Results 101–120 of 163 for speaker:Baroness McDonagh

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS Business Services Authority (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the NHS Business Services Authority administering the prescription pre-payment, medical exemption and maternity exemption schemes. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the NHS Business Services Authority administering the NHS low income scheme.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Banking (28 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government where the public shareholding in the banks is currently recorded in the public accounts; and how the consequential revenues will be recorded and accounted for once the shares are sold.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Prescriptions (22 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives they are exploring to ensure that healthcare workers, pharmacists and front-line staff in chemists actively promote pre-payment certificates to increase uptake and the number of people benefiting from the scheme. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have applied to the prescription pre-payment certificate scheme in each of the past...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits (20 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people of working age currently receive free prescriptions through passported benefits such as jobseeker's allowance and income support; and how many people the Government expect to receive free prescriptions under the universal credit.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Prescriptions (20 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have applied for the NHS low income scheme in each of the past three years; and how many people in each of the last three years were exempted from paying prescription charges through the scheme.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Prescriptions (20 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to make prescriptions more affordable for people on low incomes.

Banking: Government Shares — Question (13 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to sell their shares in publicly owned banks; how the proceeds will be accounted for; and how the proceeds will be used.

Banking: Government Shares — Question (13 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as non-executive director of Standard Life.

Banking: Government Shares — Question (13 Jun 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I thank the Minister for that reply. The Government have been able to tell us little about their future banking policy. Perhaps we could be enlightened more about the here and now. I do appreciate that it is difficult for the Minister, given the abject failure of Project Merlin, but how have we got ourselves into a situation where under the Government's own enterprise finance guarantee scheme...

NHS: Waiting Times — Question (3 May 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the waiting times for accident and emergency treatment and operations since the abolition of targets.

NHS: Waiting Times — Question (3 May 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I thank the noble Earl for that Answer. It would be clearer to the House to explain that waiting times for in-patients are at a three-year, all-time high since the 18-week target was set and that A&E waits are rising sharply. I am sure the Minister accepts the evidence that longer waits for treatment cost more per patient and clinical outcomes are worse. Can he tell the House how much on...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I thank the Minister for his response. I will respond quickly. I would be surprised if it were the Government's intention to pass legislation that sets out to cross historic county boundaries. One area that has not been debated properly is the size of constituencies. It has not been debated in the context of either the amendments or the Bill as a whole. It is inaccurate to suggest that...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: My amendment seeks to look at all the issues that a Bill such as this needs to incorporate. Any Bill of this nature needs four parts to it: the size of the House; the size of the constituency; the things to look at when trying to establish the boundary of a constituency; and a fourth part covering how the public can complain or test the Government or their agency on the decisions that they...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: This amendment is not a criticism of the Government but an opportunity to right a wrong created by my own party. I suppose that successive Governments who did so much good would also occasionally get things wrong, and this is one of them. I shall just explain the current situation for registration both now and historically. We have household registration, which means that a form goes to each...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: That is absolutely right, and that is why I hope the Government will consider this. I also hope that the Government will consider bringing in an average number to each constituency, rather than a simple limit on 600. If this number of people falls off the register-and we all know the areas that will fall off the register-when you combine the current under-registration and the fall-off in the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I thank the Committee for its contributions to the debate. I will quickly answer a few questions and come back to a couple of points. This amendment would make no difference whatever in Northern Ireland; the 2002 Act has been superseded by the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Act and we are reinstating and registering people who had not even filled in forms. If the Government were to...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: Is my noble friend aware that there is a legal duty to register? It is the choice of the citizen whether to vote, but it is a legal responsibility and requirement to register.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (14th Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I hope the point that I made about what happens between this stage and the next will bring some changes to the legislation. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 90C withdrawn. Debate on whether Clause 11, as amended, should stand part of the Bill.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (14th Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: This amendment seeks to provide that when the average size of constituency reaches 74,000 voters, the Secretary of State will bring forward legislation to increase the number of constituencies. This is a probing amendment, as I want to hear the Minister's views on this issue. I am not sure that the Government fully appreciate the enormity of what they are doing and the impact that this Bill...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (19 Jan 2011)

Baroness McDonagh: I have some sympathy with the noble Lord's arguments, but would he address the issue of why this island should be treated in one way and other islands in a different way?


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