Lansley calls for positive approach in South Cambridgeshire villages

Andrew Lansley has today applauded parish councils in South Cambridgeshire who have responded to his request for information about provision for youth facilities locally.

Mr Lansley said :

“I am very grateful to parish councils who have responded to my ‘mini-survey’ about what youth facilities there are in their village. The survey shows that there are some very good activities going on around the constituency, but it is certainly not the case everywhere.

“What is clear from the results of my survey is that parishes who have been taking a positive approach and have been able to sustain youth facilities, have a more positive view of young people in their village. This seems to be regardless of the size of the village. In many villages, it is a question of inclusion and involvement rather than exclusion, which makes all the difference. Involving young people, finding volunteers, definitely leads to a village with a more positive group of young people, because young people respond positively to good community facilities, so I welcome the announcement that South Cambridgeshire District Council is maintaining its capital fund for community facilities for this year.

“I am also in contact with Cambridgeshire County Council about their support for community facilities in South Cambridgeshire. Now that I have information from parish councils, I will disseminate the examples I have of good practice. At the same time, we will be working to extend the provision of youth facilities to those villages who have tried, but been unable so far to provide youth facilities.”

09 July 2005

Extract from: 'The Future of Health and Public Service Regulation' Speech

May I begin by expressing my warm thanks to the NHS Confederation for arranging this series of speeches on the future of our public services and for inviting me to contribute? At the start of a Parliament, it is very good to take an opportunity to think about the direction and the objectives of reform and of policy, somewhat free of the partisan demands of electioneering. The NHS Confederation continues to be, under Gill’s leadership, a strong advocate of reform and of high standards of leadership and management in the NHS. I have greatly valued our discussions over the last two years and even if we cross swords occasionally, I know we have shared aims in securing the opportunity for strong leadership and quality management to deliver high standards of healthcare in our NHS.

21 May 1997

Maiden Speech in the House of Commons

Thank you very much, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to make my maiden speech. It is a daunting prospect, not least because I follow the exemplary and entertaining speeches of the hon. Members for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg) and for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Ms McKenna).

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