Labour MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington , 11 Jun 1987 –
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Diane Abbott: ...When it was clear to my local authority that the housing benefit service in Hackney was collapsing, it delayed a long time before removing the contract. People in the authority said, "In practice, Diane, we cannot remove the contract once we've handed it over to them, because there is no genuine in-house competitor or capacity."
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Afghanistan is intended to assist children in 2008-09; what steps his Department is taking to deal with unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan, with particular reference to the protection of children; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the Afghan government to uphold its commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) Afghani people, (b) vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and (c) children in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation payments have been made by (a) her Department and (b) private contractors working for her Department to immigration detainees in (i) response to allegations of unlawful detention, (ii) response to allegations of assault and (iii) total since 2004; and if she will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect Afghani parliamentarians who speak out in favour of the rights of women, children and other vulnerable populations from threats made against them; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's definition is of directly observed treatment (DOT); under what circumstances DOT is (a) recommended and (b) mandatory; and if will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: Does the Minister agree that some of the sources of instability in Afghanistan lie in Pakistan, including activities on the north-west frontier and the recruiting and training of young Taliban in Pakistani madrassahs? Have those matters been broached with the Pakistan Government?
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance his Department provides to women from Northern Ireland who come to England to have an abortion; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: On the tension between different groups in Bolivian society, more dialogue is certainly necessary, as my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, East and Mexborough (Jeff Ennis) said. Does my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) agree that particular groups should not believe that they have the tacit support of the United States?
Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of exempting patients with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia from prescription charges from April 2009; and if he will make a statement.
Diane Abbott: indicated assent.
Diane Abbott: What reassurance can my right hon. Friend give that at least some of that expenditure will positively aid the regeneration of the Olympic boroughs?
Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is no reputable academic evidence that levels of taxation relate to incentives to contribute to the economy?
Diane Abbott: I share the hon. Lady's enthusiasm for new technology, but my fundamental objection to the Prime Minister's appearance on YouTube is that, instead, he or the Leader of the House should have come to this House and made a statement that could have been questioned.
Diane Abbott: rose—
Diane Abbott: The post-mortem is a matter of fact, is it not, Mr. Jones?
Diane Abbott: I appreciate the background of students at London Metropolitan university—many come from my constituency. However, I suspect that the reason for the drop-out rates does not lie entirely with the students' social background. We must also consider what the university offers.
Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the merits of the first-past-the post system is that it helps to make democracy more meaningful, because people know who they are voting for and they can put a specific person into power, whereas proportional representation would end that valuable constituency-MP link?
Diane Abbott: I met the contract manager during my visit, and it seemed to me that she was in collusion with the staff. It was "Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil".