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Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Bates: ...that statement is every bit as important as the accuracy of the financial data which are in subsequent pages. Under an amendment which has been proposed and which will be debated, we will look at what form that statement should be in to make sure that it is clear that firms have given due cognizance and shown due diligence in sourcing materials as part of their trading. Other noble Lords...

Sport: Football Clubs — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...remember that. Scotland and the Scottish League, referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Watson, in the context of Dundee United, have similar concerns. Of course, these are rightly dealt with from Holyrood, although I am sure that there is an exchange of good practice with Scotland and Northern Ireland, too—and, indeed, with the Republic of Ireland, as the League of Ireland faces...

General Practices (Coventry) (30 October 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Daniel Poulter: .... Its focus is on developing internal capacity and capability to ensure that the emphasis is on upstream interventions, preventing people from becoming so unwell that they need to go into hospital, and making sure that people with long-term conditions and disabilities get the proper community-based support that they need. I hope that I have brought some reassurance to the hon. Members for...

Business of the House: Sale of Park Homes (30 October 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Annette Brooke: ...me either directly or indirectly, about how well their sites are managed. I would like them to come to the new group to showcase their good practice. I thank the Minister for his response. I am sure that park home owners will feel very reassured that their interests are being looked at. We have to continue looking for the right balance, but I think that everybody here has acknowledged that...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Arms Exports and Controls (30 October 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Sir John Stanley: ...to have erected an additional hurdle before revocations or suspensions can take place to extant arms exports licences to Israel. I want to highlight to her an extraordinary contradiction that I am sure we will want to pursue. The Government have on the one hand dropped the broad test in the October 2000 statement of the right hon. Member for Neath (Mr Hain) from the consolidated criteria,...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 October 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Dykes: ...in the same car?” I told her to bring her down in the same car if she was coming by car. She then asked: “Do you mean, through the same entrance?” I told her to come through the same entrance with the maid. She asked: “Are you sure?” I replied yes. I had been observing the scene, with voters coming in—black voters as well, registered to vote for the...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — UK Drugs Policy (30 October 2014) See 15 other results from this debate

Caroline Lucas: ...to the debate as a whole. We recognise that public opinion on the issue is changing: a poll today showed that 71% of the public think that the war on drugs has failed. Our responsibility now is to make sure that politicians catch up with the public and recognise that we do not need to be afraid of the debate. If we look the evidence in the face, there is an awful lot that we can work with....

Procedure Committee — Motion to Agree (30 October 2014)

Lord Steel of Aikwood: I have a couple of questions for the Chairman of Committees about the sections of the report dealing with retirement. The proposals he has brought to the House are, I am sure, acceptable. However, they are a bit of a mouse, because the Act, for which I had some responsibility, gave the House the statutory authority to introduce a retirement scheme. The Chairman of Committees’ report is...

Refugees and Migrants: Search and Rescue — Statement (30 October 2014)

Lord Elystan-Morgan: My Lords, will the Minister kindly answer a specific question, which I am sure all Members of the House would wish to have answered? If the commander of a British warship is cognisant of the fact that there is a refugee ship within reasonable distance of his vessel which is in peril, does he deviate from his course and pass by on the other side, or does he act in accordance with the law of...

Afghanistan — Question (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, it may well be the case that we need a proper inquiry, although I am not sure that we need one of the length of the Chilcot inquiry.

Bank of England — Question (30 October 2014)

Lord Newby: I am not sure that that is a general principle that one would wish to apply more widely.

Business of the House (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

William Hague: ...the Parliament in which it is easy to call for new legislation on any matter; my hon. Friend is free to call for that in the coming months, but we do not have the opportunity to introduce it. I am sure that she can pursue the point with my colleagues at the Department for Communities and Local Government, who will be interested to hear of her concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Refugees and Migrants (Search and Rescue Operation) (30 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

James Brokenshire: ...undertaking. On the idea that boats in need of assistance would simply be ignored, I point her to the head of Frontex who said that if a boat in distress is spotted, rescue is the top priority. I am sure that that is precisely what will happen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Protected Areas (30 October 2014)

Richard Benyon: I am sure the Minister will agree that marine protected areas are only part of the conservation measures we need in our seas. Does he agree that more conservation work needs to be done, for example on bass, stocks of which, so the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea informs us, are absolutely plummeting?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Protection Schemes (30 October 2014)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for her answer, which I am sure the communities that will benefit from the schemes will welcome. Will she ensure that work starts next year on the Lowestoft flood alleviation scheme, which will not only protect the properties that were badly damaged in last December’s storm surge but attract new investment and jobs to the town?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (30 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Elizabeth Truss: ...countryside; and improving rural services. Food and farming are core parts of our long-term economic plan, contributing nearly 100 billion to the economy and employing one in eight people. I am sure that the House will want to join me in celebrating the latest figures that show we are now exporting our world-class food and drink to a record number of markets. That includes more than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Episcopal Vacancies (30 October 2014)

Tony Baldry: ...a number of very impressive senior women in the Church of England, including cathedral deans such as the one to whom the hon. Gentleman referred. There are also women archdeacons and others who I am sure will be in contention for early appointment as women bishops in the Church of England.

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Deaths of Service Personnel on Operations Overseas (30 October 2014)

Simon Hughes: ...of Defence’s defence inquests unit continues to work with coroners, including a cadre of coroners who have received special training in handling service personnel inquests. Together they make sure that everything possible is done to progress and complete investigations quickly and thoroughly. Should it be appropriate in future for an investigation to be held in Scotland instead of...

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 October 2014) See 13 other results from this debate

Lord Purvis of Tweed: ...has been made about how you would balance that grant with the further tax powers. This is the work of the fiscal federalism principles of looking over a 10-year profile over economic cycles to make sure it is a balanced and fair proposal. The Strathclyde commission did it; the Liberal Democrat commission did it. There is work being done to inform this quite considerably.

South West Trains (29 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Claire Perry: ...in relation to a specific area. The fundamental problem is that we need to keep investing in the railways right across the country and to ensure that we are driving down operating costs. I am sure my hon. Friend has found that if he explains to passengers on the 7.32 or other trains that a bit of their ticket price is going into reinvestment in the railways to give them a better journey...

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