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Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (1 July 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...said before we started this debate that the Government had had some second thoughts on the amendment. I could spell out in more detail why we thought that the measure was not a sensible idea but I am sure that the noble Lord has something useful to say about it. Therefore, rather than pre-empt that, I should be interested to hear what he has to say.

Litter — Question for Short Debate (1 July 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I am particularly grateful to my noble friend Lord Cormack for raising this important topic today. I also welcome your Lordships’ contributions and I shall make sure that my colleagues in Defra consider them fully as we continue to tackle this scourge on our nation. The Government are also grateful to the Communities and Local Government Committee in the other place for...

Sub-Saharan Africa (Corruption and the Economy) (1 July 2015)

Grant Shapps: known as sector support—it might be for education, for example—whereas just 1% was to general support. In other words, although my hon. and learned Friend is right to point out these problems, we are engaged in the task of making sure we do not give money to Governments who cannot, through their own procurement, be trusted to spend it.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 July 2015) See 21 other results from this debate

Caroline Dinenage: ...of female engineers. Opening up those highly skilled and better paid careers ensures that women are less concentrated in sectors that offer narrower scope for reward and career progression. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke has said, we need to make sure that older women are supported to reach their full potential. We have built on the success of the older workers champion...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 July 2015) See 17 other results from this debate

Baroness Pinnock: ...sector, the local authority should be given the opportunity to close that gap to enable children to take advantage of the 30 hours that would be on offer. One of the reasons for doing this is because, sadly, many Sure Start children’s centres are either closing their doors or decreasing the number of hours that they are open for children from these very families. In many cases the...

Tyne and Wear Metro (1 July 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Emma Lewell-Buck: ...system and refurbishment are not the final answer—we need investment in the existing rolling stock. I just hope that he can get the Chancellor to understand that as well, because my constituents and, I am sure, those of my hon. Friends are fed up with being short-changed, frankly. I welcome the fact that the Minister will be talking to Nexus very soon, and I hope that he and I can...

Colin Worton (1 July 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew Selous: ...information that might affect his case. I am grateful to the hon. Member for North Antrim for bringing forward this debate, and to colleagues from across the House for their thoughtful and considered comments. This is clearly a difficult case, and I am sure that the Northern Ireland Department of Justice, as the responsible office for consideration of cases such as this, will note with...

Davies Commission Report — Statement (1 July 2015) See 9 other results from this debate

Lord Soley: ...they knew that Heathrow needed to expand if their jobs were to be safe and if the British and regional economies were to grow. I have two very quick, simple questions. First, can the Government make sure they act on this, hopefully by the end of the year? Please do not drag this out, which is what we have done before on so many infrastructure projects in this country. It is an...

Operational Productivity in NHS Providers — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (1 July 2015) See 8 other results from this debate

Ben Gummer: ...that we need to not only make far greater use of apprenticeships but widen the skills base in nursing full stop. We are actively working on that in the Department—I have spent much of the day on it, and I am sure there will be more to come. To help chief executives in this interim period, we have forced all agencies that want to offer their services to ensure that they are doing so...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (1 July 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Bridges of Headley: I start by saying that I entirely share the noble and learned Lord’s frustration, as I am sure do those who served and those who lost loved ones in Iraq. The general gist of his question—in fact, there were several questions rolled into one—was that we should scrap the inquiry. I cannot agree with the noble and learned Lord on that. First, the inquiry is independent of...

International Students: Post-study Visa — Question (1 July 2015)

Lord Bates: entitled UK Post Study Work Opportunities for International Students, which drew on evidence from universities. I have read it, and it may be helpful to follow it up with universities to make sure that we get the message out on what we are selling and what they should be selling—that is, world-class education, in which we specialise, not low-skilled employment.

Point of Order (1 July 2015)

John Bercow: ...updates the House on losses of life that occur as a result either of tragedy or of evil. I think we will leave it there for today, but I note the concern the hon. Gentleman has expressed, which I am sure is shared in all parts of the House. Owing to an administrative error, a notice of presentation of Bill did not appear in this morning’s Order Paper as first printed. That has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Child Poverty (1 July 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Sarah Wollaston: ...of mental health inequalities, and obesity and tooth decay, because those too are having a massive impact on children’s life chances? I hope that he will work across Government Departments to make sure that they are tackled as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 July 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Patrick McLoughlin: I am not entirely sure that I agree with my hon. Friend that the decision is very easy, but he has been very open in the points he makes, the way in which he has campaigned and his own position on Heathrow expansion. He will be able to make those representations in the same way that other Members may make other representations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: National Citizen Service (1 July 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Rob Wilson: With your indulgence, Mr Speaker, may I first congratulate the hon. Member for Wigan (Lisa Nandy) on the birth of her son in May? I am sure that it is the reason for her absence today, as she normally shadows me. More than 135,000 young people have benefited from the National Citizen Service in recent years. In 2015, more young people than ever will have the opportunity to take part. I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voter Registration (1 July 2015)

John Bercow: The hon. Gentleman has indulged in what might be called an elastic interpretation of the question on the Order Paper. But just as I have been indulgent of him, I feel sure that the Minister will be similarly indulgent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 July 2015)

John Penrose: EU citizens resident in London are eligible to register and vote in local government elections and elections for the GLA and Mayor. I am sure that both I and the hon. Gentleman would encourage them to do just that. So far I have made no assessment of the effect on voter engagement, but if the hon. Gentleman has thoughts or insights he would like to share, I am very happy to hear them now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 July 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

John Penrose: ...and easier to register through individual electoral registration. We are looking at the report and recommendations produced by the Electoral Commission. In due course, when we respond to them, I am sure that we will have more to say.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (1 July 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

David Cameron: I am sure the whole House will wish to join me in congratulating the England women’s football team on reaching the semi-finals of the world cup in Canada and wishing them well for their match against Japan this evening. This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others and, in addition to my duties in this House, I shall have further such meetings later today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Prime Minister’s Question Time (1 July 2015)

David Cameron: As I said in an earlier answer, I am committed to trying to cut the cost of politics, and I am not sure that that would help. It is important that we take our politics and issues to all the different regions of the country, and that is something the Government are very committed to do, not least with our regional economic plans for every region of our country. As for the future of this House...

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