Results 81–100 of 322 for speaker:Liz Blackman

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Prescribed Disease A11 ( 1 Apr 2004)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he received the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council Report on Prescribed Disease A11; and when he will publish his response to the report.

Cast Metal Industry (31 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: My hon. Friend, whom I thank for his generosity in giving way, is mapping out extremely clearly some courses of action that the Government ought to take. Does he agree that the cost of ferrous scrap is rising so swiftly that action needs to be speedy?

Cast Metal Industry (31 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: Saint-Gobain Pipelines in Erewash, which employs 1,400 people and deals predominantly in ferrous scrap, has seen its prices for that commodity rise by 40 per cent. over the past year. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is vital that the Government examine how the global market is working, report back on whether it is fair and, if not, suggest ideas to address the inequalities?

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Industrial Injuries Report (22 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has received the report from the Industrial Injuries Advisory Committee on its review of Prescribed Disease A11.

Sure Start (10 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: I am pleased to have secured this debate. I stress at the outset that the subject of extending Sure Start is firmly set within the early years framework and is in recognition of the Government's massive commitment to, funding of and progress on that sector. I remind hon. Members that the key developments to date include the national child care strategy, which was launched in 1998 to ensure...

Sure Start (10 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I believe that there is not only an intention, but a programme to ensure that more speech therapists are trained. I was surprised that the scheme in my constituency managed to secure the professional work of a speech therapist, but apparently that was quite easy. However, I will wait for the Minister to confirm that speech therapy is a priority....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: Many young people in Erewash have no earnings protection and are open to exploitation by unscrupulous bosses who pay them a pitiful wage for often quite responsible jobs. Can the Prime Minister tell the House what progress he is making on delivering the minimum wage for our young people?

Business of the House ( 4 Mar 2004)

Liz Blackman: I chair the all-party group on autism, and very much welcome many of the initiatives that have been taken to improve support services for autistic people. However, I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to a report published this week entitled "Mapping Autism Research". It highlights the need for more and better co-ordinated research into the causes of autism, and the effectiveness of...

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: If children do not develop competence in core skills in their early years, their expectations of going to university remain extremely low. Does my right hon. Friend agree that further funding and progress in that sector lie at the heart of widening access to university, just as much as the provisions in the Higher Education Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Doha Development Agenda (22 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: What action she has taken to seek to revive the Doha development agenda.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Doha Development Agenda (22 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. A key objective of the UK Government at Cancun was to support the voice and interests of poorer developing countries. My hon. Friend mentioned India, a country with enormous economic potential. In the light of his recent visit, what assessment has he made of the potential for progress of the Doha negotiations in the coming year?

Schools (Attendance and Behaviour) (20 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: Does my hon. Friend agree that the first step is establishing an anti-bullying policy, but it is not worth the paper it is written on unless it is implemented? A key factor in implementation is quality leadership, as it is for performance indicators across the piece, which is why we are right to stress the need for quality leadership in all our schools.

Schools (Attendance and Behaviour) (20 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: On the point made by the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Mrs. Brooke) that fixed penalty notices dished out by the school might break the trust between the parent and the school, does my hon. Friend agree that the school will have moved mountains to try to get the parents to co-operate and get their children to school, and the trust will already have been broken? The issuing of a...

Human Tissue Bill (15 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: I listened carefully to an interview that my hon. Friend gave on Radio 4 this morning with a member of the scientific fraternity. Can she assure me that during the passage of the Bill she will resist any attempt to soften the guidance and protocols in relation to the removal of tissue as well as organs, and that consent will also remain the watchword in that regard?

Future of the Post Office Network (13 Jan 2004)

Liz Blackman: I have written to Postwatch because I am unhappy about the consultation process in my constituency. I fully accept many of my hon. Friend's arguments about the need for change, but what discussions has he had with Postwatch about consultation, and what major themes of concern has it raised with him?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Previous Convictions ( 8 Dec 2003)

Liz Blackman: When he expects provisions giving juries the right to see a defendant's previous convictions to be implemented.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Previous Convictions ( 8 Dec 2003)

Liz Blackman: I welcome those powers, which I believe properly balance the rights of victims with the safeguarding of the accused. I believe that they will make a significant difference in my constituency by bringing more guilty people to justice. They will, however, make no difference at all until the provisions are implemented. May I urge my hon. Friend to make that a top priority?

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Tribunal Decisions ( 4 Dec 2003)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he will take to ensure that Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal decisions in favour of parents are fully implemented by local education authorities.

Written Answers — Home Department: Sexual Offences (19 Nov 2003)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a code of practice will accompany the Sexual Offences Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Oct 2003)

Liz Blackman: Like many Members, I represent a former mining community. Many former miners in my constituency have been compensated for the lung disease and vibration white finger that they contracted as a result of their former occupation. Others await redress. Can my right hon. Friend give me an update on the progress of the compensation scheme towards meeting those outstanding claims?


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