Results 1–20 of 1644 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Roberta Blackman-Woods

Health and Education (24 May 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech to the House. I congratulate the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Horwood) on his excellent maiden speech, and I should also like to take this opportunity to thank hon. Members and the staff of the House for giving me so much help to settle into this role during the past few weeks. That help has been invaluable. It is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Education Maintenance Allowance (16 Jun 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: How many young people in (a) Durham and (b) England have been granted education maintenance allowances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Education Maintenance Allowance (16 Jun 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. Head teachers in my constituency have told me that EMAs are of tremendous value in encouraging young people to stay on at school, improving attendance and enhancing the qualifications and skills that young people can obtain. There is, however, a concern that communication could be better. Will she explain what is being done to make the benefits of the...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (28 Jun 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I broadly support the Bill. Identity cards could assist with the prevention and detection of crime, the enforcement of controls on immigration and on illegal working and the fight against identity fraud. They could help to deliver more efficient and effective public services. Members who oppose the Bill have failed to base their argument on matters of fact and have succumbed to conjecture or...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (28 Jun 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Bill would give a national identity scheme commissioner oversight of the scheme and it would create the criminal offence of possessing false identity documents. We carried out a consultation on the Bill in my constituency. About 80 per cent. of respondents were in favour of it, but a sizeable proportion thought that the scheme would have public support only if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Education and Skills White Paper (14 to 19) (14 Jul 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my right hon. Friend accept that many schools and colleges, such at the excellent new college in my constituency, are already embracing key features of the 14-to-19 White Paper? Will support continue to be given to the expansion of vocational education, particularly in order to raise its status in the eyes of young people and their parents?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Jobs (21 Jul 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Despite the support given to the LG Philips manufacturing plant in my constituency, tragically, it is closing tomorrow. Will my right hon. Friend join me in wishing the taskforce, which is funded by his Department, well as it seeks to get the excellent and highly skilled staff into new employment?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 — The National Identity Register (18 Oct 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Why does the right hon. Gentleman have a problem with clause 1(4), which clearly outlines the purposes of the Bill? With which of those uses of the Bill does he have a problem?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications Relating to Entries in the Register (18 Oct 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that the Government have given a commitment to establishing a number of centres throughout the country—perhaps 70—to ensure that people do not have to travel too far?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 8 — Issue etc. of ID Cards (18 Oct 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I would not want the hon. Gentleman to think that Labour Members are not concerned about costs, especially costs to the individual, because we want them to be as low as possible. The Secretary of State has given us assurances that every effort will be made to keep the costs reasonable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Looked-after Children (27 Oct 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating Collingwood college of Durham university in my constituency on its excellent mentoring scheme, whereby university students mentor looked-after children in the area, help them with their studies and, most importantly, raise their educational aspirations? Will she look into ways of fully recognising and expanding that scheme?

Orders of the Day — Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill — Order for Second Reading read. (11 Nov 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am pleased to be able to put on the record my support for this Bill. Does the Minister accept that the enormous advances taking place in photovoltaics and solar energy research, particularly in respect of materials and efficiency, could bring costs down and support the development of community energy?

Management of Energy in Buildings Bill (11 Nov 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am grateful to the Minister for giving me a chance to put on the record my support for the Bill. Does she accept that the use of micro-renewables promoted by the Bill could help the Government to comply with their statutory duty under the Housing Act 2004 to increase domestic energy efficiency by 20 per cent. by 2010?

Rehabilitation of Prisoners (17 Nov 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I congratulate the Select Committee on its excellent and timely report. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham) for securing the debate. I am interested in the subject because I have a community prison, a high-security prison, a women's prison and a youth offending centre in my constituency. Does my hon. Friend the Minister concur with the sentiments...

Climate Change (22 Nov 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I know that we are striving for consensus this evening, but if the Liberal Democrats are so interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, why did Liberal Democrats in my constituency vote against the congestion charge, and why, extraordinarily, are they against creating bus lanes to support our new park and ride?

Orders of the Day — Childcare Bill (28 Nov 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I support the Bill, and I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Evennett), who I think welcomed it broadly as well. For decades, my hon. Friends and I have campaigned for decent child care. The Bill brings that ideal one step closer. Nothing is more important than investing in our children's future. The Bill is intended to support families, particularly...

NHS Dentistry (Durham) (1 Dec 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am grateful to have obtained the Adjournment debate for which I asked because I am concerned about the present and future availability of national health service dental services in Durham. Twenty dentists in Durham provide NHS care but some of them do so only for the under-18s and other exempt cases under a personal dental services contract. All practices in my City of Durham constituency...

NHS Dentistry (Durham) (1 Dec 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but I have enormous sympathy for the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Bone). As I said, several patients are forced to register as private patients. There was an unfortunate example in the summer, when a dentist gave two weeks' notice to his patients, did not inform the PCT, and told his patients that if they wished to re-register with him, they would have...

NHS Dentistry (Durham) (1 Dec 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will the Minister give some further clarification about the two dentists directly employed by the PCT? Only one of them is employed in City of Durham. The PCT had intended to employ two salaried dentists in my constituency, but for the reasons I gave earlier it was unable to do so.

NHS Dentistry (Durham) (1 Dec 2005)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will my hon. Friend give way?


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