Results 18061–18080 of 90000 for speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (4 Mar 1998)

Stephen Timms: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I wonder whether he has noticed that some newspapers, including the Financial Times, are suggesting that it would be a good thing if only the first section of the link were built. Does he agree that that would be a disaster, and that the Government must ensure that when an announcement is made about taking the project forward there is full confidence that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prisons (Drug Testing) (2 Mar 1998)

Stephen Timms: When he last carried out a review of the mandatory spot tests for drugs in prisons. [30351]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prisons (Drug Testing) (2 Mar 1998)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend will be aware that some prisoners and former prisoners have alleged that the current mandatory drug testing regime provides an incentive for prisoners using cannabis to switch to heroin, to reduce the chance of being caught. Is that allegation being considered in the current review? Should we not as quickly as possible give prisoners access to voluntary testing and other help,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Standards Agency (19 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: How many representations he has received in response to the Food Standards Agency White Paper. [28753]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Standards Agency (19 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: Are not the Government's proposals good news for all those producers and consumers who suffered so grievously from the series of regulatory failures followed by cover-ups which characterised the stewardship of the Conservative party? What assurances can my hon. Friend give on two specific aspects of the proposals—first, on the independence of the agency and, secondly, on public access to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Drug Abuse (16 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: How many representations he has received from organisations concerned with drug abuse in response to the national lottery White Paper.[27606]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Drug Abuse (16 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. He will be aware that the submission of the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse made the case for a larger share of lottery funding to be directed at organisations tackling the problems of drug misuse, such as the excellent Newham drugs advice project in my area. Is my right hon. Friend sympathetic to such arguments?

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: I welcome with particular enthusiasm the settlement that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has announced because it meets the key demand of the Newham Needs campaign, which attracted enormous support in the east London borough over a long period. That key demand was that the SSA's capital financing element should equate to reality and...

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend's experience chimes with mine. The Newham Needs campaign was immensely popular. Newham had conferences involving hundreds of local residents and a road show touring the borough. Volunteers formed a Newham Needs choir, and two specially written Newham Needs songs were composed, one by a local clergyman and the other by the assistant director of the Theatre Royal, Stratford, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology (5 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: What assessment she has made of the European Union Green Paper on convergence of the telecommunications, media and information technology sectors. [25692]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology (5 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: I think that my hon. Friend will agree that the offer made by BT and the cable companies to connect every school in the United Kingdom to the information super-highway demonstrates that the Government are grasping the huge potential benefits of the changes described in the Green Paper. In the months ahead, as she discusses those matters with her European counterparts, will she impress on them...

Health Services (London) (3 Feb 1998)

Stephen Timms: I welcome what my right hon. Friend said about investing in GPs in east London. Can he confirm that the Government aim to have as many GPs per head of population in east London as there are elsewhere, and that the premises from which they operate should be of as high a quality and standard as elsewhere? Does he agree that that is nothing like the case today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic and Monetary Union (15 Jan 1998)

Stephen Timms: What representations he has received about the steps he is taking to prepare business for EMU. [21057]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic and Monetary Union (15 Jan 1998)

Stephen Timms: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does he agree that it would be wholly contrary to the British national interest for this Government or any future British Government to rule out for ever taking part in the single European currency? That is what Mr. Michael Portillo proposed yesterday, and he was apparently reflecting the views of many Conservative Members.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conventional Arms Exports (13 Jan 1998)

Stephen Timms: What plans he has to secure agreement on an EU code of conduct on conventional arms exports during the United Kingdom presidency. [20429]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Conventional Arms Exports (13 Jan 1998)

Stephen Timms: I welcome my right hon. Friend's commitment to achieving high standards in the code rather than looking for the lowest common denominator. I urge him to stand firm by that commitment. How much priority is his Department giving to securing agreement on the code and what progress has been made in preparing the ground for an agreement before the end of the British presidency?

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Service Delivery (Technology) (17 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: If he will list the transactions with Government which will be capable of being undertaken electronically in the first stage of his programme. [19610]

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Service Delivery (Technology) (17 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Is not the problem that little progress was made in this area under the previous Government? We had to depend on local initiatives to make the running in the electronic delivery of services. Does my right hon. Friend agree with me that the Government have a lot to learn from what has already been achieved at local level?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Children in War Zones (10 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: What steps she is taking to encourage implementation of the Machel recommendations on children in war zones. [18427]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Children in War Zones (10 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: I very much welcome my hon. Friend's reply. He will know that the report for the United Nations Children Fund, for which Mrs. Machel was responsible, highlighted the issue of households headed by children. He will also know that it is estimated that there could be 80,000 such households in Rwanda following the conflict there, that there are many more in Uganda as a result of the conflict in...


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