30/1/02 Inner Cities

Adjournment Debate – Inner Cities
30th Jan. 2002

John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland): It gives me great pleasure to secure this debate, and I want to focus on how we should strive to break the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. Poverty manifests itself in a number of ways: lack of access to good-quality housing, poor health, high levels of unemployment, low rates of pay, high crime rates, and poor educational performance. Unlike the Tories, the Labour party believes that poverty breeds further poverty, that unemployment can lead to crime, that living in poor, overcrowded housing can result in poor health and have a detrimental effect on a child’s education. Each aspect of poverty is linked, and we cannot effectively tackle one aspect without tackling all of them.

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14/1/02 Office of Communications Bill Second Reading

John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland): I do not think that my contribution will be as entertaining as the last one, but I shall do my very best. I am delighted to participate in the debate, but I must declare an interest. Before entering Parliament, I worked for BT for 31 years and I am a member of Connect, the union for professionals in communications, which part-sponsors a researcher to assist me with research on the communications industry. I am also chair of the newly established all-party telecommunications group. Therefore, I have a long-term interest in communications and I have experienced at first hand the rapid change of the communications sector.

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