Results 2001–2020 of 2206 for speaker:Nia Griffith

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation (11 Mar 2008)

Nia Griffith: What measures he has put in place to increase co-operation with other Government Departments to improve the rehabilitation of offenders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation (11 Mar 2008)

Nia Griffith: Will the Minister talk to colleagues in the Department of Health about making treatment and support available at all GPs' surgeries to ex-offenders who have drug-related problems, instead of forcing vulnerable people to travel a long way to centres, en route to which they can be ambushed by drug pushers who are lying in wait for them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (4 Mar 2008)

Nia Griffith: I welcome the planned investment in our railways, which is essential if we are to encourage more people to use rail, rather than road, and thus cut our carbon emissions, but what guarantees can Ministers give that works planned for the next six years will actually be completed, particularly in light of the comments we have heard from the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman about robbing Peter to...

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

Nia Griffith: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I apologise for not being present earlier. I was serving on the Committee considering the Education and Skills Bill, and I reminded the Committee that there are a number of ways in which the National Assembly can exercise its powers. For instance, it can use framework powers to introduce measures similar to Bills such...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 132 (28 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: It gives me great pleasure to add a comment on Government new clause 6 as we approach St. David’s Day and have this opportunity to celebrate the devolution settlement in Wales. Members of the Committee will be aware that there are a number of ways in which the National Assembly for Wales can exercise its powers. With a Bill such as this, it can use framework powers to introduce similar...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: HMRC and DWP Offices (27 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on the reduction in the number of HM Revenue and Customs offices in west Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: HMRC and DWP Offices (27 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: My hon. Friend will be aware that Treasury colleagues undertook to have discussions not only with colleagues in other Departments, but with the Welsh Assembly Government, to try to safeguard HMRC jobs and services in west Wales. What progress has been made, and can he report to the House on the matter?

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 68 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the increase in the number of people that we are talking about participating under the Bill is a very small percentage of the whole number of young people in the cohort? Any additional expenditure will be a very small percentage of what he describes.

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: Listening to the Minister, I understand that his sentiment is genuine and that he has already met organisations such as the YWCA that have highlighted this problem. In the light of his comments, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: If we are going to reminisce on our own experiences as we seem to have been doing in this Committee, I would say that at the institution I attended, when I attended it, only one fifth of the places available there were open to women. We have come a very long way. In many respects the progress has been made largely in white collar areas of work. Where we are really falling down is on what one...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: Does the hon. Gentleman think that that is perhaps what people thought about medicine years ago—that it was something that only men did, and that women would never do?

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: I beg to move amendment No. 206, in clause 66, page 37, line 16, at end insert— ‘(c) any such advice must challenge gender stereotypes.’. Thank you, Mr. Bayley, for the opportunity to speak to this amendment, which is designed to ensure that those involved in giving advice to young people not only avoid gender stereotyping in giving their advice, but actively challenge gender...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: I shall continue to talk about the way that our own experiences influence us. It is very important to be aware of the fact that we all tend to reiterate the things that we have seen around us. Of course, that can have very serious consequences for our young people. I would like to give you an example of a training exercise that I have carried out with numerous teachers over the past few...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 66 (26 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: What is important is that all the options are presented to every young person, because what often happens is that young people are bundled into one area or another. Some of the research by the Equal Opportunities Commission suggests that many young women are shipped into placements in areas such as child care even if they have never expressed an interest in child care. Likewise, young men are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Alcohol Restriction Zones (25 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: We are all very aware of the growing number of under-age drinkers who drink excessively in our streets and parks. Will the Minister tell us how the new confiscation measures will work to ensure that young people do not simply reoffend and carry on with the same practices?

Suicide Prevention (7 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate on a distressing subject. She and other hon. Members will be aware that the Education and Skills Bill is in Committee. It places an obligation on authorities to follow up on all 16 to 18-year-olds and offer them education and training opportunities. Does she agree that that might offer support to some of the young people whom we...

Business of the House (Lisbon Treaty) (No. 3): Treaty of Lisbon (No. 4) — (4th Allotted Day) (6 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: The single market is central to the European Union. We know that in the 1950s the forerunner of the European Union grew out of the agreements between France and Germany for the benefit of their coal and steel industries. Fast-forwarding to the early 1990s, we eagerly anticipated the advent of the single market, with its principles of the free movement of people, goods, capital and services....

Business of the House (Lisbon Treaty) (No. 3): Treaty of Lisbon (No. 4) — (4th Allotted Day) (6 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: Indeed. The hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) did not let me intervene on him in the previous debate during which that individual was mentioned. Apart from speaking about the constitution and the treaty, Giscard d'Estaing also stated clearly that "Britain has also been allowed to be the odd one out whenever it feels like it." That is an important feature of the treaty: we can have our...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 2 (5 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the world of work is changing rapidly and that the number of jobs available to people with no skills will diminish considerably in the next 10 to 20 years? We can all understand that once a young person is in a job, it is a way of growing up and has a profound impact on them, but does he accept that even in that job, there is a need for continued training...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Skills Bill: Clause 2 (5 Feb 2008)

Nia Griffith: I am glad to hear the hon. Gentleman mention responsibility. Does he not agree that we should ask young people to take their responsibilities seriously, and that there should be a duty on every young person to participate in some form of activity between the ages of 16 and 18?


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