Results 3901–3920 of 4017 for speaker:Lyn Brown

Orders of the Day: Infrastructure Audit (Housing Development) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: The hon. Gentleman is being extremely generous in giving way. I am trying to understand the nub of the Bill; I am struggling somewhat with that. As I see it, there are not many new proposals in the Bill that are not already part of what has come through via the ODPM Select Committee, which sets out things that the Government are doing. Is the nub of the issue the number of homes that are...

Orders of the Day: Infrastructure Audit (Housing Development) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I join my hon. Friends in congratulating the Father of the House on this Bill. If it is enacted, it will be a worthy addition to the statute book, as is recognised by the cross-party support that it has. The Bill has undoubtedly been improved as a result of the lively and constructive debates on it in this House, and it will play an important role in addressing the serious problem of the...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I thank my hon. Friend for her timely intervention and agree with her. I understand that the arrangements for reporting have been tightened and improved so that the data that we have will reflect better the situation as a whole. However, the Bill will enable firefighters and fire officers to appreciate the importance of collecting such data because they will realise that it might be possible...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: My hon. Friend gives me the opportunity to say that I have taken a leaf out of the book of the experiences of my hon. Friend the Member for Stourbridge (Lynda Waltho) over the past year. I have been out for an eight-hour shift with my local police force. I am in the midst of arranging a similar night out—if one can call it that—with my firefighters and ambulance crew. I look forward to...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I am looking forward to taking part in the scheme. In fact, I have the papers on my desk as I speak. My only concern is that I might be expected to become fitter than I am. Once I have received clarification on that point, I will sign and submit the papers. As I said, we unfortunately all know of incidents in our constituencies or neighbouring areas. I remember an incident that took place in...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: Personally, I think it has something to do with the high adrenaline and excitement associated with a blue flashing light, and the attendant drama. It may be cultural thing, with emergency services arriving at a scene, leading to a rush of adrenaline, from which some young people, unfortunately, get a thrill.

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: My hon. Friend is right to say that we cannot view one Bill as a panacea for all ills. We need to look at the provision of youth services and what happens in our schools, to build a picture of the sorts of remedies that can begin to impact on this growing social ill. In my own West Ham constituency, the council has used the Olympic games and other sporting events as an effective way of...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: It is a shame that I will not be able to respond to my hon. Friend by saying how grateful I am for his congratulations. Let us get back to the Bill. Let us remember that the obstruction of emergency workers is not just a worrying and unwarranted assault on our hard-working and widely respected emergency workers. At worst, obstruction in an emergency can threaten people's lives. Obstruction of...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I suffer from the malady of not being a "learned" Member and find myself wishing that I had done a law degree, which would have been much more useful to me than literature—[Hon. Members: "No!"] Well, we do need people who understand books as well. I understand that the reference to assault was taken out of the Bill because there is already sufficient remedy in English law to tackle that problem.

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I thank my hon. Friend. The Bill puts in statute a respect for emergency services and emergency service workers that may not hitherto have been established. I believe that it will incrementally change opinion, and the perception of those workers. It is a great pity that we need to do that, but when cases are brought to court and people are accused and tried for obstructing emergency crews, it...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: Let me finish the sentence before I forget.

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I believe that I was about to give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier).

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: That is my understanding of the position. As I said earlier, we need to create and enforce respect for people who work in difficult circumstances to serve the public. It is a pity that the measure is necessary, but it will be an added bonus on our statute book. In April, a 999 crew were attacked just after 10 o'clock at night in Westburn road, Aberdeen. The ambulance was responding to an...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: Again, I am not a learned Member, but I understand that there is a difference between Scots law and English law. The provisions in Scots law were necessary to deal with a specific matter, but their incorporation into English law would create confusion. I am sure that the Minister will deal with that point later.

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but I can only give the same answer: I understand that incorporating provisions from Scots law into English law would create confusion rather than assist. I agree with his sentiments—people must know that when they attack our paramedics, firefighters and others who attempt to assist the public, the full force of the law will bear down on...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: My hon. Friend is right. There is gross under-reporting of incidents. I stress to Opposition Members who have intervened that the abuse and minor incidents go unreported, perhaps because there is no redress in law to deal with young people or other individuals who commit such acts. If there were such redress—which there soon will be, thanks to the diligence of my right hon. Friend the...

Orders of the Day: Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: I agree. There is nothing to add to the hon. Gentleman's eloquent intervention. I sincerely hope that the incidents are happening through ignorance of their consequences rather than being malicious attacks on community services. The Bill will also help to underline the overwhelming public support for our emergency workers, and to reflect just how unacceptable attacks on hard-working...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory (14 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the plans under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species for a one-time sale of ivory stocks.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies (13 Jul 2006)

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made representations to Thames Water about its water leakage rates.


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