Results 12021–12040 of 12310 for speaker:Philip Hammond

Orders of the Day — English and Scottish Border Provisions (14 Jun 1999)

Philip Hammond: I would accept the need element, but if one looks around the English regions, it quickly becomes apparent that the regional distribution of NHS expenditure does not directly reflect need, as the hon. Gentleman suggests it should. I am trying to identify the implications of the different funding per capita in the national health service north and south of the border for the effective...

Orders of the Day — English and Scottish Border Provisions (14 Jun 1999)

Philip Hammond: I agree with my hon. Friend: it is, indeed, a disgrace. Hon. Members will know of many local pockets of deprivation and health need around England and Wales that are not being dealt with consistently. We are faced with a discrepancy between per capita spending in England and Scotland of a fraction under 20 per cent. On the Government's own estimates, that figure is not intended to go down: it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Maternity Units (8 Jun 1999)

Philip Hammond: Midwives do a wonderful job, in which we all want to encourage and support them, but does the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that there is a need for a consultant presence to deal with problem cases? Does he share the concerns of the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy about the lack of consultant input in such cases? Will he confirm that by 2001, each year, 500...

Opposition Day: NHS Personnel (19 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: We have heard some excellent speeches from the Conservative Benches and some complacent speeches from Labour. Our national health service is a vast organisation. The 1 million people who work in it are its very essence. The way they are treated and the state of their morale are crucial to the quality that the NHS can deliver. That is why we tabled our motion. The sad fact is that, two years...

Opposition Day: NHS Personnel (19 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: I will not give way because I do not have enough time. Those junior doctors cannot even be sure that their pathway to freedom is clear. The problems of manpower planning and the restrictions on consultants' posts means that many junior doctors face a bleak future in their chosen specialties. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald said, hundreds of fully qualified...

Opposition Day: NHS Personnel (19 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: Does the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that the president of the Royal College of Nursing said that the 4.7 per cent. pay increase would do nothing to stem the flow of nurses out of the profession?

Opposition Day: NHS Personnel (19 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend spoke of doctors being seduced into primary care trusts. She may be interested to learn that, under the Health Bill as currently drafted, they will not need to be seduced: doctors can be forced into primary care trusts without their consent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: After the fiasco over junior doctors' hours, does the Prime Minister recall that his Government made a pledge to the nurses in February that this year's pay settlement would be met in full from 1 April? Is he aware that many nurses received no additional pay in their April pay packets and that many NHS trusts are having great difficulty in financing the unfunded element of the nurses' pay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Beta Interferon (4 May 1999)

Philip Hammond: The Minister will know that the Minister for Public Health has said in the House that there is no rationing in the national health service. However, the chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has stated that that institute may have to recommend against availability on the national health service of clinically effective drugs such as beta interferon because of limited...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Transitional Provisions (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stourbridge (Ms Shipley), first, on having selected this important subject for her private Member's Bill when she was successful in the ballot and, secondly, on the considerable fortitude that she has demonstrated in dealing with what is, by the standards of private Members' Bills, complex and difficult legislation. I thank the Minister for the way in which...

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

Philip Hammond: I welcome the principle of the amendment, which closes what appears to be a gap in the wording of clause 2 and makes it absolutely clear that there is no requirement on employers to go back through their records and report what happened in the past. In the great generality of cases, that will be welcome clarification. Retrospective cases will be referred as a result of amendment No. 21 being...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Searches of Both Lists Under Part V of Police Act 1997 (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: Has it occurred to my hon. Friend that there could be a perverse effect? It will undoubtedly take a certain time for an organisation to make a referral after a dismissal, and for the Department of Health to process that referral. It would be a disaster if, in seeking to shorten the time taken to obtain information about an individual whom a new employer wished to employ, we brought about...

Orders of the Day — Protection of Children Bill: Searches of Both Lists Under Part V of Police Act 1997 (30 Apr 1999)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, especially on his second point—that the Secretary of State will have to process the referral quickly. However, am I not right in thinking that the Bill includes no requirement for a referral to be made within a certain time of dismissal?

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

Philip Hammond: I listened carefully to what the Minister said about employers' ability to take into account misconduct in a previous employment under existing employment law. As I have often said, I am not a lawyer, but I suspect that, once the employee has been in his new employment for a considerable number of years without incident, the ability to take into account previous misconduct must...

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

Philip Hammond: For information, would the Secretary of State have access to the records of the Contributions Agency, which would be the best method of tracking an employee, who has a single national insurance number throughout his life?

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

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the concerns that has been expressed about the Bill is that the process is administrative rather than judicial, and that it is hardly reassuring for the Minister to tell us that the safeguards that would apply if it were judicial do not therefore apply?

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

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is another possible problem? If a long time has elapsed, it is possible that the organisation that should make the referral under the amendment will have ceased to exist. It would be unfortunate if people could slip through the net for that reason. Perhaps, in future, we should insert a provision to ensure that, if that happened, there would be another...

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

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend referred to the important role that the guidance will play. Does he agree that it would have been helpful if draft guidance had been available during consideration of the Bill? Even at this late stage, it might be helpful if the draft guidance could be made available before the Bill is considered in another place.

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

Philip Hammond: I seem to remember that we discussed this matter in Standing Committee. If my right hon. Friend's amendment were carried, would there not be a danger of a perpetual ping-pong? The Secretary of State is required to invite observations from the individual on information submitted with the reference, but, if he has to submit observations from the individual back to the organisation, and the...

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

Philip Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that the circumstances in which information comes to light after many years are more than likely to be in the context of a police investigation? Certainly, the celebrated cases that were quoted in Committee all involved police investigations uncovering information about individuals.


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