Results 101–120 of 7614 for speaker:Justine Greening

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Ageing (12 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Government funding has been made available for the Biotechnology and Biology Science Research Council programme of experimental research on ageing programme for the years 2002 to 2005; if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) projects to which grants have been made in each year; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Ageing (12 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has made an assessment of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report Ageing: Scientific Aspects, published on 21 July 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I beg to move amendment No. 104, in page 5, line 14, at end insert— ‘(1A)Assistance under subsection (1) (a) shall only be forthcoming if the authority has taken into consideration spare capacity by existing providers.’.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: When we considered clause 6 last week, we were identifying the destination we wanted to reach with regard to provision of child care in any local authority area. Clauses 8 and 9 deal with the route by which local authorities should get there and stay there. Our amendments would enhance that process—it is a process that local authorities go through—to ensure   that they take the necessary...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: The amendments seek to ensure that the local authority’s review of unmet need and its assessment of sufficiency are done robustly. In the child care provision under discussion, the market and the need are changing rapidly. Instead of a poor process, any local authority should have and should have to have a process in place that accepts the dynamic in the market. There is a risk that some...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I take on board the hon. Lady’s point, but we are seeking to provide clarity in the Bill. If the clause merely said “assistance”, I might agree with her, but as it refers specifically to “financial assistance”, that additional detail must be correct. Therefore, we want to ensure that the detail is broad enough to capture the other forms of assistance that a local authority may want...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend makes a valuable point. In the context of the evolution of child care in a local authority area, new third parties, whether private, voluntary or independent, may well be put off providing child care if they think that they may, in the future, be unfairly overruled when they want to expand their provision.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend raises a valid point. The amendment purely provides a safeguard that a decision will be assessed if the local authority got it wrong. Surely the only people who will suffer if a local authority does get it wrong will be children—[Interruption.]

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I challenge the Minister on that point. I trust my local authority in Wandsworth. It does an excellent job and provides fantastic services for a low tax. It works with many independent private and voluntary organisations. Her point is not true and it is incorrect to make such a sweeping statement.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: Surely, if the amendment is accepted, it will not be only providers who can challenge a local authority decision; the parents may also want to challenge it, and it is important that a mechanism exists by which they can do so. The Bill contains nothing that would provide that mechanism, and it would be a sensible provision to include.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 8 - Powers of local authority in relation to the provision of childcare (13 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Rights of Savers Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “Savings and Retirement Account (SaRA) schemes” (14 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I record my dismay at the Government’s amendments. When we debated this Private Member’s Bill several weeks ago, I thought that although it was not the whole answer to this country’s pensions and savings issues, it was part of the answer. Listening to the Minister on that day, I very much hoped that his enthusiasm would be reflected in Committee this afternoon. I am surprised and...

Public Bill Committee: Rights of Savers Bill: Clause 1 - Meaning of “Savings and Retirement Account (SaRA) schemes” (14 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I record my dismay at the Government’s amendments. When we debated this Private Member’s Bill several weeks ago, I thought that although it was not the whole answer to this country’s pensions and savings issues, it was part of the answer. Listening to the Minister on that day, I very much hoped that his enthusiasm would be reflected in Committee this afternoon. I am surprised and...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 41 - The learning and development requirements (15 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend raises a valid point. There is no doubt in my mind that the clause intends to give a directional steer for early years child care providers. The use of the word “taught” gives the provision a far more prescriptive sense than is intended, if we consider the vision in the guidelines that we have been given.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 41 - The learning and development requirements (15 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I was listening with interest to the hon. Lady. I agree. When we picked up “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” we did not know whether we were reading a book, just enjoying a story or being taught, but having read it we enjoyed it, which meant that we developed personally.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 41 - The learning and development requirements (15 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I, too, support the amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton). The clause is far too prescriptive. The reality is that other issues may be in conflict in respect of children of nought to two-years-old. Babies may be happy in a sandpit or doing whatever they are doing, but ensuring that all the boxes are ticked may hinder their personal,...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 41 - The learning and development requirements (15 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: These comments very much come out of those made to me by my constituents. Putney is a typical part of London. It has many young mothers and young families with small children and babies, and the concept of babies and young children being taught is raised with me on the doorstep. There is an issue in the wider world that will need to be addressed. The amendments reflect not just the...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 41 - The learning and development requirements (15 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I thank the Minister for her definition of the word “taught”. There is still some concern in my mind about using it. The fourth definition that she mentioned included the words “to cause to adopt”, which sound pushy. The whole ethos is that children will learn and will adopt a behaviour or skill by example or experience. That exemplifies our concerns. The play-based approach is far...

Written Answers — Transport: Crossrail (20 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Department's latest estimate is of the projected costs of the Crossrail project, broken down by (a) central government funding and (b) London-generated funding; what assessment he has made of the local Government funding mechanisms that might be used to raise London-generated funds; and if he will make a statement.

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, with which I thoroughly agree. That is potentially a way in which the Government can at least signal what they believe constitutes responsible pet ownership, whether in relation to neutering, pet insurance or microchipping. That sort of advice is vital when people first get their pet.


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