Results 101–120 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Fire Services Bill (8 May 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that point, because he has very nicely led me to the next point that I want to make. There is serious concern on the Labour Benches that the Bill is a precursor for further measures to restrict or remove the right of people in services such as the fire brigades to take industrial action or to strike. All Labour Members see that as a basic human...

Fire Services Bill (8 May 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: Having been around the course a few times during the years in which I have been involved in trade unionism, I have heard the phrase "compulsory arbitration" on many occasions. However, even compulsory arbitration requires agreement by both parties. What would happen if compulsory arbitration were accepted but either side did not accept its outcome? What would be the hon. Gentleman's policy in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Euro (8 May 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: While we await the report on the assessment of the five economic tests with great interest and anticipation, does my right hon. Friend agree that a review of the stranglehold of the stability pact in the European Union is long overdue? Will he confirm the Government's policy that there will be no harmonisation of taxation in the European Union in pursuit of euro membership?

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 May 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: I should begin by placing on the record my concern about what may, I suppose, be a quite inadvertent campaign of misinformation, some of which has been repeated here this afternoon. It has been said that those of us who support the amendment in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Hinchliffe) and others are somehow in favour of the status quo and against reform. However,...

Petition — Community Pharmacies (30 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: I wish to present a petition signed by about 8,000 of my constituents. It states that the proposals by the Office of Fair Trading for unrestricted opening of pharmacies for the dispensation of national health service prescriptions will have a serious and detrimental effect on those pharmacies and the communities they serve. The petition requests the House of Commons to urge the Government to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Foundation Hospitals (29 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: Given the official Opposition's policy on the NHS, does not their enthusiastic support for foundation hospitals give my right hon. Friend cause for the slightest concern about his proposals? Should not we concentrate on our successful policy of ensuring that all NHS services are brought up to the highest possible standard rather than allowing the 30 or so allegedly best performing hospitals...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum Seekers (14 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions have taken place on the Asylum Seekers Dispersal Programme (a) by his Department and (b) by NASS with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Post Office Card Account (11 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with the Disability Rights Commission and disability organisations about the compliance of the PIN pads for the Post Office card account with the provisions of the Disability Act 1995; (2) whether guidance on pensions and benefits payments has been revised following experience with access to the PIN pads...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: National Grid for Learning (10 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding from the National Grid for Learning has been granted to the Stoke-on-Trent local education authority in each year since 1999–2000.

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (8 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: Given the hon. Gentleman's scathing criticism of the Bill so far and his criticism of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary for bringing forward the measure, will he give the House the benefit of his thoughts about whether his party will be voting for or against the Bill on Second Reading?

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (8 Apr 2003)

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Anti-social Behaviour Bill (8 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: The right hon. Gentleman is beginning to give the impression that he is enthusiastically negative about the Bill. I am listening carefully to his speech and am astounded to hear that the Opposition do not intend to vote against Second Reading. Surely he has the good grace to acknowledge that the Government have more than met their target for more police officers. During the past 12 months, we...

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (8 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: Will my hon. Friend clarify a concern of mine about part 1? Why will the police have the power to close down premises that they believe are being used for the supply and use of class A drugs, but at the same time have to show that there has been nuisance or disorder? Why can they not close premises down simply if they are satisfied that class A drugs are being supplied or used?

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (8 Apr 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: I am enormously grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way again. I have a worry about housing and I hope that he will be able to clarify the situation. Part 2 relates to local authorities, housing corporations and registered social landlords. Antisocial behaviour in my constituency has unfortunately been tracked to private landlords, but I can detect no mention of such people in the Bill.

Written Answers — Health: Bed Blocking (North Staffordshire) (28 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce bed blocking in North Staffordshire.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Standards Fund (27 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was made available to Stoke-on-Trent LEA under the Standards Fund in each year since 1999.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: British-German Relations (25 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: In the important discussions on diplomatic relations between my hon. Friend and our German counterparts, will the emphasis be on our Atlanticism or our Europeanism?

Written Answers — Health: North Staffordshire Hospital (25 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other staff have been employed on (i) an agency and (ii) a non-agency basis at the North Staffordshire hospital in each year since 1999–2000.

Written Answers — Treasury: Unemployment (Stoke-on-Trent) (24 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unemployed people in Stoke-on-Trent claimed unemployment benefit in each year since 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Rural Post Offices (20 Mar 2003)

Mr George Stevenson: May I return my hon. Friend to the issue of the Post Office card account and ask that he hold further discussions with our ministerial colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions? Some of my constituents have received forms from the DWP regarding their benefits after the changes take place, which have no reference whatever to the Post Office card account as an option. That is seen,...


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