Results 21–40 of 404 for speaker:Rachel Squire

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill: New Clause 3 — Burden of Proof (6 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: First, I declare an interest. I am the honorary vice-president of the Dunfermline branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland. My association with that organisation has clearly influenced my views, as have veterans throughout my life. I welcome the opportunity to raise the concerns of the Royal British Legion Scotland and the Royal British Legion in respect of the proposed new compensation...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill: New Clause 3 — Burden of Proof (6 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. In my constituency experience, I have found it difficult, in other circumstances, to persuade people to register claims when similar barriers and pressures are encountered. That leads me to my next point, which is that many people are unaware of time limits placed in respect of claims, for example under employment legislation. They are often unaware of what...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill: New Clause 2 — Armed Forces Pay Review Body (6 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: I welcome the fact that the new clause has been tabled and I welcome its contents, which raise a number of issues. I also welcome last week's written statement by the Minister on the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, which shows that he has indeed taken careful note of the concerns of the Select Committee, of which I am a member, and those expressed in Committee, as well as the views from a range...

Written Answers — Scotland: Shipbuilding (27 Apr 2004)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the most recent discussions he has held on future shipbuilding in Scotland.

Written Answers — Constitutional Affairs: National Referendum (1 Apr 2004)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the estimated cost is of holding a national referendum.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Former Yugoslavia (30 Mar 2004)

Rachel Squire: I join my hon. Friend in praising the actions and standards of British troops in Kosovo. I went there recently with the Defence Select Committee. Does my hon. Friend agree, however, that the rule of law has not yet been established, as Kosovo is effectively still being run by Albanian-led criminal gangs? As Bosnia demonstrated, the rule of law must be established before both democracy and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Balkans (British Deployment) (29 Mar 2004)

Rachel Squire: If he will make a statement on the work of British forces in the Balkans.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Balkans (British Deployment) (29 Mar 2004)

Rachel Squire: Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the excellent and rapid response of our armed forces, particularly in dealing with the latest crisis in Kosovo? Does he agree that the announcement that Bowman has achieved its in-service date months ahead of schedule will be very good news for our troops in the Balkans and elsewhere, as it will improve their vital personal communications...

Defence Policy (25 Mar 2004)

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Defence Policy (25 Mar 2004)

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Defence Policy (25 Mar 2004)

Rachel Squire: When I first heard that a defence White Paper was to be published, my immediate reaction was to ask why. What was the purpose? After all, we had the comprehensive strategic defence review five years ago, and the SDR new chapter in 2002. The issues that the White Paper deals with, such as network-enabled capability and security challenges, have been subject to widespread debate in defence...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: I begin by presenting the apologies of my right hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George), the Chairman of the Defence Committee, who is unable to be present for the whole debate. As has already been said, the date of the debate was changed at short notice, which the House will appreciate made it very difficult for my right hon. Friend, in view of his commitments for today....

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for such a compliment. As the hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members recognise, the Defence Committee has a long-standing interest in armed forces pay and conditions, and we welcome the keen interest that has been shown in our report. Towards the end of the last Parliament, we conducted an in-depth inquiry into personnel issues, and our report on the Government's...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: I thank the hon. Gentleman. I agree, and I am confident that the Defence Committee would agree, with his point. Personnel who serve a full career to the age of 55—career officers such as those at the top of the chain of command—will have excellent pension entitlements. However, benefits for personnel who serve for only a short time—the vast majority—are, in the words of the...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: I thank my hon. Friend for his point, but I re-emphasise the Committee's concern about the absence of information and consultation in all ranks, and of proper scrutiny and accountability when the new pension scheme is introduced.

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. When the Committee has been on visits and made an effort to talk to all ranks of armed forces personnel, we have been genuinely concerned by the lack of information about, and understanding of, the proposals. I do not want to take too much time because other hon. Members wish to speak, but I should like to deal with the compensation scheme. It exists to help...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. Recent press reports have suggested, for example, the possible use of secret vaccines. The medical records of armed forces personnel, which they need to support a claim, are held by their employer. Under the circumstances, is it reasonable to ask personnel to show that their condition has been caused by service? What difficulties will they encounter if,...

Post Office Card Account (7 Jan 2004)

Rachel Squire: In respect of partnership with banks to offer real choice, what action has the Minister taken on the three main Scottish banks' refusal to enter such a partnership with post offices?

Department of Trade and Industry — People, Post Offices and Pensions (11 Dec 2003)

Rachel Squire: I welcome the Select Committee report and the speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for Ochil (Mr. O'Neill). I would particularly like to express my opposition and that of many of my constituents to the closure of three sub-post offices in the Dunfermline area as part of the so-called reinvention and modernisation proposals. They are at Baldridgeburn, Townhill road and Netherton....


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