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Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I am certainly happy to urge the Minister to take note of my right hon. Friend's comments, and I am sure that he will do so. I sense that the House views this issue as worthy of further consideration. There may be arguments for having annual reporting requirements and for extending them beyond the rather narrow remit that I have suggested in my new clause, and I suspect that those arguments...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Inclusion in List on Reference to Secretary of State (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: Amendment No. 19 is indeed important. It addresses an aspect that aroused considerable concern in Committee—an aspect which, I think that it is fair to say, members of the Committee were not aware of as a problem until part of the way through their deliberations. Essentially, it deals with the situation where new information becomes available after the event—the situation where an...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Inclusion in List on Reference to Secretary of State (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: The hon. Lady says that that is precisely the problem that the amendment seeks to address. What is her understanding of what happens to a person in that position once he is uncovered in his new post?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: The Minister said that the Government would deal with referrals as quickly as possible. That does not tell us much. Can he assure the House that the Department will set internal targets for the time taken to deal with referrals and test itself against them?

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: The Minister's answer to this question will be important to me in deciding how to proceed with the new clause. Will he assure me that if I or other hon. Members seek to obtain the information listed in new clause 2 through parliamentary questions, that information will be provided and those questions will not receive the standard answer that the information is not collated centrally or is...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the Minister for his comments. I am sorry that he felt it necessary to spoil the mood of consensus, and I assure him that we need take no lessons on transparency and openness from him because he talks a good game, but there is precious little evidence that the Government are putting their rhetoric into practice. However, I thank him for his willingness carefully to consider how to...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I understand what my right hon. Friend is saying, but perhaps we have different aims. My right hon. Friend wants a mechanism providing for on-going monitoring, while I am more concerned with establishing whether my expectations about the number of people who might be caught by the provision, and the length of time for which they might wait for a determination, are broadly correct. I consider...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: One of our most important tasks will be to compare the number of people on the list to be kept under the Bill with the number of those on the non-statutory list currently maintained by the Department of Health.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: That point will be addressed primarily by the guidance that the Government will issue. As is often the case, it is difficult for us to judge the effect of the legislation from what is in the Bill; the guts of that legislation will be contained in guidance, regulations or secondary legislation.

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. It was clear from the beginning, on Second Reading, that there was broad consensus throughout the House in support of the principles of the Bill, but that there were considerable concerns about its implications for the rights of individuals, about the way in which it gave powers to the Executive branch rather than the judicial branch, so...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: "Perfect" is a term that I use sparingly, particularly with regard to legislation. I am not sure that perfect legislation exists. I think that we should be testing the robustness of the proposed legislation, in terms of its ability to deliver on its principal purpose and its ability to protect the interests of those individuals who find themselves, for one reason or another, placed on the...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is important that we recognise—I think all members of the Committee did—that, although the Bill can make an important contribution to the protection of children, it is certainly not possible for it to provide total protection. It would be dangerous if anyone were to believe that it did. We discussed in Committee the dangers that might arise...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. He spoke of spurious referrals, but referrals that are not included on the list, even provisionally, will not all be spurious. The Minister made it clear in Committee that the Government intend to issue guidance to organisations that are required to make referrals to the Secretary of State under clause 1. There will be a learning curve, and it is...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I take my hon. Friend's point, but, if my understanding of the Bill is correct, the Secretary of State will not automatically place a name on the list when he receives a referral, but will do so if it appears that it may be appropriate for the individual to be included in the list". There will be a learning curve in the early stages and organisations will learn what are the Secretary of...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I should be more careful when I use the word "finally". I do not wish to alarm my right hon. Friend—but I meant "finally" not in the sense that I was about to sit down, but in the sense that I was merely about to turn to paragraph (e), which is the last of the paragraphs. He need therefore have no immediate fear on that ground. The point that my right hon. Friend raises is interesting....

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Report to Parliament (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I do not know what discussions the hon. Lady has had with the Minister on this subject, but, in framing my new clause very tightly and very modestly, I was hoping that it would sneak in under the wire of bureaucratic rejection of reporting whenever possible.

Prime Minister: Points of Order (21 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I seek your guidance. On Monday, the hon. Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon)—to whom I have written, informing her that I intended to raise this point—disclosed to the House during the debate that she had visited Serbia the previous weekend. She did not, however, disclose that The Mirror newspaper had paid for that visit. Will you advise the House...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: Will the Prime Minister condemn the visit to Serbia last weekend by the hon. Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon) in the company of Mr. Paul Routledge of The Mirror? Does he agree that any hon. Member making such a visit runs a real risk of becoming the toast of Belgrade?

Oral Answers to Questions: Aid Conditions (Zimbabwe) (14 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: If she will link good governance criteria to the provision of aid for Zimbabwe. [79103]

Oral Answers to Questions: Aid Conditions (Zimbabwe) (14 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the Secretary of State for her answer. Does she agree that Robert Mugabe's attempt to confiscate farmland is neither economically sustainable nor politically responsible? If so, what steps is she prepared to take to emphasise that view to the Government of Zimbabwe by redirecting aid from that country to other poor Commonwealth countries that have shown themselves willing and able to...


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