Results 81–100 of 313 for speaker:Mr Gareth Thomas

Orders of the Day — Extradition Bill (9 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I was about to deal with the question of scrutiny as regards the categories of country that can take advantage of the fast-track procedure. Again, I ask the Minister to refer specifically to that issue because it leads on from my reservations. Yes, the new systems are required, but there must countervailing checks and balances. There is a case for Parliament having an opportunity to debate...

Orders of the Day — Extradition Bill (9 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I am intrigued that the hon. Gentleman has referred to possible amendments. To what extent does he envisage that there should be an exact correspondence between these offences in different jurisdictions? Does he also feel that his overriding view in favour of streamlining the present system is consistent with his views on the dual criminality issue?

Orders of the Day — Extradition Bill (9 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: On the point about giving the Home Secretary discretion when the district judge has signified that there is a dual criminality issue, did my hon. Friend's Committee seek specialist or legal advice as to whether that was possible, and whether it would be consistent with the EU framework to which the Government have subscribed?

Orders of the Day — Extradition Bill (9 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Extradition Bill (9 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: Is the right hon. Gentleman saying that the adversarial system is not only different but somehow inherently superior? Many people would question that assumption.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Tourism (4 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: Given the huge potential of tourism to create jobs—10 per cent. of the Welsh work force are involved in it—does the Minister agree that the Wales tourist board should embark on a strong campaign to attract flagship tourism projects to other parts of the Wales, including north Wales and my constituency?

CCTV: Police (2 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: What plans he has to increase and enhance the role of support staff in the police.

CCTV: Police (2 Dec 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I am grateful to the Minister for that response. On the issue of community support officers, does he share my puzzlement that although many police forces are actively recruiting community support officers, as they believe that that will improve the effectiveness of their force, North Wales police have decided not to do so, ostensibly because of lack of funding? Would he agree to discuss this...

Health (Wales) Bill (27 Nov 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I know that my hon. Friend has an interest in this subject. He has not only been involved in health service management but is a lawyer who has experience of clinical negligence claims. He will recall that I chaired a seminar on clinical negligence in the House. Does he think that there is a role for CHCs and the Wales Centre for Health in trying to bring about a more effective complaints...

Health (Wales) Bill (27 Nov 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Health (Wales) Bill (27 Nov 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: Can the hon. Gentleman tell us whether his party supports the Bill? Does he agree that rather than embarking on a regurgitated rant, he would do the House a greater service if he told us whether he supports the technicalities of the Bill—yes or no—and why?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Nov 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: May I draw the Prime Minister's attention to continuing concerns in my constituency, particularly in the lovely market town of Ruthin in Denbighshire, about the adequacy of flood prevention measures and flood defence? I seek my right hon. Friend's assurance that the Government are committed to long-term investment in flood defence and protection.

Fire Dispute (14 Nov 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I agree entirely that the FBU's claim is unreasonable, and that view is now shared by the majority of my constituents, although there is widespread admiration for the work of firefighters. Should not the FBU return to the negotiating table at the earliest opportunity, in the interests of public safety and common sense, to resolve this matter with more modest and realistic expectations of what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Family Farms (30 Oct 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: As someone who actually represents a Welsh constituency, and a rural one at that, may I tell my hon. Friend that agriculture in Wales has a prosperous future, thanks to the effective partnership between a Labour-led Assembly and the Labour Government?

Orders of the Day — Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill: New Clause 1 — Damage by assistance dog (19 Jul 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. He is right that the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir Sydney Chapman) was reasonable in his analysis of some of the defects in new clause 1. We have yet to hear the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore). However, does my right hon. Friend agree that the amendments would introduce uncertainty into the...

Criminal Justice White Paper (17 Jul 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I too warmly welcome the statement and, as one who has practised in the criminal courts, I agree about the need to rebalance the criminal justice system. May I, however, press my right hon. Friend on the question of disclosure of previous convictions? What criteria will be applied before such convictions are adduced in evidence?

Clinical Negligence (15 May 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I have made the point consistently that, even in the best-run systems with the most committed and dedicated doctors and medical teams, accidents will happen. It should not necessarily be regarded as an indictment of doctors or the medical profession that accidents happen.

Clinical Negligence (15 May 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but is that not an example of steps being taken to prevent accidents? Sometimes, it is very difficult to draw a distinction between what he describes as defensive medicine and reasonable precautions or preventive measures. In any case, does he not accept that the argument sometimes advanced that the use of defensive medicine is widespread is...

Clinical Negligence (15 May 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: I am pleased to start this debate on a topical subject that is of great importance to our constituents and the national health service. I am glad to see the Minister in her place, and I hope that she will respond to some of my points. I am also glad to see the Opposition spokesmen: the hon. Members for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) and for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris). It is...

Clinical Negligence (15 May 2002)

Mr Gareth Thomas: There are many reasons for the growth in clinical negligence claims. The Access to Justice Act 1999 is one reason; higher awards by the courts are another. However, I shall return to that important point later, because I want to deal with the accounting methods used by the NHS. That figure of £4.4 billion represents accumulated claims. It is the provision that the Comptroller and Auditor...

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