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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jacqui Lait

First Capital Connect — [Joan Walley in the Chair] (3 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Lait: I am grateful to my hon. Friend because my constituents have exactly the same problems as the ones she describes, and I congratulate her on securing this important debate. However, my constituents have had not only that 50 per cent. cut, but on the Crystal Palace line, City workers cannot now get to the City without using another form of transport. Does my hon. Friend agree that the situation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (1 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Lait: What assistance her Department makes available to existing long-term incapacity benefit claimants to help them move into employment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (1 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Lait: I thank the Minister for that information. I am surprised that he did not mention that today's papers include an element of congratulation on the reduction in the number of people on incapacity benefit. In inviting the Minister to give me the figures for the number of people with mental health problems who have moved from incapacity benefit to jobseeker's allowance or jobs, I also ask him to...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Out-of-Hours Care (27 Jan 2010)

Jacqui Lait: I will do my best to help, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is interesting that we have debated the problems of out-of-hours care. That follows endless debates over the years about abuse, or the increasing use, of accident and emergency services, the problems of single-handed doctors, the provision of GP services, and the wide range of options that exist for people to access health care outside the...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Out-of-Hours Care (27 Jan 2010)

Jacqui Lait: My hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) mentioned that doctors from the European Economic Area do not have to take a language test, and I seem to remember that that comes from the directive on the free movement of workers. Will the Minister clarify whether they still do not have to?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Crawley (Laura Moffatt). I think that the point she was making-I hope that I am correct-was that more people need access to top-quality services to ensure that they stay in their own homes for as long as possible. I do not think that there is any argument in the Chamber about that statement. The question is how we can best get there. I am very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I wish that they were irrelevant. The purpose of the Bill, if I have read the Government right, is to be able to say during the election campaign, "We will deliver to you, from October 2010, these sophisticated services," but those sophisticated services will not exist in the volume that will be required. That is the unfairness implicit in that promise. Bed blocking will still be an issue,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on getting in a mention of the 2003 Act, which he took through Parliament, and I congratulate him on the Act. Let us not get into a long debate about how bed blocking was cured. The point remains that the Bill explicitly promises that from October 2010-only 10 months from now-people's rehabilitation care will be provided for an indeterminate length of time,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. My mother benefited from that system when it first came in. Sadly, just after she died, the budgets had to be cut back. I have seen that situation on a practical level. We face a general election in six months, and this is yet another Bill that should be called a "shore up the Labour party vote" Bill. That is what is so distressing about this short Bill. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I just want to put to the hon. Gentleman the thought that the benefit of attendance allowance is that it can be spent on what would not necessarily be regarded as part of a care package, but would immeasurably contribute towards somebody's well-being. For instance, if a keen gardener became unable to continue gardening, they could pay for a gardener and enhance their own satisfaction at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: Would my hon. Friend be prepared to speculate on the cost of staffing for the intensive rehabilitation that will be required, including new occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: May we briefly pursue the costs issue? As I understand it, the Secretary of State is expecting local government to find £250 million a year from savings. What discussions has he had with other Departments that are also asking local government to make savings, and what will be the cumulative effect of his demand for £250 million along with those other Departments' demands? Also, how do they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Personal Care at Home Bill (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Lait: Will the redistribution of the money the Secretary of State has found from his departmental resources be done on the basis of the local government formula or on the basis of need in each local authority?

Debate on the Address: Energy and Climate Change and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (24 Nov 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I hope that it will not embarrass my next-door constituency neighbour, the right hon. Member for Croydon, North (Malcolm Wicks), if I say that that was one of the most interesting speeches I have ever heard on the security of energy supply, which is a crucial issue that needs to be resolved and should have been addressed much earlier than when the Government asked the right hon. Gentleman to...

Olympics: Energy National Policy Statements (9 Nov 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I welcome the introduction of the first national policy statements, but may I press the Secretary of State on the timetable for ending consultation, both in the wider world and within Parliament? How does that fit in with Sir Michael Pitt's timetable inviting the energy producers to come forward with their plans?

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Abortion Law (Northern Ireland) (15 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Lait: Can the Minister explain why abortion is a criminal justice matter in Northern Ireland and a health matter on the mainland?

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Abortion Law (Northern Ireland) (15 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I have been involved in this debate for more than 40 years, and we have heard today all the arguments made throughout that time. If there is one plea, it is that we go to the barricades in the cause of toleration. Not many people do that. The compromise argument that the women in Northern Ireland who need and agonise over having an abortion should have it paid for in a hospital in Great...

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Abortion Law (Northern Ireland) (15 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Lait: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation (7 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Lait: What impact assessment his Department has conducted in preparation for the 2010 business rates revaluation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation (7 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Lait: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer, and I am sure businesses will be grateful too. In a recent survey that I conducted in Beckenham, 46 per cent. of small businesses said that they needed help already with business rates. Given that the threshold for the supplementary business rate is only £50,000, and the effect that that will have on small businesses, does the Minister agree...


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