Results 141–160 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

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne). I congratulate him on his maiden speech. I had the opportunity in the past year to speak in, I think, three debates on European matters, including a specific debate on the constitution. I do not want to reiterate what is on the record because I am aware that others wish to speak, but I want to pick up a theme...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: I am not that interested in the Germans. I am interested in the British people. The Germans have had their say; the British people have not. For clarity, the Minister whom I was referring to was the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane), who not only called people such as myself xenophobic, but repeated the allegation when questioned on it. If leaders of any party or country mislead the...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: I shall not give way to the hon. Gentleman before I finish my point. As an Agriculture Minister for three years in the 1990s, when dealing with European regulations, I tried desperately hard to do what I thought was in the British interest, but I was thwarted on every one. Ultimately, the unelected Commission told me—a British Minister, democratically elected and accountable to...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Angela Browning: I do not buy that argument. Those of us who are democratically elected to this House are answerable to the people who elect us. Our parliamentary system is such that we should be answerable: we should not send responsibility to another group of people, whether they are elected or not. I take very seriously my duty to the people I represent. I believe that I should be accountable to them and...

Ministerial Code (15 Nov 2005)

Angela Browning: The Parliamentary Secretary claims that Ministers are not complacent. Will he please tell us what the seven principles of public life are?

Ministerial Code (15 Nov 2005)

Angela Browning: The Parliamentary Secretary knows that I have listened to the whole debate. It is a bit rich for him to talk about the principles to which Ministers adhere. When I asked him to define the seven principles of public life, he could not relate one. I know that the list has now been sent down from the Box. Would he like to read them out simply to fill up the next three minutes? The other...

Benefits Uprating and Welfare Reform (6 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: Will the Minister take a look at the fact that people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder are required to claim incapacity benefit? Before the Government abolished severe disablement allowance and replaced it with incapacity benefit, there was recognition of the fact that such people are born with that condition and will almost certainly die with it. I do not say for one...

Bovine TB (6 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: I apologise that, due to other commitments, I must leave early. Having set up the Krebs commission when I was a Minister, I can tell the Chamber that the intention of the last Conservative Government was that the Krebs report should identify radical change to deal with this matter. That was eight years ago.

Bovine TB (6 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: I apologise to you, Miss Widdecombe, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr. Cox) that I have to attend the Standards and Privileges Committee shortly. I shall make a short contribution because, like my hon. Friend who represents a neighbouring constituency, I have seen the situation in the west country aggravated by the spread of this disease in such a short space...

Bovine TB (6 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: My hon. Friend is right. It was to try to prevent that spread that we asked Professor Krebs to examine existing policies. I fully understand the difficulties that the Minister has. As a Minister I had to protect staff in what was then the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from the criminal activity of activists and lobby groups who attacked their persons and their property.

Bovine TB (6 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: I know. I fully understand the sensitivities and difficulties that the Minister faces. However, the task requires political will and I hope that he will exercise that.

Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2005)

Angela Browning: I am conscious of the fact that these debates, as hon. Members who regularly attend them will know, can turn into a bit of a Christmas whinge, but I am hard-pressed to bring glad tidings of joy from the wonderful county of Devon this year, because we have so many issues that I need to bring to the Minister's attention. I want to reflect a little on what my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Care of the Dying (12 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: I have brought this debate on the care of the dying to the Floor of the House for two reasons. First, I am concerned about some recent constituency casework. The second, more specific issue is the Government's anticipated White Paper on health and social care outside of hospital. In discussing this very sensitive issue, a lot of emphasis is placed on where people die and on enabling such...

Care of the Dying (12 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: From where will the Minister draw his definition of palliative care? The World Health Organisation defines palliative care as "the total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment". However, a diagnostic, disease-based definition means that one needs to identify the disease first. As the Parkinson Society points out, Parkinson's is a disease, but it is not a...

Care of the Dying (12 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: The Minister is very generous in giving way. As I am sure he is aware, sometimes when an elderly relative dies, people make rather euphemistic comments such as, "Oh well, they've had a good innings," when actually the hurt and the bereavement is still very great.

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: The right hon. Gentleman has just made a slip of the tongue: he said, "unlikely", but given the reaction, I think that the word he was looking for is "unwise".

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: I am genuinely grateful to the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) for inviting me to sponsor the Bill. It seems a long time ago when he telephoned me and outlined what he had in mind in framing the Bill. I was only too willing to say yes. As the right hon. Gentleman has so eloquently explained, the Bill will genuinely make a difference. I hope that it will...

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: I can reassure my hon. Friend that the Public Accounts Committee does exactly that. We have been to see the Court of Auditors in the past six months. On development and HIV, the report provided the sort of analytical information that is needed not only for the Public Accounts Committee but for the Floor of the House. That applies not only to HIV, but to all the important matters that are...

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: Yes; the hon. Lady makes a pertinent point. The scope of the Bill means that the annual report that the Government will have to make will allow the House to challenge across the range. Although the Bill requires the Government to report on the way in which United Kingdom Government development money and aid is spent, the measure covers spending across the piece. Analysis of UK spending on a...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Angela Browning: As a sponsor of my hon. Friend's Bill, I am pleased that we have time to debate it today. On the question of women aged over 70, I have read that the NHS reason for not offering them screening is that should breast cancer present at that stage, it is not considered an early death and that other diseases start to kick in. I really do not agree with that. Quite clearly, if somebody develops...

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