Results 41–60 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Training and Business Organisation Mergers (13 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister is aware of the proposed merger between Rochdale chamber of commerce and Rochdale training and enterprise council, incorporating business link and the enterprise trust. Does he agree that, although Rochdale already has an excellent record on exports, that merger can only improve the situation and build on our very good record on manufacturing industry in the borough?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Basic Pension (12 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is the Minister aware that pensioners find it difficult to manage on a basic state pension and that £1 billion a year is not claimed in income-related benefit by the poorest pensioners who do not know what they are entitled to? Will the Minister consider introducing a take-up campaign to ensure that pensioners are aware of what they are entitled to because if they do not receive income...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: As to paedophilia, why is there no Bill in Government time on sex tourism, to prosecute men in particular who engage in sexual acts with children in other countries?

Asylum (Designated Countries) (15 Oct 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is strange that India is on that list, considering the human rights record in Indian-held Kashmir, where torture, rape and killings happen regularly?

Asylum (Designated Countries) (15 Oct 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Will the Minister give way?

Kashmir (24 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Madden) for allowing me a little time to intervene in this debate. It is a shame that we have such a short debate. I should like us to have a long debate in the House in Government time about Kashmir. We are all aware of the documented evidence of torture. We know that cases of rape occur daily. It is intolerable for the people of...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Welfare State (23 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I said that it was time to plan now, but not to panic. I wish that the hon. Gentleman would get my words right.

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Welfare State (23 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Whenever we talk about the future of the welfare state, value for money is hardly ever mentioned and it has not really been mentioned in the debate today. We have heard a lot about the total cost of the welfare budget, but nothing about what it buys or provides for people. We have heard so much talk about private provision, but quite apart from the fact that the weakest will fall through the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Welfare Support (23 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does the Minister accept that axing the benefits helpline will cause untold hardship to benefit claimants, especially pensioners, who often do not claim what they are due? Will he reconsider the decision, or does he expect organisations such as the citizens advice bureaux and Age Concern to fill the gap?

Clause 8: New clause (15 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: What leads the Secretary of State to believe that amendment No. 24 will restore benefits during the appeal period? My understanding is that the Lords amendment was not voted on, so perhaps the right hon. Gentleman will answer that question. The removal of benefits has caused great controversy in both Houses, which should fully debate any regulations before they are approved. If nothing else,...

Clause 8: New clause (15 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The right hon. Gentleman may say that, but why did he not come to the House with another Bill after the court ruling? That way, we would have had the chance to debate the regulations fully, in Committee and through all the other stages.

Clause 8: New clause (15 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I totally agree; that is why both Houses should have considered a proper Bill. The Government's only concession has been that, if an applicant is successful, his benefits will be backdated. That does not go far enough. An asylum seeker might not have any family, friends or voluntary group to provide support. Even if he does, the initial determination takes an average of eight months. Figures...

Clause 8: New clause (15 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that benefit claimants are able to work, whereas asylum seekers are denied that ability?

Clause 1: Extension of Special Appeals Procedures (15 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, because of the terrible human rights record in Indian Kashmir, India should not be on the white list? If he were Home Secretary, would India be on that white list?

Opposition Day: Occupational Pensions ( 9 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I will be brief, because I know that other hon. Members wish to speak and we have little time. I shall speak especially to the regulations concerning pensioner trustees. The Government promised, during the passage of the Pensions Bill, that pensioner members of pension schemes should have the same rights as everyone who was still paying in; yet both the draft regulations and the final...

Opposition Day: Occupational Pensions ( 9 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister must know that, throughout the Bill's proceedings, numerous quotes support my argument. He uses just one quote; if I had time, I could go through the list of quotes before me. If other hon. Members have time, they might enlighten the Minister, because he cannot simply come to the Dispatch Box and use one quote. He knows that many Ministers said that pensioner trustees would be...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Overpayments) Bill: Recovery of Overpayments of Social Security Benefit: Amendments ( 3 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister has answered many of my queries, particularly those that related to amendment No. 3. I am grateful that he will look at the forms, because—as he no doubt realises—some of them are a minefield. A person should not be penalised for signing a form when he or she does not realise that the information asked for was relevant. In addition, I hope that the Minister will look again at...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Overpayments) Bill ( 3 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I understand that the Bill is very tightly drawn, but I was hoping that the Minister would state categorically that, if overpayment was due to official error, the money would not be clawed back.

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Overpayments) Bill ( 3 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I shall not detain the House for long. The Bill is minor and technical and extremely necessary to claw back the money that has been obtained through fraudulent claims or by people misrepresenting the facts. Although I cannot criticise the Bill, we must find out what will happen when overpayments have resulted mainly from official error. I should like some clarification on that. I do not...

New clause 7: Plan for Reduction of Violence Depicted on Television ( 1 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: We are not saying that our new clauses will be the panacea for all ills. It was interesting that not one hon. Member who spoke in the debate said that there was not too much violence on television. We are proposing minor measures—they are small measures. The Secretary of State said that she is looking into research about the V-chip—that is all we are asking for; that is all new clause 10...


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