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Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Dari Taylor: I wish to start, as I believe I have done in every debate on the Intelligence and Security Committee's reports, by putting on the record the fact that we owe a debt of thanks to the agencies. The absolute fact is that they are under considerable pressure to know the individuals who are actually or potentially involved in plots against our communities and to have adequate knowledge to prevent...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Dari Taylor: I have concentrated on it because that is what our report concentrated on. It is important that I have integrity and reference what the Committee has done, although the hon. Gentleman has raised important questions. We make it clear in our report that both contest and prevent are important, and the hon. Gentleman provokes the thought that even now, as a Committee, we should see how and in...

Business of the House: Testing and Assessment (7 May 2009)

Dari Taylor: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, and I am pleased to hear that continued consideration will be given to the effectiveness of testing and assessment. I should like to put it on record, and I should like him to acknowledge, that in Stockton we have seen seriously improved assessed standards in primary schools, driven by highly professional teaching staff and head teachers....

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Small Business (Payments) (7 May 2009)

Dari Taylor: In October 2008, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform made the statement that the Government would build on their commitment to pay firms within 10 working days. The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has surveyed local authorities, and it appears that many, if not the majority, are most certainly not paying within 10 days. What discussions has the Minister had...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

Dari Taylor: I totally agree with all my hon. Friend says about independence, but does he accept that the committee, and Sir Christopher Kelly in particular, must understand the life that we lead here? It is crucial that people understand the hours that we work and the type of life that we have here.

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

Dari Taylor: I agree with everything that the hon. Gentleman has said. Every single one of us wants our expenditure to be seen to be accountable, clear and absolutely necessary. I have had incredible letters from some of my constituents about the way I am apparently spending public money. I have written back, faithfully and factually, yet those same people still write letters of abuse. Even if we state...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Reserves (Review) (28 Apr 2009)

Dari Taylor: I welcome the statement and look forward to reading General Cottam's comprehensive review of the strategic aspects of the reserve forces, but I have one question. In his statement, my right hon. Friend mentioned flexible terms of engagement or employment. Will he confirm that he may use such language? Will he explain how those terms will benefit medical reservists, who are essential to our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Lending to Business (28 Apr 2009)

Dari Taylor: The chemical process industry in my constituency makes the point that although excellent investment is available for research, very little investment is available for projects that are being made ready for market. What are the Government doing about that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Violent Extremism (Prevention) (21 Apr 2009)

Dari Taylor: Many people of different ethnicity live in my constituency. A number of them believe that they are seen as second-class citizens and are undervalued in the community, which has led to the view that that fuels violent extremism. Has the problem been drawn to my right hon. Friend's attention over the past year, and if so, what is her Department doing to resolve it?

Written Answers — Home Department: Trafficking of Women: Sexual Exploitation (23 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce levels of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

Health Inequalities — [Mr. Martyn Jones in the Chair] (18 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: I hope that hon. Gentleman will put that into context. We were a long way behind in 1997, and we had a long way to go to get to the average point. Secondly, a great deal of that funding goes into acute medicine; again, I have no problem with that.

Health Inequalities — [Mr. Martyn Jones in the Chair] (18 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: Was the hon. Gentleman as shocked as I was when reading something in the ACRA briefing? It stated that it was looking at a range of options that could be considered in relation to the weights to apply to health inequalities, and it came out with this statement: "However, due to lack of evidence, ACRA concluded that it is not currently possible to technically determine the cost of reducing...

Health Inequalities — [Mr. Martyn Jones in the Chair] (18 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) on securing the debate. I am most grateful to the hon. Member for South-West Norfolk (Christopher Fraser) for explaining his situation. It is valuable for us to be able to understand what has happened; we all have three or four things to do at once. I am most grateful to him; I was a little shocked, but am no longer. I was very...

Business of the House: Lord Laming's Progress Report (12 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, but I ask him to acknowledge once again that social workers are often overworked and face extraordinarily complex situations, and that, added to this mix, they frequently face parents who, as my hon. Friend the Member for Wansdyke (Dan Norris) said, can be seriously devious and can hide the abuse they are perpetrating. This is a very complex...

Business of the House (12 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: The national service framework for coronary heart disease finishes this year. It has achieved much, but cardio-vascular disease remains one of the biggest killers in Britain. Is not it time to discuss national service frameworks and make a policy in the House to ensure that they remain part of the delivery of the national health service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Unemployment (New Skills) (12 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: What steps his Department is taking to assist those who lose their jobs in acquiring new skills.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Unemployment (New Skills) (12 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: Does my right hon. Friend acknowledge that women have always been seen as the reserve army of labour? What is the Department doing to ensure that women equally access skill training at this time?

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Schools (Capital Funding) (9 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: My right hon. Friend is right: capital funding is highly valued, and will transform the quality of education. That said, does he understand why I, like my colleagues in Stockton, was disappointed to read that we would lose £5 million from our Building Schools for the Future funding? Can he explain why that is happening, and why it is based on something called the location factor?

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: I am grateful to be called to speak. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) who has replaced me in Westminster Hall, where I was supporting the Minister responding to the debate on the report "A Life Like Any Other? Human Rights of Adults with Learning Disabilities". I was heartened by the contributions of both Front-Bench speakers at the start of...

Support for Women (Economic Downturn) (5 Mar 2009)

Dari Taylor: I was quite shocked by the statement of the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) because the work and pensions people in Stockton, South most certainly will go out and speak to any pensioner who is finding the form complicated or difficult, and will ensure that that lady or gentleman fills it in and gets her or his full entitlement.

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