 November.
Mrs Marion Roe: In recognising our support for the Local Government Bill, which is now going into Committee, will my right hon. Friend confirm that it will help to stamp out abuses, such as that of the GLC spending more money on supporting anti-police groups in London than the Labour party spent nationally throughout its general election campaign in 1983?
Mrs Marion Roe: I shall address my remarks to the Green Paper on the reform of personal taxation. Its publication marks an important step forward towards the equal treatment of women, and at the same time stresses the importance of marriage in the fabric of our society. The Green Paper is long overdue, and I congratulate the Government on tackling the issues directly in a well-argued case. I believe that...
Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will report on the progress of the energy efficiency demonstration scheme.
Mrs Marion Roe: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the new techniques and technologies applied in this demonstration project will be welcomed? Can he give the number of replications that have taken place? Will the Hertfordshire county council waste-derived fuel project qualify for grant under this scheme?
Mrs Marion Roe: I support the Bill, representing as I do a horticultural area which would benefit from the legalised status of Sunday trading. My constituency contains a large horticulture industry, mainly the glasshouse sector, and important within that sector are garden centre operators and suppliers. The market for the industry is valued at £800 million and consists of 30 million gardeners with varying...
Mrs Marion Roe: I sought this debate to draw attention to a number of important matters that affect the horticulture industry and particularly the glasshouse sector in the Lea Valley in which my constituency lies. The fortunes of the glasshouse industry have been steadily improving since the disastrous year of 1981 when all commodities in the sector traded very badly. Despite the fact that current trading...
Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for breaches of the Sunday trading laws have taken place since 1 April; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs Marion Roe: The figures which have been presented to me are considerable and they highlight the fact that there is a need for reform. Would my hon. and learned Friend welcome an initiative to introduce partial deregulation for leisure retailing, especially for garden centres?
Mrs Marion Roe: In the light of the working of the Local Government Act 1986 and the recent remarks by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about the misuse of local government, will my hon. Friend investigate the system of co-opting non-elected representatives to council committees?
Mrs Marion Roe: Given the obvious concern about, and the threat to health posed by, the re-use of hypodermic needles by heroin addicts, has any progress been made in the development of needles that cannot be re-used?
Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce new regulations on the use of additives in baby foods.
Mrs Marion Roe: Does my hon. Friend recognise the considerable work being done by food retailers and the children's hospital at Great Ormond street in identifying additives with harmful effects? Does he agree that certain additives are essential for public safety to prevent risk from contaminated food?
Mrs Marion Roe: I welcome the autumn statement and its reaffirmation of the Government's determination to achieve the conditions in which this country can flourish. In particular, the statement emphasised two key points: first, that rigorous control of public expenditure will always be vital to the economy, and, secondly, that that has been the base of economic growth which has allowed for increased...
Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps the Government have taken to help ease hospital waiting lists.
Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his reply. Does he recognise that one of the features of medical treatment in the National Health Service that causes the greatest irritation to patients is the length of time that they often have to wait in doctors' surgeries? Has any review of practices within the National Health Service included advice to help to overcome this problem?