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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Minimum Income Guarantee (19 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: How many pensioners in Scotland will benefit from the increases in the basic state pension in April.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Minimum Income Guarantee (19 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: I certainly welcome what my hon. Friend the Minister has said, and so will 10,760 pensioners in Dunfermline and west Fife when they receive their increases. Does he agree that a sizeable group of pensioners, who have worked hard all their lives and put a little aside in savings or extra pension, still lose out, especially as their increases go to pay extra council tax, water charges or fuel...

Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Bill (15 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I begin by declaring the assistance that I have received from the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Its help and expertise has been magnificent and I pay a particular tribute to Caroline Ellis, David Mann, Marilyn Oldershaw and the team that has supported them. I also pay tribute to the many hon. Members from all parties in the...

Written Answers — Defence: War Pensions (13 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he estimates the cost of war pensions will be in each of the next 20 years.

Written Answers — Scotland: Asbestos-related Diseases (11 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action she is taking to encourage insurance companies to reduce the delay in making payments to those with asbestos-related diseases in Scotland.

Terrorism (7 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: I shall simply mention three subjects; the first is homeland defence. The Defence Committee said in its report on the strategic defence review that it was worried that the review might be too foreign-policy-led, which could lead to a neglect of the level of insurance needed for home defence. The events of 11 September have made us all think again about that statement, without wishing to...

Terrorism (7 Mar 2002)

Rachel Squire: I certainly think that it gives, and should give, the Government the opportunity to revise the conclusions that they reached in the strategic defence review, but I will not commit myself by saying how many additional battalions there should be. I do not know enough to do so. Secondly, like other hon. Members I welcome the additional money that has been set aside in the spring supplementary...

Written Answers — Scotland: Energy Review (12 Feb 2002)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the contribution made by her office to the energy review, with special reference to clean coal technology.

Coal Industry (23 Jan 2002)

Rachel Squire: I have just one minute in which to speak. I apologise to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan) for being late. I was due to be in a Select Committee, so I had not put this date in my diary. It was only when the title of the debate came up on the screen that I realised it was on. I very much support what my hon. Friend the Member for Selby and my...

International Force (Kabul) (19 Dec 2001)

Rachel Squire: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the provision of an agreed United Nations international security and assistance force going to assist Afghanistan is a remarkable achievement, and one that not so long ago many of us would never have thought possible? Does he also agree that there are no armed forces better able or better trusted to lead it in its first, crucial stages than those of the...

Written Answers — Treasury: Defence Expenditure (17 Dec 2001)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the £100 million on defence expenditure he cited in his pre-Budget statement is the same money as the £107 million announced in the Ministry of Defence's Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2001–02.

Public Services (5 Dec 2001)

Rachel Squire: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones) on securing this debate, on making an excellent speech, and on giving us the opportunity to celebrate public services. I apologise for the fact that, unfortunately, I must leave before the end of the debate to attend a Select Committee meeting. I shall be brief so that others can contribute. As has been said,...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Clean Coal Technology (29 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the prospects for clean coal technology.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Security and Defence Initiative (27 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: I thank the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson) for raising this issue following a conference that we both recently attended in Brussels. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the arrangements for national parliamentary scrutiny of European security and defence policy are inadequate and that we are at risk of being overtaken by the European Parliament, which does not appear to...

Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 97 — Jurisdiction of MoD police (26 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: I support the extension of the MOD police's jurisdiction, and am concerned about the amendments. I should declare two interests. First, I had the honour of being the Chairman of the Armed Forces Bill Committee, and I and other members of the Committee from all parties spent a considerable time discussing the extension of the MOD police's jurisdiction. Eventually, we produced a unanimous...

Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 97 — Jurisdiction of MoD police (26 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: As my hon. Friend says, this is an extension of the proposals in the Armed Forces Bill—and yes, I support that extension. I shall briefly explain why; first, however, let me deal with some of the concerns and reservations expressed by the Committee, and by other Members. The Committee strongly recommended a further revision of the excellent protocols applying to relations between civilian...

Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 97 — Jurisdiction of MoD police (26 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: One of the problems with current legislation on MOD police is that it does not necessarily provide for consideration of whether they have acted legally or appropriately by intervening in such incidents. If MOD police seek to intervene and arrest someone just off the defence estate, that arrest could easily be regarded as a civilian arrest. If the offence involved joyriding, for example, a...

Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 97 — Jurisdiction of MoD police (26 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: My clear understanding is that neither this Bill nor the Armed Forces Bill would allow the latter situation. The regulations governing the carrying of firearms are very strict, and the civilian police authority has the ultimate power in all such cases. Some hon. Members mentioned training. Many MOD police are former civilian police officers. They are highly trained and experienced....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Miners' Compensation (26 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit was paid by the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department of Social Security and the Department of Work and Pensions in respect of miners' occupational lung disease claims under the Social Security Act 1997 (Recoupment of Benefit Provisions); how many cases were involved; and how much benefit in those cases was set...

Written Answers — Health: Smoking-related Illnesses (8 Nov 2001)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure in each of the last three financial years on NHS treatment of smoking- related illnesses.


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