Results 4781–4800 of 4843 for speaker:Esther McVey

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Authorities: Administrative Burden (21 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative burden his Department places on local authorities.

Independent Financial Advisers (20 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate. I have had many letters from concerned constituents about it. Independent financial advisers feel that they will be put at a substantial commercial disadvantage by the new rules.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: Lord Adonis said that a pure graduate tax would be unworkable and a catastrophe. Will the Prime Minister take the advice of the shadow Chancellor, who said: "Oh, and for goodness' sake, don't pursue a graduate tax."?

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: I know that we are in the closing minutes of this debate, but may I ask that the procedural and policy changes mentioned today are considered in your review of the justice system?

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: I start by welcoming everybody to what I hope will be a constructive and informative debate. As the title suggests, its main purpose is to discuss the rights of victims and their families in the judicial system. I want to look at that especially, although not exclusively, in the context of violent and serious crimes such as murder and manslaughter. Let me begin by familiarising everyone with...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: My hon. Friend raises some pertinent points, and he is very experienced in this area, having spent 20 years working in the justice system. To continue the list of differences, the perpetrator is provided with medical and professional psychiatric help, whereas victims and their families must go on a lengthy national health service waiting list just to see a counsellor. If a murderer dies in...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: It goes some way, but many of the thousands of victims who have linked up across the country tell me that it does not go all the way. Again, more needs to be done. All the differences that I have outlined are plain wrong. The inequality in the system is wrong and so, too, is the message that it sends to society and the local community where many of the victims and perpetrators live side by...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: My hon. Friend raises a point that is made time and again: the pain and suffering caused to people when there must be a further autopsy on a body-once, twice or three times. In those instances it is felt that the perpetrators of the crime get a better deal, and the victims' families are often left without adequate help and support. Such help and support are vital to enable them to come to...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: I apologise, Mrs Main. It is often charities and voluntary organisations that provide help and support to victims-often with no funding. So far I have discussed procedural inequalities that need to be addressed, but I want to move now to consider policy areas. As times change, so must laws, to reflect the society and times we live in. I fully appreciate the delicate balance of laws, and the...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend and entirely believe that that is the case. There is a need for education about responsibilities and the consequences of actions. Something that is frequently highlighted is the fact that the kids of the street know their rights but do not take care of their responsibilities to themselves or their community. We need to tell them that brutal, marauding gangs will not go...

Written Answers — Education: Academies (11 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Roman Catholic schools which become academies may retain selective admissions criteria.

Written Answers — Education: Academies (11 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the articles of association of an Academy Trust operating a Catholic school allow (a) a majority of foundation governors to be appointed by a religious trusteeship and (b) the posts of headteacher, deputy headteacher and head of religious education to be reserved for practising Catholics.

Written Answers — Education: Academies: Catholicism (11 Oct 2010)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Catholic schools which wish to achieve academy status may retain the right to select a proportion of pupils on the basis of their Catholic faith.

Youth Employment (Wirral) (14 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: As my right hon. Friend would like to see that work, let me invite him, as a good friend of Merseyside, to come up to Wirral and see our apprenticeship scheme in action.

Youth Employment (Wirral) (14 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: The hon. Lady and I are on opposite sides of the House, but our constituencies are next to each other, and on this matter we stand side by side. We both talk very passionately about youth unemployment and apprenticeships, and she will no doubt know that I am taking on an apprentice. However, Labour's legacy is dire. Labour brought about the highest number of young people aged between 18 and...

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: The fact that this matter has not been resolved for so long is an absolute disgrace, and I congratulate the coalition on the fact that it will deal with it so swiftly. It is vital that the compensation given should be suitable and satisfactory to all the victims of Equitable Life. Going forward and looking at the bigger picture, we need to consider pensions as a whole. What does this issue...

Direct Democracy Initiatives (8 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) for this debate. Engagement with the public is vital, particularly now. We need to know that we can hold our elected representatives to account. In respect of the recall mechanism and direct democracy, is there not a need for greater sanctions within the establishment as a whole so that the public can see what goes on in the...

Public Libraries (7 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: I would like to add my voice to my hon. Friend's concerns; I have first-hand knowledge of such matters because 60,000 people across Wirral came out and protested when their libraries were threatened with closure. However, does my hon. Friend agree that we must modernise libraries and make them an amenity for the whole community and everybody within it?

Public Expenditure Reductions (Women) (6 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: I am delighted that the hon. Lady has raised this issue in the Chamber tonight, because I have worked with women in business for the past 10 years. On everything that she talks about-every consequence, every dilemma and every situation that women are in-she has to look to her Government and ask why we are in this disastrous economic state, and she has to bear the responsibility for what is...

Public Expenditure Reductions (Women) (6 Sep 2010)

Esther McVey: My point is that we have to move forward, and the Conservative party is looking at how to get the 150,000 women who are not setting up businesses-when compared with the number of men who are-to do so. That would be worth £7 billion to the economy. What would the hon. Lady's advice be to women on how to even out the economy?


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