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Betty Williams: My right hon. Friend will be aware that antisocial behaviour was tackled in the walled town of Conwy by using a dispersal order earlier this year. That was a success, as my constituents do not now feel as intimidated as they used to when going out to evening events. Does he have any data available at this stage to show how successful the use of dispersal orders is in Wales, and whether they...
Betty Williams: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Betty Williams: Naturally, I welcome the proposals for devolution. The return of the direct route between Llandudno and Euston is welcome. It is running for the first time since 1964, when the Conservative party demolished that service. However, the connections between local services and, for instance, the direct Virgin Trains service need urgent attention.
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) areas, (b) groups and (c) services have been affected by the extension of rights under disability rights legislation since 1997.
Betty Williams: My right hon. Friend will recognise the scene that my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) described of travelling along the A55, and especially of the regeneration that has occurred in my constituency of Conwy since 1997. However, will my right hon. Friend take every opportunity to discuss with the First Minister and other agencies in Wales the effectiveness...
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to discuss the railway service between London Euston and North Wales with the relevant train operating companies.
Betty Williams: Is my hon. Friend aware of the view of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on clause 56? It says that the clause "perpetuates the current uncertainty" about what constitutes reasonable chastisement, and that as such, rather than reducing unfair and unnecessary prosecutions, as the Government suggest, it will simply encourage them.
Betty Williams: Is my hon. Friend aware that the president of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children recently wrote to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Children emphasising that, under the job description that has been given, it is unlikely that the commissioner would be able to join the network. Not only is the commissioner in England likely to be a watered-down version of the commissioners...
Betty Williams: There is a saying in Wales: three attempts and she might hear. There is currently a requirement for an unstimulated demand test to be met before new casinos can be approved. I understand that the Bill would scrap that. Does my right hon. Friend agree that such action would make it more difficult for local planning authorities to reject huge casino applications?
Betty Williams: What discussions he has had with his National Assembly colleagues concerning the impact of the spending review on capital funding projects in education in Wales.
Betty Williams: I welcome my right hon. Friend's reply, but does he agree that such investment needs to be sustained, so that the children of Wales can be taught in an environment that they and their teachers should expect in the 21st century?
Betty Williams: Can my hon. Friend give me one good reason why we cannot have a piece of legislation in this country similar to the ones that have proved themselves in countries such as Sweden for many years?
Betty Williams: If that does not happen, does my hon. Friend agree that—as the Welsh Affairs Committee said in its report—linguistic issues or other non-devolved issues might not be resolved in respect of a child from Wales who is in an institution in England? If that happens, the only person to suffer will be the child.
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the take-up of education maintenance allowances.
Betty Williams: I am given to understand that the European programmes in Wales have been allocated over £65 million of additional funds as a result of the European Commission's performance reserve. How much of that will be allocated to objective 1 programmes, and does my right hon. Friend have details readily available as to how much will be allocated to north Wales?
Betty Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on UK investment in tackling poverty in developing countries.
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions; and what input he has received from (a) the National Assembly for Wales and (b) other Welsh organisations in developing the framework for the benefit of those people in Wales who receive neurological services from centres in England.
Betty Williams: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, contrary to the gloomy views expressed by the Conservative party as part of a last-minute effort before tomorrow's elections, the facts speak for themselves in my local trust, the North West Wales NHS Trust? Its consultant orthopaedic surgeons are able to offer treatment within six months, and in dermatology 96 per cent. of patients are seen within three...
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of motor vehicle drivers with the legislation forbidding the use of a mobile telephone when driving; and what further steps he will take to improve compliance.
Betty Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy towards the cancellation of debt in the world's poorest countries.