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Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Trusts (27 Jan 1998)

Angela Smith: What proposals he has for promoting shared responsibility between NHS trusts for local services. [23423]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Trusts (27 Jan 1998)

Angela Smith: I welcome my hon. Friend's answer. However, does he share my concern that the South Essex health authority—despite the extra £17 million that the Government have given to it—is still implementing wide-ranging cuts in front-line services? If health authorities and trusts will follow the line described by the Minister, they could raise the necessary money by efficiency savings and not by cuts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Repeat Offenders (22 Dec 1997)

Angela Smith: A recent incident in my constituency involving a sex offender has brought home strongly the importance of ensuring public confidence in the sentencing of sex offenders. What plans does my hon. Friend have to ensure that, following release, serious sex offenders and violent offenders are properly supervised?

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill (28 Nov 1997)

Angela Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr. Foster) on introducing the Bill. Contrary to reports that it is a bad Bill, it is in fact an excellent Bill. Indeed, the Public Bill Office made compliments about its drafting. I have listened to the arguments deployed in the debate, and what has struck me is that so many of them have been contradictory and somewhat misleading. I am...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill (28 Nov 1997)

Angela Smith: No, I am not giving way. I have 10 minutes; many hon. Members wish to speak, and there is little time. The right hon. Member for Kensington and Chelsea said that the powers in the Bill were draconian. He should be aware that they are the same as those provided in the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which were accepted under a previous Government and are working well. The power to seize...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill (28 Nov 1997)

Angela Smith: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I repeat: we have a mission to modernise the country. It is important that we bring ourselves up to date. Instead of bleating on about losing their so-called sport, hunters should be astonished that it has lasted so long. It has lasted until the 20th century, but it will not continue into the 21st.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill (28 Nov 1997)

Angela Smith: Does my hon. Friend accept that mink hunting is a totally inefficient way in which to control mink and that, in effect, by hunting mink, the otters' habitat is being destroyed? We already have a grave problem in relation to otters.

Orders of the Day — Court Closures (Essex) (10 Nov 1997)

Angela Smith: I wish to raise a matter connected with Clacton magistrates court, but first I should declare that my husband is a magistrate in Essex. Is my hon. Friend aware that there was a proposal in 1995 to refurbish Clacton court, which was turned down by the previous Government? Does he agree that it would be better to have refurbished the court then than to see it close now?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Child Care (26 Jun 1997)

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans his Department has to ensure co-ordination between early-years education and child care. [4098]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Child Care (26 Jun 1997)

Angela Smith: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Is he aware that, after years of neglect, when Essex county council was under Conservative control, and despite the attempts of the new Liberal Democrat-Labour administration, we still have one of the lowest levels of nursery education and pre-school provision in the country? Will he encourage Essex county council to take those comments on board...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 1997)

Angela Smith: I take great pride in making my maiden speech as the Member for Basildon, which now includes east Thurrock. Basildon has a special place in the hearts of many Labour Members and supporters throughout the country. For a number of years, it has been regarded as a weathervane seat and the home of Essex man and Essex woman. No one could have envisaged that Romford or Hove would take over its...


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