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

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...which requires active engagement with the Brussels institutions and other national Parliaments, with the National Parliament Office, which we maintain in Brussels, and with COSAC. I note the slightly mixed message about COSAC from the noble Lord, Lord Boswell. I am sure that it is much better than when I used to go to COSAC. We are experimenting with reasoned opinions and yellow cards....

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: ...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 automatically to...

Health: Organic Food — Question for Short Debate (24 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...it is rather nice to meet the farmer who has actually produced the food. I say to the noble Viscount that although Northumberland is rather a long way away, if he were to deliver boxes in Birmingham he would be sure of an equally warm welcome. The noble Lord started with a view of the Department of Health that I took to be a mite critical. His perception was that the department is neutral...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...the United Kingdom as an example. Among others, the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, and the noble Viscount, Lord Bridgeman, talked about the importance of remembering that religious toleration begins at home. I am not entirely sure that we should quote Magna Carta in our defence. I know that Article 1 of Magna Carta says that the English church is to be free, but that is the defence of the...

Israel and Palestine: Humanitarian Aid — Question (24 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

The Earl of Courtown: I thank the Minister for her response, which I am sure the House will be pleased to hear. I understand that, in the past four years, 340 million has been spent in humanitarian aid to this area. I am glad that my noble friend can confirm that we are making our best efforts to ensure that it reaches those who need it. In this time of increased conflict in that area, are Her...

Royal Gallery: Restoration — Question (24 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Sewel: ...various layers has survived much more successfully in the Royal Gallery than was the case in the Robing Room. We have the opportunity of achieving a very high level of restoration and we should make sure that we get it right.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...to make clear that those provisions apply only to England and Wales. As to Amendment 64A, I thank my noble friend Lord Hunt of Wirral for bringing this issue to my attention. I know that he has a long-standing constructive interest in making sure that the Government get the drafting right on this kind of issue. I am extremely grateful for that. I will ask officials to consider the matter...

Euro Area Crisis Update (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (23 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Davies of Oldham: ...brings discontent where people’s living standards fall as rapidly as they have been doing. The report indicates that it is essential that we see policies that return to growth, and we have to make sure that we pursue the necessary reforms to create that growth. None of us underestimates in a number of European countries how deep the problems are—referred to as requiring...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 July 2014) See 10 other results from this debate

Lord Beecham: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for explaining the amendments. I am not quite sure what difficulties have been occasioned by the subject of the first amendment, in particular, or whether this proposal will make any difference in the real world. Could the noble Lord kindly explain it a little further? Unless he can show that it has, in fact, led to difficulties, I am somewhat puzzled....

Pensions Advice — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Newby: ...for regulation and why we established the Financial Conduct Authority. We have given the authority much greater powers than the FSA had to deal explicitly with these problems. We have to be sure that the new products which are coming forward meet the standards that the noble Baroness wishes to see. The FCA is tasked with that job and is absolutely determined to avoid the problems of...

China: United Kingdom Trade — Question (23 July 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am sure the Minister will correct me, but am I right in saying that the Intellectual Property Office has sent out Mandarin-speaking ambassadors from this country to protect the intellectual property rights of people with small and medium-sized businesses who go to China? I understand that they are working extremely well and that the project has been an enormous success.

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Popat: ...and we are giving incentives to companies to carry out research and development. As to low productivity compared to other countries, we have the right industrial and growth strategies in place to make sure that productivity goes up. With regard to asking companies to invest, we have given the right fiscal tools, including higher tax allowances, for companies to invest more.

Uganda: LGBT People — Question (23 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...preaching that creates the culture that leads to this hatred and consequences for LGBT communities is coming from preachers who come from the West. There is a job we can do in our countries to make sure that we do not perpetuate this.

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Jolly: ...that challenging social norms requires long-term work with communities, working with men and boys as well as women and girls. We are supporting this work with communities at grass-roots level. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Patel, on joining this debate. I am sure that he was not at all out of place as the only noble Lord among us. I congratulate him on the work he has done on...

EU: Justice and Home Affairs (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (22 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...by the diligence with which they study these matters. I thank, in particular, the noble Lord, Lord Hannay. A bit like Frank Sinatra, I cannot imagine that this is his last appearance, but this is, I am sure, his last appearance as chairman of Sub-Committee F. I am grateful to him and to his sub-committee for the work they have done on this report and I pay tribute, along with all noble...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Baroness Randerson: ...in relation to Barnett if convergence was about to begin again. That system worked satisfactorily at the spending review last year and it provides a basis for fairness in the future. I am absolutely sure that noble Lords will return to this in the future and that we will be talking about it in some detail.

HMRC (Scotland) (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...constituency. The hon. Gentleman referred to the September referendum and the future for HMRC staff should there be a vote for the Union to come to an end. Neither the Scottish Government nor the UK Government know for sure what will happen if the people of Scotland vote to leave the UK. In the event of a majority vote in favour of independence, both the UK and Scottish Governments agree...

Petitions: Direct bus service from Hounslow West to West Middlesex Hospital (22 July 2014)

Seema Malhotra: ...provided four possible review options for one of the service routes which was turned down; further that in a reply on 11 July 2012 TfL noted that the entire bus network is reviewed on a regular basis to make sure that passengers are given the best possible service; further that the Petitioners replied to this letter of 11 July and are still awaiting a reply; and further that passengers...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 13 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: ...participated in the campaign. I was able to confirm to Royal Mail that, like most Members of the House, I did indeed have my backside bitten by a dog on one occasion when out canvassing. I am not quite sure why the person I canvassed, having failed to open the door to me when I knocked on it, felt it was necessary, at the point when I was leaving her house and had just reached the gate, to...

Police Reform — Statement (22 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: That takes us back to a point made by the noble Lord, Lord Dear. I think that I explained that the issue appears different from different points of view. I am not sure that a change in size or relocating a responsibility to a regional level or whatever would necessarily lead to more effective policing—in fact, my own prejudice suggests that it would not. However, I agree with the noble...

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