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Leader of the House of Lords — Motion to Regret (28 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: ...the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, and some others have identified is a risk, which was also identified by the Constitution Committee, that my status might detract from my authority in an intangible way and affect my ability to represent this House in the Cabinet. I will respond to that point as directly as I can. As I said during our short debate soon after my appointment, judge me on...

Architecture and the Built Environment — Question for Short Debate (28 July 2014)

Lord Bates: ...public sector accounts for about 41% of that total. Thus the emphasis that government places on design is crucial and sends out a powerful signal to clients. My noble friend Lord Tyler talked about the ability of buildings to depress—as did my noble friend Lord Cormack in reference to one part of Lincoln—as well as to inspire. I know that the noble Lord, Lord Sawyer, will take...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Davies of Stamford: The Minister seeks to make a distinction between the court’s ability to grant relief and its ability to proceed to make a declaration. That seems an interesting line of approach in the light of the debate that has taken place. Can I therefore put to him the suggestion that I put earlier to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay? Would it not be helpful if the Government—in this...

Schools: Local Oversight — Question (28 July 2014)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...take its fair share of the blame for the failings that occurred in Birmingham. However, does he realise that, at the heart of the situation, people have lost confidence in the Secretary of State’s ability to manage thousands of schools from the centre? Does he not see that the proposed regional commissioners for academies who he has just mentioned just add a further level of...

South Sudan — Question (28 July 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...has never been an effective and functioning state in South Sudan. It is a new country born out of civil war. It is going to take a long time to construct an effective state administration with the ability to provide education and order within the 10 provinces with a large number of tribal groups and some 200 different languages. This is a major preoccupation with which all the states...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

Baroness O'Cathain: ...very proud of ours. I pay tribute to all members of the committee, all of whom are lively, interested and work very hard. I know that all of them in turn agree that without the support and direction of our clerk, Nicole Mason, and our policy analyst, Paul Dowling, and the ability to have really good specialist advisers and backroom staff—I must not forget them—we would be lost.

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

The Earl of Caithness: ...discussed broadband, which is crucial to the agricultural industry, particularly for those who live in remote, out-of-the-way places. I congratulate and thank all our landowners and farmers. Their ability to survive and adapt is extraordinary and quite unlike any other industry. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, who said we need to promote and trumpet our successes and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Universal Credit (24 July 2014)

Lord Freud: ...deductions in Universal Credit. We are currently considering the consultation responses. Deductions from Universal Credit are made after considering the claimant’s individual circumstances and ability to afford the deductions. The maximum that can be deducted for all deductions, including rent arrears, is an amount equivalent to 40 per cent of the claimant’s Universal Credit...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014)

Lord Faulks: ...court with significant discretion over whether to impose the criminal courts charge. As the court is the main beneficiary of the charge, there is a risk that this would be perceived as providing the ability directly to influence the funding of the criminal courts. The judiciary is an integral part of the courts system, and it has a vested interest in its success. Furthermore, where there...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...with the process at all. Although the effect of the amendment would be to allow a single justice to consider any case, regardless of the defendant’s response, I understand that the intention is to remove the ability of the single justice to hear cases where the defendant has not responded. I recognise that this may be in response to concerns about the assumption that, where a...

EU: Justice and Home Affairs (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (22 July 2014)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...the issues we face now, but how we might not exactly future-proof the legislation but at least make it easier to amend, in order to deal with future developments in technology. When we are looking at crime and threats in the cyber world, it is not just about Governments. In an increasingly global and technological world, the ability for cybercrime to damage companies and individuals as...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: ...of parliamentary debates. I am very pleased about the debate that took place as a result of that e-petition. He then referred to the issue of caste, which is clearly controversial. Some believe that it is an issue even in the United Kingdom, in the context of people’s ability to obtain jobs in, for instance, the national health service. That has been raised with me in the past. I...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Morgan: ...from that of Scotland. There is nothing divinely created about it and I am sure that it will be looked at. It is profoundly necessary after the public sector cuts that Wales has endured in the past four years that it should have the ability to expand through its borrowing powers. There is a stronger case now for greater borrowing powers because the Welsh Assembly is to have much greater...

Disabled People (Developing Countries) (22 July 2014)

James Duddridge: ...makers to see which areas it was necessary to target. Secondly, the data would need to enable initiatives supporting disabled people to be monitored. Thirdly, the data would need to provide civil society with the ability to hold Governments to account, locally and internationally, on those goals. I would welcome the Government’s comments on the steps they propose to support the...

Police Reform — Statement (22 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...the pressures on policing are much greater than they are where I live. Those issues will not go away. What the Government have done with the formation of the National Crime Agency is facilitate the ability to deal effectively with those things that operate across borders while at the same time enabling local policing to take place, governed by local police and crime commissioners.

SMEs (Local Authority Procurement) (22 July 2014)

Kris Hopkins: ...large and small. Prompt payment is critical to the cash flow of many suppliers and failure to pay on time can lead to serious problems, especially for small businesses, ultimately putting at stake their ability to continue trading. The problem of prompt payment is about not just how quickly a council pays a supplier but, as the Communities and Local Government Committee identified in its...

Healthier Together Programme (Greater Manchester) — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Nuttall: ...it is a Labour Government or a Conservative Government; people’s desire to be healthy and their need to feel that they and their loved ones are receiving the best possible treatment will always result in demand being greater than the ability of the public purse to meet that demand. That is of course largely driven by the fact that so many people think that our NHS is free. Of course...

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (22 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...named in the public domain, while others may wish to put themselves forward. I am clear that, despite the mandate of the Secretary-General, it is apparent that those with clear leadership and an ability to add their personal perspective to the issues at the UN General Assembly are those who seem to achieve real results.

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Electronic Communications (22 July 2014)

James Brokenshire: ...child sexual exploitation cases, for example, communications data will often be the only investigative lead. The loss of such data would have been potentially devastating and would have impacted seriously on the ability of the police, law enforcement agencies and security and intelligence agencies to investigate crime, uncover terrorist links, protect children, solve kidnappings and find...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Police Reform (22 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Yvette Cooper: ...Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary, with the power to launch investigations without referral and make sure that lessons are learned; chartered registration for every police officer; the ability to strike officers off the register; high professional and ethical standards against which officers must be measured throughout their career; public misconduct hearings; and a new...

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