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Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria) (17 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Kate Green: ...individuals who are suffering. Registered social landlords are experiencing a loss of rent and are left with arrears and voids, as my hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue) pointed out. That means that their credit rating and their ability to borrow cost-effectively, and therefore to build the new homes that we need, are damaged. It is an utterly illogical policy....

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 December 2014)

Mike Wood: .... As the hon. Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) said, that removes any compunction from Post Office Ltd to do anything about its flawed system, even though it appears to have had the ability to bolt on a facility to alter figures from an individual post office remotely after they have been signed off for the day by the postmaster or postmistress who is responsible for...

Recall of MPs Bill: Second Reading (17 December 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...of Governments, they change laws and they make our country better. Being a Member of Parliament is an honourable thing and we are very lucky in the United Kingdom that we have people of honour, calibre and ability who are prepared to put themselves forward from all parties and sometimes no party. Those remarks apply equally to noble Lords in this House. Although not elected, they are...

Points of Order (17 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael Connarty: .... I know that it is difficult to apply a principle to all cases proportionately, but will you find the time to meet me to discuss the fact that I do not believe that the principle of defending the ability of Back Benchers to ask questions of the Executive was upheld proportionately in all cases today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Al-Sweady Inquiry Report (17 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Vernon Coaker: ...allegations against the armed forces, avoiding unnecessarily cumbersome processes and, as he pointed out, significant financial costs. What progress has been made on the collection of, storage of and ability to search documents and other records? Has the shooting incident policy been reviewed and updated? Are there plans to do so? What changes have been made to the recording of the...

Housing Need (Treasury Assistance) (17 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Priti Patel: .... It was interesting to hear the hon. Gentleman mention that, in his constituency, the demand for second homes is outstripping supply, which is changing the marketplace and having an impact on the ability of first-time home buyers to get on the housing ladder. It is our role as a Government to do what we can to help households that are struggling to get on the housing ladder. The rate of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Confiscation Orders (17 December 2014)

Karen Bradley: ...adoption of the EU measure on the mutual recognition of confiscation orders, and the deployment of dedicated asset recovery liaison prosecutors to key jurisdictions, will result in an improved ability to assist our international partners on recovering the proceeds of crime located in the United Kingdom.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade: USA (17 December 2014)

Matthew Hancock: ...services from the scope of any market liberalisation in TTIP, and it has therefore not been necessary to discuss any exclusions related to specific public services. The Scottish Government’s ability to determine how publically funded health services in Scotland are provided will not be affected. It will be completely up to the Scottish Government to take decisions on which providers...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Arts: Liverpool (17 December 2014)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about Arts Council funding for the Liverpool Black-E project; and what plans they have to ensure its ability to continue.

Written Answers — House of Lords: G4S (17 December 2014)

Lord Freud: ...Placements Programme because in conjunction with performance data it allows the calculation of unit prices which are commercially confidential. Release of this information would reduce the department's ability to gain best value for money in future procurement exercises. I can confirm that total payments to G4S Group are as follows: 2010/11 £81,433 2011/12 £17,947,271 ...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Private Education (17 December 2014)

Lord Nash: ...matters, such as evolution. However, in their arrangements for teaching science, schools are expected to imbue pupils with an appreciation of the need for an evidence-based approach, and an ability to think and learn for themselves.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sports: Disability (17 December 2014)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...28,000 young disabled people played competitive sport at the county festival level, with meaningful competitive sporting opportunities to young disabled people at every level of the programme. Project Ability has also helped introduce around 25,000 young disabled people to competitive sport and Change4Life Clubs offer the Paralympic sports boccia and basketball as part of the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Local Government Improvement: Technical Consultation (17 December 2014)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...will be subject to the transparency requirements laid out in this Code in place of routine external audit. The Code will require the on-line publication of information that provides taxpayers with a clear picture of authorities’ activities, spending and governance, improving the ability of communities to hold local public bodies to account. The Transparency Code for Smaller...

Written Ministerial Statements — Communities and Local Government: Local Government Improvement: Technical Consultation (17 December 2014)

Eric Pickles: ...subject to the transparency requirements laid out in this code in place of routine external audit. The code will require the online publication of information that provides taxpayers with a clear picture of authorities’ activities, spending and governance, improving the ability of communities to hold local public bodies to account. The transparency code for smaller authorities...

Bills Presented: Clause 36 — Privacy and Civil Liberties Board (16 December 2014)

John McDonnell: ...that work under this duty of confidentiality. It is a serious matter for journalists. There is a real concern that it might undermine their operation and put them at risk, but it would also undermine the ability of whistleblowers and others to come forward and put them at risk. As we have seen in recent cases, that might now be tested in the courts. I do not intend to press my amendments...

Pension Schemes Bill — Second Reading (16 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Holmes of Richmond: ...”, “flexibility” and even “simplification”, until we all finally concluded that pension simplification is probably one of our greatest oxymorons. Defined benefit schemes, once the gold standard, with the ability to deliver two-thirds of someone’s income in retirement, were a solid proposition but have been undermined and eroded over the years by a whole...

Bills Presented: Clause 21 — General duty on specified authorities (16 December 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

James Brokenshire: ...It says in terms: “All terrorist groups have an ideology. Promoting that ideology, frequently on the internet, facilitates radicalisation and recruitment”, and “Challenging ideology and disrupting the ability of terrorists to promote it is a fundamental part of Prevent.” I will come on to respond—

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 8 - Watchdog (16 December 2014)

John Hayes: ...it had it not already been amended—includes cyclists and pedestrians. The watchdog will be considering the views of all users of the strategic roads network accordingly. Clause 8(7) provides the watchdog with the ability to engage with the local road network, but only where the local highway authority invites it to do so. Councils are already accountable through the ballot box, and...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Directions and guidance (16 December 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

Nick Raynsford: ...only for lack of clarity, but there could be an opaque framework where it is impossible to obtain information. Given all those grounds for concern, it is not surprising that members of the Committee raise concerns about the ability of Members of Parliament to represent their constituents and to get responses from Ministers and the Secretary of State. We will need some pretty convincing...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Schedule 2 - Road investment strategy: procedure (16 December 2014)

John Hayes: ...a highly involved process. If we needed to vary the strategy every time we wanted  the company to partake in a legitimate and sensible commercial activity, it would severely hamper the company’s ability to act flexibly and respond to changing circumstances. I am absolutely clear that we are not giving the company carte blanche to take radical decisions that contradict the...

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