Results 5141–5152 of 5152 for speaker:Jo Swinson

Digital Switchover ( 5 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: Will the Minister comment on the timetable of the digital switchover? It is of particular importance for Scotland, as the borders area is due to be switched over in 2008 and the rest of Scotland in 2009. In particular, will he discuss what steps he will take regarding affordability—for example, for those households that currently receive analogue but may not have upgraded to digital in...

Written Answers — Scotland: Post Offices ( 5 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues about the future of post offices in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Local Taxation ( 4 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: I welcome this debate on a subject that is of great concern to many of my constituents in East Dunbartonshire. The Conservative Members who have spoken are certainly right in one respect—the current system of council tax places an unfair burden on many people, particularly those on low incomes such as pensioners. Across the country, council tax bills have risen faster than inflation as...

Local Taxation ( 4 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to the House. He will recall that the Liberal Democrats in Scotland consistently argued that the council tax was unfair. Through the many negotiations in which the Liberal Democrats have taken part, we have secured many policy commitments that the people of England and Wales do not enjoy, such as free personal care for the elderly and the abolition of tuition...

Local Taxation ( 4 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: That demonstrates my point. If you check the figures, you will find that in Richmond, which many people see as affluent—

Local Taxation ( 4 Jul 2005)

Jo Swinson: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If the hon. Gentleman checks the Library figures for Richmond, which many people would agree is an affluent area, he will see that it has an average household income of £27,000 a year. People tend to forget that most households do not have two full-time wage earners. Many households are made up of pensioners, one person earning a wage or people working...

Telecommunications Masts (28 Jun 2005)

Jo Swinson: Let me first congratulate the hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown) on securing this debate on an important issue. I want to touch on three points: local consultation, permitted development rights and the inclusion of health implications in the planning process. I know—not just from my mailbag, from my email inbox and from knocking on doors—that this is an issue in my...

Written Answers — Home Department: G8 Summit (15 Jun 2005)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what circumstances United States armed forces may be deployed against protesters at (a) the G8 Summit and (b) Prestwick airport; and under whose authority such deployment may be made; (2) what equipment US forces will be issued with in the United Kingdom while deployed to guard (a) the G8 Summit and (b) Prestwick airport; (3)...

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

Jo Swinson: Although I admit that the Labour Government have achieved a great amount in terms of constitutional reform and devolution, the voting system in Scotland under the devolved Administration is a proportional system. Would the Minister not agree that it is about time that we moved into the 21st century and did the same in Westminster? If it is good enough for setting up a new Parliament with a...

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

Jo Swinson: Does my hon. Friend agree that the situation is equally ridiculous north of the border? The Member of Parliament for Glasgow, North, the constituency next to mine, was elected by less than one in five of the registered voters. Across Scotland, Labour won over 70 per cent. of the seats with less than 40 per cent. of the votes. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is unfair?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: G8 Summit (14 Jun 2005)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have requested the deployment of armed service personnel on United Kingdom soil to guard (a) the G8 summit and (b) Prestwick Airport.

Adjournment (Whitsun) (26 May 2005)

Jo Swinson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech. I begin by congratulating my fellow Members who have already made their maiden speeches so well today. The first was the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr. MacNeil), who made an excellent contribution. Fortunately, the constituencies of those who followed him were somewhat easier to pronounce. We heard from the...


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