Results 161–180 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: Certainly not. That is why we want a unified family courts system. We do not want to return to the system of so-called family courts; we want a unified system that would encompass the Children Act and bring all family law under one umbrella. We are studying and consulting on that and those are the proposals that we will introduce in our own good time—not in the good time of the official...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I will not respond to that. If the hon. Gentleman would say when he intends to introduce his policies on anything I might listen to him, but he and his party do not propose policies on anything. We are the ones who have been proposing policies. During the passage of the Child Support Bill, all the official Opposition could say was, "We support the Government." The Child Support Act is just...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: As the spokesman on social security for the Liberal Democrats, my predecessor made it clear in that debate, as the Minister will see if he looks at Hansard, that he would like to see the Act amended. Instead of discussing what was or was not said in the past, we should look at the future. [Laughter.] Hon. Members may laugh, but we are talking about the future of children, which is not a...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister must accept that the Child Support Act is not working. If he could say that it was, that would be fine and my position might be wrong. But the Act does not take into account individual circumstances and, however much the Bill amends the formula, it will still mean that many lone parents will be worse off because their passported benefits will be taken away; so-called "absent...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: It is up to the court to decide in each individual case. That is the whole point of having separate assessments and not sticking to a rigid formula. That is the whole point of a unified family court system.

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Minor and Consequential Amendments (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: Obviously, that feature could be retained in a unified family court system. I see no problem with that. I am talking about individual cases, which should be judged on their circumstances. Otherwise lone parents, so-called "absent parents" and second families will all suffer and that will continue to lead to family breakdown, which no one in the House wants. I shall continue to press the...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Departure Directions (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister opposed the maintenance disregard because he felt that lone parents ought to be encouraged to go back to work. This group of amendments would help lone parents to do that, but they deal with the parent without care as well. The formula is inflexible, but the proposal would free it up just a little. The Minister has acknowledged that there are problems with the Child Support Act...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD MAINTENANCE DISREGARD (No. 2) (22 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I shall not speak on all the groups of amendments, not out of any particular consideration to right hon. and hon. Members—even though, of course, I have that consideration—or out of any satisfaction with the Bill, which is a poor measure and falls far short of what we would wish to be enacted, but because I do not believe that the Government will move on any of the amendments. It is a...

Prayers: Tourism (15 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: Oh!

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Incapacity Benefit ( 1 May 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I have no doubt that the Minister has received representations from citizens advice bureaux throughout the country, along with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux. Where will the Government find extra funding for citizens advice bureaux so that they can cope with the increased work load due to the devastating effect that the introduction of incapacity benefit has had on many...

Rugby League (26 Apr 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am also very concerned about the future of rugby league. However, I am even more worried about the secret deal to form the super league that was stitched up behind closed doors. The Rochdale Hornets were not invited to attend the secret meeting that was held in Manchester and they are extremely upset about that. Rugby league spokesmen said that all the chairmen of the proposed super league...

Clause 1: Assessment and Provision of Carers' Services (21 Apr 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am pleased to support the hon. Member for Croydon, North-West (Mr. Wicks), and I congratulate him on getting his Bill this far. I also congratulate the Minister on his work in supporting the Bill. I am pleased that young carers—those under the age of 18—will be included, because they have a difficult time. Many children are under a great deal of stress and often have to suppress their...

Euthanasia (19 Apr 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I support the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) in this debate. We already have informed consent in Britain. A patient can refuse medical treatment, as has already been said. The doctor has to explain what will happen if that medical treatment is withdrawn. No medical person can overrule that decision. But euthanasia is totally different. It is assistance in dying. That is what I...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill: Modifications of This Act in Its Application to Northern Ireland (28 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am delighted that the Government have changed their minds on several aspects of the Bill, particularly on education and transport. I am also pleased by their decision to extend the definition in clause 1 to cover people with a history of illness or disability. That is a step in the right direction. We must not lose sight of the fact, however, that they have not moved a lot on other parts of...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill: Modifications of This Act in Its Application to Northern Ireland (28 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister shakes his head, but we had an announcement about education yesterday and an announcement about transport today—a last-minute conversion. The Government did not move in Committee, so they were forced to move by all the pressure that they had from hon. Members and from disabled people throughout the country. However, I continue to believe that the Government have not gone far...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill: Meaning of "disability" and "disabled Person" (28 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I shall be brief, as many hon. Members wish to speak in this debate. Definition is one of the most important aspects of the Bill. It means that people will either be assisted by the legislation or excluded from it, depending on the definition of "disability". I tabled an amendment in Committee about definition for that very reason. I felt that it was one of the most important parts of the...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill: Accessibility to Public Transport (28 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I welcome the Minister's statement, but I wish that we had heard it earlier. He could have made it in Committee, when we repeatedly debated transport but were told that he was not to be moved. Nevertheless, I congratulate him because he has clearly won the day with some of his colleagues. I am sure that he fought his corner to ensure that transport was dealt with. It always seemed crazy that...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill: Accessibility to Public Transport (28 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am grateful to the Minister. I was not expecting him to say that all buses and trains would be accessible next week or even in the next five years; I was seeking merely to get a rough idea of his estimated time scale. Some vehicles are easy to adapt quickly and some will take longer, but comprehensive legislation is needed. If the Minister's proposals are comprehensive, the House and the...

New clause 1: Annual Report (27 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I support the new clause, because of a desire to assist the Government in seeming consistent and logical. The Bill reminds me a little of a cardboard cut-out policeman. It is cost-effective to start with, because it slows traffic and stops people speeding. Placed at the side of the road, it looks like a policeman from a distance and cars slow down. Everyone thinks what a great success it is,...

Consequential Amendments Relating to Access to Education (27 Mar 1995)

Ms Liz Lynne: I, too, welcome the announcements. They are rather like a last-minute conversion. We have not had time to study them in detail, but I am glad that the Minister has been forced to accept, to a certain extent, some of the things that have been proposed by organisations representing disabled people. I always thought that education was a glaring omission from the Bill, and that that was one of...


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