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House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...to say that expulsion from a Chamber of Parliament is, indeed, a significant and major step. I agree with her that, although we hope they may never have to be used, it is good to have an armoury and the ability to do so if the circumstances should arise. Of course the expulsion of a Member of Parliament can never be undertaken lightly, so it is important that proper safeguards are in...

Mutuals’ Redeemable and Deferred Shares Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Newby: ...and to grow through acquisition. Friendly societies and mutual insurers compete in a highly competitive UK insurance market, and the restrictions on raising external capital can place a limit on their ability to compete on equal terms with their public limited company counterparts. In the recent past, a number of friendly societies and mutual insurers have decided to demutualise, and in...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Mark Spencer: Does the Minister recognise that as a society we seem to have lost the ability to rank risk and understand risk? Members of the public sometimes obsess about things that show no risk at all. When we drive to a community event we probably put ourselves in more danger than we do at the event itself. We sometimes wrongly prioritise and misunderstand the proportions of risk.

Control of Horses Bill (24 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

George Eustice: ...Friend the Member for Harborough made, however, it is important that we do something about owners who abdicate their responsibility and neglect their horses. The Bill will give local authorities the ability to pursue irresponsible horse owners. Two prolific and persistent fly-grazers have recently been issued with antisocial behaviour orders under the old-style measures, so although we...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Blencathra: ..., which is approved for use in this country but only, I think, in the national neurological hospital in the wonderful Queen Square. I believe that in clinical trials of the drug, 40% of people experienced a 40% improvement in their ability to lift their feet a tiny bit. However, lifting one’s feet a quarter of an inch when one is walking is very beneficial as it stops one tripping...

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Brandon Lewis: ...own home. That is a phenomenal number to whom this Bill could open up a new market. That strong level of interest is not surprising. Custom and self-build housing offers people more choice and the ability to design a home to suit their own needs, leading to greener and better-designed homes. If people design their own home, as I am sure the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Medical Records: Data Protection (24 October 2014)

Lord Warner: ...document Protecting Health and Care Information published in June, they have received any representations suggesting that the proposals would (1) have the effect of limiting to a few public bodies the ability to process and analyse publicly held health and care information, and (2) damage the system of accredited safe havens for a wider range of analytical capability.

Malawi — Question for Short Debate (23 October 2014)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ..., is there the potential for back payments to be made that will help to reverse the negative impact of funding shortages on public services? Sustained youth unemployment, underemployment and low pay are a severe drag on the nation’s ability to tackle poverty levels, a situation that is set to be exacerbated in a nation where almost 47% of the population is under the age of 14. As I...

Cyber-Bullying and Digital Anonymity (23 October 2014)

Michael Penning: ...have it in the first place? In the international spectrum, however, I do not want people living in Syria to have their anonymity taken away. I want people around the world who are living under repression to have the ability to tell the rest of the world what is going on in their countries—what is happening to them, to their families, to their political parties—without fear that...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...on which the noble Lord, Lords Monks, and I are likely to agree. More than 50 years ago, the late Lord Robbins enunciated the great and good principle that higher education should go to those with the wish and ability to benefit from it. Of course, the noble Lord, Lord Layard, was closely involved in that work and is entitled to some of the credit for a principle by which successive...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witness (23 October 2014)

Michael McCann: ...that HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions did not think this change through properly before you made the announcement of the decision, which meant you overlooked his point about the ability of people to take money out of their salary, put it into a pension and then withdraw it immediately, and so the Treasury loses out?

Backbench Business: Oral Hormone Pregnancy Tests (23 October 2014)

Guto Bebb: ...tests, and for securing this debate. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for making time to debate such an issue in the Chamber. Once again, the Committee has highlighted the House’s ability to work on a cross-party basis. I was particularly impressed by the fact that the hon. Lady’s speech was non-partisan in condemning all previous Governments, rather than just one...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: - Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

John Greenwood: Because everyone is waiting to see what April brings. Also, pension providers will have in place from April the ability to give flexible withdrawals with the click of an e-mail. People obviously have not planned it for this year, but people will make more thorough plans. The Government have also been talking about using your pension as a bank account. That is all building the...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Stephen Twigg: ...debates about the coalition than the issue before us. Fundamentally, this debate is about the power of the Executive in Parliament. I believe that the Act enhances the role of the House by removing the ability to Dissolve Parliament whenever a Prime Minister saw fit. That seems to be the absolutely central argument in favour of a fixed-term Parliament. The hon. Member for Stone (Sir...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Gregg McClymont: ..., which is around collective defined contribution. What is the major flaw of individual defined contribution, and if that is your view, which collective defined contribution might or does have the ability to remedy?

[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] — Communicating Climate Science (23 October 2014)

Graham Stringer: When we cannot repeat experiments, as we cannot with astronomy, we get into a difficult but different area. There is a difference between climate science and astronomy and cosmology, because of the ability to make and test direct observations in a way that is particularly difficult when we are relying on computer models. My hon. Friend makes an intelligent and sensible point, but cosmology...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 20 - Payments that may be made from childcare accounts (23 October 2014)

Priti Patel: ...their money from their child care account, the amount that represents the Government top-up payments will be returned to HMRC. I will come on to that in more detail when we come to clause 22. The ability to withdraw funds has been included in response to comments made by parents during the consultation. They said that circumstances could arise in which they need access to their money and...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014)

Lord Shipley: ...companies went out of business or became smaller and the industry as a whole lost experienced, skilled workers—some 400,000 according to the Construction Industry Training Board—which led to its ability to increase its capacity when an upturn came being seriously diminished. I suggest to the Minister that it would be beneficial to the sector if the Government would look at...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014)

...the money is all gone—there is a much more significant likelihood that at least some of that money will remain there for longer. The removal of the 55% tax charge on inherited funds, plus the ability to be more flexible with what you do with your pensions—

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 16 - Account providers (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Catherine McKinnell: ...that such a fiasco does not happen with top-up payments. I would like to hear some reassurance from the Minister—as I am sure, would other Committee members and those following our proceedings—because the fact  is that previous problems have often centred on the ability of contractors to deliver on the commitments or promises that have they made during the tendering...

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