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Affordable Housing (Durham) (13 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Minister will be aware that I have been concerned for some time about the supply of affordable homes in Durham. I thank him for speaking at the seminar that I held a year ago in Durham to raise the profile of the issue. It would have been nice if that seminar in September 2007 had led to a change in attitude by the Liberal Democrat council and if it had taken more seriously since then the...

Affordable Housing (Durham) (13 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend clarify whether local authorities such as Durham city council—or, indeed, the new unitary authority in April—may apply to the Government for grants? May they apply in partnership with RSLs to buy houses or apartments that might be surplus in the private rented sector for use in the social rented sector?

Business of the House (15 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that investment in green energy technology is essential if our economy is to be developed for the future? The north-east is ideally placed to take forward the application of that technology—critically, in continuing to develop a manufacturing base to support renewable energy. Will she make space for a debate soon on this important topic?

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I hope the hon. Gentleman will acknowledge that it was a 10-minute Bill introduced by a Labour Member that proposed that change in the legislation in the first instance. I do not recall Conservative Front Benchers supporting me at the time.

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I welcome the Bill, particularly the measures to give local communities more say over the establishment of lap-dancing clubs in their area. I am truly pleased that the Government have listened to the campaign organised by Object, the Fawcett Society and many MPs, and that they have responded so helpfully to my ten-minute Bill on this subject. I have a particular debt of gratitude to Philip...

Petitions: Northern Rock (19 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I rise to present a petition on behalf of E. A. Smith and a further 85 constituents. It is a petition of small Northern Rock shareholders and supporters in Durham and they are asking the Government to reconsider the terms of reference given to the valuer so he can reflect the true value of Northern Rock shares when deciding compensation levels. The petition states: The Petition of small...

Women and Equality: Corston Report (27 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on steps to implement the recommendations on women's prisons contained in the Corston report.

Women and Equality: Corston Report (27 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend say whether progress has been made in tailoring community support services better to address women's needs on release from prison? In particular, are voluntary organisations, such as the excellent Open Gate project in my constituency, being used to provide specialist services to women?

Public Bill Committee: Policing and Crime Bill (27 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I have a question on the same issue, which I shall address to Mike in the first instance. You are saying really that clause 29 will make operational and practical the powers that you already have. That suggests that more young people are going to be brought into the criminal justice system. You have talked twice about mechanisms that exist to divert young people from the sort of behaviour...

Public Bill Committee: Policing and Crime Bill (27 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Nevertheless, would not we conclude that, even if it is a small group—I am not sure that it is always a small group in some of our cities, but let us assume that it is—without resources being directed at preventive strategies, we are going to bring more young people into the criminal justice system, and everything should be done to avoid that?

Public Bill Committee: Policing and Crime Bill (27 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: May I move on briefly to consultation about the code? The view of my local community is that it is very hard for communities to make their voice heard in the operation of the Licensing Act 2003. When there are consultations about reviews of licensing, for example, they seem to get drowned out by the voice of the industry or police or some other institution. I wonder, Don, whether you have any...

Public Bill Committee: Policing and Crime Bill (29 Jan 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I wanted to take up the point about taking the local community’s views into account on policing, because some of what you have written sounds almost counterintuitive. My question is similar to Ms Waltho’s. Can we, perhaps in a statutory instrument, define what we mean by taking views into account, or at least give examples? I want to press that point because of my experience of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Minister will be aware that many north-east Members of Parliament are concerned about Nissan and the car industry in general. What is the Department doing to support and encourage Nissan to develop a new generation of cars, which are low energy and low-carbon emitting?

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that many Afghan politicians who visit this country and meet hon. Members, including those in the all-party group, stress the opposite to what he suggests? They want us to be in Afghanistan and they want us to stay there for the long term to help them develop and establish a prosperous and democratic country.

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: rose—

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my hon. Friend accept that the best way of ensuring that the lives of British and other soldiers will not be lost in Afghanistan is to work with the people who want to build a properly functioning state with a properly functioning police force and army, rather than simply to give up, walk out and leave the people of Afghanistan to deal with their enormous difficulties on their own?

Sri Lanka: Afghanistan and Pakistan (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that, over time and as part of the aim of deterring the Taliban from harbouring terrorists, we need to build the Afghan state and capacity to provide services, job opportunities and infrastructure?

Petition — Traffic Management (County Durham) (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I wish to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Brancepeth village in County Durham, and others. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Brancepeth Village, County Durham, and others, Declares that the residents of Brancepeth Village have for many years requested a 30 miles per hour speed limit to be imposed on the A690 road through Brancepeth; further declares that...

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Regional Development Agencies: Business Support (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps regional development agencies are taking to support small and medium-sized businesses during the economic downturn; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Policing and Crime Bill: Clause 13 (5 Feb 2009)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Gentleman is making an interesting argument. Will he reflect on the fact that the Bill tries to shift the responsibility for using the services of a prostitute who has been forced into prostitution, for which there might be a range of reasons, from the prostitute to the man who purchases her services? It tries to do that in a way that is not overly complex, but what he is arguing for...


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