Results 121–140 of 4000 for speaker:Louise Ellman OR speaker:Louise Ellman

Local Government Finance (4 Feb 1999)

Louise Ellman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Burdens on Schools (2 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: Does the hon. Gentleman believe that the previous Government's record was sufficient when 40 per cent. of 11-year-olds did not attain adequate standards in English and maths? Does he believe that that was a good performance by the Conservatives, who now oppose this Government's efforts to put matters right?

Petition: Cystic Fibrosis (3 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I am presenting this petition on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust and its supporters, who request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to introduce legislation to exempt all adults with cystic fibrosis from prescription charges. The supporters point out that the cost of introducing the proposal would be minimal—less than £100,000 a year. The...

Enterprise and Competition (10 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I welcome the Secretary of State's practical commitment to enterprise and his promise to tackle one aspect of fuel poverty. Will he explain in more detail how funds from his Department will be made available to RDAs so that venture capital funds or other funds can meet opportunities that have been identified in the regions? Can he give us any further information on how he intends to tackle...

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (17 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I support the detailed points made by my hon. Friends the Members for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas) and for Bootle (Mr. Benton) on why the Liverpool station at Crosby should be retained. I find it absolutely incredible that, at a time when port trade, ferry services and the use of leisure craft are expanding, we should even consider closing a station where local knowledge has proved so...

Schedule 6: Repeals. (17 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: The Bill must be supported because it is a significant step towards alleviating poverty by giving help to working families on low incomes in a way that removes stigma. The first and foremost thing to note about the Bill is that it will assist more people. In fact, 400,000 additional families in need with children will be assisted by it. The Bill is part of an important package of help which...

Schedule 6: Repeals. (17 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman thinks that it was a cheap point to emphasise that Conservative Budgets gave most to those who were already the best-off.

Referendums Bill (19 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: When the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan) made the case for his Bill, he said that it was short and simple. In considering the Bill, we must ask whether it is adequate to deal with complex and wide-ranging issues. I have listened to the comments of several hon. Members, and it is clear that the issues are ones of principle and of significant detail. Referendums will become increasingly...

Referendums Bill (19 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. He makes an extremely important point. One of the deficiencies of the Bill is that, being simple and short, it does not deal with the complexities of the practical issues that are likely to arise. The Bill's proposals on the role of the referendums commission ignore many fundamental issues. Should the same regulations and procedures apply for...

Referendums Bill (19 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the description given by the Leader of the House concerned the first phase of House of Lords reform? The proposal is indeed short and simple, but there is to be full consultation. A commission is sitting at this moment, considering the detailed complexities of what is to follow.

Referendums Bill (19 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Education (Excellence in Cities) (22 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this afternoon's statement, combined with the Government's other education initiatives, will be very welcome in inner-city Liverpool, where talent has been ignored for far too long? Will he explain how the initiatives announced today will further assist schools such as Windsor Street and Shorefield, which have already been identified as schools that are...

Council Tax Increases (22 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I support the Government amendment to the motion. I am a strong supporter of local government and am absolutely convinced that local government working at its best can respond to local needs and wishes in a way that no other layer of government can. Local government working properly meets the needs of its communities; acts as a community leader; shows imagination, flexibility and initiative;...

Council Tax Increases (22 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: Certainly, I give the Government credit for increasing Liverpool's standard spending assessment for next year by 5.1 per cent.; increasing its education SSA by 3.7 per cent.; and increasing its social services SSA by as much as 11.3 per cent. It is right for the Government to be given credit for that, and for the Liberal Democrats to be deplored for cutting spending on the voluntary sector,...

Council Tax Increases (22 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. The purpose of having the three-year freeze is to allow proper consideration of the point that he has raised. That is the purpose of having time for assessment—for consideration of various points that have been made and of new points that are being made. The hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) condemned the Government for what he...

New Clause 5: Requirement for Overriding Order (23 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: The hon. Gentleman supports compulsory competitive tendering and opposes best value, yet the new clause to which he is speaking deals with best value. Does he not think that his comments contradict those of the hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin), of whom he expressed such great fear and terror?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Engagements (31 Mar 1999)

Louise Ellman: I thank my right hon. Friend for his work in ensuring the retention of objective 1 European structural funds for Merseyside to support the continued regeneration of the Merseyside economy. Will he assure me that he will do his best to ensure that Merseyside receives the full additional benefit of those funds? Does he welcome the start of the work of the North West regional development agency?...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (20 Apr 1999)

Louise Ellman: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that he and his party are committed to repealing the working families tax credit? How would he explain that to the families who stand to gain by about £23 extra a week?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (20 Apr 1999)

Louise Ellman: I welcome the Bill which, together with other measures that have been enacted or are planned, shows that it is possible to combine the search for social and economic justice with support for initiative and enterprise. The other developments that go with the Bill include public investment, investment in our health and education services, the beginning of measures to address the needs of a...

Devolution (11 May 1999)

Louise Ellman: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that billions of pounds of public money is spent at a regional level on vital matters such as the economy, the environment, education, housing, and so on? Does he also accept that the previous Conservative Government recognised the importance of regions when they set up Government offices for the regions?

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