Results 121–140 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Postal Voting (21 Feb 2005)

Angela Browning: The hon. Gentleman may be referring to the guidance issued by the commission to electoral registration officers in December 2004, on the extent of their power to supply absent voter lists and records. That set out the commission's view of the law as it stands. The Parliamentary Parties Panel and several local councillors made representations that the advice was unhelpful. The commission is of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Postal Voting (21 Feb 2005)

Angela Browning: As I stated to the hon. Gentleman, I have discussed this matter with the commission. Its advice was based on its interpretation of the law, and it believes that the strengthening that he would like must involve a change in the law. I am sure that he will be aware—if not, I am sure that the commission will provide it to him—of the marked register published by the commission last week,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Postal Voting (21 Feb 2005)

Angela Browning: The Electoral Commission based its advice to EROs on its understanding of the law as it stands. That is why it has made a specific recommendation that the law be changed. Many of us would like it to be changed to facilitate what my right hon. Friend wants, and Members in all parts of the House now have an opportunity to lobby the Government, who are able to change it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Postal Voting (21 Feb 2005)

Angela Browning: The Electoral Commission has recommended changes to strengthen the legal framework for postal voting, including the introduction of offences relating to undue influence, personation and fraudulent postal vote applications, as well as post-election security checks of postal vote stationery.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Postal Voting (21 Feb 2005)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend will know that the commission has made specific recommendations to the Government, which we hope that they will take up. In particular, we are waiting to hear from the Government about how EROs will check what has happened post election, including the checking of groups who have been identified as possible targets for some form of postal vote fraud. Such groups certainly...

Business of the House (24 Mar 2005)

Angela Browning: The Leader of the House said that the Mental Capacity Bill would return for its remaining stages a week on Tuesday. May we have sufficient time to consider that Bill, because he will know that the Government tabled important amendments in the other place, especially one relating to the Bournewood judgment—an important European Court judgment? I tabled amendments to close the Bournewood gap...

Business of the House (24 Mar 2005)

Angela Browning: I was on the Joint Committee.

Adjournment (Easter) (24 Mar 2005)

Angela Browning: Two years ago the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry attempted to come to Cornwall for a holiday. That was an excellent choice, but her plans were thwarted because she found that the transport system into Cornwall was not working as well as it should and she was forced to fly. As a result, she made many public statements in the west country about the Government's commitment to improve...

Election of Speaker (11 May 2005)

Angela Browning: I beg to move, That Mr. Michael J. Martin do take the Chair of this House as Speaker. I begin by congratulating you, Mr. Williams, on your accession as Father of the House. There is some indication that in the 1800s the position may have been subject to an election, but mercifully we have been spared that today. Your long and distinguished record of unbroken service is recognised across the...

EU Constitutional Treaty (6 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: On 13 May, the Prime Minister told the editor of The Sun that even if the French voted no, this country would still have a referendum on the new EU constitutional treaty; he said that that was a Government promise. The French and Dutch national interests have been served; even the Spanish national interest has been served. Is it not incumbent on the Prime Minister and other Ministers who...

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (6 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: As the Secretary of State is to deal with that point will she also take on board pieces of legislation, such as the Government's recent licensing laws, that have had the most adverse effect on the ability to hold functions in village halls? Does rural-proofing extend across all Departments? If so, what changes will she make to ensure that it works in future?

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: Does my hon. Friend agree, with the benefit of hindsight, that instead of going down the route of harmonisation, we should have had mutual recognition of goods and services? Does he agree that we should look again at the customs union and the terms under which we are bound by it?

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: Why do the Minister and the Government amendment persist in talking about "better regulation"? We have already had the Better Regulation Task Force, but it did not bring less regulation. What we want is less regulation, not better regulation.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: Could we not just stuff it?

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend will be aware that the EU has more than 60 bilateral trade and tariff agreements with other countries throughout the world, on favourable conditions, without single market regulation. I am sure that he is referring to that.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: rose—

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: rose—

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: On a point of information, I was advised by Conservative spokesmen of the subject of this debate on Monday night. They thought that I might have a passing interest in it.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: What does the hon. Gentleman think of the fact that the EU has more than 60 bilateral agreements, with countries as far away as Mexico, on favourable tariff terms, but without the harmonisation directive that is the cause of all the regulations that the House has to deal with?

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: It is the stated position of the Conservative party that we oppose the constitution in principle, as well as content. Constitutions are for countries, because they are a hallmark of nation statehood. Conservatives may have differing views on Europe and where it is going, but our stated position is opposition to the constitution in principle.


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