Results 11921–11940 of 11993 for speaker:Yvette Cooper

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that that is a good argument for introducing a minimum wage to create a floor and prevent that downward pressure on wages?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: I accept the point that the research is limited, but the most reliable research on work incentives has been carried out by David Card in the Canadian system. One group of lone parents was given extra help—a credit at a similar level to the working families tax credit—and another group was not. The group that was given the credit had an employment rate of 25 per cent., as opposed to 12 per...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: Not that one.

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (26 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: Is the hon. Gentleman now committed to supporting the additional £1.5 billion of spending that will go into the working families tax credit, which his colleague on the Front Bench, the hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith), said that he wanted to cut?

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (25 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Firms (21 Jan 1999)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome my hon. Friend to his new position, and wish him well at the Dispatch Box. Is he aware of the importance to small firms of proper enforcement of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998? A company in my constituency received a letter from Rentokil saying that it was prepared to continue business only on its own late terms with limited interest. Since I wrote to the...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: I, too, welcome the debate on the new deal. It is an extremely important area of Government policy. Rather than repeat many of the points ably made by my colleagues on the Committee, I shall concentrate my remarks on the second of the two reports we are considering, which is on the new deal for lone parents. We should not underestimate how revolutionary the new deal for lone parents is,...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: We should not underestimate the support that personal advisers can give. I have a letter that was sent to the new deal lone parent adviser in my local employment service by a woman who has now got a job through the new deal for lone parents in my area. She wrote: I am overwhelmed with tears as I cannot believe that all of you should take so much time and effort in helping me in the way you...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: Yes—and those of us who have been concerned about the Employment Service and its history should especially congratulate those who have turned around its functions to such an extent, enabling it to play a very different role from the role that it used to play. While we are engaging in this congratulations love-in, let me pay tribute to Dave Barrett, the Employment Service manager in...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: The new deal for lone parents is only just getting going in my area. So far it has held 58 interviews; many of those interviewed did not receive a letter, but volunteered to go in. Thirteen people have been helped into work. One person wrote to an adviser: Thank you for all your help in getting me back to work. I am really enjoying the job and all the money. That is great stuff. It epitomises...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: Hear, hear. My hon. Friend makes a good point. The link between child care and education, particularly child care and further education, has to be developed further if we are to help many single parents and, also, many parents generally into work who currently are unable to work. None of that surprises us. Ministers spend the whole time talking about the importance of education, training and...

Estimates Day: New Deal (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: It is true that the best thing for many people will be to go into work first, and subsequently to consider lifelong learning and further education and training. However, for lone parents, the reverse is more likely to be true. As they have child care responsibilities, are more likely to be anxious about those responsibilities and are more likely to have already spent several years out of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fiscal and Monetary Stability (10 Dec 1998)

Yvette Cooper: Given that the framework for stability that the Government have put in place has led to interest rates falling from a peak of just over 7 per cent., compared to a previous peak of 15 per cent., will my right hon. Friend promise that he will not follow the advice of the deputy Leader of the Opposition to give away the Bank of England's independence and have the Chancellor, rather than the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (30 Nov 1998)

Yvette Cooper: If he will make a statement on the pilots for drug treatment and testing orders. [61087]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (30 Nov 1998)

Yvette Cooper: I know that my hon. Friend has visited Pontefract and Wakefield drug court, which is pioneering a new approach to getting offenders off drugs. Will he join me in congratulating those who set up the programme, including the sponsor Marks and Spencer, Euromed, the local health authority and the police? Is he aware that the drug court is under threat just because of a six-month shortfall in...

Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry, Education and Employment (25 Nov 1998)

Yvette Cooper: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry, Education and Employment (25 Nov 1998)

Yvette Cooper: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that the Government should have sustained the £28 billion deficit with which his Government left us, or should we have continued to pursue the fiscal policies of his Government, which broke the golden rule every year and doubled the national debt?

Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry, Education and Employment (25 Nov 1998)

Yvette Cooper: While the right hon. Gentleman is talking about policy, perhaps he can clear up a key policy issue that greatly concerns British industry. Yesterday, the right hon. Gentleman shook his head vigorously when the Prime Minister suggested that his party wanted to reverse Bank of England independence. Perhaps he will clear up that point of principle now. Does he support the deputy leader of his...


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