Results 181–200 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Browning

Orders of the Day: Welfare Reform Bill (24 Jul 2006)

Angela Browning: Yes, my hon. Friend is exactly right. That is why the schemes that work for people with Asperger's involve briefing the employers and having a buddy in the work place who can help to broker some of the day-to-day problems that occur. Those problems can be very simple. For example, people whose behaviour is ritualistic might be prepared to eat only between certain times of the day. I know of...

Orders of the Day: Adjournment (Summer Recess) (25 Jul 2006)

Angela Browning: I should like to draw attention this afternoon to the way in which public sector contracts are written, implemented and managed and their impact on my constituents. Whether we are dealing with a service contract—for example, for hospital ward cleaning—or a procurement contract for something such as military helicopters, if the contracts are not drawn up, monitored and implemented...

Orders of the Day: Adjournment (Summer Recess) (25 Jul 2006)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend is right, and anyone who has ever been involved in procurement or writing service contracts, whether in the public or the private sector, knows that there are some pretty rudimentary rules to follow in getting things in place before making any change. To leave it and see what happens and then decide to train people and change the contract is a back-to-front way of going about...

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half-Day] — Iraq (31 Oct 2006)

Angela Browning: Is not this symptomatic of the way the Government address such important issues? They held several narrowly defined inquiries, rather as they did with foot and mouth, so that we never got the full picture, which is of course very much to their benefit.

Bill Presented: Christmas Adjournment (19 Dec 2006)

Angela Browning: I wish you, Mr. Speaker, and all members of staff of the House a very happy Christmas. I thought that I would put the festive greetings in at the beginning because last time I had a bit of a rant, and when I said "Happy Christmas" at the end, everybody burst out laughing. I am not sure why. I want to raise one thing. On 8 November The Daily Telegraph carried a story as a result of...

Bill Presented: Christmas Adjournment (19 Dec 2006)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I know that he takes a special interest in the subject. The only advice I would give him is that if something has been written into a statement of special educational needs and it has been signed by the parent and the due authority, it is a legal document and there is recourse to ensure that it is enforced. I encourage Members to ensure that when...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Disabled Children (23 Jan 2007)

Angela Browning: One of the difficulties with benefits such as DLA, which does not consider diagnosis but examines the way in which the disability affects the child, is that if one goes to appeal, the people who sit on tribunals do not have the specialist knowledge to translate the questions to ascertain how the child's life is affected. It is important to take into account not only the diagnosis or the...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Disabled Children (23 Jan 2007)

Angela Browning: There tends to be a gap between children's and adults' services. Does the Minister agree that one way of making the transition successful is to provide multidisciplinary teams, and to ensure that the transition is seamless? All too often, once the statutory responsibilities end when a young person is 16 or 18 there is a long wait before anything else happens, and that causes a great deal of...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Avian Influenza Outbreak (5 Feb 2007)

Angela Browning: The largest private sector employer in my constituency is a poultry processor. The constituency also contains many small units of growers who serve that employer, as well as a number of other smaller businesses. Is the Secretary of State satisfied that if an outbreak occurred in Devon, where most poultry is reared outdoors for the organic market, and if all those birds had to be brought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Feb 2007)

Angela Browning: With the Government's policy to close more and more maternity units throughout the country—the Prime Minister is a father and knows about such things—what guarantees can he give women in my rural constituency who have to travel further and further that they will not find themselves giving birth in some far-flung motorway services area en route to a hospital?

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: I do not disagree with the idea that there should be proper accreditation for courses, but one of the consequences of the focus on accredited courses in further education is that a particular group has fallen through the net, namely, adolescents and young adults with learning disabilities who attend FE colleges not to get a certificate but to attend valuable life skills courses. They have...

Petitions: Tiverton and Honiton Hospitals (26 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: I have two petitions on behalf of my constituents. At the end of last year, we lost services in two of our community's hospitals. The night-time small injuries units were closed and, in the case of Honiton, seven beds were closed without any prior consultation or warning. There has been great support in my constituency for urging the reopening of those services and seeking the reassurance...

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: The A30 Honiton-Exeter road exactly mirrors that situation. The Prime Minister came to Exeter and personally promised that that road would be resurfaced. I share my right hon. Friend's concern, because it looks like that will not happen for at least 20 years.

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: Devon is at its most glorious at the moment. The woodland floors are covered with an abundance of primroses, the tall Devon banks are still covered in daffodils, and the hedgerows are just starting to turn that wonderful pale green. I thoroughly recommend glorious Devon to anyone who has not yet made arrangements for the Easter break: it is looking absolutely wonderful, and I am looking...

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: That is exactly right. Often things such as water rates do not appear in the retail prices index and the other formulae used by the Government. I ask the Minister to relay to his DEFRA and Treasury ministerial colleagues that this issue is causing a great deal of hardship, and it looks like it will get worse.

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: It is bizarre. We all sit down in restaurants and order a bottle of wine and a bottle of water. It is almost second nature—

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: A jug of tap water; very good. One can get a jug of tap water here in the House but some restaurants look askance when one asks for a jug of water. The hon. Lady's point is extremely good. The hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) rather wisely stopped discussing the question of who has the best cheese. If we were asked what the worst cheese was, I would say those large pale things...

Deferred Division No. 85: Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2007)

Angela Browning: I am pleased to hear that, but can my hon. Friend enlighten me on this point: what about the lionesses?

Orders of the Day: Mental Health Bill [Lords] (16 Apr 2007)

Angela Browning: The difference between the right hon. Lady's proposals and the Mental Health Act 1983 is not just to do with the compulsion elements, which I agree were already in place; the difference is that the Bill couples them with a redefinition of mental disorder. Broadening the definition from a clinical to a behavioural judgment and combining it with the Bill's powers is what makes the measure so...

Orders of the Day: Mental Health Bill [Lords] (16 Apr 2007)

Angela Browning: Is there not another consideration, about which the Joint Committee on Human Rights heard very clearly when it scrutinised the Bill? If people go back into the community and live with close associates or relatives, it is important that those carers, which is what they often are, are comfortable with the arrangement, too. In evidence, many of them expressed grave concerns.


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