Results 1–20 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Claire Ward

Hajj Pilgrims (UK Tour Operators) (25 Mar 2009)

Claire Ward: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath (Mr. Godsiff) on securing the debate and on taking this opportunity to raise awareness in the House about problems within this sector. As he has said, I know about the issue from my constituency work. I know that he has raised concerns about the matter in the past and that he fights hard for his...

Hajj Pilgrims (UK Tour Operators) (25 Mar 2009)

Claire Ward: If a travel agent books a package that includes a scheduled flight, it must be an ATOL member. In that instance, therefore, the consumer—the constituent perhaps in my hon. Friend's case—would be covered by the protections offered by ATOL. As my hon. Friend has said, the Hajj period is slightly flexible and tends to be around the end of the year. Officials from DBERR and the Civil Aviation...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda) on securing this Adjournment debate. I credit him for his efforts in support of his constituents. He is an assiduous Member, who always fights for more investment in Gloucester. The detail that he has given today shows how much his constituents have benefited—not only from having a Labour Government, but from having a...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I return to my point about the capital for enterprise scheme and the fact that the Government have been working with the European Investment Bank to help UK banks negotiate new credit lines. Under the "more time to pay tax bills" scheme, the new business payment support service sets out an affordable timetable in which viable businesses in temporary financial difficulty can pay their tax...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: My hon. Friend has made his interest in the issue clear. He made some good points about the need for local and regional powers to work together as effectively as possible to plug those various gaps. In a sense, he was saying that we need one vision for local areas, and for people to bring as much to the table as possible to help to deliver those things. He is keen to be part of any agencies,...

Regional Development Agency (13 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I would be happy to ensure that my right hon. Friend the Minister is aware of the kind invitation that my hon. Friend has extended to him. I will strongly advise him to take it up—as his Whip, I will do whatever I can to support and encourage him. My hon. Friend has done as much as he possibly can to support some of the projects that he would like my right hon. Friend the Minister to visit,...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Claire Ward: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: At 30 April 2009, there were 3,527 places in the under-18 secure estate. Of those, 2,895 places are currently in use.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: I am certainly happy to look at that issue. With the introduction of youth offender rehabilitation, there will be an opportunity for courts to take into account a number of those issues and look at them as an opportunity not to put young people in custody, but to provide a range of measures that may assist them through drug rehabilitation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: On the contrary: what the Youth Justice Board has done is review the number of places and look at demand. As we have already indicated, custody is the Government's last resort for young people. The Youth Justice Board has looked across all places, and determined that the demand is not there for the number places that exist currently, in order to ensure that contracts are awarded to those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Secure Accommodation (16 Jun 2009)

Claire Ward: I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree, as would many hon. Members, from across the House, that the most appropriate thing is to ensure that we have as few young people in custody as possible. The most appropriate thing is to try to treat those offenders in the community. That is why the number of places has been reduced—because the demand has been reduced, as we look at other...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 32 — Independent legal advice (11 Jun 2008)

Claire Ward: The Ayes to the right, 315. The Noes to the left, 306. [Interruption.]

M3: Animal Testing (14 Oct 2008)

Claire Ward: I congratulate the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) on securing this debate on an issue whose importance is reflected in our postbags as constituency MPs. We are a country of animal lovers, and we are concerned about unnecessary testing on animals. There is a clear distinction between legislation on cosmetics and legislation on other things such as medical devices or household...

M3: Animal Testing (14 Oct 2008)

Claire Ward: I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend. It is important that the industry recognises the Government's and the EU's intentions in ensuring that we reduce the amount of animal testing. It is in everybody's benefit, therefore, that companies share that basic data. That is very important. It is important to note that the legislation focuses on "information" rather than "data". There is...

M3: Animal Testing (14 Oct 2008)

Claire Ward: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important issue about transparency and information data sharing between companies to ensure that we minimise the effect of increasing animal testing. Testing can be minimised by ensuring that data on chemicals is shared between companies and countries—a significant benefit of the European Union—as well as ensuring that test packages for the new REACH...

M3: Animal Testing (14 Oct 2008)

Claire Ward: My hon. Friend raises another important point. I am sure that the Minister who has full-time responsibility for this issue will study the Hansard report of this debate with great interest, and that my hon. Friend's points will be taken on board. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to make it clear that this issue is also about the public demanding changes. There has been a huge change in the...

Asian Tsunami (10 Jan 2005)

Claire Ward: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to a letter that he will have received last week from Alison Warner of Abbots Langley neighbourhood watch which sets out what they are doing to raise funds and proposes a more formal link between villages and towns in this country and many of those overseas that have been hit? Will he also consider how people in this country with skills that are...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (10 Jan 2005)

Claire Ward: I am very pleased to have the opportunity to support the Second Reading of this Bill. Many of the proposed measures, which have been mentioned by my colleagues, will be of great benefit to people in my constituency who continue the suffer the effects of antisocial behaviour and the damage that litter, graffiti, fly-posting, fly-tipping and abandoned cars inflict on our environment, to name...

Public Service Bank Holiday (2 Feb 2005)

Claire Ward: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to introduce a public holiday on the third Monday in October in recognition of public service and for connected purposes. I have two reasons for wishing to introduce this Bill today. The first is to provide a much needed additional day of rest for the British worker. This Government have done much to encourage a sustainable work and family...

Prevention of Terrorism (22 Feb 2005)

Claire Ward: The nature of terrorism has changed and, within limits, our response must change too. Can my right hon. Friend explain the circumstances in which he would authorise an order for the detention of a suspect at home, subsequently endorsed by a judge? That would affect other members of the household. What opportunities would they have to challenge the restrictions that would ultimately be placed...

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