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Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Blencathra: ...finger—one finger on this occasion. They were followed by another cabbie who did an illegal U-turn, came screaming up beside me and said that he would not charge me for the journey; he was appalled by what his colleagues had done. Finally on taxis, I carry a screwdriver in my chariot here—I am sure that I am able to use a visual aid—because so many cabbies cannot open the...

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...Baroness between Committee and Report to sort them out and perhaps come back with a different amendment on Report. I read the latest Code of Conduct again this morning, thinking that we need to be sure what we are on about. One of the issues that perhaps we need to discuss informally off the Floor is how far this measure is intended to refer only to conduct that is mentioned in the Code of...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 November 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree that the best should not be the enemy of what is workable and good going forward. I am also sure that the Minister and I are united in the deep concern I have about the unfortunate couples who are wasting their money as they go through the process at the moment. I am willing to try almost anything because this has been a concern of mine for the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Violence (21 November 2014)

Michael Penning: ...of domestic abuse to cover controlling behaviour and teenage relationships; run two successful campaigns to challenge perceptions of abuse; placed Domestic Homicide Reviews on a statutory footing to make sure lessons are learnt from individual tragedies; criminalised forced marriage and consulted on the creation of a single criminal offence of domestic abuse. The Ministry of Justice...

Health Services (Halifax) (20 November 2014)

George Freeman: ...NHS to address those challenges to ensure that it can continue to deliver safe, sustainable, high-quality services. Heaven forbid that the hon. Lady should fall ill and require any of those services, but I am sure that, were that to happen, she would want to receive the very best care, and that if that were available in Huddersfield, she would want to be treated in the best possible place....

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 November 2014) See 15 other results from this debate

Dominic Raab: ...of putting it—by the post-referendum negotiations. The hon. Member for Moray (Angus Robertson), the SNP leader at Westminster, made a very interesting speech. When we look at the principles, I am not sure that we see a huge difference between what we have each said. I join him in congratulating the new leader of the SNP on her appointment. I pay tribute to Alex Salmond for his...

Carbon Capture and Storage (20 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Tom Greatrex: ...reduce significantly their carbon emissions while continuing to be part of our industrial space and foundation industries for the manufacturing base and other sectors in this country. It is important that we make sure the focus in the Select Committee’s report on industrial clusters is not lost in this or any other debate about carbon capture and storage, because it is vital. As I...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Kidron: ...noble friends and other Members of the House more fully. He has my support. When he works out how we make the Members of this House feel more confident about digital and web technology, he will have my support and, I am sure, the support of other Members to alert them to the potential opportunities and contradictions of our digital world. It has been a long debate, and I cannot say much...

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] — IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (20 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Tim Yeo: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his reassurance that he is not alleging that any conspiracy has taken place. I am sure that those people who mistakenly thought that that was what he said will now stand duly abashed. I believe that the IPCC process is an extraordinarily open one. It could hardly go to greater lengths to ensure that every bit of evidence is available for public...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: ...follow. In particular, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Wycombe (Steve Baker), who now sits on the Treasury Committee on which I had the great honour to serve for four years. I am sure that his challenge to orthodoxy will have been extremely welcomed by the Committee and by many others. I wish him good luck on that.

Azure Card — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Williams of Trafford: They are appealing against their failed application; it is during the appeal process, I understand. I will write to the noble Baroness, because I am not sure that she is satisfied. It is when an asylum seeker has had their asylum claim rejected and is appealing against that. I shall now conclude, because my time is up. I will check whether there is anybody whose questions I have not answered...

Public Bill Committee: Taxation of Pensions Bill: New Clause 3 - Pension flexibility: Treasury review (20 November 2014) See 8 other results from this clause

Ian Swales: I am sure that the Minister is listening to that point. The hon. Lady knows it is difficult to know the annual allowance figure for people in employment until the end of the year. Those of us who look at our parliamentary pension statements can sometimes be surprised by the annual allowance figure.

Business of the House (20 November 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

John Bercow: Indeed he may. I am sure that the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Sir Gerald Kaufman) will be in his place.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing (20 November 2014)

Vincent Cable: ...to give manufacturers confidence to invest and compete internationally. We are encouraging technology commercialisation, exports, investment, improving skills, and building UK supply chains. I am sure my hon. Friend will join me in congratulating Cumbria local enterprise partnership, which has been awarded 5 million under regional growth fund round 3 to support specialist manufacturers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Businesses (20 November 2014)

Matthew Hancock: ...week, I know how important these issues are locally. Ultimately, this is a commercial matter for the banks, but we have to ensure that banking services are available in all communities, not least to make sure that vulnerable people have access to services if they cannot use the technology.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Export Support Services (20 November 2014)

Matthew Hancock: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend about the goal of making sure that exports are done not only by big multinationals but by small businesses wherever they can. Some 89% of UKTI customers are small and medium-sized enterprises and nearly one in five is new to exporting or has been exporting for less than a year. I think we should do all we can to encourage this trend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Workplace Insecurity (20 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: I do not know the specific facts of that case, but I am happy to look into it because, from what the hon. Gentleman says, that does not sound right. I will be happy to make sure that the appropriate authorities can look into the matter, investigate and take any action that is necessary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (20 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Ian Lavery: A sure-fire way to increase apprenticeships in the UK would be to treat the apprentices fairly in terms of wages. They have had an increase in the last five years of 23p per hour. They get 2.73 per hour in wages. It is an absolute outrage. Is it not time that we matched the fine words and rhetoric with decent pay for our young people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (20 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: I share my hon. Friend’s concern. I am sure that everyone’s thoughts will be with those individuals who face this very difficult decision at this time of year. He is right to highlight the fact that the statutory minimum is indeed just that; it is a minimum, a floor. It is not the best scenario. One would not expect a profitable employer that cares for its staff to go for the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Mediation (20 November 2014)

Simon Hughes: Mediation works and we are committed to making sure that more people make use of it rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to court. Last year we changed the law so that anyone considering a court battle over child or financial matters must consider mediation. We have also introduced more free mediation, where one party is already funded. Last year nearly...

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