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Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Alderdice: ...Administration and Assembly. I did not believe it was going to do that. Secondly, all through the period of the Assembly, right from early times, unionists were coming to me with a great deal of frustration about legislation in this area. They would say, and the noble Lord has indicated this, “We are expected to deal with this so-called devolved matter, but we know perfectly well we...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: ...was not that the constitutional position be changed but that legislation reflects accurately what the political understanding already is. Clause 2 simply sets out that where legislation in the UK Parliament relates to a devolved area consent will normally be obtained. Since the Scottish Parliament came into existence, the UK Government have consistently adhered to the Sewel convention. A...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: HMRC Office Closures (24 Nov 2015)

Roger Mullin: Or robots. We are people who want to see a balanced way of providing a service to the people in this important area. The hon. Gentleman also talked about things he has rehearsed in other places, such as the problems of the tax gap and the great need to have people with real expertise to tackle different forms of tax evasion. He gave many helpful quotes from many different professional groups...

Fuel Poverty (24 Nov 2015)

Ian Blackford: ...the Highlands and Islands of Scotland experience the harshest climatic conditions in the UK and record levels of fuel poverty”— levels that are unprecedented. It goes on to say that “there is far greater, area-wide dependence on the use of electricity for heating as well as lighting but the standard unit price charged is 2p a kw/hr more than in most other parts of the UK...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Care of Older People: Mid Ulster (24 Nov 2015)

Simon Hamilton: ...a high-quality domiciliary care service to support our older people to remain in their homes. Although I was disappointed by the way in which the report was published, it is, as we have discussed today, clearly a crucial area. The Department recognises that the domiciliary care sector faces significant challenges, as so many sectors do. To address those issues, the Health and Social Care...

African Lion Numbers — [Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Rory Stewart: ...of the world—with, of course, a serious income from eco-tourism and photography. The second category is protected hunting areas, which account for about 650,000 sq km of territory. In other words, an area about three times the size of England is devoted to hunting areas for lions. My right hon. Friend is pushing, quite rightly, for what seems to be the ideal solution, which is to...

Community and Voluntary Sector Funding — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (24 Nov 2015)

Robert Halfon: ...White), the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, supported by the Government and passed by Parliament, requires public service commissioners to consider social value whenever considering procurements in their area. The Cabinet Office has led the successful Commissioning Academy to instil best practice across the public sector, as well as delivering special commercial masterclasses to...

Northern Powerhouse — Question (24 Nov 2015)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, the northern powerhouse and devolution should not be remote to any area of the country in which devolution is taking place. Whether it is in transport or in increases in the local jobs market—and actually, the north-west has seen the biggest employment growth of any region in the last few years—local people should be able to feel the effects of the northern powerhouse...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Fish Disposal (24 Nov 2015)

Carál Ní Chuilín: In cases of fish kills, particularly in the Member's constituency in recent times, my understanding is that all samples have been taken, particularly when there are recurrent fish kills in an area. I will certainly query this, but my understanding is that samples are taken from different parts of a river when there has been a fish kill to ensure that, if there is one cause, that cause can be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Limavady Library: Opening Hours (24 Nov 2015)

George Robinson: The Limavady area has three areas of high social deprivation and a large rural hinterland. Surely that should warrant a reconsideration of Limavady library's opening hours.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: ...not a million miles from Faslane. Indeed, I went to school in Dumbarton, which is close to Faslane, so I know how important HM Naval Base Clyde is to the local economy. With more than 8,000 jobs in the area by 2020, it is the engine of that part of Scotland. In fact, it is by far the largest employer in Scotland.

Domestic Violence — Question (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Bates: My Lords, the latest figures show that 495 convictions were obtained under the new stalking laws in 2014. Legislative powers in this important area are kept under constant review.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Pig Farmers: DARD Support (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...yesterday in relation to some of the challenges, which include, as the Member will be aware, the price differential that they receive. That is an ongoing challenge for local farmers. The other area that we discussed and which is ongoing is, obviously, opening up new markets and new potential export opportunities for pig product. That is particularly focused on China, but there are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: DARD HQ: Ballykelly (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...ensured that the new access has been designed sensitively, taking into account the listed structures that are close to the site, such as the church and graveyard, in order to maintain the character of the area.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Horse Racing Fund (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...I can help the industry. If I am minded to look towards raising the levy, there will be an advantage for the racecourses because they will have additional funding to reinvest. That is the priority area for me at the moment. I have spoken with Horse Sport Ireland and horse industry representatives in relation to support for the industry. I am certainly willing to do all I can to support...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Woodland Cover (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle O'Neill: ...contribution towards my aim of achieving 12% woodland cover by the middle of this century. Our woodlands are a vital community resource. There is a clear consensus about the need to increase woodland area to counter the impact of climate change and to provide a habitat for wildlife and places for people to relax and unwind from stress and to take part in physical exercise. The forestry...

Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) (24 Nov 2015)

Steve McCabe: can be converted into a house in multiple occupation for up to six people—a change, as I understand it, from class 3 to class 4 use. However, the problems continue. The issue is not confined to one area of my constituency or to one part of Birmingham, but affects many towns and cities across the country, as is evidenced by the broad support for the Bill. Examples of the...

Points of Order (24 Nov 2015)

Jack Dromey: ...; Vol. 602, c. 665.] On the 3,800 figure, in 2012 the Government lifted the ring-fencing of the neighbourhood policing budget, despite warnings from Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary that it would be the area most at risk from a cut of 25% in the last Parliament. Crucially, the Home Office figures prayed in aid by the Prime Minister are a consequence of the subsequent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tibet (24 Nov 2015)

Tom Brake: The Minister will recall that in an exchange on 22 October he confirmed that China is ready to co-operate with the UK and other countries in the area of human rights. Were matters such as Tibet and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, the alleged forced harvesting of organs, and the harassment of Ai Weiwei discussed with the Chinese President when he visited the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Political Stability: North Africa (24 Nov 2015)

Philip Hammond: ...situation in Sinai is very serious. The Egyptian army is engaged in combat with terrorist groups across Sinai. The Foreign Office travel advice recommends against all travel to Sinai, except the area around Sharm el-Sheik. Sharm el-Sheik is itself still considered safe for travel, although travel through the airport is advised against. We seek to work with the Egyptian authorities to deal...

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