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Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...noble Lord, Lord Stoneham, said, we have been running a parallel consultation on implementation, in which we set out a clear and structured three-stage process. The consultation is still open and I am sure that the bodies mentioned this evening will respond. The reforms promote full and early engagement between parties. Factual information will be established during check stage, with...

Safety in Deep Sea Diving: Stephen O’Malley (25 Nov 2015)

Justin Tomlinson: I am happy to do that. As I said, I hope that these authorities will see this debate—we will make sure a copy is sent through to them—and I will raise that and ask them. I cannot make them do something—I make that qualification. The tragic circumstances, the way this has been described and from what we have seen, I can say that if it had occurred in this country, that is the...

Royal Assent: Childcare Bill [Lords] (25 Nov 2015)

Sam Gyimah: ...from our manifesto. I am pleased that people think we are delivering what we said in our manifesto. The shadow Secretary of State started her speech by talking about Labour’s legacy. She mentioned Sure Start and maternity leave. As she spoke, it occurred to me that the Labour party is still living in the past when it comes to childcare. At one point, there was only one Back Bencher...

Low Emission Zones (25 Nov 2015)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for his comprehensive reply. In my contribution, I mentioned the example of what Berlin had done. I am sure he is coming to it, but I was hoping to hear his thoughts on that.

Mr Shaker Aamer — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (25 Nov 2015)

John Hayes: That is what my hon. Friend has raised in part, but it is impossible to consider it out of the context of the circumstances that prevail in respect of Shaker Aamer. My belief, which I am sure my hon. Friend and the whole Chamber shares, is that the fairness of any judicial system is vital to its popular acceptance. The unintended consequence of Guantanamo Bay is to create a perception of...

Spending Review and Autumn Statement — Statement (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: ..., those tax credit cuts would have become law that night. The possibility that they would subsequently have been abated seems to me improbable if they had already been banked. I am delighted, as I am sure everyone is, that the Government listened to this House and to widespread concern in the country about tax credits, which was shared by all. I am sure that we are all relieved that some 3...

UK Musicians Performing Overseas — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (25 Nov 2015)

Ed Vaizey: ...and make suggestions. I am not the only one who can do this: other Members can as well. Everyone who has come across the new US ambassador—I do not know whether we can call him new now—will know that he is a passionate supporter of the music industry, and I am sure that he would hear and take on board hon. Members’ concerns.

Gender-based Violence: Women with HIV — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Prior of Brampton: ...vulnerable and feel it very difficult to raise these issues. The Government have done a lot to try and remove the stigma and make it easier for these very vulnerable women to come forward. I am sure that the noble Baroness is aware of the sexual assault referral centres. There are now 43 of those, funded by NHS England, the police and local authorities. They are a good example of...

Violence Against Women — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Bates: ...I am very happy to sit in on it. We have appointed, for the first time, a Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, in the Home Office. She takes a lead in this area, and I am sure that discussions between those Ministers will be very important. It is very important that we all work together. The key element of the Act passed by the Welsh Assembly was to provide for a...

Domestic Abuse — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: ...riven with addiction and who are on the edge of the criminal justice system, nearly all of whom have been victims of sexual, physical or other abuse. Will the Government have another look and make sure that right across the board—not just in the Home Office but in the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and other departments —they recognise the importance of this?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Spending Review and Autumn Statement (25 Nov 2015)

John Martin McDonnell: ...them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know.” I thought it would come in handy for the Chancellor in his new relationship. I am sure that Tory Back Benchers will be under instruction to shoehorn into their speeches at every opportunity references to the mythical long-term economic plan. What we have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Executive (Financial Position) (25 Nov 2015)

Chris Evans: has come late in the day to the merits of devolution, what assessment has the Secretary of State made of devolving income tax to the Northern Ireland Executive as a means of putting them on a sure financial footing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Economic Development (25 Nov 2015)

Ben Wallace: and indeed a city deal, should one come forward. It is for the Northern Ireland Executive to bring forward that city deal. My right hon. Friend and I are here to support that and make sure it happens.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: National Procurement Contracts (25 Nov 2015)

John Bercow: ...s mellifluous tones, partly because there is too much noise and partly because the Minister understandably looked back at the person whom he was answering. His full visage should face the House—I feel sure that the House will benefit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Issues (25 Nov 2015)

David Simpson: I am sure the Secretary of State will agree that, whatever settlement is agreed on the legacy of Northern Ireland, the victims are paramount in this, as has already been mentioned. Does she agree that no one but no one should be allowed to rewrite the history of Northern Ireland when we make that settlement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Nov 2015)

Fiona Bruce: May I first echo the Prime Minister’s sentiments regarding the passing of Chris Martin? I am sure that all Members will send their heartfelt thoughts and prayers today, and we would be grateful if they could be conveyed to his family at this time. Visyon, the excellent children’s mental health charity in Congleton, tells me that the lack of a secure family life is a root cause of...

Forced Adoptions (25 Nov 2015)

Lucy Allan: ...and least able to defend themselves from the powerful machinery of the state. I have often thought that if Charles Dickens had heard the stories and met the families whom I have met, he would have written a book about it—I am sure that George Orwell probably did. Despite forced adoption being the most draconian power that the state can exercise, the subject is hidden away, leaving...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Clean Energy Investment (25 Nov 2015)

Alan Whitehead: ...presently being dashed by what has happened recently and by the longer term uncertainty that the Government have introduced in terms of support for renewable investment. The Minister will say—has said, I am sure—that this is okay because our targets for the deployment of renewable energy to generate electricity look as though they might be reached. I remind the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Areas: Community Councils (25 Nov 2015)

Rory Stewart: ...;2,312,000 for 2015-16 to distribute amongst Rural Community Councils, allowing them to continue their role in sustaining rural villages and communities. We continue to work closely with ACRE to make sure Defra’s funding delivers the maximum benefit.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: National Grid (25 Nov 2015)

Andrea Leadsom: ...contributing to the issuing of the notice and an assessment of the potential implications on future decisions. We take security of supply very seriously and we are working with National Grid to make sure there is always sufficient generating capacity available to meet demand even in challenging conditions, such as extremely cold weather.

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