Results 61–80 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

New clause 32: Powers of Secretary of State in Relation to Code About Provision for Deaf and Visually Impaired ( 1 Jul 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am pleased that the Secretary of State has come forward with some proposals. The 5 per cent. target for sign language interpretation is welcome, but I still do not believe that the amendments go far enough. I know that many blind and visually impaired people and many deaf and hard-of-hearing people will not feel that the Government amendments address the real problems. For instance, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Asylum Seekers (25 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Secretary of State has said that, if asylum seekers' applications are successful, their benefit will be backdated. How on earth are those genuine asylum seekers supposed to manage between the refusal of benefit and their successful appeal? Most will be destitute.

Benefit Fraud (18 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: While the hon. Gentleman is referring to the remarks of his hon. Friend the Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith), can he confirm that current Labour party policy is not to reverse the habitual residence test?

Benefit Fraud (18 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I welcome the chance to discuss benefit fraud again, even though we debated it a short while ago. It is a matter of such significance that it warrants another debate. Benefit fraud undermines confidence in the welfare state. We should not just discuss it; we must take action to prevent it. Housing benefit fraud is a responsibility of local authorities. Whether it amounts to £1 billion or...

Benefit Fraud (18 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Yes, there is a very small number of Conservative authorities at the moment—and I am glad that the hon. Gentleman accepts that fact. I was quoting figures for the amount of housing benefit paid within that area. For the Liberal Democrats, it was 2.3 per cent. of the amount of housing benefit paid within that area, and for the Conservatives it was 2.2 per cent—the hon. Member cannot get...

Benefit Fraud (18 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I take the hon. Gentleman's point, but we will obviously disagree on the Child Support Agency. I happen to believe that it ought to be scrapped and replaced with a fair and unified family court system. It could address the problems of fraud that we have here. Under the current system, it is easy to defraud the system. Prevention is far better than detection. The problem is that, even if...

Benefit Fraud (18 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: A tremendous amount of fraud is occurring at present, and the old liable relatives unit was able to detect fraud better. Fraudulent claims cannot be dealt with because the Child Support Agency has such a backlog. Our argument with the Child Support Agency and our argument today sums up what is wrong with the benefit system generally. Too many people do not look at the facts about benefit...

Prayers: Child Benefit (12 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Does that mean that the Labour party is committed to restoring benefits to those aged between 16 and 18?

Prayers: Child Benefit (12 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful for a chance to debate child benefit, and I thank the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) for raising it. The Labour party is obviously in total turmoil about child benefit. It does not know what to do about it, especially for 16 to 18-year-olds. It is not the first time that the Labour party has been in turmoil over child benefit. Twenty years ago, it announced that it...

Orders of the Day — Housing Benefit ( 5 Jun 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: We cannot consider the regulations in isolation but must view them together with all the other Government measures that have affected under-25s. Since 1988, that age group has received lower income support. I have never understood why younger people are supposed to manage on less money than any others. Their food, clothing and other costs are exactly the same. From October, the unemployment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Unclaimed Benefit (21 May 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister must accept that the low take-up of benefit is a problem; that is why child benefit is so effective. Does he agree that scrapping child benefit for 16 to 18-year-olds would deter many young people from entering further education? Will he also give a guarantee today that the Government will uprate child benefit at least in line with inflation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 May 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 14 May. [28013]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 May 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: In light of the recent remarks made by leading film stars and others, does the Prime Minister agree with me and with them that violence on television and in films can lead to horrific copycat killings? Will he put whatever pressure he can on the film censor to withdraw the video certificate from "Natural Born Killers" and to persuade the BBC not to broadcast it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisons (Illegal Drug Use) (25 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister is aware that there is a serious drugs problem at Buckley Hall prison in Rochdale, and that many of those drugs are coming over the perimeter fence. That is one of the reasons why the perimeter fence is being strengthened at the moment. Is she aware, however, that on Tuesday 23 April, at 2 pm, four prisoners, using construction equipment left lying about by the contractors,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Schools (Rochdale) (24 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the estimated backlog of repairs facing primary and secondary schools within the Rochdale education authority. [25089]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Schools (Rochdale) (24 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is the Minister aware that, since the Labour party lost control of Rochdale borough council in 1992, the new administration has made education a top priority? I thank the Government for including St. Patrick's school in the new start programme. Will the Minister confirm that either she or the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Employment, the hon. Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Squire),...

Prayers: Child Support Agency (24 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I realise that we have very little time, so I shall try to be as brief as possible. We are debating some important reports, and I think that it would be wrong not to mention the report of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as well. It stated that lone mothers and children had obtained no net financial gain from the Child Support Agency and that there was no evidence that lone mothers were...

Prayers: Child Support Agency (24 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I have very little time, I am afraid. The Select Committee used as a source the answer to one of my parliamentary questions. The answer to that question revealed that, of the 46,000 full assessments between April and August 1995, 20,700—45per cent. of the total—were for £2.35 or less. That really is small beer when we consider what the CSA was supposed to accomplish. In evidence to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioner Incomes (23 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Is the Minister aware that approximately one third of eligible pensioners are not claiming income-related benefit to which they are entitled and that, of those, 114,000 are in the north-west? Will he join Age Concern and other pension organisations in an awareness campaign so that pensioners take up their rights?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Businesses (17 Apr 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the recent meetings he has held with representatives of small businesses about late payment of commercial debt.[23917]


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