Results 12121–12140 of 12353 for speaker:Philip Hammond

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 because...

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....

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 practical...

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,...


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