Results 141–160 of 332 for speaker:Lynda Waltho

Orders of the Day: Special Educational Needs (Information) Bill (1 Feb 2008)

Lynda Waltho: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow), who made an interesting and moving speech. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West (Mrs. Hodgson) on her success in getting the Bill to this stage. It is the first big hurdle. Should this and further hurdles in Committee be cleared, as we hope they will be, and the Bill become law,...

Orders of the Day: Special Educational Needs (Information) Bill (1 Feb 2008)

Lynda Waltho: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We know about the cases that are diagnosed: children born with FAS constitute the largest group of children with non-inherited disabilities, and their number is growing in the UK. At least with the Bill in place, we will be better able to plan, train and develop, and ultimately improve the outcomes for those children. The Bill will be useful, too, at the...

Business of the House: Topical debate — Holocaust Memorial Day (31 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: I am also very moved by what the hon. Gentleman has been saying. Is it not precisely because of the point he makes that we must encourage organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust to continue their work? It was only when I went to Auschwitz that I started to comprehend the industrial nature of what happened. The young people I was with were silent for virtually the whole trip...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Whaling (31 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Japan on whaling in the Southern ocean.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (24 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: Will my right hon. Friend consider the views of the Federation of Master Builders and those of 58 MPs who have so far signed early-day motion 669, calling for a reduction in VAT from 17.5 per cent. to 5 per cent. on repairs to and maintenance of existing buildings? Such a move would bring far more empty homes on to the market, assist home owners in making their homes energy efficient, and,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: New Roads and Rail (22 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: The midlands, like every other area, deserves a transport network that is fit for the future. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has just approved the black country study and the designation of Brierley Hill as a strategic centre. The missing part of the jigsaw is the extension to the midland metro. Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (14 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (14 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. I am sure that it will be welcomed on both sides of the House, although possibly not by researchers who are busily working on speeches for Wednesday's debate. I appreciate that there have been problems on the way to full ratification, but I am pleased that they have not prevented the police from carrying out their duties on this matter. I wonder...

Written Answers — Home Department: Neighbourhood Policing (14 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (7 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: While I welcome my hon. and learned Friend's statement and the introduction of personal accounts, I am concerned that the proposed banding of contributions will discriminate against part-time workers, many of whom hold more than one part-time job, and most of whom are women. Will he look again at the possibility of allowing employer contributions on all earnings up to the £33,540 ceiling,...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (7 Jan 2008)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase access to occupational pensions for those on low incomes.

Written Answers — Home Department: Litter: West Midlands (3 Dec 2007)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police have to take action against those caught (a) dropping litter and (b) fly-tipping; how many (i) prosecutions were brought and (ii) penalty notices were issued under each power in each of the local authority areas in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Litter: West Midlands (3 Dec 2007)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers are available to local authorities to take action against those caught (a) dropping litter and (b) fly-tipping; and how many (i) prosecutions were brought and (ii) penalty notices were issued under each power in each local authority area in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2007)

Lynda Waltho: Stourbridge college in my constituency is delivering 40 per cent. above its original "train to gain" contract target, and it will deliver 100 per cent. next year. It is about to establish Stourbridge Training to respond to employer-led demands. Will my right hon. Friend undertake to visit Stourbridge to see what a can-do college is doing to reinforce the message that we need a relentless...

Orders of the Day: Health and Education (13 Nov 2007)

Lynda Waltho: I rise to speak in favour of the Loyal Address and against the Opposition amendment. I want to examine the education and skills Bill, mention some of the great things that have happened in my constituency as a result of our policies so far and consider what the Bill's introduction will mean. Although the headlines in the days after the Gracious Speech seemed to focus on the school leaving...

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (12 Nov 2007)

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve education provision for children born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Dudley Library Closures (24 Oct 2007)

Lynda Waltho: I accept that. I know that Sandwell is doing very well with its libraries, as is Birmingham, and they are both neighbouring authorities. In this case, however, there is no evidence that Dudley ever considered thinking outside the box. If it could take the example of Sandwell or of Birmingham, I would be a very happy MP, but there is no evidence of that.

Dudley Library Closures (24 Oct 2007)

Lynda Waltho: I understand the point about meeting those targets, but can the Minister explain how reducing book usage and reducing the hours to 10 a week will help Dudley to achieve anything apart from a cost saving?

Dudley Library Closures (24 Oct 2007)

Lynda Waltho: What is a library? Is it a collection of books, DVDs, CDs and videos? Is it a place to expand knowledge or surf the internet? Is it a community hub, an information exchange, a homework club, a writers' club, or a rattle and rhyme club for toddlers? The answer, of course, is that it is all of those and much, much more, but not for much longer in my constituency or in Dudley. I applied for this...

Dudley Library Closures (24 Oct 2007)

Lynda Waltho: I am sorry to say that that is exactly right. Although GCSE results are improving year on year, the closures can only have a detrimental effect on that improvement. Following the 2006 report, the authority held a staff conference. I was invited to make a contribution as a local MP and member of the all-party libraries and information management group. Although there was a degree of...


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