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Results 41–60 of 1425 for speaker:Miss Joan Lestor

Overseas Aid (19 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I shall not give way to the hon. Lady. We also know that the Government are spending an increased proportion of the aid budget on aid and trade provision projects. In effect, that means that large amounts of aid are concentrated on countries that are already several runs up the development ladder, such as Malaysia. These are countries that provide a market for the technical know-how and more...

Overseas Aid (19 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I will not give way to the hon. Lady, who is not as appealing as the hon. Member for City of Chester (Mr. Brandreth)—[HON. MEMBERS: "Sexist."] The hon. Lady can make her own speech later, when I am sure she will be called. She must not interrupt mine. What I have outlined is made clear in the 1993 review of the aid and trade provision, as a result of which the Government introduced a...

Overseas Aid (19 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: We are looking at how the ATP has been used in practice in recent years. I make no commitment, but we are looking closely at reforming the ATP to fit it in with what was originally intended. Under the new criteria introduced in the 1993 review, we learn that the ATP is to be focused in future on China and Indonesia. Yet the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, in its July 1994 report on Pergau...

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I go what? I do not understand what I went.

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I and, I am sure, the whole House thank the Minister for the detailed analysis and background he gave about the Crown Agents and about the arguments leading up to the Bill. As we discuss the Bill, it will emerge that the Minister and Conservative Members are more trusting than we are. We shall see how it goes. It is important to place it on record that debates on the Crown Agents here and in...

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: The hon. Gentleman is making the same point as I. In other words, it is all a matter of faith. There is no guarantee in the Bill that what he wants and expects is likely to happen. As I have already asked, why suggest the five years' reserve powers if everything is bound to be all right? If it were certain that nobody would go in a different direction because everyone is committed, we would...

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: The hon. Lady has slightly misunderstood my argument. Privatisation is not the same thing as encouraging the private sector in certain areas. [Interruption.] With respect, those two things are not the same. One can privatise an organisation so that it is completely private, or one can have an organisation with elements that make it a public organisation, although the private sector is...

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has been reading some of our literature, even if he has got it wrong. What I am saying—the hon. Gentleman knows this—is that the Government say that they can do all that they want for the CDC in the Bill, and that it is not necessary to go for privatisation. But they are going for privatisation in this Bill with none of the safeguards or limits which are...

Orders of the Day — Crown Agents Bill (Lords) (6 Jun 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I am puzzled. The Minister said that the Government would not appoint people. In that case, what absolute guarantee does he have that they will be the sort of people that he describes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Unesco (22 May 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: May I remind the Minister, as my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Williams) did, that it is the 50th anniversary of the United Nations? The Government say with many fine words that they are committed to the United Nations and they are joining the celebrations, but in reality they do the opposite. They recently reduced the contribution to UNICEF and I detect a harder line on UNESCO...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Bilateral Aid (24 Apr 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: Bearing in mind what the Minister has just said about his belief in education for children, does he agree—this was confirmed by my recent travels in parts of Africa—that structural adjustment has undermined many education programmes and that many families are now having to pay for education rather than having it free? Even allowing for some changes, which the Minister has pointed out,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Social Development Summit (20 Mar 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: First, before we call what took place in Copenhagen a jamboree, may I draw the attention of the hon. Gentleman to the fact that one of the problems that confronted us in Copenhagen was that we did not send our Prime Minister there, as more than 100 other countries did? In the eyes of many people representing the developing world and other parts of the world, that was regarded as us trying to...

Orders of the Day — The Commonwealth (16 Mar 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I was there, too.

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Alteration of Limits on Borrowing etc. (16 Mar 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I seek some clarification. No one is suggesting that there should be no investment in eastern Europe. The Minister has been helpful but the research document, which I am sure that we have all been reading with great interest, clearly states: It is not impossible that the profits from past investments in the impoverished parts of Africa could be used to finance new investments in Eastern and...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (16 Mar 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: I welcome the opportunity to express general support for the work of the Commonwealth Development Corporation and to congratulate the Minister on the ise way in which he went through the clauses. I am afraid that he went through them so quickly that my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) was unable to intervene. I hope that my hon. Friend will have the opportunity to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Pergau Dam (27 Feb 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: To add to the confusion over the Pergau dam, which I think the Minister will find will not go away, may I say that earlier this month the Minister for Overseas Development shocked Europe and dismayed the developing world when she announced the Government's intention to slash their contribution to Lome by 30 per cent.? If the Government really intend to cut that contribution—I hope that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: World's Children (Report) (6 Feb 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: First, may I join in the tribute to James Grant, whose years of dedicated service to children and children's causes have been well recognised throughout the world? If the Minister and the Government endorse and welcome the report, and if we are to stay on target in the areas that the report highlights, how can the Minister allow the aid budget to deteriorate, as it has done, and stabilise at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: World's Children (Report) (6 Feb 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: If the Minister has read the report, I am sure that he will share my concern that overall levels of aid from industrialised nations have fallen and that a growing proportion of gross national product is going towards the cost of peacekeeping operations. That cost has risen dramatically and the shift of expenditure from the causes of catastrophe to its consequences should be considered very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Aid Policy (16 Jan 1995)

Miss Joan Lestor: First, may I correct what has been said? We have always argued that arms sales should not be linked to aid. That is a very different statement. Secondly, as the Minister is aware, fewer than a third of ATP applications in 1989–90 and 1990–91 were granted. Surely other ATP projects could have been funded if the Government had not gone ahead with the Pergau dam project. Is it not...

Pergau Dam (13 Dec 1994)

Miss Joan Lestor: First, may I thank the Foreign Secretary for sending me a copy of the statement a short time ago? I welcome the fact that the aid programme will no longer have to bear the cost of the four projects, estimated at £34.5 million to date. Will the money that has already been spent on those projects—that spent on Pergau alone comes to £35 million—be repaid, since those funds have clearly...


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