Results 21–40 of 332 for speaker:Lynda Waltho

British Waterways (30 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: Absolutely. My right hon. Friend may have read my speech because I would like to deal with that possibility in a moment. That would be a fantastic way forward; indeed, British Waterways has proposed and consulted on that recently. Further losses and selling off a national treasure would also represent a sell-off of the volunteer effort, which has been built up over many years, especially in...

British Waterways (30 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I agree entirely. Such people cannot understand why the Government appear to want to throw away all the investment and the work, which they have helped achieve.

British Waterways (30 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: Absolutely. There are many stakeholders-not only users and volunteers but people's livelihoods and, as my hon. Friend says, homes are affected.

British Waterways (30 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: Again, I can do nothing but agree. Some people in the black country spend whole weeks maintaining parts of the network. For example, they keep tea rooms open, raise funds and so on day in, day out. We cannot let them down. One of the biggest issues is how we react to BW's aim of becoming self-sufficient. Hitherto, that aim was supported by the Government, but it will become unachievable and...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 13 — Paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: The question has been the subject of quite a lot of debate in Stourbridge. A stamp-collecting club meets quite close to the lap-dancing club. We wondered whether it might be using the booths for swapping stamps. The feeling among local residents that I have described led them to think, "This is not the sort of establishment that I want to live by," but they found that they could not object....

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 13 — Paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, the Lib Dems in Stourbridge have supported my position on the issue and have worked with me all the way along, so I do not necessarily have the same issue with Lib Dem concerns as my right hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane). It is key that the Government's response now should be robust and allow local authorities to consult properly and...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Clause 13 — Paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc: England and Wales (12 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I shall discuss amendments 16 to 20, 22, 23, 60 and 63, which deal with lap dancing. Generally, the legislation on this area is welcomed as an important change to lap-dancing licensing. We all know that it is the result of an 18-month campaign led by organisations such as Object and the Fawcett Society, parliamentarians on both sides of the House, equality organisations and residents...

Rape Crisis Centres (10 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: While preparing to speak in this debate, I was approached by several charities, lobbyists and politicians, who represent a wide range of opinion and interest in the subject. What unites them is a desire to see the issue of funding for rape crisis centres given the greatest possible prominence-both for the public and the Government-and although they may differ in opinion on the means, the end...

Rape Crisis Centres (10 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: It does indeed. The matter is not just about one-off amounts of money, which are obviously very useful; it is about sustainability. Often people who should be counselling and supporting victims are filling in forms, chasing money and effectively finding their wages for the next year. Sustainability is the key to dealing with the issue. In common with those around England and Wales, rape...

Energy and Climate Change: Copenhagen Summit (5 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: What steps he is taking to promote public awareness of the Copenhagen climate change summit; and if he will make a statement.

Energy and Climate Change: Copenhagen Summit (5 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. In the run-up to Copenhagen, will she confirm her Department's support for low-carbon transport initiatives such as the Parry People Mover, which is a light rail car that runs on the Stourbridge line? It makes an important contribution to the local economy in terms of jobs and green technology. Will she, or the Secretary of State, accept my invitation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gray Report (2 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: As the Gray report refers to major procurement activities, will the Minister tell me, and the House, what recent discussions he has had with commanders on the ground about the effectiveness of personal protection equipment for our troops in theatre-such as the Stourbridge war hero, 19-year-old Michelle Norris, who risked her life and was the first woman to gain the military cross for her work?

Written Answers — Defence: Gray Report (2 Nov 2009)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to implement the recommendations made in the Gray report on defence acquisition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Children's Commissioner (19 Oct 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I must correct the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), who speaks for the Opposition on this particular policy. On Wednesday, there was no working majority of Labour Committee members able to participate and neither was there a vote, so how the hon. Gentleman can say that this was the unanimous decision of the Committee fails me. However, will my right hon. Friend reassure me that...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Graduate Job Prospects (16 Jul 2009)

Lynda Waltho: What steps he is taking to assist students graduating in the summer of 2009 to find employment.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Graduate Job Prospects (16 Jul 2009)

Lynda Waltho: Recently, there was an announcement of 1,000 new jobs, training places and internships in the west midlands, and young people, their parents and their lecturers in my constituency and in the wider west midlands certainly welcome that. In Dudley, however, we are already suffering the effects of a botched school closure programme and a failure to take up Building Schools for the Future. What...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Young People in the Recession (6 Jul 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I want to go back to an earlier point. I was impressed when the hon. Gentleman gave the Government credit for increasing apprenticeships vastly. I am desperately looking through my notes—I cannot find the figures—but I know that we are up to about 250,000. We need to compare that with 1997, when I was teaching young people about to leave school in the run-up to 1997. I was teaching them...

Stourbridge Glass Collection (18 Jun 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I appreciate what the Minister is saying about that relationship, but in a case where a council appears not to be acting in the best interests of the collection or of local people, there must be something that the responsible Minister can do; otherwise such a council will just get away with it. Dudley council has got away with a lot of other decisions. Local decision making is bad, and local...

Stourbridge Glass Collection (18 Jun 2009)

Lynda Waltho: I understand that my hon. Friend is working from information gathered by people who are not from Stourbridge or who do not understand the local conditions. The Red House Glass Cone site is very small, whereas the Stourbridge glass collection is vast. I am no expert, but I know about putting things in rooms and I can tell her that there is no way that that collection will ever be able to be...


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