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Results 141–160 of 1425 for speaker:Miss Joan Lestor

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Charges) (15 Mar 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: Perhaps I may explain why I do not believe that the Minister should be allowed to speak again.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Young People (Benefits) (15 Mar 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people between the ages of 16 and 21 years are in receipt of benefits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Young People (Benefits) (15 Mar 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: When does the Minister intend to do something about what amounts to a penalty on education and training for the large number of young people who are trying to continue in some form of education? They cannot find a job, yet they are penalised because they cannot get benefits. I remind him of the case in my constituency—I am sure that it has been repeated all over the country—of two young...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Mar 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: Will the Prime Minister take time today to visit one of the nursery schools in my constituency, or in some other constituency, to remind himself that it is 21 years since a previous Tory Government gave a commitment to nursery education for all four-year-olds? Does he agree that that promise, far from being fulfilled, is now rapidly being forgotten? If he is really concerned about family life...

Community Care (11 Feb 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: The Minister will recall the commitment that was given about ring-fencing community care funds for mental health illness and for drug and alcohol abuse centres. That ring-fenced funding was later removed. What guarantee have we that the ring-fenced funding to which he has referred will be implemented?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisoners (Education) (11 Feb 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: Notwithstanding the Minister's comforting words about the future of the education scheme, especially in Holloway prison, if he has confidence in the future of such a scheme will he give a guarantee that the women who are participating in it, who were featured on a Radio 4 programme this morning, will have their fees paid so that they are not cut off in mid-stream from education courses that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Kenya (8 Feb 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Kenyan Government about aid policies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Kenya (8 Feb 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: Bearing in mind that last month, in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox), the Government said that new balance of payments assistance was being withheld pending political and economic reforms in Kenya, and bearing in mind that the political reforms have taken place as a result of the election, will the right hon. Gentleman tell us when he expects the Government to restore...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Voluntary Groups and Charities (14 Jan 1993)

Miss Joan Lestor: While I support what the Minister and his hon. Friend said about involving more people in voluntary work, bearing in mind the disclosure today that a voluntary organisation registered as a charity was employing people who had been accused of offences against children, does not the Minister think that if he is to encourage this he should also vet people before they are allowed to take children...

Business of the House (10 Dec 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: Bearing in mind the almost universal and informed criticism of the Government's lukewarm response to the Warner report, dealing with the plight of many children in residential care, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman for an assurance that that report will be debated at the earliest possible moment? Is he aware that, unless its recommendations are carried out quickly, more children will suffer...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council Tax (9 Dec 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how his Department's present estimate for the average council tax for a two-adult household in a band D equivalent property differs from the estimate published by his Department in 1991.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council Tax (9 Dec 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: May I remind the Minister that estimates were made? In 1991, the estimate for band D was £400. In the rate support instruction, it was £494. The Financial Times today suggests that another £50 will be added to that. Is the Minister aware of the consternation that this is causing to lower and middle-income groups, who are worried about the way in which valuations have been determined? Is he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (1 Dec 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: Would the hon. Gentleman perhaps like notice of what I hope to raise shortly when I come to see him or a member of his Department? In an area like Salford, an area of long-term unemployment, we do not have the industry that can offer people YT places; the places that were being offered have been withdrawn either because the firms have gone out of existence or have stopped taking in people. In...

Adoption Law Review (12 Nov 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Hinchliffe) on the balanced way in which he presented his arguments. I also congratulate the Minister on his presentation of the report, and the working committee on its work: it has touched on almost every aspect of adoption and fostering that is currently being discussed. When the Minister said that he thought it far better for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Dental Services (10 Nov 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: What action is the Minister taking to safeguard the school dental inspection service? Is he aware that that service is being threatened or severely curt ailed in some areas which means that children will no longer have annual dental inspections? If that happens, it will have a serious effect on children's teeth in future.

The Health of the Nation (22 Oct 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: I apologise for my voice. It would be wrong to blame it entirely on the fact that I am a victim of passive smoking in the Tea Room, a problem caused by those who are in turn the victims the tobacco advertising, but my hoarse voice is certainly linked to the smoke there. When one has a cold or a throat infection, the atmosphere in the Tea Room is bad for one's health. I just hope that my voice...

European Community (United Kingdom Presidency) (2 Jul 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: I was a Euro-sceptic in the old days, but when the referendum confirmed Britain's wish to stay in Europe, there was one pro-European argument that appealed to me, and still does. If we widened Europe, people of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds would come together, nationalism and national barriers would be broken down and the rise of xenophobia and racism in Europe would be...

Business of the House (2 Jul 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: Bearing in mind the Prime Minister's instant dismissal of the definition of poverty given by the National Children's Home last month, although that definition reflected the experience of many of my constituents and, I am sure, the constituents of many of my hon. Friends, will the Leader of the House arrange for the Prime Minister to give us his definition of poverty and arrange for a debate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unlicensed Taxis (29 Jun 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about the risks to passengers involved in the use of unlicensed cabs; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unlicensed Taxis (29 Jun 1992)

Miss Joan Lestor: I thank the Minister for that reply. When he has had time to study the report, will be bear in mind the fact that the registration and checks kept on licensed black cabs, which have made the service probably one of the best in the world, do not apply to many other private services? As the use of the private sector is becoming so large, should there not be regulations to standardise the type...

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