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Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2016)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: ...The first thing to say is that, as we stand at the moment, there will be no immediate changes and the Government will continue to deliver on their agenda in this sector. DECC is committed to making sure that consumers have secure, affordable and clean energy now and in the future. The noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, asked whether the UK will continue to be in the EU emissions trading...

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - Committee (28 Jun 2016)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...published by the OECD—all the more important an institution now given the way that things are going—on a biannual basis. If the fund has any direct relevance to today’s legislation, we will make sure that that is included in the report. For example, there is an obligation in the second protocol to take measures in peacetime to safeguard cultural activity. This may include...

Bedford Hospital (28 Jun 2016)

Richard Fuller: ...an important document that we should all read, and it was a good document because it pointed in the right direction in relation to the needs of an ageing population and the importance of integrating care in the community with our acute services. The plan is the sort of plan that people, politicians and clinicians can get behind. The direction of travel was made clear, and the STP is the...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Byron Davies: ..., the new alcohol guidelines will lack credibility, carry no authority with consumers and potentially cause the industry to rethink its voluntary commitments, all of which will be retrograde steps. I am sure that that is not her intention, as she has worked tirelessly on this issue.

Finance Bill: Reduction in rate of capital gains tax (28 Jun 2016)

Roger Mullin: ...us are way overpaid in this business. It is almost embarrassing.” I do not think that we should allow this gentleman, the head of an investment fund, and others to be embarrassed any more. I think we should end their embarrassment by making sure that in the future they pay appropriate levels of income tax. We also find ourselves in agreement with the OECD, which in May 2014...

Bangladesh (28 Jun 2016)

Rupa Huq: ...anything to assure UK parliamentarians who may wish to attend that conference? If we want to meet secular or atheistic bloggers, can we have some assurances on freedom of association? I am not too sure about that, in light of the terrible recent murders that have shocked the world. The fact that my hon. Friend was talking about the opposition and what may happen next reminded me of that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Learning Disability Services: Western Health and Social Care Trust (28 Jun 2016)

Michelle O'Neill: ...with families and carers. I was disappointed to hear some of the evidence suggesting that the trust has still not learned its lesson and is still not engaging properly with families. I will make sure that I take that on board and relay it to the trust to make sure that there is proper and real engagement. Going forward, the plan will set out how the trust intends to address the gap....

Finance Bill: Charge for financial year 2017 (28 Jun 2016)

Sammy Wilson: ...more complex for firms to have their corporation tax calculated. For small firms that is a burden. For larger firms it may not be such a burden. I wish to quote that famous Scottish economist, Adam Smith—I am sure my friends in the Scottish National party will be glad to hear this. He set out in his principles of taxation that in the collection of taxes there should be economy,...

Independent Advocates for Trafficked Children — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (28 Jun 2016)

Richard Arkless: ...what it is doing; it is to provide a constructive comparison so that we can all look after the children in question. My hon. Friend provided an excellent summary of the position in Scotland, which I am sure the Minister has taken note of. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) made a powerful point about the need to invoke section 48 immediately. He made the important point that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: European Funding: Voluntary and Community Groups (28 Jun 2016)

Paul Givan: ...European Union. This is something that is emerging. The sooner that there is certainty around the politics in London and we know the way in which things will develop, the better. We will then need to make sure that we feed into the process. However, the preparatory work has been taking place and is coming together. I am confident that the Northern Ireland Executive will be able to put...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Benefit Fraud (28 Jun 2016)

Robbie Butler: I would like to thank the Minister. I am not sure of the procedure, but I no longer have a question for him.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Regeneration Powers (28 Jun 2016)

Paul Givan: ...the resource needs to follow the function. Local government cannot be seen as the area in which central government can pass on problems that we may be facing with resource. I will want to make sure that, if that is the option, the appropriate resources will be made available to councils.

EU: British Nationals Resident Overseas - Question (28 Jun 2016)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: I thank the Minister for her reply. I am sure that the 1.2 million British nationals living in the European Union will be pleased to hear that there will be no immediate change. However, two years is no time to relocate your business, take your children out of school, relocate to a different country and buy a new home. Will this country negotiate on a bilateral basis with each of the 27...

Public Schools: Charitable Status - Question (28 Jun 2016)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: As I said, 93% of pupils are in the state sector. This Government have been pursuing radical education reform to ensure that all parents have access to a good school. I am sure that the noble Lord will be delighted to hear that since 2010 1.4 million more children are now in a good or outstanding school. I am sure that he will also be delighted to know that more disadvantaged young people...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Welfare Reform: Advice Services (28 Jun 2016)

Paul Givan: ...so on and they want to do that, councils can feel at liberty to do that. That is how this specific pot of money is being developed. This Department supports the voluntary sector, and I want to make sure that that continues. This scheme is additional; if it were not available, my Department would still provide support to people through all the jobs and benefits offices that exist across...

Court Proceedings: Written Transcripts - Question (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Faulks: I am sure the lack of clarity was mine. There is a recording in courts of record, as defined by statue, which include Crown Courts and the High Court, but not, for example, magistrates’ courts, which is not automatically transcribed. There will not automatically be a transcript, although basic information about a case can be obtained by anybody.

Finance Bill: General anti-abuse rule: provisional counteractions (28 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: I am not sure about the practicality of that. I will also make the point that we remain members of the European Union. There does not seem to be any likelihood of our leaving the EU within two years. Given the progress currently being made on public country-by-country reporting, I hope that the process will conclude while our membership continues. As I have said, there are some technical...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Mental Health Champion (28 Jun 2016)

Pat Sheehan: ...variety of reasons, some preventable and some less so. Mental ill health, as we know, affects every stratum in society, including young people — I have just talked about them — and women. I am not sure who it was who talked about postnatal depression — sorry, it was Emma Little — and there are those affected by rural loneliness and isolation and those who have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Code of Conduct and the Guide to the Rules Relating to the Conduct of Members (28 Jun 2016)

Richie McPhillips: ...the independence and effectiveness of the system of protecting the standards and privileges of the House. We have seen it used in the past, especially by the biggest party in the House, and I am sure that we will see it again. It is a blatant abuse of the petition of concern mechanism, and I hope that the issue will be addressed during the mandate. I would like to commend the work of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: GCSE Qualification Market and Grading (28 Jun 2016)

Peter Weir: I mentioned that only the Assembly has been directly informed of the detail of the final decision. Obviously, we took soundings to make sure that we would not run into difficulties with Ofqual or other examining bodies. Ofqual has confirmed that it has no particular issues with the proposals and is relaxed about them. CCEA is happy to implement the proposals. The awarding bodies in...


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