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Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled People (Unemployment) (10 Mar 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current rate of unemployment for (a) registered disabled people and (b) disabled people generally.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Disabled People (Unemployment) (10 Mar 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Minister aware that an unemployment rate among disabled people nearly four times as high as that among able-bodied people cannot be justified? As this is the Government's 13th hour and it is now too late for them to help, will the Minister explain to disabled people why the Secretary of State for Employment spends so much of his time rubbishing trade unions, rather than finding jobs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Prime Minister aware that something far more valuable than the woolly citizens charter was brought before this House recently—a Bill to improve the rights of disabled people—but was talked out by Conservative Members? Will he now undertake to rescue the Bill? Or is this yet another example of the Government and their supporters talking up human rights in theory and knocking them...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Treatment (18 Feb 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Minister aware that medical accidents constitute a major cause of dissatisfaction? The legal procedure is far too clumsy and hit-and-miss. Cannot we have a proper system of no-fault payments for medical injuries?

"People, Jobs and Opportunity" (11 Feb 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Secretary of State aware that he has done painfully little to create ladders of opportunity for disabled people because only one in three have jobs? That is a shocking figure. Is he also aware that some of his colleagues have damaged their interests because they talked out a Bill designed to outlaw discrimination against disabled people? Why does not the Minister enforce the employment...

Business of the House (6 Feb 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Leader of the House aware that his answer on the north Staffordshire hospitals was far too leisurely? He merely said that he would discuss the matter with the Minister. It has been reported that nearly a thousand cancer patients have been wrongly treated for nine years. This could well be a matter of life and death. We want a statement today. The right hon. Gentleman should go and find...

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (31 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: The hon. Gentleman does not accept the Bill. Will he at least sit down and give it a chance to go to Committee?

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (31 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Minister has misled the House. He said clearly that his attitude to the Bill was one of benevolent neutrality, yet the Government have organised the torpedoing of a Bill that is vital to disabled people. That is shocking and disgraceful, and the Minister should apologise to the House.

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (31 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: I am surprised at the line that the Minister is taking. Why cannot such progress be an addition to, rather than a substitute for, the granting of new legislative rights for disabled people?

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (31 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: The Bill is the sixth attempt to place anti-discrimination legislation on the statute book since the report of the Committee on Restrictions Against Disabled People—CORAD—10 years ago. I hope that it will be more successful than previous ones, because disabled people are desperate and determined to have legislation. It is a long time since Harold Macmillan coined the phrase, "Now we can...

Business of the House (23 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Leader of the House aware that there have been very disturbing reports this week about Fisons' pharmaceutical production standards by the American Food and Drug Administration, but that British inspectors' reports are kept secret? As the public are the consumers of these goods, may we have a debate next week so that we can discuss that very important information?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Murder (Provocation) (23 Jan 1992)

Mr Jack Ashley: I welcome the fact that the Home Secretary received a deputation and undertook to consider taking on my Bill. I accept that the right hon. Gentleman could not go any further at that time, but is he aware that his argument that a change in the defence of provocation might allow for revenge killings is wrong and invalid because juries would not accept it in the case of revenge killings? Will he...

Homicide (Amendment) (18 Dec 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Homicide Act 1957 in respect of the defence of provocation. I appreciate that the Maastricht treaty has wide-ranging implications for people, but my Bill has far-reaching implications for the individuals whom it will affect: it is a matter of great moment to them. My main reason for introducing the Bill is that those women...

Homicide (Amendment) (18 Dec 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: If some hon. Members wish to play the chauvinistic role, I do not mind. I assure them that I have had letters from many of their constituents asking for support. If they want to chat and talk among themselves, and disregard this, fine—I will just go on talking. The issue is of profound importance both to women and to men, but especially to women. Sara Thornton suffered great brutality and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bullying (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made by his Department to prevent bullying in the services; and how much money has been spent in dealing with this matter since June 1988.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bullying (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Minister aware that I welcome both advances which have been made, but it will be obvious to him from my correspondence with the Department that some bullying still goes on. The only way to deal with that is by the appointment of a military ombudsman, who can deal with the problems objectively and is seen to do so. Please may we have an ombudsman?

Business of the House (14 Nov 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Leader of the House aware that, on average, one member of the armed forces dies on duty every week, some of them while training, but the Ministry of Defence refuses to disclose full details of the boards of inquiry, causing deep distress to the relatives who are entitled to the facts? May we have a debate on that next week please?

Business of the House (17 Oct 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is the Leader of the House aware that there is a great deal of public concern about battered women who are provoked by persistent domestic violence and who are penalised excessively when they react because present case law takes no account of the effect of cumulative violence? May we have a statement next week from the Government and their response to early-day motion 1240? [That this House...

Bank of Credit and Commerce: International (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: The Prime Minister said a moment ago that all relevant information would be made available to the inquiry. Did he know that the United States authorities asked for information from the Bank of England some two years ago and that the bank replied that it could not disclose confidential information because of the Banking Act 1987? Did the Prime Minister agree with that judgment? If he did, and...

Prayers: Group of Seven (19 Jul 1991)

Mr Jack Ashley: Is it not ironic that those European countries that have been pressing President Gorbachev to adopt a market economy, notably France and Germany, are the very ones which are distorting the world market economy by their continuing support for the common agricultural policy, thereby damaging Britain and devastating developing countries? Does this not indicate the need for radical change, not...


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