Results 1–20 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

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Emergency Care (21 Jan 2009)

Angela Browning: There seems to be an obvious correlation between the out-of-hours doctors service and people going to A and E when they could perhaps have been treated elsewhere. Also, I believe that NHS Direct is a very good scheme but, when I used it myself, I found there to be quite a time lag between making the initial call and a nurse ringing me back, followed by a doctor ringing me back and telling me...

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

Angela Browning: I support direct payments, but how does the Secretary of State intend to assist people who have either no capacity or a fluctuating or partial capacity to make decisions for themselves? That can happen in a lot of conditions such as learning disabilities, mental health disorders and, sometimes, autism. How will he help roll out direct payments to that group of people? They need something more...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I am delighted to serve under your stewardship, Mrs. Humble. I apologise for my phone playing the "Flower Duet" from Lakmé a few minutes ago. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) for securing a debate on this important matter. Although it is a dry subject, it has gathered the interest of people in my constituency and, I believe, across Devon. People write...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I totally agree. My hon. Friend and I were present with other Devon Members when the Electoral Commission came to the House to discuss how it was going to proceed. We asked its representatives many questions, and my hon. Friend's point about the position of Plymouth and Torbay was raised, as was the point about whether the commission could consider the status quo as an option. It ruled out...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. His memory of that meeting, which was a while ago, is much clearer than mine. I remember that the issue was raised but ruled out of court, so he is quite right. In fact, towards the end of the meeting, the discussion hardly seemed worth while, because what the commissioners would or would not do was so narrowly defined. There was no real...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: Cornwall has, of course, already become a unitary authority. Is it not the case that its transition costs have already trebled to £60 million?

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for what she is doing today. I declare an interest as the vice-president of the National Autistic Society. Like my hon. Friend, I support and welcome what the Government have said that they will do. The National Autistic Society's endorsement shows that it has taken the Government's word about the outcome of their promise, but it is incumbent on us as...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: The hon. Gentleman's track record on this subject is second to none. He referred to cases that ultimately go to court, usually to challenge the local authority. Increasingly, the pattern is that local authorities settle out of court but, owing to the stress involved, it would be helpful if we did not have to get to that point. When there is legal challenge, the courts often want to know what...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman). I begin by saying a warm and personal thank you to my hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan). She has brought this Bill before the House today, but I know of her long-term interest. I am immensely grateful to her, not just as a colleague but as a friend, for picking up the remains of my...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: The commitment to carry out the study was made in May last year, but I understand that it has not even been commissioned yet. As the Minister knows, my comments are not personal to him, but I want to make sure that everybody understands what our experience has been. I have already made this point to the Minister during a meeting of the all-party group on autism. Some years ago—in 2001, I...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: These are very complex cases. In order to support people who fall foul of the criminal justice system—I have been involved in several of these cases—we need expert witnesses whom we can call to present the case for that person. I have raised on the Floor of the House on more than one occasion my concern about people with Asperger's syndrome who fall foul of the mental health services when...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I agree with the hon. Lady, whose knowledge of this subject is of extremely long standing. That brings me back full circle to where I started, with the Department of Health circular. I am concerned that in order to deliver his promises on regulation, the Minister is going to lean on section 7 of the 1970 Act, as the Department did back in 2001. The circular that it produced told health and...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I agree about the scale of the problem. I am not 100 per cent. certain in my own mind—I say this as a lay person—whether there is a greater prevalence now than there was before. I think that we are identifying more people on the spectrum than we did before. The hon. Member for Ealing, North (Stephen Pound), who was in the Chamber earlier, asked my hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and...

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: I have to let the last word go to my hon. Friend.

Prayers: Autism Bill (27 Feb 2009)

Angela Browning: Yes, and the Martin Knapp report that was published a little while ago considered the economics and the cost of this situation. I hope that the NAO report will address it as well, and that we will be better informed by that report. The interesting thing about the amount of money that is spent by social services is that when they provide nothing, or something that is inappropriate, at a lower...

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Angela Browning: I totally agree. It is typical for civil servants to be moved sideways if there is some terrible problem that they have been involved with. However, I wonder whether, in addition to the rewards that my hon. Friend is suggesting, there is a much more structured way of improving in-service training and skilling for existing civil servants, and of improving the training of new civil servants, so...

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Angela Browning: I join the Chairman of our Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh), in thanking all those who help to support the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office, which provides us with so much information through its reports. Today, we are considering 14 reports that have been produced since the House last debated the work of the Public Accounts Committee....

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Angela Browning: I appreciate the Exchequer Secretary's remarks, which are welcome. Being responsible for overview and able to initiate change in systems is important. However, as I said at the beginning of my remarks, initiating change once it has been identified is dreadfully slow. I intervened on my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough to mention in-service training for civil servants. For a long time,...

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Angela Browning: rose—

Public Accounts (12 Mar 2009)

Angela Browning: I would hope not. For the record, does the hon. Gentleman include within such partisanship views on the royal household?


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