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Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s efforts in leading the international community to tackle global poverty, but realises that there is much more that needs to be done.

David Hanson said:

“The fight against global poverty is one that we simply cannot afford to lose and I welcome the lead this Government has taken in the international community on this issue.

“Since 1997 the amount of aid has increased from £2.1 billion to £6.85 billion. Working with the international community we have written off 100% of debt owed by the world’s most heavily indebted countries and the Government is committed to expanding the international aid budget still further.

“The measures we have taken have helped to lift over 3 million people permanently out of poverty each year and in places like Bangladesh contributions have helped lift 1,300 people out of poverty every single day. And we are now providing clean water for 7.5 million people in Bangladesh and 2 million people in India.

“Despite the progress that has been made there is still so much more that needs to be done to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

“The Government has committed itself to £1.2 billion of health spending in developing countries by 2010 and £8.5 billion for education over the next 10 years to help 22 African countries. We continue to support education projects in places like Uganda and Afghanistan, which are helping to get millions of children into the classrooms.

“There are new challenges emerging all the time and with developing countries having to deal with climate change it is important that the UK offers the right aid packages. Through the pioneering £800 million Environmental Transformation Fund (for investment in low carbon technology in developing countries) the UK is helping to secure low carbon economic development in developing countries.

“The UK has led the argument on trade and has made clear from the start that pro-poor policies should be central to this trade round. We must keep up the pressure on the international community to deliver on its promises as we cannot afford to rest until global poverty is made a thing of the past.

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed The Disability Rights Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2006-2007 which demonstrate the Commissions extensive achievements in a landmark year.

The last twelve months have been a milestone year for the commission with wide ranging provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 on transport and the establishment of a Disability Equality Duty on all public bodies coming into effect.

The Disability Rights Commission was established by the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to work towards the elimination of discrimination against disabled people; promote equal opportunities; encourage good practice and keep the working of the Disability Discrimination Act and the DRC Act under review. The Commission opened for business in April 2000 and will close when the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) becomes operational in October this year.

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights, established by the Equality Act 2006, will promote equality and tackle discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, age and religion or belief and from the start will take on the work of three commissions – the Disability Rights Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. The CEHR’s remit will include promoting and protecting human rights.

David Hanson said:

“The Disability Rights Commission is a major force in ensuring legislation delivers real equality for disabled people.

“Last year’s wide-ranging achievements have included undertaking substantial activity to promote awareness of the Disability Equality Duty, and ensure that public bodies understand their duties to put equality for disabled people into effect.

“The Disability Equality Duty is part of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005and contains four key elements. These include the requirement for public sector organisations to eliminate unlawful disability discrimination and disability-related harassment; promote equality of opportunity for disabled people; promote positive attitudes; and encourage disabled people to take part in public life.

“The Commision has worked hard to ensure that disability rights remain central to the work of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights and should be proud of its achievements in helping to make a fairer and more equal society.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the Government’s ‘Know Before You Campaign’ which highlights the key problems that British Nationals experience abroad over the summer months. Many of these problems can be prevented, or made easier to deal with through better preparation by travellers.

The British Behaviour Abroad report provides incident figures from Foreign Office records highlighting the key problems that British nationals experience abroad. According to the most accurate figures available, the period April 05-March 06 saw 1,368 Britons arrested in the USA; 955 hospitalised in Greece; 376 British citizens die in France and 6,078 lose their passports in Spain.

David Hanson said:

“Everyone wants to enjoy their summer holidays and the majority will pass without serious incident. It is however well worth the time to find out a little about where you are going to take on board some of the advice available.

“It is worthwhile finding out about the local laws and customs of your destination – what might be perfectly appropriate behaviour or dress in one country might be completely different in another – for example, wearing camouflage clothing is illegal in some Caribbean Countries; and some nasal sprays widely used in the UK are illegal in Japan.

“You should also be aware of what you can and can’t bring home. Customs departments throughout the world confiscate illegal souvenirs, and in the UK you could face a criminal prosecution and fines.

“One of the most common problems is the losing of passports. It is recommended that before you travel you make two photocopies of the page with your details on. Leave one with friends or family at home and take one with you when you travel – this will assist a speedier turnaround if your passport is lost or stolen

“Once abroad, keep your passport in a safe place (e.g. hotel safe). If you need to carry ID when you’re out and about, use a photocopy. If you lose your passport or it is stolen, report the loss immediately to the nearest local police station and obtain a police report before contacting the nearest Embassy. Have your photocopy handy.

“You should always have health insurance and make sure you have the right vaccinations.

“For more details on how to prepare for your holidays go tohttp://www.fco.gov.uk/travel)”

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Delyn MP is asking for views on Smart meters, which could help to cut emissions and bills in the home and at work.  

The Government has launched its consultation on metering and billing and is looking at how smart metering will play a key part in reducing our carbon footprint and cutting our energy bills.

The Government is proposing to cut energy use through the roll out of state of the art smart meters, and real time visual display units to households and businesses. Real time visual display units can tell people how much energy they are using, and how much it is costing when individual appliances are turned on. Smart meters allow energy suppliers to communicate directly with their customers, removing the need for meter-readings and providing accurate bills with no estimates. Smart meters tell people about their energy use either through linked real-time display units or in other ways, such as through the internet or even through digital TV.

The proposals on which the Government is consulting include:

* Providing more enhanced information on bills to help people save energy, including historical comparisons of their energy use;

* For electricity suppliers to provide a real-time visual display unit to any new meters fitted from 2008, and to all households that request them between 2008/10; and

* For gas and electricity suppliers to install smart meters to all but the smallest businesses over the next five years.

The consultation will also seek views on the Government’s expectation that, over the next ten years, all gas and electricity customers will be given smart meters with visual displays.

David Hanson said:

“Cutting emissions and reducing our carbon footprints is one the most important challenges we face and one that I know constituents want to be proactive on.

“Smart meters provide better information and more accurate billing. It is vital that we make best use of this emerging technology that will not only help cut our energy use but reduce our bills too.

“For more information on smart metering and the consultation please contact my office by phone on 01352 763159, email hansond(at)parliament.uk or write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.”