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Results 41–60 of 408 for speaker:Betty Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Minimum Wage (22 Oct 2008)

Betty Williams: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. He will be aware of the importance of tourism in my constituency. Does he share my view that the minimum wage makes a significant contribution to the development of responsible employment in the catering and tourist industries, and does he share my joy that it was this Labour Government who legislated on this matter, for which workers in this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Waiting Times (2 Jul 2008)

Betty Williams: In respect of health services in mid-Wales and elsewhere, would my hon. Friend care to comment on the announcement today of £100 million of additional funding for health services in hospitals and for palliative care? What effect will that have on patients from mid-Wales and the rest of Wales? Does he agree that that is an excellent example of good practice by the Welsh Assembly Government as...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 11 — Personal allowance for those aged under 65 (1 Jul 2008)

Betty Williams: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case for new clause 20. I appreciate that he is not a prophet or the son of a prophet, but I am sure that he has given great attention to the case that he is making. Does he believe that new clause 20 will cover all the losers whom Members of Parliament across the country have been trying to help in the past few months?

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Witness Anonymity (26 Jun 2008)

Betty Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the way in which he has dealt with what I am sure all hon. Members appreciate is a difficult issue. Does he agree that if the Government were not taking this immediate action to overturn an irresponsible judgment, hundreds of cases would be in danger of collapse?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Pathways to Work (21 May 2008)

Betty Williams: If he will make a statement on the implementation of the Pathways to Work Programme in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Pathways to Work (21 May 2008)

Betty Williams: My right hon. Friend and his Cabinet colleagues will be aware of the concerns expressed by ex-servicemen and women in Wales when they end up on benefits. Will the pathways to work programme in Wales help such men and women as they face those hardships?

Public Bill Committee: Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill: Clause 1 (21 May 2008)

Betty Williams: I wish to place on record my congratulations, and gratitude to, my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston on his hard work. One might think that not a great deal happens outside these walls, but I am aware that he has worked day and night to get where we are. What pleases me very much about yesterday’s announcement is that it is the second announcement within a week that shows...

Public Bill Committee: Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill: Clause 1 (21 May 2008)

Betty Williams: Can my hon. Friend assure me that following the deliberations, pockets of the UK that rely heavily on the tourist industry, which has historically relied on temporary and agency workers, will be given special attention?

Orders of the Day: Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill (25 Apr 2008)

Betty Williams: Those of us who have followed debates on this matter in the Chamber for a long time will have noticed that organisations such as those cited by my hon. Friend—the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and the BMA—have made totally consistent arguments over the years. There is cross-country support for my hon. Friend's Bill, including in Wales—I think that I am the only Welsh Member in...

Orders of the Day: Finance Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Betty Williams: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the media's claims that Labour Back Benchers have been silent on the issue for 12 months are misleading? Members like me were writing to the Treasury about the points that our constituents were raising with us on the issue 12 months ago.

Written Answers — Wales: Child Poverty (2 Apr 2008)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on measures in Budget 2008 designed to address child poverty in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Mar 2008)

Betty Williams: As my right hon. Friend knows, the Foreign Secretary launched the Government's annual human rights report at the Foreign Office last night. Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating the many volunteer organisations that contribute so much to fostering human rights across the world—including my fellow members of Soroptimists International in north Wales, who, through their project...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2008)

Betty Williams: Would my right hon. Friend acknowledge that, as part of the equation on which he is focusing, European convergence funding has been extremely important in creating tremendous opportunities for the economy and job creation? He played a great part in that in the early days, when he was a Minister in the then Welsh Office, when we managed to get Conwy and Denbighshire on the objective 1 map,...

Business of the House: Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2008)

Betty Williams: Before my right hon. Friend leaves the subject of the Olympics, does he agree that we should direct our attention not only at the competitive side, but at the bidding process for the building of the Olympic sites? All Members received a letter a few weeks ago about encouraging contractors in our constituencies to bid for that work. If we, as Members of Parliament in all parts of the House,...

Written Answers — Wales: Economy (27 Feb 2008)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Confederation of British Industry Wales on the Welsh economy.

Petitions: Cyberbullying (Children) (20 Feb 2008)

Betty Williams: Has my hon. Friend considered liaising with the Children's Commissioner for Wales, who has been in post for a number of years, to pursue her aims? Will the Minister also consider that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Low-Energy Light Bulbs (31 Jan 2008)

Betty Williams: A constituent has raised an issue with me about his four-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, who suffers from eczema. She suffers great discomfort under standard low-energy bulbs—he cites as examples those in Boots and Mothercare— but when she is under standard fluorescent lighting or near household low-energy bulbs, she does not suffer. Can my hon. Friend throw any light on that problem...

Written Answers — Health: Lighting: Health Hazards (31 Jan 2008)

Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of whether energy efficient light bulbs cause migraines.

Business of the House (22 Nov 2007)

Betty Williams: In view of the serious implications and damage to every Member of this House, may we have an early opportunity to debate the report of the House of Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges, HC94, which upheld the complaints against the hon. Members for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd), for Carmarthen, East and Dinefwr (Adam Price) and for Caernarfon (Hywel Williams)? I informed them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Child Poverty (21 Nov 2007)

Betty Williams: My hon. Friend will be aware that the child trust fund scheme has been welcomed in Wales as a way to tackle child poverty, and that take-up in my constituency at 76.9 per cent. is higher than average. Will he find ways to encourage more parents to use the vouchers so as to raise that percentage even more?

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