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Eritrea and Ethiopia — Question for Short Debate (27 January 2015)

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: My Lords, I will briefly touch on the situation in Ethiopia. With an election looming there in May, we learn that its media are being decimated. The right to free expression continues to be denied and at least 60 journalists have fled the country since 2010. The reality is that the Ethiopian Government cannot tolerate independent voices being raised or information and analysis being...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 January 2015) See 13 other results from this debate

Lord Bradley: I am grateful to the Minister for his explanation. Clearly, it is important that the transfer provisions smoothly flow between this legislation and previous legislation to safeguard people’s benefits in their pension schemes. While I acknowledge the Minister’s comment that the amendments do not add even more regulations, in the scheme of things, this matter probably would not be...

Backbench Business: Young People in Care (27 January 2015)

Craig Whittaker: Of course the hon. Gentleman has a point, but it does not make sense to allow young people in foster care to stay on until the age of 21, but exclude the 9% in residential care homes—the most vulnerable young people—particularly given that the 91% are arguably the ones clogging up the system. The scoping exercise discussed four options, and the results were interesting: 25% of the...

British Nationals in Goa — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 January 2015)

Tim Loughton: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise a slightly obscure and rather distant subject. It is, however, a subject that has the potential to ruin the parents of one of my constituents and apparently affects many hundreds of western expatriates who have also invested in property in Goa. I am delighted that the Minister is responding to the debate in the absence of the Minister of State, my...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (27 January 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Bradley: I am grateful to the Minister for the explanation of the amendments, which are fine for the Bill, particularly the clarification around the amendment that we moved in Committee on the issues of appropriate independent advice and authorised independent adviser. That is very helpful, and I am pleased that the amendments are now being made. Amendment 4 agreed. Amendment 5 Moved by Lord Newby 5:...

Commonwealth Immigration and Visas — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (27 January 2015)

Karen Bradley: I assure my hon. Friend that we in the Home Office take seriously all comments and feedback from fellow Members of Parliament on all aspects of our work. He makes an important point about ensuring that we take seriously our colleagues’ feedback when their constituents experience new systems, because that feedback gives us on-the-ground evidence about what is happening and how it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 January 2015)

Mark Durkan: I join fellow Northern Ireland Members in acknowledging not just the enthusiastic contribution from the right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), but his long-standing role on this issue. I know that when he was Opposition spokesperson on Northern Ireland, he took a deep interest in the issues facing the community in different parts of the country, and he was particularly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Voter Registration (27 January 2015)

Chris Ruane: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the registration of voters by registration officers; and for connected purposes. Mr Speaker, as you and many Members of this House may know, I have been raising the issue of voter registration since 2001. In that time, we have seen massive and far-reaching changes to the way in which we register to vote in order to...

London Bridge Station (Redevelopment) (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Claire Perry: It is a pleasure to have your train-related interventions from the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander) on securing this important debate. I also thank the hon. Members for Eltham (Clive Efford) and for Lewisham West and Penge (Jim Dowd) and my hon. Friends the Members for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and for Hendon (Dr Offord) for...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Employment in Wales (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Owen Smith: I agree. That has been the yawning hole at the heart of what we have heard so far from Conservative Members, and I suspect it will not be filled by the Minister. In the past, our work has defined us in Wales, and work is in danger of defining us once more as a low-wage, low-security economy. That is becoming the reality of the world of work for people in Wales, which frankly is not good...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Deportation (27 January 2015)

James Brokenshire: The table below provides the total number of people who have claimed asylum and been removed or departed voluntarily from the UK to their country of origin in each year since 2010. Number of people claiming asylum who have been removed or voluntary departured from the UK to their country of origin, 2010 to 2013 (1)(2)(3) Year Total enforced removals Total voluntary departures ...

Written Answers — Home Office: European Arrest Warrants (27 January 2015)

Karen Bradley: For the financial years 2009-10 to 2013-14, the following table sets out the numbers of a) requests, b) arrests and c) surrenders relating to people in England , Wales and Northern Ireland wanted by other EU Member States for human trafficking and immigration and human trafficking offences, under a European Arrest Warrant. Requests to England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2009-10...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Asbestos (27 January 2015)

David Laws: The following organisations responded to the Department for Education’s call for evidence or were consulted in another way during the Department’s review of its policy: 1. Asbestos in Schools Group 2. Asbestos Support West Midlands 3. Asbestos Testing And Consultancy Association 4. Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK 5. Association of School and College Leaders ...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Civil Disorder (27 January 2015)

Andrew Selous: Disruptive behaviour has no place in prison and we take swift and robust action against anyone who attempts any kind of disorder. All serious incidents are referred to the police for prosecution. The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of offences related to prison mutiny in England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 can be viewed in the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation (27 January 2015)

Andrew Selous: Contracts were signed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Justice with the new owners of the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) on 18 December 2014. There was strong competition for these contracts in all regions, and all of the new owners have experience working with offenders or across the Criminal Justice System. On 1 February 2015, new owners will assume control of the CRCs...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence (27 January 2015)

Anna Soubry: Holding answer received on 02 July 2014 All allegations of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence made by or against members of the Armed Forces are thoroughly investigated. An investigation may be conducted by either the civil or Service Police. The tables below show the number of alleged cases of rape and sexual assault (including assault by penetration) that were...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Agricultural Policy (27 January 2015)

George Eustice: The Government has consistently argued that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should provide best value for money for taxpayers, not impose undue burdens on businesses or administrations, and provide greater discretion for Member States in its implementation. We continue to believe that expenditure on market price support and direct payments to farmers under Pillar 1 of the CAP...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Eyesight: Surgery (27 January 2015)

Daniel Poulter: Laser eye surgery is a very broad term and can be used to describe specific laser surgery performed for the correction of vision such as short-sightedness or any other laser procedures used to treat ophthalmic conditions such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. Corrective laser eye surgery is not routinely provided on the National Health Service. It is usually performed by the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Chronic Illnesses (27 January 2015)

George Freeman: The list of medical conditions that give entitlement to apply for a National Health Service prescription charge medical exemption certificate are: - a permanent fistula (including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy, or ileostomy) which requires continuous surgical dressing or requires an appliance forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addison's disease) for which specific substitution...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Non-lethal Equipment: Jordanian Armed Forces (27 January 2015)

Philip Hammond: I have today laid a departmental minute proposing the gifting of non-lethal equipment to the Jordanian armed forces. My right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr William Hague) informed the House on 6 March 2013, Official Report, column 961, that he intended to provide additional non-lethal equipment to the Syrian opposition in order to help...

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