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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 March 2015)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...considers that that the question of small business protection needs detailed consideration before any action is taken. For example, it raised concerns that the measure would remove businesses’ ability to reasonably limit liability in dealings with other businesses, and the possibility of this leading to significant claims for loss of business earnings.

Health: Rare Diseases — Question for Short Debate (3 March 2015)

Lord Patel: ...now been passed to NICE, which has been asked to develop a bespoke, highly specialised technologies appraisal process and methodology. While NICE’s rigour in appraising medicines is not in doubt, its ability to run two separate processes with vastly different QALY thresholds may present a challenge. It is also crucial that NICE should collaborate extremely closely with NHS England,...

Ebbsfleet — Statement (3 March 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...We set out the powers that we are proposing that the corporation will have, including compulsory purchase powers, the transfer of the planning management powers that are currently exercised by the local authorities and, of course, the ability to invest money to secure the regeneration of the area. In our consultation, we asked for views on the area in which the Urban Development...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (1st Day) (3 March 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

The Earl of Lindsay: ...Task Force was the best show in town and would have suggested putting that in the Bill. One of the strengths of the better regulation effort by successive Governments over the past 10 to 15 years has been its ability to evolve. My concern about the last part of this amendment is therefore that it presumes the continuity of the current body. The RPC is, as I said, doing an extraordinarily...

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Department of Health — Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (3 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Oliver Heald: ...and there are people who will do that—when I was a mental health spokesman, I met people who volunteered to work for Rethink and MIND—but it also uses the skills of professionals to train the individuals concerned, under supervision. It is giving us a lot of coverage and an ability to help young people relatively cheaply. That is a consideration in these times. I therefore...

Bank Closure (Stone) (3 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: ...and is comfortable with using the banking services available to them through their post office. For many customers, the Post Office can provide access to their bank account, including the ability to withdraw money, deposit cash and cheques and check their balance at all 11,700 of its branches throughout the UK—a huge network. In some respects the Post Office can offer wider customer...

Royal Assent: Housing Ombudsman (Power to Settle Disputes between Neighbours and Tenants) (3 March 2015)

Nick de Bois: .... As the website of one property management firm puts it: “If you have a large property and are renting it out to just one tenant, consider transforming it into a HMO or hostel. This gives you the ability to take on more tenants and thus increase your potential for profit.” However, as the website also says: “If you want to turn your property into a hostel or HMO, there...

Royal Assent: Ebbsfleet (3 March 2015)

Brandon Lewis: ...corporation. We set out the powers that we propose the corporation should have, including compulsory purchase powers, the transfer of the planning management powers that are currently exercised by the local authorities and, of course, the ability to invest money to secure the regeneration of the area. In our consultation, we asked for views on the area in which the urban development...

Royal Assent: Maternity Services (Morecambe Bay) (3 March 2015)

Jeremy Hunt: ...deal of detail to see what lessons need to be learned. I think one of the issues is the level of expertise within the PHSO and, with the greatest of respect, a certain lack of confidence in its ability to understand when there has been a clinical failure. I think everyone agrees that one of the things we need to do is to ensure that it can draw on medical expertise. It needs to make sure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Membership (Renegotiation) (3 March 2015)

Philip Hammond: ...between what is done at national level and what is done at European level, on the accountability of the European Union institutions to the people of the European Union, and on the European Union’s ability to drive economic growth across all our economies. That is what people in this country want resolved, and by resolving it we will create a more certain climate for business in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 March 2015)

David Lidington: ...analysis and capability, including those involving the middle east and Russia, which, as my hon. Friend suggests, are particularly important. About 170 of our offices are now registered as having ability in Arabic, and a similar number are registered as having ability in Russian.

Fire Safety (Case of Sophie Rosser) (3 March 2015)

Jonathan Evans: ...and roles clear? Are they understood? Do they get discharged in practice? Such questions were posed to the London fire brigade by LFEPA when it set up the review. The specific answer came in paragraph 28 of the fire professionals’ response: “In general terms, there must be some doubt that the answer to these questions is yes and the ability of the Brigade to comment on how well...

[George Howarth in the Chair] — Local Pharmaceutical Services (3 March 2015)

Jane Ellison: ...little bit about that wider point, but I will also address the specifics of the essential small pharmacies scheme and the challenges that face those pharmacies. People understandably appreciate the ability to access pharmaceutical services near to where they live or work. Essential small pharmacies have, in the past, been valuable in securing and maintaining the community access that my...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Wales (3 March 2015)

John Hayes: The new flexible shift patterns and the ability for areas covered by the new HM Coastguard structure to be handled by any Coastguard within it mean workload is managed nationally rather than on a centre by centre basis. This enables HM Coastguard to proactively match available staff across the whole network to its busiest areas and times, both diurnally and seasonally. It is therefore...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (3 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...2014 to tackle the small and persistent minority of promoters of tax avoidance schemes who display behaviours that are detrimental to the integrity of the tax system. The legislation enhances HMRC's ability to tackle promoters who commonly design, market and implement products which overwhelmingly do not work. It focuses on promoters who rely on non-cooperation with HMRC and may rely on...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (3 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...Act 2014 to tackle the small and persistent minority of promoters of tax avoidance schemes who display behaviours that are detrimental to the integrity of the tax system. The legislation enhances HMRC's ability to tackle promoters who commonly design, market and implement products which overwhelmingly do not work. It focuses on promoters who rely on non-cooperation with HMRC and may rely...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Motor Vehicles: Rights of Way (3 March 2015)

Lord de Mauley: ...join the motor vehicle stakeholder working group. The composition of the group is yet to be decided, but the intention is that members will be invited to join the group based on their expertise and ability to work constructively with others, rather than simply on whom they represent. We will invite interested organisations to put forward their suggestions for suitable members. The...

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Defence — Defence and Security Review (NATO) (2 March 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Mark Francois: ...Government. Our equipment programme—a substantial investment of some 163 billion over 10 years on equipment and support—will ensure that our armed forces retain a formidable range of cutting-edge capabilities and the ability to project power across the globe. This investment is not only securing the best possible military capability, it is also helping to secure UK jobs...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 March 2015) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Bates: ...Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This Act significantly adds to the tools at our disposal to counter the threat posed in particular by British-born violent extremists. It disrupts the ability of people to travel abroad to fight, and to return here. It enhances our ability to monitor and control the actions of those in the UK who pose a threat, and it combats the underlying ideology...

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