Results 41–60 of 4000 for speaker:Louise Ellman OR speaker:Louise Ellman

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: Many Opposition Members have said that they oppose what will happen in Scotland and Wales. As I have said, I do not think that the hon. Gentleman is being consistent, and I do not think that he should make such comments without considering the influence that he would continue to exert over the affairs of Scotland and Wales. That underlines the fundamental fact that, in the context of the...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: The hon. Gentleman illustrates my point. We do have a regional structure. Far from being simply administrative, it takes decisions that profoundly affect life in our regions. I am surprised that, even at this juncture, he does not understand that. There is major spending by regional offices in England. One study identifies expenditure of some £15 billion on economic development alone. The...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: Before the hon. Gentleman embarks on his travels, I suggest that he talks to the right hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram), who represented the Conservative party on a panel at an important conference in Manchester town hall on 6 November last year, organised by Granada Television. The all-day conference had a wide range of participants, including many from business. It discussed the future...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: If the hon. Gentleman wishes to pursue the question of who was invited to the conference, he should address that to its organisers, Granada Television. The participants came from a wide area, and included many people from business and commerce. Increasingly, over the past five or six years, people from across the north-west—especially but not exclusively from the business sector—have...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (Fuel Bills) (26 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: If she will make a statement on her plans to help pensioners with their fuel bills. [23061]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (Fuel Bills) (26 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer, which demonstrates what a real difference a Labour Government have made. Is she aware that the legacy of the past 18 years is that the health of my constituents is the sixth worst in the United Kingdom? Does she accept that keeping warm is essential to the health of pensioners, and that the steps that the Government have already taken will improve...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Exclusion Unit (27 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does my hon. Friend agree that poor health in constituencies such as mine is the result of poverty, unemployment and poor housing? Will he applaud the initiatives already taken in my constituency, and especially in the Vauxhall area, where health and social services workers are making joint efforts to improve health? Will that encourage him to award Liverpool the status of a health action zone?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does the Prime Minister agree that concentrations of chronic ill health found in constituencies such as mine after 18 years of Tory rule can be tackled only by mounting a major assault on poverty, unemployment, poor housing and social exclusion? Does he also agree that, to be successful in achieving change, efforts are required at national, regional and local levels?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Regional Development Agencies (3 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does the Minister agree that the effectiveness of regional development agencies can be maximised by them working closely with regional chambers? It is in the chambers that policies on transport, the environment and further and higher education can be developed and linked to essential economic development.

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: The context in which this debate is taking place is important in terms of the legacy of the former Conservative Government. For 18 long and hard years, the Conservative Government denigrated local government and did all they could to destroy it. They passed more than 200 Acts of Parliament which removed powers from the locality, and either centralised them or moved them to unaccountable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Middle East (10 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Palestinian demonstrations in support of Saddam Hussein that took place over the weekend will not help the cause of peace, as they intensify the anxieties about security of those Israelis who genuinely want peace for land? Given that the memory of the 39 Iraqi Scud missiles that landed on Israeli towns is still uppermost in Israeli citizens' minds,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Theatre (16 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: What plans he has to increase the proportion of public financial support for theatre which is devoted to activities. [27603]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Theatre (16 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Will the Minister give an assurance that he will do all in his power to ensure the reopening of the Playhouse theatre in Liverpool and continued proper backing for the Everyman theatre? Liverpool's theatres are a vital part of its assets. They are important to the city itself and to its continued economic regeneration. Does he agree that it is essential that equitable public funding is given...

Iraq (17 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does my hon. Friend agree that to attempt continually to scapegoat Israel simply diverts attention from the gross actions of Saddam Hussein, and ignores both attempts that are being made to find a peaceful solution to the middle east conflict and the violations of the Oslo accord by the Palestinians as well as by Israel?

Hillsborough (18 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: My right hon. Friend acted promptly and properly in commissioning the scrutiny, for which I thank him. I agree that the bereaved parents will remain upset, disappointed and angry. In that knowledge, will he give the matter further consideration? Does he accept that it is not possible for all of us at this early stage to assess the report's full implications and to read it in detail to form...

Postal Services (Liverpool) (25 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does my hon. Friend agree that, as the independent consultants' report—which has now been published—shows that it is more cost-effective for Royal Mail to stay in Liverpool, it would be extremely serious if it took action that would result in the loss of 900 jobs in the most deprived city in the United Kingdom? That would mean a loss of £16 million a year from the local economy, which...

Postal Services (Liverpool) (25 Feb 1998)

Louise Ellman: Does my hon. Friend accept that, given the economic and social circumstances in Liverpool, it will be very difficult for Liverpool workers to travel to Warrington? This is because there is a far lower than average level of car ownership in Liverpool, many jobs are part-time, and the shift times, particularly for women, mean that it would be extremely difficult for the distances involved to be...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Grant Maintained Schools (11 Mar 1998)

Louise Ellman: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously saying that local authority schools do not have discipline and standards? Is he aware that only a handful of schools chose to opt out in areas such as Labour Lancashire? Is he also aware that the Labour-controlled Lancashire county council transformed its inheritance from a Conservative administration to raise standards of numeracy and literacy, as well as...

Police Complaints and Discipline (23 Mar 1998)

Louise Ellman: Is the Home Secretary aware that deep outrage persists over the Hillsborough tragedy, partly because officers were allowed to escape disciplinary procedures, despite the Police Complaints Authority's claim that they had neglected their duty? Can he offer any hope whatsoever that the officers concerned will have to face justice; and can he offer any other forum to enable parents to pursue...

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