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Transport: Accident Prevention — Question for Short Debate (5 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Popat: ...that the Government have secured improved requirements in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe regulations for mirrors on the passenger side of vehicles, which will mean that drivers have a better view of the area adjacent to the cab, and should improve safety for cyclists. The European Union has now mandated these improved mirror requirements for new HGVs registered after 30...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015) See 13 other results from this debate

Baroness Garden of Frognal: .... My noble friend Lady Mobarik spoke of the importance of enterprise. Indeed, there is enormous potential in women’s untapped entrepreneurialism. The noble Baroness, Lady Howells, who has been a champion in this area, reminded us of the contribution of black women in business. The noble Baroness, Lady Uddin, mentioned this too. Indeed, we recently held a summit for black and minority...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Backbench Business — National Planning Policy Framework (5 March 2015) See 12 other results from this debate

Brandon Lewis: .... If they did not like it, they would just lose their planning power, effectively. Of course, the leader of the Labour party has made clear his ideas about what will happen when there is an urban area that wants to build, but it neighbours a rural area without the capacity to take on that development. The duty to co-operate does not mean that it can take on that capacity; the development...

Lake District National Park Authority — Question (5 March 2015)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: ...benefit? Secondly, I again ask the noble Lord for an assurance to this House that this plan will not—indeed, cannot—lead to any change in the planning restrictions on the land. Such a special area must be protected.

Sexual Violence against Girls and Women — Question (5 March 2015)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, what are the Government doing to develop programmes for parents? One issue I have come across in my work in this area is that parents are very confused about what their children can and cannot do and what kind of advice they themselves should be giving. Do the Government want, or does the Minister know of any, support programmes from which parents can get help and education in this area?

Gender Equality: Developing Nations — Question (5 March 2015)

Baroness Northover: My Lords, I commend my noble friend on his work in this extremely important area. DFID supports a range of projects to assist widows—for example in Bangladesh and Pakistan. We recognise how especially vulnerable widows can be. As my noble friend knows, we place great importance on gender equality and on the principle of leaving no one behind in the new framework which it is hoped will...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern (5 March 2015)

Claire Perry: ...on this and future major projects which would in turn increase the cost to taxpayers. We are spending over 1bn rebuilding London Bridge station and upgrading the tracks in the London Bridge area as part of the 6.5bn Thameslink Programme upgrade. When complete in 2018, the Thameslink Programme will bring huge benefits, transforming north-south travel through London and...

Written Answers — Leader of the House: Out of Area Treatment (5 March 2015)

Hywel Williams: To ask the Leader of the House, what plans the Government has to facilitate Wales and England cross-border health policy debate after his proposals for English votes for English laws have been implemented.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (5 March 2015)

David Laws: ...the programme and 2,366 currently training in England. Teach First started placing trainees in Hull in 2011. Since then 28 trainees have completed the programme in the Kingston upon Hull local area. 19 of those teachers are still teaching, with 13 still in Kingston upon Hull local authority. Nationally, 1,387 participants started the Teach First programme in June 2014. Out of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Asbestos (5 March 2015)

Andrew Selous: We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all young people in custody. Prison Service Order 3802, issued in 2004 ensures that Governors, Area Managers and Heads of Groups have systems in place against the accidental release of asbestos fibres within Young Offenders Institutions. I will write to the hon Member on any incidents of exposure within the last five years, as it...

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Wrexham (5 March 2015)

Michael Penning: ...information at the requested level. The deployment of available resources is a matter for chief officers locally, working with their Police and Crime Commissioner. At the overall police force area level, according to the definitions set out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, North Wales Police plan to have 1428 police officers working in frontline roles by March...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers (5 March 2015)

Danny Alexander: ...of drivers, and the Government is looking into this matter to understand better why this has occurred and whether there is anything that it would be appropriate for Government to do in this area.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture (5 March 2015)

George Eustice: ...holdings only, so are not directly comparable. Commercial farms are defined as those with significant levels of farming activity and have any of the following: More than 5ha farmed area More than 1ha permanent nursery/fruit crops More than 0.5ha outdoor crops More than 0.1ha glasshouses Any area used to grow mushrooms More than 10...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Finance (5 March 2015)

Paul Farrelly: ...East London, (e) Cumbria, (f) Mid Essex, (g) Cambridge and Peterborough, (h) Leicestershire, (i) Northamptonshire, (j) East Sussex and (k) Devon; and when each such firm started its work in each area.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Eyesight: Testing (5 March 2015)

Daniel Poulter: ...format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table. Number of National Health Service sight tests carried out in Kent and Medway, 2009/10 to 2013/14 Year Area Team/Primary Care Trust Sight Tests Totals 2013/14 Kent and Medway AT 414,953 414,953 2012/13 Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT 186,400 405,079 West Kent PCT 163,609 ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Influenza: Vaccination (5 March 2015)

Jane Ellison: ...distinct risk group collected as part of the national survey. As at 31 January 2015, 771,998 people aged 65 and over who were registered with a general practitioner (GP) in the West Midlands area were given influenza vaccine*. As at 31 January 2015, 292,520 people aged 65 years and over registered to a GP in the Birmingham and Black Country area were given influenza vaccine. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco: Packaging (5 March 2015)

Jane Ellison: ...research paper includes a section on competing interests. The authors state that they have no connections to the tobacco industry, nor any financial or non-financial competing interests that relate to the area of this study. A copy of the research paper is attached. The Impact Assessment can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/standardised-pac...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Culture Media and Sport: Review of Broadband Cabinet and Pole Siting Code of Practice (5 March 2015)

Edward Vaizey: ...feedback or complaints about the Code. The Planning Officers’ Society (POS) gave three examples of non-compliance with the Code involving Openreach and insensitive cabinet siting in the London area. Overall however, POS’s view was these were isolated examples that had been addressed constructively by the relevant Communications Infrastructure Provider and that generally, the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Planning Update (5 March 2015)

Brandon Lewis: ...will help enable the regeneration of the site which crosses local authority boundaries and to maximise the benefits of a High Speed 2 and Crossrail Station, in line with the Mayor’s ambitions to create 24,000 homes and 55,000 jobs in the area. These measures illustrate the practical steps we are taking to decentralise decision-making, cut unnecessary bureaucracy, and help...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Justice and Home Affairs pre-Council Statement (5 March 2015)

Theresa May: ...and at the recent European Council. The EU Counter Terrorism Co-ordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, is pressing for this to focus on the possible amendment to the Schengen Borders Code (to allow routine checks on EEA nationals entering the Schengen area), firearms and internet referrals. The UK will push again for progress on intra-EEA PNR and press for more effective information exchange, in...

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