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Business of the House: Sale of Park Homes (30 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Brandon Lewis: ...on behalf of residents in Epping Forest. This has also been a strong issue for other Members across the House who want to make sure that residents are protected and can feel confident about their rights and ability to look after their homes, for themselves and their families. The hon. Member for Hyndburn (Graham Jones) also contributed to the debate, as did my hon. Friends the Members for...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Arms Exports and Controls (30 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Sir John Stanley: .... I have no equestrian background at all, but I have likened it to trying to get a 16-horse stagecoach moving reasonably well in the same direction, which is particularly difficult when there is no ability to vote. We have achieved a lot even in just getting out the reports that we have. I thank hon. Members for their kind personal comments. I hope that the dedicated contributions of the...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Selsdon: ...through them, with France. How can we help develop and finance trade with the Middle East that can produce the revenues that it may need to rebuild various disabled societies? It is not too difficult. With the ability of the ECGD and some of the government grants, there are great opportunities. The difficulty is that when there is fear about personal security, people are reluctant to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (30 October 2014)

George Eustice: ...some people have expressed concern about the use of ISDS. Both the European Union and the United Kingdom are very conscious of that, and we do not intend to allow such agreements to undermine our ability to set our own welfare and regulatory standards when it comes to animal health.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (30 October 2014)

Maria Eagle: ...Grid is having to prepare contingency plans to ration energy use this winter because spare generating capacity is at a seven-year low, does she really think her priority should be cutting Britain’s ability to generate clean electricity? Is not this just another example of the self-styled greenest Government ever now resorting, in the Prime Minister’s words, to getting rid of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Languages: Education (30 October 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: ...Affairs, my right Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks.) (Mr Hague), restablished one in 2013. Fulltime language training (FTLT) is provided for all officers going overseas where the ability to communicate effectively in another language is considered essential to meet the requirements of their role. Training is provided to either C1 operational level or C2 Extensive level depending...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Electricity Generation (30 October 2014)

Baroness Verma: ...monitor who will ensure that the rules are properly followed by all participants during the auction. If the auction monitor were to find any irregularities, the Secretary of State ultimately has the ability to annul the auction after it has taken place. Ofgem has the power to investigate any company bidding into the auction should they consider this necessary.

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 October 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Stephen: ...been over the last 300 years. This has been a very good debate and there have been some very wise comments, particularly on the nature, appeal and real dangers of nationalism. Nationalism has the ability, in the right place and at the right time, to whip up passion and fervour among those who feel disconnected, disengaged or disfranchised. I think that the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell, was...

Railways (Public Sector Operators): Taxation of Pensions Bill (29 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Tom Blenkinsop: ...once, rather than employer by employer. Mr Greenwood said that he has talked with several people in the industry and that one company had already talked with 192 employers that are looking at that. The ability to avoid NI in that way already exists, and the Government have a threshold of only 10,000 and nothing planned until after July as a response. That gives them a big headache,...

Railways (Public Sector Operators): National Audit Office (29 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Bacon: ...statutory independence of the Comptroller and Auditor General in exercising his statutory functions. The CAG is an officer of the House of Commons, and it is vital that his independence and ability to undertake inquiries, wherever he—or she, were there a female doing the job—feels necessary, is unfettered. The 2011 Act needed to pull off the trick of providing both for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Police Service of Northern Ireland (29 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Theresa Villiers: ...funding to tackle terrorism, totalling 231 million. We are now working with the PSNI to understand the impact that funding reductions imposed by the Northern Ireland Executive will have on its ability to police the terrorist threat.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 October 2014)

David Cameron: ...powers to the Scottish Parliament, including tax-raising powers, as I believe we should, we must make sure that Members of Parliament for Essex or other counties and towns in England, have the ability to vote on these issues as they affect England in this House. My concern is that the Labour party seems to have completely given up on this issue. It is happy to have an all-party agreement...

Public Bill Committee: Affordable Homes bill: Clause 3 - Review of the availability of affordable homes and the intermediate housing market (29 October 2014)

Chris Bryant: ...of issues. I would argue that the Medway towns, where I have spent a lot of time recently—more time than Conservative MPs as far as I can see—have a particular set of issues. Migration within the United Kingdom, the ability of people to move readily and easily from areas where they might be able to afford to buy a home to areas where they may have to rent, is also an issue....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Mental Health Services (29 October 2014)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect spending pre-emptions by NHS England have had on the ability of NHS England to ensure parity of esteem as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Mandate for 2013 to 2015 and the Refreshed Mandate for 2014 to 2015.

Music Education — Question for Short Debate (28 October 2014)

The Bishop of Lichfield: ...population. Programmes run by the cathedral, such as the choristers’ arts programme and the MusicShare concerts, along with the curriculum singing days over the year, make improvements in behaviour, cognitive ability and language plain to see. I offer a big thanks to people such as my director of music at the cathedral, Cathy Lamb, who is for so many people the Gareth Malone of the...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Black of Brentwood: ...protection, sources may be deterred from assisting the press in informing the public on matters of public interest. As a result, the vital public-watchdog role of the press may be undermined and the ability of the press to provide accurate and reliable information may be adversely affected”. That is absolutely right. As we heard, the use of confidential sources is vital for...

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 October 2014)

Mark Spencer: ...are working flat out to try to fill the skills gap by creating apprenticeships and jobs that the kids coming out of those schools can go into. That is the way to solve the coalfield communities’ deprivation: to give them the ability to aspire out of it, the ability to work their way, and the confidence that the Government of the day are looking after their ability to move from...

UK Visa Applications (Malawi) (28 October 2014)

James Brokenshire: ...the hon. Gentleman said. I made further inquiries and discovered that prepaid credit or debit cards from the major suppliers can be provided by Malawian banks and used for our gateway. There is, therefore, the ability to go to a mainstream Malawian bank to secure that. We have received no official communication from the Malawian Government saying that the permission of the Reserve Bank of...

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