Results 1–20 of 1221 for speaker:Mr Tony Worthington

The UK and Africa (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: I very much congratulate the Government on their initiative in setting up the Commission for Africa. I also congratulate that body on having produced a quite superb report, and I shall talk about three areas of it. The report is incredibly useful; indeed, I think that it is the best analysis that I have ever seen of the problem. It is presented in a penetrating way and although it is long, it...

The UK and Africa (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: I agree. Some of those with a scientific background are no longer employed in posts where they can use that background. Something very strange has occurred: agriculture has become very unsexy for DFID, northern development agencies and non-governmental organisations. There has been a decline in investment in agriculture and in the natural sciences. African agriculture is now in crisis, as the...

The UK and Africa (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: That is absolutely right. The politicians are known as walking wallets. They are seen as opportunities to gain resources. One politician that I talked to last week boasted to me that he had just provided 1,000 scholarships for people to learn IT skills, because that is what the firms wanted. He was aiming to get 5,000 scholarships, which he would personally pay for. Where does that lead in...

The UK and Africa (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: That is what I was referring to. One of the major ways in which we can tackle corruption is by the "publish what you pay" initiative. It is a criminal offence to bribe a foreign official; we have taken that step forward. But it is difficult to see how we can get good governance without paying much more attention to the issue of transparency and building partnerships of parliamentarians that...

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: I apologise if I misconveyed what I was trying to say. I am not pessimistic about the potential of African agriculture; it has huge potential. I am, however, pessimistic about the lack of recognition for that potential, as displayed in the developed world's willingness to devote attention to African agriculture. There are huge internal problems with African structures, but I am not...

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: It is a pleasure to follow the Chairman of the Committee. I am sure that he and other members of the Committee would agree that the report is one of the finest and most useful that we have produced, so it is good that we can debate it. I should point out that more of us would have attended this debate, but half of the Committee is on its way back from Iraq, so only the half that went to Sudan...

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: I concur with that. I am delighted to see the unfairnesses of our trade policies emphasised. However, anybody who thinks that if we get rid of the common agricultural policy and make our trade policies completely fair then African agriculture will boom is living in cloud cuckoo land. Products of the right quality still have to be grown for export in the necessary quantities, and there is a...

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

Mr Tony Worthington: It will help. It would be foolish to say that it would not. However, there is more to it. I am, coincidentally, coming to a couple of relevant examples. It is often said that Africa never had the agricultural revolution, which was a huge stimulus to development in Asia. However, for internal reasons—not, in my view, for trading reasons—Africa becomes less self-sufficient and more...

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill: Clause 22 — Scope of emergency regulations (17 Nov 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was one of the first Members here for the last vote, and the monitors clearly showed that the Division was off. I then moved to Portcullis house and misled hon. Members by saying that the Division was off, which seemed a sensible thing to tell them, as it had been announced. That should be taken into account, in addition to the point...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Medical Training (Africa) (10 Nov 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: The Secretary of State knows that this is an immense problem. As more money goes in to HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, it simply will not be possible to improve health services unless we improve the supply of nurses and doctors. There is no sign of any international effort to tackle that issue. Staff are emigrating; staff are themselves dying from HIV/AIDS and there is a totally...

Written Answers — Scotland: Civil Service Relocation (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the dispersal of Government jobs to Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Millennium Development Goals (15 Jul 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: In his discussions with African Finance Ministers and his colleagues in the World Bank, could the Chancellor make it a condition of the poverty reduction strategy papers and the debate about the millennium development goals that African Parliaments are fully involved in dialogue about those papers? We may talk of country ownership, but that means nothing if the Parliaments themselves have not...

AIDS (Africa) (23 Jun 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: I would love to follow that speech, but I am not going to. I hope that the Minister fully rejects it, because the National Audit Office report was humbug. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) on securing the debate and on the report. It is what we should all do as Back Benchers. I want to concentrate on the way that we treat AIDS and the relationship...

AIDS (Africa) (23 Jun 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: As I was saying, out of New York will come a statement to the big AIDS conference in Bangkok from the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Bank, the European Union and DFID that there should be much better treatment of the links between HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. I was delighted to read in a letter from the Secretary of State that, following...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Civil Service (25 May 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: Over the next few years, the flagship project for Scotland, through Scottish Enterprise, must be the Clyde corridor project, of which Clydebank is an integral part. Great benefit could be brought to that area through the major stimulus that would come from a public sector employer investing there. I hope that the Secretary of State will sit down with the Chancellor and other important UK...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Millennium Development Goals (3 Mar 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: I was delighted to hear the Secretary of State say that many of the millennium development goals cannot be achieved without good reproductive health services, but the fact is that in Africa, supply of those services falls behind demand year by year. What are the international reasons for that and what can be done to give African women the same right to choose the size of their families as we have?

Somaliland (4 Feb 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: The Select Committee on International Development has just returned from a visit to Somaliland. Our visit prompted questions in us all about British policy there and, indeed, in the whole of Somalia—questions about the Government's aid policy and about international recognition, which deeply affects the assistance that we give to Somaliland. Our foreign service hang-ups about recognition...

Somaliland (4 Feb 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: I was there at the time, but my discretion about private conversations led to me leave that bit out. However, I confirm that the hon. Gentleman heard what I heard. That belief exists, but it would obviously provoke people in the rest of Somalia who have not achieved a stable state in their area. However, I sense that attitudes to the recognition of Somaliland have become less hostile over the...

Department for International Development: Southern Asia (HIV/AIDS) (28 Jan 2004)

Mr Tony Worthington: What steps are being taken to avoid making the mistakes in south Asia that were made in Africa? I am thinking particularly of mother-to-child transmission. What steps are being taken to ensure that reproductive health services and the AIDS services are brought closer together to stop the tragic transmission of HIV from mothers to children?

HIV/AIDS (11 Dec 2003)

Mr Tony Worthington: I welcome the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier) to his post and thank him for what he said. I welcome this debate in Government time. When I look back, I find that one of the great weaknesses of this place is how little we discuss big events in world; somehow, we do not find time. I welcome the Government's new document on AIDS and the declaration that we have become the second...


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