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Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 November 2014)

Lord Faulks: ...or post-nuptial agreements under the terms proposed in the Bill. These amendments do not appear to improve significantly on the protection offered and are substantially different from the approach recommended by the Law Commission, which would preserve the ability of the court in appropriate cases to override an agreement made between the parties where in the view of the court its terms...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs (21 November 2014)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the ability of people to access Sativex in the NHS.

Carbon Capture and Storage (20 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Tim Yeo: ...in south Wales than it is today. One of the most astonishing statistics is that just over 200 years ago in, I think, 1800, 98% of the coal being mined in the whole world was mined in the UK. The ability to move that coal from Newcastle to London, which at the time was the centre of the manufacturing industry, made that possible. Our leadership in mining and using coal was one of the...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Michael McCann: ...within the constitutional settlement is a bad one and it misunderstands the debate we have just come through in Scotland. The SNP should never be underestimated as opponents and we should never underestimate their ability to be deceitful and mendacious in any campaign that they run. We can take that from the contribution made by the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil) just a...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...through the work of the independent Educational Technology Action Group, which will report jointly to BIS and the Department for Education by January 2015. In the modern world, children increasingly need to develop the ability to sift volumes of data and not just use a book as a single source of information, which may have been the position in the past. They must become discerning users of...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: ...the inflation target and support the economy? If the central bank had the power to finance the Government’s policies, what would the implications be for the credibility of the fiscal framework and the Government’s ability to borrow from the market if they needed to? What would be the impact on the availability of credit for businesses and households? Would not credit become...

Public Bill Committee: Taxation of Pensions Bill: New Clause 3 - Pension flexibility: Treasury review (20 November 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

David Gauke: ...about tax avoidance, we have been clear; I have made the point repeatedly over the course of these proceedings that we would want to keep that under review. To summarise my response, the FCA has the ability to intervene in relation to products, and HMRC will monitor the responses in terms of exploitation of the new tax regime, to ensure that there is not a significant cost to the Exchequer.

Azure Card — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: ...-class used clothing store in the Whitechapel Mission. Often the services are there, but they are inaccessible. This leads to isolation and social exclusion of already vulnerable and marginalised people. It hampers their ability to engage properly with the asylum process. With regard to their efforts to return, they cannot even travel to where they have to make their inquiries, and they...

Arts Council: Spending Outside London — Question (20 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Nye: ...course, crucial but there is an imbalance in grant in aid, which the Arts Council cannot rectify due to cuts. The disproportionate cuts to local authorities in the most disadvantaged areas affect their ability to support local arts bodies as they would like. What advice would the Minister give to those struggling arts bodies outside the M25, and does he agree with those who argue that...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (20 November 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: The IAEA have been clear that clean-up activities have seriously undermined their ability to verify whether weaponisation related activities took place at Parchin. IAEA access to the site remains an important step in addressing the Agency’s concerns. We fully support the IAEA’s work on this crucial issue. A comprehensive agreement between the E3+3 and Iran remains the best way to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: MAXIMUS Health and Human Services (20 November 2014)

Mark Harper: We are confident in MAXIMUS’s ability to deliver this contract after a thorough evaluation process of their performance on major contracts.

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (19 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Jolly: ...against digital content changes which remove features that they relied on when they made a decision to buy the digital content. There is clearly an important balance to be struck here between the ability of the digital content industry to adapt, change and innovate in a fast-paced environment and the rights of consumers to get what they have paid for. This amendment aims to address the...

Opposition Day: [Unallotted Half-Day] — EU Justice and Home Affairs Measures (19 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Chris Heaton-Harris: ...—all the parties bar the Lib Dems, of course. Now, however, the establishment of the policy is part of the EU area of justice. We must not mistake the direction in which we are heading. Why am I concerned about giving Europe the ability to enact and police legislation in this area? Most of the EU operates under a different system of law from ours, and I do not believe that the...

Veterans (Support and Rehabilitation) (19 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Anna Soubry: ...MPs acting in their local area, as a constituency MP, and a real role for councillors. Let us be honest: there is nothing that a councillor enjoys more. Many councillors do not have the sort of responsibility, the ability to make a difference to their communities, that they want to have. That is perhaps a feature of modern life, but councillors really can start to deliver on the covenant....

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit): Clause 144 — Amount of financial penalty for underpayment of national minimum wage (19 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Jo Swinson: ...are much less likely to be named. Many other investigations began on or after 1 October 2013 and are still ongoing, so the final stage of the issuing of a notice of underpayment and the consequent ability to name and shame has not been reached. As I think has been recognised, the numbers are already increasing, but given that this is a new scheme, it is inevitable that they will start...

Planning Policy (Housing Targets) (19 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Caroline Nokes: ...in general and, as the Minister knows from his own correspondence, Test Valley council in particular, are calling for greater clarity and for a focus on planning issues, where the authority has the ability to have a role.

[Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] — Winter Flooding (Preparation) (19 November 2014)

Maria Eagle: ..., the previous Labour Government responded quickly and effectively. Once the significant relief effort was over, we commissioned the Pitt review, which was the most thorough assessment yet of Government’s ability to prepare for and respond to flooding. We put in place proper and effective long-term plans following that review, which included significantly increased spending. There...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Social Services: Pay (19 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...chapter of statutory guidance on commissioning and market shaping explicitly states that local authorities should have evidence that contract terms, conditions and fee levels will not compromise care providers’ ability to pay at least minimum wages. The Department of Health is asking all Local Authorities to sign up to the Social Care Commitment which incorporates a statement about...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Treatments (19 November 2014)

George Freeman: ...resources deliver the maximum benefit to patients and it has helped to secure access to clinically and cost effective drugs and treatments for many thousands of patients. NICE has demonstrated its ability to adapt to changes in the health and care environment, and we expect it will continue to evolve in the future.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU External Trade: USA (19 November 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: ...action by host governments. Well-formulated investment protection and ISDS provisions have the potential to encourage investment while placing effective safeguards on the Government’s ability to regulate in the public interest. The Government believes it is in the UK's interest to create modern investment provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to both...

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