Results 1101–1120 of 1125 for speaker:Claire Ward

Orders of the Day — Secondary Transfer (Hertfordshire) (11 May 1998)

Claire Ward: I have asked for this debate on behalf of the many parents and children in my constituency, and in much of Hertfordshire, who are suffering from the inadequacies of the secondary school transfer system. I shall speak for about 10 minutes, and then give my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) an opportunity to speak before my hon. Friend the Minister replies to the debate....

Orders of the Day — Secondary Transfer (Hertfordshire) (11 May 1998)

Claire Ward: I am aware of the situation, which has meant that local schools are unable to provide for their local community. The causes of our problems in secondary school transfers cannot be attributed to one factor alone. The very quality of the schools has caused some of the problems, as parents from many miles away want to send their children to single-sex grammar schools or to former...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Poor Pensioners (27 Apr 1998)

Claire Ward: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, although she has outlined important measures, many pensioners in this country, and in my constituency in particular, are concerned about the basic state pension and want security now, and not just in the future, because they are living from day to day? When will the pensions review be completed? Will it provide for pensioners today, and not just for...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1998)

Claire Ward: The hon. Gentleman has a selective memory of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor's speech. He refers to the increase in petrol duty and its effect upon the rural communities. He forgets that the Chancellor also introduced an extra £50 million for rural transport. He referred to the health service, but he forgets that we have put more money into the health service than the Conservative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: World Cup (16 Mar 1998)

Claire Ward: What action has my hon. Friend taken in his discussions with the French authorities to ensure that we do not have a repeat performance of the policing and lack of control that we witnessed in Italy? Can he assure us that he has made his views clear to the French authorities so that fans travelling abroad are afforded the necessary protection?

Prayers: Employment (Age Discrimination in Advertisements) Bill (6 Feb 1998)

Claire Ward: I, too, support the aims of the Bill, but, as currently drafted, it does not deal with some of the problems of age discrimination. Discrimination of any sort is, of course, unacceptable and we have had legislation for many years that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, race and, lately, disability, but attitudes take much longer to change. Even if the House were to enact the Bill...

Prayers: Employment (Age Discrimination in Advertisements) Bill (6 Feb 1998)

Claire Ward: No. If we enact comprehensive legislation at some time in future—we should not rule that out—it will still take a long time to change people's perception and to educate them so that they see other people's merits and what they can bring to employment rather than simply their age. As a young hon. Member, I can speak with some authority about age discrimination against younger people....

Director General of Oflot (Resignation) (4 Feb 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, as a result of the past few days, many employees of GTech and Camelot who work and reside in my constituency will feel sad and let down by the indefensible actions of Guy Snowden? Does my right hon. Friend accept that we need an organisation that will ensure the greatest amount of money to good causes, and which has the greatest experience in running a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Age of Majority (2 Feb 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my hon. Friend aware that our system means that although at the age of 18, members of the public may vote for their elected representatives, they may not stand to be an elected representative of either this House or a council until they have reached the age of 21? They cannot indulge in a number of other activities until they reach the age of 16, 17, 18 or 21. There should be consistency...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in my constituency of Watford, the previous Government's legacy is an ever-increasing housing problem caused by their refusal to release capital receipts for house building? A constituent who came to my surgery on Friday has been on a council house waiting list for more than 11 years, with no prospect of getting accommodation. Does my right hon. Friend...

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

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

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

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

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

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

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

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

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Lone-parent Benefits (Yorkshire) (26 Jan 1998)

Claire Ward: Is my hon. Friend aware that in many parts of the country, including Yorkshire, lone parents are attempting to improve their education by going to university to study and are finding it increasingly difficult to pay their mortgage, study full time and raise their children? Will my hon. Friend consider providing extra support for those lone parents and making a statement to the House at a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (15 Dec 1997)

Claire Ward: What is the Government's policy on welfare reform for pensioners. [19068]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (15 Dec 1997)

Claire Ward: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. Does he recognise that some pensioners in my constituency will not, unfortunately, be around when the review is published? Some pensioners are in deep poverty. Will my hon. Friend assure them that the review will not only look to the future and to tomorrow's pensioners, but will seek to give positive responses and immediate assistance to today's pensioners?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Charities (27 Nov 1997)

Claire Ward: Will the Minister take into account the representations that I have received from many constituents, regarding their anxieties about possible tax changes and their effects on charity shops? Will he recognise how important charity shops are, not only to the charities that they work for, but to the local community?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Secondary Schools (Hertfordshire) (13 Nov 1997)

Claire Ward: What measures he proposes for the improvement of the present admissions procedure to secondary schools in the Hertfordshire area. [14329]


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