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Prayers: Heathrow (10 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: I recognise the Minister's arguments about the economic benefits of night flights, but may I suggest a way in which we might reduce the problem a little without any serious economic impact? The hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Colman) mentioned the earlier than scheduled arrival of flights, especially from the USA, as one of the problems that contributes to early morning disturbance. I understand...

Prayers: Heathrow (10 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one argument advanced by the airlines for early morning arrivals is the lack of terminal space a little later in the morning, which makes it difficult to unload large aircraft that arrive after 6 am? Does he agree that if terminal 5 went ahead, one of the major arguments offered by the airlines to support continuing early morning arrivals would disappear?

Prayers: Dietary Supplements (10 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) on securing this important debate and am grateful for the opportunity of stating the Opposition's view on the issue. I am grateful also to you, Madam Speaker, for allowing me to speak early in the debate. I apologise to the House and to the Minister for the fact that I shall have to leave before the debate ends, so that I may...

Prayers: Dietary Supplements (10 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: I take the hon. Gentleman's point. It is with that analogy in mind that I suggest that if the regulations are tightened it will be appropriate to protect the existing industry and consumers, where there is no suggestion of a safety hazard, by introducing a system of grandfather rights that would allow products to remain on sale. The burden of proof in relation to an established product must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospital Trusts (2 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that most NHS acute trusts will this year receive part of their funding in the form of a performance bonus, if they meet the Secretary of State's headline waiting list targets by 31 March? Will the Minister acknowledge that few, if any, hospital trusts can afford to lose that bonus? Does not that amount to a clear invitation to NHS trusts to do the Secretary...

Elderly People (Long-term Care) (1 Mar 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and for allowing me to have a copy of the report half an hour before he began to speak. I offer the apologies of my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe). Many hon. Members will know that she has recently suffered a family bereavement. We, too, will need time to study the weighty report, but we recognise the...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I apologise if I have misinterpreted the group's views. I have relied on the Library research paper on the Bill, which states, in paragraph 6 on page 12, that the group said: The new system should be voluntary; there should be no requirements on employers to make the checks or submit information to the lists.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: The Minister said that he would consider introducing criminal sanctions for organisations that did not comply with their obligations. Will that review extend to the creation of a criminal offence of applying for a position that one is not allowed to hold as a result of the Bill?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: The point is that the Secretary of State will not have any discretion. If a name is referred to him, he will be required to include it provisionally on the list.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: Will my hon. Friend confirm that it is his understanding, as it is mine, that, while the transitory provisions of the Bill are in force, the list can be consulted free of charge at the Department of Health, but that, once the criminal records bureau has been established, there probably will be a charge? Might that not have a deterrent effect on those who are considering consulting the list...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I was alluding to the fact that the Bill, as drafted, appears to provide that someone who is provisionally suspended from their employment—but whose dismissal is not confirmed—shall be included within the list. Is that what the hon. Member for Stourbridge intended, as it seems to go against the grain of natural justice? If that is the intention, their inclusion on the list pending...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: The interdepartmental working group has looked at it, and recommended that such an offence be created. Is it intended to introduce such a measure?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the Minister for clarifying the point. I still suggest that there may be a need for such an offence, and I wonder at what stage the Minister plans to introduce one. He will, no doubt, clarify that in due course. I am concerned because there will be situations—particularly in relation to volunteers—where there are multiple employments. Someone who is placed on the list...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: On behalf of the Opposition, I congratulate the hon. Member for Stourbridge (Ms Shipley) on securing her position in the ballot and on her choice of Bill. I repeat that the Conservatives will support any reasonable, sensible measures that seek to address the abuse of children and other vulnerable people. No one in the House would dissent from the view that the protection of the vulnerable,...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: Of course.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, but, if she had waited another microsecond, she would have heard me say that, after careful consideration, I have concluded that to ensure the proper protection of vulnerable young people it is necessary to stick with the civil standard of proof, rather than move to a tougher standard. When introducing her Bill, the hon. Member for Stourbridge...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I approach the matter in a spirit of co-operation across the House and I sincerely hope that that Ceefax announcement is a result of a misunderstanding by the BBC, not of an attempt by Government spin doctors to claim credit for a private Member's Bill.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: The hon. Lady can live in hope, and I am sure that her performance this morning will have done nothing to diminish her prospects. It is a shame that the long title of the Bill clearly constrains its scope, but, in a constructive spirit, I wonder whether the hon. Lady has considered the possibility of extending clause 10 so that the definition of mental impairment includes at least a...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill (26 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I hear what the hon. Lady is saying. I have already said that I recognise the case for action against someone who puts a child at risk through incompetence. Let us take the example of someone who fails to supervise a child adequately when taking him or her for a walk and the child runs on to a road. Such a person must clearly be dealt with and is obviously not suitable to look after children....


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