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West Anglia Main Line (27 November 2014)

Alan Haselhurst: Some people may think that this could be called groundhog day because I spoke in the House on this subject on 19 January 2011, and again on 11 December 2013. Apart from the passage of time not a lot has changed, except perhaps the Minister designated to reply to the debate. I could almost repeat those speeches word for word, but I might provoke an intervention from you, Mr Deputy Speaker,...

Plastic Bags (27 November 2014)

Dan Rogerson: Absolutely, and we can debate the provisions and aspects that the hon. Lady and the hon. Gentleman have highlighted. The Government carefully studied the Committee’s report on plastic bags earlier in the year—the hon. Gentleman referred to our response. We may disagree on details of the scheme, but we agree that reducing plastic bag use has environmental benefits. It will mean...

[Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] — Food Security (27 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

George Eustice: I understand that. I think that we do have that co-ordination, but I lead on food security. We also need co-ordination on science, because science will have many of the answers to the challenges we face. Several hon. Members mentioned the Global Food Security programme, which was set up to co-ordinate food-related research. It is led by Tim Benton, whom the shadow Minister mentioned, and...

Backbench Business: Inequality (27 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Jo Swinson: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Mr Meacher) on securing this debate. I am grateful that we have the opportunity to discuss this important matter, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allocating the time. On many aspects there is substantial agreement across the House. The right hon. Gentleman was right to say that concern about the issue is not...

Business of the House (27 November 2014)

Angela Eagle: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing next week’s business, albeit with last-minute changes. I note the sudden appearance next Thursday of unidentified Government business. Will he tell us what it is, or is he playing partisan games? In the light of the publication of the Smith commission report this morning and the assurance that there will be a draft Bill by the end of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Young People (27 November 2014)

Madeleine Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his letter to the Defence Committee of 1 August 2014, whether the cost-benefit analysis of the recruitment of minors was based on (a) the final analysis or (b) the draft cost-benefit analysis; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service (27 November 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: There are three boards within the FCO that advise on appointments for High Commissioners and Ambassadors, depending on the grade of the position. Some members of these Boards overlap. 4 Officers attended private school; 7 Officers attended state school; We do not hold school details for 1 of these officers. 5 Officers attended Oxford or Cambridge and 7 Officers attended other Universities.

Written Answers — Department for Culture Media and Sport: Music (27 November 2014)

Edward Vaizey: Figures published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of the Creative Industries Economic Estimates showed the Gross Value Added (GVA) of music, performing and visual arts in the UK between 2008 and 2012 (see Table 1). Due to the internationally agreed classifications on which Official Statistics depend, it is not possible to disaggregate music from the performing and...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Primary Health Care (27 November 2014)

Norman Lamb: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. The CQC has provided the following information. The CQC published its first round of Intelligent Monitoring for general practices on 17 November 2014. Intelligent Monitoring analyses a range of indicators (including surveys and official statistics) to create priority bands for...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Flooding(Winter Preparedness) (27 November 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: This statement updates the House on Government action to prepare for potential flooding this winter. Protecting the country from flooding is a core DEFRA priority. This Government are investing 3.2 billion in flood defences in this Parliament, compared to 2.7 billion in the previous five years. This represents a real- terms increase and is helping us better protect over 165,000...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I am most grateful to the Minister for her reply and, indeed, to the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for his very helpful assessment of what I was trying to get over. I am grateful to the Minister and her preparedness to look into the matter but I will be even happier if she is prepared to go away and have a careful look at this issue and then follow it up with a meeting of interested...

Houses of Parliament: World Heritage Site — Question for Short Debate (26 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, it is a privilege to reply to this debate because this building represents so much about Britain across the world. It has been a symbol of freedom to the world through some of the darkest periods in history, and we have a responsibility to ensure its conservation. More than 1 million people, including 40,000 schoolchildren, visit the palace each year; millions more are drawn to the...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 November 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Baroness Jolly: I ask noble Lords to be patient; I am just painting a scene and intend to explain about the 90% and the 10% and the issues that have been raised by the noble Baroness opposite. The safety of our children is our collective responsibility. The Government are not being laissez-faire about this. Recognition of our collective responsibility lies at the core of the UK’s world-renowned...

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 November 2014)

Nia Griffith: ...Members said today. We are talking about the choice that this Government have made about their tax and welfare policies. That choice means that Ministers have deliberately chosen to place a disproportionate burden on those with the lowest incomes in Wales. As we predicted back in 2011, and as has been shown in a recent study from Sheffield Hallam university, in Wales the Tory-Lib Dem...

Roads in Sittingbourne and Sheppey (26 November 2014)

John Hayes: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in the Westminster Hall Chamber, Mr Chope, and to respond to the debate secured by my hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Gordon Henderson). Can there be a more diligent representative of his constituents’ interests than my hon. Friend? He has illustrated his concern, diligence and eloquence again today. I congratulate...

Income and Wealth Inequality — Question (26 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Newby: My Lords, I completely agree with the noble Lord that many directors have had pay increases which bear no relation to either pay increases that other people have had or the performance of their company, and that is why this Government have introduced a raft of measures to make firms more accountable to their shareholders for the pay packages that directors get. However, I remind the noble...

Public Bill Committee: Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) bill: Clause 1 - Offence of supplying specialist printing equipment knowing it will be used for criminal purposes (26 November 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

David Amess: Mr Hood, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I want to make it clear to the Committee that I would be the last person to want legislation for the sake of it, because in the years that I have been a Member, I have sometimes despaired that we make law and it is hit and miss as to whether it is enforced. However, I have been impressed by the case that the police have put to me...

Illegal Encampments (East of England) — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 November 2014)

Jackie Doyle-Price: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) for securing the debate, and I agree with every word he has said. The nuisance created by unauthorised Traveller encampments causes distress to far too many residents, and public authorities have failed to get to grips with the problem for far too long. Like...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 November 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Michael Meacher: On 3 December, the Chancellor will be confronted with a whole array of facts and statistics that he never intended or expected to see. Like an echolaliac obsessive, he has constantly repeated on every available occasion—it has been the same today—that the Government have a long-term economic plan. So was it the Government’s long-term economic plan that average wages should...

Bill Presented — Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Dogs (Registration) (26 November 2014)

Julie Hilling: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the annual registration of dogs; to require that income from registration be used to fund the enforcement of conditions and penalties imposed on those owning and controlling dogs; and for connected purposes. On 9 March 2013, my Atherton constituent Jade Lomas Anderson was 14 years old. On 26 March, she was savaged to death by...

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