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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (11 March 2015)

Education: Sure Start children’s centres: Follow up. 9:30 am

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 February 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: ...or anywhere else in the future. Unfortunately child sexual exploitation of the extent seen in Rotherham is far from unique. We need to confront these failures at national level, and this Government are committed to doing so. I am sure that the next Government will be also be committed to doing so.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Epilepsy (26 February 2015) See 8 other results from this debate

Norman Lamb: ...chance to focus on the condition and on how we can improve the lives of those who have epilepsy. I am pleased that the baton will be passed to the hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz), who I am sure will ably continue to articulate the case for people who suffer from epilepsy. The debate has been marked by reference to two tragedies involving young people, and my hon. Friends the...

Jimmy Savile: NHS Investigations — Statement (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Earl Howe: ...a more benign place for people who would otherwise feel too frightened to speak up. Nevertheless, the further consultation on mandatory reporting which I have undertaken we will carry out will, I am sure, bring all this into the frame again. I have no doubt—at least, I hope—that my noble friend will feed into that consultation in the way that she has just indicated.

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 February 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Tim Yeo: I am sure I carry everyone here with me when I say what an excellent debate this was, with exceptionally high-quality contributions—I do not expect to be challenged on that verdict. The numbers taking part may have been small, but the quality could not have been higher, as one would expect, given that I have debated all these issues with exactly the same hon. Members on more than one...

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Backbench Business — Equitable Life (26 February 2015) See 9 other results from this debate

Stephen Timms: ...’s findings in full, given that they certainly have not been implemented. Legislation was enacted in 2011 for a scheme. It is not an easy thing to fashion a scheme that is both fair to members and protects the public purse. The Government came up with a scheme that was reasonable, although it fell far short of what was hoped for. I am sure that other Members who have spoken have seen...

British Agriculture — Question for Short Debate (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Byford: ...is being undertaken to review bee colony numbers, now that these products have been withdrawn; or whether it was more climatic and other conditions, rather than the neonics themselves, that caused this problem? I am sure it would be a useful study if it has not been undertaken already. Yesterday, an article in the press referred to an EU proposal that I nearly did not believe existed. It...

Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...the two sets of regulations and one order before your Lordships’ House. I have no issues as such with the matters in question; I am happy to support them. It is good that the Government are making sure that the required measures are in place, that we have well designed, easily understood ballot papers and other stationery in connection with the election, that proper provision is...

Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 February 2015) See 9 other results from this debate

Lord McAvoy: I have not studied them in detail so I am not quite sure. However, we are dealing with this measure today. On my noble friend Lord Reid’s point, Alistair Darling led the campaign, Jim Murphy went round the country with his Irn-Bru crates and a large number of other people were also involved. One of the hidden powers behind the transformation of the Better Together campaign was my...

Culture, Media and Sport Committee (26 February 2015)

Steve Rotheram: ...Mr Whittingdale) should be able to stand to be Chair of the Committee again—everything else he said was barmy. He actually argued that we should be looking at a voluntary subscription model. I am sure that would work well, because everyone likes paying taxes. The BBC would not exist in its current form under his proposal. We visited several European cities and looked at their models....

Business of the House: Jimmy Savile (NHS Investigations) (26 February 2015) See 6 other results from this debate

Andy Burnham: ..., we cannot complacently think that this will be enough in these kinds of situations. On Monday, the Government voted against the new legal requirement for those working in schools, hospitals and child care settings to report to the police child abuse in institutional settings. The purpose of such a requirement would be to make sure that no professional ever felt the protection of the...

Court Fees — Question (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...100 Ministers of Justice and Attorneys-General and representatives of more than 100 countries, all of whom came to celebrate our heritage of the rule of law. I remain an adherent to that, as I am sure other noble Lords are. Nothing about the contents of that conference in any way derogated from that principle. As to the more specific point, there are different provisions depending on the...

Syrian Refugees — Question (26 February 2015)

Baroness Northover: In my first Answer I did not mention a transfer; I talked about a negotiated political transition in Syria. As I am sure the noble Lord knows, we are engaged with moderate groups within and around Syria, helping to ensure that they work effectively together—because it is extremely important for the future of Syria that that happens.

Entrepreneurs’ Relief — Question (26 February 2015)

Lord Broers: My Lords, I am sure the Minister realises that there is a point in the growth of new companies, especially high-tech companies, where they have gone through the first phase but their next phase requires not a few million pounds but perhaps 100 million. In Cambridge, we have certainly lost some very successful companies to US investors at that stage. In fact, it is quite a regular...

Business of the House (26 February 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

William Hague: ...she could replace him. I think she would do a much better job than he has done. Indeed, Labour might not then need to bring back Lord Prescott to the front line of the campaign, which in any election campaign is a sure sign of desperation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Grass-roots Sport (26 February 2015)

Sajid Javid: I do not accept that there is a need for legislation. What there is a need for is a continued and active dialogue between Government and the Premier League to make sure that its investment in grass-roots football continues. As I said, given the recent news that the Premier League had of a windfall, we should encourage it to do more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Film Festivals (26 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Tom Greatrex: I thank the Secretary of State for that reply. I am sure he will be aware that one festival the BFI helps to fund is the Glasgow film festival, the UK’s third largest and best festival, which is under way in Glasgow and is finishing on Sunday with the UK premier of “Force Majeure”. He has talked about the BFI funding, but given that the BFI’s grant in aid budget will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (26 February 2015)

Helen Grant: VAT is a matter that is constantly raised with me, but it is one for the Chancellor. He keeps all taxes under review, and I am sure that he will keep this one under review too. The hon. Gentleman might like to know that I am holding a round-table meeting on VAT with the industry in the next two weeks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Creative Industries (26 February 2015)

Edward Vaizey: Yes, I am well aware of this issue. The Secretary of State is also closely aware of it and discussing it keenly. I am sure that my hon. Friend understands where our sympathies lie.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (26 February 2015)

Sajid Javid: ...has enjoyed incredible success at the Grammys, the Baftas, the Brits and the Oscars. That is just another demonstration of the way in which this country’s creative industries lead the world. I am sure that the House will join me in congratulating all our award-winning actors, film makers and musicians, no matter what school they went to.

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