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:Bridget Prentice

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My right hon. Friend makes an important point, and I am sure that we have all used the advice that the citizens advice bureaux make available for our constituents. He is right to say that, as we look at how we provide advice locally, their role is important. In doing some research in this area, Lord Bach will ensure that the role that the bureaux play in the local community is kept in being.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Dec 2008)

Bridget Prentice: Absolutely not. First, local authorities have been compensated to the tune of £40 million a year for the next three years. Secondly, the number of child protection cases fell in April, before the fees came into effect, and again in May, after the fees came into effect. Thirdly, the number of child protection cases across the country is rising again. Fourthly, the Association of Directors of...

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I am pleased to be here under your chairmanship, Mr. Gale, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire, North (Jim Sheridan) on securing this debate. The fact that he secured it and that there are so many Labour Members from throughout the United Kingdom—the north-east, the north-west, the midlands, Wales and Scotland, as well as the hon. Member for Belfast,...

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Mr. Touhig) for reminding me of his petition and the fact that he and my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire, North are keeping the matter at the centre of the Government's consciousness. As a result of that and campaigning by my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (John Battle) and my hon. Friend the...

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I appreciate what my hon. Friend has said and I absolutely understand where he is coming from. May I close by saying that I want to apologise—

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I have one minute, or less, left.

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I appreciate what my hon. Friend has said. We, too, are conscious of not adding that complication to the problem. I want to apologise for—

Pleural Plaques (Compensation) (26 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I apologise for the fact that the response to the consultation is not out in November before the Queen's Speech, as we promised. However, I make a commitment to my hon. Friends that we will publish it as soon as possible. I hope that we will be able to respond in a way that they, on behalf of their constituents who suffer from asbestos-related diseases, would like to see. Question put and...

Graveyards and Burial Grounds (5 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) began his remarks by saying that they would be a eulogy. I must say that they were more than that: they were inspiring and overwhelmingly persuasive. It has been a joy to work with him on ensuring that what he wants to achieve—he has been working on this for some time—will soon be achieved, finally. Clearly, how we treat our dead and...

Graveyards and Burial Grounds (5 Nov 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I was coming to that suggestion. My hon. Friend anticipates me in a positive way. The guidance will bring to an end the distressing sights of row upon row of uprooted or pushed-over gravestones, or those ranks of ugly metal stakes. I hope that it will also reduce the number of graves that are disfigured by the hazard tape and insensitive warning signs. In most cases, there is no need for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Legal Advice Centre and Network (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: Lord Bach, the Minister with responsibility for legal aid, regularly meets the Legal Services Commission to discuss a range of issues relating to the legal aid reform programme, including the development of the community legal service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Legal Advice Centre and Network (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I endorse what the hon. Gentleman says about the role of citizens advice bureaux, not only in Bromley but throughout the country. They do an excellent job, and it is important that they continue to do so. I can assure him that in the roll-out of community legal advice centres, which will offer integrated services on debt, housing, welfare and so on, the Legal Services Commission will invite...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Legal Advice Centre and Network (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I agree to some extent with my right hon. Friend in that those who seek legal advice often have multiple and related problems. Citizens advice bureaux and other not-for-profit organisations are often best placed to put all those together and give more rounded advice. When the legal advice centres are rolled out, the not-for-profit organisations will be part of the process, so that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Legal Advice Centre and Network (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman has missed the point. Law centres are funded not so much by the LSC, but by other sources of funding. Therefore, it is not within the LSC's gift to decide whether they remain open. Of course it is unfortunate if a law centre makes the decision to close. However, the majority of providers are adapting well to the new system, including the not-for-profit sector. The LSC is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Legal Advice Centre and Network (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I am not aware of the particular difficulties in south Wales that my hon. Friend mentions, but I will ensure that Lord Bach is made aware of them. If there are particular problems, he and the LSC will look at ensuring that the people of south Wales have access to proper advice agencies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Services Act (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I am pleased to say that implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007 is progressing according to the planned timetable. Implementation of alternative business structures will be possible after the Legal Services Board is fully operational, and that is expected in 2010. However, I intend to commence provisions that will enable legal disciplinary practices as soon as the regulators have made...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Services Act (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I agree with my hon. Friend on all points. The 2007 Act is intended to put the consumer at the heart of the legal system. It will also encourage more effective competition, innovation and transparency and safeguard the independence of the legal profession. However, as he rightly says, the regulation must be proportionate and I assure him that the House will be party to ensuring that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Services Act (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: I assure the hon. Gentleman that that will be the case. During debates on the Legal Services Bill in this House and the other place, we made it clear that the independence of legal advice was paramount. We have set up the structures so that the legal heads and financial heads are all independently agreed and there is no outside influence on the advice given to the consumer. For me, the most...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: The performance of employment tribunals is discussed monthly by the tribunal service executive team and quarterly by a special steering board. Officials also regularly meet statisticians from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to produce robust forecasts, and to inform resource and sitting day requirements. The tribunals aim to bring 75 per cent. of individual...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Employment Tribunals (28 Oct 2008)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Equal pay claims have existed for more than four years, and so far we have been able to cope with the case load. Sometimes, however, they can be complicated and take quite a long time to settle. We are aware of the concerns that my hon. Friend raises about the growth in equal pay claims, and the impact that they can have on tribunals' ability to manage...


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