Results 61–80 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

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: Having shared many a Committee Room with the right hon. Gentleman when the Labour Government first came to power in 1997, I have personally witnessed him abolish the assisted places scheme, prescribe from the centre how many children should be in a classroom and so on. Does he regret those big government steps he took back in those days?

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: Given that we have the largest budget deficit in western Europe, it is not surprising that yesterday the Chancellor spent a lot of time talking about other issues, which left many of us wondering whether we were listening to a Budget speech. Clearly he has very little room to manoeuvre. Macro-economic figures have been mentioned, but we should look at the reason why we are in our current...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: I agree. I know the profile of the hon. Gentleman's constituency, which is not dissimilar from that of my constituency. The next item on my list was fuel, which is up 19 per cent. When we speak about fuel, we encompass the cost of travel. For many people, it is not just a matter of travelling round looking at the beautiful Devon countryside, but of travelling to access essential services such...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend is right, so the Minister should not take comfort from the headline. We hear much about employment figures, but an economy that is genuinely growing creates jobs. Small businesses usually create those jobs and, if that sector fails, there will be fewer genuine jobs—people doing real things that create real wealth for the rest of the economy. The Government should not ignore...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: No, I would not presume to do that. I want to present an idea that I hope the Government will take up. If they do not, I hope that a Conservative Government will do so in a year or two. With the amalgamation of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, something disappeared from our national life. In 1986, the Conservative Government introduced the taxpayers charter. I do not criticise the...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: I mentioned South West Water charges in my speech, and I share the hon. Lady's concern about fuel. Does she share my concern that the regulators do not seem to be doing the job that they should do to make sure that consumers ultimately get the right deal from the utilities?

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2008)

Angela Browning: That sort of thing.

Orders of the Day: Finance Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Angela Browning: At the beginning of March, I exchanged correspondence with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury about the 60 to 64-year-olds who would lose out. She wrote back to me admitting that there would be losses, but that they "will be relatively modest, at about £2 per week on average." Those losses will affect about 1.5 per cent. of people on low incomes, in some cases both people in a...

Orders of the Day: Finance Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Angela Browning: Is the situation not ironic whenever the Government foul up? I can only think that the impact of the 10p abolition on that group of pensioners was a foul-up, as the Minister has still not answered my earlier question. Was it a deliberate policy, and did the Government think that the loss to that group of very poor people of an average of £2 a week meant, in the Minister's words, "Just a...

Orders of the Day: Finance Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Angela Browning: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Will you advise me? It is a long time since I have read "Erskine May", but does it have a section requiring that when a Government are in a mess such as this, it is somehow incumbent on the Opposition to table an amendment to get them out of the mess? Would that carry procedural weight in the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Adults with Autism (20 May 2008)

Angela Browning: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose duties upon the Secretary of State and certain organisations involved in health and social care in respect of support for people aged 18 and over with autism; and for connected purposes. I declare an unremunerated interest as a vice-president of the National Autistic Society. Autism is a lifelong condition, yet from the lack of...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Pensioner Poverty (4 Jun 2008)

Angela Browning: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Pensioner Poverty (4 Jun 2008)

Angela Browning: Only a week ago, I was canvassing with my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mr. Timpson) in Crewe, and we met two pensioner ladies. I was struck by the fact that they had worked hard all their lives and worked in the armaments factory in Crewe during the war, but one told us how, at 74, she had to go out and do a cleaning job just to keep her head above water for the basic...

Opposition Day — 16th Allotted Day: Food Security (30 Jun 2008)

Angela Browning: Is my hon. Friend aware that a former permanent secretary at DEFRA volunteered the information to the Public Accounts Committee that, following 9/11, officials approached Government Ministers at the time when the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett) was Secretary of State to suggest to DEFRA officials that, in the light of that event, the Department should consider the...

Bill Presented: Members' Salaries (3 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: I have taken a close interest in this subject since being, in a former existence, the shadow Leader of the House. At that time, I made recommendations on behalf of the Conservatives to the SSRB and proposed that Members' pay should be linked to that of a chief executive of a small local authority, given that they deal with approximately the same population as us and deal with chief constables...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Bovine TB (7 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: Having been a member of the Government who set up the original Krebs inquiry, I was disappointed that Krebs did not take into account the work done in the Republic of Ireland by the East Offaly project. The Secretary of State says today that proactive culling gives only limited benefit, but why has he not looked more closely at trials in places such as the Republic of Ireland and modelled his...

Health and Social Care Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 13 — Cancellation of registration (15 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: Associated with my hon. Friend's comments is the fact that I am still unclear—I wonder whether he or, eventually, the Minister can clarify this—how some of the lessons learned and how the complaints procedure generally, whether it is through the Care Quality Commission or the ombudsman, will translate into changes of policy in either health or social care?

Health and Social Care Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 126 — Administration: Great Britain (15 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: As a member of the Public Accounts Committee, I am trying to imagine what effect this measure will have on our proceedings. Representatives of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs appear regularly before the Committee, and I cannot imagine the kind of questions that I would put to the permanent secretary to find out how HMRC had aided the nutrition of pregnant women. Is that really HMRC's...

Health and Social Care Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 126 — Administration: Great Britain (15 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: Does my hon. Friend share my astonishment that although the Government conceded many points in Committee and have introduced many changes, this very issue—the pregnancy grant—was one of the core elements of the Bill, which was quite flawed, yet the Government appear not to have made any substantive changes to it? Does he share my concern that they have failed to address the problems in...

Health and Social Care Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 126 — Administration: Great Britain (15 Jul 2008)

Angela Browning: Does my hon. Friend recall, as I do, that it was openly acknowledged in Committee that the money may not go on food and nutrition, even in the latter stages of pregnancy. It was suggested that the money could be used to pay off debts or buy other household items, so there is no guarantee at all that this money will benefit the unborn child.


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