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Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Baroness Morgan of Ely: ...Nations and has called on the Government to support this important principle. A key principle of establishing the State of Israel was that it should be a place where Jewish people could feel safe. I am sure that many Israelis—in particular, after the indiscriminate bombings on buses, murders in a synagogue and targeting of missiles on residential areas—would argue that they...

Business of the House: Open-cast Coal Sites (Restoration) (29 January 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Matthew Hancock: ...has an important role to play, and with devolved Administrations and local government. I confirm the offer of the meeting that we discussed earlier this month. I will ask the Coal Authority to make sure that it makes itself available to Members to discuss, in particular, the detailed issue of having the often highly specialist expertise needed within mineral planning authorities to tackle...

Schools: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: ...in contrast to the more than 100 state-maintained schools that have been in special measures for more than a year. It will be important, as more evidence comes to light, that the programme is continually evaluated to make sure that lessons can be learnt from its successes and innovations but also from the difficulties that it has faced. Free schools are already having a positive impact on...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 January 2015) See 8 other results from this debate

David Davis: ...that. Part of the aim is to put pressure on him for a very fast delivery of the report. The reason is simple—the Iraq war was a disaster, and we need to understand why, simply so that we can make sure it never, ever happens again. To that end, I ask the House to support the motion. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House regrets that the Iraq Inquiry has decided to...

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Paul Beresford: ...puffing from the right hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Frank Dobson), who was the leading light on this issue in the early days. I am delighted to see the Minister in her place, and I am sure that she is delighted to be here as well—at least she is trying to smile. She is probably aware of my long-term interest in and deep concern about the subject. I congratulate the...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Lynne Featherstone: ...of organisations, including with funding. There is a 270,000 European fund and a 100,000 Home Office fund, and they are both funding community organisations. I went to visit one in Battersea, in fact. I am sure that the public health Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea, will want to talk about that if she intervenes on me. Furthermore, community champions are...

Exports: Government Support — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: ...the previous Government. It is a bit lower this year than last, but last year was a record year. This is not just about helping companies to attend roadshows but about providing pavilions and assistance to make sure that those attendances are productive. This year alone we expect to help more than 50,000 companies at international events and trade shows, rising to 60,000 next year. We are...

Business of the House: Growth Deals (29 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Robin Walker: ...with the county on the southern link, but will my right hon. Friend meet us to discuss taking the matter further, and ensure that in future rounds of allocations from the local growth fund, which I am sure he will be championing at the Cabinet table, he will be as strong an advocate as he has been today?

Northern Ireland — Question (29 January 2015)

Baroness Randerson: I am sure that the Prime Minister’s Office will take note of my noble friend’s comments. However, it is absolutely clear that the Prime Minister was fully engaged in the Stormont House process and went to Northern Ireland to push the process along; indeed, a successful conclusion was reached very soon after that visit. I therefore reject the idea that the Prime Minister has not...

Business of the House: Birmingham Schools (29 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Nicky Morgan: .... I am happy to look at the particular issue he has raised. I join him in thanking all those who worked so hard last summer to get the schools open. At the end of the day, this is all about making sure that the young people at the heart of those schools get the best possible education to fulfil their potential.

Armed Forces: Aircraft Carrier — Question (29 January 2015)

Lord West of Spithead: My Lords, I am sure the whole House, and the nation, are delighted that we are now developing this carrier capability again after the real risk we took in 2010 of dropping it for the first time in 100 years. We are looking forward to this date. It is a long period of risk: we have got through five years of it and there are five years to go. There have been reports that the Sea...

House of Lords: Oral Questions — Question (29 January 2015)

Lord Laming: ...some of the concerns that some of us feel about the way that Questions are handled have been well illustrated. Will the Leader of the House use her good offices to do everything that she can to make sure that the common courtesies laid out for this House are properly adhered to? This House was renowned for its courtesy, and I hope that it will continue to be so.

Business of the House (29 January 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

William Hague: .... Lady talked about the gift of a watch in Taipei, but the Leader of the Opposition received an even greater gift this week, which was the gift of being defended by the noble Lord Kinnock. That is a sure sign of impending disaster. Lord Kinnock’s belief that the Labour party is following the right election strategy is a great comfort to all of us on the Government Benches, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (29 January 2015)

David Heath: ...trees has been one of the great success stories over the past few years, but simply planting trees is not enough. We must manage our woodland, find commercial uses for wood products, and make sure that our forests are available for a wide range of uses. Can the Minister reassure me that the report of the independent panel on forestry and the subsequent strategy developed within the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wind Power (29 January 2015)

Dan Rogerson: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman’s right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will have heard his message.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Social Tariff (29 January 2015)

Grahame Morris: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer. I am sure that he would join me in welcoming the announcement by Northumbrian Water in my area. After consultation with customers, it has introduced a social tariff, and it is working with debt charities to support vulnerable people in my area. However, only 25,000 people nationally benefit from social tariffs, so what practical steps is the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (29 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Elizabeth Truss: ...from floods and animal and plant diseases; improving the environment; championing the countryside; and rural services. The British dairy industry is world leading, and we are doing all we can to make sure that our hard-working farmers are able to get through this tough period. That is why we are working with the banks and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to help farmers with any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: General Election Count (29 January 2015)

Gary Streeter: ...matter. More and more constituencies are now counting on Thursday nights, and we are going to deliver to the great British public the election night drama—with a great outcome at the end, I am sure—that they demand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Economy (29 January 2015)

Anne McIntosh: I am sure the whole House would wish to congratulate my right hon. Friend on being made a lay canon of Christ Church cathedral, Oxford, this weekend. This is only the first or second occasion on which a Second Church Commissioner’s work has been recognised in this way. I heartily congratulate my right hon. Friend. May I ask him to turn his big gun on my question? [Laughter.] Does he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Anglican Communion Tour (29 January 2015)

Tony Baldry: My hon. Friend raises a very serious issue which I am sure the House will treat seriously. The Archbishop of Canterbury has observed: “Not a day goes by without something which should break one’s heart at the courage and the difficulties involved” for such people. I think the fact is that the hostility Christians are facing is now on a far more serious level and we are...

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