Results 7501–7520 of 7613 for speaker:Justine Greening

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many gerontologists are on the boards of the (a) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and (b) Biotechnology and Biology Science Research Council; 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 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 6 - Duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: The Minister has said that she is confident about the funding. If when the guidelines come out, local authorities tell the Government that the cost of meeting them and the sufficiency rule will be more than the cost of what is currently in place, what action will the Government take? The context is that councils are under threat of being capped if they increase council rates. Will the...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 6 - Duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: The Minister is getting to the heart of my point. If at this stage local authorities do not know what the guidance notes will say, how can the Government be sure about their response in respect of how much it will cost them? They cannot be confident about the statement that the Minister just made until they have consulted local authorities.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 6 - Duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: Will the Minister take the opportunity to clarify a report that I read briefly in the newspaper last week, that pension liabilities arise with respect to nannies and au pairs? This is something that the Government have pursued, only in the context of ensuring that child care is affordable. If there are more layers of cost as a result, those options would be less available to the Minister’s...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 6 - Duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: I want to speak in support of amendment No. 99, which, in the context of our debate on other amendments, it is vital to include in the Bill. My hon. Friend the Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton has already dealt with the potential crowding out of existing PVI sector nurseries by Sure Start. That concern should be taken on board seriously, because the last thing that we want to happen...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 5 - Power to amend sections 2 and 4 (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: One of my concerns is about the suggestion that there may be an opportunity for the Government to redefine early childhood services. Local authorities will be reticent about putting in the investment to provide them, in case suddenly at some point in the future—the Minister said that there are no plans at the moment—the goalposts are moved. My concern is that the measure will hinder...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Bill: Clause 5 - Power to amend sections 2 and 4 (8 Dec 2005)

Justine Greening: The Minister’s comments concern me. The original definition of early childhood services in clause 2 is very broad. It refers to what aspects of services will be brought together under a local authority and to the broad provision of services. The Minister’s comments suggest that potential changes in the future could be far more prescriptive and could be top-down changes from national...


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