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Written Answers — Department for Education: Children (17 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will issue guidance on the age threshold at which and for what period leaving one or more children alone or in charge of another child at home is an advisory issue, a child protection issue or a criminal offence.

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Law (10 November 2014)

John Hemming: Last time the previous Question was moved, I voted for it. On this occasion I will vote against it. The difficulty is to work out what the Opposition feel they will achieve from this. Although there is always an argument about the Executive lumping together lots of decision into one vote, one of the more complex questions is when the Executive are bound by a motion of the House. It was...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Attendance (10 November 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will review The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 in accordance with the families test as recently announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Petition — Acocks Green Post Office (Birmingham) (3 November 2014)

John Hemming: The petition is from 573 residents of Acocks Green. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Acocks Green and customers of the Post Office in Acocks Green and others, Declares that the Petitioners oppose the proposed move of Acocks Green’s Post Office branch from 1100 Warwick Road to 1131 Warwick Road; further that the proposed new location has fewer serving hatches, a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Abuse Inquiry (3 November 2014)

John Hemming: Leah McGrath Goodman, an American journalist, was banned from entering the country by the UK Border Agency, as a result of which she was prevented from investigating child abuse in Jersey. The allegations involved a senior UK politician. I hear what the Home Secretary says about terms of reference, but the terms of reference would exclude investigation of an issue that falls into two...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review (29 October 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the terms of reference for Matthew Oakley's review of jobseeker's allowance sanctions omitted sanctions for employment and support allowance.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Affordable Homes Bill (27 October 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Minister of State for Disabled People of 5 September 2014, Official Report, column 554, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the Affordable Homes Bill would cost about 1 billion of public expenditure.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification (27 October 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review sanctions for employment and support allowance.

Written Answers — Home Office: Bombings: Birmingham (24 October 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will indicate what constraints there are on publication of case papers, inquiries or other documents relating to the Birmingham Pub Bombings on 21 November 1974.

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: The hon. Gentleman is making the case for shorter Parliaments. The question is who should make the decision. Should the term be fixed or should the Prime Minister be given back the power to make the decision purely on party interest, thereby costing everyone a lot of money?

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: Why does the hon. Gentleman believe that the Prime Minister alone should be able to make that decision, rather than Parliament through a majority?

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: I thank the hon. Gentleman for the confirmation that it would be a party decision taken in the party interest. Should it not be a decision that is taken in the public interest?

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: Obviously, we have had fixed-term Parliaments for a long time; it is just that the Prime Minister had the power to call an early election. Who does my hon. Friend believe should have the power to decide to have an early election?

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: I thank my hon. Friend for his previous answer. He said the effective test of whether the Prime Minister’s decision to have an election was a good one was whether the Prime Minister got elected, and that the test was measured by the political party. In essence, such a decision is driven by the party interest, not the public interest.

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

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Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: I am sure that my hon. Friend agrees that a key priority of this Parliament has been to sort out the finances, but uncertainty creates greater instability in the financial markets. If we had to pay another 1%, it would cost us about 10 billion or more a year. Does he think that that is a reasonable price for the taxpayer to pay for giving back a power over general elections to the Prime...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014)

John Hemming: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concern about the power of the Executive. Does he agree that the constitution should be established in the best interests not of the Prime Minister, but of the country as a whole, particularly in circumstances in which we are having to borrow a lot of money on the money markets to fund the deficit, which means the stability that arises from the Prime...

Transparency and Accountability Bill (17 October 2014)

John Hemming: Anyone reading this debate may wish to refer to the speech I gave when I first put forward most of these proposals. I had more time to speak to them, so I spoke at greater length. I hope that that will inform people better,

Transparency and Accountability Bill (17 October 2014)

John Hemming: As I have said on a number of occasions, the media cannot afford to have someone in every family court. Does the Minister accept that media access to hearings is not, in itself, that big a thing?

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