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Results 1–20 of 3937 for speaker:Lord Touhig

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Veterans (Homelessness) (12 Jan 2009)

Don Touhig: I welcome what my hon. Friend said about help for homeless ex-servicemen and women, but many who leave the armed forces have problems moving from service to civilian life. What is being done to promote the Veterans Agency as the first point of contact for servicemen and women who need help?

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Generation (22 Jan 2009)

Don Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the nuclear generation capacity that will come on-stream in the next 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: All Wales Convention (28 Jan 2009)

Don Touhig: What recent discussions he has had with the chair of the All Wales Convention on the work of the convention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: All Wales Convention (28 Jan 2009)

Don Touhig: When families across Wales are concerned about their future does my right hon. Friend think that anybody gives a fig about the All Wales Convention? It is wasting £1 million of taxpayers' money, calling shambolic meetings, showing videos that give a distorted picture of Wales and pandering to those who think that the big issue of the day is independence. Would it not be better spending its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2009)

Don Touhig: The Corus job losses are a bitter blow, and all our efforts must now be dedicated to helping the steelworkers and their families. But even in this difficult time, should not our message be that Britain is the right place to invest and the right place to grow a business, and that the British people are worth backing? Despite the doom-mongers opposite, our society is not broken and we are...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Housing: Insulation (11 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assistance his Department provides to people who are living in hard-to-heat houses to enable them to insulate their homes; (2) what steps his Department is taking to encourage people living in hard-to-heat houses to improve their energy efficiency; (3) what steps his Department is taking to provide energy efficiency...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: No one could have predicted that a problem that began with banks in America would lead to people throughout this country sitting at their kitchen tables worrying about their finances. Although the economic downturn we face is correctly described as global, its impact is local in the sense that every family in Wales has been affected. It is right of our Government to act now to boost the...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: I was very happy to give way to the architect of "new Plaid", and I think that he had some positive and important things to say. I am sure that they will be listened to by Ministers, because these problems will not be solved unless we all work together. I recognise that that is an important point to make. One of the vital strengths of the Welsh economy is the readiness of our companies, both...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, and I shall answer it in a moment. It is not good enough in this instance for us to be told that the Assembly will decide the measures—how it will use the new powers—if the LCO is passed. We cannot take a "suck it and see" approach. We need to know now and in some detail the implications of the measures for jobs, the economy and the voluntary...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: That could be a question for scrutiny by the Welsh Affairs Committee. I am sure that hon. Members on both sides of the House will receive letters from their constituents about that matter. With the country facing serious economic challenges, along with the rest of the world, it would be a serious step indeed to impose even more regulation on companies in Wales. I have one final word on this...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: Does my hon. Friend recognise that when we were councillors together, we made great strides in putting investment into Welsh medium education in Gwent, which has benefited greatly? That was done by Labour councillors.

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2009)

Don Touhig: In view of the hon. Gentleman's comments, I hope that the Conservative party will submit names for the regional Select Committees that the Government are trying to set up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Small Business Support (11 Mar 2009)

Don Touhig: Small businesses will be greatly helped if they can recruit people with the skills that they need. At Oakdale comprehensive school I saw for myself last week that young people are being prepared well for the workplace and given good IT skills. What initiatives exist to ensure that we have strong school-business links, so that when we come out of the economic downturn Welsh companies are...

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Don Touhig: I apologise to the hon. Gentleman and to the House—I would like to take part in this debate but I have to attend a meeting of Members' pension fund trustees shortly. I pay tribute to him and his chairmanship of our Committee. He makes a very important point about the successful operation of Jobcentre Plus. Does he share my frustration at the fact that the good practice that we do see in the...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — UK Energy (Coal) (17 Mar 2009)

Don Touhig: I echo the remarks made today in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) on securing this debate. The volatility of global energy markets has once again pushed the case for coal to the forefront. Twenty- five years ago, we could not have imagined that such a thing would ever occur. Although coal is an abundant source of energy—it is the fuel of choice in newly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Injuries (29 Apr 2009)

Don Touhig: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the compensation scheme for persons with arthritis of the knee arising from industrial injuries sustained in former Welsh coalfields.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Injuries (29 Apr 2009)

Don Touhig: Following the announcement, to which my hon. Friend has just referred, that miners who suffer from beat knee will be compensated, the National Union of Mineworkers in south Wales is warning that some solicitors are trying to cash in by persuading miners that they have to go through them to make a claim. That is untrue, so what are the Government doing to protect claimants from those seeking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Parliamentary Standards Authority (20 May 2009)

Don Touhig: I welcome my right hon. and learned Friend's statement. I also thank you, Mr. Speaker, for taking the initiative of calling together the MEC and all the party leaders—all the party leaders—yesterday. You invited me to attend the meeting as Chairman of the Committee on Members' Allowances, and I was very pleased that the meeting accepted all the recommendations from my Committee, added to...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Fuel Poverty (8 Jan 2008)

Don Touhig: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mark Lazarowicz) on securing the debate. Fuel poverty is linked to deprivation: unaffordable fuel prices combined with poor housing stock, often characterised by inadequate insulation and inefficient heating systems, make life a misery for millions of people in our country. The latest figures show that more than 4...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Fuel Poverty (8 Jan 2008)

Don Touhig: My hon. Friend makes an important point. There are such differences across the United Kingdom, and we must address them. The quality of life of so many people is affected by the difficulties that she mentions. The Help the Aged report found that 22 per cent. of households with someone over 75 had no central heating at all. We take central heating for granted. When we get up in the morning,...


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