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Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: University of Ulster:  Magee Expansion (16 September 2014)

Stephen Farry: ...for local students at local universities was the right one.  It is a recognition of the Executive's commitment to widening participation.  However, we must at the same time recognise that it does curtail the universities' ability to generate additional income.  With the efficiency savings asked across the public sector during the current Budget period, combined with this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Altnagelvin Hospital (16 September 2014)

Joanne Dobson: No, I want to make my points. He was clear that the Budget seriously undermined the ability to deliver it, especially because of the absence of revenue funding.  At the time, some political opponents said that it was a heartless decision.  Nevertheless, the DUP and Sinn Féin claimed that the project would go ahead as proposed.  That was in 2011, and look where we are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Welfare Reform: Education Budget (16 September 2014)

Christopher Hazzard: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle.  Can I ask the Minister to outline how Westminster cuts to the block grant have affected his ability to oversee a fit-for-purpose education budget and the educational opportunities of our young people?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Cancer Drug R&D (16 September 2014)

Simon Hamilton: ...resources.  I know that the Minister has made clear his desire to get a cancer drugs fund established in Northern Ireland, and I support him in that endeavour.  I do not think that there is any denial of the ability of Northern Ireland to play a leading role, particularly in cancer research, as we have done already.  We should pay tribute to the likes of Almac and other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Apprenticeships (16 September 2014)

Danny Kinahan: ....  It is good to see apprenticeships getting such a high profile.  Will he explain what due diligence checks his Department takes to ensure that anybody offering apprenticeships has the necessary ability and accreditation to deliver for students?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Hardship Funds (16 September 2014)

Stephen Farry: ...support, including the FE awards.  We will have a budget allocated to that.  We may not draw down all the money from that, which would create an underspend.  Rather than returning that to the centre, we have the ability to offset some of the cuts through what would otherwise be an underspend.  However, that in no way, shape or form means that we are reducing money from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to the Rt Hon Lord Bannside, Former First Minister (15 September 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Basil McCrea: ...to them is that we are absolutely at one with their loss.  It is the loss of someone very special.  I hope that they use their talent to move forward and bring this place to a better place.   It is one thing to have great oratorial skills and the great ability to get people to follow you; it is a different thing to get them to follow you in the right direction.  I...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Nia Griffith: ...will know that the funding will not suddenly be cut from year to year, so that will help significantly in many instances. Other Members have mentioned the benefits to us of overseas aid, as it increases the trading ability of poorer nations so that they become good trading partners and can lead to money from that budget being spent on equipment manufactured in the UK, but those are not the...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Michael Weir: ...Scotland? Does he not think it significant that countries that have met the target include Denmark, Norway and even Luxembourg—small, independent north European country? Scotland has the ability and the will to do this. It is interesting that it has taken the United Kingdom some 30 years to get to this stage, when many of these smaller countries were there in the 1970s.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Avoidance (12 September 2014)

David Gauke: ...do with any debt. The priority in cases of genuine hardship will be to get people onto a payment track so that the debt is paid as quickly as possible. It would be complex and costly to assess the ability of all those due an Accelerated Payment notice to pay the notice in advance of issuing it. It also risks creating a rigid approach that does not provide the flexibility to treat...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 39 - Defence of slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (11 September 2014) See 3 other results from this clause

Michael Connarty: ...intends or believes would be committed”. That is often attached to people who did not the commit the crime but were seen driving the car or were in the café when they discussed doing the crime. The ability to detach the victim from the criminal, if we have this list in the schedule—which will deny somebody their statutory right of defence under clause 39—just does...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — BacKBench Business — Kashmir (11 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Tobias Ellwood: ...Ealing North (Stephen Pound)—he is the House’s hon. Friend—gave a characteristically entertaining, passionate and wise speech and spoke of our right to debate such issues. We have that freedom, right and ability to speak, but we must speak responsibly so as not to inflame the situation. My hon. Friend the Member for Burton (Andrew Griffiths) talked about the impact of...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Gurkha Pensions (11 September 2014)

Roger Williams: ...of the borough—and afterwards we are entertained by a display of dancing by Gurkha soldiers and children, which provides a real element of cohesion. The more elderly Gurkhas who come to Brecon, without the ability to speak English, certainly have great difficulty in dealing with benefits and such issues, and that can be quite distressing. I have tried, although not with my hon....

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 38 (11 September 2014)

Karen Bradley: ...relation to intercept evidence. I am sure she understands why we expect that such information would not be disclosed. The question of the differences and similarities between the commissioners and their ability to be involved in cases is interesting and a good point for the Committee to consider. I am sure the hon. Member for Linlithgow and East Falkirk is delighted that he will not be...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Backbench Business — Energy-intensive Industries (11 September 2014)

David Davies: ...we are constantly given. So what is the problem that we are trying to address with all these taxes on our industries? I have the greatest respect for the Minister, and, as I have said, I am absolutely confident in her ability and her desire to support manufacturing industries. I suspect that she may share some of my concern, shall we say, although I will not embarrass her by putting her on...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 36 - Strategic plans and annual reports (11 September 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Karen Bradley: ...have responsibility to identify and support potential victims, and law enforcement authorities should make investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences a priority. As the commissioner already has the ability to influence public authorities and make recommendations about how they could improve their service to potential victims, we do not believe that amendment 107 is necessary....

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 35 - General functions of Commissioner (11 September 2014) See 3 other results from this clause

Karen Bradley: ..., necessary or in line with other equivalent bodies. On the commissioner’s budget, I am not aware of any equivalent organisation that by law can set its own budget, without limit. That is not a basis for an efficient and effective role. While it is right that the commissioner has the ability to influence the organisations and agencies that are responsible for tackling modern slavery,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (11 September 2014)

Greg Clark: The robust tradition among universities is that they are independent institutions; Ministers do not have the ability to direct them. Universities are now in a competitive environment: they compete for students and with each other for research funds. I am sure that vice-chancellors across the country who are meeting today in Leeds at their annual conference will have the hon. Gentleman’s...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Religious Freedom (11 September 2014)

David Lidington: ...Iraq on 1 September, we and international partners sponsored a resolution which commits the Council to working with the Government of Iraq “to foster religious freedom and pluralism by promoting the ability of members of all religious communities to manifest their religion and to contribute openly and on an equal footing to society, and to take appropriate measures to prevent...

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Alan Beith: ...some serious issues, which have been aired today, about where accountability lies and I would be worried by the thought that a chief executive could countermand the Clerk in a matter that affected the ability of Committees to carry out their functions, for instance. We must be careful and I repose confidence in the ability of the Committee that we are appointing to consider those issues...

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