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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....

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

Philip Hammond: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

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

Philip Hammond: I thank my right hon. Friend for that point. Mindful of your strictures, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall move on. We have said that, although we support the principle of dealing with abusers and paedophiles, we must be careful about how far we extend the scope of the list. We shall no doubt discuss the issue at greater length in Committee. If incompetence is to remain a ground for inclusion in...

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

Philip Hammond: I recognise my hon. Friend's concern, which has been voiced by various organisations. We already have an administrative procedure in relation to the list. The hon. Member for Stourbridge proposes introducing an appeal mechanism that does not exist at present. I believe that we are moving steadily in the right direction. The Bill provides that certain employers "shall" inform the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: Does the Prime Minister agree with the view that wealth creation is more important than wealth redistribution?

Mixed-sex wards (9 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in view of the express determination of the Secretary of State to end mixed-sex wards in psychiatric hospitals, it is very odd and surprising that the recently published mental health code of practice makes no reference to such a management objective?

Carers (8 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his statement and for his courtesy in letting me have a copy of it in good time. The Opposition welcome any additional support for carers—the great silent army that, quite literally, props up our social care system. We believe that the family is the best mechanism for delivering support to the elderly, the disabled and the frail wherever that is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nurses (2 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: What progress he has made in implementing the proposal to create supernurses. [67165]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nurses (2 Feb 1999)

Philip Hammond: The fact is that, since the plan for supernurses was announced with a great fanfare last September, not a single one has been appointed. Indeed, the right hon. Gentleman's Department has instructed trusts not to appoint them. Yesterday, the Government announced a pay rise of 4.7 per cent. for the most senior nurses. I shall not ask the right hon. Gentleman whether that is fair or affordable,...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Information Contained in Certificates (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I should make it clear at the outset, as my right hon. and hon. Friends have done during the Bill's progress, that we do not object in principle to the Government's purpose in introducing the legislation. Indeed, I welcome the shift in the Labour party's thinking that it represents. The Minister is sheltering—as Ministers have done before—behind the claim that the measure...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Information Contained in Certificates (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I understand what the Minister is saying, but does he accept that the costs will not be averaged out and will affect some motorists more seriously than he suggests?

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Information Contained in Certificates (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I should like merely to respond to the point that the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) made—

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Duty of Insurers to Submit Annual Report to Parliament (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I am delighted to hear a Liberal Democrat using the currency of pounds, shillings and pence. I am not sure where that leaves the hon. Gentleman in the Liberal Democrat leadership stakes. The hon. Gentleman said that he wanted to know what the extra cost of the measure to ordinary people would be. Does he not understand that the problem is that there is no single ordinary person—there...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Duty of Insurers to Submit Annual Report to Parliament (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I am happy to take what the Minister said at face value and to accept his good intentions. However, we will look to ensure that the data is made available as quickly as the technology used by the compensation recovery unit allows.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Duty of Insurers to Submit Annual Report to Parliament (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: The Minister nods. If we can accept that there is a genuine intention by the Government to make that data available regularly as fast as possible, we will be satisfied. I thank the Minister for that assurance.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Information Contained in Certificates (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: Conservative Members are always concerned about retrospection in legislation. From Second Reading and from reading the debates in Committee—I was not privileged to be a member of the Standing Committee that considered the Bill—the only argument that has been advanced for setting the start date at 2 July 1997 is that that is the day on which the Chancellor announced his intention...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Duty of Insurers to Submit Annual Report to Parliament (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. He is absolutely right. The problem is compounded by the fact that settlements of claims are often not made for two, three or four years. It may be difficult to gain an informed view from information that relates to the preceding year. The hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon referred to what the Opposition health team calls the "information...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Duty of Insurers to Submit Annual Report to Parliament (21 Jan 1999)

Philip Hammond: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman. The NHS is a vast organisation spending billions of pounds and employing hundreds of thousands of people. The collation of information is essential for the proper management of an organisation of that scale. I hope that the Minister will reflect on that. Indeed, the Secretary of State has shown his willingness to make more information available. He...


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