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Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (3 September 2014)

Government actions and planning applications for renewable energy development in the Beccles area – Peter Aldous. 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (29 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...best evidence available and were reviewed and validated by the independent Regulatory Policy Committee. The noble Baroness, Lady Morris, referred to cloud services. This is a difficult and very important area which was explored as part of the Government’s impact assessment. However, we were not provided with sufficient data to enable us to determine what the impact would be. The...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Report (29 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Rosser: ...an extension of powers. However, it is worth pointing out that, under the present arrangements, the Secretary of State for Defence has never asked the present commissioner to report on a particular area of concern that she or the Secretary of State may have outside her normal reporting cycle. The Defence Select Committee in the other place has already said it believes that there would be...

Data Retention Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (29 July 2014)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...with us, to give these issues proper consideration once the review process has concluded, and after the general election next year. This will enable us to ensure that the legislative regime in this important area properly balances our rights to privacy and security. These regulations, as with the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act which underpins them, add safeguards while...

Localism Act 2012 — Question (29 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Cormack: My Lords, if localism does mean empowerment of local people, what can be done to help the villagers in the area around Nocton Fen in Lincoln, where there is a proposal to build 24 149.5-metre wind turbines, which would be twice as high as Lincoln Cathedral and would absolutely destroy one of the finest views in the county? Will the local people be assisted through the provisions of the...

Landlord and Tenant Acts — Question (29 July 2014)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The important thing in this area is that a balance is struck between leaseholders’ rights about their homes, and existing legislation provides protection in this respect, including protection from freeholders about proceedings to forfeit the lease due to alleged breaches. The Government continue to welcome suggestions on how residential leasehold can be improved. Indeed, we held a round...

Mental Health: Beds — Question (29 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...example, use of the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act and whether reasonable adjustments would assist the person with learning disabilities fully to access the assessment and treatment. This is an area we have explicitly covered in the draft code of practice, which is currently out for consultation.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Dementia (29 July 2014)

Earl Howe: Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning services for people in their area and are responsible for ensuring that people with dementia get the care and support they need. The dementia enhanced service (DES) requires practices who take up the DES to offer a dementia assessment for patients on the GP register who are “at risk” of developing dementia including...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU Justice and Home Affairs (29 July 2014)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: This Government will approach forthcoming EU legislation in the area of justice and home affairs on a case-by-case basis, with a view to maximising our country’s security, protecting Britain’s civil liberties and preserving the integrity of our criminal justice system. On the specific issue of the European Arrest Warrant, the Government set out its position during debates in the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Social Enterprises (29 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...(Social Value) Act 2012 is kept under constant review, there are no current plans to amend it. Under the Act commissioners must consider how improvements to the social well-being of their local area can be achieved from the services they are procuring. The Government believes that this is the right approach to improve the quality of public services, whilst creating better value for money...

Architecture and the Built Environment — Question for Short Debate (28 July 2014)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: ...1970s. It is 15 or 16 years since we had the report from the noble Lord, Lord Rodgers. It was a very important report and helped to move London forward in its designs—for example, with the Olympic area in the east part of London. There is unanimity of feeling about this report, and I would like to introduce a constitutional procedure and ask noble Lords to put up their hands if they...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 July 2014) See 13 other results from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...the importance of judicial review and do not wish inappropriately to interfere with the exercise of the discretion by the courts, nor substantially to disturb the approach that the courts have taken in this very important area of the law. In fact, I submit to your Lordships that Clause 64 is modest in ambition and beneficial in effect. I hope that, with that reassurance, the noble and...

Debt Management Organisations — Question (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Newby: ...to signpost consumers to free debt advice, which will be a major improvement. There are two elements of regulation of cold calling and unsolicited text messages. The ASA has some responsibility in that area and it has already taken action to ban payday lenders’ use of unsolicited text messages. As with its regulation of other financial services markets, the FCA is committed to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Business: Taxation (28 July 2014)

Lord Deighton: Legislative proposals by the Commission in the area of business taxation, including the proposal for a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), require unanimous agreement by Member States. The Government has informed the Commission of its view the CCCTB proposal does not adhere to the Treaty requirements of subsidiarity and proportionality; and that there are significant shortcomings...

Written Answers — House of Lords: General Practitioners: Rural Areas (28 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...for factors that influence relative needs and costs. These factors include rurality, which is measured by the average distance patients have to travel to a practice and the population density of the area from which a practice draws its patients.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing: Disability (28 July 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government has no plans to provide training in this specific area. However, we understand the National Association of Estate Agents provides customer services training for those employed in this field including understanding the customer’s needs. It is in the interests of Estate Agents to understand the needs of all their potential customers, including the disabled customers, so...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Landslips (28 July 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...management of the East Sussex coastline is the responsibility of the Coast Protection Authorities. Coast Protection Authorities regularly monitor and assess the condition of the coastlines in their area. The Coast Protection Authorities for East Sussex will continue to monitor the coastline in East Sussex for landslips.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Energy: Gas and Oil Licences (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this statement

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...regime in place. To further the exploration and testing of our unconventional gas resources, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is today inviting applications for new onshore licences in the area defined in the Strategic Environmental Assessment which has been conducted for further onshore licensing. More details are outlined in today’s Written Ministerial Statement by...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Bowness: ...its candidature, and to ensure that the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo continues. We need to confirm our continued enthusiasm for eventual membership of these countries and the others of that area. I would say to the Minister that we should not link the enlargement agenda with our own possible attempts by the United Kingdom to renegotiate its place in Europe, as...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: ...stunned to hear my noble friend say the things he did. The aim of the agri-tech strategy is to ensure that we make the most of these opportunities. The noble Lord, Lord Trees, rightly emphasised that animal health is relevant in this area. I am sure that he knows, but I would point out to him that the new catalyst projects announced on Monday 21 July included one for technology...

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