Results 1081–1100 of 1125 for speaker:Claire Ward

European Union (3 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: First, I apologise to the House for being unable to remain for the winding-up speeches. Let me take up the point made by the hon. Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) about the referendum in the 1970s. Unlike many hon. Members, I do not remember the great debate and the referendum on entry into what was then called the European Community. For me and many of my generation, Europe, and our...

European Union (3 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman explain how the views that he has just mentioned can sit comfortably with the views he expressed some time ago in the 40th anniversary special supplement of Crossbow. In that magazine, when he was a practising barrister rather than a Member of the House, he said: Eventually, indeed, the aim might be a European air force and joint units could be a...

European Union (3 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: Perhaps the right hon. and learned Gentleman should take some lessons from the statistic that he has just quoted. The fact that 13 members of the European Union have what might be described as left or left-of-centre Governments might suggest that that is the right way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Worker Rights (3 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: If he will make a statement on the progress on implementing his fairness at work policies. [61300]

Oral Answers to Questions — Worker Rights (3 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the principles of fairness at work should apply to all employees, including health service workers? Will he make clear his position on the application of the 40-hour rule to health service workers?

Orders of the Day — The Economy (1 Dec 1998)

Claire Ward: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

West Hertfordshire Health Authority (18 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Will my hon. Friend assure me that he will not allow the proposals to be acted on until the health authority has answered the genuine points that have been raised by members of the public and the local authority and until it has investigated every other option, which it has so far failed to do?

West Hertfordshire Health Authority (18 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my hon. Friend aware that the health authority has conducted consultation, and that the response that it has received from the public–80,000 signatures collected by a pressure group—local Members of Parliament and the local authorities has shown that there is objection to the proposal and to the favoured option of the building of a new hospital?

West Hertfordshire Health Authority (18 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Does my hon. Friend agree that the objection of local people to the West Hertfordshire health authority is not necessarily an objection in principle to the PFI, but to the proposals that the authority has put forward? It has not made a case for its option, either financially or strategically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Travellers (17 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: What discussions he has had with local authorities about the effect of travellers on local communities. [58608]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Travellers (17 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my hon. Friend aware of the substantial costs that may be incurred by landowners and local businesses in obtaining court orders, and that local authorities have powers to obtain similar court orders more cheaply and quickly than those private applicants? Will he issue further guidance to local authorities to assist local businesses to obtain court orders so that we may be able to achieve a...

Voting Systems (5 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Some hon. Members may well feel that the report, and the debate, have been long awaited—especially those who stand to gain most, the Liberal Democrats. Surprisingly, however, the Liberal Democrats have been unable to muster even a 50 per cent. attendance. I believe that those who claim that there is a great desire for change are talking nonsense. In the 18 months that I have been a Member...

Voting Systems (5 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: I will not give way, because of the time. Jenkins was told to come up with a system that kept the constituency link, but he has failed to do that. The top-up breaks the constituency link and creates two types of Member of Parliament. It does not matter that Jenkins recommends that those Members of Parliament should be treated the same in the House. We all know that, in reality, that will not...

Voting Systems (5 Nov 1998)

Claire Ward: Yes, more than likely. Where vacancies occurred in the top-up list, there would be no opportunity for a by-election. Parties would simply put forward their next highest placed candidate to take the seat. Surely voters are entitled to elect their representatives and not to rely upon parties to put up whomever they choose without any endorsement. It has already been said that it is important...

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Claire Ward: Is not the truth that the real reason for the interest rate increases was that the previous Government played politics with interest rates and refused to raise them in the last year before the general election to stem inflation, and so forced this Government to take the necessary action and give that power to the Bank of England? Is not the real reason the Tories' failure when they were in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: 2006 World Cup (29 Jun 1998)

Claire Ward: What discussions he has had on the 2006 world cup bid; and if he will make a statement. [46316]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: 2006 World Cup (29 Jun 1998)

Claire Ward: Does my hon. Friend agree that the criminal activities of drunken hooligans must not be allowed to knock off course England's world cup bid? Does he deplore the decision by the authorities in St. Etienne to allow all-day drinking, particularly in the light of the statement by the spokeswoman for the prefecture in Lens that the ban on alcohol was the main reason for the relative lack of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rail Passenger Safety (9 Jun 1998)

Claire Ward: If he will make a statement on his policies to improve rail passenger safety. [43262]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rail Passenger Safety (9 Jun 1998)

Claire Ward: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Does she agree that one of the most important lessons that we must learn from the tragic accidents on the railways in recent years, including the accident in Watford in 1996, is that we should put in place a system that prevents trains from going through red danger signals? Does she agree that the safety of passengers must be paramount and that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rate Policy (21 May 1998)

Claire Ward: Do not the Opposition have a cheek, showing concern about manufacturing industry jobs, given the number that were lost when they were in government? Is my right hon. Friend aware that, although we believe that there should be a sustainable and stable economy, manufacturing industry in my constituency is facing difficulties as a result of the high rate of sterling? One company, which conducts...


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