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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (11 November 2014)

Improving rail services to the Portsmouth Harbour area – Caroline Dinenage. Adjournment debate

Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Bates: ...Prelate the Bishop of Derby. We want to see that happen. However, I think it was absolutely right for the scale to be focused on. The noble Baroness, Lady Cox—I want to call her my noble friend—has done so much in this area internationally in speaking up for those people. She summed it up perfectly when she talked about the clothes your wear, the phone in your pocket and the...

Sport: Football Clubs — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Bolton, on initiating this debate. She has considerable knowledge in this area, and interest and passion as a supporter of Bolton Wanderers and in her involvement in the parliamentary football club. It is refreshing to listen to a politician with hinterland; indeed, I had the privilege earlier in the year to attend a play,...

General Practices (Coventry) (30 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Daniel Poulter: .... Practices in Coventry have a good provision of extended hours, through the enhanced service for extended hours, and have adopted online booking for appointments and repeat prescriptions. NHS England’s area team monitors complaints from patients and is currently receiving no complaints about either access or a difficulty in registering with a practice in the Coventry area, although...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 October 2014) See 8 other results from this debate

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...these principles, whether it is mass death penalties in Minya, the prosecution of journalists, the detention of people engaging in peaceful political expression, or restrictions on NGO freedoms. I turn to the Gulf, where the UK enjoys deep relationships based on our shared background in the area over the years. More than 160,000 British people currently call the Gulf home. It is one of our...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Arms Exports and Controls (30 October 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Ian Murray: ...a response. Will the Minister confirm when the Government will publish the result of their call for evidence on the need for a pre-licence register of arms brokers? The Government have not been consistent in their record of delivery in response to previous reports from the Committees. The fourth area that I want to address relates to some current case studies. There are a significant...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — UK Drugs Policy (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Crispin Blunt: ..., and eventually, having tried to do so several times, I gave up. This is the central point that I want to make. Given the number of global leaders who have had responsibility for policy in this area—Kofi Annan, the former Presidents of Brazil, Switzerland, Colombia, Portugal, Mexico and Chile, George Papandreou; the list goes on and on, and includes, of course, the right hon. Member...

Refugees and Migrants: Search and Rescue — Statement (30 October 2014)

Lord Bates: ...of course know very well that FRONTEX is part of the Schengen arrangements for border control. We have our own border control. We are talking about additional aid that we are giving to the Schengen area and to FRONTEX at their request. On the other matter that the noble Lord raised, the reciprocal agreements which might exist in the southern Mediterranean area, I will write to him.

Bank of England — Question (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Newby: Quite, my Lords. The Financial Services Act gave the Bank of England new powers in this area. It is conducting an investigation to see what happened in that unfortunate case and what lessons can be learned for the future.

Business of the House (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Rehman Chishti: A hundred years ago, the Chatham-based military cruisers, HMS Cressey, HMS Hogue and HMS Aboukir, were sunk off the Dutch coast, resulting in the loss of 1,459 men, including many from the Medway area, which covers my constituency. As part of this year’s commemoration of the start of the first world war, it would be a fitting tribute for the Government to designate those wrecks under...

Nigeria: Boko Haram — Question (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...earlier, we are in continuous discussion with the Nigerian Government to offer what assistance we can to prevent any further supply of materiel to Boko Haram. It is a very complex matter in an area that is certainly under the kind of attacks that happen without any warning, where whole areas are seized by Boko Haram and the Nigerian forces clearly have come under great stress.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation) (30 October 2014)

James Brokenshire: ...asked about the support that the British Government are providing to Frontex. I want to make it clear that the UK is not a fully participating member of Frontex because it is not in the Schengen area, and Frontex is an EU body that is designed to safeguard that area. However, we have always sought to respond as favourably as we can to any requests that Frontex makes of the UK. Indeed, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (30 October 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ...have adequate investment. We will be bringing forward a capital programme alongside the autumn statement, and I know that he and his colleagues are very much pushing the case for investment in his area.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (30 October 2014)

Steve Webb: ...Rates are calculated. The Rent Officer Services set the rates in line with the current DWP policy for uprating Local Housing Allowance and with reference to evidence of achieved rents in the local area. In 2014/15, 56 out of the 192 Shared Accommodation Rates have been increased by 4% in those areas where there is the greatest divergence between LHA rates and local rents.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Post Offices: Rhyl (30 October 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...view to finding a retail partner for the franchise. In the event that a suitable new retail partner cannot be found, POL has given a commitment that a post office service will be retained within the area. As this is the operational responsibility of the company I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write to the Hon Member on this...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Job Evaluation (30 October 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...; a new post has arisen and there are limited comparator posts within which to agree the grading; a substantial and material change has been made to the weighting and responsibilities of the post; an area has been restructured and the boundaries for responsibility and weighting have changed significantly; there is sufficient doubt of grading when similar roles...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Arms Trade (30 October 2014)

Philip Dunne: ...provides sales figures that accrued to the DSA for permanent Ministry of Defence bases overseas in financial year 2013-14. Location Sales (thousands) Belize 23 Cyprus (Sovereign Base Area) 7 Germany 1,286 Gibraltar 234 Kenya 537 Nepal 20 Sierra Leone 146 Details on individual sales could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Torbay (30 October 2014)

Kris Hopkins: In the last 12 months, Ministers have not had the opportunity to visit the Parliamentary constituency of Torbay, but they have visited the local authority area of Torbay. We are open to further invitations, subject to Ministerial and Parliamentary commitments.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: South West (30 October 2014)

Robert Goodwill: ...Cornwall and Plymouth. Further details can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-growth-deals The total funding provided which will be spent on road schemes is: Area Funding (m) Devon and Cornwall 74.77 Plymouth (within 30 mile radius) 52.87 For the strategic road network,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free Schools (30 October 2014)

Edward Timpson: Our online survey of free schools asked only whether they were operating terms and school years that were different to other schools in the local area. It did not collect data on the actual lengths of terms and school years in the free schools. Responding to such surveys is voluntary and, after reminders were issued via email and phone, we did not seek detailed reasons for non-response.

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