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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (11 Mar 2016)

Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields) Bill - 2nd reading (day 2) – Tom Pursglove. Legislation

Trade Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (8 Feb 2016)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...unions are regulated. The issue of competence is a fact-specific question that can be answered only by careful analysis of the statutory and factual context. In another Supreme Court case in the area of deciding the competence of the Welsh Government—re recovery of medical costs—the Supreme Court followed the same approach as in the agricultural sector case, but came to a...

Flood Insurance for Businesses (8 Feb 2016)

Rory Stewart: ...was ruined and a community centre had been wiped out. I saw, as many hon. Members on both sides of the House have noted, the incredible impact that this has had on a very precious and beautiful area of our country and a historic community, and how intimately the subject of business insurance is connected to the livelihood and the longevity of these communities. I will not get into a...

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Kevin Foster: ...commitment that Dawlish and the Great Western main line would continue to be at the heart of the community in the peninsula. I know that the line into south Wales and Swansea is at the heart of that area and its economy, too, and I hope that people will support the motion without the need for a Division. It reinforces the importance of the network. This is not just about a transport system...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Spring Supplementary Estimates 2015-16; Vote on Account 2016-17; and Supply Resolution for the 2013-14 Excess Vote (8 Feb 2016)

Nelson McCausland: ...advertised nor announced to enable applications to be made. Mr McKay spoke about the need for a fresh start and a fair start. "A fair start" is a good phrase, but, sadly, it has been lacking in the area of culture, arts and leisure. We saw earlier this year the Minister carry out what can only be described as a smash-and-grab raid to fund her personal preferences and, in so doing, smash...

Opticians Act 1989 — Question for Short Debate (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Stoneham of Droxford: ...similar the arguments are in relation to these glasses? Secondly, does he intend to have discussions with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on how we can encourage competition in this area? That would, I believe, lead to even more eye tests being carried out by opticians. Thirdly, will he also engage the Department for International Development to look at the great...

Local Government Finance — Statement (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Liddle: ...for Essex. This looks like a Home Counties settlement, not one for the whole of England. My own authority of Cumbria is glad to see that some consideration has been given to the problems of a genuinely stretched local area. However, in a Question in the House a couple of weeks ago, I raised the problem of how funding for the costs of flood recovery is going to be made available. Is what is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Court Estate: Rationalisation (8 Feb 2016)

David Ford: I have discussed how we manage to provide access to justice with the Lord Chief Justice, and that is an issue that is clearly making a change. Mr McCrea talked of the needs of a rural area like Mid Ulster, and I can assure him that the issues of time taken to travel to courts and public transport, even though only 6% of those who use courts use public transport, were taken into consideration...

Syria — Statement (8 Feb 2016)

Baroness Verma: get aid to as many people as possible. The noble Lord mentioned the latest indications about the numbers of people being displaced from Aleppo. We know that many of them are sheltering in the border area, with more people on the move. We are exploring all options on how we can ensure that their humanitarian needs are met.

Trade Union Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Feb 2016)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...question that was asked, we are in fact in contact with the CAC, but to bring in electronic balloting, as I have said, you need to be clear that the matter is extremely carefully addressed. A key area is to ensure that the electronic system correctly establishes an individual’s eligibility to vote. It has to capture the vote accurately while at the same time protecting the individual...

Local Government Finance (8 Feb 2016)

Greg Clark: ...the social care precept was requested by local councils, which recognised, in a cross-party consensus, that as the population grows more elderly, there are more elderly people to be looked after in each council area. That is not a reflection on the efficiency or otherwise of councils; it is a demographic fact of life. It is right for us to provide for our elderly people in their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Feb 2016)

John McCallister: ...exemplify the difference. The largest in geographical terms is Newry, Mourne and Down, which has something in the order of 41 or 42 councillors, almost 30 nationalist and from the SDLP or Sinn Féin. The other council area, which I live in, is Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon — I almost put my former council at the top of the list — with about 41 or 42 councillors....

Syria Crisis: UK Response (8 Feb 2016)

Pauline Latham: ..., we do need peace in the region, we do need to talk to Russia about what it is doing, and somebody needs to tackle Assad? We should also be looking at keeping as many people as possible in the area where they have been brought up, where their culture is correct and where they understand the lifestyle, rather than encouraging them, as the Labour party might choose to do, to come to this...

Education and Adoption Bill: Third Reading (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: to say a little more about my amendment on the question of regional schools commissioners. The Minister was kind enough to facilitate a meeting with the regional schools commissioner who covers the area in which I live. In a sense, that encapsulated one of the anomalies of regional schools commissioners—the way that they are divided geographically. The Education Select Committee...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Little Flower Girls’ School (8 Feb 2016)

John O'Dowd: If the Member cares to write to me on the matter, I will certainly take it under consideration. There are proposals around a development proposal for that area. It may not be the case, but, if my memory serves me right, the consultation for that area may have closed around 19 January. If that is not the case, we can facilitate a meeting if the Member writes to me.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Heating Systems (8 Feb 2016)

Trevor Clarke: I thank the Minister for his answer. I welcome the fact that he is looking at energy efficiency in our schools. I had a recent meeting with Firmus Energy, which is a provider in the south Antrim area. I was alarmed to find out the number of schools that had not converted to gas. Given that we hear, quite often, in the headlines about schools from which oil has been stolen, I appeal to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Transfer Tests (8 Feb 2016)

Declan McAleer: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. The Minister referred to a number of schools in the Omagh area that have forwarded proposals to move away from academic selection. Can he outline the impact that he believes that will have on educational provision in the local area?

Tourism — Question (8 Feb 2016)

the Earl of Courtown: ...those who work in it—what a great job they do. I cannot say whether there has been any assessment of the situation to which the noble Lord referred, but I congratulate all those who work in that area on the work they do.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Post-primary Schools: Enniskillen (8 Feb 2016)

John O'Dowd: my Department. I endeavour to engage with concerned or interested parties during this stage to listen to their views on a proposal before I decide whether to approve it. The 2015 strategic area plan for post-primary schools states that the trustees recommend the phased development of two large single-sex schools in Enniskillen. The statutory development proposals to support that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Property Purchase Schemes (8 Feb 2016)

Ben Howlett: I am pleased to say that hundreds of families in my constituency, and in the local authority area of North East Somerset, have benefited from the Help to Buy and Right to Buy schemes, but young families still cannot get on to the housing ladder because of the high cost of housing. Will the Secretary of State meet me, and other Members whose constituencies contain high-value areas, and will he...

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