Results 1–20 of 1173 for speaker:Lady Olga Maitland

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisons (Ministerial Visits) (20 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister responsible for prisons most recently visited a prison, and what was the purpose of the visit. [19790]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisons (Ministerial Visits) (20 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her commitment to the Prison Service. She is the first Minister to visit all the prisons in England and Wales. Does she agree that, since the Prison Service became an agency, there have been considerable improvements? For example, the degrading exercise of slopping out has been abolished. There is now a much more constructive, but austere, regime. In...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Unemployment (17 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on current trends in the level of unemployment in Wales. [18861]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Unemployment (17 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply. I extend my hearty congratulations on his recent engagement. I know that we all wish him the very best for the future. His announcement coincides with the excellent unemployment figures. Is he aware that, at 7 per cent., unemployment in Wales is far lower than unemployment in the European countries, such as France, Germany and Italy, and in Spain,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (12 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: What steps is my right hon. and learned Friend taking to monitor the serious build-up of weapons in Iran, far in excess of its national needs? Is he aware that the build-up is causing great concern in the Gulf states, which feel that their security is being threatened?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Export Services Organisation (11 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the work of the Defence Export Services Organisation. [18035]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Export Services Organisation (11 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on that excellent news. Does he agree that, put in a different way, that means that Britain's defence exports have increased by 50 per cent. in the past two years? Does he also agree that it is hard for any other sector or country to match that success story? There is another perspective, however. Does he agree that 360,000 jobs in the defence industry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Tax (5 Mar 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: Does my hon. Friend agree that council tax rises by the Labour party are due to its usual financial mismanagement? Is he aware of the deep frustration felt by my constituents down south in my English constituency of Sutton and Cheam, who, unlike the Scots, do not receive the generous 40 per cent. support from the Government?

Prayers: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I am delighted at this excellent news, but what sort of tax will be imposed on this pernicious drink, which has brought so much harm to our young people?

Prayers: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: The brewing industry makes an enormous amount of money out of alcopop drinks. We are fooling ourselves if we think that a little self-regulation will be the answer. Does my hon. Friend agree that we should take tougher action, which means banning those drinks?

Prayers: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I warmly welcome the fact that the Bill has reached this important stage. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Dr. Spink) on having so ably and skilfully steered it through to Third Reading. I am astounded that such legislation has not been introduced before now. It strikes me as astonishing that at present, although young people are prevented from entering a pub and...

Prayers: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing me up to date. I was surprised that such a well-known and established organisation should take such a view, and I am glad that, as a result of consultation, it is now on board and with us on this important measure. I hope that the Portman Group will now turn its attention to another enormously important matter, which relates directly to the Bill....

Prayers: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I agree with my hon. Friend that we must educate young people about alcohol abuse. None the less, when alcohol is so accessible, whether through brewing it in the home or purchasing it in shops and off licences, we must take it seriously. I am worried that this is yet another means for young people to obtain alcohol easily and I hope that my hon. Friend the Minister will say whether the...

Prayers: Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: What representations has my hon. Friend received from prison governors on the sanctions that they would like to apply in the event of an alcohol test showing positive results? There are, of course, a range of available options. Is such a result to be regarded as deeply serious and one that could lead to loss of remission, or would there be some form of loss of privileges? Which privileges...

Prayers: Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: My hon. Friend touches on an important point and I wonder whether he will explain it a little further. It is about alcohol being passed to inmates from visitors. Did my hon. Friend have the chance when he visited prisons to observe the procedure whereby bags are passed through an X-ray machine? On the whole, it is not customary for prison officers personally to search visitors, and that is a...

Prayers: Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: On the question how best to help prisoners, does my hon. Friend agree that it would be a good idea to follow the experiences that I have seen at Downview prison, where the Addictive Diseases Trust helps prisoners to overcome their drug addiction? That is largely a self-help programme, although led by professionals. Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be useful to encourage prison...

Prayers: Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I warmly welcome the Bill. For some time, I have taken a considerable interest in the management of prisons. Indeed, I introduced what became the Prisoners (Return to Custody) Act 1995 and when researching and preparing for that legislation, which dealt with the problem of prisoners failing to return to prison on time, I became aware of other discipline problems. The significance of this...

Prayers: Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (28 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: I thank my hon. Friend for that useful information, of which I had not been aware. It is logical that that could be the result, so it is important that we should block off another avenue of abuse. At Ford open prison, they had to stop alcohol testing, but it was a deterrent when in useā€”the alcohol problem went down. When staff from my office spoke to the governor of Ford open prison, he...

London Underground (25 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: Having travelled on the London underground all my life, I congratulate my right hon. Friend on taking this important step in privatising the service. Will he confirm that it will provide an excellent opportunity to recycle receipts into new services, such as the extension of the Northern line from Morden to Sutton? Does he agree that only with such new investment and privatisation can we pave...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Benefits System (Discrimination) (25 Feb 1997)

Lady Olga Maitland: Does my right hon. Friend agree that married couples will welcome those reforms because not only are the reforms fairer to married couples, but they have felt discriminated against in recent years because they have been paying tax out of their pockets to support lone parents? Do not the reforms also pass a clear message that we want to encourage young people to have family relationships in...


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