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Results 321–340 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Goodman

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: The consultation and review in respect of the cancers at present excluded from cover.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should like to respond to the debate. The Under-Secretary has a lot of ground to cover, so I will not go into detail on the three comprehensive and knowledgeable speeches from Government Members—from the hon. Members for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg), for Blackpool, South (Mr. Marsden) and for High Peak (Tom Levitt)—or the three equally...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: We must not make too much of this, but the author of that piece wrote: "The public, it seems, is capable of showing admirable common sense in the application of over-wieldy regulation". I think that was a reference to the regulation introduced under the 1995 Act. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the fact that the public are indeed showing admirable common sense shows that the regulation is...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I was intrigued by the hon. Gentleman's suggestion that we might have a day in Committee. Does he agree that it would be far better if we spent such a day discussing matters such as cancer and did not spend any of it rolling back the gains on depression that were made in the Lords?

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I think that the Minister is right about what the Secretary of State said. The important point is that he said that it would be done by regulation, and some of those who were calling for action were hoping that these measures would be in the Bill. It now looks unlikely that we will get a chance to debate that or to table amendments in Committee that would insert them.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: Can the hon. Lady confirm that I did not say that consideration of the Bill had been truncated at this stage? I said that it was likely to be truncated after Second Reading. Does she disagree?

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: We welcome this Disability Discrimination Bill, which builds upon the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that we introduced when in government. The Bill has been widely welcomed by disabled people and disability organisations, and we want to see it on the statute book. The Disability Rights Commission has applauded the work done by Conservatives in the other place in "getting this key...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I am aware of that. An interesting question to ask, however, is why it said that—though neither the Minister nor I can answer it.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: It is important to ask whether the Disability Rights Commission would have said that were we not having a general election on 5 May and if more time were available for further consideration.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: It is important that Members here and in the other place and disabled people and their organisations are able to make their views plain. Like other hon. Members, I have had conversations about the Bill with disabled people and disability organisations, but I can recall none saying that the Bill, though good, is incapable of further improvement.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I hear that representation and the hon. Gentleman will have heard me say earlier that we want to see the Bill on the statute book. When I asked the Secretary of State earlier whether he could guarantee the Bill a full Committee and Report stage, and guarantee its passage on to the statute book, he said that he was not a business manager, so he could not. Neither am I, so we are in the same...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I am not sure whether the Secretary of State knows the full views of the usual channels on the Government side, so the argument goes both ways. The key point for the hon. Gentleman to note is that if the Bill had been introduced earlier, we would not need these exchanges across the Floor of the House and we could get on with consideration of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: There are two answers to that—

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Secretary of State will recall that when the pre-legislative scrutiny Committee was established, many disability organisations said that they would have preferred the Bill to come before Parliament straight away. Speaking as a member of the Joint Committee, I agree that that Committee did good work. If the Secretary of State looked further into the proceedings of the Bill, he would find...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: As the Minister knows, the Bill before us here today is late. It remains the case that, after receiving the scrutiny Committee report and the Government's response to it, the Government could have introduced the Bill more quickly in the other place. Had they done so, the Bill would have arrived more quickly here. In that case, we could have had full Committee and Report stages, which we are...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I shall give way in a moment. The blame for this singular lack of urgency lies fairly and squarely with the Government's business managers. They, lest we forget, timetabled the only debate on disability in Government time in this Parliament on the worst possible day of this Parliament: Euro-election day, the day on which most Members from all parties were most likely to be absent. The...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I am very grateful, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was about to say that some of the gains in the Bill—and the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South supported the provision in respect of depression, at least in principle, during the Joint Committee proceedings—were originally suggested in the Joint Committee report. For example, the report proposed that disabled people in rented accommodation should...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: My hon. Friend is correct. I believe that Lord Skelmersdale was trying to introduce that linking principle. The other place agreed with him and voted for the amendment in the face of Government opposition.

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I was very interested in the information that he offered the House. It is true that people with depression face such discrimination, and that is why the other place voted as it did. It is also why the Joint Committee wanted to extend cover for people with depression—and other members of the Joint Committee are present in the Chamber today to vouch for...

Orders of the Day — Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (23 Mar 2005)

Paul Goodman: I was asking simply for a timetable in relation to a concession that the Government have already made in another place. It is true that disabled people can be discriminated against regardless of the severity of the illness affecting them. As the hon. Lady would concede, they can be discriminated against simply because they have the condition in question, so it is right that such questions be...


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