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Results 181–200 of 408 for speaker:Betty Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Special Constables (24 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Representing a Welsh constituency, and knowing what goes on in Wales, may I ask whether my hon. Friend is aware of the successful launch of an initiative by North Wales police to recruit more special constables? Its target is 25 new recruits a year, and is he aware that it is on target to meet that figure?

International Role of Women (9 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Will my hon. Friend join us in paying tribute to Soroptimist International and Business and Professional Women, which have worked tirelessly on the issues that he is raising?

International Role of Women (9 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Does my hon. Friend agree that confidence building is key, whether we are discussing women in this country, the middle east, Afghanistan or wherever, because women have felt undervalued for many years? I am interested to hear what my hon. Friend the Minister will say. I have personal experience of the issue. I remember fighting an election when my second child was due within three weeks. Some...

Equitable Life Inquiry (8 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Like many Members, I have waited a long time for this report to be announced to Parliament. I welcome my hon. Friend's announcement today of an independent review. I believe that I have understood her point about the failure of the regulatory system pre-1997, but for the benefit of Conservatives Members who were in government before then will she once again reiterate—I know that she has...

Women, Equality and Human Rights (4 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: We have made great strides with the help of WISE—Women into Science and Engineering. The school curriculum, among other things, has improved greatly over the last five years. We have people such as Marie-Noëlle Barker to thank for that.

Women, Equality and Human Rights (4 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is still a grey area in the legislation, in that if a young woman aged over 18 were to fall victim to a very influential male friend, her parents—who might be very close to her, having looked after her until she attained the age of 18—would have very little power to intervene? There are cases in which young women find themselves in court in serious...

Business of the House (4 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Will my right hon. Friend comment on recent media speculation that the port of Mostyn on north Wales might not be used to transport Airbus wings to France? If true, would not that be a terrific blow to north Wales?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Animal Quarantine (3 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: The search and rescue team to which the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd) referred is based in my constituency. I welcome my hon. Friend's answer to the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question. Will my hon. Friend undertake to consider, with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Home Office Minister responsible, reopening...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 2004)

Betty Williams: Following my right hon. Friend's welcome announcement last week of an Economic Commission for Africa, does he agree that many major issues, such as AIDS, poverty, civil war and civil unrest, remain to be faced in Africa? Does he further agree that poverty is the key issue? What steps does he believe the international community should take to increase income levels so that the challenges can...

Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: I said that there were some misperceptions among the public about crime detection in north Wales.

Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: I have decided to focus my remarks on crime. There are two major reasons for that. First, my postbag shows that it is a great concern to some constituents. Secondly, the Government have instituted programmes to tackle crime and I believe that success is evident. My contact with the criminal justice system begun at an early stage of my working life; I had better explain that, lest I create the...

Welsh Affairs (26 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: Assuming that the hon. Gentleman's facts and figures are entirely accurate, does he recognise that the Assembly has a good record in terms of its orthopaedic initiative? When that started in 2001, more than 2,000 people waited for more than 18 months—now, only 15 do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: At the first north Wales criminal justice board conference on 18 September in Llandudno, which is in my constituency as my right hon. Friend will know, the chair of the board, Mr. John Grant Jones OBE, drew attention to the difference between the perception of levels of crime and the actual situation. Does my right hon. Friend agree that when we use crime statistics we should do so in a...

Written Answers — Wales: Crime (25 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the crime figures in North Wales.

Special Educational Needs (11 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: I, too, warmly welcome today's statement. Does my right hon. Friend accept, however, that when a mother gives birth to a child with a handicap, it is crucial that the first professional person to advise that mother gives the correct advice? At the time of birth, the degree of the handicap is not known. There have been examples throughout the country where professional advice has been given to...

Written Answers — Home Department: Alcohol Harm Reduction (5 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether health warnings on alcoholic drinks are being considered in the development of the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy; and when the strategy will be published.

Written Answers — Home Department: Criminal Records Checks (3 Feb 2004)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Criminal Records Bureau is meeting its targets for processing applications for taxi driver licences; (2) what percentage of applications for taxi driver licences were processed by the Criminal Records Bureau within target times in the latest month for which figures are available; (3) how many applications for taxi...

Wales Office: Vehicle Crime (North Wales) (21 Jan 2004)

Betty Williams: If he will make a statement on trends in vehicle crime in north Wales.

Wales Office: Vehicle Crime (North Wales) (21 Jan 2004)

Betty Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for that very encouraging answer. Is he aware that figures released last weekend for vehicle crime in Bangor in my constituency show that it has gone down by 51.45 per cent? Does he agree that the main reason for this success is that we have seen an increase in police officers, in community beat managers—who work closely with residents' associations, such as...


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