Results 161–180 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

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Claire Ward: rose—

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Claire Ward: I am grateful. The hon. Gentleman rightly identified lots of pressing issues, on not just the domestic but the international scene. I am surprised, then, that he can sit those remarks alongside his remark a moment before that the very first priority of an incoming Conservative Government would be to use Government parliamentary time to reverse a ban. Surely a Conservative Government would...

Hunting Bill (Procedure) (15 Sep 2004)

Claire Ward: It is a real shame that I have to disagree with my hon. Friend, but I can tell him that there is outright support for this policy in the Watford party and among my constituents. People want us to settle the issue, because we promised that we would. It is also a matter of trust: in the past two general election campaigns, we said that we would bring the matter to a close. It is absolutely...

Iraq (20 Jul 2004)

Claire Ward: If the right hon. and learned Gentleman believed at the time that he voted for the war that Saddam Hussein was a threat, had used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and, given any opportunity, would do so again, why has he changed his view? Is it simply because the bandwagon of opportunism came along and he jumped on board?

Education and Skills (Five-year Strategy) (8 Jul 2004)

Claire Ward: My right hon. Friend will be aware that nationally 10 per cent. of children do not succeed in getting into one of their choices of school. In the Watford area, about 15 per cent. do not get into one of their three choices of preferred schools. What message does my right hon. Friend have for parents—[Hon. Members: "Vote Conservative."] That would make it worse. Can my right hon. Friend...

Electoral System (22 Jun 2004)

Claire Ward: I believe that my hon. Friend is right to pursue as many alternatives as possible to encourage voter participation. Four years ago in Watford, there was a pilot scheme whereby people voted for a whole weekend. Our elections were held over three days with postal and ballot boxes being placed in supermarkets. Our turnout actually fell as a result, but it has not discouraged me from looking to...

Electoral System (22 Jun 2004)

Claire Ward: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Electoral System (22 Jun 2004)

Claire Ward: No doubt my hon. Friend the Minister will be aware that, even in the non-pilot postal areas, people who applied for a postal vote were required to get that witnessed. In Watford, various allegations were made to the effect that, when the envelopes were opened before election day, a number of Liberal Democrat activists were seen to note the details of witnesses' names and addresses. We sought...

Electoral System (22 Jun 2004)

Claire Ward: Surely it is part of anyone's democratic right to go along to the polling station and to participate by spoiling their ballot paper, if they wish. That is democracy, and those votes should be counted towards the turnout level because those people have participated. They may not have voted for the hon. Gentleman's party or for mine, but they have still participated.

G8 Summit (14 Jun 2004)

Claire Ward: I welcome the Quartet's continued commitment to the road map. What assistance does my right hon. Friend expect the Government to be able to give to the Palestinian Administration to ensure that they can take part effectively in the negotiations, with more resources and strength?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Selection Policy (27 May 2004)

Claire Ward: If he will make a statement on provision for review of the independent schools adjudicator's decisions on schools selection policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Selection Policy (27 May 2004)

Claire Ward: My hon. Friend will be aware that, in Hertfordshire during the past year, we have had several challenges on selection policy and the adjudicator's decisions have also been challenged, causing considerable delay and stress to parents, schools and pupils. Will my hon. Friend consider how he could assist the adjudicator to come to more robust decisions? To create some stability, will he consider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (13 May 2004)

Claire Ward: How many families in Watford he estimates are receiving tax credits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (13 May 2004)

Claire Ward: Given the numbers that my right hon. Friend quoted, I am sure from my experiences in my constituency that many more families could benefit from tax credits. What can he do in his Department to encourage more families in Watford and in the rest of the country to take up their right to tax credits? Will he give an assurance that we have no plans to cut investment in tax credits, unlike Tory...

Security Screen (22 Apr 2004)

Claire Ward: I understand that the risk is not so much from guns being brought into the Strangers Gallery but from chemical or biological weapons, as I am sure that my right hon. Friend will agree. Can he explain how we would increase security if we cannot stop somebody bringing chemical weapons into the Parliament building? The screen may prevent people from throwing things from the Gallery into the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (1 Mar 2004)

Claire Ward: What recent steps the Department has taken to assist the post-war reconstruction of Iraq.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (1 Mar 2004)

Claire Ward: Can my right hon. Friend reassure the House that he has no proposals to reduce the funding available to our military while they are in Iraq reconstructing essential facilities? Will he prioritise the reconnection of electricity and water supplies, which are essential for the Iraqi people?

D-Day Normandy Landings (25 Feb 2004)

Claire Ward: I congratulate the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir Sydney Chapman) on securing this important Adjournment debate. I want to add my thanks to the Government and the New Opportunities Fund for announcing the heroes return package, and I hope that the Government and the lottery distributors will do all that they can to ensure that it goes ahead with no problems. As we have already heard,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Deal (9 Feb 2004)

Claire Ward: If he will make a statement on the impact of the new deal for lone parents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Deal (9 Feb 2004)

Claire Ward: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply and for the impact that the new deal has made on lone parents. Has he seen recent research showing that the costs of child care are rising rapidly in the private sector and making it increasingly difficult for lone parents as well as two-parent families to secure work or be able to return to work and pay for child care provision? What discussions has my...


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