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Results 1–20 of 1425 for speaker:Miss Joan Lestor

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: It is also Labour party policy.

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: This has been a wide-ranging debate. All who have spoken have contributed something to a discussion that we must have about family policy and where we go from here. I want to congratulate the right hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Raison) on at last coming up in the ballot. I had the same experience. It took me 17 years, so I should tell other hon. Members who have not been here so long that it...

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Yes, that is true. I am glad to have the hon. Gentleman's support, as that is the point that I am trying to make. We do not look at the other side of the coin. Against enormous odds, many single parents are bringing up their children very well indeed. They will make a good contribution to society. Money is the biggest problem for single parents. All their difficulties arise from lack of...

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I do not deny that; the statistics speak for themselves. Relationships are changing. More marriages are ending in divorce. We have no figures relating to the breakdown of relationships, but when there is such a breakdown it is a tragedy, especially for the children. I am appalled that the Government have made no money available to Relate and to other organisations that are trying to assist...

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: My hon. Friend is perfectly right. Of course undesirable people hang around those centres and children are extremely vulnerable. There is no doubt that there has been an increase in prostitution among young men and women. That is because it is a sure source of income when they are homeless and we cannot deny that it is happening in our society. Child abuse has been mentioned. I do not think...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I beg to move, That this House deplores the damage to children resulting from eleven years of Conservative governments, whose pursuit of socially divisive policies has seriously undermined the domestic security and future prospects of millions of children; calls on the Government fully to acknowledge its responsibilities towards all children through a fundamental re-assessment of service...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: In setting what I hope will be the scene of this debate on children, I should like the House to cast its mind back to 1975 when the Prime Minister said in a speech in New York: Let our children grow tall, and some grow taller than others if they have it in them to do so. Opportunity means nothing, unless it includes the right to be unequal. We little thought then that this "right" to...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman, but I do not intend to give way for long. We rarely debate these issues and I do not have much time.

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: When I have asked Ministers for information and statistics on missing children, children who are sleeping out and truancy, I have been told that the Government do not collect such statistics or I have been referred to one of the agencies. Surely hon. Members have the right to receive Government information about what is going on. I shall draw attention to a striking exception to the rule...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I did not intend to give way again. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will be called. Our debates on the Broadcasting Bill have featured some striking omissions in respect of children, including the advertising of sweets, food and drinks on children's television. Recently, I accompanied a delegation to the IBA on behalf of dentists and nutritionists to protest at the amount of advertising of...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Over the past decade—[Interruption.] I do not know why Conservative Members find child deaths funny. I do not. I find them appalling. I agree with the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) that they have been making stupid remarks. I am glad to have the hon. Gentleman on my side. His hon. Friends have been making stupid remarks. Child deaths are not funny, and the fact that 85 per cent....

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Yes, I agree with the hon. Gentleman, that is where they live. If areas are built up to such an extent that children are killed, we should study the planning of such areas and decide to do something about it. In the past decade we have seen increasing Government support for the arguments put forward by the pro-road lobby at the cost of young lives. The Secretary of State for Transport...

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Who said that?

Welfare of Children (6 Jun 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I was not forced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Safety (9 Jul 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Does the Minister agree that many of his proposals place an onus on local authorities to take more action? Bearing in mind that many of those initiatives, which are admirable in their way, will cost a great deal of money, the present restrictions on local authorities mean that unless more money is made available, the carnage and injury to our children will continue. It is important that when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Rights of the Child (11 Jul 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Is the Under-Secretary aware that since I first wrote to the Prime Minister about this matter in November, I have been referred both to the Under Secretary—he kindly replied that he was taking the matter seriously—and to another Foreign Office Minister who referred me to the Home Office? The process has been going on for eight months. I am glad about the signing, but can we now be told...

Child Maintenance (29 Oct 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: rose——

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (14 Nov 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: I have tried to translate some of the phrases used by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and one or two Conservative Members into what is happening in my constituency and others like it. I have listened to phrases such as the strength of the economy, how wages have risen and how the economy has grown, but I have heard little about the effects of what has happened in the past 10 years, about low...

Business of the House (22 Nov 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: Bearing in mind the lobby of children and young people on Monday in defence of the UN convention on the rights of the child, the various local authority activities taking place this week to celebrate that event, and the fact that 57 countries have now ratified that convention, when does the Leader of the House intend to bring the convention to the House to be ratified? Why are we dragging our...

Business of the House (6 Dec 1990)

Miss Joan Lestor: May I remind the Leader of the House that he promised two weeks ago to send his right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary a question of mine about a timetable for the debate on the ratification of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child? To date, I have received no reply. May I repeat my request for the matter to be discussed in the House as soon as possible? If the right hon....


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