Results 1981–2000 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 — New Clause 4: Income Support Premiums Payable upon Termination of Bereavement Allowance (17 May 1999)

Angela Browning: The Government tabled new clauses as late as Friday past. We have been debating the Bill since 3.30 yesterday afternoon, and most of our time has been spent on Government new clauses. The Government have dispatched their own business on Report, but, arrogantly, they will not give Members who have tabled amendments reasonable time for them to be discussed and dispatched. We have been courteous...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 4: Income Support Premiums Payable upon Termination of Bereavement Allowance (17 May 1999)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend will know that we have spent some 13 hours discussing and debating six sets of new clauses and amendments. I should now like to persuade him that it would be appropriate to adjourn. Those of us who have participated over those 13 hours, and I came to the Chamber especially to debate the measures that dealt with pensions and disability, have made a contribution; I say that to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 May 1999)

Angela Browning: Will the Prime Minister confirm that the total salary paid to an individual who is a Member of the House, a Member of the National Assembly for Wales, and is also Secretary of State for Wales and First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales is £187,122?

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Incapacity Benefit: Restriction to Recent Contributors (20 May 1999)

Angela Browning: I shall speak briefly to amendment No. 86. The debate so far has focused primarily on the means-testing of incapacity benefit and the changes to it. Amendment No. 86 would delete clauses 55 and 56. Clause 55 deals with incapacity in youth and clause 56 contains the Government's proposal to abolish severe disablement allowance. The right hon. Member for Coatbridge and Chryston (Mr. Clarke)...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Incapacity Benefit: Restriction to Recent Contributors (20 May 1999)

Angela Browning: Incapacity benefit is means-tested and departs from the non-contributory nature of SDA. I have already acknowledged that the Government have increased the age limit to 25, but others over 25 will come within that remit for many of the reasons that I have given, but will for the first time fall foul of the contributory rule. I do not want to repeat what I have already said, but for some people...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Duty as an Employer to Offer Payroll Deduction Facility (20 May 1999)

Angela Browning: People on lower incomes, who the Government say are their targets for such pensions, could have earnings from more than one part-time job. Is not it crucial that they receive the right advice about their pension input?

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Duty as an Employer to Offer Payroll Deduction Facility (20 May 1999)

Angela Browning: Is not it the case that members of staff of Members of Parliament have, at present, a scheme through the Fees Office where they elect to go into a personal pension with a variety of companies, and on which they are responsible for taking financial advice about whether the scheme to which they are signing up is in their best interests? Surely in terms of administration on the employer — in...

Orders of the Day — Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill: Duty as an Employer to Offer Payroll Deduction Facility (20 May 1999)

Angela Browning: I contribute to this section of the debate with some sadness. Although I was not a member of the Standing Committee, I followed the Hansard record of those deliberations. On the one hand, I must welcome the fact that the new Labour Government have undergone a conversion in respect of personal pensions and pension input per se. Many of us remember how, in the 1980s, every time the...

Prayers: Adjournment (Whitsun) (26 May 1999)

Angela Browning: I am grateful for the opportunity to bring to the House this morning a situation affecting a group of elderly constituents. This is a problem of which many hon. Members will have had experience. The problem concerns those people who, in the 1980s, were sold home income plans—very often by companies or independent financial advisers—and who remortgaged a house. The mortgages on most of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Business Advice Services (17 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: I thank both the Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs and the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (Mr. Cotter) for their kind words. At least, I think they were kind words. I am disappointed that the Secretary of State is not present; I understand that he is in Japan, and I hope that he is securing some British business there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Business Advice Services (17 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: I must say that, when I was shadowing the Secretary of State as an Education and Employment spokesman, we had one or two sparring matches; but if I had to come back and haunt any member of the Government, there is no one whom I would wish to haunt more than the right hon. Gentleman. I look forward to seeing him on future occasions. Rural businesses are very dependent on the farming...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: British Inventions (17 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: The question asks about assessment and commercial evaluation. The Minister will know that when all the other questions have been asked in the evaluation of a product the last test is whether that product can be brought to market profitably. In the light of the comments in the press today about the Competition Commission, will the Minister assist me—as a new member of the Conservative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: British Inventions (17 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: Depending on whether the questions are asked in open session—I do not challenge whether the questions should be asked—the consequence of the proposals must be that eventually the Government will make some public announcement about what they deem to be an acceptable profit level in an industry or sector and what they deem to be excessive. Suppose that someone has made a real breakthrough...

Millennium Compliance (17 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: I thank the right hon. Lady for making her statement available to me earlier today. As the right hon. Lady will know, the Government inherited a clear target: in the public sector, including Government Departments, the criteria for 2000 compliance were to be met by December 1998. It is worrying, therefore, that in June 1999 we should still be receiving reports of instances in which...

Innovation and Enterprise (25 Jun 1999)

Angela Browning: The Minister needs a bit more training.

Points of Order (6 Jul 1999)

Angela Browning: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Today, hon. Members on both sides of the House received a three-page critique from the Communication Workers Union on the Post Office White Paper. Given that the document has yet to be presented to the House of Commons, could you use your good offices with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry—and not just to encourage him to bring the White Paper...

Opposition Day: Dairy Industry (7 Jul 1999)

Angela Browning: On a point of information, I was one of the Ministers who felt that the Krebs report was important and we were only too well aware that it had been many years since there had been an independent report carried out by people who would be regarded, not just politically but in the scientific world, as having the information and qualifications necessary to produce such a report. It was nothing to...


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