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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bullying (Armed Forces) (26 Mar 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Last Thursday and Friday, I visited Her Majesty's naval base Clyde at Faslane, and I was impressed by the quality of the new single living accommodation for new recruits to the Navy. There was slight concern that because the new accommodation is en suite, there is a danger that the young ratings will just go to their rooms of an evening, so bullying and harassment may go undetected. Does my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Inter-faith Forums (27 Mar 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: What steps her Department is taking to promote inter-faith forums as a means of tackling religious extremism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Inter-faith Forums (27 Mar 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I am aware of the good work done in Portsmouth with Portsmouth Interfaith Forum in building networks in hard to reach communities across the faiths, largely due to a full-time inter-faith co-ordinator. However, because of the vagaries of the faith communities capacity-building funding, what is funded in year 1 cannot be funded in year 2, so the work looks as though it may go to waste. Will my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Iranian Seizure of Royal Navy Personnel (28 Mar 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I thank my right hon. Friend for coming to the House. We all wish for a speedy and successful resolution to the matter. Many serving and former serving naval personnel live in my constituency, and they understand only too well what the families of the detained personnel are going through. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we should emphasise the importance of the reason for the Royal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Urban Regeneration (16 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: What recent assessment she has made of the role of culture in urban regeneration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Urban Regeneration (16 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: During the Easter recess I visited Dot To Dot, a community arts project in my constituency. It has a good record of involving the community in its projects. A lot of its work is done with mosaics; it gets people from the community to put the tiles together, and it has found that when the mosaics are put up, there is a significant reduction in vandalism and graffiti. Does my hon. Friend agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The news management of returning detainees is nothing new, as anyone who read John Nichol's account in yesterday's edition of The Observer would know. When he returned in 1991, he was told: "ministers have decreed that former PoWs will attend a mass press conference and relate their experiences", whether they wanted to or not. He wrote that a few days later "someone changed their mind." I do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Charities (Income Tax Cut) (18 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I agree with the Minister that payroll giving is effective. Has he had any discussions with the professional accounting bodies or the professional human resources bodies to ensure that, particularly in small and medium-sized enterprises and other small organisations, the staff who organise the payroll are aware of the process and the HR staff are making employees aware of the scheme?

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (19 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the setting of targets for recycling.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Local Government (25 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what powers and responsibilities he intends to devolve to councils in Northern Ireland.

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: As we heard from the speeches of the Minister and the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox), defence in the UK offers us myriad themes to discuss. I want to talk about the defence industry in the UK for two reasons: first, a reducing number of people in the UK have any experience of armed service, so the defence industry is many people's closest link to defence in the UK; and, secondly, this...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I could not agree more. Given that 50 per cent. of the entire naval married quarters are in the Portsmouth area, that would be a very real problem. The people serving on ships to whom I spoke said that if they had to move up to Scotland or down to Plymouth, they would leave the Navy. I am saying nothing to denigrate Scotland or Plymouth, but merely expressing the view of the people living in...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Again, I find myself agreeing. It is most important that we ensure that we maintain that skills base because, if we delay and lose it, we could find that we were unable to build the submarines here in this country, which would be a great shame.

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I agree. The dangers inherent in that delay are very important. Some people made the point that the Vanguard submarines took only 14 years to procure, but what was missed by many people is that that did not include the time taken to do the initial concept work, and that can easily take three years. I spent 20 years working in the defence manufacturing industry, and I have been a member of...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. He is absolutely right. My point is that we should use the history to learn lessons so that in future we deliver. Out in the field, as he said, the feedback is very positive. In Iraq, Brigadier Andrew Gregory said: "Bowman is giving us a real edge on operations". Brigadier Patrick Marriott said: "The potential of Bowman is immense, the reality is...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The incentive to be innovative will come from the contract, which says that in return for a long-running relationship over the life of the product, the partner will deliver cost savings to the MOD, through the savings that it makes by driving down costs, by bringing about cost reductions and by ensuring lean manufacture. What happened in the past under the fixed-price system was that if the...

Orders of the Day: Electric Shock Training Devices Bill (27 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am conscious of the huge privilege of having the opportunity to introduce a private Member's Bill given my relatively short time in the House. I must express my surprise at having that opportunity today, because I did not expect it. I thank the Bill's cross-party sponsors and all those on both sides of the House who have shown support....

Orders of the Day: Electric Shock Training Devices Bill (27 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I agree. The potential for misuse of the collars worries me greatly, and I think that it adds to the weight of the argument against them. Electric shock collars teach an animal to respond out of fear rather than an actual willingness to obey. They do not address underlying behavioural problems, and may leave the causes of barking or aggression suppressed. Training a dog on the basis of fear...

Orders of the Day: Electric Shock Training Devices Bill (27 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I take the hon. Gentleman's point, but it seems a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Are we really saying that it is acceptable to administer an electric shock to an animal to prevent one's clothes from getting muddy? I do not buy that argument.

Orders of the Day: Electric Shock Training Devices Bill (27 Apr 2007)

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I do own a dog. It is the Heinz 57 variety—a good old-fashioned mongrel. It is typical of such dogs—there are all sorts of problems with it—but I would not dream of using an electronic training device to deal with some of those problems, such as jumping up at people. Owning a dog requires a huge time commitment if it is to be trained to behave properly. The problem I have with those...


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