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Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: I agree with my hon. Friend. As he has said, with all the amendments, concessions and compromises, the Bill has become something of a dog's breakfast. Those of us who support the SHRC proposals, are constantly misrepresented as being in favour of deregulation, but we are not. We are in favour of legislation based on size of outlet rather than on type of goods sold. Any Bill based on the...

Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: That is a good example of the mess that the Bill has become. One of the most obvious problems of the Shops Act 1950 is that it has failed to keep up not just with changes to retailing but with changes of life style in our wider society. The Act was already pretty outdated when it came into being. It was largely a consolidating measure and much of it can be dated back as far as 1936....

Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that advice. DIY shops, video shops, garden centres and out-of-town shopping developments did not exist in 1950. Shop workers were largely full-time workers; now they are largely part-time workers. Whether we like it or not, religious observance by Christians has declined, while that by Muslims, whose holy day has no legal recognition, has increased.

Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: The hon. Gentleman is right. Attendance at places of worship on Sunday in Scotland is higher than it is in England and Wales, and shops there have been allowed to open for many years. The new clause, as the right hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Dame A. Rumbold) said earlier, is an attempt to give the Bill what engineers would call future-proofing. If whole new sectors of shopping come...

Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful intervention; my position is the same. Several of our major trade union colleagues have recognised that flexibility is needed, and that whatever legislation is presented should not he too restrictive. That is the aim of new clause 10, and I commend it to the House.

Orders of the Day — Noise and Statutory Nuisance Bill: Power of Secretary of State to Amend Provisions of the Act (14 May 1993)

Janet Anderson: Does the right hon. Lady agree that many women value the opportunity to work on Sundays? In my constituency there are women who do not want to abandon their children to child minders during the week. They can work in the local Asda in Rawtenstall on a Sunday while their husbands care for their children and they can earn some much-needed income for the family. It suits them very well. I...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1993)

Janet Anderson: Thank you for calling me, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Whatever our views on Sunday trading, many hon. Members are grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell), who, by pursuing his private Member's Bill has at least given us an opportunity to have this debate—an opportunity which has so far been denied us by the Government, despite the Home Secretary's statement to the House on 26...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1993)

Janet Anderson: Many motorway service stations would fall into that category. I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman is arguing that the House of Commons Chamber should be open on Sundays—perhaps he is.

Orders of the Day — Shops (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1993)

Janet Anderson: No, I will not give way. The Bill permits the purchase of a ladder from a garden centre but not from a DIY shop. However, many DIY centres have a garden centre section. DIY retailers might consider sectioning off parts of their store to enable illegal trading in that section to continue. The list of anomalies goes on. I am simply seeking to illustrate the point that the Bill will not end the...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1993)

Janet Anderson: I know that my hon. Friend's views command a great deal of support in the House, but I am afraid that I disagree with them. We should have an opportunity to consider all the possible options and that is why I hope that the Government will not renege on their promise to bring forward appropriate legislation soon. Mr. Edmonds said that he believed that it was unacceptable that people should be...

Orders of the Day — Shops (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 1993)

Janet Anderson: No. I must get on because I know that many other hon. Members want to speak. Mr. Edmonds also went on to say: We do not believe that Ray Powell's proposals match our policy, nor that they will clarify the position. They would rather add further confusion. I understand that Mr. Bill Morris of the Transport and General Workers union has sent a similar letter to some of my hon. Friends. As a...

Orders of the Day — Autumn Statement (19 Nov 1992)

Janet Anderson: The autumn statement represents the vacuum at the heart of the Government's policy—the gap between what Ministers promise at the election and what they do when they are re-elected. It is a question of trust, and the Government can no longer be trusted. As my hon. Friend the Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown), the shadow Chancellor, said yesterday, it is more a matter of...

Orders of the Day — Autumn Statement (19 Nov 1992)

Janet Anderson: I will not give way at this stage. The Chancellor refused to provide urgently needed funds for the electrification of the west coast main line, which is vital to the economic regeneration of the north-west and is of considerable interest to businesses and people in my constituency. I have to tell the Chancellor and other Conservative Members that the business men and women of Rossendale and...

Opposition Day: Maxwell Pensioners ( 9 Jun 1992)

Janet Anderson: May I congratulate the hon. Member for Hertfordshire, North (Mr. Heald) on an excellent maiden speech. His experience on the soap box at Speakers' corner will obviously stand him in good stead in his future career in the House. I am grateful for this opportunity to make my maiden speech as the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen, a constituency which embraces five proud, separate and...

Orimulsion (14 May 1992)

Janet Anderson: This issue is of great concern to my constituents. They have —and have had for many years—a deep interest in environmental matters. The proposal will worry them deeply if it proceeds, which is why the Labour-controlled Rossendale borough council voiced its strong opposition to it. I fully support that stance.


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