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Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (5 Nov 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: Today, a number of my hon. Friends have expressed their regret at some of the omissions from the Queen's Speech. However, I was riveted by the speech of the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson), who welcomed a measure that he thought was in the Queen's Speech. I am sure that it will highlight his constituents' day when they read the record of the debate and learn that their representative...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (5 Nov 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: No, I would not. Women are not convinced by the Prime Minister's conversion. It is all very well to discuss with industry the promotion of women to board rooms and senior managerial positions, but in general women see that, if the Government do not tackle low pay and unequal pay and provide some help with child care, women will not in any sense be equal or have any kind of equal rights....

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: I intervene early in the debate because a number of Conservative Members want to speak. If I do not do so now, I may be squeezed out. The hon. Member for Lancashire, West (Mr. Hind) and my old adversary, if I may so describe him, the right hon. Member for Castle Point (Sir B. Braine), the Father of the House, have spoken against RU486. The right hon. Member for Castle Point made his usual...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: The hon. Member for Lancashire, West shakes his head. I want to try to put the record straight. I am glad that the Government have decided, after the most rigorous checks, to grant a product licence. I am sure that the Under-Secretary of State will explain those checks. It is unusual for the Under-Secretary and me to be on the same side, but in this case I fully support the Government's...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: I do not propose to give way, as there is so little time for this debate. There is no evidence of any long-term health risk. We have heard many scare stories this evening, but we should stick to the facts. The drug is taken as a single dose, perhaps once in a woman's lifetime. It goes through the metabolism quickly and is eliminated quickly from the body. Nothing could be simpler and safer...

Opposition Day: Family Hardship (13 Mar 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: In the few minutes left for the Front-Bench replies, I wish to make a few references first to the speeches which have been made in the debate. The speeches of my hon. Friends reflected their anxieties about the bitter plight of families on low incomes living in their constituencies. The anger expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Renfrew, West and Inverclyde (Mr. Graham) and the speech...

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: We have all benefited from hearing the differing views of right hon. and hon. Members in this interesting debate. I join others in congratulating the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Martin) on his choice of subject, and even on the blandness of his motion, although I quarrel with the hon. Gentleman's reference, in respect of families, to the Government continuing to support and...

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: I acknowledge the hon. Gentleman's point, but it does not change the fact that the value of the family allowance has been greatly reduced. The Government froze child benefit in 1987, and now propose to increase it from £7.25 to £8.25—but only for the first child. In 1977, during the life of the last Labour Government, the allowance was worth £6.24 at 1990 prices, and the present payment...

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: We shall have to see how it develops. The Government must co-ordinate with local authorities on all the available options. If the Government decide to give some tax relief, we shall be able to see how the system works. I am also keen that the Government should ask local authorities to give them their action plans for child care, so that we can ensure that child care is available throughout...

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: I am aware that the hon. Gentleman supported the idea of a creche in the Houses of Parliament which is something for which we have been working for a very long time. I hope to goodness that we will have a creche one day. What about the need for creche facilities for the staff in this place who work split shifts? Catering staff come in, prepare lunches and have a couple of hours off in the...

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: The Leader of the House.

Family Policy (4 Feb 1991)

Ms Jo Richardson: Although there are no statistics, a large number of women are trapped in their homes with violent partners and cannot leave because they have nowhere else to go. Will the hon. Gentleman comment on women who are forced to live in a violent situation of that kind?

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (12 Nov 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: Fewer mothers leave their kids

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (12 Nov 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: My understanding is that the ministerial group has discussed only two subjects apart from child care. One is domestic violence, which I gather the group is against, and the other is rape in marriage. I and women in Britain wish that the Government would put some effort into making those two crimes totally unacceptable.

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (12 Nov 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: I do not know what the Home Secretary was worried about when he opened the debate this afternoon. He castigated us for choosing yet again—I admit it—the title of the debate. He was wrong to do so, because the House needs the opportunity that we provided by selecting this range of subjects to consider matters which may or may not be in the Queen's Speech but which some hon. Members wish...

Clause 34: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (21 Jun 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: I think that this is the first time that I have seen the Whips so mixed up. I suppose that was because we had a dead heat in the vote on the last amendment. There seemed to be some confusion, but there has been understandable confusion throughout the passage of the Bill. I should like to add my thanks to those of the Secretary of State for Health for the help that his officials have given us...

Clause 34: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (21 Jun 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: I listened carefully to what the hon. Member for Maidstone (Miss Widdecombe) had to say about disabled foetuses. She shows great concern for disabled people, so I was surprised when it was drawn to my attention that the hon. Lady voted against the last report of the Select Committee on Social Services on community care. All hon. Members want the interests of carers to be safeguarded. However,...

Clause 34: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (21 Jun 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: The hon. Lady is apparently saying that something that we did on our side of the argument threw her side into disarray.

Clause 34: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (21 Jun 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: I am very sorry, but this is the House of Commons and I should have thought that hon. Members were used to reading the Order Paper to know what they were doing. The hon. Lady's comments are quite an admission. It is not our job to say, "Stop, are you sure you know what you're doing? Are you sure that you really want to withdraw this?" I am not suggesting that the hon. Lady is stupid, because...

Clause 34: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (21 Jun 1990)

Ms Jo Richardson: The danger is that we shall undo what we did less than two months ago. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Lancaster (Dame E. Kellett-Bowman) can recall an occasion when the House has taken two different stances within such a short period. I certainly cannot recall such an occasion.


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