Results 641–660 of 732 for speaker:Jim McGovern

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (9 Jan 2006)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government are planning to remove the single room rent upper limit on housing benefit provisions for those under 25 years.

Written Answers — Constitutional Affairs: Compensation Bill (9 Jan 2006)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when her Department plans to publish its proposals for a possible exemption for trades unions from the claims management proposals contained in the Compensation Bill [Lords].

Written Answers — Constitutional Affairs: Compensation Bill (9 Jan 2006)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department plans to introduce an exemption for trades unions from the claims management proposals in the Compensation Bill [Lords], (a) through an amendment to the Bill and (b) by secondary legislation; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Milk Prices (15 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: What recent discussions she has had with dairy farmers on the price of milk.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Milk Prices (15 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. Notwithstanding that, with milk prices low and dairy farmers struggling, will he assure dairy farmers that today's statement on bovine TB will not have a detrimental effect on milk prices and producers?

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 13 - Annual leave (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: If I understood the hon. Member for Epping Forest correctly, she is trying to achieve the same ends.

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 13 - Annual leave (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: Raised eyebrows were mentioned earlier. There have been more raised eyebrows than at a Roger Moore convention. The amendment is a gentle reminder to the Government about annual leave entitlement. The amendment adds a new condition to the regulations that are to be drawn up after the Bill is enacted. I should say straight away that I believe that annual leave is vital to the well-being of...

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 13 - Annual leave (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: Yes, that is what the amendment says. There should be 20 days' annual leave plus the eight for statutory public holidays; they should be additional to the 20 days. As I said, I am an employer and I give more than the legal requirement, but we must legislate to support people who are employed by companies that only ever apply the minimums, and the amendment would enable us to do that. If...

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 13 - Annual leave (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: I thank the hon. Gentleman. I agree that public holidays could not always be taken by everyone on the dates for which they are set. I am thinking of the emergency services, hospitals and other caring services. However, the amendment says that if people have to work on such a date, they will receive a day in lieu at another time, mutually agreed between them and the employer. I would like...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scotland Act (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the curious alliance that is demanding that the Scotland Act be revisited: a combination of the nationalists, Greens, Trotskyists and The Sunday Times Scotland? Does he agree that any idea that gathers the support of such an alliance must be mad, bad and, indeed, dangerous?

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 1 - Maternity pay period (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: When would the mother decide the date of her return to work? It seems to me that if she wanted an increased payment, she would have to say so prior to the birth of the baby? Following the birth, the assessment could change and she might decide that she would need a longer period.

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 1 - Maternity pay period (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: When would the mother decide the date of her return to work? It seems to me that if she wanted an increased payment, she would have to say so prior to the birth of the baby? Following the birth, the assessment could change and she might decide that she would need a longer period.

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 1 - Maternity pay period (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: I think that I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, but there is a danger associated with it. I assume that we agree that the purpose of maternity leave is to allow the mother to spend time with her new child, but does not this amendment provide an incentive for the mother to spend less time with her new child?

Public Bill Committee: Work and Families Bill: Clause 1 - Maternity pay period (13 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: I think that I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, but there is a danger associated with it. I assume that we agree that the purpose of maternity leave is to allow the mother to spend time with her new child, but does not this amendment provide an incentive for the mother to spend less time with her new child?

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (12 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of removing the single room rent upper limit on housing benefit provisions for those aged under 25 years.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (8 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria he used in determining whether to continue the single room rent upper limit on housing benefit provisions for those aged under 25 years.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (8 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Government have made of the effect of the age discrimination clauses in the Equality Bill of the legality of the single room rent upper limit on housing benefit provisions for those aged under 25 years.

Written Answers — Minister for Women: Student Loans (7 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the provision of student loans for postgraduate students will be covered by the clauses of the Equality Bill on age discrimination.

Orders of the Day — Work and Families Bill (5 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate on a welcome and important Bill. The research paper suggests that it has come on the back of a raft of policy documents and consultation papers. I am delighted that it also comes on the back of a manifesto commitment that came via the Warwick agreement, and I am glad that the Government are pursuing it so early in this Parliament. I look forward to...

Orders of the Day — Work and Families Bill (5 Dec 2005)

Jim McGovern: I agree with my hon. Friend entirely. I am against two-tier work forces, regardless of where they exist, and the sooner we get the situation sorted in this place, the happier I will be. The Bill is crucial—I am afraid that I must use the jargon—to the work-life balance in the 21st century. A recent ICM poll suggested that three out of five women today believe that it is more difficult for...


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